Karen L. Ottoni
Ecosystem Manager, Hyperledger
hyperledger.org @KarenOttoni @Hyperledger
Karen is currently Ecosystem Manager at Hyperledger, which is an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. Hosted by The Linux Foundation, it's a global collaboration including leaders in finance, banking, Internet of things, supply chains, manufacturing and technology. Karen works with the 230+ members to help them leverage Hyperledger projects and resources for their blockchain initiatives, and fosters the growth of the developer community. Previously, Karen was a part of the Blockchain team at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), where she advised with Fortune 500 companies in their exploration of new and disruptive technologies. With clients across various industries, she helped them to understand blockchain, its business applications, and ideated use cases for eventual development into proofs-of-concept. Karen earned her MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and holds a degree in International Development, Business and Economics from American University. Prior to Duke, Karen had a career in international development working at public and private sector consulting firms and at USAID in the US, India and Sub-Saharan Africa. She managed multi-million dollar projects in challenging post-conflict contexts to empower women, improve access to health and fight HIV/AIDS, promote good governance, and facilitate economic trade. Karen currently co-organizes the Women in Blockchain Meetup in New York City and has mentored teams for the Blockchain for Social Impact Hackathon and Startup Weekend NYC Blockchain. She is excited about the potential for emerging technologies like blockchain to change not only the way we do business and exchange value, but also to improve lives around the world.