Ambassador Karim Kawar,
the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United States
of America and the Republic of Mexico
Kawar presented his credentials to U.S. President
George Bush at the White House on September 25, 2002
and a copy to the Department of State on July 24,
2002. He was appointed Ambassador of the Hashemite
Kingdom of Jordan to the United States of America and
the Republic of Mexico on July 1st, 2002.
Kawar, is one of the youngest of Jordan’s Ambassadors,
who has a well established reputation as a prominent
leader in developing Jordan’s Information and
Communications Technology sector.
Kawar contributed significantly to the economic
development of the country and participated in
developing "Jordan Vision
2020", an ambitious
aims to achieve a clearly stated private sector-driven
economic strategy to aggressively guide Jordan into
the 21st Century.
Kawar’s vision for developing Jordan’s productive
capacity and human resources in the age of information
technology has offered an important model and endless
opportunities for Jordanian youth and businessmen.
Mr. Kawar grew
up in Amman, Jordan. He graduated from Boston College,
MA, in 1987 with a B.Sc. in management, finance and
computer science. At the age of twenty, Mr. Kawar
established his first company and headed an umbrella
group that encompassed ten information systems and
Mr. Kawar was
appointed, in 1999, as a member of the Economic
Consultative Council, by His Majesty 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
issues. Mr. Kawar served as a member of several
Consultative Council task forces on Investment,
eGovernment, Public Sector Reform as well as Computer
and English Education.
As a pioneer in
Jordan’s technology and business sector, Mr. Kawar
contributed largely to the development of Information
Technology (IT) in the Kingdom. In 1999, Mr. Kawar
applied his experience and savoir-faire to lead a team
of 40 Jordanian IT professionals under the REACH
Initiative. The team worked to develop a strategy to
launch the IT industry in Jordan. Mr. Kawar also
served as Chairman of the Information Technology
Association of Jordan (INTAJ).
Mr. Kawar was
selected as an Eisenhower Fellow for the year 2000. He
is a founding member of several business associations
and NGO’s among which are the Jordan American Business
Association (JABA), the Young Entrepreneurs
Association (YEA) and the Jordanian Intellectual
Property Association (JIPA). He is also a member of
the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). He also
served as Vice Chair of the Jordan River Foundation,
chaired by Her Majesty Queen Rania. The foundation
empowers women through its income-generating projects,
business development services for micro-entrepreneurs
as well as preventing child abuse. Mr. Kawar also
served as the Network Coordinator of the UN ICT Task
Force – Arab Regional Network.
Mr. Kawar is
dedicated to advancing US-Jordanian relations through
enhanced economic and cultural exchanges. Mr. Kawar
aims to promote Jordan as a high-tech center in the
Middle East and an investment hub by sharing his
vision of Jordan’s potential and the capacity of its
people with business leaders and public officials in
the United States of America. Mr. Kawar believes in
the importance of the strong relationship of
partnership between the United States and Jordan in
the pursuit of this vision.
Kawar is committed to work closely and intensively
with U.S. officials on issues of regional concerns,
particularly in advancing the peace process in the
region. This can only be done by working towards
bringing an end to current violence and at the same
time, advancing the political process necessary for
the establishment of a Palestinian state and the
achievement of a comprehensive peace settlement within
the framework of the Arab Peace Initiative adapted on
the Beirut Summit in March 2002.
Mr. Kawar is
married to Luma Halazon and has one son, Faisal, and
two daughters, Abla and Alia.