Center for Local Governance
Dr. Zahir Othman heads the Center and oversees the work of all departments. Dr. Zahir is an architect with extensive experience in the Kingdom’s public and private sectors.
He worked for 16 years at the Arriyadh Development Authority, the development and planning authority of the capital of Saudi Arabia, where he was the Director General for Planning and Programs. He then co-established al Turath (Heritage) Foundation and worked as its Director General for 16 years. He managed the restoration of numerous historic buildings in Saudi Arabia and produced several publications on Saudi heritage. In 2010,
Dr. Zahir established Tarah International, a publishing, PR and events management company. He then worked as the Secretary General of Al Muallem Mohammad bin Laden Centre for Knowledge and Education, a center that extends support to academic institutions in Saudi Arabia and abroad.
Zahir A. Othman
Ph. D. PLANNING, Department of Architecture, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1992. Thesis: the development of city centers in Saudi Arabia.
B. Sc. ARCHITECTURE, College of Architecture, Ar-Riyadh University, Saudi Arabia 1981.
18 August 2015
Centre for Local Governance, Prince Sultan University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
30 November 2010
Tarah International, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
30 November 2010- 31 August 2018
Al Muallem Mohammad bin Laden Centre for Knowledge and Education.
30 November 2010- 19 February 2011
MEMBER OF THE BOARD AND MANAGING SUPERVISOR
The Saudi Heritage Preservation Society, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
16 July 1996- 30 November 2010
Al-Turath Foundation, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 22 February 1994 – 16 July 1996
DIRECTOR GENERAL, PLANNING AND PROGRAMS
Ar-Riyadh Development Authority (ADA), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
٢ 1984-22 February 1994
DIRECTOR, PROJECT PLANNING AND ARCHITECTURE, PLANNING AND STUDIES, URBAN AND CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
Ar-Riyadh Development Authority (ADA).
13 March 1981 - 1984.
PROJECT PLANNER, CHIEF ARCHITECT AND ENGINEER
Bureau for the Project of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Diplomatic Quarter. Personal Data Place of birth: Al-Madinah, Saudi Arabia. Date of birth: 13 March, 1958.
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