Rund is an energy expert and a water-environmental specialist who has been active in the green sector since 2003. Rund earned her Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering/Renewable Energy from the University of Jordan. She stands out as the first Master’s graduate in this specialty from a local University – with the highest distinction (GPA 3.9). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Water and Environment and is a certified project management professional (PMP). Rund is a research fellow with the Sapienza University of Rome. During her postgraduate studies, she conducted an extensive field research with ENEL power and the University of Rome at Italy’s biggest conventional and non-conventional power generation plants, one of which was the Vatican’s solar installation. Rund is also a Fellow Engineer of Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory and worked at the Buildings Technologies and Urban Systems Department’s labs in San Francisco-USA. She is a US State Department fellow and is a Techwomen Leader for the year 2015. She took part in an intensive collaborative mentoring program at the Silicon Valley that was hosted by the world’s top technology companies: Google, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Symantic, Apple, Mozilla, Theranos, among others. Rund was one of the first winners of the International Institute of Education Award for Women in Green Technology that was pitched at Google Inc.-USA.
Rund has written many articles and research papers on Photovoltaics and energy efficiency that were presented in several conferences. Many of her articles were published in well-known scientific journals, online, and in local media outlets. Added to that, she was the author and co-author of publications produced for the benefit of prestigious institutions like RCREEE, Desertec University Network, and Wuppertal Institute.
Rund has ran for Jordan’s 18th Parliament in 2016 during which she led a national campaign aimed at changing patterns, breaking the norms, and expanding women and youth inclusion. Her campaign was phenomenal as she used social media tools and a candidacy bus that she called the “Bus of Ideas”. The bus toured her constituency: the fifth district, one of the Capital’s most competitive districts. She was close to winning, but lack of political experience and a tribal system meant she could not make it to the Lower House. Yet, she won close to three thousand votes – mainly cast by those thirsty for change.
Rund has worked with local, regional, and international institutions, governmental and non-governmental, and donor agencies. Rund is the founder and owner of a social enterprise and third party consultancy ‘Vectors for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency”. The company provides services and energy options that are new to the local market and which are vital in light of the country’s imperative transition towards cleaner and more sustainable options. Clients include Mazda, Peugeot, and Citroen.
Rund is now the CEO of EDAMA for Energy Water and Environment. She is a political activist advocating for energy, women’s empowerment, social responsibility, and education.