English العربية

MARCH 25 – 2019الرياض

المؤتمر الأكثر حيوية في الرياض

سجّل للحصول على عرض تذكرتين بسعر واحدة لمؤتمر ستيب السعودية 2020!

قصتنا

بدأ مؤتمر ستيب كسلسلة ورشات عمل ولقاءات صغيرة، وكبر المؤتمر عبر سبع سنين ليصبح أكبر مهرجان تفاعلي للتكنولوجيا في الشرق الأوسط. تضمن ستيب 2019 في دبي أربعة مؤتمرات وأكثر من 250 شركة في معرض الشركات الناشئة، وأكثر من 6000 زائر على مدى يومين. والآن سينطلق مؤتمر ستيب في السعودية يوم 25 مارس وسيصبح محطة انطلاق لأفضل رياديي الأعمال والمبدعين ومحبي التكنولوجيا في المملكة.

50+

شركات وجهات حكومية مشاركة

4

مسارات محتوى

100

شركة ناشئة

1500+

زائر

المتحدثون

Mohammed
Alzubi

Nama Fund

Mohammed
Alzubi

Nama Fund

I’m an engineer, turned entrepreneur, turned tech investor. Made numerous investments along the years, some failed miserably, some turned out great, one is a global top 5 unicorn and one is hopefully on its way, standing at 70% realized IRR over 10 Years. My current investment focus is on seed stage startups, and in terms of geography, its mainly the GCC, particularly Saudi. You can reach me on twitter @mzu3b

Hamad
Almuqbel

Lean Node

Hamad
Almuqbel

Lean Node

Software Engineer, and a co-founder of Lean Node, a software development company and a Partnerships Manager at Udacity. Through previous work Hamad led the MENA web courses management at Udacity and prior was a technology Strategy consulting at Accenture. Hamad has extensive experience in product development, MVPs and prototyping.

Nadim
Salha

Vestra Capital

Nadim
Salha

Vestra Capital

Has more than 16 years of experience in early stage investing, venture capital, fund management, and investment banking, in the MENA and the GCC regions. He is the managing partner of Vestra Capital, a consultancy firm with a focus on venture capital. Nadim is also an investor and founder in start-up companies in the technology, F&B and services sectors mainly in the MENA region. Nadim holds an MBA from INSEAD, and a bachelor degree in Business Administration from St. Joseph University, Beirut.

Muhab
Benten

Ministry of Housing

Muhab
Benten

Ministry of Housing

Director General of Building Technology Stimulus Initiative – Housing Program, an initiative that aims to drive a paradigm shift in the housing construction industry. With a MSc. in Engineering Management and Leadership from Santa Clara University, Mr. Benten’s careerhas focused on Business Development, Product Management, and the designing and developing of products to support the growth of SMEs. In addition to leading several government entities in their e-transformation journey and further seeks to play a vital role in contributing to the realization of Saudi vision 2030.

Muhab
Benten

Ministry of Housing

Muhab
Benten

Ministry of Housing

Director General of Building Technology Stimulus Initiative – Housing Program, an initiative that aims to drive a paradigm shift in the housing construction industry. With a MSc. in Engineering Management and Leadership from Santa Clara University, Mr. Benten’s careerhas focused on Business Development, Product Management, and the designing and developing of products to support the growth of SMEs. In addition to leading several government entities in their e-transformation journey and further seeks to play a vital role in contributing to the realization of Saudi vision 2030.

Osama
AlRaee

Misk Foundation

Osama
AlRaee

Misk Foundation

Entrepreneurship Growth Director at Misk Innovation. Osama has served as a consultant at some of the world’s biggest firms, including McKinsey & Co., Strategy& and Ernst & Young. He has also worked at Amazon in Seattle. He currently heads Misk Foundation’s Tech accelerator / incubator program focusing on incubating tech and media innovation for the benefit of Saudi youth, creating tailor-made programs that equip them with the necessary skills for the country’s future vision. Osama is a graduate of the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Mineral and holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Strategy from Duke University.

Osama
AlRaee

Misk Foundation

Osama
AlRaee

Misk Foundation

Entrepreneurship Growth Director at Misk Innovation. Osama has served as a consultant at some of the world’s biggest firms, including McKinsey & Co., Strategy& and Ernst & Young. He has also worked at Amazon in Seattle. He currently heads Misk Foundation’s Tech accelerator / incubator program focusing on incubating tech and media innovation for the benefit of Saudi youth, creating tailor-made programs that equip them with the necessary skills for the country’s future vision. Osama is a graduate of the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Mineral and holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Strategy from Duke University.

Ahmad
AlZaini

Foodics

Ahmad
AlZaini

Foodics

Ahmad Alzaini is the co-founder and CEO of Foodics, a fast-growing foodtech startup. A businessman by nature, Alzaini is an app aficionado, developing businesses in Saudi Arabia within several industries. Today, Foodics has extended to new markets across the MENA region, processing over 1 billion transactions, and offering the latest technology in POS and restaurant management.

أحمد
الزيني

شركة فودكس

أحمد
الزيني

شركة فودكس

أحمد الزيني هو المؤسس المشارك والرئيس التنفيذي لشركة Foodics ، وهي شركة ناشئة سريعة النمو في مجال تكنولوجيا الأغذية. رجل أعمال بطبيعته ، Alzaini هو محبي التطبيق ، وتطوير الأعمال في المملكة العربية السعودية في العديد من الصناعات. اليوم ، امتدت Foodics إلى أسواق جديدة عبر منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا ، حيث عالجت أكثر من مليار معاملة ، وقدمت أحدث التقنيات في إدارة نقاط البيع والمطاعم.

Abdallah
Altamami

iNet

Abdallah
Altamami

iNet

With more than 10 years of experience in technology investments, Abdullah serves as Managing Director of Investments for Integrated Networks (iNet), a leading technology firm in Saudi Arabia with more than $30m assets under management in venture capital across the world. He sits on the Board of Directors for Loyyal Corporation (San Francisco, USA – Loyyal.com), HyperPay (Riyadh, KSA – HyperPay.com), and Eco4Pay (Dubai, UAE – Eco4Pay.com). By being an active board member in helping companies execute on partnerships building, revenue growth, and scaling strategies; Abdullah managed to successfully deliver more than 300% Return on Investment (ROI) on iNet investment portfolio for the past four years. Previous to current responsibilities, Abdullah worked with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management (Miami, USA) advising a team of VPs and their clientele on investment strategies, fund selection, and long term financial planning. He also worked with Cisco Capital (Miami, USA) assessing potential investment targets in South America, and Jadwa Investment (Riyadh, KSA) covering major global economies, regional micro and macro economic drivers, and investment selection in public equities market. Academically, Abdullah is a graduate from University of Miami (Florida, USA) with both a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Mathematics, and a Masters degree in Management of Technology. During his studies, he regularly engaged with the entrepreneurial community in Florida, and later in 2009 he founded PlayJoiner; a pro bono online platform for managing sport events and tournaments. Aside from his professional responsibilities, Abdullah advises local (KSA) entrepreneurs on how to attract venture capital and scale businesses, and government entities on building the ecosystem.

عبدالله
التمامي

شركة اي نت

عبدالله
التمامي

شركة اي نت

مع أكثر من 10 سنوات من الخبرة في مجال الاستثمارات التكنولوجية ، يعمل عبد الله كمدير إداري للاستثمار في الشبكات المتكاملة (iNet) ، وهي شركة تكنولوجيا رائدة في المملكة العربية السعودية مع أكثر من 30 مليون دولار تحت إدارة رأس المال الاستثماري في جميع أنحاء العالم. وهو عضو في مجلس إدارة Loyyal Corporation (سان فرانسيسكو ، الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية – Loyyal.com) ، HyperPay (الرياض ، المملكة العربية السعودية – HyperPay.com) ، و Eco4Pay (دبي ، الإمارات العربية المتحدة – Eco4Pay.com). من خلال كونه عضو نشط في مجلس الإدارة في مساعدة الشركات على تنفيذ بناء الشراكات ونمو الإيرادات واستراتيجيات التوسع ؛ نجح عبدالله في تحقيق أكثر من 300٪ عائد استثمار (ROI) على محفظة iNet الاستثمارية خلال السنوات الأربع الماضية. قبل المسؤوليات الحالية ، عمل عبد الله مع ميريل لينش لإدارة الثروات (ميامي ، الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية) لتقديم المشورة إلى فريق من نواب الرئيس وعملائهم حول استراتيجيات الاستثمار ، واختيار الصناديق ، والتخطيط المالي طويل الأجل. كما عمل مع سيسكو كابيتال (ميامي ، الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية) لتقييم أهداف الاستثمار المحتملة في أمريكا الجنوبية ، وجدة للاستثمار (الرياض ، المملكة العربية السعودية) التي تغطي الاقتصادات العالمية الرئيسية ، والمحركات الاقتصادية الإقليمية الصغيرة والجزئية ، واختيار الاستثمار في سوق الأسهم العامة. أكاديمياً ، تخرج عبد الله من جامعة ميامي (فلوريدا ، الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية) حيث حصل على درجة البكالوريوس في علوم الكمبيوتر والرياضيات ودرجة الماجستير في إدارة التكنولوجيا. خلال دراسته ، كان يشارك بانتظام في مجتمع ريادة الأعمال في ولاية فلوريدا ، وفي وقت لاحق من عام 2009 أسس شركة PlayJoiner ؛ منصة مجانية على الإنترنت لإدارة الأحداث الرياضية والبطولات. وإلى جانب مسؤولياته المهنية ، ينصح عبدالله أصحاب المشاريع المحليين (KSA) حول كيفية جذب رأس المال المغامر والنشاط التجاري ، والكيانات الحكومية على بناء النظام البيئي.

Michele
Iozzo

Criteo

Michele
Iozzo

Criteo

Michele Iozzo is Managing Director Middle East & Africa at Criteo. In this position, Michele oversees Criteo’s business in the Middle East region and on the African continent. Before, Michele held a number of different leadership positions within Criteo. He has been Managing Director Africa and has also been part of launching and growing the business across the region as Commercial Director MEA. Before that, as Head of Strategic Partnerships and Data – Germany, he was responsible for strategic projects and driving revenue growth via partner acquisition and retention for the country. He joined Criteo in 2011 as Business Development Manager in Germany. Michele has more than 10 years of Ecommerce experience, among others at Yahoo!. https://www.linkedin.com/in/micheleiozzo/

Laila
Al-Omran

Jadarah

Laila
Al-Omran

Jadarah

An experienced professional with a track record of involvement in innovative projects in areas of e-commerce, retail, CSR, and travel and tourism. Managed to carve my niche in the e-commerce market with the launch of Chic on Edge in 2015 whilst working with A.H Algosaibi Group to help set up their CSR and Communication department. I then joined Tajawal and Almosafer as part of their strategy team as a project manager handling market expansion, payment solutions, new ventures, change management, and youth development programmes and many other projects and initiatives.

Laila
Al-Omran

Jadarah

Laila
Al-Omran

Jadarah

An experienced professional with a track record of involvement in innovative projects in areas of e-commerce, retail, CSR, and travel and tourism. Managed to carve my niche in the e-commerce market with the launch of Chic on Edge in 2015 whilst working with A.H Algosaibi Group to help set up their CSR and Communication department. I then joined Tajawal and Almosafer as part of their strategy team as a project manager handling market expansion, payment solutions, new ventures, change management, and youth development programmes and many other projects and initiatives.

Salma
Bader

Microsoft

Salma
Bader

Microsoft

Regional Learning & Development Director for Middle East & Africa at Microsoft where she is responsible for driving readiness for the organization across difference segments including sales, marketing, and business delivery in line with the overall strategic direction set in conjunction with regional and global leadership. Salma has been with Microsoft since 2006 and over the course of her career has gone from her initial technical role, to sales and marketing, before her current position. This exposure gives her strong insight as to the requirements and realities needed by different business segments when preparing and leading learning and development programs for the organization. Salma is a graduate in Computer Engineering and Information Systems from the Kingdom of Bahrain and was the first female Saudi employee to join Microsoft In Saudi Arabia , Her passion is learning and helping other realize their full potential in her own time Salma loves reading & dears every moment she has with her family & kids.

Salma
Bader

Microsoft

Salma
Bader

Microsoft

Regional Learning & Development Director for Middle East & Africa at Microsoft where she is responsible for driving readiness for the organization across difference segments including sales, marketing, and business delivery in line with the overall strategic direction set in conjunction with regional and global leadership. Salma has been with Microsoft since 2006 and over the course of her career has gone from her initial technical role, to sales and marketing, before her current position. This exposure gives her strong insight as to the requirements and realities needed by different business segments when preparing and leading learning and development programs for the organization. Salma is a graduate in Computer Engineering and Information Systems from the Kingdom of Bahrain and was the first female Saudi employee to join Microsoft In Saudi Arabia , Her passion is learning and helping other realize their full potential in her own time Salma loves reading & dears every moment she has with her family & kids.

Khalil
A.
Al-Shafei

Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Venture Co, WA’ED

Khalil
A.
Al-Shafei

Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Venture Co, WA’ED

خليل الشافعي هو الرئيس التنفيذي والعضو المنتدب لشركة أرامكو السعودية لريادة الأعمال وائد. وقبل التحاقه بعيد ، التحق السيد الشافعي بشركة أرامكو للخدمات (ASC) ، وهي الشركة الأمريكية التابعة للشركة السعودية أرامكو ، في عام 2012 كمدير لقسم الخدمات الفنية لشركة ASC. وأشرف على هذا المنصب على مجموعة واسعة من أنشطة الشركة ، بما في ذلك شركة أرامكو إنفيشرز ، شركة أرامكو إنرجي فنتشرز ، وهي شركة تابعة لشركة رأس المال الاستثماري في أمريكا الشمالية ، بالإضافة إلى مسؤولية الهندسة وتكنولوجيا المعلومات وتأمين الجودة والتفتيش ، والرقابة البيئية ، والمشاريع العملاقة ودعم المشاريع ، ونقل التكنولوجيا. قبل انضمامه إلى ASC ، تم تعيين الشافعي رئيسًا مؤقتًا لمركز الدراسات والبحوث البترولية في الملك عبد الله. وفي هذا المنصب ، أشرف على تطوير المركز وإطلاقه ، بما في ذلك استراتيجيات البحث ورأس المال البشري وتكنولوجيا المعلومات والتمويل والمشتريات والعلاقات العامة. فضلا عن بناء المنشأة. وقد قام بتعيين الموظفين التنفيذيين للمركز ، وقاد إطلاق المؤتمر الافتتاحي للمركز في عام 2011. أمضى الشافعي أكثر من 30 عامًا مع شركة أرامكو السعودية ، وهي شركة بترول وكيماويات عالمية متكاملة ، تعمل في العديد من المناصب القيادية والمهنية. بصفته مديرًا لبرنامج الأبحاث والتكنولوجيا ، قام بتوجيه تطوير الخطة الإستراتيجية للشركات لبرامج البحث والتقنية النهائية. كما عمل الشافعي كعضو في اللجنة الإستراتيجية لشركة أرامكو السعودية الرائدة في تطوير الاستراتيجيات المشتركة للوقود النظيف ، والزيوت إلى الكيماويات ، والنفط إلى الهيدروجين ، والنفط عن طريق الأسلاك ، والكربون ، وإدارة الكبريت. وبحث تأثير السياسات البيئية والتشريعية على الطلب على النفط. كما قاد تطوير استراتيجيات التعاون داخل المملكة العربية السعودية والمؤسسات البحثية العالمية في أوروبا والولايات المتحدة والصين وروسيا. وقاد الشافعي ، أثناء عمله كمدير لإدارة تخطيط المواد والنظام ، تطوير برامج جديدة لتحسين إدارة سلسلة التوريد في الشركة لتقليل تكلفة الشراء والوقت ، ووضع الشركة بشكل استراتيجي للاستفادة من ظروف سوق السلع. كان الشافعي رئيس تحرير مجلة Proceedings on Engineering for Calcareous Sediments وقد نشر العديد من الأوراق الفنية في المؤتمرات الصناعية في جميع أنحاء العالم. كما كان أحد مؤسسي الجمعية الأمريكية للمهندسين المدنيين في المملكة العربية السعودية ، وانتخب رئيساً لفترتين. خلال مسيرته المهنية ، حصل على العديد من الجوائز التقنية والقيادية. وهو حاليا رئيس جمعية الابتكار. حصل الشافعي على شهادة البكالوريوس في الهندسة المدنية من جامعة الملك فهد للبترول والمعادن وشهادة دراسات عليا في الهندسة المدنية من جامعة تكساس في أوستن. أكمل برنامج الإدارة العامة التنفيذي في كلية هارفارد لإدارة الأعمال. و “تغيير اللعبة: تحليل ومفاوضات صنع القرار”. كما أكمل برامج في معهد ماساتشوستس للتكنولوجيا في التخطيط الاستراتيجي لسلسلة الإمداد. والاستراتيجيات الريادية للابتكار والنمو في كلية بابسون

Khalil
Al-Shafei

WA’ED

Khalil
Al-Shafei

WA’ED

The CEO and Managing Director of Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Venture Co. “WA’ED.” Prior to joining Wa’ed, Mr. Al-Shafei joined Aramco Services Company (ASC), the U.S. subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, in 2012 as the manager of the ASC Technical Services Department. In this role he oversaw a wide of company activities, including the North America venture capital subsidiary Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, as well as responsibility for engineering, information technology, quality insurance and inspection, environmental stewardship, megaprojects and project support, and technology transfer. Prior to joining ASC, Al-Shafei was appointed as the interim president of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center. In this role, he oversaw the center’s development and launch, including strategies for research, human capital, information technology, finance, procurement, and public relations; as well as the facility’s construction. He recruited the Center’s executive staff, and led the launch of the Center’s inaugural conference in 2011. Al-Shafei spent more than 30 years with Saudi Aramco, a fully integrated, global petroleum and chemicals enterprise, serving in numerous leadership and professional positions. As the director of the Research and Technology Program, he guided the development of the corporate strategic plan for downstream research and technology programs. Al-Shafei also served as a member of Saudi Aramco’s Corporate Strategic Committee leading the development of the corporate strategies for clean fuel, oil to chemicals, oil to hydrogen, oil by wire, carbon and sulfur management; and he investigated the impact of environmental and legislative policies on oil demand. He also led the development of collaboration strategies within Saudi Arabia and global research institutions in Europe, the United States, China and Russia. Al-Shafei, while serving as the Manager of Materials Planning and System Department, led the development of new programs to optimize the company’s supply chain management to reduce procurement cost and time, and to strategically position the company to take advantage of commodity market conditions. Al-Shafei was the chief editor of the Proceedings on Engineering for Calcareous Sediments and has published several technical papers at industry conferences worldwide. He was also one of the founders of the American Society of Civil Engineers-Saudi Arabia Section and was elected president for two terms. During the course of his career, he has received several technical and leadership awards.

Salah
Sharef

Syarah

Salah
Sharef

Syarah

صلاح الشريف هو رجل أعمال متسلسل أسس أول شركة ناشئة منذ أكثر من 10 سنوات. في عام 2008 أسس “سوق” OpenSooq ، وهو سوق الإعلانات المبوبة باللغة العربية والذي يجتذب أكثر من مليار مشاهدة في الصفحة شهريًا. في عام 2015 ، غادر صلاح محل OpenSooq لبدء مشروعه الجديد ، Syarah ، وهو سوق على الإنترنت لشراء وبيع السيارات. لقد نجحت “سيارا” في إغلاق جولتين من الاستثمار منذ إطلاقها ، وتستقطب حالياً أكثر من مليوني زيارة شهريًا. يمكنك العثور على مزيد من المعلومات حول Syarah على الرابط التالي:

Salah
Sharef

Syarah

Salah
Sharef

Syarah

Salah Sharef is a serial entrepreneur who founded his first startup more than 10 years ago. In 2008 he founded OpenSooq, an Arabic classifieds marketplace which currently attracts more than one billion page views in traffic per month. In 2015, Salah left OpenSooq for his new venture startup, Syarah, an online marketplace for buying and selling cars. Syarah has successfully closed two rounds of investment since it’s launch and currently attracts more than 2 million visits per month. You can find more information about Syarah at the following link:
Saudi startup Syarah raises $2 million for its online car marketplace

Omar
Rebhan

Carriage

Omar
Rebhan

Carriage

عمر REBHAN هو العضو المنتدب لنقل المملكة العربية السعودية. شركة التكنولوجيا الرائدة في تقديم الانترنت في الشرق الأوسط. عمر هو خبير تطوير الأعمال مع التركيز على الشركات الناشئة التكنولوجيا والنمو. مؤخرا كان متورطا في جذب الاستثمار والعلاقات التجارية ومجالات التجارة الدولية. كان يعمل سابقا في R & D الطاقة المتجددة، والتصنيع الغذائي والاستشارات الهندسية في الولايات المتحدة والمملكة المتحدة والمملكة العربية السعودية. وهو مهندس ميكانيكي عن طريق التجارة مع بكالوريوس وماجستير من جامعة ولاية كاليفورنيا وتنشط في الساحة ريادة الأعمال والابتكار في المملكة العربية السعودية من خلال المتأنية بدء التشغيل والإرشاد.

Omar
Rebhan

Carriage

Omar
Rebhan

Carriage

Managing Director of Carriage Saudi Arabia; a leading tech company in online delivery in the Middle East. Omar is a business development expert focusing on tech startups and growth. Recently he was involved in the investment attraction, business relations and international trade fields. He previously worked in the renewable energy R&D, food manufacturing and engineering consultation in the US, UK and KSA. He is a Mechanical Engineer by trade with BSc & MSc from California State University and is active in the entrepreneurship and innovation scene in Saudi Arabia through startup advisement and mentorship.

Amal
Dhokan

BABSON Global

Amal
Dhokan

BABSON Global

As Director of the Babson Global Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Amal is responsible for the strategic direction, tactical execution and operational oversight of the Center. The BGCEL focuses on expanding the practice of Entrepreneurship at all levels. She has a diverse range of experience in management, teaching, training and marketing related roles, particularly in education. Over the past four years, Amal has played multiple leading roles at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and at the Entrepreneurship Center in particular. She managed the university startup accelerator, which was funded by Saudi British Bank (SABB) and hosted twenty-eight startup teams in its first edition with a variety of technologies including IOT, New Materials, Software and Biotechnology from 13 different universities. Amal managed the program design, sponsor engagement, startup mentorship and other related matters. Amal taught and co-designed a course in Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation that was offered to Masters and Post-Doctoral students. She designed and taught in the executive education programs with a focus on innovation for companies and other institutions either in-house or at KAUST. Amal delivered training sessions in all signature programs designed for the needs of the customers. Prior to that she worked in the KAUST Seed Fund that worked with research startup funding and investments. Previously Amal managed an educational organization where she designed programs and innovative initiatives to be implemented by educators in any available setting. In addition to teaching, Amal ran her own business, which organized mega marketing events and offered commercial consultancy to large organizations. Her clients included several Dubai government departments, the Kaminski hotel ‘Mall of the Emirates, Infiniti Cars and other service providers. She was also involved with a joint venture with a startup in Dubai focused on creating media and production services to a variety of agencies including Starcom Dubai, Yahoo Dubai among many others. Amal taught Services Marketing at Wollongong University and published several business articles focused on services marketing. She has experience in coaching, training and mentoring individuals and teams. Combining seventeen years of working experience in education, strategic marketing, services design, coaching and training has given her an edge in delivering an experience designed to last. She participated in many international and regional events as a speaker and a trainer in innovation and Social Design Thinking such as TEDex, the annual Conference of the Islamic Development Bank in Mozambique and Jeddah, Startup Istanbul and MIT enterprise forum.

Walid
Mansour

MEVP Capital Limited

Walid
Mansour

MEVP Capital Limited

Has more than 15 years of experience in Venture Capital, strategy, corporate finance and engineering within the digital, telecom, software and new media industries. Prior to joining MEVP in 2010, Walid was a lead associate at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and before that he worked as a strategy manager at the UAE’s Prime Ministry Executive Office focusing on public policy initiatives. During his stay in Dubai, he worked on setting-up entrepreneurship related programs and developing incubation in the Arab World through several Dubai based initiatives such as the Mohammed Bin Rashid Foundation. Prior to that, Walid worked at Booz & Company as a consultant covering telecom & media. Prior to Booz & Company, Walid worked as an industrial engineer in France. In 2009, he completed Morgan Stanley’s summer associate program within their investment banking M&A division in London. Walid holds an industrial and urban planning engineering degree from Institut National des Science Appliquées de Lyon (INSA de Lyon) and an MBA in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Walid
Mansour

MEVP Capital Limited

Walid
Mansour

MEVP Capital Limited

لديها أكثر من 15 عاما من الخبرة في مجال رأس المال المغامر، واستراتيجية، وتمويل الشركات والهندسة ضمن الرقمية والاتصالات والبرمجيات والصناعات وسائل الإعلام الجديدة. وقبل انضمامه إلى MEVP في عام 2010، كان وليد مساعد القيادي في رولاند بيرغر للاستشارات الاستراتيجية، وقبل ذلك شغل منصب مدير الاستراتيجية في المكتب التنفيذي رئاسة الوزراء في دولة الإمارات تركز على مبادرات السياسة العامة. وخلال إقامته في دبي، وكان يعمل على وضع ما يصل البرامج المتعلقة ريادة الأعمال وتطوير حضانة في العالم العربي من خلال العديد من المبادرات ومقرها دبي مثل مؤسسة محمد بن راشد. وقبل ذلك، عملت وليد في بوز أند كومباني كمستشار تغطي الاتصالات والإعلام. قبل بوز أند كومباني، عملت وليد كمهندس صناعي في فرنسا. في عام 2009، وأكمل برنامج الزميلة الصيف مورجان ستانلي ضمن المصرفية الاستثمارية M & A الانقسام في لندن. وليد حاصل على درجة الصناعية والحضرية الهندسة التخطيط من معهد الوطني للعلوم Appliquées دي ليون (INSA دي ليون) وماجستير في إدارة الأعمال في مجال التمويل من كلية وارتون في جامعة بنسلفانيا.

