Hanan Ashrawi, born in 1946, is member of the PLO’s Executive Committee (EC) where she heads the Department of Culture and Media. She is a member of the Palestinian National Council (PNC) and the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) to which she was elected in 2006 as a member of the Third Way party (with Salam Fayyad), representing Jerusalem.
Ashrawi was a spokesperson for the Palestinian negotiating team during the Madrid Talks from 1991 to 1993, and the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research from 1996 to 1998. She was also the Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Birzeit University. She has founded several Palestinian bodies and institutions, including the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR), the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH), and the Coalition for Accountability and Integrity (AMAN).