Halla Shish

Halla Shish

Executive & Leadership Coach, Trainer, Facilitator.


Halla is a Syrian/French national born in Damascus and brought up in Paris, where she did most of her studies. She started her career in marketing and communication with leading agencies in France, where she conducted a wide array of consulting assignments for global brands and industry leaders, including corporate identity and reputation, brand management, advertising, digital marketing, and crisis management.

She moved to Damascus in 2009, to head the Communication & Marketing Department of a newly established holding company which had a mission to build the kind of infrastructure that would help improve the lives of many in a country that was so dear to her. That was her attempt to “give her Syrian side a chance and make a positive contribution”, which was cut short by the rising turmoil in the country. She eventually crossed the border to Jordan to pursue her marketing career in 2011, before roaming through Qatar in 2013 and settling in the UAE in 2015.

After 15 years in the corporate and agency worlds, her middle-eastern quest and journey made her realize it was time to put her wisdom, her skills and her emotional intelligence at the service of developing other individuals and teams. She founded Minds, a boutique coaching and consulting agency based in Dubai.

Current Role

Halla is a full time Executive, Leadership Coach, trainer and facilitator. She is now dedicated to enabling personal and organizational growth and transformation, to cultivating purposeful leadership, bringing her unique blend of multicultural exposure and business experience into her practice. Her mission is to connect people and teams to the power of leading life, communities, and organizations from a place of humanity, authenticity and purpose.

Educational Background

Halla holds a Masters degree in Modern Languages and Economics from La Sorbonne University in Paris, and an Executive MBA from UK-based Bristol Business School.

She has several international coaching certifications: she is a Certified Co-active Coach, a licensed Leadership Circle Profile (LCP), Collective Leadership Culture Survey (CLCS), MBTI Profile, and NLP Practitioner.

She is currently undertaking further professional training in Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC).

Halla speaks 4 languages fluently and has a passion for people and the human mind, for arts and culture. She is also a certified Yoga teacher and an avid student of Eastern philosophies and healing arts.

Professional Affiliations

Halla is a member of the International Coaches Federation (ICF), and holds the Certified Co-Active Professional Coach (CPCC)  credential from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI).