Shima Barakat

Entrepreneur and Academic 


Dr Shima Barakat is an academic at the Cambridge Judge Business School.

Aside from being an academic Shima is an entrepreneur and director committed to making the world a better place. She has spent two decades helping companies, governments and international funding agencies improve their performance in an environmentally and socially sensitive manner.

She is the director of two enterprise and entrepreneurship programmes for PhDs and Postdocs at the University of Cambridge, UK supporting the development of technology entrepreneurs and the commercialisation of technology from within the university and its partners.

As an entrepreneur, Shima is one of the founders and a Director of Value in Enterprise, the responsible business consultancy company. She was also one the founders of Nahdet El Mahrousa and the Egyptian Junior Business Association (EJB) in Egypt and the Global Communities Initiative (GCI) in the US which she chaired the board of for a number of years.

Shima is interested in critically studying entrepreneurship practice to explore the implications on people and the planet. Currently, she has a particular interest in gender influences.

BASED IN: Cambridge, UK

LANGUAGES: English, French and Arabic


Women in Academia – different views of success. University World News, April, 2014.

Quotas not the answer to board diversity. Financial Director, January 2012.

Gender diversity in Boards. The Times of India. December 2011.

Editorial, Enterprising Matters. Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, September 2011


The meaning of success for enterprising women

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