May Al-Karooni is the founder of Globechain – an award-winning British reuse marketplace that connects corporates to charities and SMEs to redistribute free unwanted items, creating social impact data to its members. Globechain focuses in retail (fixtures & fittings, obsolete stock), commercial (office, IT) and construction (demolition, materials and refurbishments).
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 5,100,000 kilos from landfill with items being re distributed within the UK as well as abroad as far as Sierra Leone, Guinea, Kenya, Libya and the Ukraine providing savings of over £2,000,000 to charitable causes.