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The Palestinian Story: The Role of the Private Sector in Development

A lunchtime dialogue discussing social and economic development in the Palestinian Authority area and the role of the private sector. Contributing to these efforts are ventures such as Partners for a New Beginning (PNB), a public-private partnership for which the Aspen Institute serves as Secretariat. 
PNB is chaired by Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company Muhtar Kent, and Aspen Institute CEO and President Walter Isaacson. PNB is an assembled group of American leaders committed to building public-private partnerships in Muslim communities around the world, with specific focus on private sector developments within Palestine. Select panelists will address the PNB opportunity in greater detail.


  • Mr. Zahi Khouri, Chief Executive Officer, National Beverage Company in Ramallah, Palestine 
  • Ambassador Maen Areikat, Chief Representative of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, General Delegation of the PLO to the United States
  • Mr. Robert Mosbacher Jr., Former President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and Chairman, Mosbacher Energy Company
  • Dr. Sabri Saidam, Founding Partner, Palestinian Education for Employment Foundation
  • Mr. Hashim Shawa, Chairman and General Manager, Bank of Palestine

Moderated by Jane Nelson, Director of the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

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Event information
Fri Feb 4, 2011
12:00pm - 2:00pm GMT+0000
Washington, DC