Nizar is a trainer on leadership, negotiations, and advocacy with over 20 years of experience across the Middle East and North Africa. Before joining GWU, Nizar was head of Civil Society Partnerships at the Project On Middle East Democracy (POMED) where he built the advocacy capacity of Arab civil society organizations. Before that, he directed the Palestinian Delegation in Washington D.C. Between 2003 and 2008 Nizar advised senior Palestinian leaders including the President, the Prime Minister and various ministries in their negotiations with Israel. Currently, and in addition to teaching negotiations at the Elliot School, Nizar co-founded an online leadership training platform Inspire Leadership School, and is frequently invited by think tanks and the media (Arabic, English) to comment on Middle East affairs.