Governing Board of PCR 2019-2021

The Governing board of PCR is called the Board of Directors.  The Board is elected every two years directly by the General Assembly.  Memberships in the GA is open to every Palestinian, male and female, Christians and Muslims who have completed the 16 years of age and has applied to become a member of PCR by submitting a written application, which should be approved in a board meeting.

Members are required to pay an annual registration fee determined by the board of directors.  To be elected to the board, one is requested to have served as a volunteer in any of PCR’s activities for a period that is no longer than six months, in order to be known to the General Assembly if he/she decides to run for the board.

The most recent members of the board of Directors elected in February 2017 and will serve until February 2019 are:

Eyad Joma

Born in Beit Sahour, received his diploma in Jordan as a Dental Technician. Involved in Rapprochement Center since 1998. Secretary of the board of the Trade Union of the Speciality Association of Science and Technology of Dental Laboratories for two years. Joined the board of Administrators of PCR in 2006, he served as treasurer for a while and this year he was elected President.

Raed Rishmawi
Vice Chairman

Raed has been involved in PCR since 1997. After completing his degree in Agricultural Engineering from Al-Mousil University in Iraq, he worked for the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture. However, after taking some training courses as PCR in web design, he pursued this track for his future career and became the webmaster for Palestine News Network, before quitting and building his own web design business.

Muna Touma

Muna has been elected to the board in 2019 for the first time.  She holds a Masters Degree in International Cooperation and Development from Bethlehem University and a Bachelor Degree in Social Work.

Wisam Bannoura

Wisam is PCR member since 1999.  He has been continuiously inovlved in PCR projects and activities.  He has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Birzeit University and works now for UNRWA at Micro Finance program as a Field Supervisor.

Jane Hilal

Jane has been involved in PCR since 1992. She holds a Master Degree of Science in Environmental Management and is currently the head of Water and Environment Research Department at the Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem (ARIJ). after several years of being busy at work, she decided to share some of her accumulated experience in running and managing projects to help PCR develop its programs.

Johnny Tawil

Johnny has been involved in PCR since 1992. He was among the youth group of the center and have helped organize some of the activities and projects, especially the annual candle procession. Johnny is very active in the community. He is one of the main organizers of a Football Tournament in Beit Sahour known as the Beit Sahour Family Tournament organized on annual basis, where thousands of people from Beit Sahour participate in a family activity.

Mazin Qumsieh

Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh teaches and does research at Bethlehem and occasional other Palestinian universities and colleges. He previously served on the faculties of the University of Tennessee, Duke, and Yale Universities. He and his wife returned to Palestine in 2008 starting a number of institutions and projects such as a clinical genetics laboratory that serves cancer and other patients. They founded (initial personal donation of $250,000) and run (as full time volunteers) the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) and the Palestine Museum of Natural History at Bethlehem University ( Qumsiyeh published over 150 scientific papers on topics ranging from cultural heritage to biodiversity to cancer. His many published books include “Bats of Egypt”, "Mammals of the Holy Land", "Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human rights and the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle" and "Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment". He also published hundreds of articles and letters to the editor and has an activism book published electronically. He gave hundreds of talks in 45 countries around the world. He especially believes in youth empowerment towards social and environmental causes. Qumsiyeh was harassed and arrested for non-violent actions but also received a number of prestigious awards for these same actions ( He and his wife and dozens of other volunteers and staff at PIBS continue to have “Joyful participation in the sorrows of this world” and make a real difference for sustainability of nature and human communities