Umbrella Organization

The umbrella organization of Sounds of Palestine is Katharina-Werk Basel, a Christian ecumenical community with an interreligious orientation which was founded in 1913. Interreligious encounter and peace-building both in Switzerland and abroad are the main part of its activities. As an accredited charitable organization it guarantees the proper use of donations.

Katharina-Werk Basel is officially registered as an international organization in Palestine and maintains a legal representative office in Palestine where it is represented by Saher Khair, who is also the Senior Program Manager of Sounds of Palestine, and by Bisher Qassis as the Deputy Representative.
The treasurer of Katharina-Werk Palestine Branch is Jamal Abu Farha.

Saher Khair, Representative

Saher Khair was born in Bethlehem, Palestine, and completed his BA degree in Physiotherapy in 2011 at Bethlehem University. He continued his studies and completed a professional diploma degree in Career Counseling in 2013.

Saher had been working as a Career Guidance Coordinator at Bethlehem University since 2013 and in parallel as a manager of career services office at Salesian Technical School from 2016 to 2019. He was a youth activist and in 2017 he was a coordinator for youth council in Beit Sahour municipality. He also established student councils in the schools of Beit Sahour and he was a trainer and supervisor at Care4you organization, with the focus on engaging students in society with the aim of social change and development.

While working, he continued his studies and received a MA in social work from Bethlehem University in 2022, with a focus on leading community institutions towards achieving development and social change.

Bisher Qassis, Deputy Representative

Bisher was born in Bethlehem and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from the Arab American University. Since 2016 he is head of Human Resources, Information Technology Department and Managing Director at the Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem.

He worked at the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem as a web developer and head of communication officer between 2007-2016.

Bisher is also a violinist. He studied music at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music and teaches violin at different institutions. In addition to this he is also a freelance software developer.

Jamal Abu Farha, Treasurer

Jamal was born in Bethehem and completed his BA degree in Accounting at the Bethlehem University in 2011. He works as Senior Partner at AlShayeb Auditing & Accountancy Co. and as Due Diligence & Audit Director at Invest Palestine. Since 2017 he is a Palestinian Certified Public Accountant and an Independent International Auditor in Empacta Group. In addition to his work, he is enrolled as master student for Businesss Law at the Palestine Ahliyah University.