Karen Koning AbuZayd
Karen Koning AbuZayd (born 1941) is an American diplomat. She was a Commissioner-General for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) from June 28, 2005 to January 20, 2010 appointed by Kofi Annan. She was succeeded by her deputy Filippo Grandi.
AbuZayd worked as chief of mission for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Sarajevo during the Bosnian War. Before joining to the UN, AbuZayd lectured in Political Science and Islamic Studies. She is married and has two children. She graduated from DePauw University in 1963 and is an alumna of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.
AbuZayd is a current member of the Board of Directors at the Middle East Policy Council in Washington, D.C.
Peter Hansen (Denmark)
|Commissioner-General for United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
June 28, 2005–January 20, 2010
Filippo Grandi (Italy)