WHY I STARTED TPP

I founded TPP as an expression of my love of coaching and my belief in its power to change people’s lives. In the past few years, I have realized the unique challenges faced in the region by professionals, entrepreneurs, and students, as well as companies and government entities. TPP was started with the mission of supporting these individuals and organizations reach their full potential. We are agents of change. Nothing excites us more!

My Story

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.

Doing What I Love

I have realized, from both my own experience and of others, that we all face moments in our lives where we aspire for more and seek change, but are not sure how to move forward. This almost always requires a leap of faith! However, what often stops us is not a lack of courage, but the lack of a roadmap to give them inspiration to follow through with their goals. As a coach, I help people create their roadmap and support them through the roller-coaster of emotions as they navigate it. Nothing fulfills me more than seeing my client’s become energized, and rediscover the passion within them. I watch them free themselves from self-limiting beliefs, take more risks, and reach their full potential.

I am a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach from the prestigious industry leader, The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and a graduate of CTI’s Co-Active Leadership program. I am also the first Arab female faculty member of CTI in the region, where I train and supervise future generations of coaches, helping them see the endless possibilities to drive change. I am a certified Agile profile coach and trainer as well as a Cultural Intelligence Certified Advanced Facilitator. I work with a wide variety of individuals, ranging from directors and managers at Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs across various industries, and other professionals. 

I hold a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations & Marketing from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I also hold the designation of Associate from The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).