Karime Hassan, Chief Executive & Growth Director, Exeter City Council.
Karime is a chartered town planner with 33 years of experience in planning and economic development. He was appointed Chief Executive and Growth Director of Exeter City Council in 2013. He joined Exeter City Council as the Director of Economy and Development in February 2011, following eight years as Corporate Director at East Devon District Council.
During his time at East Devon, he set up the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point, managed the strategic development proposals for the growth area (including the new town of Cranbrook and Exeter Science Park) and established regeneration programmes for Exmouth and Seaton.
Before joining East Devon District Council, Karime was Head of Planning Services at Exeter and led projects such as the award-winning Princesshay shopping centre and the relocation of the Met Office.
Karime has also worked at Derby City Council, Nottingham City Council, and Newport City Council. He has an MSc in Industrial and Public Planning Policy from Loughborough University, and a BA Hons in Town and Country Planning from Trent University Nottingham.