Lana Abu-Hijleh became the Country Director for Global Communities-West Bank and Gaza in 2003. Before joining Global Communities, Lana was Assistant Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program for the Palestinian People (UNDP/PAPP) for 17 years. She fulfilled a series of technical and policy development roles with progressively increasing responsibility.
Lana is the first woman to join the Board of Directors of the Palestine Investment Fund (PIF) and the Bank of Palestine Group, promoting gender equality and youth engagement in the private sector. She is a fellow of the Aspen Institute Middle East Leadership Initiative, through which she launched the globally acclaimed Youth Local Councils (YLCs) Initiative. She is the 2017 winner of the prestigious John P. McNulty Prize for leadership. Lana is the founder and Chairwoman of SHIAM-Youth Make the Future organization and Intersect-Innovation Hub, which aims to support the Palestinian innovation ecosystem. She is a member of the Palestinian Businesswomen Forum, the global Young Presidents Organization (YPO/WPO), and the Palestinian highly acclaimed dance troupe El-Funoun. In 2015, the BBC named Lana one of the 100 most inspirational women in the world for the positive example and the hope she provides for young Palestinians.