An award winning architect and development strategist with long experience in both public and private sectors. Akram Abu Hamdan has been a major contributor to bringing foreign direct investment to Jordan and Morocco, and a leading figure in property development. He instigated a number of public-private partnerships and concepts for major projects to include the new Queen Alia International Airport, the Abdali CBD in Amman and the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz City 30 kilometres east of Amman.
As Chairman of the Urban Workshop for 8 years¸ AbuHamdan led his team to produce regional master plans for development zones in various governorates in Jordan including the whole of the Jordan Valley. Also as Chairman of Mawared International, supported by a team of consultants, he presented master plans for the New Marinas in Tangier and Casablanca and for transforming Cap Juby in Morocco into a tourist destination. He has worked closely with Foster+Partners, Gensler, HOK, Arup and BuroHappold.
Among his cultural activities, Abu Hamdan chaired the Development Committee for the Martyrs Memorial in Jordan and led Jordan’s award winning presentations to the Hannover EXPO2000 in Germany and Aichi EXPO2005 in Japan. He has also served on a number of high level committees including the Steering Committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.