Zahra Shah

I've been working in startups and emerging markets for over 7 years, with a focus on growing tech ecosystems in conflict-affected areas. Having spent the last two years leading Re:Coded's operations in Iraq, and working with Gaza Sky Geeks before that, I want to utilise my experience to bring business and investment to the region. I truly believe that Iraq can provide valuable opportunities for businesses looking to launch or expand here, and i'm interested in supporting others who want to venture out to a country that people are traditionally skeptical to pursue. A big part of this is to change the current perceptions of Iraq through quality content by highlighting some of the everyday success stories that are overshadowed by other news.

Agile Rituals And Terminology: Part Two

This article is the second of a three-part series on introducing the concept of agile methodology by Sami Shaker, a Software Test Manager at Fratoria. Read the first part here. The most widely used method in Agile is Scrum. In this article, we will focus on Agile rituals and terms. The meanings of the terms, the actions […]Read More

5 Ways Pure Platform Is Solving Iraq’s Cash Economy Conundrum

One of the biggest challenges for e-commerce businesses in cash-based economies is the lack of efficient payment gateways. With less than spectacular penetration for debit cards and constrained-by-ceiling mobile payment methods, true e-commerce is incomplete. Pure Platform, Iraq’s first fintech startup is looking to change this for Iraq and all other cash-based economies. Pure Platform is […]Read More


Meet Iraq’s Influential Women In Tech

The international image of women in Iraq isn’t very er, positive. There are currently no women cabinet ministers and a recent study by National Geographic rated Iraq as the 6th worst place in the world to be a woman. In addition, women do not make a huge percentage of the workforce (so women in tech […]Read More

The Riveting Story Of Yousif: Mosul’s First Technology Entrepreneur

After fleeing Mosul in 2015, Yousif Alneamy embarked on an expedition to Europe in search for better opportunities. A life under the Islamic State (ISIS) could not be the only way. Yousif eventually ended up in the Netherlands, but not after countless difficulties including the perilous boat journey to Greece. His eventual return to Mosul […]Read More


5 Tips For Organising A Hackathon In Iraq (And Other

As part of the Iraq Technology and Entrepreneurship Alliance, I had the opportunity to lead the country’s (and possibly the Middle East’s) largest hackathon: the Iraq Innovation Hackathon. Five cities. 48 hours. 300+ attendees. Tackling local and nationwide challenges with on-the-ground solutions. For most participants, it was their first ever hackathon and a huge learning curve […]Read More

Another 8 Startups In Iraq You Should Know About

Since our previous article, 10 Technology Startups in Iraq You Need to Know About, we wanted to introduce you to another amazing eight startups making waves in the country’s tech scene. From fintech and tourism to the medical field, these startups in Iraq have overcome significant challenges to launch their businesses and are constantly striving […]Read More

Knowledge Space Has Launched As Kirkuk’s First Tech Hub

Co-working spaces and tech-focused activities are still new in Iraq, with most major cities missing its own version of a Google Campus. Recent developments in Erbil, Baghdad, and Suliymaniya show the beginnings of the co-working space movement. Now, Kirkuk also has its own hub. Kirkuk is generally known as an oil-rich, yet politically contentious city. […]Read More