Fortifying the Foundations of a Nation: Strengthening Governance in the Palestinian National Authority

(Gaza, 2000)

Convened a meeting for over 300 Palestinian government officials, civil servants, community actors, business-people and academics on the challenges of governance and institution-building in the Palestinian National Authority.


Mehmed Halilovic, Office of the Ombudsperson in Sarajevo, Bosnia; former Editor-in Chief of Oslobodjenje


John Biehl, Senior Executive for International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance and Advisor to the Costa Rican government, former Chilean Ambassador to the United States


Branka Kaselj, Executive Director of the Center for Peace, Non-Violence and Human Rights in Osijek, Croatia

Czech Republic

Ivan Pilip, member of the Czech parliament, former Minister of Finance


Jamil Mahuad, former President of Ecuador, Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

El Salvador

Maria Eugenia Brizuela de Avila, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of El Salvador
Ana Guadalupe Martinez, President of the Institute for a New El Salvador, one of the founders of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN)


Rigoberto Quemé Chay, Mayor of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala


Samuel Del Villar Kretchmar, Attorney General of the Federal District of Mexico City, Mexico

Northern Ireland

Paul Arthur, Professor of Politics and Course Director of the Master’s Program in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland
David Ervine, member of the Northern Ireland Assembly and spokesperson for the Progressive Unionist Party
Monica McWilliams, member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, co-founder of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition
David Trimble, First Minister, Northern Ireland


Saud Aburamadan, freelance journalist, Palestine
Mustafa Barghouthi, President, Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees and Director of the Health, Development, Information and Policy Institute
Fouad Beseiso, Governor, Palestinian Monetary Authority
Zahira Kamal, General Director of the Gender Planning and Development Directorate of the Ministry of Planning and International Development, Palestine
Camille Mansour, Director of the Institute of Law at Bir Zeit University, Palestine
Mohammad Nashashibi, Minister of Finance of the Palestinian National Authority
Mohammed El-Samhouri, General Secretary of the Higher National Committee for Institutional Development, Palestine
Eyad El Sarraj, Chairman and Founder of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, Secretary General of the Palestinian Independent Commission of Citizen’s Rights
Nabeel Sha’ath, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Palestinian National Authority
Rai Sourani, Director, Palestinian Center for Human Rights


Jan Krzysztof Bielecki, former Polish Prime Minister, Representative of Poland, Bulgaria, and Albania to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Konstanty Gebert, Editor-in-Chief of the Jewish monthly magazine Midrasz, Poland
Jerzy Osiatynski, member of the Polish Parliament, former Minister of Finance

South Africa

Roelf Meyer, Civil Society Initiative, former Chief Negotiator for the De Klerk Government at the Multi-Party Negotiating Forum, former Minister in the South African Government
Albie Sachs, Justice, South African Constitutional Court

United States

Philip Heymann, Professor of Law, Harvard University, former US Deputy Attorney General
Wendy Luers, founder and President of The Foundation for a Civil Society and co-founder of the Project on Justice in Times of Transition
Timothy Phillips, co-founder of the Project on Justice in Times of Transition
Peter Zimmerman, Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education and Program Development at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Sara Zucker, Director, the Project on Justice in Times of Transition

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