Khaldun Obeid

Khaldun Obeid

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.

Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

Democracy is the back bone of any thriving society, in order to maintain its effectiveness we need to be always thinking creatively to keep citizens engaged and innovate our methods to keep up with the dynamic changes of the world.

What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference?

I hope to meet with active people and experts from different countries around the world in order to share ideas, I also hope to introduce myself to creative tools that help to develop public participation and local governance that I can take back with me to Jordan. I also hope that sharing my experience is beneficial to other participants.