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The Environment as a Pathway to Peace
The Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian Directors of Friends of the Earth Middle East
FoEME is a nonprofit organization that promotes cross-border environmental cooperation amongst Jordanians, Palestinians, and Israelis. They seek to advance sustainable regional development and the creation of necessary conditions for lasting peace in the Middle East.***
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
JCC Greater Washington
***The JCRC and the JCC GW are proud to host Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME), but this event is educational in nature and does not imply endorsement of all the policies and viewpoints of FoEME.
About the Speakers
Gidon Bromberg, Munqeth Mehyar and Nader Khateeb are Co- Directors of EcoPeace / Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME). FoEME is an affiliate of Friends of the Earth International. FoEME is a unique regional organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli environmentalists to promote sustainable development and advance peace efforts in the Middle East. It has offices in Amman, Bethlehem and Tel Aviv, employs 80 staff and actively involves hundreds of volunteers. FoEME's three co-Directors were honored by TIME Magazine as Environmental Heroes of 2008 and 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 FoEME their Outstanding Leadership Award and the Mount Zion Foundation honored FoEME with their Award for FoEME's significantly contributing to understanding among the three Abrahamic traditions. In 2013, FoEME was named one of the Top 100 NGOs in the world by The Global Journal.
Gidon Bromberg speaks regularly on water, peace and security issues in various forums. He has presented before the UN Commission for Sustainable Development, the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the European Parliament and the advisory meeting to the UN High Level Panel on Security. He is a member of the Israeli Inter-Ministerial Committee on the Future of the Dead Sea, of the Israel UNESCO World Heritage Committee and the Inter-Ministerial Committee for Sustainable Development in Israel. In 2007, Mr. Bromberg was invited to join the prestigious EastWest Institute's International Task Force for Preventive Diplomacy. In 2007 he was awarded a Fellowship at Yale University on global leadership and was in invited by Yale University in 2009 to serve as an Advisory Board Member for the World Fellows Program. Mr. Bromberg is an attorney by profession and previously worked in public interest environmental law. He is a member of the Israel Bar Association. He holds a Bachelor of Economics and a law degree from Monash University in Australia. As a fellow of the New Israel Fund, he completed a master's degree in international environmental law at the American University in Washington D.C. and has published over twenty academic and popular publications concerning Middle East environmental policy and water security issues.
Nader Al-Khateeb 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. In 1998, he joined the newly established Water and Environmental Development Organization (WEDO). During this time he also served as a consultant to various international development organizations working in the water sector. He carried out feasibility studies for the industrial waste management sector in Hebron under USAID, worked with UNESCO to prepare a conceptual Emergency Master Plan for the Bethlehem Region and trained municipal engineers in the Gaza Strip on wastewater collection and treatment systems along with the German group Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft (CDG). In 2001, WEDO became the base for the Palestinian branch of Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) and Mr. Al-Khateeb has since served as its Director. He holds a host of professional memberships with such organizations as the Jordan Engineers Association, Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information, Palestinian Technical and Advisory Committees on Water for the multilateral negotiations, and the Consultative Training Board established by the German group Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft (CDG) for training Palestinian professionals in the water sector.
Munqeth Mehyar received a degree in Regional Planning and Architecture from the University of Louisiana, USA in 1981, upon which he became the planning engineer for South Amman. Being a committed sportsman, a pilot and scuba diver as well, Mr. Mehyar was the project manager for the German Balsam International Sports Company, and then the Middle East Manager of the Athlete Sports Contracting Company. He serves on the Board of Directors of both the Jordan Sports Federation for the Handicapped, and the Jordan Royal Ecological Diving Society. Mr. Mehyar was awarded a medal from Al Houssain Distinguished Giving for his charitable activities. Further to being co-founder of FoEME, Mr. Mehyar is also the Founder and Director of the Jordan Society for Sustainable Development, an environmental NGO based in Amman. He has organized dozens of regional conferences, workshops and study tours, has supervised regional research on shared ecosystems, co-authored reports and policy papers and speaks regularly on water, peace and security issues.