Karen Henken

Karen Henken
Phone: (619) 260-2358
Office: Kroc Institute for Peace & Jus 131

Institutional Relations Coordinator
Professor of Practice and Institutional Relations

  • MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • BA, Bowdoin College

Karen Henken is a Professor of Practice and Institutional Relations at the Kroc School, University of San Diego. She also teaches social innovation, innovation and entrepreneurship workshops globally with leading universities, businesses, and NGOs in Colombia, Vietnam, and Brazil. Beginning in 2014, Ms. Henken taught several courses on business and social innovation at USD’s School of Business and co-chaired the Kroc School advisory board before joining the Kroc School full time.

Karen Henken’s work focuses on fostering social impact and system change through social innovation and entrepreneurship. Before joining the Kroc School, Karen was Vice President of Business Development at Kountable, a technology start-up providing affordable financing for entrepreneurs in emerging markets, particularly in East Africa. She also served for 3 years as a facilitator and international advisor for the Innovation Partnership Program in Vietnam, a joint venture of the Vietnam Ministry of Science and Technology and the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She served as the founder and principal of Henken & Associates, helping businesses and nonprofits develop market opportunities, partnerships, growth strategies, and sustainable revenue models to expand their impact. She spent 20 years in Silicon Valley as an executive in high technology management, launching and managing international markets for high growth businesses in Asia and Europe. Henken serves on the boards of several leading nonprofits in San Diego and globally.

She holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, a BA from Bowdoin College and was a Rotary Graduate Fellow in Tokyo, Japan.