Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Mr. Zahi Khouri
A Palestinian-American, returnee to Palestine after the Oslo Agreement . Focused on job creation by investing in the local economy. Board member in leading local companies and Board Chairman of a large local NGO.
Philanthropic entrepreneur at heart with passion for education and vocational training.
Dr. Kholoud Daibes
Dr. Khouloud Daibes joined the Bethlehem Development Foundation as CEO in December 2021.
She is an architect, former politician, diplomat, and a mother of three.
Dr. Daibes has over 25 years of experience in the fields of cultural heritage, tourism and Palestinian affairs.
After completing her Ph.D. degree in architecture from the University of Hannover in Germany, she returned to Palestine in 1994 to work on various restoration projects especially in the Bethlehem Area as director of the Centre for Cultural Heritage Preservation.
Prior to becoming the Ambassador of Palestine in Germany from 2013 until 2021, Dr Daibes served as Minister of Tourism and Antiquities from 2007 until 2012 and as Minister of Women Affairs from 2007 to 2009.
She is a member of the Presidential Committee of the restoration of the Church of Nativity, Higher Committee for Church affairs, and a board member of several local organizations.
Rev. Prof. Mitri Raheb
Founder and President of Dar al-Kalima University in Bethlehem. The most widely published Palestinian theologian to date, Rev. Prof. Raheb is the author and editor of 40 books including: Politics of Persecution: Middle Eastern Christians in an Age of Empire; The Cross in Contexts: Suffering and Redemption in Palestine; Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible through Palestinian Eyes; His books and numerous articles have been translated so far into thirteen languages. Rev. Prof. Raheb served as the senior pastor of the Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem from June 1987 to May 2017 and as the President of the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land from 2011-2016. Rev. Prof. Raheb was elected in 2018 to the Palestinian National Council and to the Palestinian Central Council. A social entrepreneur, Rev. Prof. Raheb has founded several NGO‟s including the Christian Academic Forum for Citizenship in the Arab World (CAFCAW). He is a founding and board member of the National Library of Palestine and a founding member and author of Kairos Palestine
Rev. Prof. Raheb received in 2017 the Tolerance Award from the European Academy of Science and Arts, in 2015 the Olof Palme Prize. In 2012 the German Media Prize was awarded to Rev. Prof. Raheb. Launched in 1992, this award was mainly granted to Heads of States, including President Obama (2016) the German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2009), Bill Clinton (1999), Nelson Mandela (1998), King Hussein of Jordan (1997), Boris Yeltsin (1996), President Arafat (1995), Yitshak Rabin (1995). He also received for his outstanding contribution to Christian education through research and publication‟ an honorary doctorate from Concordia University in Chicago (2003) and for his interfaith work the “International Mohammad Nafi Tschelebi Peace Award” of the Central Islam Archive in Germany (2006) and in 2007 the well-known German Peace Award of Aachen.
The work of Rev. Prof. Raheb has received wide media attention from major international media outlets and networks including CNN, ABC, CBS, 60 Minutes, BBC, ARD, ZDF, DW, BR, Premiere, Raiuno, Stern, The Economist, Newsweek, Al-Jazeera, al-Mayadin, Vanity Fair, and others.
Rev. Prof. Raheb holds a Doctorate in Theology from the Philipps University at Marburg, Germany. He is married to Najwa Khoury and has two daughters, Dana & Tala. For more, www.mitriraheb.org