Navigating Climate Change in the MENA Region

About the Event

Arab Center Washington DC is organizing a roundtable discussion with Karim Elgendy, Founder and Coordinator of the Carboun Initiative. The conversation will explore the unique challenges and opportunities faced by countries in the Middle East and North Africa as they address the pressing issue of climate change. Karim will delve into the climate diplomacy strategies employed by the region, with a special focus on the approaches taken by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, and will also examine the cascading impacts of climate change on the region’s economy and cities and how these factors influence regional geopolitical dynamics.

About the Speaker

Karim Elgendy is a sustainability and climate expert based in London. He is an Associate Director at Buro Happold, an Associate Fellow at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs), and a Non-Resident Scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington. Karim is also the Founder and Coordinator of Carboun, an advocacy initiative promoting sustainability in cities in the Middle East and North Africa through research and communication.

Karim’s interests include urban sustainability and resilience, climate policy, and energy transition. 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 also span Europe, North America, and sub-Saharan Africa.

Karim has written tens of articles and publications. He has been invited to over one hundred public speaking engagements and has delivered guest lectures at some of the world’s leading universities. He is regularly interviewed and quoted by TV, print, and digital media and has appeared in most mainstream media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Financial Times, BBC, Reuters, Associated Press, Bloomberg, CNN, NBC, ABC News, PBS, NPR, Le Monde, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Independent, France 24, ARD, Forbes, Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya, Sky News Arabia, TRT, and RT.

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Arab Center Washington DC, 800 10th Street NW, Ste 650, Washington, DC 20001


Tuesday April 23, 2024


12:00 PM - 1:30 PM default