Shawqi Khatib - President

An entrepreneur and economic consultant, Shawki is an expert in industrial, commercial and residential construction and is a former politician. Trained as an engineer, in 1990 he was elected mayor of Yafia, a position he held for 20 years. In 2001, he was elected Chairman of the High Follow-Up Committee of the Arab Public in Israel (the principal body that represents the interests of Israel’s Arab citizens), as well as Chairman of the National Council of Arab Mayors. He held these dual positions until 2008, when he announced his retirement from politics. During his tenure as a member of the High Follow-Up Committee, he initiated and led the formulation of the much-noticed “future vision” document for the Arab citizens of Israel.

Since his retirement from political life, Shawki has devoted his energies to large-scale economic projects in the Arab Israeli society.  In recent years, he served as construction manager for a new industrial park in Nazareth, which was inaugurated in 2013 and which was part of the industrial development network of prominent entrepreneur Stef Wertheimer. Additionally, in 2008 Shawki was the driving force in founding the Injaz Center for Professional Arab Local Governance, which is a direct product of his work both with the High Follow-Up Committee and with the National Council of Arab Mayors.

Ayal Kantz – Executive Director

Ayal has been working at Injaz since the beginning of 2014, where he started as the Government Relations Coordinator.  After three years, he was made Injaz’s Deputy Director, and in 2018 he began his role as the organization’s Executive Director.  As part of his work at Injaz Ayal has authored a number of policy papers in the areas of economic and organizational development for Arab municipalities. He has also had a leading role in developing the model of economic growth for Arab municipalities, which was done in cooperation with the OECD and the National Council of Arab Mayors.

Ayal is a member of several prominent national forums, including the Economic Roundtable of the Prime Minister’s Office, the Economic Development Team of the National Office for Urbanism, and the Regional Experts’ Forum of the JDC and the Ministry of the Interior.

Ayal holds BA and MA degrees in political science and government from Ben Gurion University and lives in Moshav Moledet in the Gilboa Regional Council, where he is married to Chen, and is father to Yel, Ofer and Gefen.

Imad Jeraisy – Director of Projects

Imad joined Injaz in May 2017 as a Project Manager and has since that time led a number of processes, including managing the Education Sub-Committee of the National Council of Arab Mayors, managing various projects for economic development within the Arab municipalities, and managing the forums of senior Arab municipal officials.

Prior to his arrival at Injaz, Imad spent six years promoting Arab education as part of his work with the Nazareth Municipality, and later as a parliamentary adviser on education to Knesset member Yosef Jabareen.

Imad hold a BA in learning disabilities and an MA in leadership and educational policy from the University of Haifa and is currently working on a PhD in education at the same university.

Ranin Saleh - Project Manager

Ranin joined Injaz in January 2018, and currently leads a number of projects, including the establishment of the Environment Sub-Committee of the National Council of Arab Mayors, managing various projects for economic development within the Arab municipalities, and developing processes for modeling the services and projects of Injaz.

Prior to her arrival at Injaz, Ranin spent four years promoting high-tech in the Arab community as part of her job as the Director of the Tsofen Project and Training Division, an Arab-Jewish organization that works to promote high-tech learning, industry, and employment in the Arab community.

Ranin holds a BA in psychology and an MA in educational counseling, both from the University of Haifa.

Gavi Hanssen - Director of Resource Development

Gavi joined Injaz in 2017 and is responsible for managing all contacts with Injaz donors and supporters, including submitting requests and reports, as well as identifying and nurturing new donors.  Originally from the U.S., Gavi has more than 20 years of fundraising experience. Prior to his work at Injaz, he served as Director of Resource Development at the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum and at the Leo Baeck Education Center.

Gavi holds MAs in history and analytic philosophy from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and he completed his doctoral work in analytic philosophy at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  He lives with his family in the village of Eshchar in the Misgav region of the Galilee.

Ahmad Darawshe - Project Manager

Ahmed joined Injaz in May 2018.  Prior to coming to Injaz, Ahmad held a number of positions, including the marketing manager to the Arab company in Clalit Health Services, and over the past five years he managed an independent consulting firm which worked with a variety of Arab municipalities.

Ahmad holds a BA and an MA in government and public policy from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, and he lives in Iksal with his wife Jumana and their son Musa.

Misloon Saliman – Director of Finance