Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat leads the PLO General Delegation to the United States in Washington D.C. He was born in Jericho, Palestine, and obtained a BS in finance from Arizona State University in 1983 and an MBA from Western International University in 1987. In 1993-1998 he worked as spokesman of the Orient House, then the unofficial PLO headquarters in East Jerusalem. He started working for the Palestinian National Authority in 1998, first at the Negotiations Affairs Department (NAD) while serving as its Director-General until March 2008. In 2008-2009, he served as Coordinator-General of the NAD. In 2009, he was appointed chief of the PLO Delegation to the United States.