Asra Nadeem is the first female Pakistani venture capitalist and a global speaker. As the Vice President at DraperU, a pre-accelerator, Asra leads the startup, corporate and investor education programs. She also invests in early stage companies through DraperU Ventures. DraperU alumni have raised $250M+ in investments and include companies like QTUM ($5B) and nVision ($275M acq).
Aside from investing, most of Asra’s work is directly with governments, universities and international incubators to establish local entrepreneurial hubs, investment opportunities and corporate innovation initiatives.
Before working at DraperU, Asra worked on product and market development for startups in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. She was an early employee and the first female product manager in Pakistan for rozee.pk (jobsite) and naseeb.com (matchmaking for Muslims). She later led Bayt.com’s special projects team to build web infrastructure for government organizations and MNC’s in the MENA region.
She frequently speaks globally to help teams and individuals innovate around the future of work, understand the basics of angel investing, build startup ecosystems and engineer an entrepreneurial mindset. Asra can be found reading and funding researches to build vertical cities or inventing new recipes for world’s best hummus.