Sumaya Karimi

Founder and Co-Director

Sumaya Karimi grew up during and lived with war for many years. Throughout her life and through various experiences, she has learned to be courageous, resilient, hopeful, positive and to advocate for peace. She strives to create safe spaces where individuals and groups find and develop their potential. She completed her Medical Degree in Afghanistan, studied in South Africa, and earned a diploma in Education and Community Development. She has worked in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and throughout the United States. 

As the founder of Global Ubuntu, Sumaya has trained more than 500 people through the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She has written curriculum, and developed and facilitated small and large group processes in many countries. As she often says, "My goal is that everyone finds a way to personal transformation." Through Global Ubuntu, she currently manages the Georgia Council of Developmental Disabilities' (GCDD) Real Communities Initiative and Welcoming Community Movement. 

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