Hazami Barmada


Founder and CEO, Humanity Lab Foundation

Hazami is a thought-leader, catalyst and social innovator, recognized by Forbes as an “inspirational agent of change.”   Hazami has consulted dozens of leading global brands on social impact, change management, strategic communications, global governance and leadership development.  Her clients include the United Nations, United Nations Foundation, Royal Court of the Sultanate of Oman, Aspen Institute, Aramco Oil Company, among many others. Hazami is the Host and Executive Producer of a documentary-style international affairs and social justice Podcast, Finding Humanity, produced in collaboration with The Elders, an organization founded by the late Nelson Mandela. 


Through her bold initiatives and deep-rooted belief in systems change, Hazami’s passion to disrupt the status quo to create a more equitable and sustainable world led her to hold several key positions at the United Nations Secretariat at the UN Headquarters. Most recently, Hazami served as the Coordinator for the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon. She has also served as Strategy and Communications Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, as a member of the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda “Strategy Hub”, and co-chair of the Communications Working Group for the United Nations Interagency Network on Youth Development. She was a member of the organizing team of the UN Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security hosted by the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan which led to the passing of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 (UNSCR 2250) adopted by the UN Security Council in 2015. She has been a Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnerships and Communications for United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) leveraging innovation to activate youth around the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.

Hazami is the founder of the Humanity Lab Foundation, an innovative US-based non-profit organization which works to unlock human potential and democratize access to the power that shapes the world.  Launched in partnership with the United Nations Office for Partnerships and with support from the President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Hazami founded and hosted the first ever 100% online conference, The Global People’s Summit, mobilizing millions of global changemakers during the United Nations General Assembly to help solve some of the most complex issues facing the world. In 2017, Forbes listed the Global People’s Summit among the top 5 social impact conferences guaranteed to “inspire”. 

Hazami’s focus on creating solutions to address complex global challenges was recognized by the Presidential Centers of US Presidents George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson, who in 2017 selected her as a Presidential Leadership Scholar.   Hazami received a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard where she was a Fellow in Public Policy and Management, recipient of the Harvard Center for Public Leadership’s Certification in Management, Leadership, and Decision Sciences, and recipient of the 'Eric Yankah Award' and the 'Diversity and Inclusion Award for Excellence in Service.’ At Harvard, Hazami also served as Co-Chair of the Dean’s Diversity Committee, Co-Chair of the International Development Professional Interest Council, and Vice President of Professional Development in the Harvard Kennedy School Student Government. She taught Adaptive Leadership at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and currently teaches adaptive leadership and applied systems thinking through the Humanity Lab Foundation’s Education Initiatives. Hazami is a passionate humanitarian and human rights advocate and is the Founder of the Harvard Humanitarian Leadership and Policy Program and is a Citizen Diplomat with the US Department of State.