Naadiya is a serial entrepreneur by passion, an engineer by training, is Co-Founder at WomHub, a unique ecosystem builder supporting innovation along the STEM value chain including building talent, incubators & accelerators, female founder innovation spaces and deploying capital She serves as the Chief Innovator with her focus being on entrepreneurship, gender, future skills, AI and cybersecurity.
Naadiya co-founded WomEng, a global social enterprise developing women and girls for engineering and tech. She was a Co-Chair for the Saudi Arabia B20 Task Force on the Future of Work and Education and the B20 Italy special taskforce on women empowerment & B20 Indonesia Taskforce for Women Empowerment & B20 Action Council on African Economic Integration. She’s a venture partner at Five35 Ventures, a pan African venture capital fund investing in women in tech businesses across Africa. Naadiya serves as an independent board director at the Momentum Metropolitan Foundation, a Trustee of the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance and a member of the Investment Committee, A member of the Expert Council for the Aspen New Voices Fellowship and an emeritus board director for the International Youth Foundation, the former chair of the board at the TQMF trust and board member at Pegasys Strategy and Development. Naadiya serves as an advisory board member for the University of Cape Town Faculty of Engineering, and was a Global Future Council Member with the World Economic Forum: Gender, Education and the Future of Work. She was a global shaper with the World Economic Forum and Curator of the Cape Town Hub. Naadiya co-owns a successful restaurant group in Cape Town.
Naadiya is a renowned speaker and was named “Top 20 Young Power Women in Africa” by Forbes Magazine as well as one of the top people in tech in Africa by Los Echos (the French version of the Financial Times). Naadiya has worked across 30 countries to revolutionise the face of engineering through diversity, inclusion, innovation, entrepreneurship and education leaving no one behind in a tech-enabled future. She is passionate about cybersecurity, entrepreneurship, equitable technology, fostering prosperity in emerging economies and engineering better societies.