3. Nabeel Shaath (Fatah) - Minister of External Affairs
3. NABEEL SHAATH (FATAH) - MINISTER OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Born in Safad, Palestine in 1938, Dr. Shaath
lived in exile and returned to the Gaza
Strip in June 1994.
is married with four children.
Dr. Shaath previously served as the Minister of Planning and International
Cooperation, a position he
held since 1994.
was elected to the PLC in 1996
A long-time figure in Palestinian politics, Dr. Shaath has been a member of the
Fatah Central Committee
since 1971 and served as the Director of the PLO
Planning Center in Beirut.
In 1974, he headed the PLO's first delegation to the
In 1991, Dr. Shaath was a member of the Madrid Peace Delegation
and later was involved in negotiations with Israel that led to the signing of the Oslo
From 1993 to 1995, he served as the head of the Palestinian
negotiation team, and participated in later negotiations with Israel, including those
conducted at Camp David (2000) and Taba (2001).
has also represented
Occupied Palestine at the World Economic Forum
As a public planning and transportation consultant, Dr. Shaath worked extensively
throughout the Arab world, establishing both the Engineering and Management
Institute and the Center for Administrative Development
, which offers management
training in 14 offices throughout the Arab world.
Dr. Shaath taught economics at the University of Cairo, the University of Alexandria
(Egypt) and the University of Pennsylvania
from 1961 to 1970.
From 1969 to 1975,
was the Dean of the School of Business Administration at the American
Dr. Shaath holds a Ph.D. in Law (University of Pennsylvania), a Ph.D. in Economics
and Administrative Science (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), an MBA
in Finance and Banking (University of Pennsylvania) and a B.A. in Business
Administration (University of Alexandria, Egypt).
is an avid piano player and enjoys reading poetry.