One of the first affiliates in the EFE Network, Palestine EFE (PEFE) was founded in 2006 and registered as an NGO in Palestine in 2009 to provide demand-driven training for youth with limited opportunity.  PEFE operates in the West Bank and Gaza.  In addition to training young Palestinian women and men in EFE's core job placement programming, PEFE also trains university students in job search and employability skills, and trains aspiring entrepreneurs in the Intel Learn curriculum and provides startup support.


  • Mr. Mazen Sinokrot

    • PEFE Chair; CEO, Sinokrot Global Group (SGG); Former Minister of National Economy

    Mazen Sinokrot, is the founder of Sinokrot Group. Mr. Sinokrot, who is politically independent and non-partisan, served and held the post of Minister of National Economy between 2005- 2006. He is the founder and first Chairman of Palestine Trade Center (Paltrade), and serves on the boards of a number of institutions and remains an active supporter of their partnership with the public sector and the promotion of Palestinian business growth regionally and internationally. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of AlQuds University, AlQuds Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Mr. Sinokrot holds a BSC in Industrial Engineering and Production Management with honors from the University of Notingham in the United Kingdom (1980).

  • Dr. Umayyah Khammash

    • Health Department director, UNRWA

    Dr. Umayyah Khammash fills the Health Department director position at the UNRWA. He grew up in Jerusalem and pursued his university education in medicine in Russia. He was the cofounder and vice president of the Palestinian Medical Relief Services for 12 years. In 1988, Khammash obtained a master’s degree in international public health/epidemiology. He then travelled outside the country to fill up a UNFPA position but did not last for long because he knew that his family is waiting for him and Jerusalem so he returned to Palestine. In 2005, Khammash was offered to be the head of health services at the UNRWA where he is working until now. He is also on the board of directors' of a number of non-profits.

  • Nafez Husseini

    • VP Of ICT & Digital Business CCC

    Nafez Husseini is the VP of ICT & Digital Business of the Greece based Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC). Nafez is very active in promoting Youth and Knowledge-Based economies and has been a key founding member of the Palestine Education Initiative. He is a strong advocate of the leading role of the Palestinian Private Sector in transforming and building capacity of the local economy and in the resiliency and contribution of SMEs to economic development in conflict situations. A native of Jerusalem, Nafez holds a Bachelor’s degree from the American University of Beirut and a Masters from California State University - Sacramento specializing in Management & Information Technology.

  • Dr. Hiba Husseini

    • Senior Attorney and Managing Partner, Husseini & Husseini; Former Vice-Chair, Palestine Securities Exchange


    Ms Husseini is a senior Palestinian Attorney with extensive experience in the practice of corporate law and business related-legal development in Palestine. Ms. Husseini is the managing Partner of the Law Firm, Husseini and Husseini and she has served as legal advisor to the Palestinian Negotiations Team and currently chairs the Legal Committee to Final Status Negotiations. Ms. Husseini is the Chairman of Al-Mustakbal Foundation, the first think tank in Palestine that deals with public-private economic and rule of law issues as well as policy formulation and advocacy work. She also serves on the Boards of various education and non-profit organizations.


  • Dr. Samih Al Abid

    • Advisor Palestine Investment Fund; Former Minister of Public Works & Housing of the Palestinian Authority

    Dr. Samih Al-Abid is currently the Diana Tamari Sabbagh Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. Under the auspices of the institute’s Conflict Resolution Program, he participates in the Baker Institute Israeli-Palestinian Working Group, both at the institute and in the Middle East. Al-Abid also heads the Palestinian Housing Council and is a consultant for the CEO and chairman of the Palestinian Investment Fund. Previously, as head of the Committee for Borders and Territory, Al-Abid was integrally involved in a final status agreement between Palestine and Israel. In addition, he was a key participant in negotiations during the Camp David, Taba and Annapolis processes in pursuit of peace and stability in the region. As the Palestinian Authority unity government’s Minister of Public Works and Housing (2007) and Deputy Minister of Planning (1995-2007), he developed planning policies at the regional and national levels. Al-Abid earned a Ph.D. in regional planning from Liverpool University in the United Kingdom; an M.A. in urban design from North Carolina State University in Raleigh; and a B.Sc. in urban planning and architecture from Al-Azhar University in Cairo.

  • Samer Said Khoury

    • Executive Vice President, Consolidated Contractors Corporation (CCC)

    Mr. Khoury began his career in his father’s engineering and construction company, Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), where he was responsible for the total operations of CCC in Kuwait. In 1990, Samer moved to the Head Office of CCC in Athens, Greece, where worked in various departments gaining a wide range of experience in the Engineering & Construction field. In 1997, he took over the position of Executive Vice President Operations of the Group being responsible for the marketing and execution of the Group’s worldwide activities. As of January 2011 he became President for the Engineering & Construction Division. Mr. Khoury studied at California State University from 1978 to 1981 when he received his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering and went on to obtain an MBA in 1984 from the University of Southern California.

