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Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum

DIEZ has new leadership team to steer new growth path

DUBAI, January 10, 2022

The Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (DIEZ) will create more promising prospects for investors, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of DIEZ, has said.
 
A new leadership team will drive DIEZ's free zones and central divisions towards a new era of excellence and integration, said Sheikh Ahmed, appointing Amna Lootah was appointed as Director-General DAFZ, Dr Juma Al Matrooshi as Director-General of Dubai Silicon Oasis, Eng  Muammar Al Kathiri as Chief Engineering & Smart City Officer, William Chapel as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Youssef Behzad as Chief People & Organisational Development Officer, Bader Buhannad as Chief Corporate Support Officer, Saeed Al-Suwaidi as the new Chief Legal & Regulatory Affairs Office and Abdul Rahman Basaeed as Chief Internal Audit & Enterprise Risk Management Officer.
 
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.  
 
Further, DIEZ aims to boost economic growth, contribute to shaping the future economic map of Dubai, and create more diverse investment opportunities.
 
Sheikh Ahmed emphasised 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.  
 
He called on them to strengthen the spirit of teamwork and openness, foster best practices, improve commercial services and solutions, and stimulate the culture of innovation and proactive thinking while keeping pace with the rapid economic developments.
 
Sheikh Ahmed added: “We look forward to the success of the Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority and its new structure.  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.”
 
Lootah as Director-General DAFZ will lead and implement strategic plans according to the approved structure, driven by its vision, mission, and values.  Further, Lootah will also lead the executive management team at the Dubai Airport Free Zone.
 
Dr Al Matrooshi will supervise the implementation of its strategy according to the new organisational structure.
 
At central divisional functions, Eng Al Kathiri will lead and direct engineering planning and make strategic planning, design, and construction decisions.
 
For DIEZ's financial goals, Chapel 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.
 
Behzad will 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 organisational structure, backed by creative talents capable of leading operations to achieve the organisational goals.
 
Buhannad 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.
 
DIEZ is envisioned to directly contribute to Dubai’s economic growth by providing a successful investment experience for all investors and major companies, in addition to innovative services and solutions that meet the needs and aspirations of the business community.-- TradeArabia News Service
 



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