Claire Hajaj

Deputy CEO

Claire Hajaj is a specialist in conflict and post-conflict dynamics. For 17 years, she has contributed to humanitarian, political and security strategies to mitigate conflicts in some of the world’s most complex settings.

Prior to joining Inter Mediate, she worked for the United Nations in Lebanon, Kosovo, Iraq, Myanmar, Nigeria and Pakistan. Her experience ranges from negotiating community-level access for vaccinators in extremist regions on the Afghan-Pakistan border to supporting the UN Special Representative in Iraq to mediate an end to the Iraqi-Kurdish dispute. More recently, she played a key role to negotiate and produce a landmark stabilization strategy for Lebanon to respond to the Syria crisis.


Sharing Palestinian and Jewish heritage, Claire’s writing on conflict has appeared in Newsweek, the Sunday Times, the New Statesman, the Economist, Granta, and as the author of two novels. Her policy writing has appeared in Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Global Journal of Health Governance and the UN Centre for Policy Research, where she is an Inaugural Fellow.