Abdulaziz
Aljouf

PAYTABS

Abdulaziz
Aljouf

PAYTABS

A Saudi entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of PayTabs, a ground-breaking payment processing company which he started in Saudi Arabia in 2014. He is a dynamic passionate, focused and a hands-on natural leader, who is dedicated to supporting and mentoring young entrepreneurs. He is a self-confessed risk-taker, always open to opportunities as they arise and making the most of them. He recognises failure not as a failing but as a lesson from which to gain invaluable experience. After studying in the USA, he returned to his native country and started Paytabs when facing problems in finding a suitable payments gateway for one of his own business startups. Paytabs is one of the most exciting and successful new e-commerce businesses in the MENA region. So successful, indeed, that he raised a $20 million investment in 2017. He and his company have regularly been honoured by industry watchers both in the region and internationally.

Abdulaziz
Aljouf

PAYTABS

Abdulaziz
Aljouf

PAYTABS

رجل أعمال سعودي ومؤسس والرئيس التنفيذي لشركة PayTabs، ودفع تجهيز الشركة الرائد الذي بدأ في المملكة العربية السعودية في عام 2014. وهو دينامية عاطفي ومركزة والتدريب العملي على زعيم الطبيعي، الذي هو مخصص لدعم وتوجيه الشباب رجال الأعمال. وهو خطر اخذ ذاتي اعترف، دائما مفتوحة أمام الفرص عند ظهورها والاستفادة القصوى منها. ويعترف الفشل ليس بوصفه الفشل ولكن كما درس من خلالها اكتساب خبرة لا تقدر بثمن. بعد دراسة في الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية، عاد إلى وطنه الأم والتي Paytabs عندما تواجه مشاكل في العثور على دفعات بوابة مناسبة للواحد من بدء الأعمال التجارية الخاصة. Paytabs هي واحدة من شركات التجارة الإلكترونية الجديدة الأكثر إثارة ونجاحا في منطقة الشرق الأوسط. ناجحة جدا، في الواقع، أنه أثار استثمار 20 مليون $ في عام 2017. ووشركته وبانتظام تم تكريمه من قبل مراقبي الصناعة في كل من المنطقة والعالم.

Nawaf
Alsahhaf

BADIR

Nawaf
Alsahhaf

BADIR

Mr Al Sahhaf has worked in the Badir Program for Technology Incubators owned by King Abdulaziz City for Science Technology (KACST), for the past six years. In 2013, he became the BADIR CEO and restructured the organization to strategically position it to become an internationally recognized world class incubation program and play a major role in improving the effectiveness of the Saudi entrepreneurial and innovation eco-systems. His major achievements as CEO are as follows: -Restructuring of complete Organization to bring in greater business and customer focus. -Establishment of Angel Investor networks in Kingdom. -Geographical expansion to Western & Eastern Regions by opening Incubator Programs in Jeddah, Taif & Dammam. -An association of Incubators under the name of Saudi Business Incubator Network (SBIN). -Launched HR initiatives for rationalization of policies and procedures, better employee orientation, structured training and development programs. -Developed & implemented KPI based evaluation in the organization -Launched CEO Open house, a forum for all employees to communicate their ideas and views to the CEO. In 2012 as BADIR’s Commercialization and Funding Director, he led Badir’s development and establishment of the SIRB (an angel investor) network, an alliance of investors, technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters in Saudi Arabia. Prior to joining BADIR, for seven years Mr Al Sahhaf was a Senior Consultant with the Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF) assisting companies in researching and implementing business opportunities in the construction, manufacturing and petrochemicals industry sectors in local, regional and international markets. Al Sahhaf has degrees in International Marketing from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland and in Marketing from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia. He has been a volunteer consultant with the Centennial Fund since 2004, mentoring young Saudis who wish to establish successful businesses.

Nawaf
Alsahhaf

BADIR

Nawaf
Alsahhaf

BADIR

Mr Al Sahhaf has worked in the Badir Program for Technology Incubators owned by King Abdulaziz City for Science Technology (KACST), for the past six years. In 2013, he became the BADIR CEO and restructured the organization to strategically position it to become an internationally recognized world class incubation program and play a major role in improving the effectiveness of the Saudi entrepreneurial and innovation eco-systems. His major achievements as CEO are as follows: -Restructuring of complete Organization to bring in greater business and customer focus. -Establishment of Angel Investor networks in Kingdom. -Geographical expansion to Western & Eastern Regions by opening Incubator Programs in Jeddah, Taif & Dammam. -An association of Incubators under the name of Saudi Business Incubator Network (SBIN). -Launched HR initiatives for rationalization of policies and procedures, better employee orientation, structured training and development programs. -Developed & implemented KPI based evaluation in the organization -Launched CEO Open house, a forum for all employees to communicate their ideas and views to the CEO. In 2012 as BADIR’s Commercialization and Funding Director, he led Badir’s development and establishment of the SIRB (an angel investor) network, an alliance of investors, technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters in Saudi Arabia. Prior to joining BADIR, for seven years Mr Al Sahhaf was a Senior Consultant with the Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF) assisting companies in researching and implementing business opportunities in the construction, manufacturing and petrochemicals industry sectors in local, regional and international markets. Al Sahhaf has degrees in International Marketing from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland and in Marketing from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia. He has been a volunteer consultant with the Centennial Fund since 2004, mentoring young Saudis who wish to establish successful businesses.

Mazen
AlDarrab

Zid

Mazen
AlDarrab

Zid

مازن الدرب ، متخصص في التجارة الإلكترونية والتسويق الإلكتروني وتمكين الشركات من تعزيز عملها من خلال زيادة قوة التكنولوجيا والأعمال الإلكترونية. عمليًا ، أسس مازن وأداره: التجارة الإلكترونية SEA (2009-2012) إحدى شركات التجارة الإلكترونية المتخصصة في بناء تجارة التجزئة الإلكترونية في المنطقة العربية. وعلاوة على ذلك ، فهو عضو في مجلس إدارة العديد من الشركات الناشئة والمستثمرين الملاك في العديد من الشركات الناشئة في السعودية وفي الوادي. حاليا ، مازن هو مؤسس زد القابضة للتجارة الإلكترونية (http://zid.sa) أكاديميا ، حصل مازن على درجة الماجستير في التجارة الإلكترونية من جامعة ويسترن أستراليا وبكالوريوس في علوم الكمبيوتر من جامعة الملك سعود في الرياض.

Mazen
AlDarrab

Zid

Mazen
AlDarrab

Zid

Mazen AlDarrab, specialized in E-commerce, E-marketing and enabling companies to foster their work by maximizing the power of technology and e-business. Practically, Mazen founded and managed : E-Commerce SEA (2009-2012) an e-commerce company specialized in building e-commerce retail in Arabian region. Moreover, he is on the board of several startups and angel investor in several startups in Saudi and in the valley. Currently, Mazen is the founder of Zid Holding for ecommerce (http://zid.sa) Academically, Mazen holds a Master Degree in E-commerce from The University of Western Australian and a Bachelor in computer science from King Saud University in Riyadh.

Abdulrahman
Altheeb

Scopeer

Abdulrahman
Altheeb

Scopeer

Founder and CEO of Scopeer Crowdfunding, which is the first licensed equity-based Crowdfunding platform in Saudi Arabia. Abdulrahman have worked with several Startups based in Saudi to get their kick-off funding and assist entrepreneurs to launch their startups. Previously he worked with flynas, he was responsible about market insights and Business intelligence, Market research and marketing communication.

Abdulrahman
Altheeb

Scopeer

Abdulrahman
Altheeb

Scopeer

Founder and CEO of Scopeer Crowdfunding, which is the first licensed equity-based Crowdfunding platform in Saudi Arabia. Abdulrahman have worked with several Startups based in Saudi to get their kick-off funding and assist entrepreneurs to launch their startups. Previously he worked with flynas, he was responsible about market insights and Business intelligence, Market research and marketing communication.

Hani Enaya

STV

Hani Enaya

STV

An investor with a background in deep tech, Hani Enaya is a partner at STV, MENA’s largest venture capital fund. Hani sources and structures deals with businesses of interest to STV and supports their management after deal close, sitting on the board of many STV portfolio companies.

Hani Enaya

STV

Hani Enaya

STV

An investor with a background in deep tech, Hani Enaya is a partner at STV, MENA’s largest venture capital fund. Hani sources and structures deals with businesses of interest to STV and supports their management after deal close, sitting on the board of many STV portfolio companies.

Mohammed
Alsuwayed

Consultant

Mohammed
Alsuwayed

Consultant

Former VRO Head (Vision Realization Office) at the Transport Ministry in Saudi Arabia, holds an MBA degree focused on Equity Investment and Corporate Strategy from Bryant University (Rhode Island, USA), and worked for several private companies before joining the Ministry. He worked in the field of asset management and equity investment advisory within the private sector, joined MODON briefly in 2014 as a Strategic planning consultant to complete its Modon2020 strategy, and had a regular column at Alriyadh newspaper as well as participating as an expert guest on several TV shows including Bloomberg TV.

Mohammed
Alsuwayed

Consultant

Mohammed
Alsuwayed

Consultant

Former VRO Head (Vision Realization Office) at the Transport Ministry in Saudi Arabia, holds an MBA degree focused on Equity Investment and Corporate Strategy from Bryant University (Rhode Island, USA), and worked for several private companies before joining the Ministry. He worked in the field of asset management and equity investment advisory within the private sector, joined MODON briefly in 2014 as a Strategic planning consultant to complete its Modon2020 strategy, and had a regular column at Alriyadh newspaper as well as participating as an expert guest on several TV shows including Bloomberg TV.

Maher
Loubieh

HalalaH

Maher
Loubieh

HalalaH

• Co-Founder and Board Member at HalalaH Company, the first Digital Wallet in Saudi Arabia aiming at becoming the first Neo Bank in the country • Founding member at the “MENA FINTECH Association” and Chair Person of “MENA FINTECH Association – Lebanon” • A mentor and coach for startups at AUB – Olayan School of Business, ESA Business School and IM Capital • Visiting Lecturer at multiple Universities in the Region • An investor and investment committee member at Seeders Angel Investing Fund • Has a long track record in investment management and corporate finance advisory specifically dealing with SME’s. • Holds a Master of Business Administration from The University of Manchester.

Maher
Loubieh

HalalaH

Maher
Loubieh

HalalaH

• Co-Founder and Board Member at HalalaH Company, the first Digital Wallet in Saudi Arabia aiming at becoming the first Neo Bank in the country • Founding member at the “MENA FINTECH Association” and Chair Person of “MENA FINTECH Association – Lebanon” • A mentor and coach for startups at AUB – Olayan School of Business, ESA Business School and IM Capital • Visiting Lecturer at multiple Universities in the Region • An investor and investment committee member at Seeders Angel Investing Fund • Has a long track record in investment management and corporate finance advisory specifically dealing with SME’s. • Holds a Master of Business Administration from The University of Manchester.

Fodhil
Benturquia

OKADOC

Fodhil
Benturquia

OKADOC

– Investment banking at Société Générale. – Co-founder of MarkaVip. – Member of the founding team & Country Manager at Souq.com – an Amazon company. – Group CEO of noon.com – $1B JV between UAE & KSA PIF – CEO and Founder of Okadoc.com Today, Fodhil is leading a team of 40 who all share his mission to improve the healthcare experience for all and his ambition to establish Okadoc as the undisputed leading health-tech start-up in the region and beyond.

Fodhil
Benturquia

OKADOC

Fodhil
Benturquia

OKADOC

– Investment banking at Société Générale. – Co-founder of MarkaVip. – Member of the founding team & Country Manager at Souq.com – an Amazon company. – Group CEO of noon.com – $1B JV between UAE & KSA PIF – CEO and Founder of Okadoc.com Today, Fodhil is leading a team of 40 who all share his mission to improve the healthcare experience for all and his ambition to establish Okadoc as the undisputed leading health-tech start-up in the region and beyond.

Rasha
Fawakhiri

Twitter

Rasha
Fawakhiri

Twitter

Head of communications, Middle East & North Africa at Twitter. She’s a creative professional with over 10 years experience in communications, public relations, marketing, sales and business development. With a focus on Middle East and Asia markets, Rasha has leveraged her creative thinking, content and concept development skills in a variety of industries that include entertainment, sports, retail, tourism, technology, government and security. Having worked both in agency and corporate roles, as well as multinational plc’s and SME’s, Rasha has successfully set up communications, marketing and business development processes with experience in reputation management, mergers, channel management and product/service launches.

Rasha
Fawakhiri

Twitter

Rasha
Fawakhiri

Twitter

Head of communications, Middle East & North Africa at Twitter. She’s a creative professional with over 10 years experience in communications, public relations, marketing, sales and business development. With a focus on Middle East and Asia markets, Rasha has leveraged her creative thinking, content and concept development skills in a variety of industries that include entertainment, sports, retail, tourism, technology, government and security. Having worked both in agency and corporate roles, as well as multinational plc’s and SME’s, Rasha has successfully set up communications, marketing and business development processes with experience in reputation management, mergers, channel management and product/service launches.

Abed
Agha

Vinelab

Abed
Agha

Vinelab

Has 20 years of multi-disciplinary experience in technology, media, and financial services in GCC, South-East Asia and the US. Abed founded of Vinelab, the leading influence marketing company that enables organisations to tap into the social side of social media by harnessing the power of people-centric narratives. By founding a tech-first institution, he has acquired exceptional understanding of the impact that social media has brought to shift the balance of power between the mass, corporations and cultural elite. Abed invested in multiple technology firms which enabled him to witness the digital economy’s earlier development, and currently advises a multitude of startups in the MENA region. Abed is a board advisor at the BAU’s school of Maths and Computer Science and holds a BSc. in Electrical Engineering from UC, Irvine.

Abed
Agha

Vinelab

Abed
Agha

Vinelab

Has 20 years of multi-disciplinary experience in technology, media, and financial services in GCC, South-East Asia and the US. Abed founded of Vinelab, the leading influence marketing company that enables organisations to tap into the social side of social media by harnessing the power of people-centric narratives. By founding a tech-first institution, he has acquired exceptional understanding of the impact that social media has brought to shift the balance of power between the mass, corporations and cultural elite. Abed invested in multiple technology firms which enabled him to witness the digital economy’s earlier development, and currently advises a multitude of startups in the MENA region. Abed is a board advisor at the BAU’s school of Maths and Computer Science and holds a BSc. in Electrical Engineering from UC, Irvine.

Luay
Khoury

McKinsey & Company

Luay
Khoury

McKinsey & Company

An Associate Partner with McKinsey Middle East. His work focuses on building tech and innovation ecosystems in emerging markets with a specific focus on building digital start-up ecosystems.

Luay
Khoury

McKinsey & Company

Luay
Khoury

McKinsey & Company

An Associate Partner with McKinsey Middle East. His work focuses on building tech and innovation ecosystems in emerging markets with a specific focus on building digital start-up ecosystems.

Lee
Boden

Initiative

Lee
Boden

Initiative

A media and advertising professional who has over 18 years experience in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. In November 2018, I was appointed as Regional Managing Director which allows me the privilege to collaborate with over 120+ talented media professionals and some of the regions most respected and prestigious clients.

Lee
Boden

Initiative

Lee
Boden

Initiative

A media and advertising professional who has over 18 years experience in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. In November 2018, I was appointed as Regional Managing Director which allows me the privilege to collaborate with over 120+ talented media professionals and some of the regions most respected and prestigious clients.

Hussain
AlGhamdi

Youth Leadrship Community

Hussain
AlGhamdi

Youth Leadrship Community

Social Entrepreneur Leadership Coach Founder – CEO Youth Leadership Community – YLC Co- Founder Saudi Entrepreneurship Association Makkah Region Branch Young Arab Leaders – YAL Member

Hussain
AlGhamdi

Youth Leadrship Community

Hussain
AlGhamdi

Youth Leadrship Community

Social Entrepreneur Leadership Coach Founder – CEO Youth Leadership Community – YLC Co- Founder Saudi Entrepreneurship Association Makkah Region Branch Young Arab Leaders – YAL Member

Mohannad
Abanomy

General Entertainment Authority

Mohannad
Abanomy

General Entertainment Authority

I graduated from KFUPM in Dhahran 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Worked in STC in the Network planning and design then ventured into Mobily in 2008 as a network optimization executive manager In 2018 I joined the family of GEA as the Infrastructure Development Director in the Sector Development.

Mohannad
Abanomy

General Entertainment Authority

Mohannad
Abanomy

General Entertainment Authority

I graduated from KFUPM in Dhahran 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Worked in STC in the Network planning and design then ventured into Mobily in 2008 as a network optimization executive manager In 2018 I joined the family of GEA as the Infrastructure Development Director in the Sector Development.

Mahmoud
Iswaid

AdFalcon

Mahmoud
Iswaid

AdFalcon

Mahmoud Iswiad is the CCO for AdFalcon. The leading mobile advertising and data monetization platform in the MENA Market. Iswiad has more than 14 years in business development and sales. Iswiad is responsible for AdFalcon media sales and big data monetization partnerships across Telcos, retails, banks and government organization . he is also responsible for AdFalcon technology distribution across tier 1 media agencies ( AdFalcon Exchange, AdFalcon DSP and AdFalcon network) Iswiad holds a BCs of computer information systems and diploma of information Technology.

Mahmoud
Iswaid

AdFalcon

Mahmoud
Iswaid

AdFalcon

Mahmoud Iswiad is the CCO for AdFalcon. The leading mobile advertising and data monetization platform in the MENA Market. Iswiad has more than 14 years in business development and sales. Iswiad is responsible for AdFalcon media sales and big data monetization partnerships across Telcos, retails, banks and government organization . he is also responsible for AdFalcon technology distribution across tier 1 media agencies ( AdFalcon Exchange, AdFalcon DSP and AdFalcon network) Iswiad holds a BCs of computer information systems and diploma of information Technology.

Mohamad
Itani

MCN Mediabrands

Mohamad
Itani

MCN Mediabrands

Regional Executive Director, Digital for MCN MediaBrands. In this role. Mohamad leads the acceleration of MCN Mediabrands digital capabilities. Mohamad works closely with the agency leaders to champion the integration of the Programmatic and Performance practice into the core of the agency operating model. Mohamad works closely with the agency digital leads to craft a cutting-edge digital product that complements each agency’s DNA and strategic objectives, while providing guidance on the design of the commercial strategy. Mohamad Itani has 15 years of digital media experience, spent mostly at the cutting edge of new media, technology and data innovation. As a digital evangelist, he successfully established and managed multiple digital functions throughout his career.

Mohamad
Itani

MCN Mediabrands

Mohamad
Itani

MCN Mediabrands

Regional Executive Director, Digital for MCN MediaBrands. In this role. Mohamad leads the acceleration of MCN Mediabrands digital capabilities. Mohamad works closely with the agency leaders to champion the integration of the Programmatic and Performance practice into the core of the agency operating model. Mohamad works closely with the agency digital leads to craft a cutting-edge digital product that complements each agency’s DNA and strategic objectives, while providing guidance on the design of the commercial strategy. Mohamad Itani has 15 years of digital media experience, spent mostly at the cutting edge of new media, technology and data innovation. As a digital evangelist, he successfully established and managed multiple digital functions throughout his career.

Racha
Rteil

MCN MediaBrands

Racha
Rteil

MCN MediaBrands

Rteil is referred to as a one of the youngest and most versatile go getters in the digital, media and innovation space in the MENA. “Rteil is a true child of the digital age. Her passion for all things tech and innovation related is evident in her talks, work and writing. She’s also a Webby honoree and her conviction is reflected in the statement, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” When named 2016’s ‘Women to Watch in the GCC’. Today Rasha oversees organizational capabilities across the group as Regional Director of People Development at MCN MediaBrands. Rteil sets pace for ‘new skills’, spurring enthusiasm, and challenging the current ‘status quo’- a never ending tenacity to make the agency and people fitter to lead the industry changes.

Racha
Rteil

MCN MediaBrands

Racha
Rteil

MCN MediaBrands

Rteil is referred to as a one of the youngest and most versatile go getters in the digital, media and innovation space in the MENA. “Rteil is a true child of the digital age. Her passion for all things tech and innovation related is evident in her talks, work and writing. She’s also a Webby honoree and her conviction is reflected in the statement, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” When named 2016’s ‘Women to Watch in the GCC’. Today Rasha oversees organizational capabilities across the group as Regional Director of People Development at MCN MediaBrands. Rteil sets pace for ‘new skills’, spurring enthusiasm, and challenging the current ‘status quo’- a never ending tenacity to make the agency and people fitter to lead the industry changes.

Abdulrahman Albassam

Saudi Payments

Abdulrahman Albassam

Saudi Payments

Passionate about the payment world and it’s new initiatives and innovative solutions. Glad to be part of shaping this sector being part of Saudi Payments Team, and looking forward to more to come with more solutions that will ease, secure, organize and definitely serve the end users from individual to cooperate as well as private and government sectors from all aspects. Most importantly, participating towards achieving the kingdom vision 2030 under this industry.

Abdulrahman Albassam

Saudi Payments

Abdulrahman Albassam

Saudi Payments

Passionate about the payment world and it’s new initiatives and innovative solutions. Glad to be part of shaping this sector being part of Saudi Payments Team, and looking forward to more to come with more solutions that will ease, secure, organize and definitely serve the end users from individual to cooperate as well as private and government sectors from all aspects. Most importantly, participating towards achieving the kingdom vision 2030 under this industry.

Todd
Nims

Empty Quarter Entertainment

Todd
Nims

Empty Quarter Entertainment

A Saudi-born American producer heavily involved in the Gulf region’s cinema and entertainment development. Mr. Nims owns an entertainment company based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with several scripts in development and a consultancy business based in the USA. He sits as chairman of the American Business Group’s Committee for Cinema, Media and Entertainment. Movie credits include JOUD and BORN A KING both to be released to international cinemas in 2019. In addition to his work in film, Mr. Nims delivers a yearly course at KAUST University to its PHD candidates entitled “Cinematic Science” helping scientist to produce films communicating their research in partnership with the Cinematic Science Company.

Todd
Nims

Empty Quarter Entertainment

Todd
Nims

Empty Quarter Entertainment

A Saudi-born American producer heavily involved in the Gulf region’s cinema and entertainment development. Mr. Nims owns an entertainment company based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with several scripts in development and a consultancy business based in the USA. He sits as chairman of the American Business Group’s Committee for Cinema, Media and Entertainment. Movie credits include JOUD and BORN A KING both to be released to international cinemas in 2019. In addition to his work in film, Mr. Nims delivers a yearly course at KAUST University to its PHD candidates entitled “Cinematic Science” helping scientist to produce films communicating their research in partnership with the Cinematic Science Company.

Mazin
AlZaidi

SAGIA

Mazin
AlZaidi

SAGIA

Director of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Sector, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), Saudi Arabia Mazin’s entrepreneurial journey began in 2010 during his postgraduate study in the UK, where he started his own business, which focused on accelerating the development of entrepreneurs connecting them to international startup hubs. Mazin currently leads investment attraction and development for the innovation and entrepreneurship sector at SAGIA, specializing in venture investment development. Key focus of his work is the continuous attraction of startups and VCs to support the development of the startup ecosystem in the Kingdom. He also is a board member of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, Saudi Arabia. Prior to SAGIA, Mazin worked as a consultant at EY Advisory Services in Riyadh. Mazin obtained his bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Jordan. He went on to complete two master degrees in e-Business and Cyber Security. He received his PhD in Cyber Security from the University of Warwick in the UK.

Mazin
AlZaidi

SAGIA

Mazin
AlZaidi

SAGIA

Director of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Sector, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), Saudi Arabia Mazin’s entrepreneurial journey began in 2010 during his postgraduate study in the UK, where he started his own business, which focused on accelerating the development of entrepreneurs connecting them to international startup hubs. Mazin currently leads investment attraction and development for the innovation and entrepreneurship sector at SAGIA, specializing in venture investment development. Key focus of his work is the continuous attraction of startups and VCs to support the development of the startup ecosystem in the Kingdom. He also is a board member of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, Saudi Arabia. Prior to SAGIA, Mazin worked as a consultant at EY Advisory Services in Riyadh. Mazin obtained his bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Jordan. He went on to complete two master degrees in e-Business and Cyber Security. He received his PhD in Cyber Security from the University of Warwick in the UK.

Wael
AlFayez

ALKHALEEJIAH

Wael
AlFayez

ALKHALEEJIAH

Based in Saudi Arabia and having been born and raised in the US, it has given Wael the chance to bridge so many cultural divides. An educational background on Management and Information Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, from the University of South Carolina with the addition of Executive Education courses from leading institutions such as INSEAD and MIT has broadened his knowledge and improved his skills. Heading AlKhaleejiah Advertising & Public Relations Company, a subsidiary of the Saudi Research Marketing Group, a Media Representation Company that drives superior results at all levels. We’ve built the company around dedicated teams that leverage their industry specific knowledge to ensure that our clients get the best advertising solutions and results. Wael is in charge of shaping SRMG’s Digital Advertising Future, streamlining business operations, and solidifying partnerships with Advertisers.

