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Rafiq Husseini Ph.D.

Deputy Secretary General
Union for the Mediterranean


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A world traveler with a keen interest and background in international affairs, Rafiq Husseini currently serves as Deputy Secretary General for the Union for the Mediterranean in Barcelona, Spain. As a ranking official in this organization, Dr. Husseini oversees initiatives and projects on hydrological and environmental issues for 43 countries. In this position, Rafiq Husseini works closely with governments and inter-governmental organizations to educate the public on issues related to the water, environment and health of the Mediterranean.


Rafiq Husseini has extensive experience serving in government as well as non-government agencies around the world. Prior to his work with the Union for the Mediterranean, he served as Chief of Staff in the office of Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas from 2005 to 2010. During this time, Dr. Husseini oversaw all aspects of the office, including directing day-to-day operations, administering the President's $60 million budget, coordinating political and cultural campaigns, and serving as a liaison for the office. From 2003 to 2005, he served as Deputy Director General for Development and Administration for the Welfare Association in Amman and Jerusalem. Rafiq Husseini has also worked as  Secretary General for the Palestine Academy for Science and Technology, Jerusalem, and as Chief Executive Officer of Medical Aid for Palestinians, London.


In addition to his public service, Rafiq Husseini also imparts his knowledge by lecturing throughout the world. Recently, he shared a presentation titled “Crisis Resolution, Conflict Prevention and Promotion of Human Development: The Priorities of a Continent?” at the Amadeus Institute MEDays Conference in Tangier, Morocco. He has also given speeches at the SANABEL Conference in Abu Dhabi. A native of Jerusalem, Dr. Husseini holds degrees from the City University of London and Loughborough University in the UK.


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