Karen Spens is the Rector of Hanken since 2015 and she will hold office for a term of five years, until 2020.
Karen Spens is Professor of Supply Chain Management and Corporate Geography at Hanken. Her research has mainly focused on humanitarian logistics in which she has published several books, co-founded the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management as well as the Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research Institute (HUMLOG Institute).
She has served at Hanken as the Dean of Education 2010-2015. During this time she was in charge of the development of the Assurance of Learning-process, which aims at improving student learning.