Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability

Palestine Museum of Natural History

Museum Team and Board

The museum operates now mostly with volunteers and three interim paid team members (Reena, Elias, and Mohammad N).

 Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh, Founder and Director (volunteer) 

Jessie Chang, Co-founder and Finance (volunteer)

 Elias Handal, Museum Zoologist              

 Mohammad Najajreh, Agricultural Specialist 

 Reena Saeed, Project Manager and Laboratory Technician

Banan Alshaikh, Botanist and Research Associates

Prof. Zuhair Amr, Zoologist and Research Associate


Dr. Anton Khalilieh, Ornithologist and Research Associate


Mubarak Zawahra, Field Researcher (volunteer) 

Mohammad Abusarhan, Researcher (volunteer)

Dr. Walid Basha, Research Associate (volunteer)

Shadi Adawi, Medical Entomologist and Research Associate (volunteer)

Basil Khoury, IT  Consultant (volunteer)

Advisory Board

The museum is in the process of forming a board of directors which will be represented by university personnel, government officials (e.g. from the Ministries of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs), members from NGOs, and other community members.  Some current advisory board members:

Dr. Abdelfattah Abusrour, Founder of Alrowwad for Culture and Arts in Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem
Mr.Youil Anastas, VP Finance – Bethlehem University
Br. Peter Bray, Vice Chancellor – Bethlehem University
Dr.Charlie Haddad, Director of Education – Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land
Dr.Michel Hanania, Dean and Chairperson of the Department of Chemistry – Bethlehem University
Dr. Ghassan Handal, Chairperson of the Department of Biology – Bethlehem University
Dr.Irene Hazou, VP Academic Affairs – Bethlehem University
Dr.Jamil Khader, Dean of Research – Bethlehem University
Mousa Rabadi, Director of Institute for Community Partnership
Dr. Hala Yamani, Dean and Chairperson of the Department of Early Primary Education