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Sa’edi Al-Krounz

(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 Trade.

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.

Sources: Palestine Media Center;;;;, (Novenber 1998)