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Karen Poniachik

Director, Columbia Global Centers | Santiago
International & Public Affairs
Av.Dag Hammarskjold 3269, 1st floor. Vitacura, Santiago - Chile
  • board of directors of British American Tobacco Chile
  • board of directors E.CL
  • board of directors Terpel-Chile
  • board of directors Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce

Karen Poniachik has been Director of Columbia Global Centers | Santiago since September 2011. She is also a member of the corporate boards of directors of Metro S.A. and Nuevo Pudahuel as well as an advisor Maersk Container Industries San Antonio.

She serves in the advisory councils of the Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce, AmCham Chile, and of Universidad Católica’s Center for Corporate Governance. She also teaches the “Corporate Compliance” segment of the Corporate Governance Certification Course offered by Universidad Católica.

Ms. Poniachik was Chile’s Minister of Mining in 2006-2008, time during which she chaired the boards of directors of state-owned companies Codelco, Enap and Enami.  From March 2006 to March 2007 she also served as Minister of Energy. She was Chile’s Special Envoy to the OECD in charge of the country’s accession process to the Organization, which was successfully completed in January of 2010. Previously, she was Executive Vice-President of the Foreign Investment Committee (2000-2006); and 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 has served in the corporate boards of E.CL, British American Tobacco Chile, and Terpel Chile. In addition, she was visiting fellow at the University of Miami’s Center for Hemispheric Policy (for 2010-2011 academic year) and adviser to the World Economic Forum’s Mining & Metals Industry Group (March 2008 - May 2010).

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