Palestinian entrepreneur Bashar Masri is founder and principal driving force behind Rawabi, the first Palestinian planned city. He serves as Chief Executive Officer and as board member of Bayti Real Estate Investment Company, the firm that launched and continues to develop the growing city.
Masri’s vision of a new Palestinian city originated in 2007. The initiative gained momentum at the 2008 Palestine Investment Conference in Bethlehem, where Masri signed a strategic partnership agreement with the Qataris, the project’s sole investment partner. The intervening years have seen Masri’s dream take flight – the dream of a green, smart city for the 21st century for all Palestinian people offering every conceivable urban amenity and a world-class infrastructure.
Masri also serves as Chairman of the Palestine Development and Investment Company (PEX: PADICO) and is the founder of Massar International, a company he created in 1995 to promote private sector development and economic growth in Palestine.
At the regional level, Masri leads several economically significant investment projects, including affordable housing communities in Morocco, commercial and residential developments in Jordan and a mixed-use real estate project in Egypt.
Named by the World Economic Forum as a "Global Leader of Tomorrow" and ranked among the World's 50 Greatest Leaders in 2018 by Fortune magazine, Masri was featured in a full-length segment on CBS’ 60 Minutes: “Rawabi: One Man’s Vision for a Palestinian Future” (09 December 2019).
Masri also dedicates time to numerous philanthropic and private sector boards, including the Palestine Chess Federation, the Palestine Olympic Committee and An-Najah National University in Nablus. Masri is also a member of the Deans’ Council at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Masri graduated from Virginia Polytechnic University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1983. He worked in Saudi Arabia, the U.S and the U.K. before returning to settle in Palestine.