Basic Info

Mohammad Abou Samra

More than 15 years

Cairo Governorate, Egypt

Master's Degree

Senior Management

Work Experience

Founding member, Architect, Urban Planner and Community Development Specialist – Programmes Manager at Takamol Foundation for Integrated and Sustainable Development

Experience Details

Founding member, Architect, Urban Planner and Community Development Specialist – Programmes Manager

Operations/Management

Manager

Worked through Takamol Foundation for Sustainable Development as a founding member and core expert. Work included working as a deputy team leader for the project “Capacity Development for Urban Upgrading Units staff in Cairo, Giza and Qalioubia Governorates – Package 2: Community Participation and Involvement”, as consultants to Participatory Development Programme (PDP), GIZ, Egypt. Work also included participation in the international competition for the urban re-planning and architectural design of Maspero Triangle, Cairo, Egypt, as a member of an Egyptian-German consortium. In addition to participating in and conducting various projects, seminars, lectures, training courses, etc. Our role was mainly coordination among the 5 entities, the Development of a profitable social and environmental management model for the entire development plan, creating a business model appealing to the three parties of the development process: People, Public sector, and Private sector and ISDF (Informal Settlements Development Facility) - ARE


Company Details

Takamol Foundation for Integrated and Sustainable Development

Cairo, Egypt

1-10 employees

Non-Profit Organizations, Training and Coaching, Management Consulting

www.takamolfoundation.org

Feb 2011 to present (5 years 10 months)
Founding member, Architect, Urban Planner and Community Development Specialist – Volunteer CEO at MIDAN Association for upgrading and managing public spaces – Places for Life

Experience Details

Founding member, Architect, Urban Planner and Community Development Specialist – Volunteer CEO

Project/Program Management, Creative/Design/Art, Operations/Management

Senior Management (e.g. VP, CEO)

Midan is a multidisciplinary group which was founded in the wake of the Egyptian revolution to actively work on enhancing urban spaces and transform them into liveable places. MIDAN works in a participatory manner on the sustainable development and management of urban space to transform it into a vibrant place that meets the needs of users and the community.


Company Details

MIDAN Association for upgrading and managing public spaces – Places for Life

Cairo, Egypt

11-50 employees

Non-Profit Organizations

www.midanegypt.org

Mar 2011 to present (5 years 9 months)
Urban Planning and Community Development Specialist at UN-Habitat Egypt Office

Experience Details

Urban Planning and Community Development Specialist

Operations/Management

Manager

Worked as an urban planning and community development specialist and project manager for two projects regarding women safety in public spaces; one is “Safe Cities Free of Violence Against Women and Girls”, a joint project with UN-Women and other UN agencies, and the other project is “Because I Am A Girl – Urban Programme”, with Plan International and Women In Cities International. Managed also “Public Space and the Right to the City” project funded by Ford Foundation, with activities related to “Safe Cities” project, including creating safe community spaces accessible by women and other vulnerable community groups, and managed by the community. Also worked as a project manager for “Human Security through Socio-economic Development in Upper Egypt” project, a joint project with UNIDO, ILO, IOM and UN-Women, funded by UN Trust Fund for Human Security and the Swiss Embassy. The project is implemented in 5 mother villages with their satellite villages in El Edwa and Maghagha districts (Markaz) in Minya Governorate, Upper Egypt.
Participated in a process for re-formulating UN-Habitat Egypt project office into a programmatic structure, leading “Housing and Urban Upgrading” programme. The activities included formulating the programme’s framework and mandate, work towards establishing new projects under the framework of the programme, and establishing connections and cooperative frameworks with relevant stakeholders related to the programme mandate, including the Ministry of Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements and other governmental and non-governmental stakeholders.


Company Details

UN-Habitat Egypt Office (multinational)

Cairo, Egypt

11-50 employees

Management Consulting, Architectural and Design Services, Environmental Services

www.unhabitat.org

Jul 2012 to Feb 2015 (2 years 7 months)
Project Manager at Serry Design

Experience Details

Project Manager

Creative/Design/Art, Engineering - Construction/Civil/Architecture, Operations/Management

Manager

Worked as project manager for “Porto Tartous” project, a residential, commercial and recreational high-rise compound in Tartous, Syria, consultants to Amer Group. Scope of work included design development and preparing working drawings, with coordination with structural and electro mechanical works consultants, in addition to interior design for the public areas in the residential towers.


