Hazami Barmada

Founder and Global Curator
Hazami Barmada
Founder and Global Curator

Hazami has 13+ years of experience as a public affairs, communications and social impact strategist/consultant and social entrepreneur. She has tri-sector expertise in organizational strategy, program design and management, strategic communications and public-private partnerships. Her professional interests lie at the intersection of change management, global governance, diplomacy, innovation, new technology, social good, corporate social responsibility and development.

Hazami is the CEO of The Barmada Group, LLC and has consulted for institutions including the United Nations, United Nations Foundation, Royal Court of the Sultanate of Oman, Save the Children, DirecTV, Saudi State TV, ARAMCO Oil Co., TechGirls, and The Washington Diplomat. In addition to the strategy consulting work of The Barmada Group, the firm designs and leads workshops on social innovation, entrepreneurship, change management and leadership for governments, businesses, universities and civil society around the world.

In 2016, Hazami was the Coordinator for the United Nations Secretary General's World Humanitarian Summit (under the patronage of UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon and President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan). Prior, Hazami served as a senior strategist and consultant to UN agencies including UN Habitat, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) and as the Strategic Communications Advisor to the UN Secretary-General's Youth Envoy. In her roles at the United Nations, she focusing on designing programming and strategy to advance innovation, partnerships, government engagement and building grassroots engagement, most recently for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She was the architect of the #YouthNow campaign launched by the UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon that had a global reach 2.6 billion to advocate for inclusive youth policies.

In 2016, Hazami founded the annual Harvard Humanitarian Learning Journey, which takes 45 Harvard graduate students to Greece each semester to learn about and support the Refugee Crisis in Europe. In 2017, she founded the Harvard Humanitarian Leadership and Policy Study Group, hosted in partnership with the Center of Public Leadership at Harvard University, to train Harvard graduate students on designing effective humanitarian response and policies.

Her focus on creating solution to address complex global challenges was recognized by the Presidential Centers of four US Presidents George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson, who in 2017 selected her as a Presidential Leadership Scholar. Under the mentorship of four presidential administrations, her Presidential Leadership Project focused on developing a comprehensive strategy for a global “empathy revolution” for social change.

Inspired by her Presidential Leadership Project and the mentorship of President William J. Clinton and President George W. Bush, in 2017, Hazami founded the Humanity Lab Foundation, and its flagship program the Global People's Summit, in partnership with the United Nations Office of Partnerships. The inaugural Global People's Summit at the United Nations General Assembly had a digital reach of 84 million in 160 countries with a mission of inspiring social change to achieve a better world by 2030.

A passionate humanist, she is an advisor to philanthropic and NGO initiatives focusing on humanitarian advocacy, women and youth empowerment, diversity/inclusion, and diaspora engagement. Hazami serves as a Citizen Diplomat with the US Department of State and had lead trainings and speaker programs in places including Libya, Tajikistan, Egypt, Belgium, Israel/Palestine. A frequent international public speaker, her work has been featured on media including CNN, BBC, VICE, MBC, Huffington Post and Washington Post.

Hazami has a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government where she was an Edward S. Mason Fellow in Public Policy and Management, served as Vice President of Professional Development at the Kennedy School Student Government, and was recipient of the 'Eric Yankah Award' and the 'Diversity and Inclusion Award for Excellence in Service'. She studied social and public policy at Georgetown University and has a BA from Rhodes College in anthropology and sociology.

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