Ahmed Zakaria

board-ahmedBased in Dubai, Ahmed Zakaria has been a member of the Board of Advisors of the Innovation Institute of America since 2013. He is a Harvard-educated senior executive who currently holds several prestigious positions in the UAE. He is Director of Financial Services at the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC); the financial advisor to a senior member of the Al Maktoum ruling family of Dubai; the co-founder and partner of Brabus Middle East, a luxury German automobile company; and Vice Chairman of the Zakaria family trading business.

Prior to his appointment in ENOC, he held the position of Director of Global Franchising in Jumeirah Group, a member of Dubai Holding L.L.C. Prior to his appointment at Jumeirah Group, Ahmed was appointed the corporate finance and investor relations manager at the head office of Dubai Holding, which is a conglomerate owned by the Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

In 2005 Ahmed was appointed Treasurer for the Government of Dubai’s Department of Finance managing the short-term liquidity and funding requirements for the large-scale Dubai Government projects, a position he held for 2 years. Mr. Zakaria began his career as a Credit Analyst with Union National Bank.

Mr. Zakaria graduated from Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development. He also holds an MBA from the American University in Dubai, and a Bachelor of Science in financial economics from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas USA, and a certificate of project management from Stanford University. He is a fellow with the Young Arab Leaders organization in the UAE.

Mr. Zakaria has native fluency in English and Arabic. He is married with two children and is an Emirati citizen.