Hisham A. Jabi
Hisham Jabi was born and raised in the West Bank city of Nablus. Having experienced Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Jabi has devoted his life to creative non-violent activities aimed at ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian people.
Jabi graduated from Birzeit University in 1993 and started an information technology company that allows him to interact with many Israeli business people. He believes that common business goals can form positive social relationships between Palestinians and Israelis. In 1999, Jabi helped found the Palestinian Information Technical Association as a means for creating virtual communities that allow Palestinians to improve their livelihood.
Jabi moved to the United States in 2001 to pursue his graduate education as a Clinton Scholar. He earned an MBA from the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management in Claremont, California, plus a second masterís degree in information technology with a concentration in knowledge management and business intelligence. While in California, Jabi partnered with an Israeli student from Stanford and an American Jewish student from Columbia University to create Jozoor, a nonprofit organization aimed at Palestinian business and economic development. Jozoor aims to spark entrepreneurship among young Palestinian males in rural areas of the West Bank through microcredit and basic business training. It is hoped that economic development in Palestine may create an appropriate environment for the peace process to move forward.
Jabi is currently doing a fellowship with the United States Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C. He is planning to return to Palestine this May to move Jozoor into the next stage.