His Excellency Riyad Al Malki was appointed in 2009 as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates for Palestine. In 2016 he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Palestinian Agency for International Cooperation (PICA). He previously served as Minister of Information, as well as Spokesperson for the Palestinian Government, from 2007 to 2009. In 2007 he was also the Minister of Justice. In 1991 he founded the Panorama Foundation for the Dissemination of Democracy and served as Director General till 2007. Between 1981 and 1996 he was a Lecturer and Head of Civil Engineering Department at Birzeit University. His Excellency holds a bachelor’s, master’s and PhD in Civil Engineering from the Pontifical University of Xavier Colombia and NYU Tech respectively.