Maha has been leading the HR Function at DP World since March 2017, as Group Chief People Officer. DP World is a leading enabler of global trade and an integral part of the supply chain. From marine and inland terminals, maritime services, logistics and ancillary services to technology-driven trade solutions, DP World’s global trade portfolio, has more than 56,000 people in over 50 countries around world.
Maha is an experienced HR professional, who is passionate about driving strategic business value through culture, performance management, talent development, rewards, and technology. Maha has a wealth of international experience, introducing HR led solutions in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East across different industries, including Property Development, Healthcare, Power Generation Services, Ports, Logistics and Trade. Throughout her career, Maha has led several business integration and transformation processes at a global, regional, and local level, including Alstom (GE’s largest industrial acquisition), Jafza, Dubai Dry Docks, P&O Ferries, Unifeeder, and Nakheel’s Northern Project.
Since joining DP World in 2017, Maha has driven the HR transformation from more traditional HR practices to agile ways of working, she has led cultural change through introducing DP World Principles, a stronger Performance Management Model, redefined Reward strategy, and deployed Leadership Development Programs at different levels. Maha has also led the capability building to support DP World’s new business ventures in Logistics and Technologies. She has also been a great supporter of introducing AI applications across the business to improve productivity. Maha is also a board member for companies located in Dubai, India and Turkey, like Dry Docks World Dubai LLC, Hindustan Ports Private Ltd (SCO), DP World Yarimca and Member of the Board of Trustees for the Université Panthéon Assas (Paris II).
Maha has a master’s degree in Industrial and Labour Relations, from Cornell University (USA) and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Human Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was awarded the Undergraduate Excellence Award for academic achievement. She is also a graduate of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Leadership Development Promising Leader’s program run by Duke University and INSEAD.