Karen Hensley-Chelstowska is a managing director in the Dallas office and leads the firm’s international Site Selection and Incentives Advisory practice. She leverages more than 28 years of tax, incentives and site selection experience in assisting multinationals with global incentives and site selection projects.

Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Karen served as a tax partner at Ernst & Young where she was responsible for global incentives and location advisory services, along with U.S. federal incentives. She specialized in assisting multinational clients with site selection, identifying funding opportunities, benchmarking studies, applications and compliance. Karen also helped clients develop efficient internal incentives functions in Europe, Asia and North America. Before that, Karen specialized in corporate taxation in the technology and telecom industry, working at Alcatel and Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems, responsible for federal and state and local taxes. She has also worked extensively abroad, including building global practices while working as an expat in both Poland and Belgium.

Karen holds a BBA in accounting and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Texas Society of CPAs and the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT). Karen is a regular speaker on international location advisory and global incentives topics for various organizations and industry groups. In addition, she developed the global incentives curriculum for IPT’s Certified Credits and Incentives Professional (CCIP) certification.

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