Diala Khamra

Diala Khamra has over 13 years’ experience as a Management Consultant and has extensive skills in the project management of various rule of law, democracy and governance sector projects funded by a range of bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors. She is currenly the Chief Executive Officer at the Haya Cultural Centre.

Additionally, she is a founding member of the Jordanian NGO, the Justice Center for Legal Aid (JCLA), which specialises in providing legal aid and empowerment to the poor. Diala also has a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from the American University of Beirut and an MBA from the University in Edinburgh, where she was a Chevening Scholar. She is on the board of a number of Jordanian NGOs in addition to her work with JCLA.

Diala’s aim is to further promote the Rule of Law in the Arab Region through the legal empowerment of the poor. Given the absence of a state funded legal aid service in Jordan, the JCLA approach has been to provide comprehensive legal services to all poor persons, which is now being done through a series of legal aid centers in the region.

Diala is now taking the next step in this process by working with the Jordanian government on the development of a public policy to support state-funded legal aid services in partnership with civil society. She hopes that this model policy, and the mechanisms for its development, would serve as an example for neighbouring countries, including Iraq, Lebanon and the West Bank & Gaza.