Nabeela Ixtabalan

EVP, People and Corporate Affairs, Walmart Canada

In her current role, Nabeela leads human resources and corporate affairs for one of Canada’s largest employers with over 90,000 associates and more than 400 stores nationwide. Her career includes nearly 20 years of leadership and business development experience with three of the world’s most recognized brands – Walmart, IKEA and Starbucks Coffee in the US, Canada and Europe.

Nabeela was previously Head of Digital Transformation at Ingka, leading IKEA’s digital and retail transformation globally across 41 countries.

Nabeela is especially passionate about enterprise wide transformations, the future of work, change management, diversity and 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. In 2019, she joined the Future Skills Centre of Canada as a Board Advisor, a pan-Canadian effort focused on skills development and employment training to help Canadians transition in the changing economy. Nabeela also serves as a board member for the Miracle Foundation a US and India based organization which has the bold ambition to end the suffering of orphaned children and find a loving home for every single orphaned child in the world.

Nabeela graduated with a dual degree in Marketing and Supply Chain Management and Distribution from Indiana University and holds a master’s in Industrial and Organizational Behaviour and Design from the University of Texas. She is a certified executive coach through the International Coaching Federation and a six-sigma green belt.