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Dr Omar Rifai

Head of the Board of Directors
Dr Omar Rifai

Dr. Omar Rifai is currently Head of the Board of Directors of the WANA Institute. Prior to this, he was Director of the Arab Affairs Division and Representative of the Commissioner-General at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). A career diplomat, he served as Ambassador of Jordan to Egypt and Permanent Representative to the Arab League in Cairo; Ambassador to Italy and Permanent Representative of Jordan to the UN Agencies in Rome; Ambassador (non-resident) to Bosnia-Herzegovina, San Marino, Croatia; and Ambassador to Israel. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations, a Master of Arts in History, and a Bachelor’s in Government. Dr.Rifai is a graduate of Harvard and Georgetown Universities.


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