Adi Khair

“Adi’s project connects with that of several other John Smith Fellows this year. By focusing on youth engagement and leadership, Adi plans to empower the next generation of Jordanian citizens to be involved in democratic politics.” Brian Brivati, Academic Programme Director

Adi Khair is a career diplomat. He is currently a member of the official political team representing the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan at the United Nations Security Council for the term 2014-2015. Adi was previously assigned as the Senior Political and Congressional Expert at the Embassy of Jordan in Washington DC where he was responsible for coordinating US economic and military assistance to Jordan. In 2011 Adi was a Special Assistant to the Secretary-General’s Envoy for Libya and led a team of local employees to establish, in coordination with the headquarters in New York, the office of United Nations Support Mission office in Benghazi, Libya. Adi has previously worked as Deputy Director for the Department of North American Affairs in the Jordanian Foreign Ministry and from 2006-2010 served as a political expert at the Permanent Mission of Jordan to the United Nations. He represented Jordan at the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Forth) and at the Special Committee for Peacekeeping Operations (C43), and covered regional and thematic political issues debated at the General Assembly and the Security Council.

Adi aims to develop a national strategy that will engage Jordanian youth in advancing the rule of law within a changing and interconnected global environment. He is focused on engaging youth in the formulation of development policies and hopes to increase their engagement in government and civil society by providing leadership opportunities at all levels of the decision-making process.