Director / President / IYIP
Caroline Assaf is an engagement professional with a focus on youth, cities and municipalities. She has more than 15 years experience in communications and marketing, working with the private sector on international portfolios.Read more
Caroline is a Founding Director and Public Engagement Director at Sustainable Cities International Society. She also founded Young Speakers, a social enterprise empowering youth through public speaking and communications to drive positive change in their communities.
Additionally, Caroline is an engagement consultant for the BC Hydro Sustainable Communities program, designing and implementing a capacity building and knowledge transfer platform for the community energy managers of 11 municipalities across BC.
At Sustainable Cities, Caroline has worked on the SCI Energy Lab, a three year knowledge exchange program for 10 international cities across Europe, North America and Africa.
Prior to becoming a Founding Director for Sustainable Cities International Society, Caroline worked closely with the City of Vancouver on two major international engagement events:
- The WWF Earth Hour Capital 2014 event where more than 164 international cities were invited.
-The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance annual meeting 2015 where 17 pioneering cities came together to engage and draw the pathway towards a carbon neutral future.
Caroline has recently been appointed the program manager for an international youth internship program funded by Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Agency – Canada, aimed at deploying 40 youth interns over the next two years to six under
developed countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to support local partners and municipalities for sustainable economic growth.
Her latest publication is a stakeholders’ engagement guide for municipalities across Canada to promote district energy systems in their local communities.
Caroline has a master degree from France, a sustainability management certificate from UBC. She has a certificate in public participation and engagement from the International
Association of Public Participation. She is currently pursuing a part-time master in Sustainability Management at Harvard Extension School.