Manal Issa is an award-winning practitioner who was born and raised in Damascus, with nearly 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector in Palestine. Manal is currently the Vice President for Advancement at Birzeit University. Her main interests are facilitating learning for development professionals and non-profit leaders; advising organizations on private philanthropy, major giving, and institutionalizing fundraising.
In 2011, she established the first advancement office at Birzeit University; planned fundraising tours and events, raising 66 million USD in the first six years of the establishment; and received the 2015 Silver Circle of Excellence Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education-CASE as Emerging Fundraising Program.
From 1999 to 2008, she led different roles in non-profit organizations in Palestine in various sectors: education, culture, human rights, health, and youth. Her roles focused on multiple aspects of non-profit leadership: executive management, program management, communication, public relations, human resource management, administration, development, and advancement.
Manal holds a master's degree in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University, an MBA from Birzeit University and a BA in English Literature from Damascus University. She currently resides in Palestine.