Portrait of Merissa Khurma

Merissa Khurma

Nonresident Fellow


Merissa Khurma is a nonresident fellow for the Baker Institute Edward P. Djerejian Center for the Middle East. She is also the program director of the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center. Khurma is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She has leadership experience working on a range of development projects in the Middle East that focus on economic development, the Syrian refugee crisis, education, youth, gender development, and governance. Khurma served as director of the Office of Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein (2010–13) and as press attaché and director of the Information Bureau at the Embassy of Jordan in Washington, D.C. (2003–10). Khurma has a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, a Master of Science in International Security and Foreign Policy from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from McGill University. She is also a leadership development practitioner focusing on adaptive leadership, public narrative, and community organizing. Khurma speaks Arabic and French.