Rym Baouendi is an urban sustainability catalyst and a social entrepreneur on a mission “to accelerate urban wellbeing for people and the planet”. She brings over a decade of experience in the fields of urban sustainability and social innovation and has worked on a range of projects globally with focus on urban policy, sustainable planning & design, social entrepreneurship and impact measurement.
She is the founder of Medina Works, an urban consultancy and innovation workshop shaping urban spaces, skills and ventures to further liveability, sustainability and resilience in cities of the Mediterranean and the Middle East region.
She is also the co-founder of City Changemaker; a regional platform for urban innovation connecting urban professionals, social entrepreneurs, creatives, tech innovators and other city changemakers and empowering them to realize impactful projects in their cities.
Rym also co-founded Cogite, the first coworking space in Tunisia supporting a growing community of entrepreneurs and changemakers in the capital.
Rym is a THNK fellow and holds two Masters degrees in Building Engineering from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) and in Civil Engineering and Urban Planning from INSA de Lyon (France). She also holds a diploma in Initial Studies in Architecture from Ecole d’Architecture de Lyon.