the international professional level, Dr. Zahran
has contributed to many international projects
as an Expert and Consultant, especially to various
United Nations organs like UNESCO, UNDP, UNEP,
UNCHS , UNICEF, ECUA, ESCWA, UNCHBP. His work
has earned him many international and local
honorable prizes. Besides this he has also been
a member of many international and local juries
for architectural and urban development competitions.
He has authored many book on architecture and
urban planning in both Arabic and English.
,Dr. Zahran has received many national and international
awards in honor of his achievements, including
the Medal of Distinction of the First Order
from Egypt for his work on Alexandria Planning,
as well as the French "Legion d'Honour"
for his work on the Bibliotheca Alexandria Project.
He is a member of several professional and civic
,Being appointed as advisor to the president
of Alexandria University for the revival of
the Ancient Library of Alexandria Project D.
Zahran was chosen as Reporter of the Preparatory
Committee for the establishment of the Project
at the University. He served on the Committee
for the preparation of the Architectural Brief
for the International Competition for the Design
of the Library. He served as Deputy Chairman
of the International Jury for the International
Competition for the Architectural Design of
the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina .
he was appointed as Executive Director of the
General Organization for the Alexandria Library
(GOAL) in February 1989, according to presidential
Decree 523/88, which established the General
Organization of the Alexandria Library. In 1992,
Dr. Zahran was appointed Deputy Project Manager
for the Bibliotheca Alexandria Project, to represent
the Egyptian Government in the Project execution
and implementation. In June 1995, he became
the acting Project Manager upon the retirement
of the Project Manager appointed by UNESCO,
thus carrying out the full duties of two positions.
He helped in the organization of international
meeting, especially for the first meeting of
the international Commission at Aswan on 12
his tenure as Deputy Project Manager, and then
Project Manager, he represented the Owner in
the preparation for the execution for the award
of the contracts for the Design and Engineering
of the building, as well as in the Preparations
for and the Decision Making Committee for the
Tender Actions for Phase # 1 and Phase # 2 construction
activities. His work including overseeing and
monitoring the execution for the contracts,
making sure the Contract Conditions were honored,
the payment of invoices are made on time, and
that progress was maintained according to the
time schedule. He reported all implementation
activities regularly to the Follow-up Committee
appointed by the Minister for this purpose.
has also overseen the library services, including
building up of the collections, contacts with
organizations, institutions in Egypt and abroad.
He has ensured that the training of the librarians
and other human resources are carried out in
parallel with international standards by training
in-house and abroad through scholarships, visitships,
and internships. He has negotiated with many
governments, organizations and institutions
for the support of the library building, the
new Information System, the Science Museum,
the Planetarium, the Archaeological Museum,
Calligraphy Museum. Consequently, he concluded
24 protocols on behalf of the Library, which
provide financial and in-kind support for the
Project, such as books, training, expertise
and equipment. The total international financial
support raised with his effort has amounted
to about US$ 31.5 million. He has also helped
the creation of Friends of the Bibliotheca Alexandria
in eighteen countries, and followed up their
activities and support of the Project through
participation in their annual meeting and encouragement
to maximize their efforts in support of the
has been Editor in Chief of all Bibliotheca
Alexandria publications, including a quarterly
newsletter and many publicity materials in three
languages since 1990, as well as well eleven
other books about conservation of the rare works
and manuscripts in Alexandria.
Member of the Engineering Faculty Council, Alexandria University,2003/4.
Memberof the Urban Planning Committee of the National Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, 2004/5.
Chairman of the International Jury for the architectural Competition for the
Urban Design of the new center for the City of Jeddah,Saudi Arabia, 2004.
Referenced in the International Encyclopedias: WHO'S WHO IN THE
WORLD,WHO'S WHO INENGINEERING, WHO,S WHO IN SCIENCE AND
TECHNOLGY, WHO,S WHO IN THE ARAB WORLD,....
Elected as Fellow of the American Biogrophical Institute(ABI)
Chairman of the Jury of The National Competition for The Urban Development of Manshia Square, Alexandria CBD, 2011.
Chaiman of the Jury of The National Competition for Renewal of The Engineering Syndicate Club in Alexandria. 2012.
Chairman of the Juryof the National Competition the Engineering Syndicate Housing Project at The New Borg ElArab City , west of
Member of the Alexandria Governor's Consultative Committee. 2011.
Chairman of Alexandria Planning Commission 1984-2010.
Rapporteur to the Revival of The Ancient Libraty of Alexandria Project, 1984-1988.
The First Director of The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 1988-2001.
Project Manager of the Execution of thr Bibliotheca Alexandrina Project in collaboration with UNESCO, 1992-2001.
Principal Adviser to the director of The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2001-2002.
Awarded the ABI Certificate of Merit. Certificate of Achievment.
Selected as one of 5000 world Great Achievers, by the ABI
Awarded Alexandria university distinguished achievement prize 2010
Received national state excellence prize 2010
Awarded the National Medal of Distinction in the First order 1985.
Awaded Alexandria University The Academic Distinction Award, 2010.
Awardwd The National Appreciatin and Merit Prize , 2010.
Public Lectures on Architecture m Urban Planningm And Pursuit of Excellence in Alexandria University, Tha Arab Academy, Pharos University, and in Alexandria Rotary Clubs, as well as in the Engineering Syndicate in Alexandria
External Examiner in the Faculty of Architecture Beirut Arab University,1983-2014.
Dean of the Faculty of Archirecture, Beirut Arab University, 1978-1982.
Nominated by Alexandria University, Faculty of Engineering, for the National Nile Prize for the Arts in 2016
Honored by Alexandria University, bu these awards:
1. The Schalastic Merit Award , 1988.
2. The Scientific Distinction Award, 2010.
3. The National Appreciation Prize for the Arts 2010.
4. The Alexandria University Appreciation Testimonial, Honored during the Scholarship Day on 27.7.2016