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May Al-Karooni

Globechain

London, UK

Founder

Globechain

May Al-Karooni

Biography

May Al-Karooni is the CEO and Founder of the award-winning Globechain, an online platform that connects corporates to charities, NGOs, social enterprise, SMEs and individuals to reuse and redistribute unwanted items in the B2B sector, providing waste and social impact data.

May previously worked within the investment banking and asset management industry, fundraising monies for venture capital, property and hedge funds for the last 10 years totalling over £120 million in funds raised. In 2013 May set up Globechain after seeing a demand for a new online circular economy within the waste management industry after her own employer expressed a need to reuse items in a more collaborative way.

Globechain has gained huge momentum growing to 10,000 members with eBay as its mentors and securing contracts with some of the world’s largest brands as well as growing a large network of charities nationally and internationally. Globechain last year diverted 4,000,000 kilos from landfill with items being re distributed within the UK as well as abroad as far as Sierra Leone, Guinea, Libya and the Ukraine providing savings of over £900,000 to charitable causes.

May Al-Karooni’s Newsfeed

23 Aug 2018
Small Businesses Can (and Should) Do More to Align with the SDGs

Globechain founder May Al-Karooni showcased the company’s SDG plan at the 2017 World Circular Economy Forum in Helsinki, Finland. The company hopes to further goals like building sustainable communities (SDG 11), ensuring responsible consumption and production (SDG 12), and acting on climate (SDG 13) by expanding its network that turns waste into resource, she explained.

May Al-Karooni’s Background

Founder
Mar 2013 - Present
London, UK
Globechain is an online marketplace that connects people, charities & businesses to enable them to reuse unwanted items within a global supply chain network creating social impact data for members. Focusing on retail (fixtures & Fittings), commercial (office & IT) and Construction (materials, demolition, refurbishments). 10,000 members, operating in UK, Germany, Africa and US.
Regional Development Manager
Apr 2012 - Jul 2013
London, UK
Close Brothers is a leading UK merchant banking group providing lending, deposit taking, wealth management services and securities trading. Close Brothers employ over 3,000 people, principally in the UK.
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Other Business Interests

Member
Cowes, UK
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation's aim is to accelerate the transition to the circular economy. Since its creation in 2010, the charity has emerged as a global thought leader, establishing the circular economy on the agenda of decision makers across business, government & academia.
Winner
2017 - 2017
London, UK
LAUNCH’s mission is to build & nurture a community of innovators, thought leaders & decision-makers across value chains to collectively understand, articulate & scale solutions for positive systems change leading to a more sustainable society.
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