More about Salma El-Yassir

Director General of the Institute for Palestine Studies

Salma El-Yassir is a management professional with over 25 years of experience in both the private and development sectors. Her most recent position was Director General of the Institute for Palestine Studies, an institute focused on the Middle East conflict. Prior to that, she was the Country Director of the Welfare Association in Lebanon, the largest Palestinian NGO.


Salma is a graduate of the London School of Economics and also has a Master’s in Public Health from the American University in Beirut. She recently completed the mid-career MPA at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she focused on Leadership and Decision Sciences


Salma is equally fluent in both English and Arabic and is culturally adaptive having lived, studied and worked in the Middle East and internationally.