Basma Al Zamil hails from a well-renowned family enterprise, the Zamil Group based in Saudi Arabia. She has the distinct privilege of being one of the first female family members to work in the family enterprise, and through her various accomplishments, has risen to become one of the new generation of leaders within the group. She is regarded both in her family and the country as an expert in family enterprise transitions through governance, succession planning, leadership development, and technology. She advises leading families in the region supporting them to navigate complex issues while maintaining a harmonious family dynamic. She is deeply committed to empowering women and promoting gender diversity, and has been instrumental in championing these causes.
Basma started her professional journey at Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University as a Student Affairs Coordinator. Then, worked for Michael Baker International in the United States, before joining Zamil Group in Human Resources, bringing structure and change well ahead of her years, which led to her assuming the role of General Manager for Corporate Human Resources. She later held the position of Head of Corporate Social Responsibility where, driven by her belief in the positive impact that businesses can have on society, she spearheaded the development and implementation of various social initiatives. In addition, she works on preparing the family members to create the best future for them and designing a comprehensive plan for a smooth transition of leadership, ownership and governance.
Basma is currently an active member of several government and nonprofit organizations, serving on their boards and committees. She is currently a member of the local city council in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, and on the Board of Trustees at Royal University of Women in Bahrain. She is a prolific speaker and contributor to regional conferences and forums on all areas of family enterprise.
Basma holds a Master’s degree in Adult and Community Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Doctorate degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University. Her dissertation focused on Conflict Dynamics and Opportunities for Second-Generation Family Business Women in Saudi Arabia, and highlighted recommendations to manage conflict, enhance family dynamics and improve outcomes for women in family enterprises.