Before joining 100 Resilient Cities, Samer worked in academia and in the private, public and voluntary sectors across Europe and the Middle East. Most recently, Samer led graduate urban planning education at the University of Brighton in England and was Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Jordan. He also holds a position as Visiting Professor of Real Estate at the Institute of Urban Economy in Lima, Peru. He previously served as Director of Urban Studies at the National Resources Investment and Development Cooperation (Mawared) in Jordan with responsibility for master planning former military sites. Prior to that, he served as Training Programme and Master Plan Coordinator with the Welfare Association in Jerusalem. Samer brings vast experience in urban policy to the 100RC team, specifically in issues related to community planning, regeneration, housing and inclusive design. Samer is a prolific writer and some of his recent published works include Sustainable Regeneration of Former Military Sites (Routledge, 2016) and Beyond Gated Communities (Foreword by Saskia Sassen) (Routledge 2015). Samer is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Trustee of two leading urban planning organizations in London, the Town and Country Planning Association and the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Samer holds a B.A. in Architecture from University College London (UCL), a Masters of Urban Design in Developing Countries from UCL, and a Diploma in International Cooperation from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. He also holds a Ph.D. in Planning Studies from UCL and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.