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Yousef Abdullah Mahmoud Asfour

Visionary Educator, Influential Businessman

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Date of Birth:



Sinjil village, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Yousef Asfour is renowned for founding the Arab American University in Palestine, the first private university in the country, and for his significant contributions in the fields of education, business, and charitable work within Palestine.

Brief bio

Yousef Asfour, born in Sinjil village, Palestine, is a prominent Palestinian businessman and educational pioneer. Despite facing financial constraints in his early life, he achieved notable success in various fields including customs clearance, trade, and real estate. His most notable achievement is the establishment of the Arab American University, which has made significant strides in the Palestinian educational sector. Additionally, Asfour is known for his philanthropic efforts, particularly in supporting educational and community projects in Palestine.

Major Milestones


  • Educational Struggles and Early Career: Asfour faced financial challenges in his early life, preventing him from completing university studies initially. He moved to Saudi Arabia to work in various fields including customs clearance and trade...See More

  • Establishment of Arab American University (2000): Founded the first private university in Palestine, enhancing higher education in the country...See More

  • Geneva Company Establishment (1997): Launched a successful marble and granite company in Palestine.

  • Sydney Tourism Investment Company (2018): Expanded his business ventures by establishing this company, which owns several international commercial agencies.

  • Honorary Doctorate in Economics and Business Administration: Received from the University of Oxford, recognizing his achievements in education and economics.

  • Educational Development: His founding of the Arab American University provided significant opportunities for higher education in Palestine

  • Business Ventures: Diversified his business interests across various sectors, contributing to the economic development of Palestine

  • Philanthropy: Donated a secondary school in Sinjil and supported numerous community projects, displaying a commitment to education and community development

  • Promoting Technology in Education: Opened a new computer lab at the Arab American University to enhance electronic services for students

  • National Recognition: Awarded the Star of Merit from the Medal of the State of Palestine by President Mahmoud Abbas for his national role and economic contributions in higher education

Date of Last Update: 
January 13, 2024

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