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Mary Nazzal-Batayneh

Managing Director



Based in Amman Jordan, Mary is driving the SEAF Jordan Growth and Impact Fund and as well as serving as Managing Director for the SEAF Globally Displaced Peoples’ Fund. Mary also founded 17 Ventures as a MENA-based impact investment and advisory firm specialized in aligning the private sector with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Prior to this Mary spent 15 years as a social entrepreneur and was chosen as ‘Jordan’s Top Businesswoman’ in 2019, as well as being one of the Forbes’ Most Powerful Arab Women for several years. Mary built and operated Landmark Hotels Company as a leading local hospitality company dedicated to social impact. Landmark is commonly cited as a case study on how to align businesses with the SDGs and in particular with SDG 5 on gender equality. Mary is a Young Global Leader (alumni) with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and also serves on the WEF Global Future Council on humanitarian systems. She holds a BA from Columbia University, MA from SOAS University of London, LLB from College of Law, BVC from the Inns of Court School of Law. She is a qualified Barrister with the Bar of England and Wales. She has also completed Executive Education Programs on Impact Investment and Blended Finance and Impact Measurement and Management.