Company Details

Serry Design

Cairo, Egypt

11-50 employees

Architectural and Design Services

N/A

Aug 2011 to Apr 2012 (8 months)
Urban Development Expert at German International Cooperation GIZ - Participatory Development Programme PDP

Experience Details

Urban Development Expert

Project/Program Management, Operations/Management

Experienced (Non-Manager)

Scope of work included the development and dissemination of participatory development tools and methodologies and knowledge management, through experience exchange and packaging & publishing former experiences of the program.
The fields of work are as follows:
- Tools and methods: Developing conceptual framework for dealing with informal areas on the local (districts), regional (governorates) and national (ministerial) level. The main products are toolkit packaging the tools and mechanisms for dealing with informal areas, Guidelines for decision-makers for dealing with informal areas, in addition to manuals for applying participatory development tools.
- Experience exchange: Exploring new ideas, approaches and experiences in dealing with informal areas and adapting the approach, networking with other national and international experts and agencies, and exposure in order to help adopting and disseminating the participatory approach for dealing with informal areas.


Company Details

German International Cooperation GIZ - Participatory Development Programme PDP (multinational)

Cairo, Egypt

11-50 employees

Management Consulting, Non-Profit Organizations, Renewables and Environment

www.egypt-urban.net

Feb 2008 to Jan 2011 (2 years 11 months)
Projects Manager at Integrated Development Group IDG

Experience Details

Projects Manager

Creative/Design/Art, Operations/Management, Engineering - Construction/Civil/Architecture

Manager

Worked as a core team member and head of work team for design, working drawings, workshop drawings, 2d/3d presentations and technical offers for several projects, including strategic , master and detailed planning for cities, villages, new communities, low–cost housing and industrial zones, in addition to participatory upgrading for informal areas and upgrading of historical cities. The scope of architecture includes various residential (luxurious and low-cost), educational, recreational and administrative projects, in addition to interior design and rehabilitation for various types of buildings. Projects are located in several areas in Egypt and KSA.


Company Details

Integrated Development Group IDG

Cairo, Egypt

1-10 employees

Architectural and Design Services

N/A

Jan 2005 to Nov 2007 (2 years 10 months)
Senior Architect / Urban Planner at ADAPT Egypt

Experience Details

Senior Architect / Urban Planner

Creative/Design/Art, Project/Program Management, Engineering - Construction/Civil/Architecture

Experienced (Non-Manager)

Worked with arch. Hany El-Miniawy as a core team member and head of work team for design, working drawings, workshop drawings and 2d/3d presentations for several projects in several fields, such as urban and regional planning, participatory urban upgrading, urban harmony, landscaping, architectural design and interior design, for several residential (luxurious and low-cost), administrative, recreational, cultural and historical projects. Adopting through the previous fields the trends and techniques of appropriate architecture (green, environmentally friendly and socially / culturally appropriate) and reviving local traditional architectural forms, materials and techniques.


Company Details

ADAPT Egypt

Cairo, Egypt

1-10 employees

Architectural and Design Services, Engineering Services, Environmental Services

N/A

Dec 1996 to Dec 2004 (8 years)
Founder / Manager at Shadow

Experience Details

Founder / Manager

Creative/Design/Art, Engineering - Construction/Civil/Architecture

Manager

Founded and managed my own private office for architectural design, working drawings and 2d/3d colored presentations for several projects in Egypt. In many cases with coordination with major offices, consultants and companies


Company Details

Shadow

Cairo, Egypt

1-10 employees

Architectural and Design Services

N/A

Aug 1996 to Aug 2000 (4 years)
Urban Planner at Scale

Experience Details

Urban Planner

Creative/Design/Art, Engineering - Construction/Civil/Architecture

Experienced (Non-Manager)

Worked with Dr. Hassanein Abu Zeid as a senior planner in several planning and urban design projects, mainly master and detailed plans for several new cities and communities in the desert, as consultant to the Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities in Egypt.


