Dr Salman Abu Sitta / Kuwait

• He was born in Beer Sheba in Palestine in 1937.

• In 1964, he earned his PhD in civil engineering from the University of London.

• He wrote a large number of scientific researches in the field of engineering and received numerous awards from the UK Society of Engineers. Abu Sitta also worked as a professor at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, and was an independent member of the PNC from 1974 until 1993, when the Oslo Accords was signed.

• He is a Palestinian historian and is considered one of the most closely ties historians to Palestinian refugees and the right of return. He is the Founder and President of the Palestine Land Society- an independent academic body specialising in research and information documenting Palestinian land and people. He is the head of the Palestinian Cooperation Committee in Geneva and the Refugees Committee in UNRWA.

• He crowned his achievements with the Atlas of Palestine 1917- 1966, which documents the Palestine’s history and geography and includes detailed maps and rare information. It took him nearly 20 years to complete.