Saeb Muhammad Salih Erekat (also Erakat; Arabic: صائب عريقات Ṣāʼib ʻUrayqāt or ʻRēqāt, born April 28, 1955 in East Jerusalem, Jordan) was the Palestinian chief of the PLO Steering and Monitoring Committee until 12 February 2011. He negotiated the Oslo Accords with Israel and remained chief negotiator from 1995 until May 2003, when he resigned in protest from the Palestinian government. He later reconciled with the party and was re-appointed to the post in September 2003. He is currently part of the 'Israel-Fatah' team negotiating with Israel to establish a de jure Palestinian state.
Saeb Erekat was born on April 28, 1955 in Abu-Dis East Jerusalem, then under Jordanian rule. Born into a famous Muslim family, Erekat is one of seven children, with his brothers and sisters living outside of Israel or the Palestinian Territories. Erekat received a BA and MA in Political Science at San Francisco State University in the United States, and completed his Ph.D. in Peace and conflict studies at Bradford University, England. He is married with twin daughters and two sons.
After gaining his doctorate in peace studies at Bradford, Erekat returned to the West Bank town of Nablus to lecture in Political Science at An-Najah National University and also served for 12 years on the editorial board of the widely-circulated Palestinian newspaper, Al-Quds.