Khaled Kilani, born on 21 February 1951, was ranked among the first ten achievers in the general secondary certificate at the time. In 1973 he graduated with a BSc in electrical engineering (computer science and automatic control) from the University of Alexandria in Egypt and became the first computer engineer in Jordan. During the early years of his career, he had the opportunity to study systems engineering and analysis in the United States while being a young officer in the Jordanian Armed Forces.
In 1979, he co-founded his first company, CEB, one of the few software development houses in the Middle East at the time and the first IT company to go public in the region. He always focused on business ideas that created local value. Later on, he went on to found and co-found another 20+ companies with the same principle. In his career, he also focused on bringing in and localizing new business concepts and international best practice to our region. This was always accompanied with the urge to instill knowledge in our education system.
During his 37 years working in business systems, he was met with the tremendous gap between the outputs of our education systems and the required human resources. Although, in his companies, he identified this gap and worked on bridging it through continuous education and training of his staff, he felt a strong need to create methods to improve the education system and bring in best practice to local organizations to bring our organizations with the advanced world. At Palma, Mr. Kilani is now growing a regional business management consulting firm that accesses international best practice and localizes it to fit the needs of the region. Through its focus on global knowledge and local understanding, Palma has the mission to build internal capacity to ensure the implementation of world-class strategies and continuous improvement business processes and management systems. This fosters Khaled’s belief in institutionalization and creating a renaissance in the Arab and Muslim world. Hence “Nahdat” was born..