Backgrounder: Profile of members of Palestinian delegation to Washington (6)

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Mohammad Shtayyeh was born in Nablus in 1958.

Political career: In 1993, Shtayyeh was a member of the Palestinian Delegation to Paris Economic Talks with Israel. In 1995, he was appointed as head of the Palestinian delegation to the multilateral talks on Regional Economic Development Working Group (REDWG).

In 1996, Shtayyeh supervised the Palestinian presidential and legislative elections as secretary general of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission (CEC). Shtayyeh was appointed as minister of housing and public works in the 9th Palestinian cabinet.

Career: Shtayyeh is a founding member of the Palestinian Development Fund, as well as the Palestinian Housing Council. Shtayyeh is also the founder and president of the Palestinian Center for Regional Studies (PCRS), a regional think tank. Shtayyeh also served as dean of Bir Zeit University.

Shtayyeh established the National Institute of Information Technology and the National Institute for Administration. Shtayyeh is currently the head of the board of trustees of the Arab- American University in Jenin, as well as the president of the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction ( PECDAR). He also serves as a governor of the Islamic Development Bank, representing Palestine.

Education: Shtayyeh hold a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies in the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK. He has authored several books and articles.

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