Penelope Shihab

Dr. Shihab is a distinguished leader, accomplished biotech scientist, and dedicated entrepreneur deeply committed to fostering innovation and driving economic development. As the Director and co-founder of the Wyoming Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and a senior advisor to President Edward Seidel in economic development and health care, Dr. Shihab stands at the forefront of shaping a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem within the state. With a profound understanding of the entrepreneurial landscape and an unwavering passion for innovation, she empowers scientists, researchers, and artists to translate their visions into successful ventures, drawing from her extensive entrepreneurship, business development, and higher education administration background.

Remarkable achievements mark Dr. Shihab's professional journey. As the CEO and founder of Jordan Company for Antibody Production (MonoJo Biotech), a leading biotech firm in the Arab region, she has garnered global recognition for her significant contributions. MonoJo Biotech has been handpicked by the World Economic Forum as one of the 100 Arab Startups reshaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution and acknowledged as one of the ten start-ups driving transformative change in the Arab world.

Educationally, Dr. Shihab holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences from the esteemed University of Strathclyde in the UK, coupled with research experience at the University of Cambridge. This blend of academic expertise and practical experience makes her a uniquely qualified leader. She further leverages her knowledge by serving on the Advisory Board of the School of Computing at the University of Wyoming and the Chemical Engineering Department at Jordan University of Science and Technology. She offers vital insights to shape educational objectives and future curriculum development.

Beyond her entrepreneurial pursuits, Dr. Shihab's influence extends to her role as a board member of "The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)," a renowned funding organization for research networks. She established the Applied Scientific Research Fund (ASRF), a not-for-profit organization in the Middle East, and Royale Therapeutics Ltd. in Cambridge, UK, to facilitate access to cutting-edge technologies and innovations.

Dr. Shihab's exceptional contributions have earned her prestigious accolades. She has been honored as a high-impact global entrepreneur by /NY and recognized as the EY Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, Jordan award recipient, and full member of the club of ROME. Her influence extends to being ranked among the World's 100 Most Influential Arabs by Arabian Business and acknowledged by Forbes Middle East as one of the top 30 women driving innovation in Middle Eastern beauty brands.

In addition to her professional achievements, Dr. Shihab is an active community member, frequently engaging as a public speaker at esteemed forums such as the World Economic Forum (WEF), IEEE, and WSF. She is committed to promoting global cultural diversity and is dedicated to fostering cross-cultural partnerships. She harnesses the power of social media and TEDx platforms to inspire women and young professionals worldwide, encouraging them to emerge as leading entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Penelope Shihab speaking

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