Zahra Ahmed

Zahra’s the one you pick on your team because you know her force is unbeatable. A no-nonsense attitude that gets the job done every single time. A wealth of experience means Zahra has dealt with a varied clientele however it is her honest, refreshing, and straight-talking approach that never disappoints. With over 14 years of experience in agency, in-house and RPO across Europe, Middle East & Africa Zahra has an extensive network across the region and is able to offer innovative solutions to executive appointments, board advisory composition, and providing clients access to intelligent data analytics solutions. She cuts through the clutter and simplifies her client needs and had a successful track record in addressing complex challenges throughout the recruitment life-cycle. Confidential appointments, niche challenges, or a Talent Acquisition Partner, she can offer more of a strategic approach to recruitment encompassing analytics, data and reporting.

What our clients say

"Zahra combines an unparalleled enthusiasm and passion for satisfying her clients with utmost professionalism and a deep understanding of the markets she operates in. The real definition of a pair of ‘safe hands’, once you give Zahra something to help you with, you are guaranteed a solid result. She is unrelenting in her commitment to deliver, and her genuine, pleasant nature means she always has your best intention at heart."

Arash Dara
Former Group CEO, Lootah Holding

"We had the opportunity to work together with Zahra for more than four years. She supported us for talent acquisition which used to be a big challenge for us. She was very successful in identifying right talent and closing challenging roles. This was only possible by understanding our business vision and objectives and Zahra always invested time to comprehend these points. This is why she was always considered as a key member of the team."

Mete Guney
Regional Head of Data & Services, MEA at Mastercard

Zahra and the Coup are amongst the few search firms out there that are surgical in their search and placement approach. They clearly distinguish between the needs for companies to just hire talent versus building the right culture and organisation. I have been working with Zahra for the past 5 years and the only constant has been the professional process, diligent and thorough search, prompt turn around (with high quality), all wrapped in a personal, friendly, and light attitude that makes the experience pleasant and rewarding. I was impressed by their knowledge of the startup space and needs and the network of talent that fit the demanding and specific mix of talent that is required for the high growth startup environment. The journey never ended with the placement of the talent, but rather with Zahra following up to check in on the performance of the new hires, seeking feedback for continuous growth and development and ensuring that not only her clients (us in this case) but also the talent she had placed is performing, enjoying and keeping well. This is the benchmark for high quality talent search!

Elias Aad
Chief Operating Officer - Tarabut Gateway


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