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Dubai's International Humanitarian City appoints new CEO

City has been among the first to respond to recent global conflicts and emergencies in Gaza, Pakistan, Nepal, Haiti, and Greece

Dubai's International Humanitarian City appoints new CEO
A C-17 Globemaster III airlifters built for the United Arab Emirates Air Force and used to deliver humanitarian aid. (Getty Images)

Dubai's International Humanitarian City (IHC), the world’s largest logistics hub for humanitarian aid, has announced the appointment of Moosa Al Hashemi as its new CEO.

Al Hashemi has previously held senior positions at Expo 2020 Dubai, Manazel Real Estate and Emirates Airline, as well as the Executive Office of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

He will be responsible for "driving the IHC to the next level", building on the solid foundation and momentum achieved by the organisation’s management and team, news agency WAM reported.

In his capacity as CEO, Al Hashemi will oversee the strategic direction of the IHC as well as the day-to-day management and implementation of the organisation’s long and short term plans.

In addition, he will also work closely with the IHC’s board to uphold Sheikh Mohammed’s vision to position the organisation at the forefront of the global humanitarian scene.

"I am extremely honored to serve as the IHC’s CEO. Since its inception in 2003, and thanks to the vision and direction of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad, the organisation has grown from strength to strength, and I am privileged to have this opportunity," said Al Hashemi.

Al Hashemi succeeds Shaima Al Zarooni, who has stepped down from her position as CEO, following the announcement of her marriage and move to the United States.

She has been transferred back to the Office of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein to support Princess Haya as a UN Messenger of Peace.

Al Zarooni successfully led the IHC team to be among the first to respond to recent global conflicts and emergencies in Gaza, Pakistan, Nepal, Haiti, and Greece.

During her time, the IHC benefited from a three-fold growth in both capacity and membership and an almost five-fold increase in funding for humanitarian aid.