Co-Chair, Business Leadership Alliance
AmCham Abu Dhabi
Regional Head for Middle East Business Development & Strategy
Lockheed Martin Global Inc.
In the current role, Blerina serves as the responsible go-to focal point for all Lockheed Martin customers and business areas in the Middle East. She reports to Gen (ret.) John Nicholson – Lockheed Martin Chief Executive for the Middle East and is responsible for driving enterprise-wide business strategies that support the corporate country vision and the company growth. Making sure to be providing an understanding of Regional culture and business processes by addressing customer’s needs, Blerina leads relationships with various government entities like defense organization, MOD, Armed Forces, Embassies and so on. At the same she is invested into promoting women in the region and serves as the Chairwoman of Lockheed Martin Women Impact Network (WIN) for the Middle East, KSA and Africa.
She is specialized in Tax Law and holds two Masters Degrees with a focus on International Trade and Business Management from LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome. Before joining the Defense Industry she was a BlueBook Trainee for the European Union Commission. In 2012 she joined the Leonardo Corporate offices in Rome as part of the International BD team and reported directly to the Middle East and Americas SVP and since then she has been focused on the defense industry in the Middle East, Africa, Pakistan and Iraq. During the time in Leonardo Blerina supported various negotiations in the Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and so on . In 2018, Blerina joined Mubadala Group primarily to establish and oversee the Mubadala Aerospace Commercial Department and reported to the company General Counsel/dotted line to the Division CEO. During the Mubadala tenure among various responsibilities she was appointed as Chief Negotiator to represent the interest of Mubadala, Tawazun, EDGE Group and Etihad Airways in two occasions. Blerina joined Lockheed Martin in early 2021 and she resides in Abu Dhabi with her husband and her daughter Alexandra.