Kareem Elbayar is Technology Partnerships Adviser in the Office of the Director of Corporate Programmes at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), where he supports efforts to foster partnerships and innovation between humanitarian agencies and technology companies.
Kareem comes to OCHA from the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), where he served for almost four years as a Programme Manager overseeing projects in Baghdad and Erbil, Iraq. In that role, Kareem oversaw the design and implementation of the Iraq IDP Information Centre, a free hotline for Iraqi displaced persons to access information about humanitarian assistance, request help, and provide feedback on the humanitarian response. Kareem also managed a small grant fund for Iraqi NGOs, a project on national reconciliation for the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq’s Office of Political Affairs, and several other projects and initiatives.
Prior to joining the UN, Kareem worked for seven years as a Legal Advisor at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, where he specialized in freedom of association in the Middle East/North Africa.
Kareem holds a Juris Doctor and Masters in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.