International Republican Institute
Mr. Khaldun Obeid is a citizen engagement and democratic development professional, since 2011, Khaldun has worked to support citizen-centered governance in Jordan. Working with the International Republican Institute, he works with mayors and Citizen’s Committees throughout the country to ensure that citizens’ voices are heard in the decision-making process. Using an innovative, citizen-led surveying app, Baldytak (Your Municipality), he supports Citizen’s Committees to survey their own cities to identify citizen priorities and then engage with municipal government leaders, providing them with quantitative information that can be used to inform decision making, ensuring the efficient allocation of scarce government resources. His interest in supporting good governance was sparked when he traveled to the US [Washington DC, New York, Seattle and Dallas] as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program in 2011, which focused on civic engagement initiatives. Khaldun holds a bachelor’s degree in math science from the University of Jordan.
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