Founder & Executive Chairman, Alleem Investment
DR. RASHID ALLEEM IS WIDELY known as a visionary and thought leader in the business, socio-economic, academic and cultural fields. Known for his strategic thinking, he is respected by peers as a man with qualities of mind and heart.
Dr. Alleem dons many hats and hones various skills and passions. He is currently Chairman of Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority – UAE. He served for over a decade as Director General, Department of Seaports and Customs and Sharjah Free Zones Authority. He was the driving force in transforming the zones into a strategic commerce hub empowering thousands of businesses in the region, thereby contributing to the development of the UAE economy. He has been instrumental in bringing on board over 12,000 companies from across 157 nations and attracting a whopping $40 billion in FDI.
Dr. Alleem’s leadership has helped create business excellence on other fronts as well. His participation as Vice Chairman of World Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, as well as other organizations such as Sharjah Charity International, Sharjah About the Author Medical Zone, German Emarati Joint Council for Industry and Commerce and World Trade Development Council in Hong Kong, has seen his contribution enrich the business ecosystem in a noteworthy manner.
An honorary that visits faculties in numerous local and international universities, addressing almost 15,000 people a year, Dr. Alleem truly believes that excellence can only be achieved through sustainability by aligning commercial, social and environmental objectives.
A prolific writer both in English and Arabic, Dr. Rashid Alleem is the author of several books on management and leadership. His recent book My Green Journey in Hamriyah, a candid account of his endeavours in improving the environment and distributing his green message not only to entrepreneurs, but also organizations worldwide, has been well received. The book has been praised for its professional and practical approach on many knowledge platforms. Another book he authored, which is sought after in some circles, is My Leadership Secrets, written in English and translated into Arabic and German. He frequently addresses diverse audiences on the development of human capital and socially responsible business empowerment initiatives. In 2001, he founded Alleem Knowledge Center, a none-profit organization, which is a testament to his numerous initiatives and relentless efforts to promote leadership potential and to enrich the tenets of knowledge sharing. When the financial meltdown happened in September 2008, resulting in the crash of the global economy, Dr. Alleem took up the cudgels and went about creating fresh benchmarks for the industry in an effort to mentor and prepare the industry captains to withstand crisis. Alleem Knowledge Center chalked out an elaborate agenda for organising various events under the banner – Alleem Business Congress – and addressed various key issues through this unique forum.
Alleem Business Congress has set lofty benchmarks against the best international practices. Alleem Business Congress provides a wide platform where business leaders meet and work together to address survival strategies as well as the economic, social and environmental challenges of sustainable development by deliberating on Energy and Water, Leadership & Management, Project Management, Sustainable Development & Inclusive Growth and Marketing & Branding.
A commentator par excellence, his contributions on benchmarking overall excellence are much sought after in local and international publications. His thought-provoking articles have been the topic of discussion in various socio- economic events at national and international platforms. A popular persona with the local and overseas media, Dr. Alleem’s interview with, the BBC World English Channel for its Middle East Business Report segment, which is broadcast to an international audience, created a huge response from home and abroad. More recently, he was interviewed by Deutsche Welle (DW) a German international broadcaster, for the ‘Made in German Report’. Thanks to his leadership experience gained over two decades in the international business arena, Dr. Alleem is today acknowledged as a ‘Change Leader’ who strives relentlessly to usher in a new business ecosystem. Dr. Alleem earned a Ph.D. from the University of Salford, Manchester, UK, and received an honorary Ph.D from Atlantic International University (USA) in recognition of his achievements in the socio-economic fields. With honorary doctorates from Somalia University for Humanitarian Services, and American Global International University in the US for his global business contributions and numerous academic achievements, Dr. Alleem is the embodiment of lifelong learning and harnessing intellectual capital. Testament to his efforts are the various accolades he has received, including an Achievement Award by the League of Arab States in 2007, Gold Medal from the Mayor of Cannes for environmental efforts 2007, Excellence in Leadership award from ASSOCHAM in India 2008, and Celebrity of the Year by Khaleej Times newspaper.
As a tribute to Dr. Alleem’s administrative acumen, The Leading European Architects Forum (LEAF) award 2008 honoured Hamriyah Free Zone for its support and for recognizing best practices and promoting excellence. He’s been endorsed as a Maritime Personality for 2009 by Marine Biz TV and the bagged Global Champion of Climate Change 2011 award.
Dr. Alleem has been named the Global Champion of Climate Change at the opening of the ‘Youth & Climate Change’ conference organized by Youth Exnora International at the prestigious IIT Madras campus, in India. Acclaimed for his unique leadership qualities, Dr. Alleem has been conferred with the Middle East Business Leaders Awards 2012 as a tribute to his acumen in Training & Human Capital Development. He has also been decorated with the Jewels of Muslim World Award 2012 in Jakarta in recognition of his achievements as one of the top nine movers of Islamic economics. He was bestowed with the honour of Environmentalist of the Year 2012 by the Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in recognition of his contributions towards a sustainable environment. Dr. Alleem was recognized as one among the 100 UAE nationals who have contributed immensely to the ‘happiness’ of the UAE, on the eve of the United Nations’ ‘International Day of Happiness’ 2013.
In 2013, he was conferred with the ‘Certificate of Knight Award’ for his outstanding contribution in the field of ‘Leadership & Development’ by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and also bestowed with the Arab Organization Award for Social Responsibility from the Arab Organization for Social Responsibility in recognition of his CSR initiatives in Hamriyah Free Zone. Dr. Alleem has also been decorated with the coveted ‘2013 Extraordinary Human’ Award by the United Nations World Peace Organization in Washington, United States, on the occasion of the international day of people with disability.
In early 2014, Dr. Alleem was conferred with an ‘Award of Excellence’ by Daimler-Mercedes Benz Germany for his efforts in protecting the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) of Mercedes Benz in the Emirate of Sharjah, UAE. Later in May, Dr. Alleem received the prestigious ‘Global Economic Development Leadership Award’ in Cochin, India.
In a rare tribute to the wisdom reflected in ‘Management in the whole of the Arab World’, Dr. Alleem was honoured with the ‘Golden Arrow Award’ on 18th February 2014 in Dubai. On 3rd April, 2014, he was recognized as ‘Goodwill Ambassador for Peace, Care and Relief in GCC Countries, Middle East and North Africa’ by the International Organization for Peace, Care and Relief and Member of the Economic and Social Council of The United Nations. Many people also recognized him as the ‘Green Ambassador of the UAE’. Dr. Rashid was recognized as “THE KNOWLEDGE AMBASSADOR OF UAE 2015” by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Dr. Alleem was honored with “Friend of Singapore Sustainability Award 2017” by government of Singapore, and “Golden Friend of India Award 2017” by Indian Business and Professional Council on the 68 th Republic Day of India.
Dr. Rashid Alleem