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Zahra Al-Harazi (born c. 1971) was born in Sana'a, Yemen, subsequently moving to Canada where she became an award-winning entrepreneur. She is the founder and director of Foundry Communications.
Early life and education
Zahra Al-Harazi was born in Yemen. She immigrated to Canada in 1996 with her children. Al-Harazi taught ESL at the Yemen American Language Institute until 1995.
In 2006 Al-Harazi started Foundry Communications, with her business partner. Al-Harazi is now sole owner and Creative Director of Foundry Communications – an internationally awarded  marketing and communications studio known for its strategic approach to design.
During her career in the marketing and communications industries, Al-Harazi has been awarded multiple accolades, including Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 (2009), Business in Calgary's Leader of Tomorrow, Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by Chatelaine (2011), and has been named one of the most powerful women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN). She has also been awarded the Governor General's Diamond Jubilee Medal for making a significant contribution to Canada.
Al-Harazi has given speeches at institutions such as Young Women of Influence, Ace Nationals, The Globe and Mail business conference, the Toronto Board of Trade, Mount Royal University, Women in Philanthropy, Women's Executive Network and Entrepreneurs Organization Istanbul University. She has also been a judge for many national design competitions such as Design Edge, Applied Arts, Elevated HR, New ARs, and the Ace Student Entrepreneurship Awards.
Al-Harazi has written in the Financial Post' about how her experiences and how her identity have shaped her into a successful businesswomen. Her advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is to "celebrate your individuality. In business and in life, it's a competitive advantage like no other".
Al-Harazi has received several honors and awards throughout her career. Some of her recent accolades include:
- Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 (2009) 
- Business in Calgary’s “Leader of Tomorrow” (2010)
- Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by Chatelaine (2011) 
- Most powerful woman in Canada by WXN (2011) 
- Governor General's Diamond Jubilee Medal
Associations / Memberships
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Al-Harazi is a member of several professional associations. She has made many contributions through her charitable work and has garnered respect from her colleagues and the design community at large. She has been asked to judge many national design competitions including Design Edge, New ARs and Applied Arts to name a few. Membership includes:
- Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) 
- Canadian Women in Communications 
- Graphic Designers of Canada 
- Sit at the Table (SATT) 
- Type Directors Club International 
- Women’s Executive Network (WXN) 
- Women Working in Calgary (WWC)
board of directors
- Learning and Events Chair – Entrepreneurs Organization (2011 – present) 
- Board member – Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (2010–2011) 
- Former member – Ad Rodeo Association (2008–2010) 
- Former board of directors – Immigrant Services Calgary (2007–2010) 
- board of directors – Lunchbox Theater
- City TV interview on Breakfast Television
- Sun TV interview with Pat Bolland at the Roundtable
- CTV interview with Jocelyn Laidlaw
- Avenue Magazine: Top 40 Under 40
- Avenue Magazine: Mad Women
- Calgary Herald: Foundry lures top talent to Calgary[broken citation]
- Business in Calgary: Leader of tomorrow[broken citation]
- Canada’s Women Entrepreneur of the Year
- Globe and Mail: Report on Business
- Globe and Mail: Immigrant entrepreneurs past and present
- Alberta Venture Magazine: A profile on Zahra Al-Harazi
- Profit: W100 Canada’s top women entrepreneurs
- Avenue Magazine – How to Network
- Mom Ventures
- National Post – Celebrate Your Individuality[broken citation]
- HERS Magazine: Fall 2012 Issue
- Dolce Magazine
- Anokhi Magazine: Intelligent Design
- Entrepreneurs' Organization: Project Octane
- 'By Her Own Design', Hers Magazine (Calgary Herald), Fall 2012, page 17. Retrieved 2012-11-05.
- Globe and Mail Zahra Al-Harazi'
- Drew Anderson, 'Next Up: A Profile of Zahra Al-Harazi of Foundry Communications', Alberta Venture, 15 October 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-05.
- Woman of Influence keynote Speech
- Ace Nationals Student Entrepreneurship Awards Keynote Speech
- Women In Philanthropy Keynote Speech
- http://www.nationalpost.com/Celebrate+your+individuality/6286468/story.html here
- Zahra Al-Harazi on Twitter @zahrasays
- www.foundrycommunications.ca Foundry Communications