Karen is a Belgian, although she feels above all a citizen of the world. He was born in Bandung, Indonesia, and spent most of his childhood abroad, having lived among others in Morocco and Suriname. He took a master’s degree in translation at the Higher Institute of Translators and Interpreters (HIVT), at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He also studied at the University of Coimbra and took a post-graduate course for teachers of Portuguese as a foreign language at the University of Porto. He lived in Coimbra since 1999, having moved to the Algarve in 2004.

Since he was a child, he has a passion for dance and other cultures and languages. He practiced classical and modern dance, pencak silat, Indian, Latin American dance, oriental dance and yoga, having also taught at the Lagos Dance Association and at the Gymnastics Club of Lagos, as well as private gymnastics classes adapted for people with disabilities. back and knees. She also works as a translator, interpreter and language teacher and is one of the founding members of AORCA.