Dr. Jihad Khalil Al Wazir was appointed Governor and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Palestine Monetary Authority (PMA) in 2008 and was re-appointed for another four-year term in 2012.
Governor Alwazir is the founder and Chairman of the Palestine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) established in 2013. He also chairs the National Palestinian Anti Money Laundering Committee, serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Arab American University-Jenin and is a member of the board of the Palestine Investment Fund.
Served in several senior positions in the private and public sectors. He was at various stages in his career: A member of the board of the Palestine Monetary Authority and later Deputy Governor, Acting Minister and Deputy Minister of Finance, Assistant Deputy Minister and Permanent Secretary General of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation.
He was also a member of numerous Boards of Directors in the public and private sectors including the Palestinian Industrial and Free Trade Zones Agency (PIFZA), Chairman of the National Road Accident Insurance fund, and member of the board of the Capital Markets Authority.
He is the founder of the Palestinian Domain and was also the Chairman of the first board of directors of the Palestinian National Internet Naming Authority (PNINA). In 1995 he founded the Palestine Trade Centre (a member of World Trade Association) and was elected as a member of Board of Directors for the Palestinian Businessmen Association. He was the Middle East coordinator for the World Economic Forum - Davos, Switzerland “Transition to Peace” Initiative from1998-2000.
Dr. Al Wazir developed the PMA’s international network of relationships that assisted the Palestinian banking system in maintaining operation in the West Bank and Gaza under very difficult circumstances. The network includes the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, ECB, FATF, EU, EC, US Treasury, Bank of Israel, Central Banks of Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Norway, Italy and Sweden’s Riksbank.
Dr. Al Wazir holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Loughborough University in the U.K. 2001 and is married to Judge Thuraya Judi and they have three sons.