Our Staff

Our Staff

Dr. Bettina Marx


Dr. Bettina Marx  is the director of the HBS office in Ramallah since September 2015, she is a German journalist with extensive experience working in the Middle East. For more information please press on profile.

Nadeen Karkar

Head of Finance & Administration

Nadeen Karkar joined the Heinrich Boell Foundation team in April 2006 as the Financial Coordinator, and she is currently the Head of Finance & Administration. She holds a BA degree in accounting from Birzeit University, before joining the hbf Nadeen worked as a senior accountant in the Palestinian NGO Women's Affair Technical Committee in Ramallah. Nadeen.karkar@ps.boell.org

Suzan Awwad Abutteen

Suzan Awwad Abutteen

Administrative Coordinator & Webmaster

Suzan Awwad Abutteen is the Administrative Coordinator & Webmaster of the office and joined the team in April 2008. She graduated from the University of Birzeit with a degree in English language and literature in 2003. Previously Suzan worked for five years as an Administrative Assistant at Bisan Center for Research and Development.  Suzan.Awwad@ps.boell.org

Dana Abu Lail

Dana Abu Lail

hbs Program Coordinator, Communication & Visibility Coordinator for the EU project

Dana Abu Lail is the program coordinator for the Environmental Justice program, and the Communication & Visibility Coordinator for the EU Project. She joined the team in December 2010. She holds a Bachelor degree from Bethlehem University in English Language and Literature. She is an ambitious young woman, who is looking forward to develop her experience in environment with Heinrich Boell Foundation. dana.abulail@ps.boell.org

Lama Hourani

Program Coordinator/ Democracy & Human Rights, Policy Analysis Program

Lama Hourani is the Program Coordinator for Democracy & Human Rights, Policy Analysis program. She holds a Master degree in Foreign Trade, She is an activist and community organizer for democracy and women’s rights in Palestine, she has worked with several Palestinian non-governmental organizations including the Palestinian Working Women Society for Development, the Palestinian Hydrology Group, and the Culture and Free Thought Association (women's health centre).   Is a member of the General Assembly of the Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development (PWWSD), and served four years as a member of its administrative board.  Is a member of the general assembly of the Jerusalem Centre for Women (JCW). lama.hourani@ps.boell.org

Maria Fraskou

Maria Fraskou

EU Program Coordinator
Maria Fraskou is the EU Program Coordinator. Maria holds one master's degree on EU Law and one on EU International Relations and Diplomacy. She is currently writing her PhD on the promotion of rule of law in case of illegal annexation of territory, focusing on the Palestinian case. Before joining the team, in March 2016, she was working at the EU Delegation for Gaza Strip and West Bank, managing projects implemented in East Jerusalem, mostly related to youth and women empowerment. Maria is glad to enter into the world of NGOs through the ambitious work of Heinrich Boell Foundation. Maria.fraskou@ps.boell.org.  

Together with the five partners Right to Play (RTP), War Child Holland (WCH) , Sawa, ACAD and ArtLab, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Ramallah & Jordan has launched the EU-funded project on September 1st 2014

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Green Economy is a source of both hope and controversy. For some, it points the way out of permanent environmental and economic crises and promises to reconcile – a long cherished Utopia – ecology and economics. It fosters the hope that we can hang on to our current high standard of material prosperity.

A Space for new Ideas, Discussions and Exchange


The hbs Palestine/ Jordan office in Ramallah opens the doors to its new rooftop conference room. We invite activist groups and NGOs, who share the values of the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, to use the meeting room free of charge. It provides space for around 35 people and includes the possibility to project presentations or films.  It has a wonderful, wide view from Ramallah to Jerusalem.

To schedule meetings or acquire further information, please send an e-mail to info@ps.boell.org or call + 972 2 296 1121
The room is available during our office hours from Saturday to Thursday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
In exceptional cases and with prior agreement meetings are possible outside of the office hours. 

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hbs Brochure

The hbs office in Ramallah opened in 1999. It currently operates as a regional office with responsibility for Palestine and Jordan. The activities of hbs are guided by the fundamental political values of universal human rights, ecology, democracy, solidarity, and non-violence. The hbs office Ramallah is working in close partnership with currently more than 20 local partner organizations in Gaza, East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Jordan.


When women in the Middle East make the headlines, it is usually as victims. Disturbing stories of the so called 'Islamic State' (ISIS) kidnapping and raping tens of thousands of women are sadly often the ones which stick in the Western memory. But there is more to women's political lives in the region than their victimisation and oppression. We decided to look to the future, present and past in this issue, in order to present an alternative narrative which challenges these representations of women.

When ISIS announced the establishment of the so-called ‘Islamic State’ it fuelled discussions as to whether  this would herald  the ‘end of Sykes-Picot’ – borders artificially drawn by the colonial powers at the beginning of the twenti- eth century. But borders are more than ‘lines in the sand’: they divide. While the privileged few may cross legitimately  by simply presenting their passport, for most, these borders present difficult if not insurmountable hurdles. People fleeing from war, climate change  or economic hardship, attempt to cross the Mediterranean but many drown trying.

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