Azza Karam, Ph.D.
Azza Karam, Ph.D., as Senior Advisor on Social-Culture Development at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), manages global activities on social determinants of development, interfaith networking, and coordinates an Inter-Agency Task Force on Faith-Based Engagement. She was Senior Policy Advisor in the Bureau for Arab States at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP); President of the United Nations Committee of Religious NGOs; Senior Program Officer at the International Institute on Democracy and Electoral Assistance; and founded the first Global Women of Faith Network (Religions for Peace). She managed global developmental programs throughout the world, taught at many universities, and published widely on political economy, democratization, human rights, and religion. Her books include Religion and the United Nations; Transnational Political Islam; Islamisms, Women and State; Women in Parliament: Beyond Numbers; and, A Woman’s Place: Religious Women as Public Actors.