  • Dr. Safa Nassereldin

    • Vice President for Jerusalem Affairs, Al Quds University

    Dr. Safa Nassereldin holds a Doctorate in Electronic Engineering from ENSEIRB, Bordeaux I University in France, 2003. She was the first female Minister for Telecommunication and Information Technology in Palestine from May 2012 till June 2014. She was Advisor and Technical Assistant to the Minister for three years as well as E-gov General Coordinator and team leader for the National Team for Systems and Information Security (NTSIS). She lead the effort of preparing the National ICT strategy 2011-2013, the e-government Policy document and roadmap for 2012-2014 in cooperation with OECD. As leader for NTSIS, prepared a national Policy for Information security and prepared the terms of reference for creating the Palestine Cybersecurity Emergency Team Pal CERT. She is Chairwoman of the FTTH Council MENA. She is also an active board member in the Higher Council for Innovation and Excellence as well as Palestinian Incubator for Energy. She is also BoD in Girls in Tech (GIT) as well as AlQuds Holding.

  • Mr. Rushdi Ghalayeeni

    • Deputy General Manager, Bank of Palestine

    Mr. Rushdi Ghalayini is the Deputy General Manager at Bank of Palestine. Mr. Ghalayini has a very rich and extensive experience in the Palestinian banking sector of around 25 years. He has held various management positions and worked in different areas of banking, ranging from risk management and corporate governance to credit facilities and operations. He has been an active participant in regional and international banking and finance conferences and workshops organized by the leaders in the field, including the Institute of International Finance (IIF), and others. Mr. Ghalayini holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Computer Science from the American University in Cairo.

  • Maha Abu Shusheh

    • Chairman of Palestinian Shippers' Council

    Ms. Abu Shusheh is the manager of Abu-Shusheh Contracting Co., a road construction contractor, since 1988. She developed the family business by establishing the sole agency of Peugeot automobiles in Palestine. She is the President of the Board of Directors of Riwaq (the Palestinian Association for the Preservation of Architectural Heritage), and the Palestinian Shippers’ Council, a member of Paltrade, of the Palestinian Businessmen Association, of Khalil Al-Sakakini Cultural Center, of the Board of Trustees of Al Quds University and of the Palestinian National Conservatory of Music. Ms. Abu Shusheh was named as one of Forbes Arabia's top 50 influential Arab.

  • Mr. Mazen Jabari

    • Director, Youth Development Department

    Mr. Mazen Jabari born and live in Jerusalem, he received a B.A in Economics from Birzeit University. He is currently director of Youth Development Department at Arab Studies Society in Jerusalem, and he is a board member in different development and community organizations.

    Mr. Jabari is a social and political actor in Jerusalem, he published different researches and booklets: ‘The reality of child labour in Jerusalem”, “Israeli violations committed against Jerusalemite Institutions and the closure of Orient House”, “How to Look for Work”, “Study Children and Youth sector in Jerusalem”, “Review of Youth in Jerusalem”.

  • Ms. Asmaa' Alkhoudary

    • Finance Officer

    Ms. Asmaa' is the youngest PEFE board member, she represents youth, and especially youth in Gaza. She studied Business Administration with a minor in Finance at the American University in Cairo AUC. Ms. Asmaa' lives in Gaza and works at Saqqa and Khoudary Ltd. construction company in the accounting and finance department.

  • Mr. Jamal Jawabrah

    • Secretary General of Federation of Palestinian Chambers of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture

    Mr. Jawabreh has a B.S. In Management concentrated International business and Diploma in banking and finance. He is a member of a number of national committees representing the interest of FPCCIA in SOCIO-ECONOMIC aspects, and a member of the Private Sector Liaison Officers - World Bank, and Joint Palestinian- Jordanian Technical Committee, he is Ex-Chairman of Small Enterprises Center and Chairman of Steering Committee of TVET in Palestine, and representative of Chambers and Privates Sector in regional and international committees.

  • Ronald Bruder

    • Founder, Education For Employment; Chairman, EFE-Global

    Honored by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People for his nonprofit work with EFE, Mr. Bruder began as a serial entrepreneur with businesses in real estate, travel, pharmaceuticals and energy. In 1977, he founded The Brookhill Group, which owns and manages properties throughout the US with a focus on creating investment partnerships to develop or redevelop shopping centers, office buildings and multi-family homes.

    Mr. Bruder was an attendee at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. At the World Economic Forum in Tianjin in 2012, he was named a Schwab Foundation Global Social Entrepreneur for his work in founding EFE. He has served as a delegate of the Council on Foreign Relations to the Jeddah Economic Forum, and a contributor to the US-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar. He is frequently invited to share EFE's best practices at major international conferences and fora, and has addressed audiences at the Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum and the United Nations, among others.

