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Ziad Baroud (Arabic: زياد بارود‎, born in 1970) is a Lebanese lawyer and prominent civil society activist. He is currently the Minister of Interior and Municipalities in Saad Hariri's government. Baroud is married to Linda Karam and they have one son, Theo-Raphael.[1]

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Early life and career

Baroud was born to a Maronite family from Jeita, Keserwan. His father Salim is a mathematics teacher and his mother Antoinette an Arabic literature teacher. He completed his education at Collège St Joseph private school in Aintoura (where he also taught for a year in 2001) and attended the Faculty of Law at the Saint Joseph University in Beirut. He was admitted to Bar in 1993. In July 2001, he became one of the founding members of the Democratic Renewal Movement along with many other prominent members of Lebanese civil society. He performed his training in Minister of Justice Ibrahim Najjar's law firm then created his own law firm HBDT in 2003.[2] In 2008, he became Minister of Interior and Municipalities in Fouad Siniora's government as part of President Michel Suleiman's bloc following the signing of the Doha Agreement.

Memberships

  • Beirut Bar Association since 1993.
  • Board member of the Faculty of Law at Saint Joseph University.
  • UNDP Legal Consultant on local governance.
  • UNESCO consultant on NGOs regulations for the Arabgovnet network.
  • UNEP Legal Consultant.
  • Secretary General of the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections (2004-2005).

Awards

  • Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2007.
  • Man of the Year by Capital Issues newspaper and Data & Investment Consult-Lebanon in 2008.

See also

References

  1. ^ Minister of Interior Ziad Baroud, Ministry of Interior and Municipalities. Retrieved on 2009-02-25.
  2. ^ Ziyad S. Baroud, HBDT Law Firm. Retrieved on 2009-02-25.
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