Miriam L. Awad

Dean and Virginia Rusk Fellow, U.S. Department of State

Prior to joining ISD as a Rusk Fellow, Miriam L. Awad served as Deputy Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and covered trafficking-in-persons, child labor, and macroeconomic issues. 

Miriam joined the Foreign Service in 2004 with a tour at the Consulate General in Jerusalem where she promoted economic development in the West Bank and Gaza and coordinated Palestinian participation in multilateral water talks and regional projects and programs.  Miriam also worked closely with USAID to monitor and respond to humanitarian crises in the West Bank and Gaza.

At the U.S. Embassy in Athens in 2007, Miriam focused on increasing engagement with the Greek Government on conservation of the environment and the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR). Miriam then returned to Washington, DC in 2009 to take a position as a Watch Officer in the State Department’s 24/7 Crisis and Communication Center. 

In 2010, Miriam served at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, covering the financial sector and coordinating with counterparts in the Treasury Department and at USAID on initiatives to stimulate the Iraqi private banking sector and support the creation of a strong supervisory and regulatory banking framework with an effective anti-money laundering regime. 

Miriam received a BSBA from Georgetown University in 1997 and an MA in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies in 2004.  Miriam speaks Arabic, French, and Greek.