Zakia Bahjou is the Dow Sadara Interface Office (DSIO) Supply Chain Director and Logistics Director for India, Middle East & Africa for The Dow Chemical Company.

Zakia’s previous experience is characterized by a diverse career advancement, with 25 years of experience in Internal Audit, Finance, Sales, Business Development, Digital, Marketing and organization and people development.

Prior to Dow, she has gained strong E2E business strategy development and implementation, internal audit, operations, people management and leadership capabilities with 14 years of global B2B and B2C Companies across the IMEAT region, such as Alcan Group, Tetra Pak, Nestlé and Danone Baby Nutrition, gaining strong business operations and people leadership acumens in different value chains, industries, functions and geographies.

In 2011, Zakia joined Dow as a Regional Marketing Manager for the Home, Personal and Industrial Care business, ME&A. In this role, she drove the regional E2E strategy to optimize growth, market shares and profitability. In 2012, Zakia was appointed Regional Commercial & Marketing Manager of Dow Consumer & Industrial Solutions (DCIS), adding sales responsibilities to her duties and leading the MEAT organization set-up and people development. In early 2013, Zakia led the Advanced Materials businesses for the Middle East & Africa region, driving growth across key segments and strengthening its technology leadership position in strategic markets. She led the Dow Water & Process Solutions business growth and team development between 2014 and 2018 advocating cost-effective and resource-efficient technologies and integrated the Dow RO KSA plant into the business operations in the region. She relocated to KSA earlier in 2019 for above 2 years where she took over the Dow Middle East Digital Marketplace Center leader role developing the first wave of operations processes digitalization and customer demand fulfillment digital platforms. In April 2021, Zakia has been appointed as the IMEAT HR Organization Leader role in a time where Dow is introducing a new HR model, a new Career Framework and going through a strategic culture transformation. In October 2022, Zakia has been appointed as the Dow IMEA Senior ISC and DSIO Director. In her new capacity she leads the IMEA ISC organization to design and deliver the IMEA ISC strategy in line with Dow businesses growth priorities (CX, Sustainability, Innovation and Operations Excellence). She also partners with Sadara Business Director to ™Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow DOW RESTRICTED General Business ensure optimized Supply Chain network design and reliable operations will provide oversight for the PMLA Freight and Deductible recovery process.

Zakia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a Finance Major from the École Supérieure de Commerce, Morocco, and a Strategic Marketing Masters from the Pierre Mendès-France University in Grenoble, France. Zakia is also a Certified Internal Quality Auditor, an MIT Design Thinking Certified Leader, a tri-lingual media trained leader and has joined few top I&D, Leadership and Executive Development Programs in UK, Belgium, France, Sweden, Switzerland.

Zakia Bahjou

Senior Logistics Director for India, Middle East & Africa, Dow and Supply Chain Director, Dow Sadara Interface Office (DSIO)


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