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Board of Trustees

MAS is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of 9-17 prominent public figures who have held public or academicposts and who have been part of the Palestinian academic and public life for significant period of time. Members are appointed through an internal process for a three-year term that may be renewed only twice. The Board is non-partisan with no ideological affiliation.
The “Board Executive” comprising the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and the Director General, meets every three months and as needed to attend to urgent matters.
The Board normally convenes annually, and is responsible for securing financial resources and approving the Institute’s annual plan and budget. It appoints the Director General, and confirms the appointmentof the Director of Research and the Financial and Administrative Director upon the recommendation of the Director General. The Board is responsible for ratifying the Institute’s policies, regulations and organizational structure, as well as for safeguarding the Institute’s independence and integrity in its pursuit of its mission and objectives.

The current Board members are as follows :

Bassim S. Khoury
  • Chairman and CEO of Pharmacare plc.
  • Member of the Board of Birzeit University and its Executive Committee, the Palestinian Music Conservatory, the Palestine Capital Market Authority (PCMA), the Palestine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC), St. Yves Society for Legal & Human Rights (acts as its treasurer).
  • Active in various church-related support programs to the poor in the fields of medical aid and humanitarian relief.


  • Minister of National Economy (2009).
  • President of the Palestinian Federation of Industries (PFI) (2006 and 2009).
  • President of the Union of Palestinian Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (UPPM) (2001-2004);
  • Member of the Board of the Palestine Trade Promotion Organization and the Palestine Trade Center (Paltrade) (1993-2002).
  • Member of the Board of the Palestinian Pharmaceutical Association and the Head of its Scientific Committee (1992-1994).
  • Served on the Technical Committee on Trade and Industry which advised the Palestinian peace negotiators (1990-1994).
  • Founder of Pharmacare plc (1985), the Palestine Insurance Company plc (1996), the National Company for Agro Industries (2007), and Pharmacare Premium Malta (2009).

Holds B.A. in Industrial Pharmacy, 1983, School of Pharmacy, University of Oklahoma, USA.
Received the OSU Presidents’ and Deans’ awards in 1979 and 1980, the Rho Chi Honorary Award in 1981, the History of Pharmacy Award and the Merck Award for scholastic achievement in 1983. Received a number of awards like the Medal of Merit from Knights of the Holy Sepulcher and Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella della Solidarieta' Italiana, Italy in 2007.

Haytham Al-Zubi
A prominent lawyer and legal adviser and he is highly experienced in business, corporate & investment laws and the related regulatory, transactional and advocacy environment. His outstanding expertise is related to different economic sectors including Telecommunication and ICT, Financial and Fiscal sectors, Energy, in M&A, capital market laws and regulations. Equally, He has extensive practice in arbitration and litigation.

Advocate Al-Zubi took a leading part in the preparation and drafting of the Palestinian Basic Law (current constitution), and has contributed substantially to the drafting of a significant number of commercial, corporate and investment, fiscal as well as ICT laws and regulations in Palestine.

After earning his LLM degree from the University of Edinburgh in the UK in 1994, he re-inaugurated the highly regarded Al-Zubi Law Office which was established in 1963. This office represents and advises several renowned national and international institutions and corporations with business stakes in Palestine.

Mr. Al-Zubi has a deep interest to developing educational quality in Palestine and he prominently contributed to the establishment of the Law Institute at Birzeit University where he was a part-time lecturer for Master law students 1997-2003. In 2006, he founded with a group of entrepreneurs the distinctive PIONEERS Baccalaureate Schools in Nablus- Palestine where he still serves as a board and member of trustees. And he served in the Board of Trustees for The National Independent Fund For Students` Lending over the period 2013-2016.

In 2014 Attorney Haytham Al-Zubi was selected by the ICC World Council as a member in the ICC International Court of Arbitration (Paris) which is one of the most highly regarded legal forums worldwide and is still holding this post.

Haytham Al-Zubi published leading articles and legal studies, concerning governance, contracts, arbitration and the constitutionality of the functions and powers of the branches of the Government in Palestine.

