Speakers and Topics

Karen Hanrahan's Speaking Topics

  • Revamping US development and diplomacy under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
  • Unleashing the power of women and girls in the developing world
  • Socially responsible business practices in the developing world
  • Tales from the field: Witnessing human rights abuses and progress in Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa
  • Innovating for social impact in the developing world
  • Building a future career in international humanitarian, human rights and development (I’ve been asked on multiple occassions to speak at universities (and recently a youth forum) on careers in international affairs

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Karen Hanrahan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy and Human Rights, Obama Administration

Karen J. Hanrahan was appointed deputy assistant secretary of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor in August 2012. Her portfolio includes the Office of African Affairs and the Office of International Labor Affairs, as well as gender and security and human rights issues.

Hanrahan began her work under the Obama Administration working with Ambassador Richard Holbrooke as the US coordinator for international assistance to Afghanistan and Pakistan. She went on to design and run the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (the QDDR) for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

She most recently served as the chief innovation officer for the UK Department for International Development (DFID), on detail assignment in London.

A lawyer by training, Hanrahan has spent more than 15 years working in and on fragile and emerging countries for the US government, the United Nations, NGOs, and the private sector. She specializes in human rights, Rule of Law, security sector reform, gender, and protection, as well as strategic planning and organizational change.

From 2004-2006, Hanrahan served as the State Department’s senior Rule of Law coordinator in Iraq and senior consultant to the Iraqi minister of human rights. Prior to this, she served with USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives in Iraq as the senior advisor on human rights and transitional justice.

Hanrahan went on to serve as vice president for international peace and stability in a Fortune 500 company, leading a large-scale organizational change effort, and travelling around the world to integrate human rights, Rule of Law, and security assistance.

Hanrahan is an alumna of Harvard Business School and University of Washington School of Law. She has studied Arabic and French.

Karen Hanrahan’s Speaking Topics

  • Revamping US development and diplomacy under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
  • Unleashing the power of women and girls in the developing world
  • Socially responsible business practices in the developing world
  • Tales from the field: Witnessing human rights abuses and progress in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Africa
  • Innovating for social impact in the developing world
  • Building a future career in international humanitarian, human rights, and development — she has been asked on multiple occasions to speak at universities (and recently a youth forum) on careers in international affairs

Events

Speaking Events

more Date: Aug 10, 2013 Speaker: Karen Hanrahan Topic: Inclusive, Responsible Economic Growth in Africa Organization: African Growth and Opportunity Act Forum: Ethiopia Location: Washington, DC
more Date: Sep 16, 2012 Speaker: Karen Hanrahan Topic: Human Rights in Africa: Protecting Basic Security and Fundamental Freedoms Organization: National Endowment for Democracy Location: Ethiopia
more Date: Apr 12, 2010 Speaker: Karen Hanrahan Topic: Changing the Way the US Conducts Development and Diplomacy Organization: Princeton University Location: Princeton, NJ
more Date: Nov 17, 2008 Speaker: Karen Hanrahan Topic: The Critical Role Lawyers Play Advancing Democracy and Human Rights Around the World Organization: University of Washington Law School Location: Seattle, WA
more Date: May 23, 2006 Speaker: Karen Hanrahan Topic: Human Rights and Justice During the War in Iraq Organization: Harvard University Location: Boston, MA