Basima Abdulrahman, founder of Kesk
Basima has ten years of diverse civil engineering experience focused on sustainable development in Iraq. Her core expertise is in green building assessment tools and amplified strategies that lead to enhanced building performance. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the first local initiative established to introduce the concept of green design and construction to Iraq called KESK. Her aim is to make sure that current development should not harm the interests of future generations through the integration of the triple bottom line concept; people, planet and profit.
Her vision is to make Iraqi cities more sustainable, inclusive and economically productive through making buildings and infrastructures healthy, environmentally responsible, and resource-efficient. Basima was featured in the Real Leaders magazine as one of the 100 Visionary Leaders for 2018. She was invited to the 2018 World Economic Forum annual meeting as well as the Global Climate Action Summit where she spoke to world leaders addressing the environmental crisis in her country and advocating for sustainable solutions.
She was recognized by WEF Agenda, Forbes, and Astro AWANI among other platforms for leading the green building work in Iraq. Basima is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a TEDx speaker, a Fulbright alumna, and a LEED-Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering.