Karen Koning AbuZayd

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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.[1] She was succeeded by her deputy Filippo Grandi.[2]

Diplomatic career[edit]

AbuZayd worked as chief of mission for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Sarajevo during the Bosnian War.[1] Before joining to the UN, AbuZayd lectured in Political Science and Islamic Studies.[1] She is married and has two children.[1] She graduated from DePauw University in 1963[3] and is an alumna of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

Later career[edit]

AbuZayd is a current member of the Board of Directors at the Middle East Policy Council in Washington, D.C.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
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
Succeeded by
Filippo Grandi (Italy)