Karina is a corporate governance and sustainable investment expert with a 25-year career in finance and sustainable business practice. She currently serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of Italian oil & gas major Eni SpA, where she is also a member of the Controls and Risks Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Sustainability & Scenarios Committee.
She also serves on several other boards and advisory bodies, including the Board of Directors of the Revenue Watch Institute, a spin-off of George Soros’ Open Society Institute; the sustainable development advisory bodies of Lafarge, Groupe Danone and SAP; the Board of Directors of the Access To Nutrition Index; and the Transparency International-UK Advisory Council.
Until December 2012, Karina ran the Governance and Sustainable Investment activities of F&C Investments, a UK institutional investor, where she acted on behalf of client portfolios collectively worth approximately £160 billion, focusing on equity research, shareholder activism and public policy engagement. Prior to joining F&C, Karina managed the redevelopment of derelict inner-city properties for the City of New York, and worked for PaineWebber Inc in corporate finance and private placements.
Karina’s most recent consulting work has focused on corporate governance reform in Russia as well as extractive industry transparency. Her past board and advisory roles have included the London Stock Exchange Primary Markets Group; the Association of British Insurers’ Investment Committee; the Board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative; the Transparency International Steering Group on Business Principles for Combating Bribery; the Corporate Leaders’ Group on Climate Change, commissioned by UK Prime Minister Tony Blair to advise on climate change policy; and the sustainable development advisory bodies of Veolia, ExxonMobil and the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA).
Karina holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, a BA in Political Economy from the University of Toronto, and a Diploma in Italian Translation and Interpretation from the UK’s Royal Society of Linguists. She holds French and Canadian nationalities, and is married with three adult daughters.