Umayma Abubakar

Mubadala Investment Company: Head of Internal Corporate Relations

Umayma is the Head of Internal Corporate Relations at Mubadala Investment Company.  She joined Mubadala Development Company in March 2010.  Her current responsibilities include counseling the senior leadership team on employee engagement levels, overseeing the company‘s culture and engagement initiative and supporting the Deputy Group CEO, Chief Corporate & Human Capital Officer with all communication requirements.  Part of her role also includes integrating Mubadala assets and increasing their engagement levels, as well as overseeing the following teams; Branding and Design, Onevoice, Group Communication Operations and the Corporate Divisions.  Umayma led the change management efforts in collaboration with PMO & Human Capital during the merger between Mubadala Development Company and IPIC in June 2016.  Umayma has participated in a number of international and regional conferences sharing case studies on Mubadala’s Employee Engagement model.    

Prior to Mubadala, Umayma was the Head of Corporate Affairs at Barclays Bank, UAE and has 14 years of experience in the Financial sector.  Her responsibilities included overseeing Public Relations, Internal Communication and CSR for the UAE region.

Prior to this role Umayma has a wide range of experience in Sales and Marketing for both Private Banking institutions and International Banks.   

On behalf of Mubadala, she has received awards for Company of the Year, a Diamond SABRE in Reputation Management, and In2 SABRE Best in Brand Narratives in 2018.  She has also been awarded the Rising Star award by the Holmes Report in 2016, received the Distinction award in Employee Engagement during the Human Assets Expansion Summit – MENA 2014, as well as the Melcrum Internal Communicator of the year Award in 2013, in London.

Umayma is currently a member of Arthur W. Page Society, a professional association for senior public relations and corporate communications executives who seek to enrich and strengthen their profession, through active contribution of research papers. 

She is a mother of three young strong minded woman, has a blue belt in Judo and enjoys circuit training, boxing and cooking in her spare time.