Dr. Hisham Khatib was born in Acre, Palestine and spent his youth and early career in Jerusalem, where he was the city’s chief electrical engineer. He has lived in Amman, Jordan since the early 1970s and for many years served in the Jordanian government as a minister. One of the world’s leading energy experts, Dr. Khatib has published widely on energy matters and the global environment.
Dr. Hisham Khatib is past-Chairman of the Jordan Electricity Regulatory Commission and Honorary Vice Chairman of the World Energy Council. He is an engineer and economist with expertise on energy technology and energy security, environmental issues related to energy, and development. For many years, Dr. Khatib served as a Minister in the Government of Jordan in the departments of planning, water, and energy. In 1998 he was awarded the “Medal of Achievement” of the Institution of Electrical Engineers in the UK. Dr. Khatib was awarded the highly prestigious “Global Energy Award” by the World Energy Council. He is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (L.F.I.E.E.E.), is on the World Federation of Scientists’ Energy Planetary Monitoring Panel, and he is an advisory editor of Energy Policy Journal.
Alongside his professional activities, Dr. Khatib has collected paintings, lithographs, travel books, maps, atlases, and photographs on Jerusalem, Palestine, and Egypt. His collection of art and printed material from the Ottoman Empire is one of the largest and most important still in private hands.
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