Besan Dahboor Engel is a venture developer at the Global Entrepreneurship Centre (GEC),
the first global Scale-up Centre focused on impact start-ups. She is responsible for scouting and portfolio management of sustainable food/agri deep tech start-ups and coordinating and delivering tailor-made scaling-up services to these start-ups. The GEC-tailored services, through its main programs: the GEC Scaling Factory, the GEC Technology Services, and the GEC Catalyst Programme, aim to address all major obstacles to the growth of start-ups.
She has a diverse international experience within green investment and entrepreneurship, reflected in her previous roles, including a board member of directors with a leading green investment company, facilitating investment portfolios with the main focus on sustainability-related projects. She also holds an international background in business development, project management, and stakeholder management within the sustainable development sector.
Her educational background combines international business, development management, and technology and innovation management. In her early career, she was also engaged in international development and aid projects working with main donors, development banks, and international organizations, leading social entrepreneurship, capacity building, and women’s empowerment programs. She is also a certified coach in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), running her own mindset coaching business.