Wael
AlFayez

ALKHALEEJIAH

Wael
AlFayez

ALKHALEEJIAH

Based in Saudi Arabia and having been born and raised in the US, it has given Wael the chance to bridge so many cultural divides. An educational background on Management and Information Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, from the University of South Carolina with the addition of Executive Education courses from leading institutions such as INSEAD and MIT has broadened his knowledge and improved his skills. Heading AlKhaleejiah Advertising & Public Relations Company, a subsidiary of the Saudi Research Marketing Group, a Media Representation Company that drives superior results at all levels. We’ve built the company around dedicated teams that leverage their industry specific knowledge to ensure that our clients get the best advertising solutions and results. Wael is in charge of shaping SRMG’s Digital Advertising Future, streamlining business operations, and solidifying partnerships with Advertisers.

Mohammed
Ramadani

BitMal

Mohammed
Ramadani

BitMal

Mohammed Ramadani is an entrepreneur. He is a blockchain and ICO analyst, advisor, and investor. His greatest specialities are in strategy, branding, design aspects, as well as token economics. He is the Co-founder and Managing Director of ChainVisory; a full-stack blockchain consultancy company. Chief Communications Officer at HG Partners; a private blockchain investment syndicate. As well as the Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer at The New Brand, Design; a San Francisco based design company.

Mohammed
Ramadani

BitMal

Mohammed
Ramadani

BitMal

Mohammed Ramadani is an entrepreneur. He is a blockchain and ICO analyst, advisor, and investor. His greatest specialities are in strategy, branding, design aspects, as well as token economics. He is the Co-founder and Managing Director of ChainVisory; a full-stack blockchain consultancy company. Chief Communications Officer at HG Partners; a private blockchain investment syndicate. As well as the Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer at The New Brand, Design; a San Francisco based design company.

Mohammed
Al-Ukayli

Bank AlJazira

Mohammed
Al-Ukayli

Bank AlJazira

Graduated from Strayer University in Washington DC with a degree of business admenistration. Worked in Global Marbel and Granite in Virgina Stat for 3 years as sales and marketing officer and worked as sales officer in NCB auto leasing for a year then managed aftersales service for 2 year then moved to auto leasing business devilopment for 2 years and handled auto leasing sales develpoment and suport. After that handeled corporate marketing for NCB for 3 years. Wored in Bank AlJazira for 4 year as Senior Marketing Manager and Head of Degital Marketing. Over all than 12 yeas of banking industry with multiple areas of experties.

Mohammed
Al-Ukayli

Bank AlJazira

Mohammed
Al-Ukayli

Bank AlJazira

Graduated from Strayer University in Washington DC with a degree of business admenistration. Worked in Global Marbel and Granite in Virgina Stat for 3 years as sales and marketing officer and worked as sales officer in NCB auto leasing for a year then managed aftersales service for 2 year then moved to auto leasing business devilopment for 2 years and handled auto leasing sales develpoment and suport. After that handeled corporate marketing for NCB for 3 years. Wored in Bank AlJazira for 4 year as Senior Marketing Manager and Head of Degital Marketing. Over all than 12 yeas of banking industry with multiple areas of experties.

Abdullah
Alassaf

Google

Abdullah
Alassaf

Google

Industry Manager at Google. For the last year and a half, he’s been involved in developing and growing the kingdom’s digital capabilities through multiple projects and initiatives. In addition to that, he is an active member of the local startup’s ecosystem through various platforms. Before joining Google, he worked in management consulting with Marco Strategic Advisors, and information technology with SAP & IBM. Abdullah has a bachelor’s degree in information studies from IMSIU followed by advance strategy studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Abdullah
Alassaf

Google

Abdullah
Alassaf

Google

Industry Manager at Google. For the last year and a half, he’s been involved in developing and growing the kingdom’s digital capabilities through multiple projects and initiatives. In addition to that, he is an active member of the local startup’s ecosystem through various platforms. Before joining Google, he worked in management consulting with Marco Strategic Advisors, and information technology with SAP & IBM. Abdullah has a bachelor’s degree in information studies from IMSIU followed by advance strategy studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Reem
Asaad

Ma’aden

Reem
Asaad

Ma’aden

Experienced investment adviser, now working in the Mining & Metals industry. Acclaimed socio-economic writer and former columnist and market commentator who is widely quoted on saudi economy (labor, women economics). In 2012 she was ranked the third most powerful Arab by “Arabian Business” for her work to activate women participation in the worksforce. Reem is passionate advocate of startups and serves as a judge at the MITEF since 2013.

Reem
Asaad

Ma’aden

Reem
Asaad

Ma’aden

Experienced investment adviser, now working in the Mining & Metals industry. Acclaimed socio-economic writer and former columnist and market commentator who is widely quoted on saudi economy (labor, women economics). In 2012 she was ranked the third most powerful Arab by “Arabian Business” for her work to activate women participation in the worksforce. Reem is passionate advocate of startups and serves as a judge at the MITEF since 2013.

Laila AlHaj-Mousa

Meltwater

Laila AlHaj-Mousa

Meltwater

Strategic & Business Development Director for Meltwater Middle East. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence, she worked for 3 years at Emerging Technologies, a speech recognition company. In 2010 Laila joined Meltwater Abu Dhabi as a media monitoring and analysis consultant focusing on a wide portfolio of governmental clients across the GCC including UAE Ministry of Culture, Bahrain News Agency and Saudi Ministry of Commerce & Industry. In her current role, Laila is leading Meltwater’s expansion into the GCC Markets; in addition to her focus on consulting businesses on social media and PR strategies.

Laila AlHaj-Mousa

Meltwater

Laila AlHaj-Mousa

Meltwater

Strategic & Business Development Director for Meltwater Middle East. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence, she worked for 3 years at Emerging Technologies, a speech recognition company. In 2010 Laila joined Meltwater Abu Dhabi as a media monitoring and analysis consultant focusing on a wide portfolio of governmental clients across the GCC including UAE Ministry of Culture, Bahrain News Agency and Saudi Ministry of Commerce & Industry. In her current role, Laila is leading Meltwater’s expansion into the GCC Markets; in addition to her focus on consulting businesses on social media and PR strategies.

Janet
Ashak

Google

Janet
Ashak

Google

An advertising professional with 7 years of experience with Google. With a background specialising in programmatic video and display, today she leads the tech conversations with agencies in MENA. Outside the world of Google Marketing Platforms, she has a passion for singing jazz and enjoys dancing and travelling the world.

Janet
Ashak

Google

Janet
Ashak

Google

An advertising professional with 7 years of experience with Google. With a background specialising in programmatic video and display, today she leads the tech conversations with agencies in MENA. Outside the world of Google Marketing Platforms, she has a passion for singing jazz and enjoys dancing and travelling the world.

Pedro
Goncalves

CADREON

Pedro
Goncalves

CADREON

11 years’ experience in Media, Marketing, Technology & Product Development, attending major brands such as Coca-Cola, Unilever, J&J, L’Oreal, Pernod-Ricard, Nestle, KIA , LATAM Airlines, Air France-KLM & Nissan Motors. Under the MCN structure, leads the Programmatic & Performance hub covering 17 markets and +100 clients serviced, with recent big moves and cases on key Industry topics such as Viewability, Brand Safety, Attribution & Data Management, Technology Integration, Advertising Automation, Interactive and Dynamic Advertising.

Pedro
Goncalves

CADREON

Pedro
Goncalves

CADREON

11 years’ experience in Media, Marketing, Technology & Product Development, attending major brands such as Coca-Cola, Unilever, J&J, L’Oreal, Pernod-Ricard, Nestle, KIA , LATAM Airlines, Air France-KLM & Nissan Motors. Under the MCN structure, leads the Programmatic & Performance hub covering 17 markets and +100 clients serviced, with recent big moves and cases on key Industry topics such as Viewability, Brand Safety, Attribution & Data Management, Technology Integration, Advertising Automation, Interactive and Dynamic Advertising.

Kinda
Ibrahim

Twitter

Kinda
Ibrahim

Twitter

Kinda Ibrahim @kindaibrahim joined Twitter as the Director of Media Partnerships for the Middle East and North Africa. Her team focuses on accelerating Twitter’s push for content partnerships across the news, politics, sports, TV and entertainment verticals through working with key publishers to prioritize Twitter as their first and immediate platform to reach, delight and engage with their audience across Twitter’s live, public platform. Kinda has over 12 years of international experience in digital media, marketing and analytics acquired in both the Middle East and North America. She joins Twitter from Microsoft where she was the Editor-in-Chief responsible for English MSN Arabia. Prior to that she led the media operations division at Yahoo Maktoob. Previously, she played an instrumental role in shaping the digital and data strategy at companies such as EMAP Middle East, the Yellow Pages group and the National bank of Canada.

Kinda
Ibrahim

Twitter

Kinda
Ibrahim

Twitter

Kinda Ibrahim @kindaibrahim joined Twitter as the Director of Media Partnerships for the Middle East and North Africa. Her team focuses on accelerating Twitter’s push for content partnerships across the news, politics, sports, TV and entertainment verticals through working with key publishers to prioritize Twitter as their first and immediate platform to reach, delight and engage with their audience across Twitter’s live, public platform. Kinda has over 12 years of international experience in digital media, marketing and analytics acquired in both the Middle East and North America. She joins Twitter from Microsoft where she was the Editor-in-Chief responsible for English MSN Arabia. Prior to that she led the media operations division at Yahoo Maktoob. Previously, she played an instrumental role in shaping the digital and data strategy at companies such as EMAP Middle East, the Yellow Pages group and the National bank of Canada.

RABIH
EL
TAIR

OMD

RABIH
EL
TAIR

OMD

Graduated in Marketing & Management but found his passion in media, joining OMD in Doha in 2010. There he worked in ATL planning but barely a year later relocated to Dubai to handle digital planning for a portfolio of clients in the Lower Gulf. With his experience covering a range of sectors and client challenges, today Rabih leads the digital function for OMD’s two operations in Saudi Arabia and their clients. With his expansive digital expertise and his deep understanding of the region’s digital habits, Rabih is able to not only elevate brands’ appeal but also relevance with their consumers, transforming clients’ performance through innovation and effectiveness.

RABIH
EL
TAIR

OMD

RABIH
EL
TAIR

OMD

Graduated in Marketing & Management but found his passion in media, joining OMD in Doha in 2010. There he worked in ATL planning but barely a year later relocated to Dubai to handle digital planning for a portfolio of clients in the Lower Gulf. With his experience covering a range of sectors and client challenges, today Rabih leads the digital function for OMD’s two operations in Saudi Arabia and their clients. With his expansive digital expertise and his deep understanding of the region’s digital habits, Rabih is able to not only elevate brands’ appeal but also relevance with their consumers, transforming clients’ performance through innovation and effectiveness.

Bassem
Elhady

Kijamii

Bassem
Elhady

Kijamii

Co-founder and CEO of Kijamii, the leading and award winning Digital Advertising Agency in the MENA region named the Independent Agency of The Year in Dubai Lynx 2019 with offices in Riyadh, Dubai, Cairo, & Originally a computer and systems engineer graduate, Bassem decided to shift career to pursue his passion in the digital advertising world. Through his strategic leadership and deep digital expertise, Bassem succeeded in growing Kijamii exponentially to work with some of the world’s leading brands like Netflix, Google, Deezer, Huawei, Liverpool, AS Roma and DHL among others on building their digital presence in the MENA region. Bassem has been heavily active on the social front where he co-founded TEDxCairo. The platform grew to become one of the leading TEDx platforms and biggest communities globally.

Bassem
Elhady

Kijamii

Bassem
Elhady

Kijamii

Co-founder and CEO of Kijamii, the leading and award winning Digital Advertising Agency in the MENA region named the Independent Agency of The Year in Dubai Lynx 2019 with offices in Riyadh, Dubai, Cairo, & Originally a computer and systems engineer graduate, Bassem decided to shift career to pursue his passion in the digital advertising world. Through his strategic leadership and deep digital expertise, Bassem succeeded in growing Kijamii exponentially to work with some of the world’s leading brands like Netflix, Google, Deezer, Huawei, Liverpool, AS Roma and DHL among others on building their digital presence in the MENA region. Bassem has been heavily active on the social front where he co-founded TEDxCairo. The platform grew to become one of the leading TEDx platforms and biggest communities globally.

Joe
Nicolas

UM

Joe
Nicolas

UM

Over 15 years of marketing experience across different brands and categories. Joe has been with UM for 9 years and has been an integral part of leading UM towards becoming the largest media agency in the region – developing the product offering, driving growth, building teams, galvanizing people, and contributing to advertisers’ business success.

Joe
Nicolas

UM

Joe
Nicolas

UM

Over 15 years of marketing experience across different brands and categories. Joe has been with UM for 9 years and has been an integral part of leading UM towards becoming the largest media agency in the region – developing the product offering, driving growth, building teams, galvanizing people, and contributing to advertisers’ business success.

Amir
Harby

Al Khaleejiah

Amir
Harby

Al Khaleejiah

Digital Media Director with 12 years of media & publishers marketing experience, handling key regional accounts across the Middle East, specialized in digital media investment and trading across all platforms ,extensive sales experience in Digital Media including Display, Performance and Mobile.

Waleed
Alballaa

STV

Waleed
Alballaa

STV

Partner at STV, the largest technology venture capital fund in the Middle East. With over $US 500 million in committed capital, STV backs and scales the region’s most exciting and disruptive technology companies. Before joining STV, Waleed served as the Executive Head of B2C Ventures at Elm. A software engineer by profession, Waleed’s experience includes working across different verticals in the hi-tech ecosystem in the US where he spent eight years developing and testing products for leading industry players including Microsoft and Skyworks Solutions.

Amir
Harby

Al Khaleejiah

Amir
Harby

Al Khaleejiah

Digital Media Director with 12 years of media & publishers marketing experience, handling key regional accounts across the Middle East, specialized in digital media investment and trading across all platforms ,extensive sales experience in Digital Media including Display, Performance and Mobile.

Adwa
AlDakheel

Falak Business Hub

Adwa
AlDakheel

Falak Business Hub

An author, a pilot, a musician, a stock trader, and an entrepreneur. Author of Proven Billionaires’ Formula (Alzibda in Arabic); Founder of Falak Business Hub, Adwa Jewels, and Ns3a Recruitment; composer of Adwa by Adwa.

Shahd
Attar

Accenture

Shahd
Attar

Accenture

Leading Accenture Digital Studio in Saudi Arabia, using a design-thinking approach to help clients develop and deliver digital innovations through smart, connected, products and services. She started her career in technology and communications working for Cisco for 10 years and then for Saudi Telecom Company, where she built and led the Government Relations department. Shahd is passionate about encouraging women in technology and is strong advocate and public speaker about the advancement of women in the workforce. As a local community organizer, she co-founded “CellA+”, a non-profit organization endorsed by the Minister of Labor as an initiative for solving women unemployment in the region. She is also an Eisenhower Fellow, where she focused on women economic enablement.

Shahd
Attar

Accenture

Shahd
Attar

Accenture

Leading Accenture Digital Studio in Saudi Arabia, using a design-thinking approach to help clients develop and deliver digital innovations through smart, connected, products and services. She started her career in technology and communications working for Cisco for 10 years and then for Saudi Telecom Company, where she built and led the Government Relations department. Shahd is passionate about encouraging women in technology and is strong advocate and public speaker about the advancement of women in the workforce. As a local community organizer, she co-founded “CellA+”, a non-profit organization endorsed by the Minister of Labor as an initiative for solving women unemployment in the region. She is also an Eisenhower Fellow, where she focused on women economic enablement.

Antoine
Caironi

EN

Twitter

Antoine
Caironi

EN

Twitter

After 8 years at Google in Paris and Dubai, Antoine joined Twitter in 2015 to help build and scale operations in the Middle East. Since then, he has been leading the sales team, with a focus on building valuable partnerships with key MENA advertisers.

Antoine
Caironi

AR

Twitter

Antoine
Caironi

AR

Twitter

After 8 years at Google in Paris and Dubai, Antoine joined Twitter in 2015 to help build and scale operations in the Middle East. Since then, he has been leading the sales team, with a focus on building valuable partnerships with key MENA advertisers.

Faris
Alrashed

Oqal Group

Faris
Alrashed

Oqal Group

Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of OQAL Angel Investors network. The first angel investors network in the Saudi Arabia . He co-founded and chaired youth businessmen forum in Riyadh Chamber of Commerce for 3 years. He is a founding partner of number of Startups in saudi; Careem, dopravo and halalah and others. Chairman of Czech Rehabilitation Center, Member of Eisenhower Fellowship since 2005. Board member of number of listed/not-listed saudi companies; Dallah HealthCare Company, Derayah Financial, Shaker Company, Saudi HoamLoans Co and others.

Philip
Bahoshy

MAGNiTT

Philip
Bahoshy

MAGNiTT

Founder and CEO of MAGNiTT, is the largest investment data platform for the MENA startup ecosystem, be investors, entrepreneurs and corporates. Raised in the UK with Iraqi origins, Philip obtained an MBA from INSEAD in 2013 and a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics. During his time in Dubai, Philip worked at Oliver Wyman in the Financial Services practice for three years, followed by nearly three years at Barclays Wealth working as Chief of Staff to the CEO advising on strategic initiatives. Philip has lived in the UAE for more than ten years and is passionate about developing the MENA startup ecosystem.

Philip
Bahoshy

MAGNiTT

Philip
Bahoshy

MAGNiTT

Founder and CEO of MAGNiTT, is the largest investment data platform for the MENA startup ecosystem, be investors, entrepreneurs and corporates. Raised in the UK with Iraqi origins, Philip obtained an MBA from INSEAD in 2013 and a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics. During his time in Dubai, Philip worked at Oliver Wyman in the Financial Services practice for three years, followed by nearly three years at Barclays Wealth working as Chief of Staff to the CEO advising on strategic initiatives. Philip has lived in the UAE for more than ten years and is passionate about developing the MENA startup ecosystem.

Elias
Saroufim

Mindshare KSA

Elias
Saroufim

Mindshare KSA

Started his career in media in 2008 where he mainly focused on work related around traditional media. After two years of experience in the Saudi market, he joined Mindshare Saudi Arabia in 2010 as a junior executive within the digital function. Since then, his work revolved around facilitating all digital conversations of Mindshare Saudi clients. Also, bringing the latest in terms of digital trends, ideas and tactics to deploy across different verticals. Elias has been heading the digital function for KSA for 4 years now and he has a curiosity towards mobile & content marketing as well as attribution modelling.

Elias
Saroufim

Mindshare KSA

Elias
Saroufim

Mindshare KSA

Started his career in media in 2008 where he mainly focused on work related around traditional media. After two years of experience in the Saudi market, he joined Mindshare Saudi Arabia in 2010 as a junior executive within the digital function. Since then, his work revolved around facilitating all digital conversations of Mindshare Saudi clients. Also, bringing the latest in terms of digital trends, ideas and tactics to deploy across different verticals. Elias has been heading the digital function for KSA for 4 years now and he has a curiosity towards mobile & content marketing as well as attribution modelling.

Zuber
Timol

Meltwater

Zuber
Timol

Meltwater

A serial entrepreneur, who is currently Partner at Meltwater. With his experience focusing on technology, global strategy and expansion, Zubair has a pedigree for developing leadership talent across markets. He has a degree in European Law / Masters in Medical Law from the University of Amsterdam. Given his thirst for education, he has recently completed a Post Grad in Global Business at the University of Oxford. Having worked extensively across Europe, Middle East, Africa, India, China, Japan and South East Asia, his passion is emerging markets and their interplay with data and machine learning. Zubair continues to be an active commentator for style, design and culture, given his exposure to travel.

Zuber
Timol

Meltwater

Zuber
Timol

Meltwater

A serial entrepreneur, who is currently Partner at Meltwater. With his experience focusing on technology, global strategy and expansion, Zubair has a pedigree for developing leadership talent across markets. He has a degree in European Law / Masters in Medical Law from the University of Amsterdam. Given his thirst for education, he has recently completed a Post Grad in Global Business at the University of Oxford. Having worked extensively across Europe, Middle East, Africa, India, China, Japan and South East Asia, his passion is emerging markets and their interplay with data and machine learning. Zubair continues to be an active commentator for style, design and culture, given his exposure to travel.

Aiman
Kabli

eleva8or

Aiman
Kabli

eleva8or

Holds an MBA in strategic management from the University of North Texas, and in his corporate life has worked with such notable organizations as Unilever, the International Monetary Fund, and Emirates Airline. Currently he is a serial entrepreneur and investor, with a diversified portfolio of technology startups including innovative web platforms and mobile apps. Aiman is passionate about enabling and supporting the entrepreneurship culture in the GCC, and has co-founded the platform eleva8or.com which offer many investment-preparation tools & connections for startups. Over the last 5 years he held several engagements as a mentor, speaker, judge, consultant, panelist, lecturer and coach in this field.

Aiman
Kabli

eleva8or

Aiman
Kabli

eleva8or

Holds an MBA in strategic management from the University of North Texas, and in his corporate life has worked with such notable organizations as Unilever, the International Monetary Fund, and Emirates Airline. Currently he is a serial entrepreneur and investor, with a diversified portfolio of technology startups including innovative web platforms and mobile apps. Aiman is passionate about enabling and supporting the entrepreneurship culture in the GCC, and has co-founded the platform eleva8or.com which offer many investment-preparation tools & connections for startups. Over the last 5 years he held several engagements as a mentor, speaker, judge, consultant, panelist, lecturer and coach in this field.

Damien
Drap

Uber

Damien
Drap

Uber

Holds a MS in Industrial Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Paris. He started his career in strategy consulting at Oliver Wyman where he advised leading Retail and CPG players in Europe and the US. He joined Uber in its early days in France in 2013, participating in building what’s today one of the largest markets for the company. He moved to Amsterdam in 2015 to take the lead of the Strategy team for the EMEA region. Damien relocated to the region in December 2016 to lead the Uber Eats business locally, and currently covers the GCC, based out of Dubai.

Rayan
Alsharif

Amerni App

Rayan
Alsharif

Amerni App

A principle-oriented individual who lives in a challenging and innovative atmosphere adopting a selfless mindset. Rayan is a co-founder of a successful tech startup and has an experience in alternative investments management, financial analysis and business planning.

Ali
Abussaud

Hala Ventures

Ali
Abussaud

Hala Ventures

Venture Capitalist & Professional Consultant with a demonstrated history of Venture Investment, Consulting Services, Executive Search, & Corporate Banking. Skilled in establishing new businesses, Change Management, Restructuring of existing businesses, Fund-raising, Investment, Finance, Debt Re/Structuring, & Mentorship. Ali came from a Corporate Banking background where he started in ABC Bank- Bahrain followed by SAMBA Financial Group, National Commercial Bank, & Saudi Hollandi Bank. During his last duty, Ali managed a portfolio in excess of USD 1.5 Billion.

Damien
Drap

Uber

Damien
Drap

Uber

Holds a MS in Industrial Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Paris. He started his career in strategy consulting at Oliver Wyman where he advised leading Retail and CPG players in Europe and the US. He joined Uber in its early days in France in 2013, participating in building what’s today one of the largest markets for the company. He moved to Amsterdam in 2015 to take the lead of the Strategy team for the EMEA region. Damien relocated to the region in December 2016 to lead the Uber Eats business locally, and currently covers the GCC, based out of Dubai.

Mohamed
Megahed

Connectads

Mohamed
Megahed

Connectads

Has been leading the lookout for digital expansions and advancements in MENA for over 13 years, helping top brands in LEVANT, GCC, and North Africa build ROI driven digital strategies. In his capacity as a VP Commercial for the leading digital media provider in the region, Megahed is regarded as the go-to expert when it comes to rolling out digital product advancements, and has eliminated the entry barriers for the world’s top digital players like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn North Africa, Tubemogul, Verizon Media and recently Spotify, to extend their digital advertising services and solutions to the MENA region conclusively.

Mohamed
Megahed

Connectads

Mohamed
Megahed

Connectads

Has been leading the lookout for digital expansions and advancements in MENA for over 13 years, helping top brands in LEVANT, GCC, and North Africa build ROI driven digital strategies. In his capacity as a VP Commercial for the leading digital media provider in the region, Megahed is regarded as the go-to expert when it comes to rolling out digital product advancements, and has eliminated the entry barriers for the world’s top digital players like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn North Africa, Tubemogul, Verizon Media and recently Spotify, to extend their digital advertising services and solutions to the MENA region conclusively.

Mohamed
Elzalabany

DailyMealz

Mohamed
Elzalabany

DailyMealz

CEO & Cofounder of DailyMealz, A wide range of interests, backgrounds and experiences, Production Engineer by education, Marketer by profession, Video Creator by passion, And an entrepreneur at heart.

Mohamed
Elzalabany

DailyMealz

Mohamed
Elzalabany

DailyMealz

CEO & Cofounder of DailyMealz, A wide range of interests, backgrounds and experiences, Production Engineer by education, Marketer by profession, Video Creator by passion, And an entrepreneur at heart.

Mohammed
Alkhushail

NOMD Holding

Mohammed
Alkhushail

NOMD Holding

Investor in ICT and new emerging technologies such as IoT. Board Member of the SAUDI Chalmers of Commerce.

Ahmed
Mirghani

Saudi AZM

Ahmed
Mirghani

Saudi AZM

Motivated & Eager to work in teams in challenging environments, solving accounting problems and providing sustainable solutions. Accounting is my background yet Development is my day to day routine.

Hana
Besbes

Roland Berger

Hana
Besbes

Roland Berger

Project Manager at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Venture Partner at Mindshift Capital – a women-led venture firm for early stage angel investments, and Investment Committee member with Dubai Angel Investors. Hana has 6+ years of consulting experience with Roland Berger, BCG, and industry experience, shaping the tech & digital agenda for European and Middle Eastern clients, driving innovative and futuristic national and business transformations – in specific projects related to Vision 2030 in Saudi Arabia. She has a background in engineering and telecommunications and a passion for technology, innovation and investing. She is currently engaged with several startup ecosystems in the UAE and Tunisia, and started building her own business in Tunisia and running a successful family-and-friends investment portfolio.

