Karen Gabriels

Susan Jensen, PhD

Assistant Professor

If you’re an educational professional who are looking to progress into management and consultancy, or an educational planning or development role, this is the best degree for you.


Karen Gabriels joined WWF as chief financial officer in August 2021. She is also an executive member of the board. She was previously head of finance and operations at the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation and chief financial officer of the Shuttleworth Foundation.
Karen is professionally skilled in the full financial function, governance and compliance, strategy, operations, and talent management. As a robust finance and operations expert, she oversees the company secretarial matters of WWF South Africa and its Associated Trusts, as well as operations, legal and information technology.
Karen holds a BCom from the University of Cape Town, served articles at BDO Spencer Steward and qualified as a Charter Accountant (South Africa) in 1999.


  • Ph.D., Accounting & Finance, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
  • M.S.F., Finance, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, 2006
  • M.B.A., Taxation, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA, 1983


  • The primary market value innovations of newly public firms
  • Auditor Tenure and Quality of Financial Report
  • Unexpected Fees and the Prediction of Material Weaknesses