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Since 2010, Rafiq Husseini has served as Deputy Secretary General for the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean, where he works with 43 Mediterranean member countries on transnational environmental and water issues. In addition to his active professional career, he has volunteered his time to numerous charitable causes. Husseini serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the Yasser Arafat Foundation and a past Trustee of the Arab Thought Forum. He is also a past President of the Palestinian Public Health Association and a past Executive Committee Member of the Palestine Red Crescent Society. 

Rafiq Husseini completed his undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry at the American University of Beirut and earned his PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from the Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. In 1994, Husseini obtained a Master’s degree in Health Management from City University London.

Possessing many notable accomplishments, Rafiq Husseini co-founded the London-based Medical Aid for Palestinians. At present, the medical charity continues to provide superior services to Palestinians. In 1995, Husseini helped create Arabcare Medical Service, PLC, one of the leading private providers of health care services in the West Bank. Two years after its inception, Arabcare was serving over 100,000 patients a year from four locations.

In 1998, Rafiq Husseini was tasked with the establishment of the Palestine Academy of Science & Technology by the Palestinian President and served as Secretary General. The creation of Palestine’s primary science and technology organization is only one of the many lasting contributions Dr. Husseini has made during his three decades in public life. In addition, he founded the Friends of East Jerusalem Hospitals Charity in Jerusalem in 1997, which merged with the Faisal Husseini Foundation in 2005. 

Following Rafiq Husseini’s success in both private business and public charities, the Office of the President of the Palestinian National Authority asked him to serve as Chief of Staff to President Mahmoud Abbas in 2005. For the next five years, Husseini assisted with policy development, administration, and public relations.

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Oct 2010Present

Deputy Secretary General

Union for the Mediterranean


Oct 1975Nov 1978


Loughborough University