Karen Contet Farzam


Karen Contet Farzam is passionate about technology and start-ups. She is the co-founder of, Hong Kong’s biggest start-up community, and a founding board member of the Fintech Association of Hong Kong.

Karen is an international speaker (VivaTech, Rise, JSConf), French foreign trade adviser, ambassador of French Tech, community leader for Techstars and mentor for several accelerator programmes. She has been working in Asia for 13 years, starting in Tokyo as a JP Morgan exotic equity derivatives trader, to software engineer for an IoT start-up and teaching front-end web development.

Karen is also immersed in the tech scene and is the founder of Women Who Code Hong Kong. She has a double degree engineering diploma (France, EPF; Canada, ETS) and a master’s in international finance from HEC Paris.