Karim Elbana

Karim is a policy analyst at the PlanAdapt coordination hub,  based in Berlin, Germany.

He has 3 years of experience working on energy transition, climate change, and sustainable development in the global south. His expertise lies in sustainable energies, energy access, climate policy, gender, and empowerment. He is passionate about helping support grassroots movements in the climate adaptation sphere to grow their power and build resilience in face of climate disasters.

Karim worked at the Technical University Berlin where he investigated energy transformation scenarios for the MENA region. Most recently Karim worked as a consultant using the Design Thinking methodology to analyze the challenges of a social enterprise in Berlin that operates on post-conflict areas in the global south.

Karim was politicized young and for the past 2 years, he has been actively involved in climate negotiations and policymaking through the mandated constituency of the young people to the UNFCCC (YOUNGO). He, therefore, participated at COP24 in Katowice, SB50 in Bonn, and COP25 in Madrid. He also represented YOUNGO at the High-level Dialogue reviewing the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) in New York and also the Berlin Climate and Security Conference.

Karim holds a MSc. in Solar Energy from Dalarna University in Sweden with a focus on Environmental Engineering from HTW Dresden in Germany -a scholarship awarded by the Swedish Institute-. He did his research contributing to a project by Engineers Without Borders in a girls’ boarding school in a rural area in Tanzania. He investigated sustainable electricity as a tool for women empowerment and studied local load behaviors.