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Nabeel Kassis (Arabic: نبيل قسيس‎), also transliterated as Nabil Kassis, Nabil Qasis, Nabeel Qassis, etc., is a Palestinian academic and politician from Ramallah. He was born 1945.


Academic careerEdit

Kassis studied in Germany and Lebanon, earning a master's degree from the University of Mainz, and a PhD from the American University of Beirut, both in nuclear physics. He taught physics at a number of universities in Germany, Italy, France, England, Lebanon, and Jordan before joining Birzeit University in 1980.[1] He served as President of Birzeit University from 2004 to 2010.[2]

Diplomatic careerEdit

Kassis was a member of the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference in 1991, and a deputy head of the negotiation delegation at the Washington talks in 1992 to 1993. He later became the Director-General of the Technical and Advisory Committee to the Palestinian negotiation team, established to do preparatory work for the transition to Palestinian self-government. He was a member of the Palestinian delegation on final status negotiations in 1999.[1]

Political careerEdit

As a proponent of transparency and reform, Kassis was appointed member of the Special Committee for the Investigation of the Auditor's Report in 1997. He later entered government as a political independent, serving as minister without portfolio in 1998, Tourism Minister in 2002, Planning Minister from 2003 to 2005,[1] and Finance Minister from 2012 to 2013.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b c "Nabil Kassis". Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre. January 4, 2010. Retrieved 2014-09-13.
  2. ^ "Past Presidents". Birzeit University. Retrieved 2014-09-13.
  3. ^ "Palestinian Authority premier Salam Fayyad gives up finance post". Los Angeles Times. May 16, 2012. Retrieved 2014-09-13.
  4. ^ "PA's finance minister quits as West Bank economy worsens". The National (Abu Dhabi). March 3, 2013. Retrieved 2014-09-13.