Mr. Hashim Hani Shawa
President & Chairman of the Board
Bank of Palestine
Mr. Shawa is a successful businessman, who left a promising career in the Diaspora in order to return home to Palestine and take leadership of his family business. In spite of the many challenging and difficult conditions in which Palestine finds herself, Mr. Shawa always clearly understood that bringing business there is good, challenges are an invitation to innovate and strive harder and ultimately, that great success is still possible in Palestine.
Under his leadership, the Bank of Palestine has worked towards the economic viability of Palestine as a sovereign state. Beyond this economic impact, Mr. Shawa has never forgotten his responsibility towards his people, and has been instrumental in ensuring that the bank dedicates more than $1.7 million annually towards the betterment of society through innovative projects in humanitarian aid & rehabilitation, youth development, education, sports, healthcare, arts, culture and tourism. Notably, he is a founding member of the Advisory Board of HCEF’s Know Thy Heritage Leadership Program for Palestinian Diaspora youth. The Bank of Palestine has been a generous sponsor of this program since its inception, as well as HCEF’s Annual International Conferences for the past 4 years. The trust which Mr. Shawa has placed in HCEF and our board is an honor and an example to many others.