Karen Forster, 31

Investment professional, Centre on Global Energy Policy

by MT staff

Born in east London, Forster spent her childhood in foster care as her Ugandan mother and British father were both too ill to look after her. Now a private equity investor specialising in energy, she works alongside Jason Bordoff, the founding director of Colombia University’s Centre on Global Energy Policy in the US, and has also launched the Women in Energy programme. She previously worked for the Carlyle Group, where amongst other achievements she led the firm’s maiden $200m investment in South Africa. Forster started her career as an analyst at top Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs. 

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