CEO of PALTEL Group
Mr. Ammar Aker is the Palestine Telecom Group CEO and a member of Paltel Group’s Board of Directors. Notably, Paltel Group is the second largest employer in Palestine (after the Government).
Prior to assuming his current position as Group CEO, he was the CEO of the Palestine Cellular Communications Co. Ltd., Jawwal, the first leading cellular operator in Palestine.
Mr. Aker is currently the chairman of the board of directors of VTEL Middle East and Africa (MEA). He is a member of the board for the Palestine Development and Investment Company (PADICO Holding), the largest investment holding company in the country, in addition to his representation on the board of directors of its subsidiaries. He is also currently a member on the board of trustees for An-Najah National University.
Mr. Aker is an active board member in a number of international, regional and local initiatives such as; Palestine for a New Beginning (PNB); The Palestine International Award for Excellence and Creativity; Mahmoud Darwish Foundation; in addition to the Amideast Advisory Board in Palestine. He is also an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) Palestine Branch and the Palestinian Businessmen Association (PBA).
Mr. Aker holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and an MSc degree in Accounting from Kent State University, Ohio.
Secretary General of the Palestinian Council of Ministers.
- Ph.D. Industrial Engineering and Artificial Intelligence - NMSU, USA, 1995.
- Founder & Head of the Industrial Engineering Dep / AnNajah National Univ.
- Faculty Member, European EFQM, Licensed Advisor and Consultant
- Member of the Global Innovation Institute (GInI) – USA
- Expert in Strategy and Policy Development, Institutional Development, Innovation/Excellence and Performance Management.
- 25-year experience in many Arab countries, the USA, UK, and Canada.
The Governor of Palestinian Monitory Authority
Feras Milhem is a PhD. holder of Law from the Vrije Universities Brussel in 2004, he got his master's degree from Birzeit University in 2000 at Commercial Law. He got his first degree in law from Fez-Morocco.
He has gained in-depth experience in his field; he has served as the team leader of the Rule of Law (Justice and Security) in the International Quartet office for more than seven years, was in charge of the Economic Relationship File on fiscal leakages between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, was in charge of the Palestine Monetary Authority’s Ombudsperson Office for four years, and served for two-time as a member in the PMA’s board before he was appointed as a Governor.
For nearly eighteen years, Dr.Milhem worked as a researcher and consultant on several legislative and judicial projects. Dr.Milhem was a lecturer at Birzeit University Law School from 2004 to 2009, during which time he served as assistant dean of the faculty and was an adviser to the Palestinian Minister of Interior from 2007 to 2009. He has also contributed to several studies, including with the MAS Institute related to economic research.
Editor-in-chief of the Al-Iqtisadi.
Mohammad Khabisa is the editor-in-chief of the Al-Iqtisadi website in Palestine, the economics official in the Arab disk of the Turkish Anadolu Agency, and previously worked as the media and public relations officer in the Association of Banks in Palestine.
Mohammad is a master's student in Digital Media and Communication at Al-Quds University.
CEO of Pal Pay
Muawiya Al-Qawasmi - General Manager of PalPay
A PhD researcher in Islamic economic law, he holds a master's degree in business administration from Birzeit University, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Jordan. He worked as a part-time lecturer at the Faculty of Finance and Administration at Hebron University in 2005, and between 2005-2010 he managed Bank of Palestine branch in Hebron, and between 2010-2015 he held the position of director of Bank of Palestine branches in the Southern region with its branches and affiliated offices, including evaluating all Operations related to credit, such as direct and indirect facilities, marketing follow-up, and participation in many committees emanating from the public administration, such as the Bank’s Public Relations Committee, the Committee for Developing Risk Management mechanisms, and the official of the Committee on Non-Banking Distinguished Services for Major Clients.
Al-Qawasmi worked as director of the representative office of Bank of Palestine in the Dubai International Financial Center between 2015-2018, where he took charge of planning, supervising and making decisions that achieve the bank’s vision in accordance with the strategy and follow-up of marketing for the bank’s services, communication and networking with banks and international financial institutions, and the management of investment portfolios.
After that, he moved to work as Deputy Director General of the Arab Islamic Bank in Palestine between 2018-2020, where he participated in achieving the bank’s strategic vision by strengthening collective management and developing general executive plans and mechanisms that cover aspects of the bank, supervision and follow-up with the branch management and direct sales departments to achieve the bank’s goals In addition to formulating the general and interim objectives of the affiliated departments, in line with the bank’s strategic plan.
Al-Qawasmi had held the position of Deputy Director General of the Department of International Relations and Development Projects in the Ministry of Finance between 2004-2005, and Assistant Director General of Customs and Value Added Tax in the Ministry between 1998-2004. Finally, he held the position of General Manager of PalPay since the beginning of 2021.
