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Karen Hand

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Director of Research Data Strategy, Food for Thought
Dr. Karen Hand began her appointment as the Director of Research Data Strategy for the Food from Thought program in April of 2018, to lead the strategic design, development and management of the University of Guelph’s vision for a cross-sectoral online platform for research data and analytics. Karen received her PhD in biostatistics from the University of Guelph. In past years, Dr. Hand served as Director of CDAF (Canadian Digital Agri-Food), an initiative which focused on an ecosystem approach to enable a digital strategy for Canadian Agri-Food, an area of interest in which she remains active. Dr. Hand is keenly interested in the establishment of a comprehensive digital transformation strategy for Canadian Agri Food to ensure our position as leaders in the global marketplace.