Goessinger, born and schooled in Frankfurt, Germany, was raised by an Austrian
father with strong ties to the city of Vienna and an Egyptian mother with even
stronger ties to Cairo. After attending a liberal arts college in the
Netherlands, a Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro and the Institute
of Political Studies in Paris, and working with a range of development
agencies, notably in Latin America and on Africa, Karim decided to synthesize
his higher educational and professional experiences in what resulted in the
creation of the Cairo Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CILAS).