American Univesity of Beirut

 Rima Khalaf-Hunaidi, PhD

A trustee since 2004, and an AUB graduate (BA '76), Khalaf-Hunaidi is the President of the “Global Organization Against Racial Discrimination and Segregation" – a civil society organization registered in Geneva with the purpose of combating, through peaceful means, all forms of racial discrimination, exploitation, and segregation. Before that, she held the position of UN undersecretary general and executive secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. Khalaf-Hunaidi is also former assistant secretary-general and director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States of the UN Development Programme, where she led important regional initiatives and was the principal architect of the pioneering Arab Human Development Report series. She has held high-ranking ministerial positions in Jordan including deputy prime minister, senator, minister of planning, and minister of industry and trade. Khalaf has received the Prince Claus Award, the King Hussein Leadership Prize, and the League of Arab States Award for Most Distinguished Arab Woman in the Field of International Organizations. She also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the American University in Cairo. In December 2009, The Financial Times listed Khalaf among the top 50 people who shaped the decade. She is a graduate of Portland State University (MA, economics, '81; PhD, systems science, '84).​​

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