Karim Kawar

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His Excellency
Karim Kawar
This photo was taken in Amman, Jordan on 30 October 2008 using a Leica Camera AG M8.
17th Jordan Ambassador to United States
In office
1 July 2002 – 15 January 2007
Preceded by Marwan Jamil Muasher
Succeeded by Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad
Personal details
Born 15 June 1966
Amman, Jordan
Nationality Jordanian
Spouse(s) Luma Halazon[1]
Children Faisal, Abla, Alia
Residence Amman
Alma mater Boston College
Occupation President of Kawar Group
Religion Greek Orthodox[2]
Website Kawar.com

Karim Kawar (Arabic: كريم قعوار‎‎) is the former ambassador to the United States from Jordan, where he served under the title of Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United States of America and the Republic of Mexico from July 2002 until January 2007.

Kawar was one of the youngest of Jordan's ambassadors, who at the time of his appointment had been involved in developing Jordan's information and communications technology sector.[3] Kawar was succeeded by Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein, returning to his home country of Jordan.[4]

On 21 September 2010, The King's Academy Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Karim Kawar as chairman of the board, following the resignation of Founding Chairman Professor Safwan Masri.[5]

In 2007 Kawar rejoined the Jordan-based Kawar Group of Companies as its president.[6] The Kawar Group was founded by his grandfather. His brother Rudain is the CEO.

Kawar also is the Chairman of IrisGuard, Inc., which specializes in the deployment of iris recognition systems for border and homeland security.[7] He is a principal shareholder and advisor to Optimiza Solutions, a provider of management consulting, technology enablement and outsourcing services in the Middle East.

Kawar grew up in Amman, Jordan. He graduated from Boston College, in 1987 with a B.Sc. in management, finance and computer science.[8] There he also met his wife, Luma Halazon.[9] At the age of twenty, Kawar established his first company and headed an umbrella group that encompassed ten information systems and software companies.[10]

Kawar was appointed, in 1999, as a member of the Economic Consultative Council, by King Abdullah II. The Economic Consultative Council was the first 21-member body that included public and private sector leaders established to advise the Monarch on economic and social issues. Kawar served as a member of several Consultative Council task forces on Investment, eGovernment, Public Sector Reform, and computer and English education.[11]

In 1999 led a team of 40 Jordanian IT professionals under the REACH Initiative to develop a strategy to launch the IT industry in Jordan. Kawar also served as Chairman of the Information Technology Association of Jordan (INTAJ), and before that as President of the Jordan Computer Society.[12]

Kawar was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and was also selected as an Eisenhower Fellow for the year 2000.[13] He is a founding member of several business associations and NGOs, among which are the American Chamber of Commerce in Jordan (AmCham), the Young Entrepreneurs Association (YEA) and the Jordanian Intellectual Property Association (JIPA). He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).[14]

Kawar also served as Vice Chair and later a member of the board of the Jordan River Foundation, chaired by Queen Rania.[15] Kawar also served as the Network Coordinator of the United Nations Information and Communication Technologies Task Force - Arab Regional Network.

Kawar and his wife Luma, formed Bridges of Understanding Foundation,[16] a nonpolitical nonprofit organization with the stated aim of supporting projects and initiatives that foster better understanding between the people of the US and the people of the Arab and Muslim world,[17] starting with women of the U.S and Jordan.[18]


  1. ^ "Mr. Karim Kawar". The Jordan Embassy to the US. JordanEmbassyUS.org. 27 February 2005. Archived from the original on 27 February 2005. 
  2. ^ Feinberg, Cara. "Middleman". Boston College Magazine (Winter 2007). Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Abdullah, Jihad (30 September 2002), Jordan Puts Eggs in Tech Basket, Wired Magazine, retrieved 18 October 2010 
  4. ^ Radványi, János (20 February 2003). "Bio: Kawar". Executive Lecture Forum: Activities: 2003. Mississippi State University. Retrieved 18 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Karim Kawar appointed chairman of the board". Amman, Jordan: King's Academy. 21 September 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2010. 
  6. ^ T, J (23 September 2010). "King’s Academy Board of Trustees appoints Karim Kawar as chairman". Amman Daily News. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Eye Of The Beholder". Jordan Business Magazine. 9 June 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  8. ^ https://secure.www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/BTN/events/event_order.cgi?tmpl=events&event=2305944
  9. ^ http://www.washingtonlife.com/issues/2003-10/ambassadorwives/index.html
  10. ^ http://www.washdiplomat.com/January%202006/a5_01_06.html
  11. ^ http://www.calvin.edu/news/2004-05/kawar.htm
  12. ^ http://www.jordanembassyus.org/120199003.htm
  13. ^ http://www.jordanembassyus.org/new/pr/pr11142005.shtml
  14. ^ http://diplomatictraffic.com/highlights_archives.asp?ID=83
  15. ^ http://www.jordanriver.jo/About1.asp?Language=E
  16. ^ http://www.washdiplomat.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6055
  17. ^ http://www.zawya.com/story.cfm/sidZAWYA20080121085533
  18. ^ http://www.washdiplomat.com/DPouch/2007/April/041207lifestyle.html

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