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Karim Elhakim


Until 31.12.2018 Karim Elhakim worked as a student-assistant in the project "Cities Multi Modal (CMM)".
He finsihed his German High-school diploma (Abitur) at the German school in Cairo, Egypt - his hometown. Since he was a child he attended German schools and therefore knows German almost as a mothertongue. In 2007 he graduated from the faculty of Engineering, Cairo university with a bachelor of Architecture. In the 5 years that followed he worked in various places around Egypt, among them as an "Ecolodge coordinator" with Bedouins in South Sinai for an EU-funded project (2009-2010) but also as a Junior Architect at a high-end architectural office. After the outbreak of the Egyptian revolution at the beginning of 2001 he travelled to Cambridge/Boston USA for shortly over a month to attend the summer school titled "Career discovery - Urban Design" at the graduate school of design of Harvard University. Shortly thereafter he was awarded a scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to attend his first Master Program in Public Policy (specializing in International Affairs, Public and Non-Profit Management and International Political Economy) at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt-Thuringia which he successfully completed in 2014. After working as an assistant lecturer at a private university in Kairo for 2 years after that, he was again funded to study for his second Master - this time at the TU-Berlin Campus El Gouna in the Urban Development program. Currently he is writing his Master thesis with Dr. Arndt under the title "Vision Carbon Neutral and Resilient El Gouna - Part Sustainable Mobility".

Academic Career
Since 10/2016
Master student at "Urban Development" Program at TU-Berlin Campus El Gouna
SLE-Training at Humboldt University Berlin, "Green Cities for sustainable development"


Willy Brandt School of Public Policy - Master of Public Policy – Universität Erfurt
Topic of Final thesis:“Urban Development in Cairo – A potential Role Model for the Smart City of the Poor?”

Sommer 2011
Harvard University, Cambridge – Massachusetts, USA - Career Discovery student and participation in the Urban Design workshop
“NGO Support Center” in Al-Tor, South - Sinai, Egypt - “Training of Trainers” Course
American University in Cairo, Egypt - Intensive one-week Introductory Course in Project Management
Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University - Bachelor of Architecture
Professional Experience
Assistant lecturer at Faculty of Engineering, Architecture Department, Modern Sciences and Arts (MSA) University – 6th of October city, Egypt

Training at Art Department Berlin's Container Architecture Projects "2x20ft"
Policy Consultant for Project NOPOOR under supervision of Prof. Dr. Edgar Aragón
Internship at the German Chamber of architects
Nationally elected member of the first board of Architects in the Egyptian Syndicate of Engineers after 17 years of closure and political oppression.
Since 01/2011
Founding member of “Camp for Change”, a series of educational Holiday trips encouraging social development and harmony, Egypt
Design and Construction of Residential houses, Cairo, Egypt
Eco-Lodge-Coordinator and German teacher at SheikhSina Bedouin Treks, South Sinai, Egypt
Design and Construction of a Land-owner's house in Damanhur, Nile Delta, Egypt
Architect at Summit Construction & Consultants, Maadi, Cairo, Egypt
Freelance Architect, Permit- and Construction-drawings for 3 Villas, New-Cairo, Egypt
Architect at Al Abd touristic - Sidi Hineish - Mersa Matrouh and in Main Office in Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt

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