Members' Biographies


COMPENDIUM: Culture and Development - selection of online reference documents


Azza Karam


Azza Karam, Ph.D. serves as a Senior Advisor on Socio-cultural Development, at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). She coordinates Fund-wide culture outreach and is a Lead Facilitator for UN staff trainings around culture, religion and development issues. She coordinates engagement with members of the Global Interfaith Network for Population and Development, and coordinates the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Faith-Based Engagement.  Prior, she served as the Senior Policy Advisor in the regional Bureau for Arab States at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). With the support of the Ford Foundation, she founded the first Global Women of Faith Network during her tenure at Religions for Peace, while also advising on interfaith development work in Muslim nations. She served as the President of the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations. In various countries in the Middle East, Europe and Africa, she has managed global developmental programmes, taught at a number of universities, and published widely on political economy, democratization, human rights, gender, and religion and development.