Karen Deng

Manager, Impact & Evaluation, MaRS Discovery District


US & Canada




After completing her Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies and Environmental Sciences at Queen’s University, Karen went on to work with health administration authorities in First Nations communities in British Columbia, Canada. She pursued a Masters of Public Health at the University of Victoria.

Karen has worked in Canadian federal government, provincial government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations to better understand and support improvements in the health of populations, and adoption of innovation in rapidly changing ecosystems.

Karen has experience in health policy, program evaluation, impact assessment, and funding strategy.
Karen’s interest in complex puzzles and problems spurs her passion for working in systems change to promote individual and community health and well-being. She believes that helping others begins with providing the best possible information, and understanding and adapting to unique contexts of communities, civic, and user issues.

The MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge to become Economic Prosperity Challenge in 2020