Manal AlBayat
Senior Vice President, Business Development & Integration, Expo 2020 Dubai


Manal AlBayat is Senior Vice President of Business Development & Integration at Expo 2020 Dubai. Her responsibilities include developing outreach programmes and collaborative platforms for local, regional and international businesses, including SMEs, that will not only facilitate their integration into the Expo supply chain, but also drive global business connectivity and long-term growth.
Prior to joining the Expo 2020 Dubai team, Manal founded HEADSTART, a strategy and human capital consultancy, where she advised corporates on matters including reputational positioning, stakeholder engagement and human capital policies & processes.
Before founding HEADSTART, Manal was Group CEO at Falcon and Associates, where she worked with both the public and private sector to enhance Dubai’s positioning on the world stage. At Falcon, she also led the marketing and communications efforts for the UAE’s successful bid for Expo 2020 Dubai, a role that included directing events, engagement and partnerships. Her international experience includes working at Gulf International Bank in Bahrain and Bank One in the USA.
Manal’s expertise enables her to analyse a business’s requirements, identify challenges and potential opportunities and develop innovative and cost-effective solutions for enhancing competitiveness and improving offerings.
Manal holds an MBA from DePaul University with a concentration in Marketing and Change Management as well as a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Purdue University.
Manal has spoken on panels across the globe on a wide range of topics including community and international engagement initiatives, the role of women in the economy and enabling human capital to achieve its potential in both the public and private sectors, all vital components to Expo 2020 Dubai’s efforts to engage and inspire. Examples of past panels include the prestigous Forbes Asia’s Power Business Women Forum, and the Family Business Network Annual Summit. She also has the distinction of being an Ambassador at the Women in Leadership Economic Forum.

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