Founder and Co-Director

Sumaya Karimi

Sumaya Karimi grew up during and lived in the war for many years. Throughout her life and various experiences, she has learned to be courageous, resilient, hopeful, and optimistic and to advocate for peace and justice. She completed her Medical Degree in Afghanistan, studied in South Africa, and earned an Education and Community Development diploma. She has worked in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and throughout the United States.

Sumaya Karimi coaches business and organization to go through the transformation process and create a vibrant, productive, and innovative team where everyone feels seen, valued, and belong. She strives to create safe and brave spaces where individuals, businesses, and organizations reach their highest potential.

As the founder of Global Ubuntu, Sumaya has trained more than 1000 people through the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She has written curricula and developed and facilitated small and large group processes in many countries. She often says, "My goal is for everyone to find a way to personal transformation, build deeper relationships and develop a sense of belonging as a change agent."

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