Alia Al Mazrouei holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems and an MBA in Global Leadership from the United Arab Emirates University. Post study, her exceptional ability to develop human capital investment strategies led to her appointment at several Abu Dhabi based Government entities where she was tasked with developing educational and training programmes. She combines a passion for new technologies with powerful sales and market dynamics intelligence instincts. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Mazrui International LLC, established by her family 45 years ago and which today is a conglomerate group of companies, based in Abu Dhabi, with a highly diversified business portfolio. The group consists of more than 85 companies operating in the oil and gas, construction, retail, industrial, healthcare, education, logistics, real estate, and investment management services. She is a board member of Insurance House, The Pearl Initiative, Abu Dhabi Business Women Council, Abu Dhabi School of Management, and Tejar Youth Council under the Dubai Chamber of Commerce. In 2013 she was awarded the Arab Women’s Award for Entrepreneurship and in 2014 was voted the twenty sixth most powerful Arab woman in the Forbes Middle East list of the world’s 200 most powerful Arab women. She advises luxury brands on product development and is regularly invited to provide intelligence insights on Arab female consumer habits. Further to her corporate career success, she is founder of The Little Haven children’s nursery, and co-founder of the wildly successful The Foodsters, a food-truck and to order catering concept that has helped drive the vibrancy of the UAE’s independent food and restaurant scene. Alia is highly respected for her business acumen, creativity, and her flair for mentoring and nurturing new Emirati talent.