Cape Town, South Africa
Naadiya is a serial social entrepreneur by passion, a civil engineer by training, and is Cofounder and CEO at WomEng (Women in Engineering), an international nonprofit company developing the next generation of female engineers in Africa. WomEng currently works with over 3,000 girls and women in South Africa and Kenya and was awarded Top NGO in South Africa in 2013. Naadiya holds BSc Civil Engineering and MSc Engineering degrees and is currently completing her MBA. She serves as a Director at Pegasys, a niche management consultancy working in public transport, climate, and natural resources, and is a Board Director for the International Youth Foundation, providing skills building, leadership, and entrepreneurship training for youth globally. Naadiya is a YouthActionNet Global Leadership Fellow, an African Leadership Network Fellow, and an associate of the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance.
Naadiya has a variety of experiences from technical engineering to NGO development, management consulting, and entrepreneurship. She recently launched WomHub to house her work in developing gender parity in previously male dominated sectors such as engineering, technology, finance, investment banking, and leadership. She is a founding member of the Mentorship Institute, a leadership incubator developing leaders through mentorship. Naadiya is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and in 2014 was named as one of the “Top Twenty Young Power Women in Africa” by Forbes Magazine. She is passionate about fostering growth and prosperity in Africa, developing and mentoring the next generation of youth leaders, and engineering better societies. A story and video about WomEng can be accessed here.