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Tuesday16 January 2018

President Bio


Mr. Maher Abdelqader, CCM, President of the Arab American Association of Engineers, Architects &Its – Tristate.

Mr. Abdelqader:  holds a master degree in civil engineering and a degree in construction management.  He is an alumnus of NYU, New York and the University of New Haven, Connecticut.  Currently, he is a Project Manager with the MTA Bridges & Tunnels Authority in the Engineering & Construction Department, responsible for multi-million dollar capital and maintenance programs.  In addition, he was also an adjunct professor at St. Johns University in Jamaica - , Queens/ New York.  In June 24, 2010 Mr. Abdelqader was honored by NYC Council where he was presented by the Council proclamation. 

Mr. Abdelqader is the Current President of AAAEA- Tristate.  Mr. Abdelqader served as the east coast representative of the National Executive Committee for the National Arab American Association of Engineers & Architects, AAAE&A for the years 2007 to 2008.  He is co-founder of the AAAE&A-Tri State and served on its board, co-founded the Palestinian American Congress, PAC – USA in 1995 and served as its National President, Chairman of the Board and VP between the years of 1995 – 2003.    Mr. Abdelqader also facilitated the appearance of former President Bill Clinton as the key-note speaker in PAC’s 3rd Annual Convention in Washington, DC in May of 1998.

Mr. Abdelqader served as chairman of the board of the American Friends of Palestine organization from 1989 to 1994, a prominent member of the National Policy Council of the Arab American Institute from1995 to1999, and a member of the Palestinian delegation to the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the United Nations in 1995.  In 2005, he was appointed as an advisor and member to the State of Palestine delegation to the International Parliamentary Conference held at United Nations headquarters in NYC.   

Mr. Abdelqader is a co-founder of the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS), established in 1980, and president of GUPS-NY chapter from 1981 to 1983.  He has been an instrumental facilitator in the creation of a multitude of Arab student clubs in universities throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts states in the 1980’s as well. 

Mr. Abdelqader has met with US Secretary of State, John Kerry and National Security Advisor, Susan Rice in the White House in August 2013. former President Bill Clinton in the White House August 6, 1996, and February 18, 2000 to discuss issues pertinent to our community as well as issues regarding prospects of peace in the Middle East.  Mr. Abdelqader had several meetings in the White House and the US State Department where he met Mr. Sandy Burger, National Security Advisor, Vice President Al Gore and other key leaders.  Mr. Abdelqader had meetings with several world leaders, i.e., President Yasser Arafat and President Mahmoud Abbass of Palestine, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, former New York Governor George Pataki, Senator Charles Schumer, former Assistant Secretary of State Bill Burns, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Secretary of the Arab League Amr Musa, and Prince Crown Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, to name but a few.

He has been interviewed by and appeared on most major American radio and television stations: CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, NY- Channel 1 News, Fox, BBC / English, RT, Russian Arabic TV as well as Japanese news outlets.  He has been interviewed by and appeared on Arabic radio and television stations as well: Al-Jazeera, ART, Monte Carlo /Arabic, BBC / Arabic, and Sawt Philistine/ Ramallah.  Mr. Abdelqader has been a lecturer at Columbia University, CUNY Graduate Center, Rodgers University, Torah Academy, and the Beirzeit Society. 

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