Dr Shima Barakat

Entrepreneurship Education Advisor at Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPDA)


Dr. Shima Barakat, MBA is an entrepreneur, director and academic obsessed with making the world a better place. Her work over the last 20years has focused on how entrepreneurial mindsets and activities can solve big global challenges. She has held several positions at the University of Cambridge since 2007 including as Head of Entrepreneurial Learning Programmes at the Judge Business School and is currently the Entrepreneurship Education Advisor at the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Shima has particular interest and expertise in sustainability and gender. She has recently been heavily involved in the €400M EU funded EIT Food project and was involved in shaping the strategic direction of both the education and venture creation activities. Shima currently sits on the Board of Directors of the EIT Food Northwest regional company and contributes to the target of educating 10,000 students and creating 350 new ventures through EIT Food. Shima has also (co)founded several ventures in the UK, Egypt and the US, and personally supported the early stages of over 100 start-ups. Her latest initiative is Impact Women’s Network to increase the visibility of the impact of women’s enterprising activities and catalysing greater change, together.