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Karen Allen

Senior Research Advisor, Institute for Security Studies, Johannesburg, and former BBC News Correspondent

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Ms. Karen Allen is Senior Research Advisor at the Institute for Security Studies, Johannesburg, where she leads the Emerging Threats in Africa program. A veteran of BBC News for 25 years, she was a foreign correspondent based in Kenya, South Africa and Afghanistan, reporting for the network’s flagship news programs across TV, radio, and digital platforms and completing assignments in Libya, Iraq, Haiti, and much of Europe. Towards the latter part of her BBC career, Ms. Allen obtained a Master’s in International Relations and Contemporary War at King’s College London, pursuing her interest in international justice issues and the nexus with terrorism. Her current position with ISS includes advising policymakers on the risks associated with cybercrime and the unintended consequences of other emerging technologies. Ms. Allen contributes to a number of international publications and is a frequent moderator at global events, including UNOCHA’s World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in 2015 and 2016.