Karen Ward is a special adviser on economic affairs to chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond, appointed in October 2016. Ward was formerly HSBC's chief European economist for over a decade.  She also worked as an economist for the Bank of England. 
As of December 2016, she has an annual salary of £93,450. 
Ward was educated at the University of Surrey. 
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