Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority announces new leadership team
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (DIEZ), has appointed a new leadership team to drive DIEZ's free zones and central divisions towards a new era of excellence and integration.
Amna Lootah was appointed as a Director General for Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZ) to lead and implement strategic plans according to the approved structure, driven by its vision, mission, and values. Dr. Juma Al Matrooshi was appointed as Director-General of Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) to supervise the implementation of its strategy according to the new organizational structure.
For DIEZ's financial goals, William Chappell will serve as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in DIEZ, where he will be responsible for financial management. He will oversee strategic financial direction to ensure the achievement of strategic business objectives and increasing economic returns for all stakeholders.
Youssef Behzad was appointed as Chief People & Organizational Development Officer at DIEZ to lead and implement the institutional approach in empowering human capital, ensuring the quality of human resources in all departments and the authorities’ functions. In addition, the duties include providing means to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the organizational structure, backed by creative talents capable of leading operations to achieve the organizational goals.
Bader Buhannad will assume the position of Chief Corporate Support Officer at DIEZ. He will be managing and directing digital and information technology activities, managing the supply chain, in addition to providing the necessary guidance for the Authority's integrated management and project management office functions.
The list of appointments also included Saeed Al-Suwaidi as the new Chief Legal & Regulatory Affairs Office at DIEZ and Abdul Rahman Basaeed, Chief Internal Audit & Enterprise Risk Management Officer.
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum emphasized that the new appointments for the Authority's top leadership positions came in line with the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in developing and strengthening the role of human resources for sustainable growth, business expansion, and in consolidating the emirate's position as a global investment hub.
HH Sheikh Ahmed added: “We are confident in the competence of our new top officials, which they have proven over the past years. We believe in their capabilities to lead the Authority in providing comprehensive and integrated solutions to the business community and investors in the free zones in Dubai. DIEZ presents an equal economic model that creates new prospects and expansion opportunities through providing seamless and efficient services and solutions to the business community, which in turn improve the operational efficiency of the three free zones.”
DIEZ aims to raise Dubai’s position as a regional and global investment destination and contribute to achieving the emirate’s strategic priorities through its economic zones, which are the Dubai Airport Free Zone, Dubai Silicon Oasis, and Dubai CommerCity.