H.E. Lina Annab was appointed as Ambassador to Japan for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in 2019 after having served as the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities from 2016 to 2018. Prior to assuming her ministerial post, Minister Annab was the general manager of Zara Investment Company (Holding). She has served on the boards of directors of various private and public shareholding companies in Jordan and represented the private sector on the Employment –Technical Vocational and Education Training Council (E-TVET Council). In addition, she has served on a number of selection and judging panels for renowned awards and fellowships in entrepreneurship and leadership. Until recently, she represented the private sector on the Board of Directors of Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) as well as on the Economic and Social Council.
Over the past 20 years, Ambassador Annab has worked in the United States, Europe, and several countries in the Middle East and has held positions at Citibank, Johnson &Johnson, and the International Monetary Fund. Her career has spanned product management, research, marketing, and finance.
Ambassador Annab was awarded the Italian Star Medal by the Italian Ambassador in Amman on behalf of the president of Italy in recognition of her efforts in developing cooperation ties between Jordan and Italy in the field of tourism and archeology. In addition, His Beatitude Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Al -Ra’i, awarded Ms. Annab the mantle of the Angle of Qannoubine in honor of her visit to Lebanon in 2017. Her visit to the Holy Valley facilitated new exchanges between Jordan and Lebanon in the tourism and archeological sectors.
Ambassador Annab holds a Master of Arts in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Economy and Foreign Languages and Literature.