International Affairs and Relations Adviser President of the Council of Ministers – Lebanon
Karma Ekmekji is the Head of the International Affairs and Relations Unit at the office of the President of the Council of Ministers (PCM) of Lebanon, Saad Hariri, where she serves as an adviser and the focal point for all international dossiers. She operates as the interface between the office of the PCM and the diplomatic community. She is also a professor of International Affairs.
Stemming from a strong interest in empowering women in the field of diplomacy, peace making, mediation and negotiation, Karma founded the Diplowomen concept and has partnered with former Ambassador Tom Fletcher’s Foundation for Opportunity to develop the Diplowomen platform, a physical and digital platform which will act as a hub for knowledge sharing, mentoring and networking in this field. Karma is a member of the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network.
Karma is the co-founder and member of the Advisory Board of 3QA, a Lebanon based enterprise aimed at creating a sustainable ecosystem for the Levant’s Third Sector through introducing an accreditation system.
Prior to joining Saad Hariri’s office upon his appointment as PCM in 2009, Karma was the national political officer at the United Nations Special Coordinator’s office in Lebanon where she briefed the Special Coordinator on all domestic political developments, developing the office’s network base with the International Community and Lebanese political parties. She had also served at the UN Secretariat’s Department of Political Affairs in New York.
Karma was a policy analyst for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) where she was tasked with conducting extensive research on electoral systems and reforms and with providing technical assistance to Government agencies. She was present at the Doha Agreement in May 2008 to lobby political parties to introduce reforms to the electoral law.
She was selected to take part in the British Government’s International Leaders Programme for 2016 - 2017 and was previously “Personnalite d’avenir” – selected by the Quai d’Orsay. In 2012, Karma was named one of 2012’s top 99 foreign policy leaders under 33 years of age by the Diplomatic Courier. Karma is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
She earned her Master of Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. She is a fourth generation AUBite, and a Penrose Award recipient.
Karma is married to Hani Hammoud and is the mother of two boys, Raï and Yann.