The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) is pleased to host at this year’s annual gala
Dr. Rima Khalaf, Under-Secretary and Executive of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), in Beirut, Lebanon. Dr. Khalaf previously served as the Regional Bureau for Arab States with the United Nations Development Program where she initiated projects to promote good governance, human rights, and human development in Arab countries. In addition, Dr. Khalaf was the principal architect behind the pioneering ESCWA Arab Human Development Report “Arab Integration: A 21st Century Development Imperative Report.”

Dr. Khalaf has served in senior development positions in Jordan, and has participated in various international commissions, including the High Level Commission of the Modernization of the World Bank Group Governance.

Dr. Khalaf is a citizen of Jordan and holds a BA in Economics from the American University of Beirut, a Master’s in Economics and a Ph.D in System Science from Portland State University.

“It is great to have Dr. Khalaf as our keynote speaker for our “Spirit of Humanity” Gala this year.  AHRC and the entire metro Detroit community in honored to host her and listen to her insights on advancing and protecting human rights.” said Dr. Opada Alzohaili, President of the Board of Directors of AHRC-USA.

“AHRC is very honored to receive and host such an esteemed and highly regarded United Nations official,”said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director.”Dr. Khalaf’s work promoting and advancing human rights, good governance, economic growth, and social development in Arab countries is tremendous and we are pleased that she will be in Dearborn, Michigan at our “Spirit of Humanity” Gala, joining us in honoring human rights and human dignity worldwide,” added Mr. Hamad.

For more information about Dr. Khalaf’s work with the United Nations ESCWA, please visit

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