Civic Participation

Rym Baouendi

Founder & Managing Director Medina Works

Founder & Managing Director Medina Works


Rym Baouendi is passionate about building platforms for 21st century living, work and learning. She is the founder & CEO of Medina Works, a boutique design+strategy consultancy based in Montreal and Tunis. For over fifteen years, she actively engaged in advancing the green buildings and sustainable cities agenda globally at policy, planning and design levels. She advised a wide range of public, private and third sector organizations with the development of world-class, high-performance urban developments, buildings, interiors and landscapes including the US National Parks Services, the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, the World Green Building Council, Nokia, Abu Dhabi Louvre, Masdar and BMCE bank in Morocco. Rym is also an entrepreneurship ecosystem builder in Tunisia: She is the co-founder of Cogite, Tunisia's first coworking space, named by Forbes as one of the "10 best coworking spaces on Earth”, a founding board member of Endeavor Tunisia and has led the development of BIAT Foundation's entrepreneurship support programs in Tunisia.

Rym is a THNK fellow and holds a Masters degree in Building Engineering from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada), a Civil Engineering and Urban Planning degree from INSA de Lyon (France) and a diploma in Initial Studies in Architecture from the School of Architecture of Lyon.