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Zahi W. Khouri

Pioneering Palestinian Entrepreneur

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Date of Birth:



Jaffa, Mandatory Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Foundational Business Ventures in Palestine

Brief bio

Zahi Khouri is a Palestinian-American entrepreneur who has significantly contributed to economic development in Palestine. Born in Jaffa and raised in a Christian Palestinian family, Khouri's career spans across various international domains, including significant roles in large corporations and the establishment of pioneering business ventures in Palestine.

Major Milestones


  • Fled to Lebanon (1948): Moved with his family during the 1948 Israeli Occupation, becoming Palestinian refugees.

  • Educational Achievements: Earned a Master's degree in Engineering from the Stuttgart Institute of Technology and an MBA from INSEAD in France.

  • Corporate Leadership: Held executive positions with the Olayan Group both in Saudi Arabia and the United States over a span of two decades.

  • Return to Palestine: Moved back to Palestine to engage in entrepreneurial ventures aimed at bolstering the local economy.

  • Philanthropic and Civic Engagement: Actively involved in various civic roles, including as Chairman of NGO Development Center (NDC) in Jerusalem.

  • Founding of the Palestinian National Beverage Company: Launched the company which holds the Coca-Cola franchise in the West Bank and Gaza Strip...See More

  • Establishment of the Palestinian Development and Investment Company (PADICO): Co-founded the largest Palestinian investment company.

  • Telecommunications Innovation: Served as CEO of Jawwal, the first Palestinian cellular service provider.

  • Support for Palestinian Entrepreneurship: Key founder of the first innovation fund in Palestine, the Ibtikar Fund.

  • Civic and Educational Contributions: Serves on the Board of Trustees at Dar Al Kalima University in Bethlehem and has been a significant voice in various Palestinian development programs...See More 

Date of Last Update: 
May 9, 2024

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