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Noor Sweid
Founder and General Partner at Global Ventures


Noor Sweid is the founder of Global Ventures, a 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 technology and innovation ecosystem in Dubai. 

Noor moved back to Dubai in 2005 when she joined her family business, Depa. In 2008, Noor became the first-ever female Arab to lead an IPO (with Depa) in the region – on the NASDAQ Dubai and the London Stock Exchange. 

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, the Collegiate American School in Dubai, as well as the portfolio companies of Global Ventures. 

Noor has been named in Forbes’ “Power Businesswomen in the Middle East” (2021) and one of the “World’s Top 50 Women in Tech” (2018). She has featured in the Arabian Business 100 Most Powerful Arab Women list three times and has been profiled on the covers of Forbes Middle East, Entrepreneur Middle East, and Arabian Business magazines.  

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