Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability

Palestine Museum of Natural History

Museum Team and Board

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

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Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh, Director    Jessie Chang, Finance and co-director


Elias Handal, Museum Zoologist              Mohammad Najajreh, Agricultural Specialist 

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Reena Saeed, Researcher            Khawla Abu-Alia, Project Coordinator 

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Banan Alshaikh, Botanist                                 Prof. Zuhair Amr, Research Associat

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Anton Khalilieh, Ornithologist

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Mubarak Zawahra, Field (volunteer) Mohammad Abusarhan, Researcher (volunteer)

Dr. Walid Basha, Research Associate (volunteer)

Shadi Adawi, Research Associate (volunteer)

Basil Khoury, IT  Consultant (volunteer)

Advisory Board

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

Abusrour, Abdelfattah
Anastas, Youil
Bray, Peter
Haddad, Charlie
Hanania, Michel
Handal, Ghassan
Hazou, Irene
Khader, Jamil
Rabadi, Mousa
Yamani, Hala