Hana
Besbes

Roland Berger

Hana
Besbes

Roland Berger

Project Manager at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Venture Partner at Mindshift Capital – a women-led venture firm for early stage angel investments, and Investment Committee member with Dubai Angel Investors. Hana has 6+ years of consulting experience with Roland Berger, BCG, and industry experience, shaping the tech & digital agenda for European and Middle Eastern clients, driving innovative and futuristic national and business transformations – in specific projects related to Vision 2030 in Saudi Arabia. She has a background in engineering and telecommunications and a passion for technology, innovation and investing. She is currently engaged with several startup ecosystems in the UAE and Tunisia, and started building her own business in Tunisia and running a successful family-and-friends investment portfolio.

Leena
Khalil

Mumzworld.com

Leena
Khalil

Mumzworld.com

Co-founder of Mumzworld, responsible for the developmental strategy and growth of the business in the GCC. Leena felt compelled to join Mona Ataya, the CEO of Mumzworld, in establishing a comprehensive bilingual online shopping and information portal dedicated to everything mother, baby and child that will empower mothers in the region. Leena, a UK national who relocated to Riyadh in 2009, previously worked for Liberata, a leading business process outsourcer. Leena started her career in investment banking at San Francisco investment bank focused on the technology sector. She brings a wealth of experience to her role, combining strong analytical and financial skills with the ability to develop technology driven processes that increase access, reduce costs and improve quality. Her experience also extends to the listing of a number of Europe’s leading internet and technology firms during her time at Citigroup and Robertson Stephens International. Leena holds a BA in Electrical Engineering from Cambridge University. Leena is also kept busy by running a rich schedule for her children Hana, Ahmad and Jude. For more information visit www.mumzworld.com.

Leena
Khalil

Mumzworld.com

Leena
Khalil

Mumzworld.com

Co-founder of Mumzworld, responsible for the developmental strategy and growth of the business in the GCC. Leena felt compelled to join Mona Ataya, the CEO of Mumzworld, in establishing a comprehensive bilingual online shopping and information portal dedicated to everything mother, baby and child that will empower mothers in the region. Leena, a UK national who relocated to Riyadh in 2009, previously worked for Liberata, a leading business process outsourcer. Leena started her career in investment banking at San Francisco investment bank focused on the technology sector. She brings a wealth of experience to her role, combining strong analytical and financial skills with the ability to develop technology driven processes that increase access, reduce costs and improve quality. Her experience also extends to the listing of a number of Europe’s leading internet and technology firms during her time at Citigroup and Robertson Stephens International. Leena holds a BA in Electrical Engineering from Cambridge University. Leena is also kept busy by running a rich schedule for her children Hana, Ahmad and Jude. For more information visit www.mumzworld.com.

Hamad
Anwar

ekuep.com

Hamad
Anwar

ekuep.com

A software programmer-turned-business leader, passionate about how e-commerce and data science are changing the way retailers can exponentially grow.  Professionally, hamad is the Vice General Manager of ekuep.com, the award winning B2B e-commerce retailer of restaurant and cafe equipment.

Hamad
Anwar

ekuep.com

Hamad
Anwar

ekuep.com

A software programmer-turned-business leader, passionate about how e-commerce and data science are changing the way retailers can exponentially grow.  Professionally, hamad is the Vice General Manager of ekuep.com, the award winning B2B e-commerce retailer of restaurant and cafe equipment.

Mohamed
Merah

BIM Saudi

Mohamed
Merah

BIM Saudi

A professional consultant who is passionate about start-ups and small businesses with experience as a CPA and Management Consultant in 10+ industries and various start-ups.

Monther
Alnahari

MATIC

Monther
Alnahari

MATIC

CEO of MATIC Services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Monther on-boarded MATIC Services as the startup expanded from UAE to KSA. His role started as a market launcher in Saudi Arabia, spearheading the daily operations and growth in several cities across the Kingdom. Monther demonstrated leadership as he held more responsibilities in managing the overall operations and acting as the main point of communication in the KSA. His background in media facilitated in offering exposure across the Kingdom, forging partnerships with MATIC Services’ partners, media and public entities.

Monther
Alnahari

MATIC

Monther
Alnahari

MATIC

CEO of MATIC Services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Monther on-boarded MATIC Services as the startup expanded from UAE to KSA. His role started as a market launcher in Saudi Arabia, spearheading the daily operations and growth in several cities across the Kingdom. Monther demonstrated leadership as he held more responsibilities in managing the overall operations and acting as the main point of communication in the KSA. His background in media facilitated in offering exposure across the Kingdom, forging partnerships with MATIC Services’ partners, media and public entities.

Ahmed
Hemdan

Unifonic

Ahmed
Hemdan

Unifonic

Since founding Unifonic on 2006, Mr. Ahmed has been leading the transformation of Unifonic from a local SMS reseller based in Saudi Arabia to one of the fastest growing regional cloud communication provider, employing around 100 people and operating through multiple international offices, with further expansion plans across the MENA region. Serving 5,000+ clients, around the region, Unifonic has become a pioneer in Cloud Communications services. In October 2018, Unifonic, lead by Ahmed managed to close the largest round A investment for a technology company in the region closing at $21 Million. The investors include STV, RTF, Endeavor Catalyst, Elm and Raed Ventures. Mr. Hamdan brings to the task his experience from a 12-years-career at Saudi ICT companies, where he worked in different technical and business consultancy roles.

Ahmed
Hemdan

Unifonic

Ahmed
Hemdan

Unifonic

Since founding Unifonic on 2006, Mr. Ahmed has been leading the transformation of Unifonic from a local SMS reseller based in Saudi Arabia to one of the fastest growing regional cloud communication provider, employing around 100 people and operating through multiple international offices, with further expansion plans across the MENA region. Serving 5,000+ clients, around the region, Unifonic has become a pioneer in Cloud Communications services. In October 2018, Unifonic, lead by Ahmed managed to close the largest round A investment for a technology company in the region closing at $21 Million. The investors include STV, RTF, Endeavor Catalyst, Elm and Raed Ventures. Mr. Hamdan brings to the task his experience from a 12-years-career at Saudi ICT companies, where he worked in different technical and business consultancy roles.

Hussain
Almarhoon

Hala Venture Capital

Hussain
Almarhoon

Hala Venture Capital

Managing Partner Hala Ventures B.S. Degree in MIS from King Fahd of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia Venture Capitalist & Professional Consultant with a demonstrated history of Venture Investment, Consulting Services, Executive Search, & Corporate Banking. Skilled in establishing new businesses, Change Management, Restructuring of existing businesses, Fund-raising, Investment, Finance, Debt Re/Structuring, & Mentorship.Ali came from a Corporate Banking background where he started in ABC Bank-Bahrain followed by SAMBA Financial Group, National Commercial Bank, & Saudi Hollandi Bank. During his last duty, Ali managed a portfolio in excess of USD 1.5 Billion.In 2014: Ali established Financial Horizon Group, which mainly operates in the following fields,: Management & Financial Consultancy, HR Consulting, Recruitment Services, and Executive Search. During the same period, Ali & his business partner started their First Investment Fund which invested in Private Equity, Equity, & Real-Estate. In 2016: Ali & his business partner decided to deploy the remaining of the fund into MENA SEED & Early Growth Startups and made their first VC-Investment. In 2018: Ali & his business partner, announced the establishment of Hala Ventures brand which currently manages all VC Investments under Fund 1.Today: Hala Ventures incorporated their second Fund as LP/GP Structure.

Kholoud
Almohammadi

Nama Fund

Kholoud
Almohammadi

Nama Fund

At Nama Fund, we believe in value-add approach to investing. We lead a proactive fund with an experienced diverse team, which allows our entrepreneurs access to unique and complementary skill set to enable their growth. We aspire to create a spirit of entrepreneurship all around us. Prior to Nama, I had an experience advising startup on investor-relations as part of the #1 incubator in Saudi. I also had an experience working in the leading Angel Investor Network in Saudi Arabia, where I helped manage the network’s operations and its startup selection.

Mohammed
Alrokayan

Squad Partners

Mohammed
Alrokayan

Squad Partners

– Chief Innovation Officer at TTRO Global – Founder of Squad Partners, an investment company in tech startups – Serial entrepreneur in Australia and Saudi Arabia – Award winner for several local and international competitions – Ex-CEO of the National Digitization Unit and Ex-Board Member of IEEE Australia – First Class Honors degree in Master of IT from the University of Melbourne – PhD in Cloud Computing and Business Model Innovation from the University of Melbourne – Certified BigData analyst by Cloudera and certified business coach by Wiley

Yazid
Bastami

Alinma Investment

Yazid
Bastami

Alinma Investment

Yazid holds a Diplôme d’études Supérieures Spécialisées (Master) in Financial Assets from the Université Saint Joseph, Beirut Lebanon, 16 years of experience in the banking and financial services sector, a CFA Charter-holder, and has completed all the exams for the US Certified Public Account (CPA).

Lewa
Abukhait

DAAL

Lewa
Abukhait

DAAL

Worked previously in prominent companies within MENA region such as Orange, MBC Group and BlackBerry enabled Lewa Abukhait to acquire solid understanding in analyzing technology solutions in business. Currently he is Chief Investment Officer at DAAL; venture capital fund in Saudi Arabia responsible for identifying promising startups and evaluating the investment opportunity within. He also Provides mentorship and business development insights to portfolio companies to guide and nurture their growth on the international stage.

Ayman
Itani

Saudi
Mentors

Think Media Labs

Ayman
Itani

Saudi
Mentors

Think Media Labs

An expert Business Growth Specialist and renowned public speaker, wholesomely dedicated to helping start-ups grow their business by acquiring and retaining customers and helps government/corporate startup programs with their execution. He leverages his invaluable experience building his own business and growing the businesses of others. He has advised and delivered business results for startups such as Careem, the transportation network company that rivals Uber, and Matic, an on-demand cleaning services company that services more than ten cities in the Middle East and is on its way to exceeding a valuation that would make its investors proud.

Alattas

Saudi
Mentor

Wadi Makkah Co.

Alattas

Saudi
Mentor

Wadi Makkah Co.

By entrepreneurship passion with technical background and working as startups coordinator in Wadi Makkah as mentoring and follow-up with startups (over 30 startups) daily and make sure of their progress. I get experience in business development and startup journey.

Julie
Leblan

Merite Incentives General Trading LLC

Julie
Leblan

Merite Incentives General Trading LLC

A native of France, Julie began her career as a solicitor specializing in finance law at some of Paris and London’s leading firms and banks. After moving to Dubai in 2010, Julie refocused her career towards entrepreneurship first launching MyList in 2012, a B2C gifting company quickly followed in 2016 by Merit Incentives which uses innovative technologies for B2B clients to enhance their relationships with both employees and customers. Both companies are firsts in their core categories for the MENA region servicing customers with an online gift registry for all occasions, providing Customer Service and fulfilment for gifts and rewards while customizing engagement strategies using gift cards, merchandise and rewards for both employees and customers from 400+ retailers and service providers across 60+ countries. Julie has been recognized as a visionary for her ability to anticipate business trends, winning many awards recently including for the 2018 Class of EY MENA Entrepreneurial Winning Women, French Creative Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016 and recognized as one of the 2018 Top 12 Up & Coming Companies and Top 100 Startups in the Arab World by Forbes ME in 2018. She is an active member of various networks including Chairman of the MENA chapter of the Incentives Marketing Association (IMA), French Founders, Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC) and the French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates among others. Already in 2019, Julie has been nominated for Etisalat’s 2018 SMB Award as Startup of the Year and under consideration for several other awards.

Khalifa
AlBarakati

Olou

Khalifa
AlBarakati

Olou

Serves as the Manager of Entrepreneurship Programs at Olou. He has a wide knowledge in the entrepreneurship ecosystem and angel investment scene in the Kingdom. Khalifa has managed OQAL Angel Investors Network, the first angel investors network in the kingdom, for 5 years before joining Olou. During his time at OQAL, it has reached over 350 investor members across 4 chapters throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and its members have invested SAR31 million in 29 startups since its inception in 2011. He is a member of the evaluation and selection committee since 2016. Khalifa thrives to help entrepreneurs in their journey through guidance and advice, using his experience in business development and startup establishment, as well as pitching and fundraising from angel investors & VCs. Khalifa has experience in Wealth and Assets Management as he worked and managed Family Offices for assets and wealth management in real-estate, equities private equity. Khalifa is a certified Job and Career Transition Coach & Job and Career Development Coach from The Career Network in CA, USA. Khalifa holds a Bachelor degree in English literature and translation from Imam Mohammed bin Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Alanoud
Alqahtani

FIXTAG Group

Alanoud
Alqahtani

FIXTAG Group

CEO of FIXTAG Group and Director of Business Development Department in GGC Co.

Nawaf
Algain

KAUST

Nawaf
Algain

KAUST

Startup mentor at kaust managed to serve more than 100 startups.

Hussain
Almarhoon

Redington Co.

Hussain
Almarhoon

Redington Co.

HR expert, eager to meet people and discuss HR methods and human development.

Bander
Almutlaq

Arabion

Bander
Almutlaq

Arabion

A social and business entrepreneur.

Bander
Almutlaq

Arabion

Bander
Almutlaq

Arabion

رائد أعمال اجتماعية وتجارية

Abdullah
Sahyoun

DigitaLight

Abdullah
Sahyoun

DigitaLight

Digital Operations Manager at Digital Marketing Agency in Jeddah with 7 years experience in marketing

Mona
Balhemar

Saudi
Mentor

Passioneurs.net

Mona
Balhemar

Saudi
Mentor

Passioneurs.net

A passionate about passion, founder of 3 start ups: Passioneurs.net , Ninetyd and I’mCreative. Passioneurs is a freelance designers platform, we connect designers and creative of all fields with clients/project owners. We have acquired more than 2000 clients in one year only and hired over 700 designers and creatives. For more go to Passioneurs.net.

Nagi
Salloum

500 Startups – Scandi.io

Nagi
Salloum

500 Startups – Scandi.io

CEO of Scandi.io and Accelerator Director of Misk and 500 Startups program in Riyadh. He is a Silicon Valley growth expert, mentor, trainer and advisor to 300+ startups from several top global accelerators, including 500 Startups, YC, Techstars, Stanford, StartX and dozens more. He is a Global Full-Stack Growth Mentor for 500 Startups, an ex-Googler and a serial entrepreneur having launched and sold several startups. His clients have exited or raised an estimated $90M+ in capital.

Alaa
Alhashem

Family’s

Alaa
Alhashem

Family’s

Investment oversight specialist. Interested in corporate governance and social investment. Happy to assist founders in new businesses to have better structures and establish good foundations for the their next phase of their businesses.

Ola
Doudin

ENGLISH

BitOasis

Ola
Doudin

ENGLISH

BitOasis

Cofounder & CEO of BitOasis. Based in Dubai, UAE, Ola holds BEng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering from University of Birmingham and previously worked in IT Risk Advisory for financial institutions at Ernst & Young London. Upon return to the Middle East, Ola was involved in many entrepreneurship initiatives by investing in and mentoring tech startups and social entrepreneurs, working closely alongside Fadi Ghandour and Aramex management.

Ola
Doudin

ARABIC

BitOasis

Ola
Doudin

ARABIC

BitOasis

وكيل المؤسسين والرئيس التنفيذي لBitOasis. ومقرها في دبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة، علا يحمل بكالوريوس هندسي (مع مرتبة الشرف) في الهندسة الإلكترونية من جامعة برمنغهام وسابقا عملت في مجال تكنولوجيا المعلومات الاستشارية للمخاطر بالنسبة للمؤسسات المالية في إرنست ويونغ لندن. لدى عودته إلى الشرق الأوسط، وشارك في العديد من المبادرات علا ريادة الأعمال من خلال الاستثمار في الشركات الناشئة وتوجيه التكنولوجيا وأصحاب المشاريع الاجتماعية، والعمل بشكل وثيق جنبا إلى جنب مع فادي غندور وإدارة شركة أرامكس.

Abdulrahman
Mutrib

Al Tayyar Travel Group

Abdulrahman
Mutrib

Al Tayyar Travel Group

انضم الى مجموعة في عام 2014 للإشراف على وظائف التكنولوجيا. وهو CTO المجموعة والرئيس التنفيذي لشركة TaqniaTech، شركة تكنولوجيا المعلومات في مجموعة الطيار للسفر من الشركات. وهو مسؤول عن التخطيط الاستراتيجي للمجموعة للخدمات تكنولوجيا المعلومات وإدارة المشاريع. وخلال 28 عاما في قطاع تكنولوجيا المعلومات والاتصالات، فقد عملت على العديد على نطاق واسع، ومشاريع بمليارات الدولارات في مجال الاتصالات وتكنولوجيا المعلومات.

Abdulrahman
Mutrib

Al Tayyar Travel Group

Abdulrahman
Mutrib

Al Tayyar Travel Group

Joined the group in 2014 to oversee its technology functions. He is the Group CTO and the CEO of TaqniaTech, the information technology company of Al Tayyar Travel Group of companies. He is responsible for the group’s strategic planning for information technology and project management services. During his 28 years in the ICT sector, he has worked on many large-scale, billion-dollar projects in telecommunications and information technology.

Ahmed
Sameh

RoiHunter

Ahmed
Sameh

RoiHunter

Have been working in digital marketing since 2012, Joined RoiHunter 2 years ago, what am doing? Helping our clients to scale their performance on Facebook through structuring and all the feature RoiHunter have above Facebook ads manager.

Ahmed
Sameh

RoiHunter

Ahmed
Sameh

RoiHunter

Have been working in digital marketing since 2012, Joined RoiHunter 2 years ago, what am doing? Helping our clients to scale their performance on Facebook through structuring and all the feature RoiHunter have above Facebook ads manager.

Muhannad
Ebwini

HyperPay

Muhannad
Ebwini

HyperPay

الشريك المؤسس والرئيس التنفيذي لشركة HyperPay. وقد أدى Muhnnad الأعمال إلى موقعها الحالي باعتبارها واحدة من أسرع المناطق نموا ونجاحا شركات الدفع عبر الإنترنت في ميدلياست ل. وهو يعتبر درجة عالية من الابتكار وينظر إليه على أنه واحد من خدمة الجيل دفع جديدة شركة providers.The لديها مكاتب في عمان ودبي والرياض والقاهرة قريبا. في عام 2017، تم تعيين مهند كعضو في مجلس إدارة GatetoPay، بطاقة الرائدة إصدار الشركة لإصدار المدفوعة مسبقا ماستركارد، فيزا وبطاقة يونيون باي وبطاقات soluation في المنطقة Middleast. مهند هو التجارة الإلكترونية استشاري معتمد “CEC” ومدير مشروع الأعمال الإلكترونية (PME)، وحاصل على درجة الماجستير في الإدارة والأعمال الدولية من جامعة نيويورك للتكنولوجيا، وبكالوريوس في هندسة البرمجيات الكمبيوتر من جامعة Pricess سمية في عمان، الأردن.

Muhannad
Ebwini

HyperPay

Muhannad
Ebwini

HyperPay

Co-founder and CEO of HyperPay. Muhnnad has led the business to its current position as a one of the Middleeast’s fastest growing and successful online payment businesses. It is regarded as highly innovative and is seen as one of the new generation payment service providers.The company has offices in Amman, Dubai, Riyadh and Cairo soon. In 2017, Muhannad was appointed as board member of GatetoPay, a leading card issuing company to issue prepaid MasterCard, Visa and UnionPay card and cards soluation in Middleast region. Muhannad is a certified eCommerce Consultant “CEC” and Project Manager eBusiness (PME), and holds an MBA in Management and International Business from NYIT and a Bsc in Computer Software Engineering from Pricess Sumayya University in Amman, Jordan.

Deborah
Webster

AMANIcircle

Deborah
Webster

AMANIcircle

مؤسس AMANIcircle – تمكين المستثمرين للتعرف على أصحاب المشاريع الصحيحة إلى الخلف. مع اهتمام خاص في مجال التكنولوجيا مثل Blockchain ومنظمة العفو الدولية، وقالت انها القشور الظهر طبقات على الناس وراء هذه التكنولوجيا. وقالت انها تساعد المستثمرين يميز بين المؤسسين مع إمكانية حقيقية والذين يعانون من أي مادة، وقدرتهم على تنفيذ والأثر المحتمل لما يقومون بناء على الأعمال والمجتمع، وما هو مطلوب لفتح القيمة. وشملت العملاء الماضي: AXA الاستثمار مدراء وكريدي سويس، ACE المجموعة الأوروبية، مجموعة كارلايل، GFI البرامج، مؤسسة الخليج للاستثمار، KPMG، ميليكوم الخلوية، البنك السعودي البريطاني وتحديد المجموعات عائلات. عضو في مؤسسة لندن Blockchain، ديبورا هو متحدث دائم على القيادة والابتكار والممارسات الأخلاقية حول البيانات والتكنولوجيا.

Deborah
Webster

AMANIcircle

Deborah
Webster

AMANIcircle

Founder of AMANIcircle – enabling investors to identify the right entrepreneurs to back. With a particular interest in technology such as Blockchain and AI, she peels back the layers on the people behind the technology. She helps investors distinguish between founders with real potential and those with no substance, their ability to execute, the potential impact of what they’re building on business and society, and what’s needed to unlock value. Past clients have included: AXA Investment Managers, Credit Suisse, ACE European Group, Carlyle Group, GFI Software, Gulf Investment Corporation, KPMG, Millicom Cellular, Saudi British Bank and select Family Groups. A member of the London Blockchain Foundation, Deborah is a frequent speaker on leadership, innovation and ethical practices around data and technology.

Hashim
Alawadi

Tech Invest Com

Hashim
Alawadi

Tech Invest Com

CEO, Technology Investments Company, with focus on tech investments in MENA. Vice-Chair, Saudi British Joint Business Council. Board member of various technology and telecom companies. Mr. Alawadi is an investment and technology professional with over 20 years of experience in engineering, operations and capital management and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

Hashim
Alawadi

Tech Invest Com

Hashim
Alawadi

Tech Invest Com

، شركة الاستثمارات التقنية الرئيس التنفيذي، مع التركيز على الاستثمارات التقنية في منطقة الشرق الأوسط. نائب رئيس مجلس الأعمال السعودي البريطاني المشترك. عضو مجلس إدارة العديد من شركات التكنولوجيا والاتصالات. السيد العوضي هو الاستثمار والتكنولوجيا المهنية مع أكثر من 20 عاما من الخبرة في مجال الهندسة والعمليات وإدارة رأس المال، وتخرج من جامعة تكساس في أوستن.

Mohammad
Ardati

Jadarah

Mohammad
Ardati

Jadarah

انضم محمد عرداتي لبرنامج جدارة لتنمية المواهب دفعة 2018 بعد إتمام حصوله على درجة ماجستير في إدارة الرعاية الصحية الدولية، الاقتصاد والسياسة، من جامعة بوكوني لإدارة الأعمال SDA في إيطاليا. ،وقد شارك في العديد من المشاريع في القطاع الحكومي والخاص بالبحرين، المملكة العربية السعودية، إيطاليا، والهند قبل الانتقال إلى الإمارات العربية المتحدة. يدعم عرداتي برنامج جدارة الآن كمتدرب في قسم الاستراتيجيات والمشاريع الجديدة.

Mohammad
Ardati

Jadarah

Mohammad
Ardati

Jadarah

He joined Jadarah Talent Accelerator Programme in 2018 after earning a Master’s in International Healthcare Management, Economics and Policy, from Italy-based SDA Bocconi School of Management, building off his background in Finance. The programme served as a great springboard out of the pharmaceutical industry and into the tech field. He had the opportunity to work with private and government-funded projects in Bahrain, KSA, Italy, and India before moving to the UAE. After completing his participation in the programme, Ardati supports the Strategy & New Ventures functions in the organization.

ALI
ABULHASAN

Tap Payments

ALI
ABULHASAN

Tap Payments

متابعة رائد مزدوج في المحاسبة والتسويق في جامعة سان فرانسيسكو مع قاصر في التصميم الجرافيكي. بدأ حياته المهنية في قطاع تجارة التجزئة النفط والغاز والقطاع المصرفي والخدمات المالية. شملت مسيرته أيضا مهمة في صناعة الاتصالات والتي مكنته فهم الحاجة إلى القيمة المضافة الابتكار خدمة لتصبح أكثر التي تركز على المستهلك والمعتمدة على التكنولوجيا. علي أبو الحسن تأسست المدفوعات الحنفية في عام 2013، وتعطيل صناعة FINTECH في الكويت، من أجل حل مشاكل الدفع عبر الإنترنت في الكويت والمنطقة من خلال تمكين جميع الشركات لقبول وتحصيل المدفوعات عبر الإنترنت في ايام وليس اسابيع. يخدم الشركة اليوم الشركات من جميع الأحجام في تسع دول في منطقة الشرق الأوسط.

ALI
ABULHASAN

Tap Payments

ALI
ABULHASAN

Tap Payments

Pursued a double major in Accounting & Marketing at the University of San Francisco with a minor in Graphic Design. He started his career in the oil & gas retail industry and the banking & financial services industry. His career also included a stint in the telecom industry which enabled him understand the need for value added service innovation to become more consumer-centric and technology-driven. Ali Abulhasan founded Tap Payments in 2013, disrupting the Fintech industry in Kuwait, to solve online payment problems in Kuwait & the region by enabling all businesses to accept and collect online payments in days rather than weeks. The company today serves businesses of all sizes in nine countries within the MENA region.

