Karen Conover is a Vice President of DNV GL, a global risk management company with multiple wind energy advisory and certification offices in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. She founded and served as CEO of Global Energy Concepts (GEC), a leading consulting company that specialized in the analysis, design, evaluation, testing, and management of wind energy systems and projects, prior to its acquisition by DNV in 2008. Karen has been working in the wind industry for more than 25 years and she has been a member of the AWEA Board of Directors since 1997. She is a Past President of the AWEA Board, has served as Chair of WINDPOWER, and is the current Chair of the Membership and Awards Committees. She holds an M.S. in Energy Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Material Science from Duke University.