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Sam Bahour

Entrepreneur, Visionary, Analyst, Activist, and Writer

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Date of Birth:



Youngstown, Ohio, United States

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Sam Bahour is celebrated for his entrepreneurial spirit and efforts in economic development, particularly in the Palestinian territories. His instrumental role in establishing the Palestine Telecommunications Company and other ventures demonstrates his commitment to Palestinian economic empowerment and state-building.

Brief bio

Sam Bahour, an American businessman of Palestinian and Lebanese descent, moved to the West Bank in the 1990s to contribute to the burgeoning Palestinian economy. He has played a pivotal role in the establishment of significant businesses in Palestine, including the Palestine Telecommunications Company. Bahour's work extends beyond business development to include policy analysis, writing, and community activism, making him a notable figure in both the business and sociopolitical spheres of Palestine.

Major Milestones


  • Graduation from Youngstown State University (1989): Earned a degree in computer technology.

  • Relocation to Palestine (1995): Moved to the West Bank to contribute to the economic development of the Palestinian territories...See More

  • Establishment of the Palestine Telecommunications Company: Instrumental in founding the first private telecommunications company in the Middle East.

  • Founder of Multiple Businesses: Founded AIM, an IT consulting firm, the Palestine Diaspora Investment Company, and the Plaza Shopping Center.

  • Recognition as an Influential Writer and Analyst: His commentary and analyses have been published in major newspapers and he is a co-editor of "HOMELAND: Oral History of Palestine and Palestinians"​​

  • Entrepreneurial Development in Palestine: Key figure in developing Palestine’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, particularly in telecommunications and retail.

  • Economic Empowerment: Actively worked to empower the Palestinian economy and address the challenges posed by the Israeli occupation.

  • Policy Analysis and Advocacy: Serves as a policy adviser and analyst, contributing to the Palestinian Policy Network and other organizations.

  • Writing and Public Speaking: Regularly writes and speaks on Palestinian affairs, offering insights into the challenges and opportunities in Palestine.

  • Community Leadership: Engages in various community organizations, promoting economic development and a vibrant Palestinian economy.

Date of Last Update: 
December 27, 2023

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