Mahitab Shamseldin
Senior Associate
Egypt-based. Communications and community development specialist (former head of Social Investment - Middle East and North Africa, Shell Abu Dhabi).

Mahitab is an expert in communications and social performance with over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in the Middle East. She worked for 15 years at Shell International as External Relations Manager, Middle East and North Africa Internal Communications Manager and Social Investment / Social Performance Manager for Shell in Abu Dhabi. Her career at Shell International covered communications, social investment and performance.

Her track record of development and management of creative solutions for the business is recognized in her management of Social Performance programmes and initiatives in the UAE. During her career at Shell, she was responsible for the MENA region internal communications during the 2011 Arab spring ensuring strategic messaging during the crisis. She has an in-depth understanding of the Middle East issues and social context.

Mahitab was also the Chief Editor of Shell’s MENA region stakeholder publication, which was distributed to over 4000 stakeholders in the MENA region. She is skilled at working with teams and developing task forces in a diverse and multi-cultural environment and has an excellent command of English and Arabic enabling the successful delivery of messages in sensitive and cross-cultural environment. Mahitab holds a degree in Journalism and Communication from the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Areas of Expertise
  • Understanding and managing Middle East social & environmental issues
  • Strategic communication
  • Stakeholder relations
  • Developing MENA-specific strategic content
  • Crisis communication and reputation management
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Social Investment
  • Non-technical risk management