Karen Harris is the Managing Director of Bain & Company’s Macro Trends Group, based in New York. The Bain Macro Trends Group (MTG) is the capability group for developing Bain’s insights about global macroeconomics, macro social trends and geopolitics as they impact the results of Bain’s clients. The group’s proprietary research includes work on trends driving global growth in GDP and in capital markets, as well as specific geographic analyses (including China, the United States, and the Eurozone), which it uses to help clients understand the potential impact of the volatile global environment on their businesses. She frequently works with institutional investors to embed macro strategy into their investment strategy and due diligence.
Karen has an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She graduated with honors from Stanford University, where she received a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in International Relations.
Karen is regularly featured in major media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Economic Times of India, Caijing China, and CEO Forum Australia, and Bloomberg Television.
She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee on US-China Relations, and the Economics Club of New York. She is on the external advisory board of Harvard University’s Master in Design Engineering program. She also serves on the Board of Pencils of Promise, a non-profit which partners with local communities in developing countries to build schools, focusing on early education, high potential females, and building young leadership at home and abroad.
Karen lives in New York with her husband and two children.