Salma Hareb is a private investor and seasoned economic zones developer. Before her retirement of the role, she was the CEO of Economic Zones World and Jafza, from 2005 to 2015. During her tenure as the CEO of Economic Zones World and Jafza, Salma increased the revenue of five folds (5X) and doubled customers base to 7,500 customers.
She speared multiple economic sectors development and innovative initiatives such as eCommerce (matijircom), Automotive (Dubai Auto Zone), Technology, Research & Development (TechnoPark, currently Dubai Industrial Park), multiple rounds of corporate fundraising of USD 2 Billion Sukuk, Acquisition of Gazeley (one the largest warehouse developer in Europe), Dubai Logistics Corridor, and JafzaOne to name a few.
Salma led the internationalization of Jebel Ali Free Zone through the development of free zone at various locations around the globe such as Malaysia, Djibouti, Morocco, South Carolina, USA, and India.
Before her role as Jafza CEO, she worked as Jafza’s Chief Planning Officer, responsible for strategic planning, business development, finance, and human resources. Before that, she was the Chief Haematologist in the Department of Health and Medical Services.
She completed her education in the UAE and the UK, in the fields of Medical Sciences, Information Technology, and Business, in addition to post-graduate studies in Haematology at the University of Cardiff.
Salma Hareb’s distinctive initiatives and achievements have been recognised with several awards over the years. Most recently, in 2014. She received the Frost & Sullivan Growth, Innovation and Leadership Award, and in 2013, she was named the “Overall Winner – Professional Category” in Emirates Women Awards. Her array of awards over the years includes the ‘Women CEO Excellence Award’ conferred at the 9th Middle East CEO of the Year Awards; the ‘Asian Business Leadership Award’ at the Asian Business Leadership Forum Awards; the ‘Woman CEO of the Year’ at the Women in Leadership (WIL) Forum and “Business Women Award 2006 for Leadership”.
She was also recognised as the 2nd most influential Arab woman in Government in the Middle East and North Africa region by Forbes Middle East in 2013 and was also rated among the 100 most powerful Arab Women earlier by CEO Middle East as well as the Asian Business Magazine. She was declared one of the most influential businesswomen in the region by MEED magazine in 2008. She also topped Forbes Arabia’s list of the 50 most powerful Arab businesswomen in the same year.