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Nabeel Kassis

Trailblazing Academic and Politician

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Pioneering Contributions to Education and Governance

Brief bio

Nabeel Kassis is a distinguished Palestinian academic, politician, and former president of Birzeit University. With a strong background in nuclear physics, Kassis has played a significant role in Palestinian academia and politics. His career spans various significant positions, including multiple ministerial roles within the Palestinian Authority, enhancing the educational landscape and political discourse in Palestine.

Major Milestones


  • Academic Leadership at Birzeit University: Served as the president of Birzeit University from 2004 to 2010, where he significantly influenced higher education in Palestine.

  • Participation in Key Peace Negotiations: Was a member of the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference in 1991 and involved in subsequent negotiations, aiming to shape the geopolitical future of Palestine.

  • Ministerial Roles: Held several key positions within the Palestinian Authority, including Minister of Planning and Minister of Finance, where he was instrumental in shaping economic and developmental policies.

  • Educational and Professional Formation: Earned a PhD in Nuclear Physics from the American University of Beirut and a Master’s degree from the University of Mainz, contributing to his expertise and academic credentials.

  • Advocacy for Economic and Social Reforms: As Finance Minister, advocated for economic reform and transparency within the Palestinian Authority.

  • Educational Development: Played a pivotal role in enhancing the academic infrastructure and governance at Birzeit University, one of Palestine's leading institutions...See More

  • Political Negotiations: Actively participated in crucial peace negotiations, representing Palestinian interests on international platforms.

  • Economic Policy Shaping: As Minister of Finance, worked towards stabilizing and improving the Palestinian economic framework amidst challenging conditions.

  • Academic Contributions: Contributed significantly to the field of nuclear physics with numerous publications and research, enriching global scientific communities.

  • Cultural and Community Engagement: Engaged in various initiatives to foster cultural understanding and community development within Palestine.

Date of Last Update: 
July 8, 2024

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