Leadership Team

  • Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, Director General
    • Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, Director General
    • Dr Mohammed Al Zarooni was appointed Director General of the Dubai Airport Freezone in 2000 and CEO of Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) in 2002 and Vice chairman of DSO on 2005. In 1995 he joined the Department of Civil Aviation as Director of Administration & Research. Dr Zarooni was a key figure in establishing the Free Zone Division. Previously, Dr Zarooni served at the Ministry of Education for 8 years. In 1994 he received a PHD in Economic Geography from Durham University in the U.K. after writing a thesis in "The Place of Free Trade Zone in Economic Development". In 1986 he received his BA degree from Emirates University and an MBA in Economic Geography in 1989. Dr Zarooni is a sought after public speaker at summits and conferences around the world. He is also a writer.
  • Nasser Al Madani, Assistant Director General
    • Nasser Al Madani, Assistant Director General
    • Nasser Al Madani is the Assistant Director General at Dubai Airport Freezone since November 2007. Educated in the United Kingdom Nasser brings with him, in addition to his HR expertise, extensive experience in promoting and operating free zones. Nasser has been involved in the free zone and port businesses for over 18 years. His portfolio includes working as head of the Human Resources in DP World for over a decade, where he introduced many ground breaking initiatives and has been involved in many mega projects including several mergers and acquisitions. Prior to that, he headed the Administration of Jebel Ali Free Zone for several years. As a senior member of the management team he has been actively involved in setting and implementing several strategic initiatives. Nasser is a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and holds a PMD qualification from Harvard Business School. He is also a member of several HR forums and associations and has attended several executive and leadership development programs. He regularly speaks on topics of HR and strategy.
  • Adel Ghafan Saeed, Senior Executive Director of Engineering & Strategy & Excellence
    • Adel Ghafan Saeed, Senior Executive Director of Engineering & Strategy & Excellence
    • Adel Ghafan Saeed is the Senior Executive Director of Engineering & Strategy & Excellence at Dubai Airport Freezone. After graduating in Engineering in 1989, Adel Ghafan Saeed became an architect at Dubai Municipality. Here, he was responsible for issuing planning and land regulations as well checking engineering drawings submitted for licensing to the Buildings and Housing Department. In 1995, he became Head of the Execution Planning Section. This involved overseeing planning regulations, licensing building usage, the distribution and compensation of mixed-use plots and approving to install services in government properties. In July 2000, he joined Dubai Airport Freezone as Director of the Engineering Department, where he was in charge of supervising and maintaining the Freezone buildings, until 2007, when he was appointed as Executive Director of the Technical Department and promoted to Senior Executive Director of the Engineering Division in 2011.
  • Amna Lootah, Executive Director of Finance, Sales and Customer Relations
    • Amna Lootah, Executive Director of Finance, Sales and Customer Relations
    • Amna Lootah is the Executive Director of Finance, Sales and Customer Relations at Dubai Airport Free Zone. Ms. Lootah has been with DAFZA since 2001 bringing along an extensive 15 years of experience. Previously, Ms. Lootah held several key positions as an Executive Director for various departments such as Finance, Commercial Operations, Leasing, Licensing and Customer Relations. Prior to joining DAFZA, Ms. Lootah held managerial positions in the banking industry. Ms. Lootah was instrumental in rolling out DAFZA's strategy and maximizing the organization's long term growth through the introduction of key initiatives while maintaining the highest levels of integrity, governance and transparency. In addition, she oversaw DAFZ's entire functional management and leadership of all customer relations and sales activities from planning to execution. Ms. Lootah is committed to building trust and long term relationships with DAFZA's customers and stakeholders. Amna Lootah holds a Higher Diploma in Banking and Finance, and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the Higher Colleges of Technology. She is also a graduate from the Dubai Government Leaders Program under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
  • Yousuf Behzad, Executive Director of Human Capital & Marketing and Corporate Communications
    • Yousuf Behzad, Executive Director of Human Capital & Marketing and Corporate Communications
    • Yousuf Behzad is the Executive Director of Human Capital & Marketing and Corporate Communications. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science & Economics (UAE University, 1984) and a Master's Degree in Planning (Leeds University UK, 1997). He has 17 years of experience in planning and management. He has also graduated from Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid for Future Leaders' Preparation.