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Top 10 Leaders In Iraq – 2023
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Iraq, the cradle of civilization is one of the most culturally diverse nations in the Middle East and a home to diverse ethnic groups who have contributed to the wide spectrum of the Iraqi Culture. Being one of the most oil dependent countries in the world, Iraq’s economic conditions are gradually improving as international oil markets recover. Despite numerous hindrances like war and the COVID-19 across industries and widely worsenproblems in food security, public health, and employment in Iraq, the entrepreneurship spirit of Iraq successfully pulled together everything and strongly fighting back towards a prosperous postpandemic world.
Today, the economy of Iraq is rapidly evolving and witnessing an ever-changing landscape and this positive shift is attributed to the regional and global startup founders, venture investors and Iraqi corporates as they are leaving no stone unturned to scale the business and economy as a whole. Fueled by a dynamic entrepreneurial spirit and a highly skilled human workforce, Iraq produces solutions in almost every field and it’s major industries include oil refining, food processing, textiles, leather goods, cement and other building materials, tobacco, paper, and sulfur extraction among others. Big thanks to the increasing number of educated population and, some transformational and visionary industry leaders of Iraq as they brings business development through employ development by facilitating open communication, encouraging employee growth and by giving and receiving feedback, which drives the organizational growth. These great leaders along with greater teams, which are happier, more productive and more connected to their organization, pose a ripple effect that reaches business’s bottom line, which deserves to be celebrated and acknowledged.
CEO Insights Asia magazine in this issue presents a list of ‘Top 10 Leaders in Iraq - 2023' who have leveraged their extensive industry expertise and experience in offering effective skills to the market. The following list has been prepared after being closely scrutinized by a distinguished panel of judges including CXOs, analysts and our editorial board. We recognize their valuable contribution to the ever expanding and competitive market and their ability to sustain themselves and emerge as top contestants through their reliable knowledge.
|Company Logo||Company Management||Company Name||Company Description|
|Ali Alzaki ,Founder & CEO||Sky Verona||A serial entrepreneur specialized in marketing and management and contributing in bringing the most famous brands worldwide to the Iraqi market despite the challenges|
|Dr.Avraz Balatah,Founder & CEO||Approach group||A tech leader interested in negotiations and solving difficult problems providing clients with top-notch services and cutting-edge technology solutions that enable to effortlessly compete in the market and expand horizons|
|Aymen Alrubaye ,CEO||Saafat Al Wadea||An experienced executive director with a demonstrated history of working in the food & beverages industry focused on maximizing efficiency and achieving strategic and organizational goals|
|Hala Nihad ,Founder & CEO||Ideal Management||A entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the human resources skilled in negotiation, labor relations, management, HRIS, talent management, performance managment and trainer|
|Husam Abood ,CEO||Safaa Alshams - SPtech||A pioneering business leader with management skills to establish project management office by using suitable project management methodology and tools to achieve business goals and projects delivery with optimum solutions and resources usage|
|Maythem Saad ,Co-Founder & Owner||Berhyah||An accomplished business leader with a demonstrated history of working in the oil & energy industry holding various senior leadership positions at e-tech Systems, and Microsoft in different international markets|
|Nawaf Saeed ,Country Director OFSE||Baker Hughes||A pioneering business leader guiding the company to reach to greater heights under his leadership streamlining their business operations while consistently improving the quality of their offerings|
|Rasty Jafir ,CEO||Netspot solutions||A dynamic leader with a rich academic background including multiple degrees in LTE and advanced communications, computer engineering and cyber security, and over 15 years of experience in the telecommunications industry|
|Yadgar Haji Wahran, CEO||Zarawa Company||A passionate entrepreneur possesses more than two decades of professional experience and has taken a big market in Oil & Gas businesses|
|Younis Salhi ,CEO||Shandz Company||A third-generation leader with a demonstrated history of working in the electrical sector with skills in negotiation, operations management, project estimation, and construction|