Ali
Bailoun

VISA

Ali
Bailoun

VISA

المدير العام للمملكة العربية السعودية. وهو مسؤول عن الإستراتيجية العامة في المملكة العربية السعودية، بما في ذلك تطوير الأعمال، وتحسين الموارد، وبناء شراكات طويلة الأمد مع العملاء فيزا والحكومة والمنظمين وأصحاب المصلحة الرئيسيين الآخرين لدفع اعتماد المدفوعات غير النقدية والتحول الرقمي في المملكة. انضم علي تأشيرة في عام 2012 لإدارة حسابات الشركة الرائدة. التالية التي قاد بنجاح فريق تطوير الأعمال السعودي فيزا، والاستمرار في زيادة حصتها في السوق فيزا من خلال ارتفاع صفقات شراكة ذات العوائد في البلاد. تمتد علي الوظيفي في مختلف الصناعات بما في ذلك الاتصالات والإعلان والاستشارات في المملكة العربية السعودية ولبنان. وقبل انضمامه إلى فيزا، وكان علي رئيس التسويق والاتصال المؤسسي في بنك الرياض حيث نجحت في تطوير وتنفيذ استراتيجية العلامة التجارية لدعم الأهداف التجارية للبنك التجزئة ل. وقبل ذلك، 2006-2010، كان علي رئيس قسم التسويق والبحوث في البنك السعودي الهولندي / ABN AMRO، حيث كان يعمل في تجزئة وتطوير المنتجات. خلال الفترة التي قضاها في البنك السعودي الهولندي / ABN AMRO، قاد إطلاق عدد من المهمات المبتكرة في الفضاء الخدمات المصرفية للأفراد. كما كان ممثل لجنة التسويق المدفوعات البنك المركزي السعودي. علي حاصل على بكالوريوس العلوم في إدارة الأعمال والتسويق من الجامعة اللبنانية الأميركية وأكمل برامج صنع القرار في جامعة هارفارد ومعهد ماساتشوستس للتكنولوجيا سلون إدارة عدة القيادة والاستراتيجية و.

Ali
Bailoun

VISA

Ali
Bailoun

VISA

The General Manager for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is responsible for overall strategy in KSA, including business development, resource optimization, and building long-term partnerships with Visa’s clients, government, regulators and other key stakeholders to drive the adoption of cashless payments and digital transformation in the kingdom. Ali joined Visa in 2012 to manage the company’s lead accounts. Following which, he successfully led Visa’s Saudi business development team, continuing to grow Visa’s market share through higher yielding partnership deals in the country. Ali’s career spans across various industries including telecom, advertising and consulting, in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. Before joining Visa, Ali was the Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Riyad Bank where he successfully developed and executed their brand strategy to support the retail bank’s business goals. Prior to that, from 2006 to 2010, Ali was the Head of Marketing and Research at Saudi Hollandi Bank/ABN AMRO, where he worked in segmentation and product development. During his time at Saudi Hollandi Bank/ABN AMRO, he led the launch of a number of innovative firsts in the retail banking space. He was also a representative of the Saudi Central Bank Marketing Payments Committee. Ali holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Marketing from the Lebanese American University and completed several leadership, strategy and decision-making programs at Harvard University and MIT Sloan Management.

Obadah
Awad

TIME Entertainment

Obadah
Awad

TIME Entertainment

انضم الوقت في عام 2012 باعتباره وكيل الاتصالات، نظرا لخبرته السابقة في صناعة الترفيه في المملكة العربية السعودية. خلفيته الهندسية جنبا إلى جنب مع مهاراته التحليل المالي فتح الأبواب بالنسبة له للحصول على ترقية عدة مرات وأصبح المدير التنفيذي للشركة. بصفته مدير تنفيذي انه عزز علاقات الشركة مع الهيئات الحكومية وأخذت علاقاتها مع موفري المحتوى الدولي إلى المستوى التالي. وكانت اتصالات والمهارات عبادة والعناصر الأساسية في إغلاق الصفقات الكبرى للشركة مع بعض من أكبر اللاعبين في قطاع الترفيه في العالم.

Obadah
Awad

TIME Entertainment

Obadah
Awad

TIME Entertainment

Joined TIME in 2012 as a Communication Agent, due to his previous experience in the entertainment industry in Saudi Arabia. His engineering background combined with his financial analysis skills opened the doors for him to get promoted several times and to become the company’s Executive Director. In his role as an Executive Director he solidified the company’s relationships with government agencies and took its relationships with international content providers to the next level. Obada’s connections and skills were key elements in closing major deals for the company with some of the biggest players in the entertainment sector in the world.

Yourself
Hammed

ARABIC

BECO Capital

Yourself
Hammed

ARABIC

BECO Capital

قبل انضمامه إلى BECO ، شغل يوسف العديد من المناصب مع جنرال إلكتريك ، وكان آخرها مدير العمليات التجارية لشركة GE في مجال الطيران ، والمسؤول عن إدارة حملات المبيعات للمملكة العربية السعودية وتركيا. وقبل ذلك ، عمل يوسف في مشروع مشترك بين جنرال إلكتريك ومبادلة بقيمة 5 مليارات دولار. كما شارك في تأسيس العديد من الشركات في المملكة العربية السعودية: مقهى عربي ، فضاء اجتماعي فني ومقهى. Eventana ، شركة إدارة أحداث الشركات و Chemya ، موزع للمواد الكيميائية ومواد التشحيم الصناعية. كما كان يوسف مستثمراً مالياً نشطاً على مدى السنوات القليلة الماضية حيث استثمر في العديد من الشركات الناشئة ، إقليمياً ودولياً.

Yourself
Hammed

ENGLISH

BECO Capital

Yourself
Hammed

ENGLISH

BECO Capital

Prior to joining BECO, Yousef held various roles with General Electric, most recently as a Commercial Operation Director for GE’s Aviation business, responsible for managing sales campaigns for Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Before that, Yousef worked in the GE & Mubadala $5 billion joint venture. He also co-founded multiple businesses in Saudi Arabia: Cafe Arab, an artistic social space and coffee shop; Eventana, a corporate event management firm and Chemya, an industrial chemicals and lubes distributor. Yousef has also been an active angel investor over the past few years where he invested in multiple startups, regionally and internationally.

Sameer
Sortur

SquareCircle Global FZ LLC

Sameer
Sortur

SquareCircle Global FZ LLC

The Founder & CEO of SquareCircle Tech. With 15+ years of experience in technology strategy, innovation, business development, international expansion, he incorporated SquareCircle Tech in 2014 with a vision to bridge the Code to Customer gap and create a geography agnostic ecosystem of technology product companies to assist them with investment and scale in the MENA & SEA markets. Sameer has been rooted in Dubai for the last 15 years and spent several years in technology development and delivery across MEA in the Petrochemical, BFSI, government sector in quality, business excellence, operational efficiency, innovation and startup ecosystem. Sameer has also designed, led and delivered various corporate innovation programs, innovation challenges and hackathons to bridge strategy and execution for governments, global corporations and startups. He was actively involved in conceptualizing and setting up the first corporate accelerator in Dubai for DP World. He continues to serve as a mentor for several entrepreneurship programs in the MEASEA region.

Sameer
Sortur

SquareCircle Global FZ LLC

Sameer
Sortur

SquareCircle Global FZ LLC

The Founder & CEO of SquareCircle Tech. With 15+ years of experience in technology strategy, innovation, business development, international expansion, he incorporated SquareCircle Tech in 2014 with a vision to bridge the Code to Customer gap and create a geography agnostic ecosystem of technology product companies to assist them with investment and scale in the MENA & SEA markets. Sameer has been rooted in Dubai for the last 15 years and spent several years in technology development and delivery across MEA in the Petrochemical, BFSI, government sector in quality, business excellence, operational efficiency, innovation and startup ecosystem. Sameer has also designed, led and delivered various corporate innovation programs, innovation challenges and hackathons to bridge strategy and execution for governments, global corporations and startups. He was actively involved in conceptualizing and setting up the first corporate accelerator in Dubai for DP World. He continues to serve as a mentor for several entrepreneurship programs in the MEASEA region.

Salman
Jaffrey

Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Venture Co, WA’ED

Salman
Jaffrey

Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Venture Co, WA’ED

سلمان ت. جافري هو المسؤول الأول للاستثمار في شركة أرامكو السعودية للمشاريع الريادية (المعروفة أيضاً باسم شركة ويد فنتشرز) ، وهي عبارة عن صندوق لرأس المال الاستثماري بقيمة 200 مليون دولار أنشأته شركة أرامكو للاستثمار في رواد الأعمال والأفكار الواعدة في المملكة والتي تعزز التنمية الاقتصادية في المملكة العربية السعودية. وبيئة الأعمال التجارية والابتكار في المملكة. يستهدف الصندوق المشاريع الناشئة المبتكرة المؤثرة التي تتمتع بإمكانيات نمو عالية ، وتقدم نماذج أعمال قابلة للتطوير ، ويقودها رواد أعمال ملتزمون. سلمان هو أيضًا عضو في لجنة الاستثمار في “مختبر StartUp” ، وهو عبارة عن حاضنة وحائز على التكنولوجيا والابتكار في مركز أرامكو لريادة الأعمال. لدى سلمان أكثر من 13 عامًا من الخبرة في الاستشارات والاستثمار في صفقات رأس المال الاستثماري والأسهم الخاصة. وقد قاد عددًا من الاستثمارات في جميع مراحل الصفقة – بدءًا من إصدار الصفقات وتقييمها وتنفيذها لزيادة قيمة الاستثمار إلى الحد الأقصى – كما أدار محفظة استثمارية كبيرة. كخبير استثماري ، ركز سلمان على تقييم الأعمال والاجتهاد المالي اللازم عبر مجموعة متنوعة من القطاعات بما في ذلك التكنولوجيا والرعاية الصحية والضيافة والبيع بالتجزئة والطاقة. وقد تشاور في رأس المال الاستثماري والاستثمارات في الأسهم الخاصة وعمليات الدمج والاستحواذ وولايات البيع والشراء والتخطيط الاستراتيجي ودخول السوق وعمليات الاستحواذ والتخليص. قبل توليه منصبه الحالي ، كان سلمان يشغل منصب كبير المسؤولين الماليين في شركة أرامكو إنرجي فنتشرز السعودية ، وهي عبارة عن صندوق استثماري مشترك برأس مال قدره 500 مليون دولار يستثمر على الصعيد العالمي في شركات ذات مراحل مبكرة وعالية النمو ذات تقنيات ذات أهمية إستراتيجية لشركة أرامكو السعودية ، لتسريع تطورها وتطويرها. النشر في المملكة. وقد عمل سابقاً في شركات استشارية مهنية رائدة ، بما في ذلك PwC و Ernst & Young. يحمل سلمان درجة الماجستير في الطب الجنائي التجاري من جامعة ملبورن ودرجة البكالوريوس في التجارة من جامعة بوند ، أستراليا. وهو محاسب قانوني معتمد (CPA) ، وقام بالعديد من برامج القيادة في شركة أرامكو السعودية. كما أكمل سلمان برنامجًا تنفيذيًا حول رأس المال المغامر من جامعة كاليفورنيا في بيركلي وبرنامجًا للابتكار وريادة الأعمال من جامعة ستانفورد.

Salman
Jaffrey

WA’ED

Salman
Jaffrey

WA’ED

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 Aramco to invest in promising Kingdom-based entrepreneurs and ideas that promote economic development in Saudi Arabia, and the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem in the Kingdom. The fund targets innovative and impactful, early-stage startups that have high growth potential, offer scalable business models, and are led by committed entrepreneurs. Salman is also an investment committee member for the ‘StartUp Lab’, a technology and innovation-driven incubator and seed fund at the Aramco Entrepreneurship Centre. Salman has more than 13 years of experience consulting and investing 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. As an investment specialist, Salman has focused on business valuation and financial due diligence across a diverse range of sectors including technology, healthcare, hospitality, retail, and energy. He has consulted on venture capital and private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, buy and sell-side mandates, strategic planning, market entry, carve-outs, and divestitures. Prior to his current role, Salman was the Chief Financial Officer 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 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 (CPA) and has undertaken several leadership programs at Saudi Aramco. Salman has also completed an executive program on venture capital from UC Berkeley and an innovation & entrepreneurship program from Stanford University.

Remo
Giovanni

Checkout.com

Remo
Giovanni

Checkout.com

نائب الرئيس لتطوير الأعمال في Checkout.com لمنطقة الشرق الأوسط. وقبل انضمامه إلى Checkout.com ريمو أدى التوسع في الشرق الأوسط لTravelstart. سابقا، ساعد ريمو وجد أفريقيا مسرع الانترنت (واحد من الاستثمارات Naspers ‘)، التي أطلقت ثلاث من أسرع الشركات نموا في التجارة الإلكترونية في جنوب أفريقيا. كما عمل على صاروخ الإنترنت أستراليا وجنوب شرق آسيا، حيث كان عضوا مؤسسا للفريق الذي أطلق الشركات الرائدة في التجارة الإلكترونية المتميز، Zalora وLazada. ريمو حاصل على الماجستير المزدوجة العلوم في إدارة الإبداع والتكنولوجيا الجديدة من جامعة بوكوني وكلية كوبنهاغن لإدارة الأعمال.

Remo
Giovanni

Checkout.com

Remo
Giovanni

Checkout.com

VP of Business Development at Checkout.com for the MENA region. Prior to joining Checkout.com Remo led the Middle East expansion for Travelstart. Previously, Remo helped found Africa Internet Accelerator (one of Naspers’ investments), which launched three of the fastest growing e-commerce businesses in South Africa. He also worked at Rocket Internet Australia & South East Asia where he was a founding member of the team that launched leading e-commerce companies The Iconic, Zalora and Lazada. Remo holds a Dual Master’s of Science in Management of Innovation and New Technology from Bocconi University and Copenhagen Business School.

Raha
Moharrak

First Saudi woman to conquer Mount Everest

Raha
Moharrak

First Saudi woman to conquer Mount Everest

لطالما كانت طفلة فضوية ، طالما كانت تتذكر ، كانت راها تحلم بالمغامرات الصعبة ، وترى العالم وربما تغيّرها. منذ سن مبكرة ، كان انحرافها واضحًا ، حيث كان ينعم بأبوين لم يطلبا منها تغييرها ، وتعليمها أن تحلم بأحلام كبيرة وأن تعيش أكبر ، وتربيها مع الاعتقاد بأن الحياة هي ما تصنعه منها وأن أحلامها تعكس لا نهاية لها قدراتها. بعد تخرجها مع بكالوريوس في الاتصالات المرئية من الجامعة الأمريكية في الشارقة ، بدأت حياتها المهنية في وكالة إعلانات رائدة ، غيرت حياة راها اليوم الذي توجت فيه كليمنجارو وتحديت نفسها ومجتمعها وثقافتها. كانت هناك ، بين الغيوم ، واقفة على سقف أفريقيا حيث لم يعد من الممكن إسكات روحها ، ولا يمكن لأي شيء أن يعيقها عن حبها للمغامرة ، فتح كيليمنجارو الأبواب لثمانية قمم أخرى ، ومع ذلك لا تزال شغفها بالعلاقة مع الارتفاع غير مقبول. وفضولها عن المكان الذي نمت فيه حدودها الشديدة ، فقط عندما اعتقدت أنها عثرت عليها ، وضعت عينها على إيفرست ، وولد الحلم الذي حولها إلى نموذج دور عرضي ، في 18 مايو 2013 بعد عام من رؤية الجبل الأسطوري Raha صنع التاريخ من خلال كونه أول امرأة سعودية في قمة إيفرست والقمم السبعة ، تثبت إلى الأبد أننا يمكن أن نحاول المستحيل وربما حتى تحقيقه بغض النظر عن المكان الذي نحن منه ، إنها دليل حي على أنه إذا كان الأطفال يثقون وفضوليين ، من دون فهم من هم ، ثم نحن قادرون على أي شيء ، حتى بالنسبة للمرأة السعودية لتقف على قمة العالم. لطالما كانت طفلة فضوية ، طالما كانت تتذكر ، كانت راها تحلم بالمغامرات الصعبة ، وترى العالم وربما تغيّرها. منذ سن مبكرة ، كان انحرافها واضحًا ، حيث كان ينعم بأبوين لم يطلبا منها تغييرها ، وتعليمها أن تحلم بأحلام كبيرة وأن تعيش أكبر ، وتربيها مع الاعتقاد بأن الحياة هي ما تصنعه منها وأن أحلامها تعكس لا نهاية لها قدراتها. بعد تخرجها مع بكالوريوس في الاتصالات المرئية من الجامعة الأمريكية في الشارقة ، بدأت حياتها المهنية في وكالة إعلانات رائدة ، غيرت حياة راها اليوم الذي توجت فيه كليمنجارو وتحديت نفسها ومجتمعها وثقافتها. كانت هناك ، بين الغيوم ، واقفة على سقف أفريقيا حيث لم يعد من الممكن إسكات روحها ، ولا يمكن لأي شيء أن يعيقها عن حبها للمغامرة ، فتح كيليمنجارو الأبواب لثمانية قمم أخرى ، ومع ذلك لا تزال شغفها بالعلاقة مع الارتفاع غير مقبول. وفضولها عن المكان الذي نمت فيه حدودها الشديدة ، فقط عندما اعتقدت أنها عثرت عليها ، وضعت عينها على إيفرست ، وولد الحلم الذي حولها إلى نموذج دور عرضي ، في 18 مايو 2013 بعد عام من رؤية الجبل الأسطوري Raha صنع التاريخ من خلال كونه أول امرأة سعودية في قمة إيفرست والقمم السبعة ، تثبت إلى الأبد أننا يمكن أن نحاول المستحيل وربما حتى تحقيقه بغض النظر عن المكان الذي نحن منه ، إنها دليل حي على أنه إذا كان الأطفال يثقون وفضوليين ، من دون فهم من هم ، ثم نحن قادرون على أي شيء ، حتى بالنسبة للمرأة السعودية لتقف على قمة العالم.

Raha
Moharrak

First Saudi woman to conquer Mount Everest

Raha
Moharrak

First Saudi woman to conquer Mount Everest

Always a curious child, for as long as she can remember, Raha dreamed of challenging adventures, seeing the world and perhaps even changeling it. From a young age her eccentricity was obvious, blessed with parents who never asked her to change, teaching her to dream big and live even bigger, and raised her with the belief that life is what she makes of it and her dreams are a reflection of the endlessness of her capabilities. Graduating with a bachelors in Visional Communications from the American University of Sharjah then started her career at a leading advertising agency, Raha’s life changed the day she summited Kilimanjaro and challenged herself, her society, and culture. It was there, between the clouds, standing on Africa’s roof where her spirit could no longer be silenced and nothing could hold her back from her love of adventure, Kilimanjaro open the doors to 8 more summits, yet still her love affair with altitude was insatiable, and her curiosity as to where her limits were grew fierce, just when she thought she found them, she set eyes on Everest, and the dream that turned her into an accidental role model was born, on may 18th 2013 a year after seeing the legendary mountain Raha made history by being the first Saudi woman to summit Everest and the seven summits, forever proving we could attempt the impossible and maybe even achieve it no matter where we are from, she’s living proof that if children are raised confident and curious,unapologetically who they are,then we’re capable of anything, Even for a Saudi woman to stand on top of the world.

Samar
Singla

Jugnoo

Samar
Singla

Jugnoo

تأسست Jugnoo في عام 2014 مع رؤية لتحويل قطاع السيارات العربات الهندي. Jugnoo هي الرائدة النقل والخدمات اللوجستية hyperlocal على الطلب لاعب من الهند. سمر غير مبادر والفيزياء خلال التعليم. وقد عمل سابقا كباحث في IBM وCERN. وهو واحد من المتحدثين قبل كل شيء في هذه الصناعة. كما تأسست سمر النقر مختبرات، مربحة التكنولوجيا ادارة العلاقات مع توفير الحلول لتناسب الأعمال يسمى ‘JungleWorks. وهو مسافر والهواة مصور متعطشا الذي يحب لتوثيق العالم كل يوم. موقع سمر شخصي يدعو له ‘شخص ما في مكان ما في مرآب لتصليح السيارات “الذي يصور بوضوح حبه وميله لبناء أشياء جديدة.

Samar
Singla

Jugnoo

Samar
Singla

Jugnoo

Founded Jugnoo in 2014 with the vision to transform the Indian auto-rickshaw sector. Jugnoo is the leading on-demand hyperlocal transport and logistics player of India. Samar is a serial entrepreneur and a physicist by education. He has previously worked as a researcher at IBM and CERN. He is one of the industry’s foremost speakers. Samar also founded Click-Labs, a profitable SaaS technology solution provider of Business suit called ‘JungleWorks’. He is an avid traveler and amateur photographer who likes to document the everyday world. Samar’s personal website calls him ‘Someone somewhere in a garage’ which clearly portrays his love and penchant for building new things.

Omar
Barakat

BECO Capital

Omar
Barakat

BECO Capital

Before starting at BECO, Omar spent a year traveling across the Middle East and North Africa as a Seedstars Associate, scouting, coaching and investing in early-stage tech entrepreneurs in the region. He obtained an MSc in Management Science (Behavioural Science) from the London School of Economics, and a BSc in Economics and Management from the University of Bristol. Being a strong believer in the impact of technology and entrepreneurship on peoples’ lives in MENA, Omar is passionate about adding value to startups and accelerating their growth.

Omar
Barakat

BECO Capital

Omar
Barakat

BECO Capital

قبل البدء في BECO، قضى عمر سنة السفر في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا باعتبارها Seedstars مشارك، الكشفية، والتدريب والاستثمار في المشاريع التقنية في مرحلة مبكرة في المنطقة. حصل على درجة الماجستير في العلوم الإدارية (العلوم السلوكية) من كلية لندن للاقتصاد، ودرجة البكالوريوس في الاقتصاد والإدارة من جامعة بريستول. كونه مؤمنا قويا في تأثير التكنولوجيا وريادة الأعمال على حياة الناس في الشرق الأوسط، وعمر هو عاطفي عن إضافة قيمة إلى الشركات الناشئة وتسريع نموها.

Badr
Ward

Lamsa World

Badr
Ward

Lamsa World

وحرض صناعة المحتوى الرقمي للأطفال في جميع أنحاء العالم العربي. وهو مؤسس والرئيس التنفيذي لمسة، والأولى والرائدة العربية منصة رقمية للأطفال والتي قد صنفت مثل التطبيق رقم واحد للأطفال في أكثر من 10 أسواق العربية على لعب كل من غوغل وأبل المتجر، ويستمر في إنتاج أو نشر أو وتقديم المئات من الكتب الرقمية التفاعلية ومحو الأمية المحتوى إلى أكثر من 15 مليون طفل على مستوى العالم الناطقة بالعربية. صياغة الإبداعية بنية تحتية متينة لتوليد المحتوى، بناء منصة التكنولوجيا المتطورة، وتطوير العلامة التجارية اعجاب قوية، ساعد لمسة تميز بوضوح نفسها عبر الشرق الأوسط. وقد وضعت وارد ورعايتها شراكات مع مزودي المحتوى، مثل الناشرين كتب الأطفال، والمؤلفين، والرسامين، وكذلك المؤسسات الأكاديمية والمنظمات غير الحكومية والجهات الحكومية. على حساب صاحب معرفة واسعة ومتنوعة، وقد تم اختيار وارد من قبل جائزة القمة العالمية باعتبارها متخصصة الإقليمي في المحتوى الإلكتروني والابتكار من أجل التحريض على جدول أعمال الأمم المتحدة للنهوض بمجتمع المعلومات والأهداف الإنمائية المستدامة، وأيضا بمثابة الاستشارية عضو مجلس إدارة في كلية الإمارات للتكنولوجيا. وقد عقد وارد المناصب الإدارية والقيادية في المحتوى وتكنولوجيا المعلومات والاتصالات الشركات تقديم الأعمال ونمو قيمة، مع معرفة عميقة وخبرة عملية في كل من المستهلك والمؤسسة المنتجات والخدمات، مع قيادة الفكر في الشرق الاوسط موبايل، رقمي، والمناظر الطبيعية المحتوى. من خلال لمسة، يركز ارد على تنمية الطفولة المبكرة، وتعريض الأطفال لمهارات القرن ال21، التي تتألف من المعارف والمهارات والقيم، والمواقف، لحياة ناجحة وسعيدة في عالم دائم التغير، حيث تقدم التكنولوجيا وزيادة الاتصالات بين الثقافات.

Badr
Ward

Lamsa World

Badr
Ward

Lamsa World

He instigated the industry of Digital Content for Children across the Arab World. He is the founder and CEO of Lamsa, the first and leading Arabic Digital Platform for Children which is ranked as the number one application for Children across more than 10 Arabic markets on both Google’s Play and Apple’s App Store, and continues to produce, publish, and deliver hundreds of Digital Interactive Books and Literacy Content to more than 15 Million Arabic speaking Children globally. Crafting a robust creative content generating infrastructure, building a cutting-edge technology platform, and developing a strong admired brand, helped Lamsa distinctively differentiate itself across MENA. Ward has developed and nurtured partnerships with content providers, such as children books publishers, authors, and illustrators, as well as academic institutions, NGOs and government entities. On account of his vast and diverse knowledge, Ward was selected by the World Summit Awards as the regional specialist in e-content and innovation for instigating the UN Agenda for the advancement of the Information Society and Sustainable Development Goals, and also serves as an Advisory Board Member at the Emirates College of Technology. Ward has held management and leadership positions across Content and ICT companies delivering business and value growth, with deep knowledge and hands-on experience in both Consumer and Enterprise products and services, with thought leadership in the MENA Mobile, Digital, and Content landscape. Through Lamsa, Ward focuses on Early Childhood Development, exposing children to 21st century skills, consisting of knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes, for a successful and happy life in an ever-changing world where the technology advances and intercultural communications increases.

