Zahara Kassam

Zahara is passionate about helping clients achieve their unique career goals. Since joining Square One Prep last year, Zahara has eagerly supported aspiring MBAs with her favorite part of the application process – identifying the most authentic way to express one’s past, present and future, so they are distinctive, memorable, and effective at securing top business school offers.

Zahara has developed extensive real estate experience as an investor, operator and asset manager, with deep expertise in hospitality. Most recently, Zahara was based in London, where she launched and scaled a hotel real estate portfolio and asset management platform in the United Kingdom on behalf of Marathon Asset Management; she has also worked in business development at InterContinental Hotels Group in London. Early in her career, Zahara worked across the non-profit, public and private sectors in Bangalore, Geneva, New York and London, with a focus on driving economic development across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Zahara has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Development Studies from Brown University. While at HBS, Zahara was the co-President of the Social Enterprise Club. At Brown, Zahara was a minority peer advisor, a career center peer advisor and a DJ/on-air personality at 95.5 WBRU, the local radio station.

Zahara was born in Canada, grew up in Orlando and lived across three continents before moving to New York, where she currently resides. In her free time, Zahara is drafting her debut novel and loves to swim. She is also an avid traveler, having toured over 50 countries.