Rashid Al Leem
is widely considered a visionary and thought leader in business, socioeconomic, academic and cultural endeavors. Respected by peers as a strategic thinker, Al Leem dons many hats and hones various passions. Currently he is the Chairman of the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority. As the Director General of the Sharjah Department of Seaports and Customs and Sharjah Free Zones Authorities (Hamriyah Free Zone Authority, Sharjah Airport International Free Zone Authority), he is the driving force in transforming them into a strategic commerce hub and empowering thousands of businesses in the region, contributing to the development of the UAE economy.
His indelible leadership has helped propagate business excellence to other fronts as well. As a board member of the World Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, Sharjah Charity International, Sharjah Medical Zone, American Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates, German Emarati Joint Council for Industry and Commerce and World Trade Development Council in Hong Kong, besides being an honorary lecturer at numerous local and international universities, including American University of Sharjah, he believes true excellence can only be achieved through sustainability by aligning commercial, social and environmental objectives.
Rashid Al Leem has authored many acclaimed books and articles in journals and magazines in both Arabic and English, including his recent book My Leadership Secrets. Much sought after in the speaker's circuit, he frequently addresses a diverse range of audiences in the development of human capital and socially responsible business empowerment initiatives. Testament to this is the Alleem Knowledge Center, an organization he founded to promote leadership potential.
He is acknowledged by the industry as a "Change Leader" thanks to his leadership experience gained over two decades in the international business arena. With a PhD from University of Salford, Manchester, UK, and multiple honorary doctorates from Somalia University for Humanitarian Services and American Global International University in the US for his global business contributions and numerous academic accreditations, Al Leem is an embodiment of a lifelong learner and harnessing intellectual capital. Testament to his efforts are the various accolades he has received, including the Achievement Award by League of Arab States, Gold Medal from the Mayor of Cannes for environmental efforts, Excellence in Leadership award from ASSOCHAM in India and Celebrity of the Year by Khaleej Times. He's been endorsed as a Maritime Personality for 2009 by Marine Biz TV and acclaimed as Middle East Business Leaders Awards 2012 as a tribute to his acumen in Training & Human Capital Development. Recently, he was conferred the Jewels of Muslim World Award 2012 in Jakarta in recognition of his achievements as one of the top nine movers of the Islamic economics and bestowed the honor of Environmentalist of the Year 2012 in Malaysia in recognition of his contributions towards a sustainable environment. He is known among his peers as the Green Ambassador of the UAE.