Company: Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority
With more than 7,000 companies under Jafza’s umbrella, Salma Hareb is overseeing one of the most important groups for Dubai’s economy.
The free zone contributes 21 percent of Dubai’s GDP on a year-to-year basis, accounts for more than 50 percent of the emirate’s total sports, and sustains the employment of more than 1380,000 people. Former lab technologist Hareb started out as a planner for Jafza, but quickly moved up the ranks and in 2005 was appointed the CEO of the free zone and its parent company, Economic Zones World. In the process she became the first woman in the Middle East to lead a free zone. At the end of 2014, Hareb collected on behalf of JafZa the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award - Diamond Category, in recognition of the free zone’s consistent growth, innovation, CSR initiatives and increased communication with customers and employees.