Sami Awad holds a Masters degree in International Relations, specializing in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the American University in Washington D.C. and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas. During his time in the U.S., he kept very close links with his native homeland of Palestine and always intended to return to play a part in building and developing the Palestinian community. Prior to joining Holy Land Trust, Sami worked with the Palestinian Bible Society in establishing a Biblical Museum in Bethlehem and was responsible for the activities of the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence in Jerusalem. The Center offered seminars and workshops in conflict resolution and democracy and nonviolence. He is married with three beautiful girls.