H. E. Dr. Khawla Shakhshir 
Dr. Khawla Shakhshir is working as Minster of Education and Higher education in the State of Palestine. She has BA in Science –Chemistry from Egypt, Master and Doctoral degree in Curriculum& Instruction and science Education from University of Northern Colorado, USA. She served as a Professor of education, Chairperson of master program of education as well as the Dean of Graduate Studies at Birzeit University. She is also served as a consultant and academic evaluator in various missions with: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD-Geneva), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), American ARD, Save the Children, Palestinian Ministry of education and UNICEF.
Professor Shakhshir is the author of fifteen researches published in academic Journals including: Chemistry Teaching Journal, British Journal of In-Service Education, Research in Post -Compulsory Education Journal, and Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies. Also, she is the author of various books including: Improving the Quality of Teaching Profession in Palestine, Gender Equity in Non-curricular Education, and Evaluation of the Palestinian New Curriculum.