Karen Coyne

Chair, Strategic Alliances
WomenExecs on Boards

Karen is a senior business executive with nearly three decades of global leadership and management experience in corporate sustainability, environment, health & safety (EHS), and enterprise risk management (ERM). Her sector experience spans pharmaceuticals, biotech, energy, automotive, industrials, and professional services.

With the diversity, scale, and scope of leadership roles she has held, ranging from a large-cap, global public company (Novartis (NYSE: NVS)), an academic institute (New York University) and a consulting and engineering firm (AECOM (NYSE: ACM)), Karen possesses a broad set of hands-on experiences and unique point of view. She is acknowledged for her ability to combine deep expertise in ESG with sound business judgement, strategic foresight, and inclusive stakeholder collaboration to achieve a vision or mission successfully and collectively. Her last executive role was as VP, Global Head of Environment and Chief Sustainability Officer at Novartis.

Karen is currently working on expanding corporate board engagement with ESG issues through board education, mentoring, and board service. She is a Co-Vice President of WomenExecs on Boards, a non-profit formed out of Harvard Business School - Executive Education, focused on governance excellence and diversity on corporate boards across the globe. She has held prior corporate and non-profit governance and board roles and is currently serving on the Sustainability Advisory Council at Terrascope, a Singapore-based climate tech startup using AI and machine learning for Scope 3 emissions management.

Karen has lived and worked internationally and is now back in the New England area outside Boston, Massachusetts, USA.


Have you ever heard people say, "We'd like to be more sustainable but we just can't afford it?" This session tackles that objection head on, illustrating how values create value and how... see more

Monday 17th October
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM