Samir Abdallah

Minister of Planning and Labor

Samir Abdallah is currently Minister of Planning and Labor. He worked as an associate professor at the Economy College at al-Najah University in Nablus between 1984 and 1991. In 1991, he was chosen as an expert member in the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference and was member in the Palestinian team to the Multilateral Talks. In 1992, Abdallah was appointed head of the committee formed by the Palestine Liberation Organization to work with the World Bank to determine the developmental needs in the Palestinian lands. After the establishment of the Palestinian National Authority, he was appointed Undersecretary in the Economy, Industry and Trade Ministry. During this period, he worked with other economic figures to establish PECDAR.

In 1996, Abdallah joined the private sector and was appointed general manager of the Palestinian Arab Bank for Investment, established by the Arab Bank and the International Financing Commission, the investment wing of the World Bank. Later, he was named General Director of Paltrade. In 2003, he formed a specialized economic consultancy and was appointed as general director of MAS, an independent research center dealing with economic, social and development studies.

Abdallah holds a B.A. in Economics from the Jordanian University and a PhD in Economics from Prague University.