Nader Khateeb

Palestinian Director, EcoPeace Middle East

Skoll Awardee


Nader Al-Khateeb, Palestinian Co-Director of EcoPeace Middle East.
Served as Chief Engineer for the Bethlehem, Beit Jala and Beit Sahour Water Authority from 1984 to 1993, where he was responsible for planning and fundraising, as well as operations and maintenance of the distribution network. After returning from leave to acquire his M.Sc. degree, he also became the Project Manager for their drainage and sewerage project. From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Al-Khateeb was a senior water resource engineer with the UNDP's Water Resources Action Program, working as a consultant in the effort to formulate and establish the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA). He then became associated with the PWA itself, coordinating a host of water and wastewater projects.
Together with EcoPeace’s Israeli and Jordanian Co-Directors, Mr. Khateeb was honored by TIME Magazine as Environmental Hero of 2008. The three directors were granted the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2009. In 2010 they received the Euro-Med Award for Dialogue and the Aristotle Onassis Prize for the Protection of the Environment. In 2011 the International Development Committee of the Association for Conflict resolution awarded the organization their Outstanding Leadership Award and the Mount Zion Foundation honored it with their Award for EcoPeace's significantly contributing to understanding among the three Abrahamic traditions. In 2013, the organization was named one of the Top 100 NGOs in the world by The Global Journal.

Recent Articles

Despite continuing disputes over settlements, Jerusalem, borders, and refugees, there is at least one problem on which Arabs and Israelis can still make progress—water. Much hard work lies ahead. The…