Patricia Karam is the regional director of the Middle East and North Africa division for the International Republican Institute. Karam has held senior managerial positions in non-government organizations over the past 15 years. She has worked at the nexus of problem analysis, policy formulation, and effective programming aimed at social and policy change in a range of complex, conflict-ridden settings across the globe. Most recently, as MENA director at Natural Resource Governance Institute, Karam was responsible for over 30 projects in the region taking the form of research, advocacy, grant-making, technical assistance and capacity-building efforts targeted at government and non-government actors towards improving natural resource governance. Before NRGI, Karam served as deputy director of the Policymakers/Civil Society Unit at International Center for Transitional Justice, where she designed and oversaw multilingual educational and training, transitional justice-focused programs, including intensive courses focused on truth-seeking and memorialization.

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