Milken Institute Asia Summit 2017
Adjunct Senior Fellow for Asia, Council on Foreign Relations
Karen B. Brooks is adjunct senior fellow for Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Ms. Brooks is one of the top Southeast Asia experts in the United States, with a long career in the region that includes lecturing at universities, democracy building and conflict resolution work with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), policy-making with the U.S. government, advisory work with Fortune 500 companies, and direct investing with private equity and hedge funds. Ms. Brooks now works with a leading global private equity firm making investments in Southeast Asia. Ms. Brooks holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a master's degree from Cornell University. She has lived and worked throughout Asia and speaks Indonesian, Javanese, Mandarin and Thai. During her tenure in government, Ms. Brooks served as a translator for Presidents Clinton and Bush, as well as for numerous cabinet secretaries in both administrations.