Zakaa Farhat is Head of HR-Northern Europe at J&J, where she is leading the Enterprise HR strategy for all the sectors: Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals & Consumer. Zakaa joined Johnson & Johnson in 2013 where she held various roles in Emerging Markets out of Dubai before moving to the UK for her recent role. Prior to joining J&J, Zakaa was the Regional HR Director for GE Healthcare- ME and the “HR Simplification and Change Leader” since 2010 where she lead HR transformational projects across Emgering Markets.
Before GE, Zakaa was the Head of HR at the IMF & United Nations Developement Program for 6 years from 2004 to 2010 based in Beirut, Lebanon, prior to that she gained deep HR functional experience in various specialist roles in Recruitment, C&B, Training and Employee Relations.
Zakaa holds an MBA (thesis: Talent Management) and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the American University of Beirut. In addition, she has a diploma in International HR Studies from Cornell University; she is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and a certified trainer in the Change Acceleration Process.
She is Lebanese, married with two kids and currently based in the UK.