Ramallah’s resilience journey

Perched some 880m above sea level, Ramallah’s name means “God’s Hills.” Located approximately 16km north of Jerusalem in the West Bank, the city was originally established in the mid-1500s, and has been growing as a cosmopolitan city, a cultural and economic hub, and a seat of the Government of the State of Palestine.

Ramallah tested its prosperity, continuity, and identity through several periods of occupation and mass immigration. Today, like other cities in Palestine, Ramallah remains under Israeli occupation, meaning the city lacks control over resources that are crucial for resilience, including mobility, land, and water.

Through Ramallah’s comprehensive Urban Resilience strategy, the city will leverage its assets and capacities to realize its potential to instate better governance practices that ensure citizens’ well-being. Ramallah will build resilience to suppress resource exploitation, striving for a better urban management of its environment, infrastructure, health, and economy, while drawing on its cultural and heritage assets as proven tools for resilience and sustainability.

Meet the Chief Resilience Officer

Ahmed Abu-Laban

City Director, Chief Resilience Officer

Ahmed Abu-Laban has been Ramallah City Director since 2006. Since 2018, he has held the role of Executive CRO to lead the implementation of Ramallah’s first Resilience Strategy.

Ahmed came to these roles with a strong administrative background. He was Executive Director for the First Ramallah Group, before joining Ramallah Municipality in 1999 as the Administrative Director. In addition to his extensive roles in local government, Ahmed is also committed to volunteer work and social activism.

Ahmed holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Birzeit University. He was a Fellow of the Humphrey Fellowship Program at the Humphrey School of Public Administration at the University of Minnesota in 2004–2005.

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