Karen has worked on international trade issues with Mexico’s Ministry of Economy for nearly 25 years, serving as Counselor for Economic Affairs, Chief of Staff to Mexico’s Deputy Secretary of Commerce, and a member of Mexico’s NAFTA negotiating team. Currently, Karen is leading the Ministry’s government and business community outreach and communications strategies toward a renegotiated and modernized NAFTA agreement. Previously, she designed and executed legislative and executive branch regulatory and policy strategies to prevent trade disputes, build global consensus, and advocate for Mexican business interests in the U.S. Karen has a deep understanding of government decision-making processes and vast experience in setting a common agenda and securing support for specific policies from government agencies, trade associations, non-profit organizations, private sector leaders and members of the diplomatic community.
Before rejoining the Trade and NAFTA Office in 2016, Karen served as Director of Global Compliance Programs at BSA |The Software Alliance. There, she engaged the U.S. and foreign governments, business leaders, and trade associations on the cybersecurity risks and benefits of software asset management. She also advocated on international trade and data issues, fair market access in government procurement, IP protection policies, cybersecurity, STEM education, and immigration reform.
In 2004, Karen co-authored, with Jaime Zabludovsky, “The Window to Europe: The Mexico–EU Free Trade Agreement,” published in El Nuevo Milenio Mexicano by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana. Karen graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Government from Brandeis University, and a master’s degree in International Policy Studies and Political Economy from Stanford University. She is a native bilingual English and Spanish speaker and lives in Washington, D.C.
Karen Antebi currently serves as Economic Counselor for the Trade and NAFTA Office at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C., where she leads Mexico’s trade advocacy and communication strategies with the U.S. Congress, Administration, and private sector. Karen has 25 years of experience at the highest levels of government as a diplomat and global advocate on international trade, investment and data issues.