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.


  • Mazen Sinokrot

    • Chair, Palestine EFE
      Chair and 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. Samih Al Abid

    • Advisor, Palestine Investment Fund; Former Minister of Public Works & Housing, 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.

  • Azzam Shawwa

    • GM, Palestine Commercial Bank; Former Minister of Energy, Palestinian Authority

    Azzam Shawwa is a prominent Palestinian professional and Former Minister of Energy in the Palestinian National Authority in 2003. He is currently the General Manager of the Palestinian Commercial Bank and was the General Manager of Quds Bank from 2007-2012. He was also the Chairman of the Association of Banks in Palestine for the year 2012 and sits now as a Board Member of the Palestine Investment Fund. He joined Bank of Palestine as the Foreign Relations Manager amongst other duties and responsibilities that aimed at expanding the Bank’s presence, role and network in Palestine and beyond. He graduated from Lemoyne- Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee in 1988 where he received his Bachelors of Science in Mathematics.

  • Dr. Sabri Saidam

    • Advisor to the Palestinian President on Telecommunications; Former Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology, Palestinian Authority

    Dr. Saidam is an Advisor to the Palestinian President on Telecommunications, Information Technology and Technical Education. He is the Deputy Secretary of Fateh Council and the former Minister of Telecommunications & IT. He led the telecom market liberalization in Palestine in 2006 introducing the second mobile phone operator. He introduced a series of initiatives inclusive of e-Gov, the National Academic Network, Falastinyia, and the Palestine Education Initiative (PEI). He also founded the award winning Palestine Digital Library in 2004 and the Palestine e-Republic in 2007. Dr. Saidam co-founded the Internet Society- Palestine Chapter (ISOC-PS), PC & Net 4 All and the Birzeit Innovation Group (BIG). Dr. Saidam is also a co-founder of Palestine for New Beginning (PNB), which is chaired by Sec. Madeline Albright, and is a co-founder of Palestine Institute of Public Diplomacy PIPD. He was educated in Britain with a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine; and a certification in Human Development from Oxford University.

  • 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.

  • Hashim Shawa

    • Chairman & GM, Bank of Palestine, PLC

    Hashim Shawa joined Bank of Palestine as Chairman and General Manager in 2007. After obtaining his BSc (Hons) from University College of London, Mr. Shawa began his banking career at Citigroup in 1997 where he held various management positions in Corporate and Private Banking working in the UK, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland. In 2005 he joined HSBC in Switzerland as a director of the group's Middle East and North Africa business. His role was to develop the company's Private Banking business in the Gulf and establish HSBC’s onshore presence in Kuwait.

    Shawa is a member of the IIF Emerging Markets Advisory Council (EMAC), a member of the Board of Directors of Invest Bank in Jordan and the Palestine Institute for Financial and Banking Studies. He is also the Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce -Palestine. Shawa is a member of the Board of Trustees of both Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities.

  • Samer 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jamie McAuliffe

    • President & CEO, EFE-Global


    Jamie McAuliffe has worked for many years to advance effective, scalable solutions for vulnerable youth. He has over two decades of experience in leadership roles in both the non-profit and business sectors. Before joining EFE, Jamie served as Portfolio Manager at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, a NY-based foundation that pioneered a “scaling what works” grant-making strategy to support leading youth development non-profits in the United States. At the OTF Group, a spin-off of Monitor Consulting Group, Jamie provided strategic consulting services to spur exports and competitiveness in the small and medium business sector in Brazil. Early in his career, Jamie launched new programs and markets at Ashoka, a global organization that selects and invests in leading social entrepreneurs. Between receiving his BA in Philosophy from Georgetown University and his MA in International Studies from John Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, Jamie served as an inner-city school teacher for Teach for America. Jamie joined EFE in 2010.

    At the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Tianjin in 2012, Jamie was named a Schwab Foundation Global Social Entrepreneur for the transformative impact that EFE is driving in youth employment. From 2012-2014, he chaired the WEF Global Agenda Council on Youth Unemployment. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Future of WEF Jobs Global Agenda Council, and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).


  • Mazen Ja’bari

    • Director, Youth Development Department, Orient House

    Mazen Ja’bari is the Director of the Youth Development Department at Orient House.  The Youth Development Department is a new initiative designed to help young people between 15 and 25 years of Age.  The Central aim of the Project is to provide Palestinian Jerusalem youth a spectrum of opportunities both locally and internationally.

  • Maha Abu Shousheh

    • General Manager, Abu Shusheh Trading Company; Chairman, Palestinian Businesswomen Association

    Maha Abu Shousheh is the General Manager of Abu Shusheh Trading Company.  She also serves as the Chairman of the Palestinian Businesswomen Association.




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