Zabeen is a Strategic Advisor to the private, public and academic sectors, and a director on corporate and not-for-profit boards. Prior to this, she had a distinguished career at RBC, spanning senior executive roles in Human Resources and Business leadership.
As Executive Advisor Future of Work at Deloitte, she advises the firm and its clients on issues key to the transformation agendas of business and government. Areas of focus include leadership and talent, workforce and culture transformation, lifelong learning and re-skilling, diversity and inclusion and purpose-driven organizations. She is a frequent speaker, writer and media commentator on these topics. She has also been active in the Covid 19 recovery and rebuild efforts.
Zabeen sits on the Board of Directors for Sleep Country Canada, a leading retail brand. As a proponent of inclusive growth and prosperity through investment in people, she advises senior levels of government and academia on diversity and inclusion, talent, culture, and future of work. She is a member of the External Advisory Board for the Canadian Foreign Service Institute, and a member of the External Advisory Board for diversity and inclusion for the U.K. Research and Innovation Council and former advisor to the Clerk of the Privy Council at the Government of Canada. Zabeen is executive-in-residence at Simon Fraser University Beedie School of Business, sits on Governing Council for the University of Toronto and is a visiting Professor at King’s College Policy Institute in London, U.K.
Zabeen is Board Chair of CivicAction, a city-building organization that brings together established and rising leaders from all sectors to develop solutions for pressing issues in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton region.
From 2007 to 2017, Zabeen was RBC’s Chief Human Resources Officer covering 80,000 employees in 40 countries, and a member of RBC’s Group Executive Committee which set the strategic direction of the firm. She also held responsibility for Brand, Communications and Corporate Citizenship, and Chaired the RBC Foundation. She led RBC’s People and Culture strategy during periods of significant transformation including digital disruption, rapidly changing customer, employee, and societal expectations, and global growth. RBC was consistently recognized as a Best Place to Work, a leader in diversity and inclusion, and a leading brand and corporate citizen. Zabeen’s external recognition includes: Canadian HR Awards Ivey Business School Lifetime Achievement for leadership in Human Resources; Governor General’s Meritorious Service medal for Diversity and Inclusion, Simon Fraser University Outstanding Alumni award, Catalyst Canada Champion for Women and Minorities in Business; WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame inductee and Top 25 Women of Influence.
Zabeen holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University.