BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Juliette Abu-Iyun
Hamada Abed H. Al-Bayari
Jamal Najib
Mahmoud Kittana
Rula Muzaffer
Thuqan K. Qishawi
Mohammad A. M. Shaheen
Azza Shoaibi
 

Juliette Abu-Iyun , from Jaffa but residing in Montreal, has a Master’s degree in Legal Studies from Aix-en-Provence and has been a member of the Israeli Bar since 1996. She has expertise in human rights, international law and international humanitarian law, with a specialization in refugee issues. Juliette works as a consultant to Non-Governmental Organizations and multilateral agencies, including United Nations Relief & Works Agency (UNRWA). She has extensive experience planning and leading innovative research, advocacy and other politically sensitive interventions in Palestine, Israel, Brussels, France, and the United States. She worked as a researcher for Human Rights Watch in New York and Brussels and in Brussels for the Center for European Policy Studies. She ran a two-year participatory research project with refugees in Jalazon Camp, which she describes in the September 2006 issue of Forced Migration Review. She is fluent in Arabic, Hebrew, French, and English.
Hamada Abed H. Al-Bayari is the humanitarian affairs assistant for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Gaza Strip. Previously he worked development and public relations at El-Wafa Medical Rehabilitation Hospital and did field research and coordination for B’Tselem: The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, Civic Forum Institute, and National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. He has worked as a physiotherapy assistant and an Arabic interpreter/translator for the French media. Hamada has a B.Sc. from the Islamic University in Gaza City.
Jamal Najib is a business technology consultant based in Al-Bireh/Ramallah. He moved back from the US to Jerusalem in 2004 providing consulting services in information technology development , planning, commercial and home automation. He has over 20 years experience providing technology services in the information technology market including over 15 years of consulting services in the Silicon Valley California. He is a partner in Smart Technology, a technology firm specializing in Information technology /security and home automation solutions. Jamal has an IT degree from Canada College, California and is a Microsoft Systems Engineer (MSCE) and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT).


 
Mahmoud Kittana, a lawyer based in Ramallah, currently works as a legal advisor at the Birzeit Univeristy Institute of Law; there, he conducts legal research, lectures and gives workshops, prepares curricula, and organizes/analyzes legal data. He also works for Ittqan Law Firm. Mahmoud received his B.A. in Law from Al-Quds University in Jerusalem; his Master’s degree in Commercial Law from Birzeit University in Ramallah; and a Master of Laws degree from Duke University in the US. He was trained in various other law firms, both in Palestine and in the US, and has extensive experience in matters of democratic involvement and development, crisis management and negotiation, and strategic planning for institutions. Mahmoud has also published several articles on legal and political issues in the Palestinian context.


 
Rula Muzaffer (Treasurer) ) is the Jerusalem Director of Administrative and Financial Affairs for MIFTA, the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy. She received her B.A. in Accounting and English from Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan. Before starting her work with MIFTA, where she has over ten years of experience, Rula worked in numerous other financial and administrative capacities, including at (AA) Consulting Engineers in Ramallah (where she served as a financial analyst; the Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education (as the director of financial affairs); the Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens’ Rights, and several trading and maintenance companies. Rula also has training experience in financial management for NGOs, government administration in conflict areas, and other fields related to the coordination of both public and privately run organizations.
Thuqan K. Qishawi is a development expert with over fifteen years of experience in the field. He is currently the Middle East Regional Coordinator of Youth Programs for the American Friends Service Committee. Thuqan holds a Bachelor of Mathematics & Economics from the American University in Cairo and a Master’s degree in Economics from Birzeit University, Palestine. In his current capacity, Thuqan spearheads the Public Achievement (PA) program in Palestine, one of the world’s most successful PA initiatives. Thuqan has worked with a variety of governmental and non-governmental entities in Palestine, focusing on issues as diverse as gender budgeting and sensitivity, feasibility studies, youth employment policies, youth civic engagement, business management, and entrepreneurship. A monitoring and evaluation expert, he has conducted various evaluation studies and strategic planning processes over the years. Thuqan attained his trainer certification from Inwent, Germany, and has become a skilled trainer, moderator, and facilitator; he has facilitated trainings and both regional and local workshops on water/environmental issues, socioeconomic issues, gender, leadership, and youth civic engagement.
Mohammad A. M. Shaheen (President) is the Dean of Public Health and Director of the Center for Development in Primary Health Care at Al-Quds University, where he has taught various subjects for over 20 years. He has a Ph.D. in Health Services Administration with a focus on health economics and policy research from the University of Pittsburgh, a Masters in Community Health from Purdue University and a B.Sc. in Medical and Nursing Sciences from the University of Jordan. One of the country’s pioneers in advocating the role of the community as a partner in development and public health, he is a founding member of the Palestinian Health Policy Forum, which promotes policies responsive to the needs of the Palestinian people. He is a long-time board member and current vice president of Childwatch International. With extensive experience in collaborative research with researchers around the world, Mohammad has led or contributed to scores of evaluations, capacity building projects, and developmental interventions with multilateral agencies, International Non-Governmental Organizations, and Non-Governmental Organizations.
Azza Shoaibi (Secretary) works at Birzeit University, where she is completing her M.A in public health. She is also a chief pharmacist at YazanCare in Ramallah. Previously, she was the training and projects coordinator for Jerusalem Pharmaceuticals Company (JPHARM) in Ramallah, the largest pharmaceutical company and exporter in Palestine. Azza is involved in a wide range of community volunteer work, including serving as a lecturer and trainer for Injaz Association, a program that teaches business skills to Palestinian youth. Azza received her degree in pharmacy from the Jordanian University of Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan, and has been certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in the United States.