Company: JAFZA and EZW
Former lab technologist Salma Hareb studied for diplomas in IT
and business while also holding down a job at Dubai’s Department of Health before she decided
on a change of career. In 1997, she started working as a planner for Jebel Ali Free
Zone Authority (JAFZA), the operator of one of Dubai’s busiest free zones. Hareb quickly moved
up the ranks and in 2005 was appointed the CEO of JAFZA and its parent company Economic
Zones World. The new title saw her become the first woman in the Middle East to lead a free zone.