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Karen Chang joined the Serious Fraud Office as Director and Chief Executive in April 2022. Prior to this Ms Chang was Head of Enforcement at the Financial Markets Authority, a role she had held since 2017. She was also Acting General Counsel from November 2021, leading the policy,  governance, corporate legal, investigations and enforcement functions.


Prior to joining FMA, Ms Chang was a senior Crown prosecutor, conducting a range of trials involving serious criminal offending .  Earlier in her career, Ms Chang was a commercial and regulatory litigation lawyer in private practice in Auckland, Sydney and most recently,  in New York City.


Karen holds a Bachelor of Law (Hons) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) in Accounting & Finance, from the University of Auckland.



Ms Karen Chang

Director and

Chief Executive,

Serious Fraud Office,

New Zealand

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