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Karen Mathiasen

Karen Mathiasen

Adjunct Lecturer in the Master of Arts in Global Policy Program

  • Campus Location: Washington DC


Ms. Karen Mathiasen is the Acting World Bank Executive Director for the United States. Prior to this, she served as a Senior Advisor in the USED’s office, where she led engagement on gender issues.  She has held several positions at the US Treasury Department, including Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Development Policy, Director, Office of Multilateral Development Banks (2008-2014), Director, Office of the Middle East and North Africa (2005-2008), Senior Economist, Iraq Financial Task Force (2002-2003), Director, Office of Central and Southeastern Europe (2000-2002) and Director, Office of Middle East, Central and South Asia (1997-1997).

She holds a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a BA in Economics and Political Science from Smith College.