Dr. Tarifa Al Zaabi joined ICBA as Deputy Director General in August 2019. She has 20 years of executive and leadership experience in higher education institutions, having developed student and academic services and strategies to motivate young people through innovation, research and training.
Prior to joining ICBA, she was Director of Dubai Women’s College, Higher Colleges of Technology.
She is also an edupreneur and a winner of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum SME Award as Businesswoman of the Year 2015 for training and mentoring start-ups.
She is a graduate of the UAE Government Leaders Program (Executive Leadership) and is certified as a trainer by the UAE Government Leaders Program to represent the UAE internationally and deliver training to local and foreign governments.
She holds a Ph.D. in Education (Management and Educational Leadership) from the British University of Dubai and an Executive MBA in Business Administration with honors from the University of Sharjah and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration from Higher Colleges of Technology.
Dr. Tarifa Al Zaabi has represented the UAE in various local and international conferences and has co-authored several education-focused studies and academic papers.