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Naadiya Moosajee

Co-Founder, Women in Engineering

South Africa · Class of 2019

“I am a female engineer,” Naadiya says. “When I introduce myself, I still get gasps or looks of surprise. This isn’t a surprise to me as women account for just 11% of employees in architecture and engineering globally.” Naadiya sought to remedy this imbalance by launching Women in Engineering (WomEng), a social enterprise that seeks to develop engineering and STEM talent in girls in multiple African countries and now global. Naadiya went through a period of intense media exposure and as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community, resulted in invites to Davos and other major gatherings but which left her feeling stretched. Part of the problem, she said, was her uncertainty over how to describe the larger issues facing women as engineers and entrepreneurs. She remains committed to the goal. “Engineers design our world and our society, and if we don’t have women at the design table, we exclude 50% of the population,” she says.