Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans is like a clover- very hard to find but very unique, and once you find it you know just how lucky you are. This is what we have aimed at doing ever since day one; we want to sprinkle pure luck on our politically disturbed country which left countless talented artisans questioning “Where do we get our income from?”
The idea of fair trade in Palestine gave us an opportunity to provide those in need with a field of opportunities promising for a future of a sustainable source of income. This type of positive change requires a devoted Board of Directors, a group of individuals who share this mission at heart. Our Board of Directors were prudently selected from different subdivisions in our community. Our board is assembled of original personalities with great experience and a high sense of dedication.
Co-founder and BOD chairman
Dr. Marwan, co-founder and chairman of our Board of Directors, who was our previous financial consultant. He is a leading figure in our community who was elected as a vice chairman of the Jordan Engineering Association ‘Jerusalem Center’ from 1999-2003. Ever since BFTA started, he has contributed a lot of his time and gained knowledge in order to grow BFTA. His expertise in different fields enables him to sprinkle his wise words and consult us as we embark in our journey into the realm of fair trade.
Mayor of Beit Sahour
Mr. Abdalmasih, the mayor of Beit-Sahour since 2005, is an economical activist and the founder of many important institutions, such as the Union of the Palestinian Textile Industries, and a board member in the General Union of Palestinian Industry. In addition, he is a Board Member of the Water Supply and Sewage Authority Council and a Board Member of the Jerusalem District Electricity Co. LTD.
Mr. Abdalmasih is an active participant in all facets of community life: civil society groups, town educational and cultural activities and the socio- political life. His dedication to the municipal vision and role in serving the community earned him a place on the council and the citizens’ trust and respect. Since assuming his post as a Mayor of Beit Sahour, Mr. Abdalmasih has worked hard to implement projects that serve the city and its inhabitants.
Mr. Karem Mahmoud is an active member of BFTA’s board. He constantly provides BFTA with support and expertise. Karem has a BA in Business Administration and he’s a well-known businessman in Beit Sahour. In 2012, he was elected as a member of Beit Sahour municipal council. Karim is always there to support BFTA’s efforts with his knowledge and expertise.
Ms. Hannan Manoli is a strategic member of BFTA’s board. She is a well-known civil engineer and has a significant experience in projects development . Hannan played a key role in the organizational development of BFTA. With her knowledge and expertise, she constantly supported BFTA’s growth. Not only did Hannan invest with her knowledge, but also with her time and resources. Furthermore, she is a loyal advocate for fair trade and BFTA’s mission.
Asal has a Bachelor's degree in computer science and Master's in educational management, and is yet another member on our board. She has been a teacher at the Latin Patriarchate School since 1987. She is a motivated individual and an active member in our community who cares about making a difference in our world.