On the professional level, he contributed as a key advisor in building the Palestinian customs law, and was a key member of the negotiation team for Palestine’s accession to the World Trade Organization and the World Customs Organization, and represented the Ministry of Finance in the European Partnership Agreement for the Mediterranean Countries. Al-Qawasmi also heads the Tax Advisors Syndicate in Palestine and the Palestinian Judo Federation, in addition to membership in the Palestinian Youth Pioneers Forum’s management board, membership in the Executive Office of the Olympic Committee, and holds the position of Secretary of the Palestinian Businessmen Association.
Executive Director of the Financial Stability Group in PMA
He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Birzeit University and holds certificate in enterprise risk management from the institution of risk management (IRM), London, UK, in addition to many academic and professional certificates specialized in the fields of central banking.
He joined the Monetary Authority in 2001, and was involved in several important positions until he got promoted as Executive Director of the Financial Stability Group. He is a chairman and member of many local and international committees in the field of banking. He is also a board member of foundation of orphans fund development and administration, municipal Development and lending fund, and the Palestinian National Economic Empowerment Institution (PNEEI).
Mayor of Ramallah
Mr.Musa Hadid (1965 - 55 years) is a Palestinian Politician of the Fatah party who has been serving as Mayor of Ramallah since 2012. Musa is also the President of the Association of the Palestinian Local Authorities for the second consecutive session.
Uprising and educational attainment
Musa Hadid was born in 1965 in the city of Ramallah. In 1993, he graduated from Birzeit University with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering.
Hadid's political life began when he enrolled in the student movement during his school years at Birzeit University. He was arrested by the Israeli Forces at the outbreak of the first Palestinian intifada. Although he ran his own civil engineer office for 20 years he always maintained his political activity. In 2012 he ran as head of his list a campaign for Ramallah Municipal elections, where he became the mayor of Ramallah for two consecutive turns until present time.
In addition to his current position as Mayor of Ramallah, he is also:
• President of the Palestinian Federation of Local Authorities
• Chairman of the Jerusalem Governorate Water Authority Board
• Co-chair of UCLG-MEWA
• Member of the Supreme Presidential Committee to Follow Church Affairs in Palestine
• Member of the Municipal Development and Lending Fund
• Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Independence Park
• Administrative Board Member of the Yasser Arafat Museum
• Board Member of the Mahmoud Darwish Museum
• Member of the Special Committee for National Planning regional development
• Member of the Presidential Committee for Civil Peace.
In 2020, Hadid was the subject of an award-winning film called "Mayor", directed by filmmaker David Osit, which follows Musa Hadid's day-to-day life as mayor.
Co-Founder and CEO of Bisan Systems LTD.
Samia Jubran Totah – Born and raised in Ramallah, Palestine. Samia completed a BA degree in Industrial Design from San Francisco State University in 1987 and worked for three years in California, USA. Samia received an Executive MBA degree from Northwestern University’s International Kellogg-Recanati program in 2013.
She is a co-founder and CEO of Bisan Systems Ltd, a software house established in Ramallah - Palestine in 1988, specializing in ERP Cloud Solutions serving the private, governmental, non-profit and microfinance sectors. Bisan Systems serves various countries and sectors with 40% of its sales outside Palestine.
She is a founding member of the Business Women Forum-Palestine established in 2006 and currently an active member. Samia is the first woman from the Palestinian private sector to serve on the Board of Directors of the Palestine Monetary Authority from 2016 until 2019. Samia is a member of Birzeit University Board of Trustees since 2017, and a member of Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS) Board of Trustees since March 2021. She is the mother of two girls.
Commercial Director at BCI
Tamer Baransi has studied economics and graduated from the University of Essex in the UK, he is the Commercial Director at BCI, which is a leading ICT company that helped in transforming technology and communication throughout the MENA region. Tamer is also currently serving on the board of directors of The Palestinian Information Technology Association of Companies (PITA). His passion about business, leadership, technology and economic development has been the main driver behind his eagerness to work and make a positive change in Palestine and the region.
CEO of Quds Bank.
Mr. Salah Hidmi is a Palestinian business man and a banker with over 26 years of
experience in the banking sector. He successfully attained his Bachelor’s degree in
Banking & Finance from Al-Ahliyya Amman University – 1995.
During his working years he was able to earn several certificates that are related to the
banking industry which includes: PMP, ACI Dealing, ICDL, and Transition to General
Management from INSEAD Business School.
He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Quds Bank. In addition, he is the Chairman
of Sadara Company, the Chairman of MEPS Palestine, and an active board member in
several regional and local institutions such as: Birzeit University Friends Association,
Association of Banks in Palestine, and AMAN (Cash & Valuables Transporations). In
addition, he was the president of East Jerusalem Rotary Club for the years 2017, and 2018.
