Bashar Masri

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Bashar Masri with U.S. Trade and Development Agency Director Leocadia Zak and an architect at the Rawabi site

Bashar Masri (Arabic: بشار مصري‎) is a Palestinian American entrepreneur, born in Nablus, Palestinian territories in 1961 and raised there,[1][2] educated in Egypt and the United States. Trained in chemical engineering[3] and with a background in management consulting, Bashar moved back to Ramallah from the Washington, D.C. area in the mid-1990s,[4] establishing himself in Ramallah. He was the founder and first publisher of the Palestinian daily newspaper Al-Ayyam.[5] A successful businessman, Bashar is CEO of Massar International,[6] which engages in a variety of business activities across the Middle East, North Africa, and Eastern Europe.

Bashar is the founder and managing director of Bayti Real Estate Investment Company. Bayti, jointly-owned by Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company and Massar International, was created to build Rawabi, the first Palestinian planned city and the cornerstone of a new, modern, viable Palestinian society.[7][8] This ambitious undertaking is the largest project and by far the largest private sector investment in Palestine’s history.[9][10]

He is a chemical engineer with more than 25 years of international experience in industrial management, international trade development and management consulting. In addition to his professional work. Bashar is the current Palestinian Chapter Chairman of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO).[11]

In recent years, Bashar spearheaded a number of regionally significant real estate initiatives including low and middle income housing projects in Morocco, commercial and residential properties in Jordan, and a tourism real estate project in Egypt. He also serves as an advisor and board member on numerous private and philanthropic organizations.[12]

He was named as a "Global Leader of Tomorrow" [13] by the World Economic Forum. In addition to Massar, Bashar has been instrumental in creating new Palestinian businesses in the fields of journalism, financial services, communications, advertising, and information technology. He played a pivotal role in establishing the first investment fund dedicated to the growth of the Palestinian private sector.[14]

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