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Hema Vallabh

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Hema is an engineer, turned entrepreneur, turned investor. She is the co-founder & CEO of WomHub, a boutique pan-African incubator and the first co-working space for female-founders in STEM in Africa. WomHub is a spin-out of her global, award-winning non-profit WomEng which provides interventions for girls and women at every stage of the engineering skills pipeline. Hema is also a founding partner at Five35 Ventures, a pan-African VC fund investing in women in tech.


Her passion for the work she does has resulted in a number of accolades in recognition of her leadership. These include being awarded the South Africa’s Most Influential Woman in Engineering title, and branded as a “Change-Maker” by Oprah Magazine. She has been named as one of South Africa’s Inspiring Fifty Women in Tech; and winner of the Fortune Most Powerful Women/Goldman Sachs Global Women Leader’s Award. She has most recently been listed in Forbes as one of 51 VC’s to watch investing in underrepresented founders.  However, it is not these accolades that define her, but rather the impact that she has through her work.


Hema also serves as an advisory board member, and is currently studying towards her Executive MBA at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

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