The region seems to have jumped on the climate bandwagon, but its expanding ambitions also suggest it is trying to take control of the steering wheel.
Associate Fellow, Chatham House
Karim Elgendy is an urban sustainability and climate consultant based in London and a non-resident fellow at the Middle East Institute. His areas of expertise include developing sustainable and resilient cities and neighborhoods, climate policy analysis, energy transition, and assessing the impact of policy, economics, urbanization, planning, urban metabolism and circularity, and urban systems on sustainability and resilience. His current work focuses on the Middle East and North Africa, especially around the eastern Mediterranean and the Gulf, but his two decades of experience span Europe, North America, and sub-Saharan Africa. Elgendy is also an associate at Dar, an associate fellow at Chatham House, 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. In addition to being a regular public speaker, lecturer, and commentator, Elgendy is regularly interviewed and cited by TV, print, and digital media including outlets such as the Financial Times, The New York Times, BBC, Reuters, CNN, Al Jazeera, Asharq Bloomberg, and Sky News Arabia. His work is also cited in academic publications. Elgendy is the recipient of the 2013 Global Green Building Entrepreneurship Award by the World Green Building Council and is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He has a master’s from the University of California, Berkeley and is an accredited professional under several sustainability certification systems including LEED, BREEAM, EcoDistricts, and GSAS.
Iran’s Khuzestan province has experienced an unprecedented water shortage; yet climate change alone cannot explain how an area endowed with such exceptional natural resources could fail its people so catastrophically.