Azza Karam


Secretary General of Religions for Peace, Senior Advisor at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Chair of the UN Interagency Task Force on Religion

Azza Karam, Ph.D., was affirmed by acclamation as the new Secretary General of Religions for Peace on 21 August 2019. She is Senior Advisor at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). She represents UNFPA as Coordinator of the United Nations Interagency Task Force on Religion. She is Lead Facilitator for the UN Strategic Learning Exchanges on Religion-Development-Humanitarianism-Diplomacy. She coordinates engagement with the UN’s Global Interfaith Network of over 500 faith-based NGOs and liaises with the UN Faith Advisory Council. She has published in several languages on political Islam, gender, education, and religion and development. Dr. Karam also serves as Professor of Religion and Development at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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