Director, Land Resources Division, Pacific Community
Karen is the Director of the Land Resources Division of the Pacific Community. The Land Resources Division provides technical and scientific support to 22 Pacific countries and territories on all aspects of agriculture and forestry from genetic resources to markets with a strong focus on agroecological and people centred approaches. Karen has been instrumental in progressing food systems thinking in the Pacific Community. She is passionate about regenerative organic farming and food and co-founded the Pacific Organic & Ethical Trade Community (POETCom), serving as coordinator for 5 years and was extensively involved in developing the Pacific Organic Standard and Guarantee Scheme and developing alternative forms of certification that empower farmers. She has experience in NGO capacity building and management, has worked in rural development in the Pacific Region for close to 20 years with a focus on organic agriculture as a path to social and economic development she is also President of IFOAM Organics International Karen is a national of Samoa and Australia and resides in Fiji.