Board of Directors
Mr. Abu-Dayyeh is the President of NET Tours with offices in Jerusalem, Amman, Istanbul, Athens and Rome. Mr. Abu Dayyeh initiated the establishment and has served as President, Board Member and Director of the Higher Council of the Arab Tourist Industry (HCATI), the Union of Arab Tourist Transport, the Palestinian Development Fund (PDF), Bethlehem 2000.
Mr. Abu-Dayyeh was a member of the Middle East group for Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation Hospital (BASR), Chairman of the Directors of Bethlehem Development Foundation (BDF) and the Bethlehem University Tourism Institute (BUTI). He has represented Palestine internationally and negotiated on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, including the Paris Agreement on Tourism and Transport.
Mr. Abu Dayyeh holds degrees in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, a BSc in Chemistry from Belmont University, Tennessee and an MA in International Affairs and Economics from School of Advanced Studies-SAIS, the Johns Hopkins University.
Hind Khoury is a Palestinian Christian, an economist, a former ambassador, and served as the General Secretary of Kairos Palestine located in Bethlehem. She is also the president of the Bethlehem Rotary Club and an executive board member of Bethlehem Bible College. She is president of the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem (ARIJ), which is highly respected around the world for its meticulous research and mapping of the region. She is vice-president of the Arab Thought Forum and has served as vice president of Sabeel Ecumenical Palestinian Liberation Theology Center. She has spoken at many conferences and seminars locally and internationally, and she serves as a consultant to MASARAT, a research center on Palestinian strategic directives.
Nafez focuses on ICT, Digital Business, and ESG topics.
Nafez is very active in promoting knowledge-based societies, advancing economies toward greater and well governed use of technology, information and the applying of innovative skills and solutions towards fair developmental access to all from both the business and public sectors.
Nafez has been a key founding member of many Palestinian education initiatives.
He is a strong advocate of the leading role leading of the Palestinian private sector in transforming and building sustainable capacities in the local economy. Nafez believes that well-designed economic development propagates integrally innovation and digital transformation.
A Palestinian native of Jerusalem, Nafez holds a bachelor’s degree from the American University of Beirut and a Master’s from California State University — Sacramento in Management & Information Technology.
Studied Business Administration and Visual Arts. Host of horse-related TV shows; Producedher film “Artax a new beginning”, which deals with the use of hippotherapy in the treatment of Asperger’s disease, was screened at the Palestinian Film Festival in 2018 in Bethlehem, Ramallah and Nablus; her band, Diáspora Trío, which rescues traditional and ancestral Palestinian music and transforms it into contemporary music, performed 12 concerts in Palestine.
Founder’s Honor Circle
The late Mr. Said Khoury
Founder of Bethlehem Development Foundation (BDF)
H.E. Eng. Ziad Al Bandak
Served as the first Chairman of BDF Board of Directors.
Mr. Al Bandak served in the PA as Minister of Tourism, Minister of Local Governments, and Minister of Labor.
Currently he is the advisor to the President for Christian Affairs and head of the Presidential Committee for the Restoration of the Church of Nativity.
He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Dresden.
Eng. Mr. Mazen Karam
First Managing Director from 2013–2021.
Mr. Karam was responsible for the project and construction management of BDF interventions.
He came from CCC with over 45 years of experience in construction of heavy civil, petrochemical and general building projects. He is board member of Bethlehem Business Incubator, Bethlehem University Tourism Institute, and Hassib Sabbagh IT Center for Excellence at the Arab American University of Palestine. He will be assuming an outreach role in BDF Board of Directors.
He holds a Civil Engineering degree from Baghdad University, 1976.