H.E. Karim Kawar: President of Kawar Group, entrepreneur, former diplomat and angel investor. Served as Jordan’s Ambassador to the US 2002-2007. Chairman of IrisGuard, Kawar Energy, Shams Ma’an and NatHealth. Serves as a director of the Jordan Ahli Bank, United Insurance, Jordan Wood Industries Company (JWICO) and Optimiza. Founder of ten companies in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT). Co-founder and director of Oasis500.
Currently leads REACH 2025 initiative to build Jordan’s digital economy. The architect of the REACH Initiative, Jordan’s blueprint for a knowledge economy, Founder and Chairman of the Information Technology Association of Jordan, Former President of the Jordan Computer Society, founding member of several business associations and NGOs, including AmCham and the Jordan Intellectual Property Association.
Founding chairman of EDAMA for energy, water and environment. Led the EDAMA Initiative: Jordan’s blueprint for a green economy.
Appointed by Royal Decree to the Economic Consultative Council by His Majesty King Abdullah II. Former chairman of the board of trustees of King’s Academy, former trustee of the King Abdullah II Fund for Development, Jordan River Foundation, headed by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, the American University of Madaba and Princess Summaya University for Technology.
Ambassador Kawar is a Member of the Global Agenda Council; Young Global Leader; Global Leader for Tomorrow of the World Economic Forum; Eisenhower Fellow; Member of the World Presidents’ Organization (YPO/WPO); Co-founder and President of Bridges of Understanding Foundation. Graduated from Boston College in 1987 with a BSc in Management, Finance and Computer Science.