    Mr. Bruder earned his bachelor's degree from Adelphi University, a MBA from New York University, and a Post Master in Accounting & Taxation from Iona College.




Training Courses

Workplace Success Training: A successful professional skills curriculum created in collaboration with McGraw Hill that teaches participants how to get and keep a first job. In the highly interactive course, students are guided in overarching workplace principles such as work ethic, communication, self-confidence, and leadership. They engage in detailed lessons on daily challenges like how to prepare a CV, interact with customers, work in teams, and manage time.

Business English Training: A comprehensive course offered in cooperation with Amideast for fresh graduates who need to be able to understand and use business English to enhance their competitiveness in the job market and workplace. The course offers a realistic, informative, and accessible approach to business concepts underpinned by a thorough and carefully developed language syllabus. Participants enhance their English language skills in areas such as grammar, reading, vocabulary, writing, listening and speaking in a business-related context. 


Technical Training

Training that focuses on different specializations, including:

  • Construction Management
  • Electrical Installation Standards and Regulations
  • Hotel Management
  • Marketplace Simulation – Mini MBA
  • IT training (MYSQL, PHP)
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Customer Relations Management (CRM)
  • Accounting Software Systems
  • Sales Management


Finding a Job Is a Job (FJIJ)

ManpowerGroup has provided EFE with access to its “Finding a Job is a Job” curriculum, a core work-readiness course that focuses on the skills and discipline needed to conduct an effective job search. The program consists of direct training classes supplemented by take-home and independent exercises and activities.


Job Placement

PEFE operates through a unique business model that is based on assessing labor market needs and understanding the skills and competencies that are most valued by employers. It thus customizes its training programs to meet labor market requirements.

PEFE’s training programs equip graduates with the necessary skills needed to start their careers by developing their communication skills, teamwork, leadership, C.V. writing, interviewing, and ability to retain their jobs.

After the completion of training, PEFE connects graduates with employers that seek to employ qualified entry-level staff. In addition, PEFE conducts career days and outreach events that bring together graduates and employers.



The Youth Entrepreneurship Program provides young people with specialized training and technical assistance in entrepreneurship. The program launched in 2012, capitalizing on the unique skill sets of aspiring entrepreneurs, encouraging entrepreneurial ambition and helping them to create companies that address the needs of the expanding Palestinian economy, particularly in Construction, Agriculture, Green Energy, and Information Technology sectors.

Using the Intel® Learn Technology and Entrepreneurship curriculum, PEFE’s training provides hands-on training that introduces the basic concepts of entrepreneurship, shows how technology can be used to advance a business idea, and provides instruction on business writing to support trainees in creating and presenting a business plan.  PEFE complements the Intel curriculum with training in EFE’s Workplace Success curriculum to help participants develop the professional and soft skills necessary for success as an entrepreneur. Ultimately, trainees develop a complete investment plan for the proposed business.

The program works with Palestinian entrepreneurs ages 18-32 with innovative ideas who are looking for professional and financial guidance to help them realize their dream of starting their own business.

The Entrepreneurship program improves the future prospects for skilled Palestinian workers and broadens their career opportunities, ultimately producing a larger number of employment opportunities for Palestinians.



In addition to job placement, program graduates can access 3-5 month internship opportunities at local companies. Internships, through companies supported by the UNRWA and the Welfare Association, provide graduates with the chance to apply the knowledge and the skills they gained from the training in a professional setting. In many instances, the internships result in permanent jobs.


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Saro Nakashian, CEO

Saro Nakashian is a seasoned management and marketing expert with over 20 years of experience developing and managing programs that build the marketing and management capabilities of individuals and organizations to succeed. Mr. Nakashian has designed several programs for entrepreneurial training for young entrepreneurs and SME owners. As the General Director for Palestine Education for Employment (PEFE), as well as through his previous positions as Senior Management and Marketing Analyst with the Center for Continuing Education (CCE) of Birzeit University and other positions, he has worked across multiple sectors, from public health to private industry, and has substantial experience managing technical development assistance, including but not limited to EU, UNIDO, UNRWA, WB and USAID.

He speaks fluent English, Armenian and Arabic, holds a B.sc. in Management, MBA concentration marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University an M.Phil in HR and Entrepreneurship from the Maastricht School of Management the Netherlands. Mr. Nakashian is also the Chairman of the Board Juzoor Foundation, Board Member WorldVision Jerusalem, and East Jerusalem YMCA.


Palestine Education for Employment
Palestinian Education For Employment Foundation SAMA Building, 4th floor #19 Ramallah - Al Masyoun
Tel:     +972 2 2989405
Fax:     +972 2 2989406