Omar Shaban is an analyst on political economy of the Middle East, ME peace process and EU-Med cooperation. He is independent from any political affiliation. He regularly writes for various international magazines on political and economic issues, and Palestinian affairs such as the reconstruction of Gaza, the reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the Euro-Med cooperation. He is the founder and director of Palthink for Strategic Studies, a think and do tanks in Gaza. Mr Ismail Shaban is a founder of Palestinian groups for Amnesty International, the deputy head of the board of Asala, an association promoting microfinance for women, and a member of the Institute of Good Governance.