Ministry: Ministry of Justice
Running to Be: Minister
Ziyad Baroud was born on 29 April 1970 in Jeita, Keserwan. He then attended the Faculty of Law at Saint Joseph University in Beirut from which he earned his Master's Degree in Law. He is one of the most active experts on electoral law reform in Lebanon.
Baroud is an expert on issues of decentralization and electoral law reform. He is known to focus on building the Lebanese civil society and Lebanese civil institutions. During his mandate, Baroud was credited for pushing forward a culture of responsibility and openness where he made himself easily accessible to all Lebanese citizens eager to share complaints and/or opinions. His actions resulted in an unpremeditated cultivation of a very attractive public image that he still possesses today. He served as minister of interior and municipalities, considered to be one of the most powerful positions in the country, from 2008 to 2011 for two consecutive cabinets in both Fuad Siniora and Saad Hariri's governments.
- Baroud occupied one of the toughest jobs in the country and was able to set a very high record of positive changes in many sectors.
- In July 2011, he was conferred the Silver Order Star insignia of the Spanish Order of Civil Merit in the rank of Commander by Number.
- Under Ziyad Baroud's leadership, the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities (MoIM) was awarded the prestigious 2010 First Prize of the United Nations Public Service Award in September 2010.
- The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) awarded Ziyad Baroud the "2010 IFES Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award" as a tribute to his commitment to freedom and democracy.
- In October 2011, he was awarded “Officier de la Légion d'Honneur” in the rank of Chevalier by the French President Nicolas Sarkozy for his civic achievements.
- In December 2009, he was named 2010 Man of the Year by Capital Issues newspaper and
- In 2007, he was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.