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Dr Mohammad Shtayyeh English CV


 Mohammad I. Shtayyeh


Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction


PO Box 54910  l Jerusalem, Palestine l  shtayyeh@gmail.com

Negotiations Profile

Dr. Shtayyeh’s experience in Palestinian-Israeli negotiations spans two decades beginning with the 1991 Madrid Talks in which he headed the advance team to establish the parameters for negotiations with Israeli counterparts.  Dr. Shtayyeh has been a member of the Palestinian delegation during the Washington Talks, the talks on the interim agreements, and all final status negotiations including the most recent exploratory talks initiated by the Quartet and hosted by King Abdullah of Jordan which concluded in January 2012.  Dr. Shtayyeh has also participated in the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee to coordinate donor support for Palestine and is the head of the delegation for multilateral talks with the Regional Economic Development Working Group concerned with problem-solving regional trade, finance and infrastructure issues.  As Secretary-General of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission, Dr. Shtayyeh concluded an agreement with Israel concerning cooperation with the conduct of  Palestinian presidential and legislative elections.  Dr. Shtayyeh continues to act as a senior advisor to President Mahmoud Abbas on negotiations with Israel.

Professional Profile

Dr. Shtayyeh began his professional career as a professor then dean of Birzeit University.  He left academia to put to practical use his training and to see Palestinians emerge from occupation to self-determination and statehood.  In 1993, after the conclusion of the Declaration of Principles between the PLO and Israel, Dr. Shtayyeh took over the financial management of the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction—PECDAR which was established in order to develop policies toward and coordinate national projects in furtherance of Palestinian statehood.  As Finance Director, Dr. Shtayyeh was responsible for management of the investment fund and implementation, allocation and monitoring of all projects.  In recognition of his work, in 1996, Dr. Shtayyeh was appointed Minister of PECDAR.  In order to build and develop the necessary local management and administrative capacity to take on the large-scale infrastructure and investment projects, during his tenure at PECDAR, Dr. Shtayyeh founded the National Institute for Information Technology and the National Institute for Administration.  Dr. Shtayyeh has also headed the Ministry of Public Works and Housing from 2005-2006 and from 2008-2010, and upon request of the President, temporarily headed the ministries of Social Affairs and Labor. He is founder of the Palestinian think tank Institute for Regional Studies and the Women’s Fund for Microcredit.

Professional Experience

Palestinian Economic Council for Research and Development—PECDAR

·         Minister, 1996 to Present:  Management of a public investment fund worth over $1.6 billion and implementation and monitoring all national projects for Palestine funded by international Donors. Supervising technical assistance and capacity building for Palestinian ministries and institutions, as well as providing policy recommendations on economic and development issues to the president.

·         Administration and Finance Director, 1994-1996. Maintained donor databases and provided financing for development projects funded by PECDAR; monitored and reported on all project allocations and utilizations; and established transparent and sound financial management and reporting systems recognized by international partners and donors.

Islamic Bank

·         Palestine Governor, 2005 to Present:  establishment of priorities for assistance to Palestine; negotiation of annual aid to be provided for Palestine projects; and participation in annual meetings including delivering annual speech setting out guidelines and priorities for development funding in Palestine and the Middle East region.

Ministry of Public Works and Housing, Palestinian National Authority

·         Minister, 2005-2006 and 2008-2010. Established priorities for the establishment of new towns in Palestine as well as expansion of existing towns and villages; established institutions for housing mortgages; developed a national strategy for housing and a master plan for road networks; and oversaw the implementation of plans for road, water, and sewage networks. During his term in office, the Ministry received praise from donor countries including USAID. For adopting sound procurement procedures.

Central Elections Commission, Palestinian National Authority

·         Secretary-General, 1995-1998. Negotiated with Israeli counterparts on logistics and conduct of Palestinian elections; Supervised the first Palestinian national elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council as well as for the Presidency; and organized and coordinated logistics for the monitoring of elections by international election observers.

 Birzeit University, Birzeit, Palestine

·         Dean of Student Affairs, 1991-1993. Managed university affairs as a member of the university council; introduced election debates as a part of student election process; established guidelines and verification systems for need-based financial aid disbursements.

·         Professor of Economic Development, 1989-1991 Lectured and instructed on the following courses:  Economic Development Theory, Macro and Micro Economics, Arab Economic Development, Palestinian Economy, and Gender and Development.


Institute for Development Studies, Sussex University – Brighton, UK

·         PhD, The Transformation of West Bank Palestinian Peasant Economy and Social Relations under Israeli Occupation (1967-1987), 1985- 1989.

Institute for Development Studies, Sussex University – Brighton, UK

·         Diploma, Rural Policy and Rural Development, 1983.

Birzeit University, Birzeit, Palestine

·         B.A., Business Administration and Economics, 1976-1981


  •  AlMokhtasar Fi Tareekh Falastin, Dar Alshorouk Beirut, 2015 (In Arabic)
  • Israeli Settlements and the Erosion of the Two-States Solution, Dar Alshorouk Beirut, 2015. 

