VP Environment, Shell Global Solutions (Malaysia) Sdn.Bhd.
Karen Westley is Shell’s Group Environment Vice-President. She has a BS in Human Biology from Stanford University and an MSc from Yale University in Tropical Ecology. She spent six years working for a large international humanitarian organization: CARE International. She carried out poverty assessments and designed humanitarian response and poverty alleviation programmes in over a dozen counties, including Kosovo, Zimbabwe, Togo, Ghana, Nepal and Bangladesh. She then joined the Shell Foundation in 2001, as part of the start up team, designing and implementing the Foundation’s strategy and managing energy and poverty programmes. She joined the Social Performance Management Unit in Shell International in 2005. In the Social Performance team, Karen was the focal point for the Exploration and Production Business and worked on social impact assessment, community engagement and social investment, developing policies, carrying out social performance reviews and working directly with operations to improve their social performance. She then held the Social Performance Manager and Head of Social Investment roles in Shell, covering all businesses and locations. In 2013 she took on a new challenge in the commercial part of Shell – setting up a team and capability to manage the non-technical risks and opportunities associated with Shell’s Integrated Gas business. Then she went on to lead a team in the development of innovative value propositions across the gas value chain as Vice-President for Business Innovation. Her last role was as Global Carbon Solutions Manager for Shell and Global Opportunty Manager for Carbon Capture and Storage She lives in Kuala Lumpur with her two daughters.