fbpx --> --> -->

Saudi’s MOST HAPPENING CONFERENCE

Early Bird Ends In:

Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
Buy Tickets

Our Story

Step Saudi is home to Saudi's best entrepreneurs, investors, creatives, and digital enthusiasts. The last edition of Step Saudi featured 4 content tracks, more than 100 startups, and 1500+ attendees. Step Saudi 2020 will be taking place virtually across 2 days on November 24-25th and will feature Step's renowned program, exhibition, startup activities, and experiences.

1500+

Attendees

100

Showcasing Startups

4

Conference Tracks

50+

Companies & Government entities participating

CONTENT Tracks

1 Conference, 4 Content Tracks

2020 Speaker Line-Up

More Speaker Announcements Coming Soon

Salman
Jaffrey

Saudi Aramco

Salman
Jaffrey

Saudi Aramco

Salman T. Jaffrey is the Chief Investment Officer at Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Ventures (also known as Wa’ed Ventures), a $200 million venture capital fund established by Saudi Aramco. The fund invests in innovative and impactful, early-stage startups with high growth potential, that promote economic development and enhance the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem in the Kingdom. Salman has more than 15 years of experience investing and consulting in venture capital and private equity deals. He has led a number of investments across the deal continuum – from originating, evaluating and executing deals to maximizing investment value – and has managed a sizable investment portfolio. Prior to his current role, Salman was the Chief Financial Officer & Head of Portfolio Management at Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, a $500 million corporate venture capital fund that invests globally into early-stage and high growth companies with technologies of strategic importance to Saudi Aramco, to accelerate their development and deployment in the Kingdom. He has previously worked at leading professional advisory and consulting firms, including PwC and Ernst & Young. Salman has completed executive programs on venture capital (UC Berkeley), innovation and entrepreneurship (Stanford), and digital transformation (MIT). He holds a master’s degree in business forensics from the University of Melbourne and a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Bond University, Australia. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has undertaken several leadership programs at Saudi Aramco.

AMAL
DHOKAN

Global Entrepreneurship Network Saudi

AMAL
DHOKAN

Global Entrepreneurship Network Saudi

Amal Dokhan is an innovation driver, a design thinking believer, a startup trainer and an angel investor. Amal currently manages the Global entrepreneurship network connecting different ecosystem players and delivering suitable content to different stake holders in the ecosystem. Previously Amal was the managing director of Babson Global Center at prince Mohammed Bin Salman college teaching entrepreneurship to masters students. She also worked at king Abdulla University of science and technology managing startup accelerators and corporate innovation programs. Alongside that Amal delivers startup boo camps in different countries around the Mena region and Africa.

Ahmad
AlNaimi

STV

Ahmad
AlNaimi

STV

Ahmad is a Partner at STV, a venture capital firm based out of Riyadh with $500m USD under management. He is responsible for end-to-end investment cycle including sourcing of opportunities and board memberships. Prior to STV, Ahmad was part of an early stage company based in Seattle that develops infrastructure software for machine learning. Prior to that, Ahmad led the business incubation function of Aramco Entrepreneurship Center.

Yousef
Albabtain

SHOROOQ PARTNERS

Yousef
Albabtain

SHOROOQ PARTNERS

Yousef is a Senior Investment Professional at Shorooq Partners, a leading MENA focused venture capital fund based in Abu Dhabi. Previously worked at an internationally renowned advisory firm in Riyadh, working as a Consultant in strategy and financial due diligence. Yousef then moved to lead the business development and growth activities for a portfolio of Saudi-based companies across real estate, logistics and investment sectors. He received his Bachelor’s honor degree in Finance from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.

Nora
M.
Al
Sarhan

Saudi Venture Capital Company (SVC)

Nora
M.
Al
Sarhan

Saudi Venture Capital Company (SVC)

Nora is the Executive Director of Investment and the Head of the Investment of Funds Program at the Saudi Venture Capital Company (SVC) a Government VC fund with a capital of SAR 2.8B. Nora is an experienced Investment Committee Member with a demonstrated history of working in the venture capital and private equity industry. Prior to SVC Nora worked in several entities including Monshaat, SVCIC and was an Executive Consultant in Ernst and Young in Transaction Advisory Services.

