AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Corporate Governance – ESG – Climate Change
Karen Poniachik has been Director of Columbia University’s Global Center in Santiago since 2012. She is a member of the corporate boards of Jetsmart Airlines, ISA Interchile, and Lundin Mining, and she serves as a member of the advisory boards of the Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) and Microsoft Transforma Chile. In the past, she has served on the corporate boards of Metro, Nuevo Pudahuel, E.CL (Engie), British American Tobacco Chile, and Terpel Chile.
Ms. Poniachik was Chile’s Minister of Mining in 2006-2008, during which time she chaired the boards of state-owned companies Codelco, Enap, and Enami. From March 2006 to March 2007, she also served as Minister of Energy. Ms. Poniachik was Chile’s Special Envoy to the OECD, leading the country’s accession process to the Organization. She previously served as Executive Vice-President of the Chilean Foreign Investment Committee during the government of President Ricardo Lagos (2000-2006) and as Director of Business and Financial Programs at the Council of the Americas in New York (1995-2000).
Karen Poniachik graduated as a journalist from the Universidad Católica de Chile (1987) and holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York (1990). She is a member of the advisory board of Chilemujeres and the Servicio Jesuita de Migrantes, and is a mentor of young professional women at Woom-up.