Chairman: Nafez Husseini
Chairman : Nafez Husseini is the VP of ICT & Digital Business of the Greece based Consolidated Contractors Company (www.ccc.gr), a multi-billion engineering group and the largest construction company in the Middle East. Nafez is very active in promoting Knowledge-Based economies and 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. A diaspora native of Jerusalem, Nafez holds a Bachelor’s degree from the American University of Beirut and a Masters from California State University - Sacramento specializing in Management & Information Technology.
Vice President: Walid Nammour
A Healthcare / Hospital Executive and Strategic Management Analyst with more than thirty years of experience in various leadership positions and consulting work, serving the public sector in Palestine and the main non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Excellent communication and interpersonal skills that serve as the foundation for effective networking, collaboration, negotiation, and maintaining positive partnerships with physicians, staff, other individuals and organizations. Skilled in the management of a diverse range of departments, professionals, and programs through an in-depth understanding of the healthcare sector in Palestine and its multi-faceted components.
Treasurer: Mohammad Khateeb
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.
Secretary: Wasel Ghanem
Dr. Ghanem is a senior professor Faculty member at Electrical and Computer Engineering Department since 1999. He served as Dean of Engineering and Technology and also as Director General for Palestine Education Initiative ( PEI) in the period to promote ICT in education within school system. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering-Communications and Computer Systems- from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 1990 and 1993 respectively. In 1994, he obtained a scholarship from DAAD to continue his Ph.D. in University Elangen-Nuremburg and Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Research in Germany, where he received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering-Electron Devices & Sensors- in 1999. Dr. Ghanem main research interest is in the area of Robotics, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Wireless Sensor Networks, Smart Sensors, Virtual Reality, and ICT in Education in general. Dr. Ghanem participated in many EU Erasmus projects as local coordinator and developer like RUFO, MVU, METHODS, and others.
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.
Sally Reeves Osberg
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Durgham Maraee is the CEO of Wataniya Mobile. Dr. Maraee has extensive experience in Telecom and in business management and investment. Prior to his appointment to the position of CEO of Wataniya Mobile, Dr. Maraee served as the Chief Investment Officer of the Palestine Investment Fund (“PIF”).
Zahi Wadih Khouri
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).