Cambridge, MA – Former Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter will join the Harvard Kennedy School as the Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. As Secretary of Defense, Carter, a physicist, became known for pushing the Pentagon to “think outside its five-sided box” in order to transform the way the military fought adversaries and strengthened alliances, managed its budget and talent, developed its technology, and more. He will now lead the Belfer Center’s programs and will focus his scholarship on the role of innovation and technology in addressing challenges at home and around the world.
A seminar with Bashar Masri, Chairman of the Board of Massar International. Mr. Masri will discuss Rawabi, the first Palestinian planned city and the largest private sector undertaking of any kind in Palestinian history.
About Bashar Masri:
Named by the World Economic Forum as a "Global Leader of Tomorrow", Bashar Masri is Chairman of the Board of Massar International, which he founded in 1994 to realize his vision for private sector development as the path ("massar" in Arabic) to Palestinian economic development and growth. He actively promotes Palestinian private sector business opportunities to companies and individuals across the globe.
Mr. Masri is the visionary and catalyst behind Rawabi, the first Palestinian planned city and the largest private sector undertaking of any kind in Palestinian history. Rawabi, as the cornerstone of a new, modern and viable Palestinian society, has garnered the attention of world leaders and business pioneers.
Mr. Masri also founded and manages Palestine's first private equity fund, the Siraj Palestine Fund and serves on the boards of numerous private companies and philanthropic organizations. Mr. Masri spearheaded large and economically significant investment projects across the MENA region and, in the past decade, has launched a diverse range of Palestinian start-ups in the fields of journalism, financial services, communications, advertising and information technology.