General Manager, Corporate Communications
Nissan Middle East
Jumana Abu-Hannoud heads regional corporate communications at Nissan Middle East, covering 8 Middle East and GCC markets in alignment with Nissan’s global and regional communications for Africa, Middle East, Europe, India & Oceania.
In her career, Jumana served as Chief of Staff for a semi-private office of the Dubai Royal Family where she was involved for five years in local, regional and international strategies in the fields of health, education, social development, peace and humanitarian aid. She was appointed by royal decree as a Board Member of the International Humanitarian City (IHC), and consulted for several international NGO’s and UN agencies.
She is a Founding Partner and Board Member of Reach, the first non-profit incorporated organization in DIFC, dedicated to female mentoring and professional development in the Middle East. She was a co-founder and Steering Committee member of the 30% Club GCC chapter, a voluntary business collaboration platform for accelerating the representation of women on boards and in senior executive positions.
Jumana is an experienced communicator, humanitarian and serial entrepreneur having established and co-managed 3 agency start-ups where she focused on brand communication, social impact and responsible business, and consulted on projects for UNHCR, UNAIDS, WFP, UNICEF, Dubai Cares and Plan International. She has worked as a Public Information Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); and supported SOS Children’s Villages International- the world’s largest international NGO for the alternative care of children, in an advisory capacity for 3 years prior to joining the organization as Managing Director of the Gulf Area Office for another 3 years, serving the cause of orphans and abandoned children in the MENA region and worldwide.
Throughout her 23+ years of experience in executive management, entrepreneurship, corporate affairs, CSR and sustainability, diversity and inclusion, external relations, fundraising, coaching and mentoring, she dedicated her career to helping others in need, and therefore made a deserving winner of the Emirates Woman 2017 Humanitarian Woman of the Year and Emirates Woman of the Year Awards.
Jumana is a graduate of the University of Jordan, a member of the Wharton Executive Education in leadership alumni, a certified Chief Sustainability Officer by International Leadership Management (ILM) in the UK, a Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner, advanced ThetaHealingTM practitioner and instructor, mBraining coach, trained life and legacy coach, Shamanic and Yoga teacher.