Yousuf Ali Behzad

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Yousuf Ali Behzad Chief Officer of People and Organizational Development

Yousuf Ali Behzad is the Chief Officer of People and Organizational Development at Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (DIEZA).

Mr. Yousuf heads numerous key areas in DIEZA, including Human Resources, Organization Transformation, and Partnership & Protocols. He is in charge of creating, maintaining, and driving DIEZ’s people-focused human resources strategy, as well as attracting, motivating, developing, and retaining the best talents available enabling DIEZA to become an employer of choice. In addition to that, Mr. Yousuf is also in charge of the organization’s transformational initiatives, which include organizational performance improvement, ongoing research and development, and maximizing excellence and business development. Mr. Yousuf also oversees DIEZA’s partnerships and protocol operations.

Mr. Yousuf is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coaching Federation (ICF, USA) and a founding member of the Association for Coaching (AC, UK) in the GCC. Marshall Goldsmith has recognized him as a Certified Team Coach, and Certified Executive Coach from Singapore.

Previously, Mr. Yousuf has held key positions as Assistant Director General, People Growth and Strategy at the Dubai Airport Freezone and Director of the Planning and Statistics Department at the Dubai Health Authority in the past.

Mr. Yousuf graduated from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom with a master’s degree in planning and policy and his dissertation was specialized in key human resources practices. He graduated from the H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Program for Leadership Development in addition to his undergraduate studies. He is also a member of the Dubai Plan 2021 and took part in the H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Student Coaching Program.