Board of Directors
(Co-Founder) is a respected community organizer, education advocate, and philanthropist. She is a co-owner of Lysse, a woman’s apparel company based in New York, and sits on the Board of Directors for the American Federation for Children, which is dedicated to providing school choice options to children throughout the United States. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Choice Charitable Trust, the Indianapolis Zoo, and DePauw University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree and recently founded the Kathryn Fortune Hubbard Center for Student Engagement. Ms. Hubbard was appointed by President George W. Bush to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, on which she served from 2006 through 2008.
AMBASSADOR KARIM KAWAR
(Co-Founder, President) is President of the Kawar Group. A serial entrepreneur and angel investor, he is the founder of ten companies in the field of information and communication technologies. He was also the architect of the REACH Initiative, Jordan’s blueprint for a knowledge economy, and EDAMA, which outlined an energy, water, and environmental sustainability plan for the country. As a public servant, Ambassador Kawar was Jordan’s Ambassador to the United States from 2002 through 2007 and was previously appointed to the Economic Consultative Council by His Majesty King Abdullah II. He is currently the Chairman of King’s Academy and also serves on the Board of Trustees for the American University of Madaba, the King Abdullah II Fund for Development, and the Jordan River Foundation (Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, Chair). Ambassador Kawar is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. He is also an Eisenhower Fellow and a Member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). He is a graduate of Boston College (BS).
(Co-Founder) is President of the International Women’s Forum Jordan Chapter, which she initiated in December, 2002. She served as the co-chair of the Women Business Leaders Summit in Amman in February of 2007, where 50 CEOs from the United States met with 50 Arab Women CEOs to exchange ideas and best practices. She is currently on the Board of Trustees for the Jordan Education Trust. Previously, as the wife of Jordan’s Ambassador to the United States (2002 through 2007) Karim Kawar, Ms. Kawar was involved in many organizations such as CARE, Meridian International House, St. Jude’s Children’s hospital, and the Mosaic Foundation, for which she started the Cultural Speaker Series in order to promote a better understanding and appreciation of Arab culture in the United States. In 2000, she was elected as Chair of the Volunteer Women’s Group at the Jordan River Foundation. Ms. Kawar is a graduate of Boston College (BS).