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Omar Rifai



Omar Rifai joined the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) in October 2022 and is serving his first term, which ends in October 2027.

Mr. Rifai is the Director-General of the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute in Amman and Senior Advisor to His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan at the Royal Hashemite Court. 

Prior to this, he was Director of the Arab Affairs Division and Representative of the Commissioner-General at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and Director of the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy in Amman. He also served as Ambassador of Jordan to Egypt and Permanent Representative to the Arab League in Cairo; Ambassador of Jordan to Italy and Permanent Representative of Jordan to the UN Agencies in Rome; Ambassador of Jordan (non-resident) to Bosnia-Herzegovina, San Marino, Croatia; and Ambassador of Jordan to Israel.

Mr. Rifai was also Secretary-General of the Jordanian Foreign Ministry, Head of the Jordanian Delegation to the Arab Summit Conference in Damascus, and Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.

He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies and History. Mr. Rifai is a graduate of Harvard University and Georgetown University.