Nabeela Ixtabalan, Head of Digital Transformation, leads the digital transformation of Ingka, a world leader in the home furnishing business.

Her career includes nearly 20 years of leadership and business development experience with world class brands such as Starbucks Coffee and IKEA in the US, Canada and Europe. Nabeela was previously Chief Human Resources Officer for IKEA US supporting the people agenda for over 15,000 co-workers, Vice President of IKEA Canada and most recently established the Retail Transformation Office within Ingka globally.

Nabeela is especially passionate about enterprise wide transformations, the future of work, change management, diversity & inclusion and organizational design. In 2017 she was appointed to the TaskRabbit Board of Directors, a leading gig economy platform that has revolutionized digital two sided marketplaces.

Nabeela graduated with a dual degree in Marketing and Supply Management & Distribution from Indiana University and holds a masters in Industrial and Organizational Behaviour and Design from the University of Texas. She is also a certified executive coach who helps leaders understand how they can leverage natural strengths and identify and affect behavioural changes that will help them succeed.

Nabeela resides in Sweden with her husband, two kids, and Oreo-Fudge, the greatest cat in the world.

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