Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed, a resident of the Sur Bahir neighborhood in southeastern Jerusalem, has been selected by public tender to become deputy chief scientist of the Science, Technology and Space Ministry, ministry director-general Ido Sharir announced on Monday.
A few years ago, the ministry’s deputy chief scientist was an Israeli Arab from the North.
Abu Hamed, a chemical engineer who competed against two other candidates, is replacing Dr. Victor Weiss who is retiring. Abu Hamed was educated in eastern Jerusalem schools, and he received his first three academic degrees in Turkey.
He was praised for his “proven record of scientific activity and the integration of research in the field with many scientific publications.”
In 2013, Abu Hamed joined the Science Ministry in the field of engineering and applied science and ran an operation involving 23 research projects totaling NIS 29 million. At the same time, he started studying for a second master’s degree in public policy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has published more than 40 scientific articles and received scholarships and awards for his work, including the Dan David Prize for social responsibility and environmental quality.
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