Hanan Ashrawi, born in 1946, is a Palestinian legislator, activist, and scholar. Ashrawi was an important leader during the First Intifada. She served as the official spokesperson for the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East peace process and has been elected numerous times to the Palestinian Legislative Council. She was the first woman elected to the Palestinian National Council. Ashrawi serves on the Advisory Board of several international and local organizations including the World Bank Middle East and North Africa (MENA), United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and the International Human Rights Council.