An accomplished academic or senior practitioner with extensive experience in public policy, international affairs, or related field. Practitioners, such as former civil servants, diplomats, senior administrators from international organizations, journalists and public intellectuals, are ideal candidates for this fellowship. The Senior Policy Fellow can also be a senior scholar who has made significant academic contributions in the areas of public policy and/or international affairs. Senior Policy Fellows are expected to work closely with research programs on relevant research, reviewing publications, facilitating discussions, and publishing relevant policy papers, articles, and other publications. This fellowship is designated through nomination process.
Karma is a Mediation Advisor with UN Women and the founder of #Diplowomen, an initiative to share knowledge, develop mentorship opportunities, and strengthen networking in the field of diplomacy, peacemaking, conflict resolution, mediation, and negotiation. She is a member of the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network and a member of the Global Alliance of Regional Women Mediator Networks, which she participated in launching during the 74th UN General Assembly in New York.
Prior to this, she was the International Affairs and Relations Advisor to former Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri, where she served as the focal point for all international dossiers for eleven years. Before joining PM Hariri’s office in 2009, Karma was the National Political Officer at the United Nations Special Coordinator’s office in Lebanon. She had also served at the UN Secretariat’s Department of Political Affairs in New York.
She is a Munich Young Leader, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, member of the British Government’s International Leaders Program and a “Personalité d’avenir” – selected by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2012, Karma was named one of the top 99 foreign policy leaders under 33 years of age by the Diplomatic Courier.
Karma holds a Master of Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where she was a Fulbright student. She is a fourth-generation graduate of the American University of Beirut and a Penrose Award recipient.
Ziad El Sayegh
Ziad El Sayegh is an expert and adviser on public policies. His research focuses on several issues among them the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, the Middle East peace negotiations, Syrian refugees, labor policies, and social protection.
El Sayegh is a member of the Political National Committee working on the refugee issue at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. He is a policy adviser for Adyan Foundation and coordinator of "Better Lebanon Initiative", as well as policy and communication adviser to the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC). He has also served as the senior national policy and communication adviser to the Ministry of State for Displaced Affairs (February 2017 – January 2019), was the CEO of the Civic Influence Hub (July 2012 – January 2016), and the policy and communication strategies adviser for the Chairman of the Lebanese – Palestinian Dialogue Committee at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (2006 – 2009).
Heba Elgazzar currently serves as a program leader and senior economist at the World Bank, based in Ankara. She holds a PhD and MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a BA from Columbia University in New York. Her work and publications focus on social protection and labor policies, investment programs, economic evaluation, and governance. She has previously worked in the Middle East, Africa, and Washington, DC. She was also a researcher at LSE, and served as director of global economics in the private sector, focusing on Europe and the Americas.
Khalil Gebara is a researcher, academic, and government official expert in governance, local development, and public policy. He holds a PhD in Political Economy from Exeter University in the United Kingdom and is currently teaching economics at the Lebanese American University (LAU). He is a consultant in governance and public policy, in addition to being an active member of several organizations, including the Common Space Initiative.
Between February 2014 and February 2019, he was the international affairs adviser to the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities. He also served as the head of the Good Governance Unit at the office of Prime Minister Saad Hariri between 2010 and 2014. In December 2008, he was appointed by the Lebanese government as a member of the first Supervisory Commission on the Election Campaign. Gebara was also the director of the Lebanese Transparency Association-Transparency International Chapter in Lebanon between 2005 and 2008.
Mahmoud Haidar has more than twenty-five years of experience in business strategy, innovation, and public policy. He has held various senior management and advisory roles with international, government, and private entities in telecom and media, digital services, trade, policy evaluation, and regulation, as well as institutional development. In public policy and international affairs, he has first-hand experience with numerous governments in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, and has extensively supervised research in policymaking. He is currently an adviser to the Civil Society Actors & Policymaking program at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs - AUB.
Haidar studied engineering and arts & sciences in AUB, business and management in EDHEC, France, and international law and diplomacy in TUFTS, USA. Mahmoud is a regular lecturer of international affairs and public policy in St. Gallen University, Switzerland, the PPIA program of AUB, and at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration, ENA, Lebanon. He currently sits on a number of advisory and management boards, consults for the UN ESCWA, and chairs an advisory board for the New Zealand government in the Middle East and Africa.
Maysa Jalbout is a leader in international development and philanthropy, with 25 years of experience in building organizations and developing solutions to help the most vulnerable people around the world. She is currently a visiting scholar and special adviser on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at MIT and ASU and a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution. She was the founding CEO of the Abdulla AlGhurair Foundation for Education and the founding CEO of the Queen Rania Foundation. She was the head of Education Policy at Global Affairs Canada. Jalbout serves on the boards of the International Baccalaureate Organization and Generation by McKinsey.
An economist and an expert in strategy. He is also the content producer and host of “Vision 2030”, a leading TV show on LBCI that provides a platform for an in-depth debate around politics and policy making in Lebanon.
Albert has founded and is heading the Beirut office of Arthur D. Little, the world premier strategy consulting firm, after having spent years with the firm in France. His main areas of expertise are in infrastructure, public transportation and telecom. He worked for major international corporations and governments in a dozen of countries. Albert has also established a boutique consultancy “Levant Consult”, where he advises regional companies on their strategy, governance, M&A and financial and operational restructuring projects.
Albert is committed to promoting reforms in Lebanon and regularly publishes articles and studies in various domains in addition to having been active in politics and policy making, with a focus on electoral laws. He is the co-founder of “Les Plus Beaux Villages du Liban”, an NGO aiming at the preservation of rural heritage in Lebanon. He holds an MSc from the HEC School in Paris and a BA in Economics from the Saint-Joseph University in Beirut.
Sami Mahroum is currently the director of research and strategy at Dubai Future Labs and professor of innovation studies at the Free University of Brussels. He completed a PhD in business and social studies from the German Armed Forces University in Hamburg (2002). Mahroum was a senior lecturer teaching executive education at INSEAD and the founding director of the INSEAD Innovation & Policy Initiative. Over the course of his career, he has worked as a policy researcher and an adviser on innovation policy issues, allowing him to gain a strong policy experience at high profile organizations, including the European Commission, the OECD, the Rand Corporation, and the Ontario Government.
Mahroum’s writings have appeared in peer-reviewed journals as well as in high-quality journalism including the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, and Project Syndicate. He is also the author of a book entitled “Black Swan Start-ups: Understanding the Rise of Successful Technology Business in Unlikely Places” (Palgrave MacMillan, March 2016) and several Harvard Business Press case studies on innovation and location. Sami sits on the editorial board of the Journal Science & Public Policy and on the scientific committee for the Geography of Innovation conference.
Robert Watkins is the Former UN Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon. Early in his career, Mr. Watkins worked for the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Office, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and other international organizations. Mr. Watkins holds a Master of Arts degree in international relations from the Carleton University School of International Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Toronto. He has been posted both in headquarters and in the field, serving in Gabon, Sudan, Iraq, Turkey, the Dominican Republic, and Jordan prior to joining the United Nations.