Director, Government Relations and Public Policy, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Kaaren is an experienced senior executive who has held senior management roles in both the public and private sector for nearly 30 years. She has also held numerous board positions on industry, government and educational organisations, and is currently on the Board of IBM Australia Pty Limited, IBM Global Finance Pty Limited, the Australian Services Roundtable, the NSW Telecommunications Authority and is a Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. In addition she is the Director of Government Relations, IBM Australia and New Zealand and a senior executive on IBM’s Global Strategy and Leadership team.

Kaaren was a Foundation Board member of MADE and has been Chairman since 2014.

Kaaren has an Arts and Law degree (majoring in political history) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Laws from the University of NSW and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute for Company Directors.

She was awarded with a Member of the Order of Australia in 2016 for “significant service to the information technology and communications sector, to business through executive roles, and to education’.