Sam BahourSam Bahour, Managing Partner  
Al-Bireh/Ramallah, Palestine & Youngstown, Ohio, USA

Sam is a Palestinian-American based in Al-Bireh/Ramallah, Palestine who relocated with his family to Palestine from the United States in 1995 to assist in the building of the Palestinian telecommunications sector. He was part of the core team that established the Palestine Telecommunications Company (PALTEL). In 1997, Sam established a management consulting firm, Applied Information Management (AIM), which is engaged in business development, executive counsel, strategic management, and investment, with a niche focus on start-ups. Sam also worked for the Arab Palestinian Investment Company (APIC), the second largest private sector investment group in Palestine. In addition, he founded the Palestine Diaspora Investment Company (PDIC) in the spring of 2000.

While in the United States, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Technology from Youngstown State University (Ohio) and was employed in several national software development firms, all working in the direct marketing industry. His combination of managerial and technical experience, coupled with his MBA degree from the joint international program from Northwestern and Tel Aviv Universities, has given him a keen appreciation for working in the dynamic Palestinian market. After taking the Arab Palestinian Shopping Centers P.L.C., a publicly-traded subsidiary of APIC, from concept to operations in 1998 he served as its CEO until 2004. The Arab Palestinian Shopping Centers built the first of a chain of modern shopping centers in Palestine, the PLAZA Shopping Center, which opened in July 2003 in Al-Bireh, in the midst of the most difficult economic times Palestine has ever faced under Israeli occupation. Today, PLAZA is an economic landmark.

Sam is a Director at the Arab Islamic Bank and serves in various capacities in several community organizations. He served a full term as a Board of Trustees member at Birzeit University, as well as being the Board's Treasurer. He regularly gives public talks and writes frequently on Palestinian affairs and has been widely published in outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Hill, The Huffington Post, and Le Monde diplomatique, among others. Sam is co-editor of HOMELAND: Oral History of Palestine and Palestinians.

Sam may be reached at sbahour [AT] gmail [DOT] com. He blogs at

AbeerAbeer Barghouty-Bahour, Partner   
Al-Bireh/Ramallah, Palestine

A graduate of Birzeit University, Abeer majored in Commerce and Economics. She was employed in the banking sector in Palestine until relocating to the United States in 1993. While in Ohio, she was employed in the retail sector, before returning to live in Palestine following the Oslo Peace Accords. She undertook responsibility for facility management for AIM ever since its founding in 1997. Abeer is the mother of two daughters, Areen and Nadine.

Abeer may be reached at abeerbarghouty [AT] yahoo [DOT] com.


nadiaNadia Hasan, Spanish Translator and Webmaster

Santiago, Chile

A Palestinian-Chilean, Nadia has extensive experience in working across the Middle East and Chile. She served as webmaster, editor and/or translator for numerous outfits, such as the Sture Venture Company (Santiago, Chile), Palestinian General Delegation (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Spanish Campaign Against Occupation and for the Sovereignty of Iraq, Jerusalem Forum (Amman, Jordan), Stop the Wall Campaign (Palestine), Public Relations Department, An Najah University (Nablus, Palestine), Bethlehem 2000 Palestinian Foundation (Chile).

Nadia also served as the Public Relations Officer and Spanish Editor at The Arab Group for the Protection of Nature (Amman, Jordan) as well as the Field and Administration Officer for Cooperazione Internazionale Sud Sud (CISS) (Tripoli, Lebanon) where she was part of a team that managed environmental awareness, energy efficiency and sanitation projects for the Beddawi Palestinian Refugee Camp. Immediately following her formal education in Chile, Nadia was a teacher of Arab history at the Arab School of Santiago, Chile.

Nadia earned a Diploma of Middle Eastern Studies from the Department of Arab Studies at the University of Chile, Santiago and went on to graduate in history from the Catholic

Nadia may be reached at aimwordfactory [AT] gmail [DOT] com.

azmiAzmi Tubbeh, English/Arabic Translator
Washington, DC, USA & Amman, Jordan

Born in Jerusalem in 1950, Azmi Tubbeh obtained his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut in 1974, and his MBA from Portland State University in Oregon, USA in 1984. The book industry has always been Azmi's passion and professional career, with an occasional break into management consulting and media work. After the second Intifada ended his brief publishing and book distribution business in Palestine, Azmi moved to the Washington DC area, working as a freelancer in publishing and doing various media, translation, editing, and creative writing work, as well as enjoying the great outdoors, a lifetime passion of his. Throughout that long career that took him to the Middle East, Europe and North America, Azmi remains a true Jerusalemite Palestinian at heart.

Azmi may be reached at aimwordfactory [AT] gmail [DOT] com.

monaMona Srouji, Arabic Translator
Nazareth, Israel

Mona’s professional experience includes teaching Arabic language and literature in high schools, editing and translating. She is also a childhood education specialist with extensive experience in designing programs, training and producing resources for teachers and parents. She currently directs a national program that promotes reading in early years.

Mona may be reached at aimwordfactory [AT] gmail [DOT] com.

halaHala Rafidi, Administrative Support
Ramallah, Palestine

Hala is a Palestinian resident of Jifna village , the West Bank. She has a Bacherlor’s in Media with a specialization in Radio and Television from Birzeit University, 2005. Hala has worked in several organizations including Dalia Association and private sector companies such as the Yellow Pages and Sawael media company. She currently works as an Administrative Assistant for the Palestinian Theatre League, as well as a freelancer in transcribing interviews, editing or in the field of films. She also works with the Partners for Sustainable Development (PSD) foundation in converting the Palestinian curriculum into digital books.

Hala may be reached at aimwordfactory [AT] gmail [DOT] com.