Karen Hulebak

Former chair of the Codex Alimentarius Commission; principal at Resolution Strategy, LLC., a food-safety consultancy

Dr. Karen Hulebak is a former chair and vice-chair of the Codex Alimentarius Commission with more than 20 years of health policy experience. She is currently a principal at Resolution Strategy, LLC., a food-safety consultancy that provides policy, scientific, technical, and strategic advice to clients within the public and private sectors, as well as mediation and negotiation assistance to resolve conflicts with respect to a wide range of issues, including those related to Codex standards development.
During her tenure at Codex, Dr. Hulebak developed and managed new operating policies that produced a substantial increase in efficiency of standard setting and proactively mediated and resolved more than 50 disputes for standards presented to the Commission for adoption. She introduced wider use of formal negotiation and mediation in Codex and is collaborating on a Codex-specific manual on negotiation and mediation skills for delegates and chairs. She also established the first-ever series of skill-building workshops for Codex committee chairs on conflict resolution, consensus development and mediation. 

Prior to her work with Codex, Dr. Hulebak served as chief scientist and assistant administrator to the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Food Safety and Inspection Service’s Office of Public Health Science. She designed and implemented major multi-agency environmental food contaminant monitoring programs and provided scientific analysis for critical policy development and regulations. Earlier in her career, she held senior policy advisor roles at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Hulebak received an undergraduate degree in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed a doctorate in toxicology from The Johns Hopkins University and a pharmacology postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina.