Bio

Maryum Saifee is a U.S. diplomat.

Ms. Saifee is currently a senior advisor in the Secretary’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Ms. Saifee started her Foreign Service career in Cairo at the start of the Arab uprisings in 2011. She later served in Baghdad during the U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq and was spokesperson for the U.S. Consulate in Lahore. In Washington, she was a policy advisor in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, and the Secretary’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs.
Prior to joining the State Department, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jordan and an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Seattle. She also consulted for the United Nations Development Program, Acumen Fund, and the Ford Foundation.

 

In 2018, Maryum took a sabbatical from the State Department to pursue a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship where she worked with the Human Rights Foundation. In her personal capacity, she also led a 30-person task force "Transforming State into a More Just, Equitable, and Innovative Institution" on State Department reform as a senior visiting fellow at the Truman Center for National Policy.  In 2022, she participated in the Truman Center for National Policy task force on City and State Diplomacy.  She also co-curated a Foreign Service Journal double feature on Subnational Diplomacy.  She has appeared on Al Jazeera, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and CNN and written for the Guardian, Just Security, Ms. Magazine, and the Foreign Service Journal. 

Maryum is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs with a focus on human rights issues in the Middle East. She is a Council on Foreign Relations life member, Presidential Leadership Scholar and Women inPower Fellow

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