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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
*FATIMA NAKHJAVANPUR is a highly regarded leadership coach based in the Middle East. She assists Fortune 100 executives, senior professionals, government officials, and their teams to identify and build on their strengths in order to improve in the areas of leadership capacity, succession planning, talent retention, and career transition.
A native of Iran, Fatima received a bachelors degree in business administration from Ajman American University in the U.A.E. She also holds a degree in small business management given by the Paris Chamber of Commerce. Designated by the International Coach Federation as a Professional Certified Coach, Fatima has completed both the Coaches Training Institute’s program in Co-Active Leadership and the Center for Right Relationships’s program in Organisation & Relationship System Coaching. She is able to work professionally in Persian, French, and English.
During the early portion of her business career, Fatima gained 18 years of experience in marketing, sales, and human resource management. Her first employer was Chalhoub Inc., a Middle Eastern leader in luxury brands, for which she opened the Iranian market. Later, Fatima joined Mansoor Ahmed Mohd, a major Middle Eastern distributor of tableware, serving as a marketing executive and developing a new brand identity for the firm. Still later, Fatima was employed by British American Tobacco as a recruitment consultant for its management trainee program for the Middle East.
During 2009, Fatima left the corporate world to pursue her long-time intention to advance human development through training, consulting, and especially coaching. Since then, she’s been delivering services throughout the Middle East, and well beyond it, to clients including Dubai International Airports, Emirates NBD Bank, Adidas, Pepsi Cola, Honeywell, British American Tobacco, Unilever, UBS, Oshkosh, Merck Serono, and Cristal Chemicals. She’s worked with more than 50 nationalities.
Fatima is a member of Dubai Chapter of the International Coach Federation, the Dubai Business Women’s Council, and the Entrepreneurs’ Organization. She has been interviewed on Dubai One TV and invited to speak on Dubai Eye Radio. Her articles on coaching have been published in the newspapers “Gulf News” and “7 days.”
Fatima lives with her husband and two boys in Dubai. A world traveler, she is a student of ancient wisdom, learning from masters how to live a conscious life in relationship with the many other forces in life. She devotes part of her non-professional time to furthering women’s empowerment, and she participates in yoga, paragliding, and long walks in nature.
WAHID SHARAF, a fluent speaker of Arabic, lives in Switzerland and is comprehensively familiar with Egypt; he maintains a residence in Cairo. To read Wahid's biography, please click here.