Said Abu Hijleh, DAI Country Director in Palestine and Chief of Party of the Small and Medium Enterprise Assistance for Recovery and Transition (SMART) project, is an executive manager and private enterprise development specialist with more than 30 years of experience building economic resilience and creating market linkages for the West Bank and Gaza. Since 1996, Said has been a trusted employee of DAI having served on five large private sector development donor-funded projects, including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Palestinian Enterprise Development (PED), Market Access Program (MAP), the Enterprise Development for Global Competitiveness (Compete) Project, and most recently, the Small and Medium Enterprise Assistance for Recovery and Transition (SMART) project. He also serves as the Country Director for DAI Palestine, leading strategic business ventures in the region.

Said has managed programs for a range of donors such as the World Bank, USAID, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), and the United Nations Development Programme. In his roles, Said led private sector programs to increase the competitiveness of Palestinian companies in various service and manufacturing sectors. His experience advising both the private and the public sector has resulted in improved market linkages for strategic industries, including ICT, the olive oil industry, tourism, security services, and stone and marble. Said has an unparalleled understanding of the development, political, and business climate issues in the West Bank and Gaza having worked in the private sector and donor programs in the region since 1990.



Ingrid Kelling

Ingrid is an Associate Director in DAI U.K.’s Economic Growth business unit, where she specializes in project delivery and technical expertise in sustainable development programs addressing environmental, economic, and social dimensions to create resilient and inclusive communities worldwide.

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