(1958 - )
Born in Al-Bureij Refugee Camp (Gaza
Strip) in 1958. He currently resides in Nusayrat Refugee Camp in
the Gaza Strip. He is married with three children.
B.S.c. in Mathematics, Mansura University, Egypt
M.Sc. in Mathematics, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Ph.D in Mathematics and Statistics, Purdue University, U.S.A
Dr. Al-Krounz was Dean of the School of Social Science
and the Dean of Student Affairs at Al-Azhar University in Gaza. He later
became the Chairman of the Math and Statistics Department at Islamic
University, Gaza, until 1996.
In 1994, Arafat appointed Dr. Al-Krounz to be the first Palestinian
Authority Minister of Industry. Dr. Al-Krounz held the position
from 1994 - June 2002. In June 2002, the Ministry of Industry (without
portfolio) was moved under Mr. Masri's Cabinet Ministry of Economy and
In 1996, Dr. al-Krounz (Fatah)
was elected to the Palestinian Legislative
Council (parliament) representing Dayr al-Balah.
While Dr. Al-Krounz was the Minister of Industry,
he was involved in the development of the Gaza Industrial Estate, a
state-of-the-art facility for water supply systems, water storage tanks,
and a 2.2 megawatt generator, which was funded through a $500 million
US grant following the 1993 Israeli-Palestinian Peace Accords.
As an elected member of the Palestinian Legislative
Council, Dr. Al-Krounz has been involved with several reform issues.
In October, 1997 Dr. Al-Krounz was appointed by Arafat to a joint ministerial-council
committee to review the fate of 187 PLC resolutions which had largely
been unimplemented by Arafat.
In 2002, while Dr. Al-Krounz was Chairman of the PLC
Budget Committee, he lectured at the Palestinian Independent Commission
for Citizens' Rights (PICCR) on "The Role of the Legislative Committee
in Overseeing Appointments to Public Positions."
Dr. Al-Krounz appears to be a reform minded politician.
Media Center; MiddleEastReference.org.uk; PalestineReport.org; PICCR.org;
dns.usis-israel.org.il, (Novenber 1998)