Shirley Shahar

Dana Global


Chief Strategy Officer & Co-founder,


Shirley’s career has included significant experience in marketing and business development with corporate enterprise, agricultural innovation and startups in different sectors. Alongside her career, Shirley has been a mentor in different programs that promote diversity, women empowerment and innovation.

Today, she is leading DANA, an Abu Dhabi based venture builder and investment platform, that supports women led startups from the MENA region in sectors of desertech, including sectors of agrifood, sustainability, water solutions, renewable energy, and circular economy. She leads the company strategic planning regarding dealflow, business development, and ecosystem partnerships.

Shirley strives to implement impact and the values of diversity, sustainability and gender equality throughout DANA's operations.

Shirley’s vast experience in agritech and foodtech is invaluable in directing startups and regional ecosystem toward practical solutions that serve tangible marketplace needs.


Shirley is a mother of four, including twins.


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