Laury Haytayan

Middle East and North Africa Director, Natural Resource Governance Institute

Laury Haytayan represents the Natural Resource Governance Institute in the Middle East and North Africa and oversees the implementation of programs and projects. Prior to becoming the director, Haytayan was the MENA senior officer in charge of the media and parliamentary capacity building programs. She played a significant role in establishing the Middle East and North Africa Regional Knowledge Hub Course in Lebanon in 2014. Previously, she was executive director of Beirut-based Arab Region Parliamentarians Against Corruption, where she worked with parliamentarians and civil society groups to strengthen legislators’ oversight and legislative capacities. Prior to working with ARPAC, she was in charge of regional grassroots projects in Bahrain, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia focused on promoting the role of women in development and policymaking. She also worked as a grant manager, advocacy specialist, and trainer for several international nongovernmental organizations, including IREX, ACDI/VOCA, and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. There, she focused on civil society democracy campaigns in Lebanon and Iraq. Haytayan was also lead author on an Israel case study and co-author of a Norway case study in NRGI’s 2018 publication “Political Parties and Natural Resource Governance: A Practical Guide for Developing Resource Policy Positions.” Haytayan holds a master’s in Middle East politics from the University of Exeter and a BA in communication arts from the Lebanese American University. She speaks Arabic, French, English, and Armenian.