Karen Westergard is a senior international development specialist with more than 25 years’ experience in managing economic growth projects for international donor organizations. As Chief of Party, Ms. Westergaard provides the vision, direction, oversight and management for the implementation of the USAID CFG Project. Previously in the Kyrgyz Republic, she was Chief of Party for two USAID economic growth projects in private sector competitiveness and improvement of the business environment. She led the implementation of complex World Bank Institutional Strengthening Projects for two large, government-owned banks in China and Turkey. She spent seven years as a resident manager in Ukraine, Russia, and Kazakhstan, providing financial market development services for USAID in Ukraine and served as Vice President of a Moscow-based private equity investment firm. Prior to her overseas residency, Ms. Westergaard worked for Citibank to provide trade finance to multinational clients and enterprises in emerging economies. She is proficient in Russian and has an MBA and a degree in journalism from Northwestern University.