Mary has been chosen as one of Forbes Most Powerful Arab women for consecutive years running. Her work was featured as a Forbes cover story.

Mary was also chosen as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum as the only Jordanian in the class of 2013. Young Global Leaders are chosen based on their commitment of their time and talent towards making the world a better place.

She is the founder of Landmark Hotels which owns and manages Landmark Amman. Landmark Hotels is committed to building local capacity and prioritizes the needs of the local community in all decisions. Mary’s most recent hotel initiatives include the establishment of an on-site day care for the children of Landmark employees. Mary is championing the creation of family-friendly businesses as a way of supporting parents in their multiple roles. Mary has lectured on this topic at Harvard University.

Landmark was the first local hotel brand to expand outside of Jordan by opening and managing the St George Landmark hotel in Occupied East Jerusalem.

She has been a political activist for Palestinian rights for over 15 years in Europe and the US and is a founding member of the boycott, sanctions, and divestment movement (BDS) in Jordan. 

She was the chair of the Palestine Legal Aid Fund which seeks to support legal action to hold Israel accountable for crimes against the Palestinian people. She is also a volunteer brand ambassador for the Social Enterprise Project (SEP) which produces high-end fashion accessories by female artists living in the Gaza refugee camp in Jordan. 

Kourosh Ziabari

United Nations Alliance of Civilizations


Mary Nazzal-Batayneh

Landmark Hotels Company

Kourosh Ziabari is an award-winning Iranian journalist based in United Kingdom. He has conducted numerous interviews with politicians, diplomats, Nobel Prize laureates, academics and other public figures from some 80 countries.

In 2015, he was the recipient of the Senior Journalists Seminar Fellowship from the East-West Center in Hawaii. In November 2015, he won the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellowship in Cultural Journalism by the FNPI foundation in Cartagena, Colombia. Ziabari covered the Global Media Forum 2015 for the Orange Magazine on a joint fellowship program by the Deutsche Welle and European Youth Press. He was the first Iranian delegate at the American Middle Eastern Network for Dialog at Stanford (AMENDS), addressing its 2016 edition.

He is currently doing a Master’s degree in International Multimedia Journalism at the University of Kent’s Centre for Journalism and is a 2016-17 FCO Chevening Scholar from Iran. Ziabari is a reporter at Fair Observer. In 2009, he had represented the Middle East students at the International Student Energy Summit 2009 in Calgary, Canada.