Academy of Distinguished Alumni
Nabil Hani Qaddumi
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982
MS, Stanford University, 1977
BS, University of Texas at Austin, 1976
Nabil Qaddumi has combined academics and business ingenuity throughout his successful career. He combines private and public sector roles as is Chairman of Projacs International, the region's leading Arab project management firm, Palestine's Governor at the Board of Governors of the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, and a board member of the Institute for Palestine Studies. He is also Chairman of Safwan Petroleum Technologies Co and Safwan Enviro-Chem Technologies Co.
Nabil started undergraduate studies at the American University of Beirut but came to The University of Texas at Austin because of the unstable situation in Lebanon. His performance here was remarkable. He then moved to Stanford University and MIT specializing in construction management. Upon graduation with a PhD, he was appointed as Assistant Professor at the Civil Engineering Department at Kuwait University.
While teaching and researching, he was involved in many other professional and consulting activities, including establishing his own company in project management in construction management, Projacs International, which became the leading regional project management company in the Arab world.
On behalf of governmental and private clients, independently and in joint venture with international firms, the company manages projects whose total construction value exceeds $10B, primarily in the Arabian Gulf countries. The company started with a staff of three and it now maintains a professional staff of over 600 employees from 24 different countries.
Nabil dedicates much of his time to giving back, especially in the area of education. He established a scholarship fund in the name of his father. The Hani Qaddumi Scholarship Foundation (HQSF) was created in 2001 as a not-for-profit foundation. HQSF believes in the power of education and philanthropy to revitalize Palestine. The Foundation assists outstanding Palestinian students to achieve their educational goals and to contribute to the development of their country.
In the public service domain, he is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Welfare Association, which builds on a legacy born in 1983 with a steadfast commitment to improving the quality of life for Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, 1948 Areas and Lebanon. He also is Deputy Chairman of the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture.
Inducted October 24, 2014