Ghada Zakaria

Ghada Zakaria

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Ghada was the first Emirati to gain both accreditation and certification as a professional Co-Active executive coach from The Co-Active Training Institute (CTI). She has accumulated over 6,000 coaching hours to date. She coaches, facilitates, mentors, and consults executives, CEOs, managers, and heads in local and international organizations. Her main aim and focus are on unearthing and discovering special talents and identifying strengths to direct potential and boost performance, efficiency, and excellence. She also works towards bringing out leadership qualities in clients and honing those qualities to higher standards on organizational, social, and personal levels.

Prior to becoming a full-time leadership coach, Ghada was a project manager for one of the most successful hotel chains, the Jumeirah Group. In this position, she managed a very ambitious program. She trained, coached, mentored, and secured jobs for more than 450 Emarati national hopefuls coming from rural areas, integrating them into a multinational semi-private workforce through language enhancement, hospitality skills, and specific on-the-job tools. As a result of this program, the team and department were awarded the Dubai Human Development Award for that year. Since becoming a certified professional coach, Ghada has led at least 6 fast-track government ""leadership programs"" in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, and Ajman, from government entities to international programs endorsing Chinese/Emarati ties. Two significant career milestones for Ghada involved private individual clients who were featured in CNN stories. One of them had created green spaces on rooftops, generating a self-sufficient barter system for small communities in his country, and another received a NASA award for his innovation that was sent out into space.

Niche Areas of Expertise

  • C-Suite
  • Career Development
  • Change Management
  • Leaders in Transition
  • Strategic Thinking

Industry Experience

  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Education
  • Government
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil & Gas
  • Social Sector
  • Telecommunications


  • English
  • French
  • Arabic


  • Pace University - BA, French / Spanish


  • StrengthsFinder
  • ORSC - Organizational Relationship Systems Coaching
  • Team Coaching International - Team Diagnostic Assessor

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