Chairman : Nafez Husseini is the Chief Technology & Telecommunications Officer of the Greece-based Consolidated Contractors Company, a multi-billion dollar engineering group and the largest construction company in the Middle East. Nafez is very active in promoting youth empowerment, knowledge-based economies and has been a key founding member of the Palestine Education Initiative.
Chief Investment Officer , Palestine Investment Fund (PIF) - Durgham Maraee is the Chief Investment Officer at the Palestine Investment Fund (PIF). In this role, Durgham manages PIF’s $500 million private equity investment portfolio and oversees the development and implementation of PIF’s ambitious 5-year $4 billion investment program. He is also responsible for identifying, developing and executing new strategic investment initiatives that aim to spur economic growth in Palestine through the establishment of viable business enterprises, while achieving excellent returns to PIF.
Mohammed Khateeb is the Chief Executive Officer of Bridge Development Group a holding company based in Palestine. BDG has a diverse range of investments which include residential, commercial & industrial real estate, construction management, electromechanical engineering and carpet manufacturing. Bridge’s work is focused in the Middle East and North America.
Zohre Elahian has been actively involved in international development for over 10 years. With her husband, Kamran Elahian, she started Schools Online, a not-for-profit organization that has brought computers to schools and introduced ICT in education in many countries around the world and within the US.
President and CEO, Skoll Foundation - Sally Osberg is a recognized leader in the social sector for her work in advancing the field of social entrepreneurship. As President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, she leads the foundation’s team in identifying and supporting innovators who are pioneering effective, sustainable solutions to global challenges.
Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Palestinian National Beverage Company (NBC-Coca-Cola licensee) Mr. Khouri is a leading Middle East businessman and holds a number of executive positions and Board Memberships including Chairman of Palestine Tourism & Investment Company. (PTIC), Jacir Palace Intercontinental in Bethlehem, the Jerusalem Investment Tourism (JIT), and Intram Investments Inc in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Khouri is also Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Development & Investment Co (Padico).
Mr. Walid Namour is Chief Executive of IDARA, Institutional Development And Reform Associates, a private consulting firm located in Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine that specializes in Institutional Development and Reform of organizations in the public, private and (NGOs) sectors.
Manal Zraiq is Partner and General Director of Massar Associates. She is an experienced business executive and skilled communicator with demonstrated capabilities in the areas of team building and staff development.
Hashim Shawa joined Bank of Palestine as Chairman and General Manager in 2007 and has continued its strategy of growth and expansion.
Chairman, Dimensions Consulting Company - Mr. Hassan Kassem is an IT Specialist and Business Consultant. He is currently the Chairman and Managing Partner of Dimensions Consulting Company, which provides business and health care services. Mr. Kassem is also the Chairman of Young Scientists Club and of Palestinian Information Technology Association (PITA). He was one of the founders of PITA and PICTI.
Kamran Elahian is a veteran entrepreneur with over 27 years of experience in the high-tech industry. He is currently Chairman of Global Catalyst Partners, a global venture capital fund for investments in communication product companies, which he co-founded in 1999.
Samer Khoury is the Executive Vice President of Operations of the Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) Group, one of the region's largest international construction companies, operating throughout the Middle East, Africa, CIS, Europe, and the United States.
Having held senior management positions for the past 25 years, Hazem has proven his ability to establish and expand a business structure according to market needs. He has demonstrated the ability to build a new business, introduce new products, penetrate new markets, build various alliances and partnerships, and has successfully implemented projects around the globe.
Jeff Skoll is a philanthropist and social entrepreneur. As founder and chairman of the Skoll Foundation,Participant Media and the Skoll Global Threats Fund, he is bringing life to his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity.
Ms. Bita Daryabari received a B.S in Computer Science from California State University, Hayward, and M.S. in Telecommunications Management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She began her career in the telecommunications industry at GammmaLink, Inc., an early pioneer in computer fax and networking products. Following Gammalink, she moved to MCI Communications, where she distinguished herself as a "President's Circle" top achiever on multiple occasions.
Ossama Hassanein is an entrepreneur, mentor and venture capitalist. Over the last 35 years, he managed over $1 billion in 14 international technology funds at Berkeley International in San Francisco, Technocom Ventures in Paris, Newbridge Networks Holding in Canada, and Newbury Ventures and the Rising Tide Fund in Silicon Valley.