Izzat Abdulhadi was the founding director of Bisan Center for Research and Development, a leading Palestinian NGO engaged in sustainable human development, strengthening Palestinian civil society, human rights promotion and policy research and advocacy.
Born in Nablus Palestine, Izzat was 10 years of age when the West Bank was occupied by Israel. As a teenager and adult, he was involved in voluntary committees and other community-based initiatives engaged in non-violent civil action against the occupation.
Following the Oslo Agreements in 1993, Izzat was a co-founder of the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO), was involved in the formation of the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), and held a range of positions on NGO boards in Palestine.
In 2006, Izzat was appointed the diplomatic representative of Palestine to Australia, holding the positions of Ambassador of the State of Palestine and Head of the General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, NewZealand and the Pacific.