Hazami Barmada is a young and visionary International Diplomatic Affairs professional and social entrepreneur focusing on international collaborative and community development and public/cultural diplomacy. She works with numerous public and private institutions providing technical assistance on organizational management, strategy and programming. Hazami is a Program Advisor for the Aspen Institute Global Initiative on Culture and Society, co-Founder and CEO of the Arab Empowerment Initiative, and Founder and Executive Director of the Iraqi Orphan Initiative. Her initiatives and events have received recognition in major media outlets nationally and internationally.
Hazami is actively engaged in grassroots organizing and public speaking on issues of faith-diplomacy and women and youth empowerment. She is the founder and President of the American Muslim Interactive Network (AMIN), an apolitical grassroots organization that hosts an array of social, educational, and volunteer initiatives that promote intra/interfaith understanding. Additionally she serves as an advisor and board member of several non-profit organizations including the 9/11 Unity Walk. In 2008, she was named a Muslim Leader of Tomorrow by the American Society for Muslim Advancement. Hazami has appeared as a TV guest on a number of media stations including CNN international, BBC, Saudi TV, Alhurra, Al-Jazzerah, ART and VOA.
Hazami was born in Manchester England to Syrian-Palestinian parents. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from Rhodes College and is currently completing her Master’s in Public and Social Policy at Georgetown University. She is the recipient of the 2010-11 Breaking Barriers Through Travel Fellowship to work in Thailand, Cambodia, India and Nepal.