Backgrounder: Profile of members of Palestinian delegation to Washington (4)

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Born in Safad, Palestine, in 1938, Nabil Shaath lived in exile and returned to the Gaza Strip in June 1994. He is married with four children.

Political career: Shaath previously served as the minister of planning and international cooperation. He was elected to the PLC in 1996, representing Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip.

A long-time figure in Palestinian politics, Shaath served as director of the PLO Planning Center in Beirut. In 1974, he headed the PLO's first delegation to the United Nations. Since 1989, he has been a member of the Fatah Central Committee. Today, he is in charge of international relations for Fatah.

Shaath was a member of the Madrid Peace Delegation and later was involved in negotiations with Israel that led to the signing of the Oslo Accords. From 1993 to 1995, he served as head of the Palestinian negotiation team, and participated in later negotiations with Israel, including those conducted at Camp David (2000) and Taba (2001). He has also represented Palestine at the World Economic Forum.

Career: As a public planning and administration consultant, Shaath worked extensively throughout the Arab world, establishing both the Engineering and Management Institute and the Center for Administrative Development, which offers management training in 14 offices throughout the Arab world.

Shaath teaches economics and business at the American University of Cairo and the American University of Beirut. From 1970 to 1975, he was the dean of the School of Business Administration at the American University in Beirut.

His interest in education prompted him to found the Dar al-Fata al-Arabi, the only institution in the Arab world dedicated to publishing books for children and young readers.

Education: Shaath holds a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Pennsylvania, a Ph.D. in Economics and Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, an MBA in Finance and Banking from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Alexandria in Egypt. Shaath is an avid piano player and enjoys reading poetry.

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