Karen Orford

Experience You Can Count On

KAREN ORFORD is a Silicon Valley based Australian entrepreneur, startup specialist, mentor, and an experienced marketing, PR and business development professional with a demonstrable track record of success within the technology industry and as Director of Business & Innovation Strategy for www.Advance.org the preeminent global community of 3.5 million high achieving Australians and alumni; with connections in over 110 countries. 


Together with her unparalleled personal network and experience, and her uncompromising commitment to performance, Karen has helped accelerate the growth, development and investment of 50 plus Australian companies enabling them to go global. 


Karen is also the co-founder of AFN - Female Founders, and has been the subject of many publications including Aussie Female Entrepreneurs Tips For Making it in Silicon Valley - Collective Magazine, 2016, Startup Daily - Australian companies building a bridge to the US along with chapter in a book, No Startup Hipster - Building Scalable Technology Companies By Samir Rath.


Karen has been the recipient of numerous technology awards including:

  • WIT Finalist - Outstanding Achievement in Technology, 2010 
  • Interactive Media Award, 2011  
  • iAward - Innovative Use of Technology Media & Entertainment, 2010


Born in Australia, raised in Papua New Guinea, six years in Japan, two years in Malaysia, ten years in Silicon Valley. Karen has travelled to 60 plus countries, and has been an expat for over 25 years making her an incredibly interesting mix of professional and international experience, with an extensive, diverse, global network.

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