The Ambassador

Lina Annab - Biography

Lina Annab is the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Jordan to Japan since 19 June, 2019.

She is the former Minister of Tourism and Antiquities of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (June 2016 – November 2018).

Prior to assuming her ministerial post in June 2016, Annab served as the General Manager of Zara Investment Company (Holding), one of the leading hotel-owning and real estate companies in Jordan. 

Over the past 25 years, Annab held various positions at Citibank, Johnson & Johnson, and the International Monetary Fund.

Throughout most of her career she has worked in the private sector in the USA, Europe, and various countries within the MENA region.

In December 2018, Annab was appointed as member of the Advisory Board at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. – School of Foreign Service / Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS)

Annab holds a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (class of 1991). 

She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Economy and Foreign Languages and Literature (English, French, Italian and Spanish) from the University of Hartford in Connecticut. 


– The Order of Independence of the First Class.  Awarded by His Majesty King Abdullah II in May 2019.

The Order of the “Star of Italy” Medal — (Ordine Della Stella D’Italia), which was bestowed by the President of the Republic of Italy in 2018.

– “Angel of Qannoubine” Medal.  Awarded in 2017 by His Beatitude Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Ra’i.