Karim has an extensive background in fintech, mobile tech, engineering, finance and strategy. He is currently the Co-Founder and General Partner at Luge Capital, a fintech-focused venture capital fund with $75M under management. Prior to Luge, Karim led Corporate Development and M&A activities for PayPal in Canada. Before that, Karim started the Corporate Development practice at Xoom, a leading cross-border remittance company that went public on the NASDAQ in 2013 and was subsequently acquired by PayPal in 2015 for USD $890M. Prior to Xoom, Karim led M&A and strategic investments for BlackBerry in Silicon Valley. Karim was also responsible for establishing BlackBerry's largest partnerships, and he developed the company's overall strategy for mobile payments and commerce, including NFC payments, P2P and App World. Karim spent several years working for Redknee Solutions in the UK where he designed telecom network infrastructure, including mobile money solutions,for operators in East Africa and Western Europe.
Karim has a BASc in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, an MSc in Finance and Economic Policy from the University of London and an LLM Master of Laws from the University of Toronto. Karim is a Charter Member of the C100, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Canadian technology entrepreneurship and investment.