Danny
Bates

STARZ PLAY

Danny
Bates

STARZ PLAY

داني يجلب خبرة أكثر من 20 عاما لدوره في CCO PLAY STARZ (www.starzplay.com)، والفيديو الاشتراك في خدمة الطلب أن تيارات إلى 20 بلدا في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا وباكستان. ويجلب في- تجربة عمق القطاعات الأقمار الصناعية التلفزيون المدفوع والطاقة في المنطقة أوروبا والشرق الأوسط. وقبل تأسيس STARZ PLAY، شغل مناصب المبيعات SVP في OSN، مسؤولة عن عائدات المجموعة والمبيعات في جميع أنحاء منطقة الشرق الأوسط. وفي السنوات التي يقضيها في OSN، شغل عدد من الأدوار بما في ذلك خدمة VP العملاء والعمليات، حيث أشرف على خدمة العملاء والاحتفاظ بها وعمليات العملاء، وإدارة المشاريع، والتحليل والتخطيط. وبصفته تكليفا، داني يؤدي قسم التسويق، وضمان أن فريقه تحديد وتنفيذ الخدمات ان طلب الزبائن. وهو مسؤول أيضا عن المنتج وتطوير الأعمال والتخطيط وتنسيق تنفيذ خطط العمل واختراق أسواق جديدة .

Danny
Bates

STARZ PLAY

Danny
Bates

STARZ PLAY

He brings more than 20 years’ experience to his role as CCO at STARZ PLAY (www.starzplay.com), the subscription video on demand service that streams to 20 countries across the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan. He brings in-depth experience of the EMEA region’s Satellite Pay TV and Energy sectors. Prior to establishing STARZ PLAY, he held the positions of SVP Sales at OSN, responsible for the group’s revenue and sales across the MENA region. In the years spent at OSN, he held a number of roles including VP Customer Service & Operations, where he oversaw customer service, retention, customer operations, project management, analysis and planning. In his role as CCO, Danny leads the Marketing department, ensuring that his team identify and execute the services that customers demand. He is also responsible for Product and Business Development, planning and coordinating the implementation of business plans and the penetration of new markets.

Omar
Al-Shabaan

The Space

Omar
Al-Shabaan

The Space

صاحبة المشروع، المطور الأعمال، واستشاري مع أكثر من 15 عاما من الخبرة في العمل، وقال انه هو مؤسس المشارك والرئيس التنفيذي لالفضاء .انه كان مدير الشراكة في مسك الابتكار، وهي شركة تابعة لمؤسسة المسك، وكذلك بمثابة قصيرة مستشار الأمد مع مجموعة البنك الدولي حول الابتكار وريادة الأعمال، وكان مستشارا لوحدة رقمنة الوطنية في الحكومة السعودية، عمر لديه ماجستير في إدارة الأعمال من كلية إدارة الأعمال IE في مدريد، وماجستير تنفيذي في شركات الاتصالات من نفس المدرسة.

Omar
Al-Shabaan

The Space

Omar
Al-Shabaan

The Space

An Entrepreneur, Business Developer, and a Consultant with over 15 years of work experience, he is the co founder and CEO of The Space .he was the Partnership director at Misk Innovation, a subsidiary of Misk Foundation ,as well as serving as a short term consultant with The World Bank group on Innovation and Entrepreneurship , and was an Advisor for the National Digitization Unit in the Saudi Government, Omar has an MBA from IE business school in Madrid, and an Executive Master in Corporate Communication from the same school.

Zubair
Paracha

MENAbytes

Zubair
Paracha

MENAbytes

مؤسس MENAbytes، الشركة الرائدة في مجال نشر وسائل الاعلام على الانترنت التي تغطي التكنولوجيا والشركات الناشئة في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا. تأسست سابقا Qraar، اكتشاف الوظيفي وتطوير منصة لالالفي في الشرق الأوسط.

Zubair
Paracha

MENAbytes

Zubair
Paracha

MENAbytes

Founder of MENAbytes, a leading online media publication that covers technology and startups from the Middle East & North Africa. Previously founded Qraar, a career discovery and development platform for millennial in MENA.

Nour
Mousa

Desert Technologies

Nour
Mousa

Desert Technologies

كان واحدا من مؤسسي تكنولوجيا الصحراء والرئيس التنفيذي منذ إنشائها. تنفيذي من ذوي الخبرة في جميع أنحاء العالم عبر وظائف الأعمال الرئيسية وعمليات من التخطيط الاستراتيجي، والاستعانة بمصادر خارجية، ونقل التكنولوجيا لتمويل والتطوير العقاري والاستثمار، والصناعة التحويلية من الطراز العالمي. العرض الممتاز والاتصالات، والعلاقات الشخصية، ومهارات إدارة فريق متعدد الوظائف. موقف المبادرة، والطاقة، والاسلوب. وكان نور ولا يزال شريكا في خصائص سوهو، الشركة الرائدة في مجال التطوير العقاري وإدارة أكثر من 600 مليون $ (USD) عبر أبراج مشروعين في إطار مشاريع البناء في مانهاتن. كما الشريك الإداري، وقال انه كان مسؤولا عن العمليات الاستراتيجية والمالية، وتنفيذ المعاملات الكبيرة المعقدة، وإدارة المخاطر في الشركة. من 1998-2003 شغل منصب مدير التخطيط الاستراتيجي في Picorp القابضة SAE، مجموعة المصرية بمليارات الدولارات مع الاستثمارات في العقارات والسياحة والسلع الاستهلاكية وقطاعات الصناعات التحويلية، حيث أسس 5 مشاريع تسليم المفتاح تتجاوز 200 مليون $ بنجاح (USD) منذ البداية من خلال تنفيذ والتوظيف الإدارة، والبدء، وإطلاق السوق. على طول هذه المشاريع كان إنشاء وهيكلة JV متعددة الجنسيات مع فوجيتسو العامة المحدودة باعتبارها عضو مؤسس المجلس. أشرف على التصنيع البدء في مصر توزيع في جميع أنحاء شمال أفريقيا حيث قام بتوجيه جميع جوانب JV الجاهزة بما في ذلك صياغة عقد التأسيس وعقود المساعدة التقنية، الاستعانة بمصادر خارجية، والتفاوض، والتوظيف، والإدارة. قبل Picorp، وكان نور العاملين في صناعة السيارات وكان من بين الفريق الذي بدأت عمليات نيسان مصر. نور حاصل على شهادة البكالوريوس في هندسة الإنتاج من جامعة حلوان ودبلوم الدراسات العليا في الهندسة الصناعية من الجامعة الأمريكية في القاهرة. يتضمن أعماله الخيرية تأسيس وقفية Park51، غير هادفة للربح الثقافة الإسلامية والمركز الجماهيري في مانهاتن السفلى.

Nour
Mousa

Desert Technologies

Nour
Mousa

Desert Technologies

One of the founders of Desert Technologies and has been Chief Executive Officer since its inception. An Executive with worldwide experience across major business functions and operations from strategic planning, outsourcing, and technology transfer to finance, real estate development & investment, and world-class manufacturing. Outstanding presentation, communication, interpersonal relations, and cross-functional team management skills. Entrepreneurial attitude, energy, and style. Nour was and still is a partner in Soho Properties, a leading real estate developer and manager over $600 million (USD) across two development towers under construction projects in Manhattan. As Managing Partner, he was responsible for the strategic and financial operations, execution of large complex transactions, and the risk management of the company. From 1998 to 2003 he was Director of Strategic Planning at Picorp Holding S.A.E., a multi-billion dollar Egyptian group with investments in the real estate, tourism, consumer goods and manufacturing sectors, where he successfully established 5 turnkey projects exceeding $200 million (USD) from inception through execution, management recruitment, start-up, & market launch. Along these projects was establishing and structuring a multinational JV with Fujitsu General Ltd as a Founding Board Member; oversaw a manufacturing start-up in Egypt distributing throughout North Africa where he directed all aspects of a turnkey JV including formulating the Articles of Incorporation and Technical Assistance contracts, outsourcing, negotiating, staffing, and management. Prior to Picorp, Nour was working in the automotive industry and was among the team that launched Nissan Egypt operations. Nour holds a BA in Production Engineering from Helwan University and a graduate diploma in Industrial Engineering from the American University in Cairo. His charitable work includes the foundation and endowment of Park51, a non-profit Islamic Culture & Community Centre in lower Manhattan.

Mahal
Waqar

AR

The Tempest

Mahal
Waqar

AR

The Tempest

كان واحدا من مؤسسي تكنولوجيا الصحراء والرئيس التنفيذي منذ إنشائها. تنفيذي من ذوي الخبرة في جميع أنحاء العالم عبر وظائف الأعمال الرئيسية وعمليات من التخطيط الاستراتيجي، والاستعانة بمصادر خارجية، ونقل التكنولوجيا لتمويل والتطوير العقاري والاستثمار، والصناعة التحويلية من الطراز العالمي. العرض الممتاز والاتصالات، والعلاقات الشخصية، ومهارات إدارة فريق متعدد الوظائف. موقف المبادرة، والطاقة، والاسلوب. وكان نور ولا يزال شريكا في خصائص سوهو، الشركة الرائدة في مجال التطوير العقاري وإدارة أكثر من 600 مليون $ (USD) عبر أبراج مشروعين في إطار مشاريع البناء في مانهاتن. كما الشريك الإداري، وقال انه كان مسؤولا عن العمليات الاستراتيجية والمالية، وتنفيذ المعاملات الكبيرة المعقدة، وإدارة المخاطر في الشركة. من 1998-2003 شغل منصب مدير التخطيط الاستراتيجي في Picorp القابضة SAE، مجموعة المصرية بمليارات الدولارات مع الاستثمارات في العقارات والسياحة والسلع الاستهلاكية وقطاعات الصناعات التحويلية، حيث أسس 5 مشاريع تسليم المفتاح تتجاوز 200 مليون $ بنجاح (USD) منذ البداية من خلال تنفيذ والتوظيف الإدارة، والبدء، وإطلاق السوق. على طول هذه المشاريع كان إنشاء وهيكلة JV متعددة الجنسيات مع فوجيتسو العامة المحدودة باعتبارها عضو مؤسس المجلس. أشرف على التصنيع البدء والشريك المؤسس والمدير التنفيذي لالعاصفة (thetempest.co)، وسائل الإعلام والتكنولوجيا العالمية شركة الحائز على جائزة تصل إلى الملايين كل شهر. مشعل هو على لائحة فوربس الشرق الأوسط 30 تحت 30، وتلقت قائدة شابة من السنة جائزة في المنتدى الاقتصادي WIL ال19. مشعل هو عاطفي حول إمكانية ويقود حاليا محور الوصول في العاصفة. ويشمل عملها السابق مبادرات الوصول في جامعة روتشستر للتكنولوجيا دبي، ومشروع الصحة النفسية للمستودعات الأمم المتحدة. يشمل خلفيتها البحوث coauthoring ورقة بحث حول التحديات التي تواجه سيدات الأعمال. أيضا موجهون مشعل تبدأ في الشراع (مركز الشارقة للريادة الأعمال) وبدء عطلة نهاية الاسبوع التي كتبها تك نجوم.

Mashal
Waqar

EN

The Tempest

Mashal
Waqar

EN

The Tempest

The co-founder and COO of The Tempest (thetempest.co), an award-winning global media and technology company reaching millions every month. Mashal is on the Forbes Middle East 30 Under 30 list, and has received the Young Leader of the Year award at the 19th WIL Economic Forum. Mashal is passionate about accessibility and is currently leading the accessibility pivot at The Tempest. Her previous work includes accessibility initiatives at RIT Dubai, and a mental health project for the UNHRD; her research background includes coauthoring a research paper on challenges faced by female entrepreneurs. Mashal also mentors startups at Sheraa (Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center) and Startup Weekend by Tech Stars.

Ahmed
Al-Bader

Sihatech

Ahmed
Al-Bader

Sihatech

تخرج من جامعة أكسفورد مع درجة الماجستير في إدارة البرامج الرئيسية والمكتسبة في الكمبيوتر الهندسة البكالوريوس والعلوم. وهو مؤسس والرئيس التنفيذي لشركة Sihatech، عضو مجلس إدارة في مستشفى الموسى التخصصي، رئيس لجنة الاستراتيجية والاستثمار في مجموعة الرعاية الصحية الموسى، عضو لجنة المشاريع في إدارة مشاريع الوطني السعودي (NPMO). كان أحمد من موظفي المؤسسة في اصل ASP لتقنيات الرعاية الصحية والتأمين في عام 2002. عمل أحمد في منصب الرئيس التنفيذي للاستراتيجية هيئة المدن الصناعية، والتي شملت 28 مدن التخطيط والتنفيذ لمختلف البنى التحتية والخدمات. وكان أيضا مستشارا في الاستراتيجية الوطنية في وزارة التجارة والصناعة. قبل أن شارك في البداية من أكبر خطط السعودية لبناء مدينة الملك عبد الله الاقتصادية. مدينة الملك عبدالله الاقتصادية. وكان أيضا مدير الاستراتيجية والأداء في الاستثمارات MASIC. (شركة Alsubeaei الاستثمار) وقال انه هو المستشار السابق الملك عبد العزيز للمركز الحوار الوطني (KACND) وغيرها من القطاعين العام والخاص والمؤسسات الخاصة.

Ahmed
Al-Bader

Sihatech

Ahmed
Al-Bader

Sihatech

Graduated from Oxford university with a master’s degree in Major Programme Management and Earned a bachelor’s in computer engineering and Sciences. He is the founder and CEO at Sihatech, Board member in Almoosa Specialist hospital, Chairperson of the strategy and investment committee in Almoosa healthcare group, Projects committee member in the Saudi National Projects Management (NPMO). Ahmed was of the founding staff in Wassel ASP for healthcare & insurance technologies in 2002. Ahmed worked as Chief Strategy Officer for Modon, which included 28 cities planning and execution of various infrastructure and services. He was also an advisor in the National strategy in Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Before that he participated in the start of Saudi largest plans to build king Abdullah economic city. KAEC . He was also the Director of strategy and performance in MASIC investments. (Alsubeaei Investment Company) He is a former advisor King Abdul Aziz Centre for National Dialogue (KACND) and other private public and private institution.

Richard
Fitzgerald

Augustus

Richard
Fitzgerald

Augustus

العضو المنتدب وجدت أوغسطس، وهي شركة “وسائل الإعلام الجديدة، ناشري وفين دبي ووفين السعودية. كان يعمل في الفضاء الإعلان وسائل الاعلام على مدى السنوات ال 12 الماضية في وكالات في أيرلندا وإنجلترا والإمارات العربية المتحدة على العملاء مثل شركة كوكا كولا، HSBC، نيسان، نايكي. فتنت حول تغيير عادات الاستهلاك الإعلامي، وعاطفي حول إنشاء الاتصالات العلامة التجارية الفعالة من خلال Adverting والأم، ريتشارد يطمح إلى جعل أوغسطس الشركة وسائل الإعلام الجديدة “الاختيار في منطقة الشرق الأوسط.

Duna
Barakeh

Gulflink

Duna
Barakeh

Gulflink

طبيب ومؤسس تطبيق وسائل الاعلام Gulflink الاجتماعية – العمل بدوام جزئي في بناء مفهوم “Gulflink” التي تشمل تطبيق وسائل الاعلام الاجتماعية الوسائط المتعددة التي تهدف إلى ربط مواطني دول الخليج العربي (السعودية، الإمارات العربية المتحدة، البحرين، الكويت، عمان وقطر واليمن والعراق). وهو منصة لتمكين شعبنا وربطها مع بعضها البعض من خلال إعادة ابتكار الاتصالات من خلال برامج ذات مستوى عالمي أن يعوض عن احتياجات الشباب العربي الحديث.

Duna
Barakeh

Gulflink

Duna
Barakeh

Gulflink

Medical doctor and Co-founder of Gulflink Social media application – working part-time in constructing the concept of “Gulflink” of which encompasses a multimedia social media application that aims to connect Arab Gulf nationals (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Yemen and Iraq). It is a platform to empower our people and to connect them with one another by reinventing their communications through a world-class software that compensates for modern Arab youth’s needs.

Nasreen
Alissa

Nasreen Alissa Lawfirm

Nasreen
Alissa

Nasreen Alissa Lawfirm

نسرين العيسى هي محامية ورجل أعمال. وقد أسست شركة قانونية خاصة بها في يوليو عام 2018 ، وهي أول مكتب محاماة في الرياض تملكه وتديره سعوديات تتخصص في الملكية الفكرية والشركات وتكنولوجيا المعلومات. قبل افتتاح مكتب المحاماة الخاص بها ، عملت نسرين كمحامية في شركة Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP بالتعاون مع مكتب المحامي صلاح الحجيلان لمدة خمس سنوات. تمتلك نسرين تطبيقات جوال (IOS و Android). Knowyourrights: التطبيق هو واحد من نوع وأول في الشرق الأوسط. وقد تم إعداده لتوعية المرأة السعودية بحقوقها القانونية في المحاكم وفي مسائل قانون الأسرة. Gulflink: Gulflink هو تطبيق مراسلة للوسائط المتعددة مخصص حصريًا لمنطقة الخليج: المملكة العربية السعودية والبحرين والكويت وعمان وقطر والإمارات العربية المتحدة واليمن والعراق. مع ظهور شباب القرن الحادي والعشرين على شاشاتهم أكثر من نظرائهم ، تأتي Gulflink برسالة لتحسين التواصل وإثراء شبابنا بأكثر من وسائل الإعلام الاجتماعية التي لا معنى لها. تقدم جلف لينك المنتجات الراقية التي تلبي شبابنا المتطلب وذكي ولشعبنا على مستوى مختلف.

Nasreen
Alissa

Nasreen Alissa Lawfirm

Nasreen
Alissa

Nasreen Alissa Lawfirm

Nasreen Alissa is an attorney and entrepreneur. She has set up her own boutique law firm in July 2018, and it is the first law firm in Riyadh, owned and led by a Saudi female with the specialty of intellectual property, corporate and information technology. Prior to opening her own law firm, Nasreen worked as an attorney at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in association with The Law Firm of Salah Al-Hejailan for five Years. Nasreen has two mobile (IOS and Android) applications. Knowyourrights: The application is one of a kind and first in the Middle East. It was made to educate Saudi women on their legal rights in courts and in family law matters. Gulflink: Gulflink is a multimedia messaging app made exclusively for the Gulf area: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Iraq. With the 21 st century youth staring more at their screens than at their peers, Gulflink comes with the message to improve communication and enrich our youth with more than meaningless social media. Gulflink delivers high-end products that meet with our demanding and intelligent youth and to our people on a different level.

Husam
Yaghi

Al Hamrani Group

Husam
Yaghi

Al Hamrani Group

مهندس كهربائي يحمل شهادة الدكتوراه في علوم الكمبيوتر من LSU في باتون روج، لويزيانا. بدأ رحلته المشاريع مرة أخرى في عام 1986 عندما شارك في تأسيس GloboNet (أول مزود خدمة الانترنت في لويزيانا). درب له الفتيان في سن المراهقة إلى روح المبادرة في سن 13 و 14. بنوا ثلاث شركات – تشيلاكس، AidMaid، وBlocMint، ضارية وقدمت في المؤتمرات الإقليمية، وأصبح النجوم في المنطقة (www.aidmaid.net/gallery.html). قاد ابنته في المشاريع الاجتماعية. الذين في سن 10 أنشأ “مبادرة الابتسامات” لجلب بعض الفرح لمن هم أقل حظا. http://smiles.aidmaid.net الدكتور ياغي هو خبير معترف به في الفضاء التحول الرقمي وهو داعية لتمكين الشباب واستخدام Blockchain. وهو الذي بشر Blockchain والتحول الرقمي في المؤتمرات واللقاءات في الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية، والمملكة العربية السعودية ودبي والبحرين والأردن ولبنان ولندن والهند. يشغل حاليا منصب CTO في مجموعة الحمراني، واحدة من الشركات العائلية تكتل في المملكة العربية السعودية. يجلس أيضا في مجلس المستشارين لعدة شركات الناشئة. وهو حائز على عدة جوائز التميز والتفوق.

Husam
Yaghi

Al Hamrani Group

Husam
Yaghi

Al Hamrani Group

An Electrical Engineer with a Ph.D. in Computer Science from LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He began his entrepreneurial journey back in 1986 when he co-founded GloboNet (the first Internet Service Provider in Louisiana). He coached his teenage boys into entrepreneurship at age 13 & 14. They built three companies – Chillax, AidMaid, and BlocMint, pitched and presented at regional conferences, and became stars in the region (www.aidmaid.net/gallery.html). He led his daughter into social entrepreneurship; who at age 10 created the “Smiles Initiative” to bring some joy to the less fortunate. http://smiles.aidmaid.net Dr. Yaghi is a recognized expert in the digital transformation space and he is an advocate for youth empowerment and Blockchain use. He preached Blockchain and digital transformation at conferences and meetups in USA, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, London, and India. Currently he is the CTO at Alhamrani Group, one of the conglomerate family businesses in Saudi Arabia. He also sits on the Board of Advisors for several startups. He is a recipient of several distinction and excellence awards.

Basil
M.K.
Al
Ghalayini

BMG Financial Group

Basil
M.K.
Al
Ghalayini

BMG Financial Group

رئيس مجلس الإدارة والرئيس التنفيذي لمجموعة بي إم جي المالية (بي إم جي) ، كان يشغل سابقاً منصب المدير الإداري في المستثمر الدولي ، لندن ، المملكة المتحدة ، وقبل ذلك ، كان مع قسم إدارة الاستثمارات في البنك الأهلي التجاري السعودي في جدة. ولندن. منذ تأسيس BMG ، كان الغلاييني يتولى منصب قائد فريق معاملات سوق رأس المال والدين مثل قضايا حقوق الملكية ، الاكتتابات العامة والخاصة ، فضلا عن قيادة تكليف حكومي لإجراء مراجعة شاملة لقطاع التأمين من أجل الوصول في مجموعة من التوصيات لدمج القطاع في نهاية المطاف. وهو أيضا مشارك متكرر في الوفود الرسمية لرجال الأعمال التي تمثل القطاع الخاص في المملكة العربية السعودية. الغلاييني هو رئيس اللجنة الخامسة للأفراد المرخص لهم (المستشارون والمنظمون). هو رئيس شركة AkarOne في المملكة العربية السعودية. وهو مدير غير تنفيذي لشركة BMG Wealth LLP في المملكة المتحدة. وهو رئيس مؤسسة BMG. وكان الأمين العام لجمعية المصرفيين العرب في المملكة المتحدة ، ونائب رئيس مجلس رجال الأعمال السعودي البريطاني ورئيس مجلس رجال الأعمال السعودي السوري. حصل على درجة البكالوريوس. درجة من جامعة الملك سعود ، المملكة العربية السعودية ، CSS من جامعة هارفارد ، الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية ، و IMD من كلية لندن للأعمال ، المملكة المتحدة.

Basil
AlGhalayini

BMG Financial Group

Basil
AlGhalayini

BMG Financial Group

Chairman and CEO of BMG Financial Group (“BMG”), Previously, he was Managing Director at The International Investor, London, UK, and prior to that, he was with the Investment Management Division of The National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah and London. Since BMG’s inception, Al-Ghalayini has been acting as team leader for equity and debt capital market transactions such as Rights Issues, IPOs and Private Placements, as well as leading a Government mandated assignment for the comprehensive review of the insurance sector in order to arrive at a set of recommendations for the sector’s eventual consolidation. He is also a frequent participant in official business delegations representing the private sector of Saudi Arabia. Al-Ghalayini is the Chairman of Authorized Persons 5th Committee (Advisors and Arrangers). He is the Chairman of AkarOne in KSA. He is Non-Executive Director of BMG Wealth LLP in the UK. He is the Chairman of BMG Foundation. He was the Secretary General of the Arab Bankers Association of the United Kingdom, Vice Chairman of Saudi-British Businessmen Council and Chairman of Saudi-Syrian Businessmen Council. He received his B.Sc. degree from King Saud University, KSA, CSS from Harvard University, USA, and IMD from London Business School, UK.

Bander
Almutlaq

Arabion Intermedia

Bander
Almutlaq

Arabion Intermedia

Managing Director – Serial entrepreneur who started up iMashfa, 3limna, Printly.me, TheXplorers.Guide, and lately KernaVa.com – Co founder of Arabion Intermedia which incubates all above. – Incubator Managers Certified Trainer – Mentor for many successful startups – Tech savvy , drones lover & Adventurer – TEDxArabia & TEDxJeddah Founder & Curator

أضوى
الدخيل

فلك مركز الأعمال

أضوى
الدخيل

فلك مركز الأعمال

عدوة الدخيل ، سيدة أعمال ، محللة أسهم ، حائزة على المركز الأول في 3 مسابقات في أسواق المال ، عازف غيتار محترف ، مؤلفة كتاب مبيع في المملكة العربية السعودية ، طيار مرخص ، شاعر حائز على جوائز ، بطلة إسكواش ، واحدة من أكثر الشخصيات المؤثرة على وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي في منطقة الخليج ، جميعهم في عمر 25 عامًا. في دراسة حديثة أجريت على أكثر الشخصيات الاجتماعية تأثيراً في الشرق الأوسط ، كان عدوة في قائمة الثلاثة الأوائل مع أحمد الشقيري وثنيان خالد. . مع وصول أكثر من 2 مليون شخص على وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي ، يدور محتوى Adwa حول التعليم ، والمسؤولية الاجتماعية ، ونمط الحياة. وفي دراسة أخرى أجرتها مجموعة إِثْرا للاستشارات ، سُئِل طلاب الجامعات عما إذا كان لديهم نموذج يحتذى به ، وأجاب 80 بالمائة من الطلاب على عدوة الدخيل – ومعظمهم بسبب سنّها القريب لهؤلاء الطلاب. نظرًا لمدى اهتماماتها وموضوعاتها التي تناقشها ، فإن شخصية العدوة ومحتواها يستقطب جمهورًا كبيرًا من مختلف الأعمار والخلفيات.

