Rediscovering the purpose of air quality monitoring | Karim Tarraf
TEDxTUM 2022

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About Karim Tarraf

Karim Tarraf is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Hawa Dawa, a Munich-based company named one of the Top 10 Innovators in Germany and Top 35 in Europe by the MIT Technology Review among others. His company pioneers the use of sensor and sensor and satellite data to track and analyze air quality and correlate it with specific use cases in major cities. His aim is to make environmental data easily available such that it enables cities, businesses and citizens to steer climate-neutrality through an intuitive platform.

Born and raised in Cairo, he coordinated climate mitigation projects for organizations such as the UN Environment Programme and the BMU in Southeast Asia and the MENA region. He is a frequent guest of stakeholder consultations on matters of climate change and air pollution organized by the World Health Organization. Next to his work at Hawa Dawa he is also a start-up mentor at the FEPS Incubation Center of Cairo University. 

A family man, Karim likes to spend his time seeking inner tranquility on the Mediterranean with his wife and daughters. A proponent of hard work, he notes that one must have faith, but also that one must act diligently as well. Therefore, his thoughts are perfectly encapsulated in the proverb: “Trust in God, but tie up your camel”.