Samira Hanna El Daher (Lebanon)
Ambassador Samira Hanna El Daher is a career diplomat who served as head of mission for Lebanon in Japan, the Philippines, Australia, China, Switzerland, Great Britain, Cyprus and the USA, as well as legal counselor to the Lebanese Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. She has represented Lebanon in the Executive Board of UNESCO and presided over the Special Comitee of that governng body, and was President of the Finance and Administration Commission. She was president of the G 77 and China Group at UNESCO and is currently member of the Panel of High Personalities for South-South Cooperation of G 77. El Daher is a member of the Mediterranean Peace Forum, and the European Union conflict prevention workshops and HELIO, an environmental NGO. As representative of Lebanon to Francophonie IOF, she participated as an observer in elections in Mauritania, Burkina Faso and was part of the reflection group on Ivory Coast, Togo and Haiti. She was also president of the political, economic and cultural diversity commissions for IOF.
Ambassador El Daher has chaired and participated in many conferences and symposia on dialogue of civilizations, cultural diversity, Middle East issues, women in the Arab world, et cetera. She was a member of the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and was head of the International Relations Department in Beirut. She has published several articles and prepared for UNESCO a handbook for teachers on disarmament.