Rym Baouendi

Professional Title: Urban Sustainability Catalyst | Medina Works | Cogite | THNK

Industry: Design

Currently with: City Changemaker, Medina Works – Strategic Sustainability Consulting, World Green Building Council

Previously with: Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, Buro Happold, E3sol

THNK Connection: Creative Leadership Program


Rym Baouendi is passionate about the built environment and is driven by sustainable development. She is the founder and managing director of UAE-based Medina Works (MW) a boutique sustainability consultancy crafting context-relevant, high-impact solutions for cities. MW has multiple-focus addressing three main catalysts of the City: the built environment, the human capital and organizations. Her organization offers strategic and technical advisory services ranging from policy advice, design, program development and implementation to capacity building and entrepreneurship.


Rym is also the founder of Cogite, the first coworking space in Tunis: a social enterprise offering impact-driven individuals and organizations an affordable, yet inspiring place to meet, work and co-create positive impacts. Additionally, Rym is active in the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) network. She is a founding member of the Tunisia Green Building Council and a consultant for WorldGBC focused on capacity development of GBCs in Middle East and North Africa.


Rym is a sustainability expert and holds a Master of Applied Science degree in Building Engineering from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She also holds a Masters of Civil and Urban Planning Engineering from INSA Lyon (France) and a Diploma in Initial Studies in Architecture from the School of Architecture of Lyon (France).


She is a global nomad currently living between Istanbul, Tunis and Dubai. She is a mother of two lovely boys.