Industry: Banking & Finance
Having fled his homeland at the onset of the Arab-Israeli war in 1948, businessman and entrepreneur Zahi Khouri is today an outspoken critic of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.
He was a refugee in Lebanon before moving to Germany to study and then to the US in 1967, where he started his career in international business. He returned to Palestine in 1994 and establish several business ventures and is now known for his successful entrepreneurship. As well as being CEO of Jawwal, the first Palestinian telco, he also helped established the largest Palestinian investment firm, Palestinian Development and Investment Co (PADICO), the Palestinian National Beverage Company, which manufactures and markets Coca-Cola products under official franchise in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Khouri often voices his concern over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has written numerous opinion pieces for major US newspapers.