Saleem Najjar

Position and Company: Co-founder | Sharqi Shop
Country: Jordan

Saleem is a Syrian entrepreneur and eCommerce advisor since 2009, when he founded the first online food ordering service in Damascus that later expanded to cover most of Syria and was recognized by SHELL LiveWire programme as the best established business in 2010. Two years later, due to the conflicts, he had to shut it down and move to Jordan.

There, he worked as a consultant for more than 300 online stores, then started, an online marketplace that provides Syrian artisans with all the backup they need to sell their creations online and access international market.

During his journey, Saleem has won many prizes such as Nasa Apps competition and Techfugees prize. He was also selected to represent Syrian entrepreneurs in the EUTF conference in Brussels.

Saleem has raised funds to launch his startups from Oasis500 and the European Union and built partnerships with UNICEF and Mercy Corps. Also Spark appointed Saleem as an inspiring entrepreneur to speak for their trainees and on their website.

He managed World Bank Group initiative to support Syrian entrepreneur in Jordan. Also, Saleem’s story has been filmed to be shared in the World Bank Group annual conference for 2018.