Basma Amawi


Basma Amawi  has a 35-year career with the US Department of State as a Senior Cultural Affairs Specialist working in the largest mission in the Near East and one of the five largest in the world. She managed the largest multi-faceted portfolio focusing on development issues, women empowerment and gender equality, education planning and programming, promotion of culture in addition to good governance. Throughout her career, she conceptualized, implemented, contributed to, improved, and sustained the effects of every type of public diplomacy programs and interventions in academic exchange programs (Fulbright), sending senior government officials, the Royal Palace, youth from the various governorates, religious leaders, the media, women's organizations, academia, and civil society representatives and served as an interlocutor with high-level Jordanian stakeholders in order to identify and develop program opportunities, conceptualize programs and exchanges, and solicit support for relevant projects.

Basma has extensive knowledge in organizational assessments. As part of her portfolio, she has been in charge of assessing civil society's organization's capacities to implement development projects, including an assessment of their governing structures, integrity, and effectiveness. Based on these assessments, grants were made, and Basma ensured accountability for delivering the projects. She assessed and arranged projects and training for local civil societies in management, grant writing, marketing, and other empowerment activities. She has worked with civil society organizations in devising and monitoring grants related to empowering mothers and social workers on countering violent extremists in local communities and assessment for the implementation of projects for women empowerment of women in technology and sciences.  These projects targeted women in the tech fields and young female students at schools by arranging exchange programs to the U.S and tech camps. Much of her work focused on women's empowerment and gender equality.