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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
Professor, Emeritus
Department of Economics
Univ. of Waterloo, Canada
Ph.D. in Economics, 1981, Queen’s University, Canada
George Al Abed
Senior Counselor and Director for Africa and the Middle East
Institute of International Finance-IIF, USA
Ph.D. in Economics, University of California, Berkeley, USA.
Jamil Hilal
Independent Sociologist and Writer.
M. Litt. in Sociology & Anthropology, 1969, University of Durham, UK.
Mohammad Nasr
Chairperson, Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS)
Lecturer at the Faculty of Business and Economics
Birzeit University, Palestine
Ph.D. in Economics, Ohio State University, USA
Numan Kanafani
Professor, Emeritus
Dept. of Food & Resource Economics
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
(Visiting) Senior Researcher – MAS
Ph.D. in Economics,1982, Lund University, Sweden.
Osama Hamed
Department of Economics
Rutgers University
the State University of New Jersey, USA
Ph.D. in Economics, 1987, University of California, USA.
Radwan Shaban
Former Lead Economist at the World Bank, Cairo Office.
Ph.D. in Economics, 1985, Stanford University, USA.
Rita H. Giacaman
Unit Head
Institute of Community and Public Health
Birzeit University
Ph.D. in Pharmacy, 1977, California University, USA
And rewarded Emeritus Doctorate in Social Sciences by London School of Economics and Political Science-LSE, 2011.
Samir Abdallah
Senior Research Fellow
Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute - MAS
Associate Professor,
Ph.D. in Economics from Prague School of Economics, Czech Republic

Salim Ajluni
Latest post held: International Labour Organization, Regional Office for the Arab Sates, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for palestine Refugees in the Near east (UNRWA)
Ph.D. in Economics, Utah University, USA
Samia Al Botmeh
Faculty Member & Senior Researcher
Institute of Women Studies & at the Institute of Development Studies
Birzeit University, Palestine
Ph.D. in Economics, University of London (SOAS), 2014, UK