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Ambassador Houda Ezra Ebrahim Nonoo

Religion: 
Judaism
Nationality: 
Bahrain
Gender: 
Female

Location of Activities

Country: 
Bahrain
Regions: 
West Asia
KAICIID Affiliation: 
KAICIID Advisory Forum
Email: 
Former Ambassador and Member of Parliament, Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Houda Ezra Ebrahim Nonoo (b. 1964) was born in the small Arabian kingdom of Bahrain, to Jewish parents of Iraqi ancestry. She spent a major part of her formative years in Britain, where she went to a Jewish school. Nonoo earned her BA and MBA in England, and also married there. After her father died, she returned to Bahrain and took over the family business, growing it ever larger. She was soon a well-noted businesswoman, and the secretary-general of the Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society. From there, she was able to get a seat in Bahrain’s parliament, appointed by the King of Bahrain himself. For over two years, she sat on the Shura Council, which is the upper house of the Bahraini legislature. In 2008, Nonoo was appointed Bahrain’s ambassador to the U.S. This made her the first Jewish ambassador from any modern Arab country. She served in that post for the next five years.

Main Publications: 

1.) Ambassador Nonoo Hosts Interfaith Iftar At Embassy Of Bahrain (Source: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ambassador-nonoo-hosts-interfai... - accessed December 12, 2018)
2.) Nonoo, Houda. "The Use of Innovative Concepts of Intercultural Dialogue to Build Friendships and Foster Trust between Civil Society Groups from the USA and the Islamic World." Talk held at The ICD Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA in Washington in January 2013 (Source: http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/academy/index.php?en_cccs-2012-13_summi... - accessed December 12, 2018)

Areas of Actions: 
Interreligious DialoguePluralismMinority RightsPeace and Reconciliation
Forms of Actions: 
DiplomacyNetworkingAdvocacy