100 most powerful Arab women 2013
Thu 28 Feb 2013 12:58 PM
Zeina Tabari
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Zeina Tabari

Industry: Construction and industry

Company: Drake & Scull

Designation: Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Country: UAE

Occupation: Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

No one, least of all Zeina Tabari, imagined she would ever
work for the family business. The 29-year-old originally wanted to open a
chocolate shop after finishing her degree in finance, not work in the HR
department of Drake & Scull, the contracting firm run by her father,
Khaldoun Tabari. But a three-month internship was quickly followed by a
full-time job offer and she seized the opportunity.

The chief corporate affairs officer at Drake & Scull
International (DSI), Zeina Tabari has played a key role in one of Dubai’s
fastest-growing companies. After completing her BA in Advertising and Marketing
from the American University in Dubai, Tabari began her career at DSI as a
Human Resources Manager in 2003. She later moved to London’s Webster Graduate
School to take on an MBA programme – a step that cemented the ideal foundation
to her current role.  In 2006, Tabari
took a leap on the career ladder and was promoted to corporate service
director. It allowed her to oversee the HR planning process across nine varied
areas of DSI’s activities. The company’s decision to launch an initial public
offering combined with her strengthened abilities in investor relations issues,
helped land Tabari her current role.