Karen Sudmeier-Rieux is an independent consultant on Nature-based Solutions for Disaster Risk Reduction. Previously, she worked as a Senior Advisor for Disaster Risk Reduction with UNEP’s Disasters and Conflicts program in Geneva, Switzerland. Karen has over a decade of experience researching, teaching and publishing on the topic of Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR). She coordinated a global project on Eco-DRR, which includes the development of a post-graduate course and two Massive Open Online Courses. She is also a scholar of ecosystem-based landslide management, with expertise from Nepal. She holds a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland and Masters’ degrees in international development and forest ecology from Switzerland and the United States.