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Fatima Al Jaber

Fatima Al Jaber

Company:

Al Jaber Group

Designation:

COO

Fatima Al Jaber uses her leadership position to not only enhance Al Jaber Group but to passionately advocate the role of women in the workplace. Overseeing more than 50,000 staff and managing nearly $5bn in assets, she embodies a ‘fiercely can do’ mind set in regard to Emirati women achieving their professional ambitions.

“Everything is possible. If a woman wants to start a business she can. If she wants to work in government, she can find a job. If she wants to study, there are all sorts of education venues and places to study. The choices are all there,” she recently told ITP Media Group’s CEO Middle East.

Al Jaber enjoyed a successful career with Abu Dhabi Municipality’s department of public works prior to joining Al Jaber as COO and, eight years ago, became the first Emirati woman to be elected to the board of directors at the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce.