Karen Fifield

Karen Fifield

Chief Executive of Wellington Zoo (New Zealand)

Karen has been the Chief Executive of Wellington Zoo for 10 years and is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit MNZM for Business and Animal Welfare. Karen is a member of the NZ IUCN Committee, the NZ Animal Behaviour and Welfare Consultative Committee, the Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia Board and the Sustainable Business Council Advisory Board.

Karen won the 2009 HER Business Wellington award for outstanding business leadership and sustainability and the 2010 HER Business NZ National award for outstanding business leadership. Karen was 2010 Wellingtonian of the Year in the environment category. Karen was a finalist in both the 2014 and 2015 Westpac/Fairfax Media NZ Women of Influence Awards in the Social Enterprise category and the Board and Management category respectively.