Managing Director, Taku International
Karin founded the Tako Group and currently serves as the Managing Director of Taku, International. She has been working in science and technology- related fields for over 25 years. Karin holds SB degrees in Molecular Biology and in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MS in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering jointly awarded by UC Berkeley and UCSF. She is an alumna of the Haas School of Business’ Global Bio-Executive Program. Karin has served as CEO, President, Executive Vice President, VP of Technology, VP of Products, and in other management roles. She has served on multiple non-profit and for-profit boards of directors. Her community work has included serving on the Association for Corporate Growth, San Francisco Chapter’s Board of Directors, the Board of St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco (part of Dignity Health), supporting the ARCS Foundation, and volunteering in the Civil Air Patrol. Prior to her work in the commercial sector, Karin worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the University of California, the Whitehead Institute, SRI International, and the C.S. Draper Laboratory. She has worked with organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to startups, non-profit organizations, and government agencies in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Karin speaks multiple languages and has lived in Europe and in North America. In her personal life, she enjoys flying airplanes and climbing mountains, and rescues/trains Siberian huskies.