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Research Advisory Group

The Research Advisory Group (RAG) is commissioned by the Board of Trustees, upon the recommendation of the Director General, to assist in controlling the quality of the Institute’s research through:

  • Discussing and reviewing MAS’s scholarly activities and proposing additional projects to help MAS achieve its immediate goals and objectives;
  • Commenting on the Institute’s Annual Research Plan;
  • Refereeing MAS’s research output.

RAG members are experts in economics or related social sciences who have proven abilities and vast experience, and are academically well-reputed in their respective fields.

Following are the current RAG members:

Fadle Naqib
Ph.D. in Economics, 1981, Queen’s University, Canada  
Professor, Emeritus
Department of Economics
Univ. of Waterloo, Canada
George Al Abed
Ph.D. in Economics, University of California, Berkeley, USA. 
Senior Counselor and Director for Africa and the Middle East
Institute of International Finance-IIF, USA
Jamil Hilal
M. Litt. in Sociology & Anthropology, 1969, University of Durham, UK. 
 Independent Sociologist and Writer.
Mohammad Nasr
Ph.D. in Economics, Ohio State University, USA 
Chair, Palestine Capital Market Authority
Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics
Birzeit University,Palestine
Numan Kanafani
Ph.D. in Economics,1982, Lund University, Sweden.
Professor, Emeritus
Dept. of Food & Resource Economics
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Visiting Senior Researcher  – MAS
Osama Hamed
Ph.D. in Economics, University of California, USA.
Department of Economics
Rutgers University
The State University of New Jersey, USA
Raja Khalidi
M.Sc. in Development Economics, 1981, University of London (SOAS),UK.
Economic Consultant
Birziet  University, Palestine
Visiting Senior Researcher  – MAS
Rita H. Giacaman
Ph.D. in Pharmacy, 1977, California University, USA 
Awarded an Emeritus Doctorate in Social Sciences by London School of Economics and Political Science-LSE, 2011.
Unit Head
Institute of Community and Public Health
Birzeit University
Salim Ajluni
Ph.D. in Economics, Utah University, USA 
Latest post held: International Labour Organization, Regional Office for the Arab States, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East ( UNRWA)
Samia Al Botmeh
Ph.D. in Economics, University of London (SOAS), 2014, UK
Faculty Member & Senior Researcher
Institute of Women Studies & at the Institute of Development Studies
Birzeit University, Palestine