Company Details

Scale

Cairo, Egypt

1-10 employees

Architectural and Design Services

N/A

Aug 1995 to Dec 1996 (1 year 4 months)
Architect at Studio for Egyptian Contemporary Architecture

Experience Details

Architect

Creative/Design/Art

Entry Level

Worked with arch. Gamal Amer, one of the students of arch. Hassan Fathi, in architectural design, working drawings and 2d/3d presentations for several residential and cultural buildings, using the gained experience for designing and building with local materials and with traditional methods & traditions, adopting the philosophy of arch. Hassan Fathi.


Company Details

Studio for Egyptian Contemporary Architecture

Cairo, Egypt

1-10 employees

Architectural and Design Services

N/A

Aug 1995 to Mar 1996 (7 months)
Architect at ARID

Experience Details

Architect

Creative/Design/Art

Entry Level

Worked with Dr. Ahmed Mito as a core team member for design, working drawings and presentations for several projects including residential, commercial, recreational and administrative buildings, using the ultra-modern trends in architectural design.


Company Details

ARID

Cairo, Egypt

1-10 employees

Architectural and Design Services

N/A

Nov 1994 to Aug 1995 (9 months)
Founder / Manager at SCADD

Experience Details

Founder / Manager

Engineering - Construction/Civil/Architecture

Manager

Founded and managed my own private office, for Computer Aided Design and Drafting and Engineering services (Existing)


Company Details

SCADD

Cairo, Egypt

1-10 employees

Architectural and Design Services, Engineering Services

N/A

Aug 1994 to Aug 1995 (1 year)
Architect at Consultants Group International CGI

Experience Details

Architect

Creative/Design/Art

Entry Level

Core team member for design, working drawing, and presentation for number of residential, commercial, recreational and administrative projects in Egypt, UAE and Qatar.


Company Details

Consultants Group International CGI (multinational)

Cairo, Egypt

1-10 employees

Architectural and Design Services

N/A

Aug 1994 to Nov 1994 (3 months)

Education

MBA in Project Management

Education Details

MBA

Project Management

Nixon University, United States

A / Excellent / 85 -100%

N/A

N/A

Nixon University
2014 - 2014
BSc in Architecture and Urban Planning

Education Details

BSc

Architecture and Urban Planning

Faculty of engineering, Ain Shams University, Egypt

C / Good / 65 - 75%

N/A

N/A

Faculty of engineering, Ain Shams University
1989 - 1994
High School - Thanaweya Amma

High School Details

Thanaweya Amma

Palestine Secondary School

Kuwait

1989

A / Excellent / 85 -100%

N/A

Palestine Secondary School
1989
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Languages

Arabic

Arabic

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English

English

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Tools and Technologies

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office

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More than 7 years

AutoCAD

AutoCAD

: Expert

: Extreme - I love it!

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More than 7 years

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop

: Expert

: Extreme - I love it!

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More than 7 years

Adobe Indesign

Adobe Indesign

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5-7 years

Fields of Expertise

Upgrading of Public Spaces

Upgrading of Public Spaces

: Expert

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5-7 years

Urban Management

Urban Management

: Expert

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5-7 years

Place-making

Place-making

: Expert

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More than 7 years

Rural Development

Rural Development

: Expert

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More than 7 years

Participatory Development

Participatory Development

: Expert

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More than 7 years

Governance

Governance

: Expert

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More than 7 years

Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning

: Expert

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More than 7 years

Informal Areas Upgrading

Informal Areas Upgrading

: Expert

: Extreme - I love it!

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More than 7 years

Architecture

Architecture

: Expert

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More than 7 years

Urban Planning

Urban Planning

: Expert

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More than 7 years

Urban Development

Urban Development

: Expert

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More than 7 years

Integrated Development

Integrated Development

: Expert

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More than 7 years

Capacity Building

Capacity Building

: Expert

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More than 7 years

Project Management

Project Management

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More than 7 years

Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development

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More than 7 years

Urban Upgrading

Urban Upgrading

: Expert

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More than 7 years

Green Architecture

Green Architecture

: Expert

: Extreme - I love it!

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More than 7 years

Local Economic Development

Local Economic Development

: Advanced

: Extreme - I love it!

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5-7 years

Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation

: Advanced

: Extreme - I love it!

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More than 7 years

Key Skills

Analytical, Planner, Presenter, Creative, Innovative

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