Ms. Paula Yacoubian
Member of the Lebanese Parliament
Paula is a Lebanese Political Activist and Lawmaker of Armenian ethnic origin.
She was previously known as a journalist and a television host, and became one of Lebanon’s most prominent television personalities. She has worked at a number of Lebanese and pan-Arab international television stations, and is known for the huge impact she's had in each organization she has managed and within the broader community. Paula was one of the experts chosen by the World Bank Group for its External Advisory Panel for Diversity and Inclusion due to her advocacy for women’s rights, her efforts for women’s empowerment, and for being a fierce defender of an electoral quota for women and a fairer electoral law in Lebanon.
In May 2018, she successfully campaigned for a seat in the Lebanese Parliament, representing the Beirut 1 District. Throughout her career, Paula has been a strong defender of the environment and has promoted many environmental protection programs. Even before her election to the parliament, she fought against all government decisions that had the potential to cause real ecological harm to her country (waste collection, pollution, trash incinerators, etc).
Paula has also received many awards throughout her career. In August 2017, she received the "Officier De L'Ordre de la Couronne" (Officer of the Order of the Crown) from King Philippe I of Belgium, in recognition of all of her work.