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Neeru Sharma Executive Coach & Award Winning Entrepreneur at Marya Leadership Academy


Neeru is the Founder and Managing Director of the Marya Leadership Academy, a coaching and leadership development firm based out of Dubai. She has over 19 years’ experience as a coach, innovation facilitator and change agent. Neeru is an experienced cultural dynamics expert, and has lived and worked in over 6 countries working with multiple cultures and nationalities.

Prior to setting up Marya Leadership Academy, Neeru facilitated large-scale innovations and systemic change projects as an innovation consultant, and Social Impact consultant and investor. She has worked with the leading management-consulting firms (PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst&Young) as well as an innovation consulting firm and a social investment fund.

Neeru currently coaches executives of Fortune 500 companies, and CEOs of SMEs based out of Dubai. She brings a practical, empathetic and hands on approach to behavioral and mindset change required to grow and scale a business. Neeru is also an Adjunct Professor for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, at three leading business schools in the region. She works closely with universities, networking groups, incubators and funders feeding the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Dubai. Across her career, she has supported over 400 Entrepreneurs, Executives, Students and Business Leaders with thousands of hours of one-on-one and group coaching and executing Leadership Development Programs.

Neeru has designed and launched a social business incubator, as well as conceptualized a seed investment fund in India. She is proud to count 3 of her start-up clients as companies that have gone on to achieve successful IPOs in India. She is passionate about Social change agents and counts many successful social entrepreneurs as her clients in India Middle East and Africa region. Her signature startup coaching system, “The Unshackled Entrepreneur” is currently running successfully in its third year, in Dubai. Neeru holds an MBA with Distinction from UK, and is a Certified Professional Executive Coach with Certifications from Coaches Training Institute, HOGAN and the International Coaches Federation.

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