Judges

Najla Al Midfa

CEO, Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa)

Najla Al-Midfa is Chief Executive Officer of the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa), a
government-supported entity launched in January 2016, with a mandate to build the tech
ecosystem in Sharjah, and support entrepreneurs as they build and grow innovative startups
that will contribute positively to the region’s economy. To date, Sheraa has built a portfolio of
over 100 startups, which have raised over $70m in investment, created over 1300 jobs, and
generated over $80m in cumulative revenue. Sheraa also hosts the annual Sharjah
Entrepreneurship Festival (SharjahEF), a gathering of over 3000 entrepreneurs, investors,
mentors, and ecosystem supporters.
 
Najla is a board member of United Arab Bank and Emirates Development Bank. She is Vice-
Chairperson of Young Arab Leaders, and a board member of Endeavor UAE. She is also a fellow
of the Aspen Institute’s Middle East Leadership Initiative, and an Eisenhower Global Fellow.
Najla holds an MBA from Stanford University.

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