Throughout his career path, he has held several senior positions at the Arab Bank as he
was the head of the Corporate and Institutional Banking after being Head of Treasury
Department for 9 years.
He successfully implemented many workshops and training sessions in the banking sector
especially in Treasury Field.
He lives in East Jerusalem, He is married to his better half Roleen Qadamani, together
they have three children (a girl and 2 boys), and also he has a loving pair of parents.
CEO of Ooredoo Palestine
Dr. Durgham Maraee is the CEO of Ooredoo Palestine. He has extensive experience in the telecom industry as well as in business management and investment management. Under his leadership, Ooredoo Palestine delivered strong growth in market share, subscriber base, revenue, EBITDA and net profit year after year. Dr. Maraee also oversaw the successful launch of the company’s commercial services in the Gaza Strip, as well as its highly successful launch of 3G services in the West Bank.
Before joining Ooredoo, Dr. Maraee served as the Chief Investment Officer of the Palestine Investment Fund (“PIF”), the sovereign wealth fund of the State of Palestine. At PIF, Dr. Maraee managed an 800 million USD investment portfolio and supervised the development of many new investment initiatives that aimed at promoting economic growth in Palestine in various economic sectors such as telecom, energy, housing, finance, and manufacturing. Prior to that, Dr. Maraee worked as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in New York City, where he provided strategic advice to leading American and international companies in various economic sectors.
Dr. Maraee holds a master’s and doctorate degrees in International Law from Harvard University.
Head of LNBD Labs at Technion - IITT
Hossam Haick is a Full Professor in the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and an expert in the field of nanotechnology and non-invasive disease diagnosis. He earned his doctorate from the Technion in 2002. After graduation, he did two, two-year postdoctoral fellowships – first at the Weizmann Institute of Science, then at California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He returned to the Technion at the end of 2006 as an assistant professor, becoming a full professor in 2011. Prof. Haick has published more than 220 publications in top-level journals in the field of nanotechnology, advanced/applied materials/chemistry, and medicine; more than ten five book chapters. Additionally, the technologies developed by Prof. Haick and his team have led to the production of more than 42 patents and patent applications – many of which have been licensed to six international companies. Prof. Haick is the cofounder of FeelIT Ltd. and NanoVation-S.G. Ltd. – startup companies aiming to commercialize innovative non-invasive technology for monitoring vital signs in health.
Head for the e-Governance Programme in Palestine and MENA region (INDIGO) of (GIZ)
Jehad Shakhshir works as Head for the e-Governance Programme in Palestine and MENA region (INDIGO) of (GIZ). Mr. Shakhshir has 12 years of experience working for GIZ on local government development issues, decentralization, fiscal and legal reforms, democratic transformation, and inclusive and participatory planning. Mr. Shakhshir, also, worked for GIZ in the sectors of technical education (TVET) and water for more than 9 years. Mr. Shakhshir holds a BA in English Literature from University of Tishreen / Syria, Diploma of Translation from Birzeit University / Palestine and MA in Historical Studies from Freie Universität / Berlin – Germany.
CEO of Jawwal Pay
14 years of extensive practical experience in managing several leadership and strategic positions in the Palestinian Telecommunications Company - Jawwal. A graduate of An-Najah National University majoring in Information Technology, he is currently the CEO of Jawwal Pay.
Presidential Secretary-General of Al-Quds University
Dr. Safa Nassereldin is a well-recognised Palestinian community and entrepreneur leader as well as a highly energetic engineering educator, who is engaged in multiple roles and initiatives through the Palestinian and Regional engineering and technology scenes. With more than 20 years of intuitive management and experience in tackling challenges in leadership, project management and engineering practices, she is well known for seeking to inspire and empower female engineers and project managers, girls and youth in general. She also holds a strong vision for the Palestinian community through education and learning.
She the Presidential Secretary-General and
Ass. Prof. at Faculty of Engineeringis currently at Al-Quds University. She was the Vice President for Jerusalem Affairs at Al-Quds University, from 2014 -2021. Prior to the current portfolio, she was the Minister at the Ministry of Telecom & Information and Technology, who has successfully introduced positive changes by enabling a competitive environment for telecommunication industry in Palestine. She was the first female minister this field in Palestine. She was awarded the Chevalier (Knight) of the National Order of the Legion of Honour from the Republic of France Nov. 2017 as well as Arab Women Achievers in March 2019 and Academician who Mostly Served Jerusalem in June 2019.
She is an active board member in the Higher Council for Innovation and Excellence, Palestinian Incubator for Energy, the Innovation Fund, Palestine Education for Employment EFE, the Arab Islamic Bank, the Internet Service Provider Mada among others.
She holds a Doctorate in Electronic Engineering from ENSEIRB, Bordeaux I University in France, 2003.
