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Ahmad Abu Khater

Pioneering Powerlifting Champion

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Date of Birth:



Rafah, Gaza Strip

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

First Palestinian in World Powerlifting Championships

Brief bio

Ahmad Abu Khater is a multifaceted Palestinian figure, known for his significant contributions as a powerlifter, academic, and professional in urban planning and environmental science. His achievements in powerlifting have placed him on the international sports stage, particularly notable for setting records and representing Palestine in global competitions.

Major Milestones


  • Groundbreaking Representation: Represented Palestine at the World Association of Bench Pressers and Dead Lifters (WABDL) World Championships for the first time in 2006.

  • Academic Excellence: Earned a Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin, focusing on water resources management and conflict resolution.

  • Professional Leadership: Served in high-level roles across several major corporations and educational institutions, including Boeing and the State University of New York.

  • Published Author: Authored books on conflict resolution and environmental science, notably on transboundary water management.

  • Record-Setting Athlete: Set a Palestinian world record in powerlifting at the WABDL Championships in Anaheim, 2007...See More

  • International Sports Representation: As the first Palestinian to compete and set records in powerlifting on an international level, he has significantly raised the profile of Palestinian athletes globally...See More

  • Expertise in Urban Planning: Contributed extensively to urban and regional planning, particularly with a focus on sustainable development and smart city solutions.

  • Innovations in Environmental Science: His work in water resource management has influenced policy and practice in dealing with transboundary water issues...See More

  • Academic Contributions: Through his teaching and scholarly work, he has impacted the field of geographic information systems and urban planning education.

  • Leadership in Community Development: His leadership roles have advanced the integration of technology and strategic planning in enhancing community infrastructure and development.

Date of Last Update: 
May 9, 2024

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