Karine Hagen is senior vice president of Viking Cruises. Much of her time is spent ensuring that that all aspects of Viking's guest experience are true to Viking values - authentic exploration and enrichment through local engagements.

A native of Norway, Karine has lived in the UK, US and Russia; speaks seven languages; and is a great believer in the power of travel to change the world.

Prior to her work in the travel industry, Karine worked in the technology and telecom sectors in Russia and the U.S., working for Telenor in St. Petersburg, Arthur Andersen and J. Walter Thompson in San Francisco and Genesys in Silicon Valley.

Karine holds a BA in Economics and Soviet Studies from Wellesley College, an MA in Russian & East European Studies from Stanford University and an MBA from Handelsh√łyskolen BI in Oslo.