Karin Lissakers helped to found and build the Revenue Watch Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the transparent, accountable, and effective use of oil, gas, and mining revenues in mineral rich countries. She stepped down as president in 2012.
Lissakers was appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. seat on the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund from 1993 to 2001. She also served as deputy director of the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. Department of State and was staff director of the foreign economic policy subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the first woman to hold such a Senate post.
Lissakers has lectured at Columbia University on international financial markets, regulation, and public policy, and headed the International Business and Banking Studies program at the School of International and Public Affairs. She is the author of Banks, Borrowers and the Establishment, and her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, and other publications.
Lissakers did her undergraduate work at Ohio State University and received her MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.