Christopher
Schroerder

NEXT BILLION VENTURES

Christopher
Schroerder

NEXT BILLION VENTURES

One of the most interesting questions of our time is what will happen to societies, economies and innovation as almost everyone has a super computer in their pocket — and what it will mean for those who don’t. Now, with access to rapidly changing tech, and with Covid, much is massively accelerated. When I travel — now on zoom, once 250,000 miles a year - I love to see and understand this shift bottom up; to understand differences in culture, history, governance. But I also love to see what is shared as, for all the diversity across borders, problem solvers in rising markets share a ton - more so often than with the West. Tremendous impact and wealth will be created. I am hopeful by nature; love to hike; read much of the time; try to be of-service all of the time - and hopefully share all of it first and foremost with my kids.

Ali
Abulhasan

Tap Payments

Ali
Abulhasan

Tap Payments

Ali Abulhasan’s interest in payments and technology has grown into a continuous road of discovery for the past 15 years. Throughout his career in the oil, banking, and telecom sectors, he always found himself exposed to payment transaction pain points. So he founded Tap Payments in 2014 to help enable startups and SME’s in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to start accepting online payments easily. Today Tap serves over 50,000 businesses of all sizes, from small home businesses all the way to large corporations across various industries such as retail, food, insurance, airlines, telecom, and many others. Ali Abulhasan also shares an interest in arts, design, and product development.

Jessy
El
Murr

Jessy Trends

Jessy
El
Murr

Jessy Trends

Jessy El Murr is a multilingual, independent digital journalist and certified media consultant with over 18 years of international news experience. A seasoned field journalist and former BBC and Sky News Arabia correspondent, El Murr has acquired and executed several media consulting and training projects for government and private entities across GCC countries including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, The United Arab Emirates and the State of Kuwait.

Khaled
Alsuraisry

Saudi Venture Capital Company

Khaled
Alsuraisry

Saudi Venture Capital Company

As an Investment Manager at SVC, my responsibilities include assessing VC funds as well as PE funds. Additionally, i work on co-investments with Angel Investors. Prior to joining SVC, i worked at Ernst and Young (EY) in the Transaction Advisory Services departments, where i worked on FDDs, Valuations and Business Plans.

Loulwa
Bakr

Global Ventures

Loulwa
Bakr

Global Ventures

Loulwa Bakr lead a notable career in corporate finance and investment banking that spanned 15 years and culminated with heading the investment banking division of Credit Suisse Saudi Arabia. In 2017, she founded Chrome Advisory, an investment advisory firm that supports and enables the venture capital ecosystem. She has participated in various CMA committees that reviewed regulations at the inception of the CMA, and lead some of the landmark transactions in Saudi capital markets. Loulwa has advised and arranged the financing, restructuring, growth through mergers and acquisitions and most significantly, access to capital markets, for top tier corporations. In addition to being recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, she is currently an independent member of the Board of Directors of Reyl Finance (MEA), a member of the audit committee of Budget Rent A Car Saudi Arabia and a member of the advisory board of Columbia University’s Global Centers. Loulwa holds a Master’s degree of Business Administration in Finance and Economics from the Graduate School of Business of Columbia University in the City of New York.

Othman
Abahussein

Nala

Othman
Abahussein

Nala

Originally a programmer, Othman worked briefly in government and then moved on to build multiple tech companies before building Nala, a digital health company with the mission of simplifying healthcare access.

Payments Partner

Partners

WHAT GOES ON

TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

The agenda will feature virtual talks, panels, fireside chats; technical workshops and more covering startups, funding, digital media, fintech, and future tech.

STARTUP PROGRAMMING

With 100+ startups showcasing virtually, Step Saudi hosts multiple programs and opportunities to facilitate connections with investors, clients, partners virtually.

SATELLITE EVENTS & MEET-UPS

Step Saudi curates focused virtually networking opportunities and meet-ups across industries, job levels, and interests hosted by VCs, incubators, digital agencies, and other partners.

EXHIBITION AREAS

Tech companies and brands across multiple industries will participate at Step Saudi 2020 virtually where startups and attendees get the chance to connect with the best in their industry and learn what’s new in the market.

BRAND ACTIVATIONS

Leading brands in the tech and digital space from FMCG brands to automotive companies, banks, media, and tech solutions, host first-of-their-kind virtual activities to interact with attendees and startups.

ENTERTAINMENT

Step Saudi 2020 will feature experiences including virtual music performances, and other entertainment and activities across the 2 days of the event.