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Deborah’s experience ranges from advising multi-generational family businesses to developing solutions for communities living on less than $2 a day. She has unique insight into the impact business has on society, and the mindset and motivations of people involved. Deborah has worked with founders to translate vision into reality, built high-performance teams and developed multi-stakeholder business models. At the core of her work is her inquisitive mind and a desire to find optimal solutions for the many, not just the few. Her client list includes The Carlyle Group, Gulf Investment Corporation, KPMG and a number of Family Groups.

Deborah is a thought-provoking writer, speaker and panel chairperson on a variety of topics including, leadership, innovation and technology for good. Based in Dubai, she is on the Steering Committee of the 30percent Club’s GCC chapter, engaging with businesses to develop the pipeline of women from “schoolroom to boardroom”. Deborah is also a mentor at Sheraa, the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre and is often found at university campuses engaging with the next generation of leaders, thinkers and doers.

Deborah’s experience ranges from advising multi-generational family businesses to developing solutions for communities living on less than $2 a day. She has unique insight into the impact business has on society, and the mindset and motivations of people involved. Deborah has worked with founders to translate vision into reality, built high-performance teams and developed multi-stakeholder business models. At the core of her work is her inquisitive mind and a desire to find optimal solutions for the many, not just the few. Her client list includes The Carlyle Group, Gulf Investment Corporation, KPMG and a number of Family Groups.

Deborah is a thought-provoking writer, speaker and panel chairperson on a variety of topics including, leadership, innovation and technology for good. Based in Dubai, she is on the Steering Committee of the 30percent Club’s GCC chapter, engaging with businesses to develop the pipeline of women from “schoolroom to boardroom”. She is a mentor at Sheraa, the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre and is often found at university campuses engaging with the next generation of leaders, thinkers and doers.

Curiosity AND Creativity

A sense of curiosity is the hallmark of my thinking. I explore the how and why of things, especially systems and people. But it doesn’t stop there. Challenging the status quo I ask ‘is there a better way‘ and if so, how?

Playful Problem Solving

I approach matters like a puzzle that needs to be solved, engaging an element of playfulness. This does not mean I don’t take it seriously – quite the contrary – but I have learned that maintaining a sense of curiosity whilst believing there is in fact a solution helps me persevere.

Learning and Legacy

Life is to be treasured and to be lived to the fullest. We must recognise the blessings we have been given, the lessons we have learned and do our best to be a positive influence in the lives of others.