meet the team

We have a very dedicated and diverse team at Girls in Charge, including a talented and experienced board of Non-Executive Directors.

You may notice faces on here change but that's simply because we have a hiring ethos of mutual benefit: we want to offer people the platform and opportunity to grow and develop whilst in turn, supporting our growth and further impacting more women. Our past team members have gone on to do fantastic things, from setting up their own businesses to working at some of the most influential companies in the world.

Check out our LinkedIn to see if we have any open positions to join our team.

Maggie Chen - Co Founder

Maggie Chen


Maggie is a serial entrepreneur, linguist, and lecturer. She launched her first company in 2015 when she was still a fresher at university. Her academic background lies in literature, but was heavily involved in the startup scene at university. She was Director of Entrepreneurship at the Oxford Guild, and served on the Student Advisory Board of the Oxford Foundry. Now, she runs 2 companies ( and OxICE) as well as Girls in Charge, and also lectures and designs entrepreneurship courses for universities around the world. She dabbles in public policy, and is Chair of the Engagement Board at Cheshire and Warrington LEP.


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Shireen El Khatib - CEO

Shireen El Khatib

Shireen has 25+ years experience in retail and currently runs all 27 of Majid Al Futtaim shopping malls in the Middle East, which are visited by 178 million people annually. Her work over the years led Time magazine to name her as one of the key women revolutionizing luxury globally.

During her career, Shireen introduced and managed high-end fashion, jewellery and home brands such as Armani, Bulgari and Ralph Lauren Home. She was also the driving force behind bringing Harvey Nichols to Dubai, the largest outside the UK, as well as the iconic American department store Bloomingdale’s, for its first ever international expansion.

Shireen uses her expertise in retail to manage direct investments in emerging brands, and has consulted for established retailers as well as mentoring and advising up and coming designers.