Abdel Mohsin Al-Qattan was born in the city of Jaffa in 1929. By the age of 15, he attended the Ayyubid School in Jaffa before enrolling in the Arab College in Jerusalem, which was run by the senior Palestinian educator at that time, Khalil Sakakini. In 1951, he graduated from the American University of Beirut with a degree in Business Administration, and commenced a successful business career. Qattan helped found the Welfare Association, among many other philanthropic roles and interests such as poetry, and Islamic history. In 1994, he launched the Abdel Mohsin Qattan foundation in London, which has funded numerous projects in Palestine in the cultural and educational sector. He received an honorary doctorate degree from Birzeit University for his leading role in building and supporting the Palestinian public institutions that contribute to the development and progress of the Palestinian people.
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