Bassim Halaby.jpg

Bassim Halaby

Founder and CEO, Benchmark Development, DUSP Alumni

Bassim is the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Benchmark. His vision and direction lead the company to become a key player in the investment, development and management of real estate projects, with a multi-billion dollar portfolio across the MENA region. Prior to Benchmark, Bassim was the co-head of Hines MENA, a global real estate development firm. Back in 1996, he founded Millennium Development, an international company that provides integrated planning, development and project management consulting services. Bassim acted as the chairman and CEO until end of 2006. Bassim also served as the Managing Director of Urban Associates, Chief Planner for the city of Arriyadh, Saudi Arabia, Senior Consultant to Merrill Lynch and the World Bank, as well as Chief Planner for the city of Boston. He is a member of the Board of Directors of several institutions across the United States and the Middle East.