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Investing in growth markets – is MEA VC viable post pandemic?


Aug 12, 2020 02:38 PM

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Noor Sweid
Partner @Global Ventures
Noor Sweid is a partner at Global Ventures, a UAE-based, growth-stage venture capital firm focusing on investing in emerging markets. Previously, Noor was the chief investment officer at The Dubai Future Foundation, where she spent time developing the innovation ecosystem in Dubai, and a managing partner at Leap Ventures. In 2008, Noor led the IPO for Depa, her family business, on the London Stock Exchange and NASDAQ Dubai, scaling the business tenfold in three years to reach $600M in revenues. Additionally, Noor founded ZenYoga, the first yoga and pilates studio in MENA and largest chain of wellness studios in the region, which she exited in 2014 through sale to a private equity firm. Noor is chairperson of the Middle East Venture Capital Association, was on the Founding Board of Endeavor UAE, and serves as a director for MIT Sloan, TechWadi, The Grooming Company, and beyond.
Victoria Behn
Director, Middle East @Euromoney
Victoria has worked at Euromoney for over 16 years where she is currently director for the Middle East. She is responsible for the development of the Middle East business and managing the relationships with public and private sector partners. Euromoney has covered the region since its creation over 50 years ago and has run training and major financial events for 25 years. She enjoys travelling and has worked extensively in the Middle East and Africa. Before joining Euromoney Victoria worked at the CWC Group, covering the oil, gas and infrastructure markets. She also worked at NCH Action for Children in Edinburgh focusing on the charity’s policy events. Victoria holds a BA in history from Leeds University.