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Biography for Nabil Shaath

First Name: Nabil
Last Name: Shaath
Title: Deputy prime minister
Date of Birth: dd/mm/1938
Family: Became Egyptian citizen 1965.
Spouses: Dr. Shaath is married
Children: 4
Education: Studied in Alexandria, EgyptPh.D. Wharton School of Economics, University of Pennsylvania
CV: Dr. Shaath returned to Cairo from the United States in 1965. In 1969, he went to Lebanon to teach at the American University in Beirut. Salaam Fayyad and Muhammad Dahlan were at also at AUB during those years. Shaath worked as an industry consultant and management trainer (heading a company called TEAM) in Algeria, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon. He also taught at the American University in Beirut. He joined PLO in 1970 and served as an adviser to Fatah from 1971. Dr. Shaath became the head of the PLO Planning Centre 1971 - 1981. He is credited as being the founder of the Democratic State approach. In 1974, Dr. Shaath accompanied Arafat in the first PLO delegation to the United Nations and headed the first Palestinian delegation to the UN. He serves as chair of Palestinian National Council political committee. In March 1990, Shaath was appointed to Fatah-CC. Shaath was a member of the Madrid delegation and played a leading role in the Oslo process. He held a meeting with Yossi Sarid in July 1993 (the first meeting between a PLO leader and an authorized Israeli cabinet member) to agree on the Gaza-Jericho formula; Shaath wrote a Palestinian draft Declaration of Principles for the Oslo agreement. He served as the PLO's chief negotiator at the Taba talks from October 1993. Shaath is a Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) member for Khan Yunis.From 1994 until his appointment in the cabinet of Abu Mazen, Dr. Shaath has been the Palestinian Authority's Minister of Planning and International Cooperation. He is a member of the Fatah Central Committee.
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