Career profile: Maha Al-Faleh, HR senior manager, HSBC Saudi Arabia

Written by
Changeboard Team

05 Sep 2017

05 Sep 2017 • by Changeboard Team


HSBC Saudi Arabia is an award-winning investment company, so every member of the business has to constantly strive for the best result. I like the dynamics and excitement of this kind of environment. From a personal point of view, it’s also important for me to work in an organisation that shares my principles and looks to empower its female employees.

My typical day

A typical day would start with going through my emails, discussing people matters with my team and meeting business heads. We have several projects going live this year so this requires my ongoing attention.

The challenges and rewards of my role

I always say that in HR, we are in the business of people and I enjoy making a positive influence on people’s lives. My role also requires that I understand business concepts and strategies which can be a challenge, but I enjoy being a fully-fledged business partner.

Essential skills for my role

I think you need a combination of strong common sense, empathy, strategic thinking and constant learning. You also have to remain fully aware of the various market trends.

My attitude to my career

I’ve always set myself mini-goals and targets. It really helps me to focus and persevere. I try to learn from my mistakes and always look to build on my strengths.

Challenges I’ve faced along the way

When I first started working in HR, there still wasn’t much of a female presence in the industry. This was probably the biggest challenge I’ve faced, as I felt a constant need to prove myself and fight stereotypes. I’m glad to see that there is now a greater female presence in business, and in HR in particular. This has been achieved by people appreciating what women can bring to business, and not because of enforced quotas.

My proudest moment

I’m happy to say there have been several throughout the course of my career! What instantly comes to mind is when I was selected to become a business partner at HSBC.

My career advice would be

Always work hard, be resilient and continue to build on your strengths. Make sure you’re self-aware and keep developing.


​Film: Breakfast at Tiffany’s or Roman Holiday. I’m a big Audrey Hepburn fan
Song: Any song by Fairoz – she reminds me of my mother
Book: Between Two Worlds by Zainab Salbi
Piece of advice you’ve been given: Practice makes perfect
Place to eat: Anywhere Italian
Holiday spot: Again… anywhere Italian