Darah Zahran

Darah Zahran

Business Partner - Social Enterprise at Scottish Enterprise (Scotland) 

Having started her career in External Relations and Advocacy Project Management in a large UK-wide charity, Darah has gained experience in a range of strategic and operational roles across the third, public and private sectors, including over 15 years in skills and education development where she was responsible principally for sector strategy, skills policy and partnership development. Having then spent time in the oil and gas sector as the Director of Policy and External Affairs for OPITO, the key industry skills body,she moved back into the third sector through a range of strategic consultancy roles before working exclusively with social enterprises.

Darah is currently leading a European Partnership Programme for Scotland aimed at increasing competitiveness for social enterprises. She is the primary contact for social enterprise policy and strategy within Scottish Enterprise, Scotland’s main economic develoment agency. Darah is directly managing key strategic initiatives within Scotland’s 10 Year Strategy and Action Plan for Social Enterprises, including ecosystem development and supporting innovative practice within social enterprises.