I would first like to use the words of others to tell you more about me, and the two I’ve heard most often are “motivator” and “dependable”. In my own words, I would simply say that I am a facilitator of change. The road to this point in my career has been a long one, rooted in my formative years raised amongst a close-knit family and community where everyone championed and supported each other. These values have continued to remain a central force in my adult life across geographies and experiences, both in my personal and professional life.
I am Palestinian, and like most Palestinians I have lived my life in different parts of the world. I call Dubai home, but my journey here has taken me through Germany, Palestine, Egypt, Kuwait and Canada. I lived, studied and worked amongst people with different languages, cultures and ideologies, and it has made me appreciate the differences, but also recognize the vast similarities which we all often fail to acknowledge.
I am also a certified coach, although my roots are in HR. At university, I majored in Human Resource Management, and its focus on “human side” of business and life got me hooked! Working with people and supporting their personal and professional development was my passion, and after I graduated, I decided to get back to my roots in the Middle East and pursue a career in HR. Over the past 13 years, I held positions in the banking and building material industry, and ultimately, had my most significant success in helping to grow our family immigration business in Dubai. At 25, I became partner and while the “success story” was there, I continued to feel something was missing.
Having lived in Dubai for many years, I have been witness to its growth and the limitless possibility of this fast-growing city and its people. The vast potential of the many talented individuals in the region was obvious, but so too was the lack of support and direction necessary to harness and focus their energy. I wanted to be part of the solution, but recognized I needed to develop and grow myself first. Ready for the next step, I contacted a career coach, and soon after, I had my “A’ha!” moment – I want to be a Coach! This link between my past professional and educational experience coupled with my innate desire to guide, inspire and be a change-agent for others was finally being realized.