Karen ‘t Hooft, MSc. is a cell biologist by training, and further specialised in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights, including HIV and AIDS. She has over 8 years of working experience with a special focus on research and consultancies in the field of SRHR and HIV, focusing on Knowledge Management and monitoring and evaluation (M&E).
She has extensive field experience in developing countries gained through numerous long and short-term stays in Cameroon, Lao PDR, Kenya, Jordan, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Zambia and The Netherlands. She completed her studies in cell biology, working on the fundamental experimental research towards developing a gene therapy for HIV infection. After this research she gained various working experiences in the field of HIV and AIDS and SRHR. In Cameroon she worked for a grass-roots NGO after which she started working for the Health and AIDS division and the Dutch AIDS ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Karen lived in Laos for two years from 2008 until 2010, where she worked as an M&E consultant on SRHR programs of international NGOs like World Vision and Population Services International (PSI). In 2011 she started working at KIT Royal Tropical Institute as an advisor of the Health knowledge unit in the SRHR team and as one of the coordinators for the Knowledge Platform on SRHR and HIV. Since 2016 she acts as the M&E coordinator of the Yes I Do Alliance (active in 7 countries in Asia and Africa) funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.