Dr. Eng. Safa Nassereldin
Presidential Secretary-General - Presidency office
Ass. Prof. at Faculty of Engineering
VP Head pf Strategy and Digital Transformation Division at Quds Bank.
Mr. Zaid Jerab, 28, is the Head of Strategic Planning department at Quds Bank and Vice chairman of Experts Turnkey Solutions, an IT company that specializes in software development and professional IT services.
He Graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 2013 with a bachelors degree in Finance and Economics. He Moved to Toronto after graduation to work in Royal Bank of Canada as an Enterprise Business Intelligence design and optimization Analyst. During his work in Royal Bank of Canada, Zaid got exposed to the world of Information Management, Big Data and Advanced Analytics.
In 2015, Zaid moved back to Ramallah to work at Quds Bank. Since Joining Quds Bank, Zaid has put forward his vision towards modern banking and has strongly adopted and supported the mission of digital transformation and automation.
During his working years, Zaid has completed the 3 levels of the CFA professional certificate exams and became a Certified Financial Analyst and a member of CFA global institute and CFA society Jordan. He has also completed the 2 parts of the Financial Risk Management professional certificate exams and became a Certified Financial Risk Manager and a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals.
Co-Founder of Imagry
Adham Ghazali is the Co-Founder of Imagry. He spent the last 10 years working on various machine learning problems including large-scale computer vision, Brain-computer interfacing, and Bio-Inspired facial recognition. He is interested in the intersection between biology and computer science. Prior to co-founding Imagry, Adham was a brain researcher focusing on the study of the visual system in infants.
CEO and President of Good Shepherd Engineering.
Eng Michael Younan MSc. Graduated 1975 from Salford University GB and Finished his Master’s Degree in Jerusalem Studies at Al Quds University. He is a practicing Civil Engineer in Palestine.
Eng. Michael realized since the late 1980’s that IT is the next revolution of the Global World and ever since has entered as an independent Scholar within the IT revolution using the applied CAD for Engineering and introducing AutoCAD in the early 1990s to the Engineers of Palestine to automate all engineering works within the IT and produce Computer-Aided Design and drafting in the Palestine Engineering Office.
He 1993 introduce GIS and remote sensing as a Tool to the Palestinian Institutions to start a new IT Locational Geodatabase revolution within Palestine. The GIS Palestine journey started then to automate and digitize Palestine digitally from hardcopy and paper maps to fully digital.
Eng. Michael is the CEO and president of Good Shepherd Engineering, GSE based in Beit Jala, Palestine, who supported the Locational and Geo Structure in Palestine and introduced many aspects within this IT revolution.
GSE lead by Eng Michael has introduced the commercial Maps of Palestine created and produced by Palestinians for Palestine and are Worldwide distributed as Palestinian Products via PalMap Palestine Mapping Center
Eng. Michael part of the IT revolution in Palestine introduce automation in the Applied Engineering Palestine World and within its Institutions and is a leader in Palestine Mapping, GIS and Remote Sensing, Aerial mapping, Photogrammetry, and atomization based on Geolocation.
Marketing and Communications Manager/ Call U Telecom.
She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Birzeit University, in addition to many certificates in digital marketing and social media marketing.
She has more than 12 years of experience in the field of marketing, communications and digital marketing.
CEO of Ultimit Advanced Turnkey Solutions
Saeed Zeidan, 44 years old, is the founder and CEO of ULTIMIT Advanced Turnkey Solution that he established back in 2008 after 17 years of vast experience in software development, systems analysis, project management, and large scale projects for public and private sector in the region.
Zeidan has a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in computer science. Zeidan worked as part time faculty member at different universities in the region in addition to work as a freelancer to help universities to bridge the gap between academia and industry. Zeidan is a key note speaker in multiple local, regional, and international conferences such as GEPS, GEFT, BETT, BITEX, GESS, and GITEX.
Chief Editors of Al-Raqeeb Economic Media Network
Founder of Al Safeer Economic Newspaper & Chief editor of Al Raqeeb Economic Media Network
Record Holder: The Longest Marathon Hosting a Radio Talk Show in the World
Title Holder: “The Best Arab Economic Reporter in 2020”
Moderator, motivational speaker, trainer, investigatore, presented 3000 radio & TV interviews
Board member of many local & international organizations.
INCUBE Palestine Director
Holding a bachelor's in Computer Science, with extensive experience for more than 15 years in distribution and product management, Ashraf is internationally recognized as Microsoft Distribution Specialist and used to hold the position of Microsoft Product Manager in Qatar.
COO of BCI
Mr. Mohammad Tamimi graduated in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Hebron polytechnic university
Tamimi held several positions during his 22 years of experience in the public sector, ending this journey as the Head of IT at the ministry of interior