Karmen Bennett


Karmen Bennett is CGIAR’s Global Director of Governance and Assurance (a.i.). She brings almost 30 years of experience in legal, governance, grant management and regulatory functions in both the public and private sectors, including roles as Director of Regulatory and Legal and Commercial Affairs of an innovative start-up, and General Counsel and Deputy Company Secretary of large Australian listed company.

Prior to joining CGIAR in 2015, she was the Senior Advisor to the Chair of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, linking to the General Counsel, the Office of the Inspector General and the interim Ethics Official. Her recent past experience includes serving for 9 years as a member of the Board of IVCC.com, an innovative product development partnership bringing new technologies and tools to market for malaria and other vector-borne diseases, and IVCC’s representative on the Audit Committee of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine during 2019. She has experience working across more than 30 countries, and multiple cultures and disciplines. 

She holds an Honors Degree in Law, together with a combined Degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Tasmania, and is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the Australian Institute of Management.