Carla Harris is the Vice Chairman, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at
Morgan Stanley, and is responsible for increasing client connectivity to enhance
revenue generation across the firm. She is also a C-suite executive, author and singer.
In her 30-year career, Harris has had extensive industry experiences in the technology,
media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. In
August 2013, Carla Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the
National Women’s Business Council. She is also a member of the Board of Overseers
at Harvard University, and of the Board of Directors of the Walmart Corporation.
She has received several prestigious awards and accolades for her achievements, and
has been included in Fortune Magazine’s list of ‘The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives
in Corporate America’ and ‘Black Enterprise’s Top 75 Most Powerful Women in
As a singer, Harris has sold out concerts at the Apollo Theatre and Carnegie Hall. She
also is the author of the books, ‘Strategize to Win’ (2014) and ‘Expect to Win’ (2009).
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) was formed on 1 January, 1992, by a decree issued by the late Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum to merge Dubai Electricity Company and Dubai Water Department, which had been operating independently before then. Both organisations were established by the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum in 1959. Dubai Government fully supported the Electricity Company and the Water Department to provide Dubai’s citizens and residents with a continuous and reliable supply of electricity and water. Since then, DEWA has made considerable achievements, to be ranked as one of the best utilities in the world. DEWA provides services today to more than 900,000 customers with a happiness rate that reached 95% in 2018.
The UAE, represented by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has maintained its first global ranking, for the third consecutive year, with scores of 100% in all Getting Electricity indicators in the World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 report. The report measures the ease of doing business in 190 economies around the world. DEWA achieved competitive results in global benchmarking, surpassing the private sector and major European and American utilities in efficiency and reliability. DEWA raised the efficiency of its energy production by using the latest technologies and adopting technological innovations, surpassing European and American utilities, by reducing losses from electricity transmission and distribution networks to 3.3% compared to 6–7% in the US and Europe. DEWA also achieved the lowest customer minutes lost per year (CML) in the world of 2.39 CML compared to 15 minutes in Europe and was also able to reduce water network losses to 6.5% in 2018 compared to 15% in North America, which is one of the best results in the world.