Salma graduated from The American University in Cairo with a BS in Architectural Engineering. During the fieldwork for her undergraduate studies she encountered an understanding of how cities can shape lives and that to truly cater to people’s need there must be an alignment of interests between all sorts of beneficiaries.
Following her graduation, Salma worked for Dar Al Mimar Group, a local real estate company where she focused on setting development visions by analyzing market needs and how it translates into a fully integrated development. Noting a general pattern to user needs that go beyond buildings, she took a particular interest to public spaces development and projects based on creative economies and cultural frameworks.
Later, she joined Capital Group Properties, where she held diverse responsibilities including design management, cross departmental coordination, financial modeling, budgeting and cash flow management. She worked in both Cairo and Morocco on projects ranging from 10 to 1,200 acres involving residential, retail, hospitality, commercial, cultural and educational components.
Salma joins the MSRED program with the intention of enabling people to shape their cities through the built environment. She is interested in exploring how social and political trends affect the urban and economic development of a country as well as how it translates into the real estate realm. She aspires to reform the typical private entity model to a more socially and economically responsible role towards communities in terms of catering to overlooked segments and innovative frameworks of public-private partnerships.