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Noor Sweid is the founder of Global Ventures, a Dubai-based, growth-stage venture capital firm. Noor has been investing in the MENA entrepreneurial ecosystem since 2008, previously serving as the Chief Investment Officer at The Dubai Future Foundation and as a Managing Partner at Leap Ventures, a growth-stage venture capital firm based out of Dubai and Beirut.
With experience as a biotechnology and pharmaceutical strategy consultant in the US, and moving back to the MENA region in 2005, Noor joined her family business, Depa. Implementing best-practice corporate governance and enabling the scaling of the business tenfold in three years to reach US$600 million in revenues, Noor then led the IPO for the company in 2008, on the NASDAQ Dubai and the London Stock Exchange.
Noor also founded ZenYoga, the first yoga and pilates studio in MENA, which grew to become the largest chain of wellness studios in the Middle East, which she exited in 2014.
Noor is Chairperson of the Middle East Venture Capital Association, and also serves on several corporate boards. Noor holds bachelors’ degrees in Finance and Economics from Boston College as well as an MBA from MIT Sloan.