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Donna Cara

Head of HR and Administrative Operations

Donna Cara is an impressively qualified Human Resources and Administration Manager with ten years of human resources management experience and nine years in sales and office administration. She has notable experience in strategic human capital planning, performance management, staffing, employee and labor relations, employee benefits, employment contract negotiation, compensation and payroll, training and development, and management coaching.

Donna is a certified Human Resources Management Consultant and Human Resources Manager. She received her certification from the American Certification Institute in April 2017. In 2000, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of the Cordilleras, Philippines. Additional studies included education courses. In 2005, she obtained a Certificate in Pre-School Practice from the National Extension College, United Kingdom. In 2002, Donna also received her Certificate in Teaching from the Philippines-based Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University.

Prior to working for The Developing Child Centre [TDCC], Donna had a multi-dimensional role as the Key Account Manager, Purchasing Officer, Logistics Manager and Administrative Officer at a Dubai-based trading company. In this position, Donna worked on Dubai-centric, large-scale projects for educational and government establishments. Together with the various project teams, she successfully provided planning and management assistance to the building of new facilities, interior space planning, furniture selection, and human capital resourcing.

Donna is a founding member of the TDCC core team. She is passionate and committed, supporting the organization in its promotion as a center of excellence dedicated to the mental, physical and social empowerment of children – not only in the UAE, but across the GCC. Donna works closely with the TDCC Board of Directors and the various Heads of Departments to support and facilitate the delivery of TDCC’S overall health and wellness objectives and its mission and vision. She is a valuable and highly respected team member, dedicated to empowering and supporting each employee’s individual and professional growth.

Donna has harnessed her experience and talents to effectively deliver the day-to-day planning and execution of the high level tasks of the administration department, planning and developing recruitment strategies, overseeing staff benefits, ensuring policies and programs comply with UAE labor laws and regulations, and helping TDCC evolve and build a culture that reflects the organization’s mission and values. Her role as a brand consultant, helping create and manage directional, strategic projects to help magnify awareness of TDCC’s vision and mission is invaluable to the organization.

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