The road to real leadership is rarely a straight one. Among Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs, few have faced more obstacles than Zahra Al-Harazi. With a no-holds-barred attitude, Zahra helps people and organizations realize their potential for success. She draws on her experience as a pioneering woman in the business world with a unique approach to attitude, leadership, and success, as well as her experience as a refugee, immigrant, entrepreneur, and community-builder.
A survivor of two civil wars, Zahra immigrated to Canada with her three small children 18 years ago. She had no higher education or connections to the business community, but her entrepreneurial spirit quickly led her to start her first company Foundry Communications, an internationally recognized Canadian creative powerhouse.
Zahra is currently the co-Founder of her second company, the startup Skillit. She also consults with some of Canada’s top organizations on strategy and communications. As a speaker, Zahra has spoken to audiences throughout the world, inspiring leading institutions such as The Royal Bank of Canada, Ernst & Young, Great West Life, and more.
Zahra’s accomplishments have earned her many accolades. She was named one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 (2009), Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by Chatelaine magazine (2011), and one of Canada’s 100 most powerful women by WXN (2012). She also received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canada (2012) and the RBC Top 25 Immigrants to Canada Award (2013).
Zahra is now the Canadian Ambassador to UNICEF and recently authored Degrees of Freedom to be published by HarperCollins in 2019.