Ismail El-Zabri
(Deputy Chairman)

Economist. Deputy Governor of Palestine at the Arab Fund for Economic & Social Development. Chairman of Welfare's General Assembly and member of its Committees on Strategy & Governance, Resource Development and Programs & Projects. Chairman of the Steering Committee and member of the Board of Directors of the Student Loan Fund. Member of the Board of Directors of the Palestinian Monetary Authority and Chairman of its Audit Committee. Member of the Board of Trustees of Birzeit University and of its Executive and Resource Development Committees. Member of the Board of Trustees of the Tamkeen Program. Member of the General Assembly of the Alami Agricultural Project (Jericho).


  • Trustee of : ICARDA (Aleppo), the Welfare Association (Amman), the Arab Thought Forum (Amman), the Arab American University (Jenin), and others.

Holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, 1968, University of Illinois, USA.

Khaled Zuhair Osaily
A pioneer businessman and private sector leader.
  • A pioneer businessman and private sector leader.
  • Chairman of Osaily Trading & Contracting Company, the National Aluminum & Profile Company (NAPCO) and Excellence Trading & Contracting (ETC).
  • Vice Chairman of the Arab Palestinian Investment Company (APIC).
  • Member of Board of the Gaza Power Generating Company (GPGC), Middle East University – Jordan, Al-Quds University, Jerusalem the Palestinian National Council (PNC)), the Municipal Development and Lending Fund, the Palestinian Pension Agency (PPA), and the Palestinian Charity Authority for Solidarity with Poor Families.


  • Mayor of the Hebron Municipality (2007-2012).
  • Founder and Board Member of PALTEL (1996-1999).
  • Member of in the Board of the Palestine Monetary Authority (PMA) (2002-2005), the Palestinian Municipal Fund (2009-2013), Hyundai Palestine (PAC), and Al-Mashriq Insurance (MIC).
  • Vice Chairman of United cities MENA & West Asia (2008- 2013), SKY, and PLAZA.

Hold B.S. in Business Administration, 1970, Cairo University , Egypt.

Lana Abu-Hijleh

Country Director of Global Communities-Palestine


CHF International. Accomplished and skilled development expert, with over 26 years of experience working with international development agencies in the West Bank and Gaza (WBG) and the Middle East. Former Special Representative Assistant/Head of Infrastructure, Environment & Employment Generation Unit and former team leader Water and Environment Unit in United Nations Development Program/Program of Assistance to the Palestinian People (UNDP/PAPP).
She is also a recognized civic leader actively involved in several International and Palestinian non-governmental professional, development, cultural, and business organizations including the Global Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the Aspen Institute Global Leadership Network, Partners for a New Beginning, the Palestinian Business Women Forum, Bisan Center for Research and Development, Riwaq Center for Architectural Conservation, El-Funoun Dance Troupe, and the Young Scientists Forum.

Hold B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, 1985, University Of Iowa, USA, and Advanced Studies in Environmental Engineering, 1986, University of Iowa, USA.


Magda Salem


Lecturer of Economics and Financial Markets at Birzeit University, faculty of Commerce and Economics, and Investment Consultant for Zaher Group.


  • CEO of CCI Holding, Investment Company.
  • Chairwomen of the Board of Directors in the Bilingual Schools and the Jerusalem International YMCA.
  • Board member in Ayalon Fund Management and Capital Investment Company.
  • Project Manager in the Gaza Strip Projects in USAID-Tel Aviv.

Holds an M.B.A. degree, 1983, University of Toledo, USA, and B.A. in Business Administration and Economics,1980, Birzeit University, Palestine.



Mohamed Nasr



• Associate Professor of Economics at Birzeit University.
• Member of the Board of the Palestine Investment Fund, the Jericho-Industrial Park, and others.


  • Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at Birzeit University (2011-2014) (1996-1999).
  • Director General of the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS) (2007-2008).
  • Chairman of the Board of the Palestine Governance Institute (2011-2014).
  • Director of the MBA Program at Birzeit University (1999-2002).
  • Chairman of the Economics Department (1991-1993) and Associate Professor of Economics (1986-1994) at Yarmouk University, Jordan.
  • Consultant at the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (1995-1999).

Has numerous publications in Industrial Economics and Economic Development.
Holds Ph.D. in Economics, 1986, and Master Degrees in Economics, 1981, both from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA, and MBA, )1980), Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA.

 Nafez Husseini


VP of ICT & Digital Business of the Greece based Consolidated Contractors Company.

