Karen Hitschke is Director of Funds and Investments at the social impact investing company Yunus Social Business. Holding a Diploma in Biology from Konstanz University and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau (France), she started her business career at the strategy consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Since 1997, she has been actively involved with the start-up sector, first for several years as Investment Manager in Life Sciences with Apax Partners, then as CFO of the biotech company Affectis Pharmaceuticals AG. Since 2004, Karen has been connected with btov in various roles, most recently as a member of the Advisory Committee with a special focus on life sciences deals. Since her return to Germany (after 5 years in Japan) Karen lives with her husband and her two children in Munich.