Karen supports various SOMO teams, including the Secretariat, Planning & Control team, and the Services team. She is responsible for a wide range of administrative tasks, such as monitoring the public agenda, ordering office supplies, keeping record of incoming invoices, administering budgets and hours, registering partner contracts and monitoring progress and results. Karen contributes to the support team’s effort to optimize working conditions for research colleagues and other staff members.

Karen holds a degree in professional education in arts. More recently, she has worked in the NGO sector as an office manager and a secretary. She previously worked as an internal communications adviser at KPN.