Laury Haytayan is an oil and gas governance and geopolitics expert. She is the Middle East and North Africa director at the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) in charge of setting the strategy for the region in accordance with the organization’ mission and vision. She represents NRGI in the region and she oversees the implementation of programs and projects. Prior to becoming the director, Laury was the MENA Senior Officer in charge of the media and parliamentary capacity building programs. She played a leading role in establishing the MENA Oil & Gas Knowledge Hub in Lebanon in 2014 and the Lebanese Coalition for Good Governance in Oil and Gas in 2018. She has several publications on oil and gas in Lebanon and the EastMed and is a regular on TV shows and serves as resource for media outlets. She teaches a part time course on geopolitics of oil and gas in the East Mediterranean at the American University of Beirut (AUB).
Previously, Laury was Executive Director of Beirut-based Arab Region Parliamentarians Against Corruption (ARPAC), where she worked with parliamentarians and civil society groups to strengthen legislators’ oversight and legislative capacities. Prior to working with ARPAC, she was in charge of regional grassroots projects in Bahrain, Yemen and Saudi Arabia focused on promoting the role of women in development and policymaking. Laury hold a Master’s in Middle East Politics from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom and a B.A. in communication arts from the Lebanese American University. She speaks Arabic, French, English and Armenian.