Karen K. Wuertz
Karen Wuertz is Senior Vice President of External Affairs & Communications at the National Futures Association. and is responsible for NFA's international activities, Member and investor educational initiatives, corporate communications, media relations and legislative issues. Ms. Wuertz joined NFA at the time it began operations, and, throughout her NFA career, she has had extensive experience in the areas of rulemaking, examinations, investigations, system development and enforcement. Part of her role includes working with international regulators.
Ms. Wuertz also had the opportunity to step aside from her derivatives regulatory career to lead the development and construction of a 33-story office tower in Chicago. This experience prepared Ms. Wuertz to tackle the unexpected, negotiate and build consensus among many entities with various motives, build extensive networks and manage budgets and spending of hundreds of millions of dollars. Ms. Wuertz also spent part of her career at the Chicago Stock Exchange overseeing its financial operations.
Ms. Wuertz is currently Chairman of the Affiliate Members Consultative Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). She co-chaired an IOSCO subcommittee to develop and publish a formal paper entitled “Model for Effective Self-Regulation."
Wuertz graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's of science degree in Accounting. She has a master's degree in Management from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. She also is a certified public accountant.