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Saleem F. Zaru (Executive Director)

Prior to joining UPA as executive director, Saleem F. Zaru, an architect and city and regional planner, was a homebuilder and a developer. For twenty-six years, he managed large-scale projects, established start-up companies, and set up efficient and comprehensive business process management systems for several companies.

After maintaining an architectural practice for ten years and teaching architecture for eight, in 1994, he co-founded Shahrazad Homes Ltd. and Shahrazad Mortgage Inc., the first homebuilding company with a long-term mortgage financing arm in Palestine.

Since 1991, he has lived in Maryland, where he founded and managed residential and commercial development companies.