Policy Advisors

Policy Advisors are the foundation of Al-Shabaka’s “virtual think tank.” Policy Advisors are established and recognized Palestinian scholars, writers, cultural figures, and others who have made significant contributions in the public sphere and who agree with Al-Shabaka’s vision and principles. The Policy Advisors develop briefs based on their areas of expertise and research.

The role of Al-Shabaka Policy Advisors includes when possible:

  • Writing policy briefs and position papers
  • Peer reviewing policy briefs and position papers
  • Serving on the Al-Shabaka editorial and other committees
  • Assisting in editing and translation when possible
  • Disseminating Al-Shabaka’s policy analysis and opinions through media contacts and other outreach throughout the world

For information on how to join Al-Shabaka see here

Samer Abdelnour

Samer Abdelnour is an Assistant Professor at the Rotterdam School of Management. His research crosses a number of broad fields including social enterprise, organizational theory, globalization and political sociology. Contextually, he has been conducting field research on fuel-efficient stoves and the humanitarian response in Darfur, post-war reintegration of ex-combatants in the Blue Nile, and collective enterprise approaches for marginalized peoples under conflict and discrimination in Darfur. He is completing a PhD at the London School of Economics.

Rabab Abdulhadi

Rabab Abdulhadi is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, Associate Professor of Race and Resistance Studies, and Senior Scholar, Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative at San Francisco State University. She is a long-time feminist activist and scholar who has contributed to the struggle for Palestinian self-determination and the well-being of Palestinian women. From 1982 to 1988, she was the Director of Political and International Relations at the Middle East Research Center in New York.

Oroub el-Abed

Oroub El-Abed is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Centre for British Research in the Levant (British Academy grant). She holds a PhD in Development Studies from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, and has consulted and written in the area of political economy of development and forced migration, particularly Palestinian refugees in the Middle East. She is the author of Unprotected: Palestinians in Egypt since1948 (Washington, DC and Ottowa, CA: Institute for Palestine Studies and the International Development Research Centre, 2009).

Ali Abunimah

Al-Shabaka Policy Advisor Ali Abunimah is the author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli Palestinian Impasse (2006), and co-founder and director of the widely acclaimed publication The Electronic Intifada. Based in the United States, he has written hundreds of articles and been an active part of the movement for justice in Palestine for 20 years. He is the recipient of a 2013 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship. His most recent book is The Battle for Justice in Palestine.

Naseer Aruri

Naseer Aruri is Chancellor Professor (Emeritus) of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. He is a founder, former chair, and now member-at-large of the Board of Directors of the Trans-Arab Research Institute (Boston), and a member of the Advisory Board of Directors of the International Institute for Criminal Investigations (The Hague). Dr. Aruri is the author of several books, including Dishonest Broker: the U.S. Role in Israel and Palestine (South End Press).

Fateh Azzam

Fateh Azzam is the Director of the newly established Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University in Beirut, and Senior Policy Fellow at AUB’s Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy. Previously, he directed al-Haq (1987-1995), was Human Rights Officer at the Ford Foundation (1996-2003), Director of Forced Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University in Cairo (2003-2006) and Middle East regional Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights until July 2012. He is co-founder and former Board Chair of the Arab Human Rights Fund.

Sam Bahour

Sam Bahour does business consulting as Applied Information Management (AIM), specializing in business development with a niche focus on the information technology sector and start-ups.  He helped establish PALTEL and the PLAZA Shopping Center. Until recently, he served on the board of trustees of Birzeit University and was the University’s treasurer.  He is also a Director at the Arab Islamic Bank and the community foundation Dalia Association.  Bahour is co-editor of HOMELAND: Oral History of Palestine and Palestinians (Olive Branch Press).

Sami al-Banna

Sami al-Banna is Director and Chief Technology Officer, NPS Office of Innovation, North American Public Sector at CSC. He was previously director of knowledge systems at McKinsey and Company.

Linah al-Banna

Linah al-Banna is a Child Psychologist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Rana Barakat

Rana Barakat is an assistant professor of history and contemporary Arab studies at Birzeit University in Palestine. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago writing about popular politics and resistance in early twentieth century Palestine. Her research interests include the social history of Jerusalem, colonialism, and revolutionary social movements.