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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 :

Mohamed Nasr
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of Amaar Real Estate and Tourism Development Co.
  • Associate Professor of Economics at Birzeit University.
  • Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Arab Islamic Bank.
  • Board Member of Palestine Investment Fund and Sanad Construction Resources Co.


  • Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at Birzeit University (2011-2014) (1996-1999).
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of Palestine Capital Market Authority (2014-2015).
  • Vice Chairman of the Board of Jericho Agro and Industrial Park (2012-2017).
  • Director General of the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS) (2007-2008).
  • Chairman of the Board of the Palestine Governance Institute (2011-2014).
  • Board Member, Palestine Central Election Committee (2008-2011)
  • 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.



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 of the Student Loan Fund. Member of the Board of Trustees of BirZeit University and of its Executive and Resource Development Committee. Member of the General Assembly of Alami's Agricultural Project in Jericho. Former trustee of ICARDA in Aleppo, Welfare Association, the Arab Thought Forum in Amman, the Arab American University in Jenin, Tamkeen (DEEP) Program. Former member of the Board of Directors of the Palestine Monetary Authority (PMA) and chairman of its Audit Committee. Former member of the Board of Directors of the Students Loan Fund.


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

Khaled Zuhair Osaily
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

The Country Director for Global Communities-Palestine, an international development agency focusing on community and infrastructure development, good governance promotion, youth and women empowerment, humanitarian assistance, emergency response and food security. She served as the Assistant Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program/Program of Assistance to the Palestinian People (UNDP/PAPP) for seventeen years. Lana has a degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Iowa, USA and is an accomplished development expert with over 32 years’ experience. She is a member of several companies’ Boards of Directors including the Palestine Investment Fund (PIF), Bank of Palestine, Sanad for Construction Resources, Amar Group, the Arab Hotels Company and Vitas Palestine for Micro Finance. She serves on the Board Trustees of the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy and El-Funoun Popular Dance Troupe and is the founder of the Youth Make the Future Organization (SHIAM). Lana is a fellow of the Aspen Institute Global Leadership Network, member of the Business Women Forum and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). In 2015, the BBC named Lana as one of the 100 most inspirational women in the world and in 2017 she won the highly acclaimed McNulty Prize for impactful leadership.




Magda Salem


Lecturer of Economics and Financial Markets at Birzeit University, Faculty of Commerce and Economics. Investment Consultant for Zaher Group. Former CEO of CCI Holding, Investment Company. Former Chairman of the Board of Directors in the Bilingual Schools and the Jerusalem International YMCA. Former Board member in Ayalon Fund Management and Capital Investment Company. Former Project Manager in Gaza Strip Projects in USAID- Tel Aviv.

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



Bassim S. Khoury


  • Chairman and CEO of Pharmacare plc. 

Serves on the following boards:

  • Birzeit University and on its Executive Committee.
  • The Palestinian Music Conservatory.
  • Palestine Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • St. Yves Society for Legal & Human Rights and acts as its treasurer. 


  • Palestinian Minister of National Economy (2009).
  • Elected twice as President of the Palestinian Federation of Industries (2006 and 2009).
  • President of the Union of Palestinian Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (UPPM) (2001-2004);
  • Board member of Palestine Trade Promotion Organization; and Palestinian Trade Center – Paltrade (1993-2002); and Board of Palestinian Pharmaceutical Association, and as the Head of its Scientific Committee 1992-1994. 

Holds B.A. in Industrial Pharmacy, 1983, School of Pharmacy, University of Oklahoma, USA.


 Mohamed Mustafa


Chairman of the Board of Directors, the Palestine Investment Fund (PIF). Senior Advisor to the President of the State of Palestine on Economic Affairs. As Senior Advisor to the President, Dr. Mustafa is a senior member of the Palestinian negotiations team for permanent status issues and the lead on the economic affairs portfolio.

He has launched a number of start-ups and companies, including PalTel, Wataniya Mobile, and Massader for Natural Resources and Infrastructure, as well as investment funds, such as the Rasmalah Palestine Equity Fund and the Sharakat Fund for SMEs. He facilitated the IPOs and exits of Saudi Telecom, Orange Jordan, PalTel, and Wataniya, and was instrumental in building the Palestinian Islamic banking sector. He served as Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs in 2013 and as Deputy PM and Minister of National Economy from 2013-2014.

Internationally, Dr. Mustafa held senior positions across a variety of sectors at the World Bank, Washington, D.C., for a period of fifteen years. He was the Economic Advisor to the Government of Kuwait on economic reform, and Advisor to the Public Investment Fund in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Mustafa served as a as Visiting Professor at the George Washington University.

Dr. Mustafa was born in Palestine in 1954. He holds PhD and Master’s degrees from the George Washington University and a BSc degree from Baghdad University.