Adwa
Aldakheel

Falak Business Hub

Adwa
Aldakheel

Falak Business Hub

Adwa AlDakheel, a businesswoman, a stock analyst, first place winner of 3 Capital Trading Market competitions, a professional guitarist, an author of a best-selling book in Saudi Arabia, a licensed pilot, an award-winning poet, a Squash champion, and one of the most influential figures on Social Media in the GCC region all by the age of 25. In a recent study done on the most influential Social Media figures in the Middle East, Adwa was in the top three long with Ahmed Alshugairi and Thunayan Khalid; with a reach of over 2+ million individuals on social media, Adwa’s content revolves around education, social responsibility, and lifestyle. In another study done by Ithraa Consulting Group, university students were asked if they had a role model, and 80 percent of the students answered Adwa Aldakheel – mostly due to her close age to these students. Because of her eclectic range of interests and subjects to discuss, Adwa’s personality and content appeal to a large audience from all different ages and background.

Lee
McMahon

Support Legal

Lee
McMahon

Support Legal

Co-Founder & Principal of Support Legal, the go-to and most innovative legal services platform in the Middle East and Africa. We use streamlined practices, technology and a disruptive mindset to bring innovation to a traditional industry. Unlike traditional law firms, Support Legal does not charge our time by the hour. We provide cost-efficient and cost-certain legal services by working on a fixed-fee basis or via our unique subscription model. Our team is comprised exclusively of the top 1% of lawyers in the world, each with a minimum of 10 years’ experience with the world’s pre-eminent firms and we have “Uber-ised” access to them. Off the clock and on your side. Welcome to Support Legal – Same Law, Different Thinking. Lee is an Australian lawyer who qualified to practice law in 2005 with King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney, a leading corporate and finance law firm in Australasia. Within the corporate team at KWM he worked on a broad range of transactions. In 2008, Lee moved to the UAE to join Herbert Smith Freehills before taking a Legal Counsel role with the Dubai headquartered container terminal operator DP World. Lee then joined Xstrata plc in 2012 during their takeover by Glencore. Shortly after the takeover, Lee commenced his position as General Counsel of Ferrexpo plc, a UK listed company based in Switzerland. For the last 3 years, he has managed the company’s legal function including negotiating finance transactions, managing their debt restructuring, leading on the disposal of minority interests and managing all of the company’s corporate and commercial transactions. His time at Ferrexpo earned him a nomination in 2016 for General Counsel of the Year at the Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards. Lee also has a keen interest in technology and is bringing this knowledge to bear in developing the suite of technologies and applications we plan to use to deliver our leaner way of working. Lee has already engaged in discussions with leading legal technology companies in Asia and the US to partner with them for the UAE (and the wider MENA region). Lee holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business (Management), a Bachelor of Laws and a graduate certificate in legal practice from the University of Technology, Sydney. Lee is licensed as a lawyer in New South Wales and the High Court of Australia.

Patrick
Rogers

Support Legal

Patrick
Rogers

Support Legal

Co-Founder and Principal of Support Legal, a disruptive legal services platform that is leading the innovation of the legal sector across the Middle East and Africa. Patrick believes entrepreneurs are the engines of every economy, driving positive growth, not only in their respective sectors, but the world as a whole. He is passionate about using his unique skill set to support entrepreneurs and the companies they are building through the innovative legal services platform that Support Legal has developed. He has worked on a wide array of transactions in over 40 countries, from venture capital financings and private equity deals to franchising and IP-related matters. Acting as director and advisor to a number of high growth companies, Patrick also serves as a Venture Corps Mentor with the Endeavor organisation, a global non-profit organisation that aims to catalyse economic growth in emerging countries. Patrick’s thoughts on entrepreneurship and the disruption of the legal services sector have been featured in a range of publications including the FT, The National, Forbes Middle East, Entrepreneur Middle East, Arabian Business and Gulf Business. He is unwavering in his belief that the legal industry needs to be driven in a fresh and innovative direction in order to maintain its relevancy. Patrick is licensed to practice law in England and Wales and Canada. He holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia and a J.D. from Western University and has lived and worked in Toronto, Hong Kong, London and Dubai, where he currently resides with his family.

Hannah
McKinlay

Support Legal

Hannah
McKinlay

Support Legal

A New Zealand lawyer who qualified to practice law in 2005 at Russell McVeagh in Auckland, the premier corporate and finance law firm in New Zealand. She worked for three years in the corporate team on various corporate transactions and advisory matters including public and private M&A, corporate governance, regulatory and debt and equity securities matters for local and international corporates, financial services firms and private equity clients. Hannah moved to the UAE in 2008 and joined the Dubai office of Linklaters LLP, one of the world’s largest law firms. As an Associate in the corporate team, Hannah continued to work on a broad range of corporate transactions including public and private M&A, joint ventures, and debt and equity securities. Hannah advised local and international corporates and conglomerates, international banks and financial institutions, and local and regional family offices in a number of jurisdictions in the Middle East, north Africa and India. More recently as a Managing Associate at Linklaters LLP, Hannah’s experience focused on corporate advisory and commercial arrangements, including corporate governance, funds and regulatory and compliance matters with a particular focus on the financial services sector. Hannah was also responsible for developing the UAE offices’ knowhow function, including keeping abreast of legal developments and sharing them internally in a user-friendly format, drafting precedent documents, producing guidance notes for lawyers, preparing client publications and alerts, and providing legal and soft skills training sessions to both lawyers and clients. Hannah is eager to see rapid adoption of innovative technologies and working practices in the legal industry. At Support Legal, her work will help clients navigate the essential legal and regulatory requirements for their businesses to launch, grow and succeed. Hannah’s first major project at Support Legal was the launch of ScaleUp (www.supportscaleup.com), a digital platform which offers access to knowhow, practical advice and automated documents without charge to the user. Hannah is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Commerce (Management and Finance) and Laws from the University of Otago, Dunedin.

Ahmed
Arif

Support Legal

Ahmed
Arif

Support Legal

Principal of Support Legal, the go-to and most innovative legal services platform in the Middle East and Africa. We use streamlined practices, technology and a disruptive mindset to bring innovation to a traditional industry. Ahmed spent over 10 years in the corporate practice group of Freshfields, both in their Riyadh and Dubai offices. He specialises in M&A, advising both strategic and financial investors (including banks, family owned business and international and regional private equity houses) across the Middle East, north and east Africa, Turkey and south east Asia. He has advised on some of the largest M&A transactions in the region and was involved with a number of precedent-setting deals, including the first bank merger in Abu Dhabi, the first bank disposal in Jordan, one of the largest technology investment in the region and the first acquisitions by international private equity houses into the region. Ahmed has been involved with a number of initiatives related to legal technology and new operating models for law firms aimed l addressing the evolution of delivery of legal services, including through the deployment of new legal technology to help lawyers work in the ways that clients want, not the ways the lawyers are used to. He is involved in the regional start-up ecosystem, having co-founded a Dubai-based startup in 2015. Ahmed holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Westminster and a Master of Laws (LLM) from the American University in Cairo. Ahmed is admitted to the New York Bar (NY, USA).

Rhona
Byrne

Support Legal

Rhona
Byrne

Support Legal

A Legal Director at Support Legal, a disruptive legal services platform that is leading the innovation of the legal sector across the Middle East and Africa. Rhona is an English law qualified solicitor, with 11 years’ professional experience in London, Paris and Dubai at top tier law firms, Linklaters and Clifford Chance. Rhona led a number of high-profile firsts: the first sukuk issuance by the Republic of South Africa, the first (Basel 3) tier 1 capital sukuk issued in Saudi Arabia, and the first UK Export Finance guaranteed sukuk issued by Emirates. As counsel to founders and investors, financial institutions and HNWs, Rhona advises on finance, venture capital, and strategic investment transactions, both domestic and international.

Amr
Awadallah

Cloudera

Amr
Awadallah

Cloudera

Co-Founder and CTO of Cloudera since it was formed in Oct 2008. Before that he was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Accel Partners for about 3-months. Prior to joining Accel he served as Vice President of Product Intelligence Engineering at Yahoo! and ran one of the very first organizations to use Hadoop for data analysis and business intelligence. Amr joined Yahoo after they acquired his first startup, VivaSmart, in July of 2000. Amr holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, and a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Mustafa
Shamseldin

PepsiCo

Mustafa
Shamseldin

PepsiCo

Vice President – Snacks Category for Middle East & North Africa region at PepsiCo. He has more than 20 years of sales, marketing and general management experience in both small and multi-billion-dollar businesses covering more than 20 countries across the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey where he led some of the most valuable global brands and trademarks, launched numerous successful products and innovations, and built new brands from scratch. In his role as Vice President Snacks Category, Middle East & North Africa for PepsiCo, he leads the development of PepsiCo’s snacks portfolio including the largest food brands in the region such as Lays, Doritos, Cheetos and Sunbites. Mustafa has been with PepsiCo since 2008 when he started as the Marketing Director for Pepsi Cola Egypt, before moving to different roles across the region including GCC Marketing Director, General Manager Saudi & Yemen Beverages, and Vice President for Sales & New Business Development. Prior to PepsiCo, Mustafa worked across the Middle East, Turkey and Africa region at different companies including Procter & Gamble, Henkel, and Americana Foods. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the American University in Cairo and has attended several executive education and development programs including ‘Creating and Implementing Strategy for Competitive Advantage’ from the Wharton Business School, and ‘Basics in International Management’ from the Cranfield School of Management. His passions are social and economic development and the support for startups and small businesses, which he has fulfilled through mentorship, judging in major startup competitions, as well as contributing opinion articles to key publications. Mustafa is currently based in Dubai, UAE.

Ben
Harburg

MSA Capital

Ben
Harburg

MSA Capital

Managing Partner at MSA Capital and brings over 7 years of experience in the industry in China. At MSA, Ben also focuses on investments and business operations. He previously worked for the Boston Consulting Group in Germany and co-founded the Middle East office later on, where he served many of the world’s largest financial institutions. Ben was a Fulbright Scholar at Freie university Berlin and a Neubauer Scholar at Tufts University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in international relations. Ben sits on the Board of Advisors of the School of Arts & Sciences at Tufts University.

Omar
Itani

FabricAID

Omar
Itani

FabricAID

Omar Itani started an award-winning waste-management company at the age of sixteen. Since then he continued to be civically engaged through entrepreneurship and social activism. Omar then dropped-out of university just before graduating from studying industrial engineering to startup FabricAID, a Lebanese social enterprise enabling underprivileged people to get decent clothing at extremely affordable prices while reducing fabric waste through increasing the efficiency of second-hand clothes collection, sorting and distribution. FabricAID the winner of the 2018 Global Social Venture Competition, sold more than 30,000 clothing items to more than 5,000 beneficiaries in the past few months.

Natalie
Sleiman

She loves tech

Natalie
Sleiman

She loves tech

Head of UAE for She Loves Tech, a global initiative showcasing the convergence of the latest trends in technology, entrepreneurship, innovation and the opportunities it creates for women, which includes the world’s largest startup competition focused on women and technology, boot camp and international conference series. Natalie, formerly, led the business development and strategic management of captive Insurance products for Audi and Volkswagen across the Middle East. She holds an Executive MBA from INSEAD and is part of the executive committee of the INSEAD National Alumni Association in the UAE, which is the business school’s second largest alumni group, globally. Natalie is passionate about empowering women in tech and keen on encouraging entrepreneurial potential through digitization, leveraging social media and their combined innovative impact on businesses.

Adnan
Haider

Regal RA DMCC

Adnan
Haider

Regal RA DMCC

Adnan has worked globally in investment banking, management consulting, and finance, managed capital markets trading desks, set up entrepreneurial ventures and is well established in the crypto banking space. He has worked at Barclays Capital, ADCB, KPMG, and Arthur Andersen and has an MBA from London Business School, MAcc from University of Waterloo, and is a qualified CPA and CA.

Naji
Ghaziri

Nestlé Middle East

Naji
Ghaziri

Nestlé Middle East

A geek & nature lover at heart with a huge passion for communication and everything connected . I started my career at OMD before moving to Nestlé in 2013 as a Brand Manager and digital champion for MAGGI in the Middle East. During the first 4 years my focus was to help MAGGI set a it’s own unique digital footprint in the region driven by MAGGI DIARIES. In 2016, I joined the global digital acceleration team in Nestlé working with different markets and brands on their digital and e-business priorities before coming back to Dubai a year later as Digital marketing Manager. Today along with a passionate team we work to help Nestlé build brands powered by digital and create consumer journey’s online with our purpose and values at core.

Rima
Semaan

Microsoft

Rima
Semaan

Microsoft

A data and AI enthusiast by heart. She has spent her whole career helping various customers in the region getting actionable insights from their data and currently is helping them in their AI journeys.

Fadi
Bizri

SE Factory

Fadi
Bizri

SE Factory

Co-founder of SE Factory, Lebanon’s most successful coding bootcamp. SE Factory helps youth of all backgrounds train on practical technical and soft skills that are required by the job market, achieving a 90% hiring success. Fadi is also a Partner at B&Y Venture Partners, a $46M venture capital fund based in Beirut with global mandate, focused on investing in high-potential technology startups. Fadi co-founded and is a board director at Speed, Lebanon’s leading seed startup accelerator. Previously, he was a founding member of Seeqnce, the first accelerator in Lebanon.

Omar
Farooqui

Coded Minds

Omar
Farooqui

Coded Minds

A Saudi National, is an entrepreneur, investor and a startup enthusiast. He is the Founder & Chief Innovation Officer of an education technology company Coded Minds and invests and ventures through his investment vehicle F3 Ventures. Omar is a careered finance professional in a previous life. His two previous ventures were Green Sands Equity out of San Francisco and previously CapInvest (latterly CI Holdings) which was a joint initiative with the asset management arm of United Overseas Bank Singapore. He was on the Funds Board of Saudi Fransi Capital for a several years. His corporate life was split between Algebra Capital, Deutsche Bank & NCB Capital out of Saudi Arabia.

Hassan
Sheikh

Twistar

Hassan
Sheikh

Twistar

A UAE-born Pakistani-Canadian who has experience working in consulting, business development, and marketing in the UK and MENA region. Prior to getting bitten by the start-up bug, Hassan was a Senior Consultant at EY and worked directly with senior leadership on pursuit strategies. His interests in customer experience and technology led him to join Twistar as Head of Growth & Partnerships following the completion of his MSc from Imperial College London.

Sumit
Chowdhury

Gaia Smart Cities

Sumit
Chowdhury

Gaia Smart Cities

A global thought leader and CXO in the field of Smart Cities, Telecom, Media, Information analytics and an Urban Design enthusiast. He is the Founder and CEO of Gaia Smart Cities. He was the President of Reliance Jio, VP at IBM and CIO of Reliance and a Partner of KPMG in his previous stints over 25 years. His global experience has provided depth and breadth of roles to manage people, processes, finances, projects, technology, relationships, & governance. He is a Visiting Faculty at Carnegie Mellon University (USA). He was the Program Director of Swachh Bharat Mission PMU and an currently serves as an ICT Expert in many Smart Cities across the country. He is a technical advisor for BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council). He is also associated with the Atal Innovation Mission as a Mentor of Change. Sumit is a graduate of IIT Kanpur followed by MS and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. He has also graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is the author of a bestselling career management book, ‘Rules of the Game’ published by Bloomsbury India. He is regular speaker on the TEDx platform and represented by ‘The Outstanding Speakers Bureau’.

Eyad
Latif

Latham & Watkins LLP

Eyad
Latif

Latham & Watkins LLP

A counsel in the Dubai office of Latham & Watkins, where he is a member of the Corporate Department and Mergers & Acquisitions and Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Practice Groups. Eyad’s practice focuses primarily on representing emerging growth companies (public and private) and their funding sources including venture capital and private equity firms. He has represented numerous international and Middle East-based emerging growth companies and venture capital and private equity firms in transactions across a wide range of industries, including AI, BioTech, E-commerce, EdTech, CleanTech, FinTech and HealthTech.

Brian
Meenagh

Latham & Watkins LLP

Brian
Meenagh

Latham & Watkins LLP

A Partner in the Dubai office of Latham & Watkins. Brian represents clients on the intellectual property, information technology, data protection and privacy, media, and commercial legal matters that arise on corporate transactions. Mr. Meenagh worked in the technology consultancy sector before qualifying as a solicitor, has co-authored a number of articles on technology and privacy law in the Middle East and speaks at seminars and client events in the Middle East on the law and best practices relating to technology and privacy matters Brian Meenagh is “a well-regarded TMT lawyer who draws particular praise for his work on IT outsourcing and technology transactions.” Sources describe him as a “very dedicated” practitioner. Chambers Global 2017 “He is a guru when it comes to his area of expertise.” Sources add: “He has a wealth of experience,” and “he’s very patient and a pleasant person to work with.” Chambers Global 2018″

Mussaad
Al-Razouki

Kuwait Life Sciences Company

Mussaad
Al-Razouki

Kuwait Life Sciences Company

The current Chief Business Development Officer of Kuwait Life Sciences Company (KLSC) where he is part of a team that manages over 100 million dollars in assets under management including local, regional and international investments on behalf of the Kuwait Investment Authority, the sovereign wealth fund of Kuwait. Dr. Razouki is a regional thought leader within the Middle East life sciences industry and has championed the building of strong pillars of the local life sciences ecosystem including the region’s premiere pharmaceutical licensing and distribution platform; NewBridge – a 50 mn USD revenue company operating across all 22 MENA countries including Iraq, Iran and Turkey as well as South Africa, Clinart – the region’s top Clinical Research Organization (CRO) and host of the first ever Phase II Clinical Trial in the history of Kuwait at the Dasman Diabetes Institute, eCore – the region’s top active pharmaceutical ingredients licensor and distributor, the Life Sciences Academy – the region’s first ever training and development company focused on the healthcare and life sciences industry as well as Innomedics – one of Kuwait’s top medical device distribution companies that pioneered the distribution of personalized digital health products in the region. At KLSC, Dr. Razouki and his team have invested and co-invested with some of the world’s top life science venture capital funds including, New Leaf Venture Partners in New York, Wellington Partners in Munich and Kearny Venture Partners and Presidio Partners both of which are based in San Francisco. Notable investment direct and indirect investment include: CRISPR Therapeutics – a leading personalized genomic medicine company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts (NASDAQ: CRSP), iRhythm Technologies, based in San Francisco, which closed 56% above its listed stock price on the first day of its IPO (NASDAQ: IRTC), Quanta Fluid Solutions – one of the world’s first home hemodialysis manufacturers, Median Technologies – a leading global provider of medical imaging solutions, especially in the field of oncology based in France (EPA: ALMDT) and SuperSonic Imagine – a leading global provider of medical ultrasound solutions also based in France (EPA: SSI) Dr. Razouki is also a former advisor to the central Kuwaiti government where he worked with senior government leaders during the administration of HE the Prime Minister, Sheikh Naser Al Mohammad Al Sabah and Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Sheikh Ahmed Al Fahad Al Sabah on both Healthcare, Education and Entrepreneurial reforms as part of Kuwait’s 100 billion dollar Development Plan. Dr. Razouki continues to work closely with the Council of Minister’s of Kuwait and is currently advising the government on the development of the Sabah Al Ahmad National Genome Center together with the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences, a National Pharmaceutical Quality Control Laboratory, and the 1 bn USD Jaber Hospital project, a 1,168 facility which will be the largest single healthcare structure in the Middle East.

Richard
Fitzgerald

Augustus

Richard
Fitzgerald

Augustus

Managing Director and Found of Augustus, a ‘new media’ company, publishers of Lovin Dubai and Lovin Saudi. He has been working in the media advertising space for the past 12 years at agencies in Ireland, England and the UAE on clients such as The Coca-Cola Company, HSBC, Nissan, Nike. Fascinated about changing media consumption habits, and passionate about creating effective brand communications through native adverting, Richard aspires to making Augustus the ‘new media’ company of choice in the Middle East.

Elena
Andrioti

The Psychology Center

Elena
Andrioti

The Psychology Center

A Licensed Psychologist and provides psychotherapy services to children, adolescents and adults. She uses psychological methods and research to make positive changes in her clients’ lives while offering various forms of treatment. Dr. Elena is also trained in giving personality and aptitude assessments to help organizations with selection, development and talent identification programs. She is a published author in the field of Psychology, a mental health advocate and public speaker.

Mona
Ataya

Mumzworld

Mona
Ataya

Mumzworld

CEO and Founder of Mumzworld.com, has proven to be one of the Middle East’s most prominent of women entrepreneurs. Beyond leading a successful and growing SME, and inspiring her employees and communities, Mona is on a mission to change the region, one mum at a time. Mona Ataya, a proud mum of 3 and ranked one of the Middle East’s 100 Most Powerful Arabs is a transformational leader. She has managed to grow Mumzworld from a business plan on paper to a brand reaching 2.5 million mothers across the region. Founded in 2011, Mumzworld has pioneered a leading, revolutionary and gold standard e-commerce shopping experience for all things mother, baby and child in the ME region. Today, Mumzworld is the leader in the vertical space for mothers and ranked No.1 Forbes up & coming company, and hosts over 250,000 products, delivered to over 20 different countries, in the fastest, most convenient and cost-effective way, at everyday low prices.

Tala
Samman

MyFashionDiary

Tala
Samman

MyFashionDiary

Born in Chicago, originally Syrian and having grown up in Dubai, the London College of Fashion graduate in Fashion Media and Communications launched her style blog, myfashdiary.com in 2009

Cécile
Cremer

Wandering the Future

Cécile
Cremer

Wandering the Future

The ambitious founder of Wandering the Future. Cécile is a little obsessed with the Future and she aspires to be the voice of the ever-changing needs of the intercultural consumer by being a creative innovator supporting brands, meeting these future demands. Her speciality is not to inspire people regarding the future, but to make them understand the underlying needs and the value shifts that drive change and hand them the tools to translate these findings into actions.

Andy
Tian

Asia Innovations Group

Andy
Tian

Asia Innovations Group

The CEO and co-founder of Asia Innovations Group (AIG), a leading mobile social entertainment platform in Asia with over USD $150m revenue in 2017. Before AIG he founded XPD Media, a social games company which was acquired by Zynga. As GM of Zynga China, Andy operated a portfolio of top-ten mobile games accessible in 15 languages globally. Previously, Andy led Google’s mobile business in China where he introduced Android to the Chinese market. At AIG, Andy has integrated the Gifto token into their flagship livestreaming app Uplive ($100m USD revenue in 2017) to revolutionize the economics of social media for content creators.

Gunay
Aliyeva

First Medicine

Gunay
Aliyeva

First Medicine

Co-founder and Chief of Business Development of First Medicine, she leverages her expertise in international business development to form strong relationships with partners overseas. She has worked with New Generation Power and Seaspire Advisors, building relationships for global projects in the healthcare, agriculture, and renewable energy sectors. `

Hicham
Wifaq

IBM

Hicham
Wifaq

IBM

At IBM, work is more than a job – it’s a calling: To build. To design. To code. To consult. To think along with clients and sell. To make markets. To invent. To collaborate. Not just to do something better, but to attempt things you’ve never thought possible. To lead in this new era of technology and solve some of the world’s most challenging problems. My mission is to creatively articulate technology, streamline processes and build effective teams to attract, select and hire talented and diverse candidates for IBM in the Middle-East and Africa. Reporting to IBM Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition, I’m accountable for the overall MEA TA strategy, budget and execution in 70 countries, operating across 5 time-zones.

Fouad
Fatal

Krimston

Fouad
Fatal

Krimston

A Lebanese serial entrepreneur passionate about innovation and building technology that creates tangible value for people around the globe. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of Krimston SAL, an innovative hardware company which is getting ready for the mass production of its first product: TWO- the first active dual SIM case for iPhones. Throughout his journey, Fouad became an expert in hardware development, prototyping, mass production along with various commercial tasks such as fund raising, strategic business planning and worldwide distribution. With a wide and varied background of business experience, Fouad has extensive expertise in guiding organizations through the strategic processes of implementing technology.

Zeynab
El-Helw

Fashion Pirate

Zeynab
El-Helw

Fashion Pirate

A well-known Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel influencer and Entrepreneur. She has graduated from Central Saint Martins University of the Arts, with an honors degree in Fashion, specializing in costume and theatre. She then earned a master’s degree in marketing and a second in international business management. For the past year, Zeynab has been an inspiration for young women. She married her best friend in a magical wedding in Barcelona, transitioned from a corporate job at a luxury fashion brand to become a successful full-time digital marketeer and social media personality.

Anis
Zantout

FP7

Anis
Zantout

FP7

A well rounded and result focused digital veteran with over 14 years of experience enabling the areas of digital marketing and customer engagement effectively across award winning campaigns & technology agnostic platforms. Currently handling the regional responsibilities for digital and social strategy, digital engagement programs, and the HumanTech Lab13 offering at FP7 MENA. Anis orchestrated and integrated pure play communication programs for blue chip clients across MENA such as Nestle, Nakheel, Aldar, Etihad Airways, Coca Cola, Samsung MENA, Mobily, and Jawwy STC having worked with global media and advertising agencies.

