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Nadia Hijab

Board Secretary

Nadia Hijab is a prominent Palestinian political analyst, author and journalist who comments frequently on Middle East issues, human rights and the situation of the Palestinians in particular. She is director of  Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, a virtual think-tank she co-founded in 2010 and which she serves pro bono. 


Hijab grew up in Lebanon, where she earned a BA and MA in English Literature from the American University of Beirut. She left Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War in 1975 and later became editor-in-chief of Middle East Magazine.


She is a prolific writer, having authored dozens of articles and essays, and two books. Cambridge University Press published Hijab's first book Womanpower: The Arab Debate on Women at Work in 1988. She co-authored Citizens Apart: A Portrait of Palestinians in Israel (1990, I.B. Tauris).


In 1989, Hijab moved to the United States, where she worked for 10 years as a development specialist for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York City. In 2000, she founded her own business, Development Analysis and Communications Services, and has undertaken consultancy work for many U.N. organizations, Columbia University, and the OECD, among other clients.


She is also a senior fellow at the Institute for Palestine Studies and serves on the Board of the Ramallah-based think tank Masarat.