Throughout 10 years of working as a freelance trainer and workshop facilitator for international organizations, Dr. Thabet’s view of conflict moved from focusing on community-level issues, to analysis of systemic conflict as a whole. His monitoring and evaluation (M&E) experience in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has enabled him to better prevent conflict using a combination of top-down and bottom-up approaches. He now advises development project donors on how to analyze key drivers of conflict.
Dr. Thabet is currently based in Germany, working for the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development to create safe spaces for host communities and Syrian refugees living in Northern Jordan. He also acts as a regional facilitator for the USIP Middle East forum. Dr. Thabet has a long history as a development consultant with a background in the technical administration of development projects, and a critical understanding of the socio-economic and political frameworks of development work in the MENA region. He is registered with the United Nations Development Programmes roster as an international expert in conflict transformation and facilitation.
Until May 2014 Dr. Thabet was the project manager for the UNDP Integrated Social Cohesion and Development Project in Yemen, focusing on community supported conflict prevention and transformation in five Yemeni governorates. Prior to his work with UNDP Dr. Thabet worked as a consultant, professional trainer, and workshop facilitator for 11 years. Dr. Karim has facilitated over 139 planning workshops on development in Yemen and the MENA region, and conducted more than 47 training seminars on Participatory Rural Appraisal, Project Cycle Management, M&E, Results-Based Management, and Participatory Impact Monitoring.
Dr. Thabet earned a PhD in Economics from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Germany, an MSc in Economics from the Institute of Arab Research and Studies, Iraq, and a BSc in Economics from Jordan University.