Karen Hand

Chair of Board Of Directors

“GIY has the potential to represent the best of people and the best of collaboration, to help the Irish nation become a beacon of community resilience for and with the world.”

Karen is an experienced global strategist and social psychologist who is committed to unlocking systemic change. She has conducted deep research in tipping-point areas like cultivating food-chain sustainability, repealing the 8th amendment and creating positive cross sectoral platforms to bolster child resilience. Karen has two grounded experimental daughters, a highly creative intrepid husband and a riotous raucous golden doodle and she looks forward to living in a collective reality that they and the rest of us all deserve.

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