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DONYA ABDULHADI Marketing Communications & Media


Donya Abdulhadi is an integrated marketing strategist with multidisciplinary experience across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and North America. Prior to joining Leo Burnett as Regional Director of Public Relations, her areas of focus included international media relations, journalism and market research, brand strategy and advertising strategic planning for regional and multinational companies. Her client experience portfolio includes global and regional consumer, B2B and government accounts including, McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Dubai Airports, Kenwood, InterContinental Hotel Group, Investment Corporation of Dubai, QNB, LG, Bridgestone, Microsoft, Rolex, Damas Jewellery, Shell, Siemens, Jebel Omar, and the European Union’s Consumer, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency).
Passionate about human behavior, change management and with vast insight into the MENA region, Donya was identified as a Woman to Watch by the BrandBerries Magazine, a speaker at She is Arab, a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and appointed by the United Nations as a strategic communications consultant to then Prime Minister of Libya, H.E. Ali Zeidan during a critical time in the country’s transition.
Donya has lectured on integrated marketing at the American University in Dubai and shared insights and experience with Cass EMBA candidates seeking to learn about effective marketing strategies in the Arab region. She is fluent in Arabic, English and Italian, hold an Honors Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies & Multimedia from McMaster University in Canada and is currently undertaking Stanford University’s professional program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship along with my EMBA at the London Business School.

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