Karen Allen is an award winning former BBC Foreign Correspondent with nearly three decades of industry experience in conflict, humanitarian response, political, economic and general news reporting. Karen was posted to Kenya, South Africa and Afghanistan during her career as a staff correspondent with the BBC and used these bases to report extensively across Africa and the Middle East for the BBC’s TV, Radio and Digital networks. Karen has also produced a number of long form documentaries and is the co-founder and presenter of the African focused news and current affairs podcast the ARC Insider.
Karen has a Master’s degree in International Relations and Contemporary war and is a visiting fellow in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. She has undertaken studies at Harvard University and maintains a close network with a number of African universities.
She currently undertakes consultancy work for a wide range of clients across Africa, Europe and the United States as well as being a familiar face on the international moderating circuit.