·   Gaza Strip Reconstruction and Development plan, PECDAR, 2014.

·      Jerusalem Strategic Development plan, PECDAR, 2013.

·      The Palestinian Economy in the Transitional Period. PECDAR, 3d ed., 2010, 2011.

·      A Jerusalem Developmental Vision, PECDAR, 2010.

·      The Encyclopedia of Palestinian Terms and Concepts, Palestinian Center for Regional Studies, 2009.

·      Ikleel Men Shawk (Wreath of Thorns) Arab Scientific Publishers. Beirut, 2009. Collection of short stories. 

·      The Economies of Islamic Waqf in the Lands of the Palestinian Authority, (with Abdul Aziz Douri & Nael Mousa), PECDAR, 1sted. 2000 (Arabic) and 2nd  ed. 2006 (Arabic). 

·      Housing Policy in Palestine, Ministry of Public Works & Housing, Ramallah, 2006.

·      Israel's Disengagement from the Gaza Strip, (with Tim Sheehi & Eyad Ennab), PECDAR, 2006.

·      Palestine: Country Profile, PECDAR, 2006.

·      Editor, Vision for Palestine, PECDAR, Jerusalem, 2005.

·      Editor, Municipalities and Local Government Units in Palestine – Establishment, Function and its Role in Economic Development, PECDAR, Jerusalem, 2004.

·      Editor, The Islamic Movements in the Middle East.  Palestinian Center for Regional Studies.  Al-Bireh, 2000.

·      The Future of the Jewish Settlements.  Palestinian Center for Regional Studies, Al-Bireh, 2000.

·      Israel in the Region: Conflict, Hegemony, or Cooperation, Palestinian Center for Regional Studies,  Al-Bireh, 1998.

·      Private-Sector Credits:  Donor Assistance, PECDAR, Jerusalem, 1998.

·      The Politics of the Middle East Development Bank, Palestinian Center for Regional Studies, Al-Bireh, 1998.

·      Palestine: Building the Foundation of Economic Growth, PECDAR, 1st ed. 1987 and 2nd ed. 1998.

·      Editor, The Benelux:  A Paradigm for the Middle East?  Palestinian Center for Regional Studies.  Al-Bireh, 1998.

·      Editor, Scenarios on the Future of Jerusalem.  Palestinian Center for Regional Studies.  Al-Bireh, 1998.

·      Editor, Labor Migration in the Middle East.  Palestinian Center for Regional Studies.  Al-Bireh, 1997.

·      A’naba: A Palestinian Destroyed Village, Birzeit University, Research Center, 1992.

·      The Israeli Immigration and Colonial Settlements:  A Zero-sum Situation?, Peter Demand, ed., The Dynamics of Self-Determination.  The Hague, 1991.

·      Ein Karem: A Palestinian Destroyed Village, Birzeit University, Research Center, 1982.


Community Service

·         Advisory Board, Information and Communication Committee, Office of the President.

·         President, Board of Trustees, Arab American University, Jenin.

·         Member, Board of Trustees, Al-Quds University, Jerusalem.

·         Member, Board of Trustees, Al Najah University, Nablus.

·         Member, Board of Palestinian Academy for Security Sciences.

·         Member, Board of Trustees of Middle East Nonviolence Association.

·         Member, Palestinian Development Fund.

·         Member, National Committee for Voluntary Work.

·         Founding member, Palestine Housing Council.

·         President, Board of Palestinian Economists Association.

·         Member, Board of Trustees of Arab Planning Institute, Kuwait.

·         Head, Syria Relief Campaign 2012.





·         UN Committee on Protection of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian people, April 1988, Vienna – Austria.

·         The Palestinian Intifada, May 1988, Christ Church, New Zealand.

·         Solutions for Palestinian Question, Institute of Foreign Relations “Chattam House”, (London, U.K. 1988)

·         “Dynamics of Self-determination”, (Ghent, Belgium, April 1990)

·         The Israeli – Palestinian Conflict, Kennedy School of Government, (Harvard University, 1992)

·         The Future of Social Science Research in Middle East, Ford Foundation, (Cairo, 1992)

·         L’economie du Proche-Orient dans une perspective de Paix, (Strasbourg, 1994)

·         The MENA Economic Summit, (Casablanca, Morocco, 1994, Cairo, 1995, Amman, 1996)

·         Middle East Peace Process (Institute of Middle Studies – IMSAM) (Athens, Greece, 1997, 1998)

·         The World Bank (IMF) Annual Meetings, (1997 to 2014)

·         Europe and Middle East, Bertelsman Foundation, (Kronberg – Germany, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000).

