Ms. Westergaard is a senior international development specialist with more than 25 years of experience in managing economic growth projects for international development organizations. She is currently Chief of Party (COP) of the USAID INNOVATE Activity in Belarus.

Previously, as a Senior Manager for Deloitte Consulting, Karen led several USAID economic growth projects in economic policy reform and private sector competitiveness in Serbia and in the Kyrgyz Republic. She was the key client manager for implementing two complex World Bank Institutional Strengthening Projects for two large, government-owned banks in China and Turkey. She spent seven years as a resident manager in Ukraine, Russia, and Kazakhstan, providing financial market development services for USAID in Ukraine and serving as Vice President of a Moscow-based private equity investment firm. Prior to her overseas residency, Karen worked for Citibank in New York to provide trade finance to multinational clients and enterprises in emerging economies. She is proficient in Russian and has an MBA and a BS in journalism from Northwestern University.

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