 Maher Al Masri


Chairman of the board, Palestine Islamic Bank. He worked as an economist in Lebanon, UK, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Palestine. In 1996, he was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council (Parliament) and later served as Minister of National Economy until 2005. As a Minister, he chaired the Palestinian Investment Promotion Agency (PIPA), Palestine Standards Institution (PSI) and Palestinian Industrial Estates and Free Zone Authority (PIEFZA). He was the Chairman of Palestine Capital Markets Authority (PCMA) from 2006 till 2014. Presently he is a member of the board of the Palestine Investment Fund (PIF) and the Chairman of Palestine Stock Exchange.

Mr. Masri holds BA and MA degree in economics from the American University of Beirut.



 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.



Raja Khalidi
(Ex Officio)


Director General, Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS). 

Khalidi had been the Research Coordinator at MAS since 2016. He previously worked at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) from 1985 to 2013, and was the Coordinator of its Program of Assistance to the Palestinian people from 2000 to 2006. He spent his last 5 years at UNCTAD as the head of the Office of the Director of the Division of Globalization and Development Strategies, which led UNCTAD’s response to the global economic crisis and its participation in the G-20 process. He was also a consultative member of the Welfare Association (Taawon), a founding member of the Family Relief Fund in Palestine (Geneva), and a member of the MAS Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2013.

Mr. Khalidi hold M.Sc. in Development Economics, 1981, from the University of London (SOAS), UK. He prepared and published numerous papers and reports on the economic situation and development policies in the occupied Palestinian territories, and on the Arab economy in Israel.


Ola Awad

President of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), the Secretary-General of the Advisory Committee for Official Statistics , and the Former President of the International Association of Official Statistics (IAOS) for the years 2015 -2017. Dr. Awad represents the Arab region at the High-level group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (HLG-SDGs) in addition to being an active chief statistician in a number of national, regional and international agencies including:

  • A council member in the International Statistical Institute (ISI) for the years (2017-2019).
  • A member in the ASPEN Middle Leadership Initiative.
  • A board member of the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Center for Islamic Countries (SESRIC)
  • A member of the international advisory committee of Abu Dhabi Statistics Center (SCAD)
  • A member of the Board of Trustees of the Arab Institute for Research and Training in Statistics.
  • A member of the Board of Directors of the Union of Arab Statisticians.
Nationally, Dr. Awad is a member of the Board of Trustees of Yasser Arafat Foundation, a Board member of the Palestinian Economic Policy Research Institute-MAS, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy "MIFTAH", a jury member of the integrity award at the Coalition for Accountability and Integrity "AMAN" and a member of Qatar's Permanent Committee for the Support of Al Quds.

Dr. Awad holds a Doctorate of Business Administration from the University of Liverpool– UK, a MA degree in Applied Statistics from Birzeit University, a MA degree in Business Administration and Management from Boston University and a BA in Economics from Birzeit University. Dr. Awad focuses her research interest on gender issues, good governance, and crises management of statistical offices.

Salim Tamari

Salim Tamari is IPS senior fellow and the former director of the IPS-affiliated Institute of Jerusalem Studies. He is editor of Jerusalem Quarterly and Hawliyyat al Quds.

He is professor of sociology at Birzeit University and an adjunct professor at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University. He has authored several works on urban culture, political sociology, biography and social history, and the social history of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Recent publications include: Year of the Locust: Palestine and Syria during WWI (UC Press, 2010) Ihsan's War: The Intimate Life of an Ottoman Soldier (IPS, Beirut, 2008); The Mountain Against the Sea (University of California Press, 2008); Biography and Social History of Bilad al Sham (edited with I. Nassar,2007, Beirut IPS); Pilgrims, Lepers, and Stuffed Cabbage: Essays on Jerusalem's Cultural History (edited, with I. Nassar, IJS, 2005) and Essays on the Cultural History of Ottoman and Mandate Jerusalem (editor, IJS, 2005).

Tamari has served as visiting professor, University of California at Berkeley (2005, 2007, 2008); Eric Lane Fellow, Cambridge University (2008); lecturer in Mediterranean Studies Venice University (2002-present); among other posts.

Sam Bahour

Palestinian-American based in Al-Bireh/Ramallah, Palestine and is managing partner of Applied Information Management (AIM).

Bahour was instrumental in the establishment of two publicly traded firms: the Palestine Telecommunications Company (PALTEL) and the Arab Palestinian Shopping Center.

He is currently an independent director at the Arab Islamic Bank and advisory board member of the Open Society Foundations’ Arab Regional Office. Bahour serves in various capacities in several community organizations, including co-founder and chairman of Americans for a Vibrant Palestinian Economy, board member of Just Vision in New York, and board member and policy adviser at Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network, among others.

Bahour earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science degree in Computer Technology and a MBA degree from the Kellogg-Recanati International Executive MBA,
He speaks and writes frequently on Palestinian affairs and is co-editor of HOMELAND: Oral History of Palestine and Palestinians (1993)..