Advisory Board

AMIDEAST’s Palestine Advisory Board

AMIDEAST’s Palestine Advisory Board consists of prominent Palestinian business and professional leaders who assist AMIDEAST in a variety of ways, but with a particular emphasis on supporting Palestinian students. 

The Advisory Board was inaugurated in Ramallah in June 2012 during its first formal meeting with AMIDEAST President and CEO Theodore Kattouf and Country Director Steven Keller. The board unanimously elected Mr. Ammar Aker as its Chairman; Mr. Aker continues to serve in that role on behalf of the board. 

The board held its most recent meeting in April 2016, when they agreed to raise funds to support more students from the West Bank and Gaza to pursue their education at U.S. colleges and universities, after training and mentoring by AMIDEAST. 

AMIDEAST’s Palestine Advisory Board currently consists of the following members:


  1. Mr. Ammar Aker  CEO, Paltel Group (Chairman of the Board)
  2. Ms. Lamis Alami — Former Minister of Education and Higher Education, Palestine National Authority
  3. Ms. Maha Abu Shusheh  Chairwoman, Palestinian Shippers Council; Manager, Abu Shusheh Contracting Company
  4. Mr. Saeed Baransi  Chairman, The Palestinian American Chamber of Commerce
  5. Mr. Ahed Bseiso  President, Home Engineering Company
  6. Mr. Samir Hulileh  CEO, PADICO Holding Company
  7. Mr. Nasser Kamal — Chairman, Palestinian Construction Product Company, Ltd
  8. Mr. Hassan Kassem — CEO, Dimensions Consulting
  9. Mr. Bashar Masri — Chairman and CEO, Massar International
  10. Mr. Talal Nassereddine — CEO, Birzeit Pharmaceutical Company
  11. Mr. Sharhabeel Al-Zaeem — Founder and Senior Partner, Alzaeem & Associates