·         The Middle East Business Conference, (Geneva, Switzerland, 1998)

·         Forging Cooperation in Middle East, (Anx Marseille University, Marseille, France, 1998)

·         Euro-Mediterranean round table, (Brussels, Belgium, 1998)

·         The Palestinian – Israeli Economic Protocol, (Brussels – Belgium, 1998)

·         Regional Cooperation, (Middle East, Tel Aviv University, 1998)

·         The World Economic Forum , (Davos, Switzerland, 1999- 2002)

·         The Multi-Lateral Talks, (Tokyo, Japan, 1999)

·         Middle East Peace Process, (Beer Sheeba University, 1999)

·         Economic Permanent Status (EPS), World Bank, (Washington, DC, October 1999)

·         The Multi-Lateral Steering Committee meeting.  (Moscow, February 2000)

·         Foreign Aid:  The experience of Palestine, Bosnia, East Timor.  (Oslo, February 2000)

·         United Nation Seminar on Prospects for Palestinian Economic Development and the Middle East peace process (Cairo, June 20, 2000)

·         Wilton Park conference on The Middle East: can conflict be followed by a lasting peace? (East Sussex, UK, July 2000)

·         Catalan Institute of the Mediterranean: Ideas to stimulate the Barcelona Process (Barcelona, December 2001)

·         UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations. Mideast Regional Security Dilemmas: Searching for Solutions (London, UK, May 2002)

·         United Nations Department of Public Information. “Ending Confrontation: Building Peace in the ME”. (Denmark, July 2002)

·         Conference De Club De Monaco. 2002-2012.

·         Aspen Institute Italia. “Europe, the United States, and the Mediterranean” (Barcelona, November 2002).

·         UN Conference on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (Cape Town, South Africa, June, 2004).

·         Tokyo Conference on Confidence Building Measure between Palestinians and Israelis (Tokyo, Japan, July 2004-2008).

·         UN-Habitat Conference (Nairobi, Kenya, 2005)

·         Arab Housing Ministers (Cairo, 2005)

·         Arab Labor Ministers, Rabat (Morocco, 2006)

·         Conference on the Cost of Conflict in the Middle East (Turkey, May 2008)

·         Peace in the Mediterranean (Lecci, Italy, November 2008)

·         Conference on the Cost of Conflict in the Middle East (Geneva, January, 2009)

·         Islamic Bank annual Meetings (2005-2014).

·         Halifax International Security Forum (2009-2012)

·         Brookings Doha Center Public Meeting (Qatar, Dec, 8th, 2010)

·         Oxford Research Group a conference about Palestinian Strategic Options- What Can Be Done? (Turkey, March 18-19, 2011).

·         U.S.-Islamic World Forum conference.(Washington D.C.,  April 12-14, 2011)

·         North Africa and The Middle East: Challenges and Opportunities, International Conference (27-28 May, 2011) Aarhus University, Denmark.

·         “Prospects for Achieving a Two-State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”, The Carter Center, London, August 26, 2011.

·         UN General Assembly High Level Thematic Debate on the State of World Economy and Finance in 2012 (May 17-18, 2012) New York, USA.

·         Chatham House, Palestinian Refugees in the Middle East Peace Process, (Sep. 25-26, 2012) London, UK.

·         Wilton Park Conference 1224 on: The Middle East peace process: what prospects for a two-state solution, (Jan. 30-31, 2013), West Sussex, UK.

·         The Elders, The Carter Center, Statehood and Ending Occupation: Building on Palestine’s Observer State Status (February 18-19, 2013) Dead Sea, Jordan.    

·         Fourth Forum on China- West Asia and North Africa Countries Small & Medium Enterprises Cooperation, (June23-27, 2013), China.

·         The Elders, The Carter Center, Fifth Workshop “Asserting Palestinian Statehood” (July24-25, 2013), London, UK.

·         Arab Center for Research & Policy Studies, The Second Annual Meeting “Palestinian Cause and The Future of the Palestinian National Project” (December, 7-9, 2013), Qatar.     

·         Arab Planning Institute, Annual Meeting, (Jan 8-11, 2014) Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.                           

·         IRIS Institute De Relations International strategies conference on: “What Perspectives for a Palestinian State?” (Feb. 6th, 2014), Paris, France.   

·         The Elders and Carter Center “The Kerry Initiative: Consequences & Follow-up –Sixth Workshop” (April 22-23, 2014), Paris, France.

·         International Meeting on The Question of Jerusalem (May12-13,2014) Ankara, Turkey.

·         Arab Planning Institute, Decision Makers Forum, (June 6, 2014) Morocco.

·         Presentation, Joaan Bin Jassim Joint Command and Staff College, (Jan. 25-27,2015) Qatar.

•      United Nations Seminar on Assistance to The Palestinian People, (Mar. 31- Apr. 1st, 2015) Vienna. 

•   Arab Planning Institute, Decision Makers Forum,(June 1st – 3rd , 2015) Kuwait.

•   Islamic Development Bank, Annual meetings, (June 7th -11th, 2015) Mozambique. 

•   United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Sixty-Second Session (Sep. 22nd, 2015), Geneva.  

•   Annual Meetings, World Bank Group (8th – 11th of October, 2015), Lima. 



·         “De Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite”, awarded by the President of France, Jacque Chirac, May 1999.

·         The Samaritan Medal, awarded by the Samaritan Foundation, May 2009.




Fluent in Arabic and English.   




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