John Dabeet

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John Dabeet is married to Abeer, and has nine years old twin boys Nabeel & Anton. John is the Chair of Business Department. In addition, he is the Economics, and Statistics professor at Muscatine Community College, Muscatine, IA.  He was also President of Muscatine Sister Cities Inc. for the past 22 years; Also, Mr. Dabeet is the Co-Chair for EICC Diversity Council for the past four years. He served eight years on the board of the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In addition, he was the Democratic Candidate for Iowa State House four years ago.

During his time as Muscatine Sister Cities President, the organization became the most active chapter in the State of Iowa with nine cities in eight different countries. He worked with local government and Mayor to insure the city donation of a piece of land, which was used to create the International Friendship Park in the City of Muscatine.

John received many national and international awards. The Former Governor the Honorable Terry Branstad and the Iowa House of Representative also recognized John’s work in Citizen Diplomacy. Lately, he was recognized for his work with Palestinian cities from the Honorable Governor of Bethlehem Governorate Jibreen Al-Bakri.

John was elected to serve on Sister Cities International Board of Directors in 2015. He has been a major instrument in creating and encouraging an American-Palestinians Sister Cites relationship.

Statement of Interest

I am running because I believe in serving others and in building bridges among nations. I spent my last thirty-five years volunteering my time in promoting peace among nations. To be civic ambassador is the ultimate satisfaction someone can get.

I have been involved with sister cities program for the past twenty-three years and worked on many agreements between my city and other’s around the globe. I have been busy also with other organizations to promote peace, understanding, and diversity such as the Americans and Palestinians for peace (AMPAL), The Diversity Service Center for Iowa, Muscatine Sister Cities, And also working with several sister cities chapter in United States helping them establish a programs with some Palestinians cities all considered a success.

I have been serving on Sister Cities International Board of Directors since being elected in 2015 and look forward to the opportunity to continue my work in Citizen Diplomacy in the next three years.

Bringing people from different cultures to work together is my ultimate goal and that can be done by serving on Sister Cities International board of Directors.

Skills and Assets

Planning, organizing, decision-making, and problem solving are important for me as a Business professor. In addition, as a civic leader who serves at national and international organizations, I can bring teamwork, communication, listening, and reaching out to anyone who needs my help. I work well with diverse people. Promoting citizen diplomacy and people-to-people approach provided me with unique skills among many citizens of the world.