Karim is an urban sustainability and climate consultant based in London. In addition to being a Non Resident Scholar at the Middle East Institute, Karim is an Associate Director at Buro Happold, an Associate Fellow at Chatham House (The Royal Institute for International Affairs), and the Founder and Coordinator of Carboun, an advocacy initiative promoting sustainability in the cities of the Middle East and North Africa through research and communication. 

Karim's interests include urban sustainability and resilience, climate policy, energy transition, urban metabolism, and the circular economy. His current work focuses on the Middle East and North Africa region, especially around the Eastern Mediterranean and the Gulf, but his two decades of experience spans Europe, North America, and sub-Saharan Africa.

In addition to being a regular public speaker, writer, guest lecturer, and commentator, Karim is regularly interviewed and cited by TV, print and digital mainstream media,  Karim is the recipient of the 2013 Global Green Building Entrepreneurship Award from the World Green Building Council, is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and has a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Contact Information

Email: karim@carboun.com

Twitter Handle: @nomadandsettler

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