Jumana Ghunaimat
Tuesday, May 07, 2019
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Born and raised in Al-Salt in west-central Jordan, Ghunaimat earned her degree in political science from the University of Jordan (UJ) in 1996.
Since 1999, Ghunaimat held different positions in local and regional media, such as Alrai and AL-Sijill Newspapers.
She also worked as an economic analyst for a number of Arab and local media outlets, such as Al-Arabiya, Al Jazeera, Jordan Television, and Roya TV channels.
Ghunaimat joined Alghad newspaper later in 2008 as the Managing editor of its economic page. Early in 2012, she was appointed editor in chief of the Arab daily, becoming the first woman in the Middle East to hold the position of editor-in-chief.
During her work in the media, Ghunaimat covered key issues, including poverty, unemployment, social finance and Jordan's economic reform. Her articles were widely read by Jordanian public.
In 2014, she conducted an exclusive interview with His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein.
Ghunaimat also worked as a trainer and participant in economic conferences and committees as an expert on the local economy.
On 14 June 2018, she was appointed Jordan's Minister of State for Media Affairs and Government Spokesperson in Prime Minister Omar Razzaz's cabinet.
She is on the boards of the National Center for Human Rights and a member of the World Women Forum and the "WAN-IFRA" global organization.
Ghunaimat is the recipient of many awards and honors and was nominated by the ambassador of the EU to Jordan in 2016 in the list of leading women in development.
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