Ph.D Ola Awad/Shakhshir
President of PCBS, Palestine
Ola Awad is a member of the Palestinian community, regionally and internationally, with over 20 years of experience working on various topics including modernization of Statistics, Sustainable Development, Gender Equality, Youth, Labor Market, Palestinian Economy, Good Governance, Statistical Literacy, Management, and Communication. She has been the President of PCBS since 2009, leading the successful development and implementation of various statistical and non-statistical programs on the local, regional and international levels. Awad is the first woman elected from developing countries and the Arab region to lead the IAOS. Dr. Awad is currently the Co-Chair of the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination, and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (HLG-PCCB) and the Co-chair for the Programme Committee for the UN World Data Forum 2023. Awad also represents the Arab region in the HLG-SDGs. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard Data Science Review HDSR, a member of the Advisory Board of the Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH), a member of the American Statistical Association, a Board member of the network of the Swedish Program for Women’s Strategic Advancement (ProWSA), a Board member of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), a board member of the Partnership in statistics for development in the 21st century (PARIS21) and she served as an ISI Council Member for the period 2017 to 2021.
Awad holds a Doctorate of Business Administration from the University of Liverpool– UK, an MSc in Applied Statistics from Birzeit University, a Master's degree in Business Administration and Management from Boston University, and a BSc in Economics from Birzeit University.