Very active in promoting youth empowerment, knowledge-based economies and has been a key founding member of the Palestine Education Initiative. He is a strong advocate of the leading role of the Palestinian Private Sector in transforming and building capacity of the local economy and in the resiliency and contribution of SMEs to economic development in conflict situations.

Holds an M.A. degree in Management and Information Technology, 1981,California State University-Sacramento, USA.



Nabeel Kassis
(Ex Officio)

Dr. Kassis holds a PhD in Nuclear Physics from the American University of Beirut (1972) and a Master’s degree in Physics from the University of Mainz, Germany (1969). He worked and taught at the University of Jordan (1972-1978) and Birzeit University (1980-1994), and he spent stints as a research fellow in universities and specialized institutions in Germany, Britain, Italy, and France. Dr. Kassis has published many research papers in nuclear and theoretical physics, authored many articles and policy papers, and gave numerous interviews, on political, economic, educational, and cultural issues of public interest. He also participated in several international forums on political, educational, scientific as well as peace and security issues.


Dr. Kassis is Director General of the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS), Chairman of the Board of the Palestine Capital Market Authority (PCMA), member of the Board of Directors of the Yasser Arafat Foundation (YAF), and Chair of the Yasser Arafat Museum Committee. Dr. Kassis headed the Technical and Advisory Committees of the Palestinian negotiating team in 1993 and 1994. He was a member of the Palestinian team to the Madrid Peace Conference and was appointed Deputy Head of the Palestinian delegation to the peace negotiations in Washington in 1992 and 1993. He also served in the interim phase negotiations in 1994 and 1995 and in the final status negotiations in 1999. Dr. Kassis was Minister in charge of the Bethlehem 2000 Project 1998-2002, Minister of Tourism in 2002-2003, Coordinator of the Ministerial Reform Committee in 2002-2003, and Minister of Planning in 2003-2004. He assumed the post of President of Birzeit University between 2004 and 2010 and served as Minister of Finance 2012-2013.



Ola Awad

President of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) and President of the International Association of Official Statistics (IAOS) for the years 2013-2017.

Dr. Awad represents Palestine in a number of Arab, regional and international agencies. Internationally, she represents the Arab region in the High-level group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (HLG-SDGs). She is a permanent member of the Women’s Committee of the International Statistics Institute (ISI).

Regionally, she is member of the Board of the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Center for Islamic Countries, member of the international advisory committee of Abu Dhabi Statistics Center (SCAD), member of the Board of Trustees of the Arab Institute for Research and Training in Statistics, member of the Board of Directors of the Union of Arab Statisticians, member of the Permanent Executive Committee of Statistics in the Secretariat General of the Arab League, in addition to her membership in the ASPEN”s Middle Leadership Initiative. Locally, she is Secretary General of the Advisory Council of Official Statistics, Member of the Board of Trustees of Yasser Arafat Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Palestinian Initiative for Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (Miftah), member of the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Olympic Committee; member of the Higher Council of Youth and Sports and member of the Jury of AMAN’s Integrity Award.

Dr. Awad is also a well published research figuring research on Gender, Good Governance, Publication of Data, Labor Market and Management of Statistical Work Under Crises.

She holds a PhD in Business Administration in 2016 from the University of Liverpool and an MA in Applied Statistics from Birzeit University in 2013, and MA in Business Administration from Boston University in 2000 and a BA in Economics from Birzeit University in 1997.

Sabri Saidam

Minister of Education & Higher Education.

Telecommunications and IT Advisor to the President. Founder of the Birzeit Innovation Group (BIG).


  • Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology (MOTIT).
  • Member of the Social Science Research Council's Civil Society and the ICT Group.

Holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering,1999, Imperial College London, United Kingdom, and B.Sc. in Physics and Electronics, 1993, Imperial College London, United Kingdom.

Samir Hulileh

CEO of PADICO Holding Co. since June 2008.Expert on Economic Affairs as well asnon-governmental organizations and the private sector.


  • Cabinet Secretary of the Palestinian Government.
  • Deputy Assistant at the Ministry of Economy and Trade.
  • Chairman of the Palestine Trade Centre (PALTRADE).
  • Board Member at : the Applied Research Institute-Jerusalem (ARIJ), the Arab Thought Forum, and the Palestinian Banking Corporation (PBC).

Holds an M.A. degree in Economics,1983, the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.