Aspen Digital

Hazami Barmada

Director / Lead

Digital Equity Accelerator 

Hazami Barmada is an award-winning public affairs & social impact strategist, consultant and social innovator recognized in Forbes as an “inspirational agent of change.” She is the Executive Producer and Host of the Webby Award winning top rated international affairs and human rights podcast, Finding Humanity. Her professional interests lie at the intersection of leadership, social innovation, change management, behavioral economics, justice, and strategic partnerships and communications. For more than fifteen years,

Hazami has worked with leading global brands and institutions including the United Nations, United Nations Foundation, Harvard, The Elders, B Lab, and the Royal Court of the Sultanate of Oman, to name a few. She is currently consulting with The Aspen Institute serving as the Director/Lead of the Digital Equity Accelerator, an initiative managed by Aspen Digital in collaboration with HP Inc.

Her creative campaigns, leadership coaching, and advocacy initiatives have reached tens of millions of people in 182+ countries, receiving recognition from the United Nations “SDG Action Awards” in 2020. She is the Founder and Chairperson of the Humanity Lab and Global People’s Summit. Previously, Hazami held several high-level positions at the United Nations, including Coordinator for the United Nations Secretary General’s World Humanitarian Summit, Advisor to the first-ever United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, liaison to the UN SDG Strategy Hub for the launch of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, and Innovation Advisor to UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).

In 2023, Hazami joined the faculty of George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs as an Adjunct Professor teaching a graduate course on leadership for Policy Formulation and Advocacy Skills. She is a Presidential Leadership Scholar and a frequent international speaker with her work and opinions appearing in media including the New York Times, Forbes, CNN, NPR, BBC, Associated Press, VICE, and Washington Post. Hazami has a Masters from Harvard University where she was an Edward S. Mason Fellow in Public Policy and Management. She studied social and public policy at Georgetown University and has a BA in Anthropology and Sociology.

Read Insights by Hazami

Announcing the 2023 Mentors

Announcing the 2023 Mentors

These ten leaders in digital inclusion are dedicated to promoting social justice for communities around the world.

Introducing the 2023 Digital Equity Accelerator Cohort

Introducing the 2023 Digital Equity Accelerator Cohort

Meet the 10 not-for-profit organizations and NGOs in Malaysia, Mexico, and South Africa selected for the 2023 Digital Equity Accelerator.