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Mohammad Shtayyeh

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1958
  • Age: 59
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Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh "born in Tell, Nablus on January 17, 1958" is a Palestinian politician and economic expert born in Tell/Nablus in 1958. Served as minister of public works and housing, and minister of the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction and holds a doctorate in economic development from the University of Sussex, UK He worked as a professor and dean at Birzeit University and has published several books on economics, politics and history. 

Dr. Shtayyeh’s experience in Palestinian-Israeli negotiations spans two decades beginning with the 1991 Madrid Talks in which he headed the advance team to establish the parameters for negotiations with Israeli counterparts.

Dr. Shtayyeh has been a member of the Palestinian delegation during the Washington Talks, the talks on the interim agreements, and all final status negotiations including the most recent talks initiated by Secretary John Kerry .

Dr. Shtayyeh has also participated in the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee to coordinate donor support for Palestine and is the head of the delegation for multilateral talks with the Regional Economic Development Working Group concerned with problem-solving regional trade, finance and infrastructure issues. As Secretary-General of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission, Dr. Shtayyeh concluded an agreement with Israel concerning cooperation with the conduct of Palestinian presidential and legislative elections and he negotiated, with others, the text agreement on elections with Israel.

Dr. Shtayyeh continues to act as a senior advisor to President Mahmoud Abbas on negotiations with Israel.


Achievements and Awards

  • “De Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite”, awarded by the President of France, Jacque Chirac, May 1999.
  • The Samaritan Medal, awarded by the Samaritan Foundation, May 2009.

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