Karl
Abouzeid

Sqwirl Holding

Karl
Abouzeid

Sqwirl Holding

A serial entrepreneur at heart, Karl started his career in the hospitality industry after graduating from UCCR Switzerland. After leaving hi marketing role at the Armani Hotel Dubai, Karl went on a six-month backpack tour of southeast Asia, where he found his entrepreneurial calling. Karl decided to come back to Beirut and create his first venture Aimpeeps, an app connecting hobbyists, that completed the Bader entrepreneurship program; followed by Planitair, a hotel and flights booking engine targeting the MENA region, and his latest venture Sqwirl Lab, Lebanon’s first startup studio.

Raj
Kotecha

Creative Content Agency

Raj
Kotecha

Creative Content Agency

Produces creative content, enabling best-in-class brands and entrepreneurs to influence decision-makers in their industry. Over two decades, Raj has built audiences, engagement and opportunities for both his clients as well as his own original ventures in media, business and entertainment. Raj is a former DJ and celebrity interviewer that took to YouTube early on to promote his music career. Quickly recognised by brands, he built out his agency in 2006 and expanded to Dubai in 2014. Since moving to the region, Raj has founded the fastest growing networking event in Dubai, My Friends Your Friends.

Omar
Almajdouie

Raed Ventures

Omar
Almajdouie

Raed Ventures

The founding partner and CEO of Raed Ventures, a Saudi venture capital firm owned by Almajdouie Holding and invest in seed and early stage startups in the MENA region. He is the former CEO of Almajdouie Manufacturing LLC and he has more than 17 years of enriched experience in various managerial and executive positions. As an investor and entrepreneur, Omar founded RAED Ventures in 2016 as part of Almajdouie Holding diversification strategy, and it provides funding for more than Twenty innovative startups in MENA region. Omar also is a member of board of directors for several leading tech startups.

Xavier
Anglada

Accenture

Xavier
Anglada

Accenture

Managing Director, Digital Lead at Accenture MENA and Turkey with responsibility to drive the digital transformation agenda for Accenture’s public and private sector clients in the region. Prior to joining Accenture, and over his 23+ years of professional experience, Xavi was CEO – International in Cash Credit Group (a leading Fintech player), Partner and Group COO of Delta Partners Group, a combined Telecommunications, Media and Digital advisory and investments boutique with global presence and had leadership roles at Oliver Wyman, Ono and Hewlett-Packard. Xavi has lived in 4 continents and served clients in over 30 countries, MBA from ESADE Business School in Barcelona and MSc in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering, from La Salle Engineering in Barcelona.

Mamta
Varerkar

Yellow

Mamta
Varerkar

Yellow

A digital marketing consultant and expert with more than 13 years of experience. She has developed omni-channel, 360-degree marketing campaigns for various companies and sectors, ranging from automotive to telecommunications and from travel to commence. Mamta is a partner and Digital Director at Yellow – branding and digital consultancy based in Dubai, UAE and the CMO of Ejarcar, a startup which is UAE’s largest online car rental marketplace.Her primary area of expertise is defining digital and social media marketing strategies for SME’s and startups. Mamta is also very passionate about the startup ecosystem and co-hosts a podcast called: Startup Hustle Middle East, where she shares growth-hacking tips which are beneficial to entrepreneurs and interviews founders from the region.

Bijan
Azad

American University of Beirut

Bijan
Azad

American University of Beirut

An Associate Professor at the Olayan School of Business (OSB), American University of Beirut and the Director of Samih Darwazah Center for Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Azad teaches in OSB’s Executive MBA, Executive Education and MBA programs. Bijan pioneered the popular experiential Accerelation Practicum graduate course at AUB (modeled after Steve Blank’s Lean LaunchPad). In 2016 he designed AUB’s Scale-Up Readiness Program that focuses on scale-up challenges of companies reaching beyond $5 million revenue in the Middle East—supported in part by USAID and Darwazah Center funds. Bijan is also very active in the startup ecosystem serving as an affiliated mentor/instructor at Flat6Labs accelerator, also as a mentor at the IM-Capital Venture Mentoring Service. Bijan, in 1988 was co-founder of a successful map technology startup in Cambridge, Massachusetts, GIS/Trans’ technology (developed fast search algorithms for network systems) was acquired later by Google Maps. In 2001 he co-founded another successful map technology startup International Land Information Systems bv (acquired by ARCADIS bv 2003), in Arnhem, Netherlands.

TJ
Lightwala

Mindshare

TJ
Lightwala

Mindshare

Began her role at Mindshare MENA in 2013, and is responsible for leading the digital platforms, developing new and relevant product streams, planning and overseeing full end-to-end digital performance growth of clients and internal teams across the MENA region. In 2017, she was appointed as the Future Adaptive Specialist Team (FAST) lead for the region, to ensure a 360 approach to client outcomes by putting an integrated performance unit at the heart of the business. She brings in depth digital and product perspective, having worked in the US and the Middle East on both the agency and client sides across many industries. In previous role, she led digital business for Staples USA, Canada, and international businesses at Aegis Media in Boston. She holds her bachelors, from American University in Dubai and Masters in Science, from DePaul University, Chicago. She is on the global jury of I-Com Data & Creativity, jury at Effie’s Media Effectiveness platform 2017, an author on industry press in MENA, on digital transformation topics, including Artificial Intelligence. She’s featured in Star Parade in London’ MarComm online publication. Her recent speaking events include Step Conference, Mobile Marketing Association (MMA-MENA), Oracle’ DMP Marketing meet and Dubai Lynx (Mar-April 2018).

Corine
Kiami

IM Capital

Corine
Kiami

IM Capital

The Investment Manager at Insure and Match Capital Holding SAL (IM Capital) since April 2015. She supervises the matching & insurance capital process and manages the work of the analytical team. Ms. Kiame is responsible for IM Capital operations, including deal sourcing, investment project evaluation and valuation, business models validation, value creation and mentoring in investments, and supervision of exits from investments. Prior to joining IM Capital, and for more than 9 years, Ms. Kiame was a Director at SHUAA Capital psc Dubai, UAE, where her responsibilities included Product Development, Strategy and Project Management, and Operations. In 2006 and 2007, Mrs. Kiame worked as an assistant fund manager on several regional funds representing USD 1 Billion in assets under management, covering fifteen Arab markets. Ms. Kiame holds a Masters in Finance from Paris IX Dauphine in Paris, an Executive Education Certification from Harvard Business School with emphasis on Private Equity and Venture Capital, an Executive Certification from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with emphasis on Venture Mentorship and is currently a member of the “Grant Evaluation Committee” of the iSME Program, a Kafalat-World Bank program, a member of the Lebanese League for Women in Business and a member of the Rising Tide Europe 3.

Ramez
Youssef

Tayarah

Ramez
Youssef

Tayarah

His inspiring career was launched upon his graduation with high honors as an Architectural Engineer. After his experience with the military, he discovered his flair for standup comedy, only one of his many talents along with hosting events and creating digital content. It also sparked his passion for communication with his fans, which led him to the very beginning of Tayarah’s rapid growth, as the presenter of Disalata’s famous “Mish Impossible” YouTube-based show for three seasons. In parallel, Ramez was actively working on developing his career as a lighting designer in charge of the Middle East and Africa at Philips for seven years, surprisingly paving the way for his newfound talent. Co-founded by Ramez and his partner Mohamed El Bassiouni, the next phase of his career saw Disalata transform into Tayarah to become what it is today. Instantly, Tayarah started booming with accomplishments that reflected Ramez’ creativity. It was time for Ramez to solely dedicate his passion and talent to this field in his professional life. Today, Ramez’ responsibilities at Tayarah include heading the creative department, developing the business, and constantly motivating the team to look out for the next big thing.

Hussam
Hammo

Tamatem Inc.

Hussam
Hammo

Tamatem Inc.

Founder & CEO of Tamatem Inc., the leading mobile games publisher in the Arabic speaking market. He is a serial-entrepreneur who founded Faye3.com, the first Arabic social network that was acquired by Maktoob.com which was later acquired by Yahoo. Hussam then co-founded Wizards Productions in 2009 a gaming studio and finally Tamatem, which currently has 30 employees in its HQ in Amman, Jordan where they have published 40 games with over 55M downloads.

Muneer
Zuhdi

Nokia

Muneer
Zuhdi

Nokia

Joined Nokia in 2015 and is currently Head of Global Smart City Solution in the Global Digital Economy Practice. In his role, he leads the Smart City E2E Solution based on existing and emerging technologies such as IoT, 5G, AI, and Blockchain. Dr. Zuhdi has worked globally for telecom vendors and operators. He led functions such as Technology Strategy, Network & Digital Transformation, Smart City Solutions, and global R&D while working for Etisalat, Tellabs, and Ericsson. Dr. Zuhdi has a Ph.D., MSEE, MBA, and over 20 American patents, and he is an adjunct professor in entrepreneurship and innovation management.

Tammer
Qaddumi

VentureSouq

Tammer
Qaddumi

VentureSouq

Founding Partner of VentureSouq. Previously, he was Vice President of Private Equity at Waha Capital, a diversified investment company based in Abu Dhabi with assets of c.$3 billion. Prior to joining Waha, Tammer worked with UBS and HSBC in New York and Dubai, respectively. He served as a Fulbright Scholar in Damascus, Syria and worked with the Office of Presidential Personnel at the White House in Washington, D.C. Tammer holds a B.A. from Yale University and serves on the Board of Directors of Addax Bank in Bahrain and of the Yale Arab Alumni Association.

Kaj
Pyyhtiä

MaaS Global Ltd.

Kaj
Pyyhtiä

MaaS Global Ltd.

The co-founder of MaaS Global and Whim app, the world’s first mobility as a service solution. Kaj has a background in digital business from past 17 years, having worked in advertising, service creation and consultancies. Kaj has a Master’s in BA and international business.

Shezan
Amiji

Beam Wallet

Shezan
Amiji

Beam Wallet

A serial entrepreneur that has founded, managed and exited three businesses over the last 13 years. During the course of his entrepreneurial career has invested close to $7 million of proprietary capital and raised $28 million of external financing against which he has created nearly $100 million of value. Advanced industry domain expertise across: • Digital media and advertising; • FinTech (Digital & mobile payments, crypto-currency/blockchain, credit scoring/data analytics and demand generation); • Retail (Omnichannel and e-commerce).

Sirish
Kumar

Telr

Sirish
Kumar

Telr

The CEO and Co-founder of Telr, an international e-payment solution that enables merchants to accept payments from local and international buyers, in multiple countries and in multiple currencies, with one simple integration. Prior to co-founding Telr in 2014, Sirish was the CFO for PayPal in ASEAN and India, where he led the growth strategy, geographic expansion, financial planning and analytics, acquisitions and new ventures. He also has been an angel investor and has led social entrepreneurship initiatives in Singapore and the Philippines. A Chartered Accountant by profession, Sirish has an MBA in General Management from INSEAD.

Gaurav
Dhar

Marshal

Gaurav
Dhar

Marshal

Second Generation FinTech Entrepreneur. Tech Investor. Advisor. Mentor. Gaurav Dhar is the Manager of the Payments Solution Provider Marshal Equipment. Gaurav has been working at Marshal for over 13 years now, handling the day to day business, delivering solutions, building long-term partnerships and payment ecosystems. He personally leads the charge on innovation, with a view to the future of payments both locally and globally via his network and clients around the world which include VC’s, incubators, accelerators, and start-ups. Marshal Equipment has clients in over 18 countries, with all of its IP developed in-house, based out of Dubai for the last 37 years. The company looks to cater to, foster and work with FinTech solution innovators locally and globally. Linkedin Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/GauravDhar13

Marta
Piekarska

Hyperledger

Marta
Piekarska

Hyperledger

The Director of Ecosystem at Hyperledger. Marta obtained her BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Warsaw University of Technology and a double Master from Computer Science and Informatics at Technical University of Berlin and Warsaw University of Technology. Marta received PhD in User-Informed Design of Privacy Tools while working at one of the hottest startups in Silicon Valley – Blockstream. Marta also taught at Technical University of Berlin as a Post-doc. As part of her role in Hyperledger Marta evangelizes the technology and Open Source at conferences around the world and helps enterprises with applying permissioned Blockchains to their use-cases. Marta is passionate about how Blockchain can help in non traditional spaces, such as identity, last mile aid and education delivery and sustainability. She leads the public speaking and outreach at Hyperledger, has given numerous interviews, both written and in visual media. Marta also formed the W3C Blockchain community Group and is a valued member of the technical advisory to ID2020, DIF and participated in Rebooting Web of Trust on regular basis.

Ranjit
Rajan

IDC

Ranjit
Rajan

IDC

A technology industry thought leader, researcher and CxO advisor. During his 18+ years of experience in the ICT industry (over 10 of them with IDC), he has extensive experience advising technology firms, national ICT development agencies, regulators, and telecommunication providers. Currently, as the head of IDC’s research practice in this region, Ranjit is responsible for driving the growth of IDC’s research products and services business, and shaping IDC’s thought leadership. Ranjit leads a team of over 40 market analysts based in IDC offices across the region and spearhead IDC’s thought leadership by directing and shaping IDC’s industry-leading research trackers, guides, reports and subscription products, and supporting consulting projects on the entire spectrum of information and communication technologies. Ranjit has been involved in advising telecommunication providers and technology firms on growth & transformation strategies, market entry, competitive positioning, portfolio strategy and marketing & communication strategies. In addition, he has also been an advisor to governments, regulators and national ICT development agencies on topics such as knowledge economies and innovation ecosystems, developing local ICT industries, skills development strategies, foreign direct investment, technology-led innovation, research & development and entrepreneurship. From a technology standpoint, his areas of expertise include Cloud, Mobility, Big Data Analytics, Managed Services, Datacenter Services, Social Business, Internet of Things, AI/Cognitive Systems, Cyber Security, and paradigms such as Digital Transformation and Smart City developments. Ranjit frequently speaks at industry forums and conferences, and is often quoted in the media, providing opinion and analysis on technology trends and strategies in global and emerging markets. Prior to joining IDC in 2008, Ranjit spent over nine years in the IT industry, in roles spanning product management, marketing, channel and business development, and resource management at prominent global IT companies such as Epicor, 3i Infotech and NIIT Technologies. Ranjit has a management degree from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Kolkata, India and a bachelor of technology degree from Cochin University of Science and Technology, India.

Padmini
Gupta

GO RISE

Padmini
Gupta

GO RISE

The Co-founder and CEO of rise, a platform which democratizes access to essential financial services for millions of migrants globally. Prior to starting rise, she was an award winning Banker from California and World Economic Forum Global Leadership Fellow. She holds an MBA from Oxford.

Ola
Doudin

BitOasis

Ola
Doudin

BitOasis

A tech entrepreneur based in Dubai, UAE with successful track record in growing and raising funding for tech startups. Previously she worked at Aramex Corporate Ventures, Ernst & Young and supporting tech entrepreneurs locally and regionally. She’s a holder of BEng(Hons) Electronic & Communication Engineering degree from University of Birmingham (UK).

Karim
Banna

ICONIQ Motors

Karim
Banna

ICONIQ Motors

Began his automotive career with W Motors as the Head of Business Development in 2014. The team always had a vision to create a new electric vehicle brand in China and founded ICONIQ Motors in early 2016. Karim then became the Chief Strategy Officer and co-founder of ICONIQ. The company aims to be the first passenger-focused electric vehicle to offer industry leading comfort, entertainment and productive technologies. ICONIQ’s strategic partnership with Microsoft will enable a truly unique in-vehicle digital user experience.

Peter
DeBenedictis

Microsoft

Peter
DeBenedictis

Microsoft

Leads the marketing function for Microsoft in the Middle East and Africa region, a role he assumed in March 2017. His team takes an integrated marketing and communications approach, using digital marketing and traditional channels to both build the Microsoft brand and also engage customers and partners on their purchase journey. Peter’s has lived and worked in the Middle East region for over 30 years and has deep experience of growing business in diverse Emerging Markets. Prior to joining Microsoft, he has had a distinguished career leading the marketing function in several of the world’s leading brands, including General Electric, Philips, and FedEx, where he has led multiple growth and investment programs to drive top line growth. He has built multiple public private partnerships with large government organizations to drive regional technology development, local software and engineering skills , and entrepreneurship. Peter has been a regular speaker at Marketing conferences across the region and is a member of several industry organizations. He is a past President of the Alumni Association of Dubai College, one of the top non-profit British schools in the region, and is also a member of their Board of Governors. Peter is based in Dubai with his wife and two children aged 10 and 4.

Asma
Shabab

IBM Watson IoT

Asma
Shabab

IBM Watson IoT

Marketing & Communications Leader for Watson Internet of Things at IBM Middle East, Africa and Turkey where she explores how artificial intelligence is making ‘things’ smarter. She is passionate about how IoT and AI is progressing citizen convenience and as a marketing leader, tries to investigate its impact on communications. Asma was previously the Territory Marketing Leader for the Enterprise and MidMarket portfolio at IBM Middle East. Before joining IBM, Asma was engaged in B2C and B2B communications as Director, Account Management and Business Development, at Corporate & Marketing Communications, CMC (an affiliate of Ketchum) one of the largest PR firms in Pakistan where she focused on public policy and corporate communications. During her tenure, CM expanded into digital communications services and successfully executed campaigns for blue chip companies including P&G, Nestle and Microsoft. Asma is a Fulbright Scholar and received her Master’s in Strategic Public Relations from the University of Southern California, USA. She has another Master’s in Business Administration from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA). Asma sits on the board of the CMO Council Middle East and the College of Media and Mass Communications at the American University in the Emirates. She is also a Co-Founder of Afterwork Dubai, a community initiative that provides a platform to UAE expats to network. She is also a public speaker on topics including Marketing & Communication trends, IoT and gender equality.

Zac
Cheah

Pundi X Labs

Zac
Cheah

Pundi X Labs

The founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pundi X, responsible for the company vision and overall strategy as well as for directing communications with key partners. He also focuses on the technical roll out of hardware and services with global partners from the Blockchain, Point-of-Sale, and Financial industries. Prior to Pundi X, Zac was instrumental in the successful roll out of Pundi-Pundi, a QR-based App which is now the leading offline payment application in Indonesia. Previously, Zac was W3C Chair for the HTML5 Interest Group. W3C is the international body that sets the web standards everyone uses to go online. During his time with W3C, Zac was also Chair of the HTML5 Chinese group of more than 700 engineers. Zac received an M.Sc Computing scholarship from Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology and an M.Sc Security scholarship from Norway’s NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology).

Danny
Jabbour

Sarwa.co

Danny
Jabbour

Sarwa.co

I began my career with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management where I achieved my NASDAQ Series 7 and Series 66. I then made the switch to UBS AG where I partnered with one of the top Private Wealth Teams in Washington, D.C. I made the jump to Sarwa after understanding that Fintech and passively automated investing is the future. Sarwa and my commitment to you is to offer an affordable investment solution without sacrificing expert advice.

Eric
Fulwiler

VaynerMedia

Eric
Fulwiler

VaynerMedia

A sought-after expert, contributor, and speaker on key developments in and the future of social media and communications. Eric is executive director of the London office of digital agency VaynerMedia, whose clients include General Electric, Pepsico, Unilever and Anheuser-Busch InBev, among others. Previously, Eric worked at Mullen Lowe Group, an international full-service agency headquartered in NYC and London, which works with brands including Google, JetBlue Airlines, American Honda Motors, and Bose Audio.

Dia
Haykal

MIT Technology Review Arabia

Dia
Haykal

MIT Technology Review Arabia

The Editor in Chief of MIT Technology Review Arabia, where she leads the editorial, content, localization operations for both print and online platforms. She holds a BA in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut; two Master’s degrees in Corporate Communication, and in Visual Media, from IE Business School in Madrid. Dia’s experience in technology content goes back to her role as the founding editor-in-chief of Popular Science Arabia, where she has led the project launch including the website and the bi-monthly magazine. As head of content at Haykal Media, she’s overseen the creation and localization of hundreds of thousands of words every month.

Lukas
Krejca

ROI Hunter

Lukas
Krejca

ROI Hunter

Heads the MENA team of ROI Hunter and Business Factory and is responsible for company’s business in the region. Based out of Dubai, he has been associated with ROI Hunter – a Facebook Marketing Partner & Google Premium Partner – for the past 3 years. Beyond his role as he loves to share his knowledge and experience during various trainings and workshops, including University of Dubai and video tutorials under WeSpeakDigital channel.

Rami
Salman

Voicera

Rami
Salman

Voicera

VP of Growth at Voicera, formerly the founder and CEO of Wrappup (acquired by Voicera). Rami is a lifelong entrepreneur, starting his first company at 13 years old. After graduating as a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Maryland, he joined the world of management consulting at Bain & Company. He came up with the idea for Wrappup while still a consultant, needing a tool to help manage the 7 different client teams in back to back meetings everyday. He took the idea to a hackathon where he met his technical co-founders. What they managed to build in 24 hours not only won the Global Demo Day in Silicon Valley, but Wrappup went on to raise a first round of funding led by Beco Capital & 500 Startups, and was eventually acquired by Voicera.

Jenny
Zeng

MSA Capital

Jenny
Zeng

MSA Capital

Managing Partner at MSA Capital and brings over 18 years of experience in the Chinese VC industry. At MSA, Jenny leads investments. Jenny (Yu) Zeng was the founding Executive Director of the China Venture Capital Association in 2002. In 2004, She founded one of the first Financial Advisory firms in China (Maple Valley), and led many landmark deals in the industry. She also organized the first series of Angel Investing events which pioneered the concept of angel investing in China. She graduated from Beijing Information Science and Technology University. She is one of the founders of the Harvard Innovation Lab (iLab).

Samer
Obeidat

Investifai

Samer
Obeidat

Investifai

A global entrepreneur, innovator, and an investor who believes in creating shared value and impactful entrepreneurship. He has over 10 years of experience as a Financial Markets Expert, FinTech Professional, Business Consultant, Scientific Researcher, Executive and an Outstanding Leader. Samer’s professional career bridged many geographies and cultures including the Middle East, North Africa, Canada, Turkey, Egypt, and Europe. During the last decade, he has been involved in the investment of over $1 billion in the precious metals markets in the EMEA region. Currently, Obeidat is leading an artificial intelligence-driven asset management firm, called Investifai, and working with a team of data and machine learning scientists, quantitative analysts, and portfolio management practitioners to transform traditional asset management in the US and MENA region.

Alexandra
Talty

Forbes

Alexandra
Talty

Forbes

A writer exploring the world on a journalist’s paycheck. From crypto currency to motorcycle gangs, adventure always finds her on the road. She writes for Forbes, Outside Magazine, Playboy + AFAR, among others.

Anis
Sahbani

Enova Robotics

Anis
Sahbani

Enova Robotics

An Associate Professor of Robotics and Computer Science at Sorbonne University – France since 2004. He received his Ph.D. in 2003 in Robotics and Computer Science from Paul Sabatier University. His main current research interests are in the fields of human-centered robotics. He has been the principal investigator/partner of several European projects. In 2014, Anis Sahbani founded Enova ROBOTICS, the first company in Africa that manufactures its own-brand robots. Enova Robotics won several international awards such as: two gold medals from the World Intellectual Property Organization, gold medal of the International Invention Fair in Middle East, and the gold medal of the International Exhibition of Inventions at Geneva. Anis Sahbani is also the winner of the Best Young Leader award. Enova Robotics has raised $1.6-million Tunis-based investment firm Capsa Capital.

Irina
Heaver

Fichte & Co.

Irina
Heaver

Fichte & Co.

Irina is Partner and Head of Commercial at Fichte & Co. With over 14 years of experience, she specialises in the broad spectrum of commercial and corporate work including M&A, disposals, corporate restructurings and governance issues, as well as complex joint ventures and strategic alliances. Having spent over 12 years in-house in senior legal roles with multinationals in oil & gas, construction and maritime industries, Irina has developed a thorough expertise in the heavy industrial sector, such as energy, oil & gas, EPC and engineering, capital projects and infrastructure enterprises. Over the last 5 years, Irina started focusing on the emerging technology being introduced or developed alongside the traditional business models. She regularly advises in relation to all aspects of emerging businesses, including regulatory framework, intellectual property rights, funding matters, as well as general matters relating to contractual arrangements such as software and technology licensing, consultancy, and contracts in relation to supply and maintenance of hardware and equipment. Irina regularly advises telehealth, e-commerce, RegTech and FinTech companies, of various sizes starting from the concept stage and those that are already established market leaders across MENA Region. Irina is an Australian qualified lawyer and holds Juris Doctor and Master of Laws degrees from Monash University.

Priya
Patel

Instagram

Priya
Patel

Instagram

Priya Patel is the Business Development Lead for Instagram in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa. She has 16 years’ experience in media and advertising including print (Financial Times), TV (BBC), agency and digital in the UK, Australia and Asia. Prior to joining Facebook, Priya spent five years at multinational company Google, where she was an instrumental part of YouTube’s commercial rollout across South East Asia. Priya relocated to the Middle East with Google in 2014 where she managed the Food and Beverage sector and led advertising strategy across MENA. It was in 2015 that she was appointed as Business Development Lead at Instagram where she works closely with brands and agencies to help them achieve their business objectives on the platform. In her spare time, Priya takes inspiration from Instagram to pursue her interests in cooking, travel and scuba diving. Follow her at @priya7.

Elissa
Freiha

Womena

Elissa
Freiha

Womena

Elissa Freiha is an angel investor, motivational speaker, and founder of WOMENA, a Dubai-based angel investment platform. As an active angel with over 40 investments, she has won numerous awards including being the first female recipient of Investor of the Year at the StartUp Awards. She is frequently listed by media outlets, most notably by the BBC as one of their 30 women under 30, and by Arabian Business as one of the 100 most influential Arabs. Elissa received her Bachelor of Arts in Global Communications from the American University of Paris, the city in which she was born and raised. She is an Emirati of Lebanese and American decent and is a strong advocate for equal rights, and women’s rights with a focus on the Middle East. Her passions for entrepreneurship and gender diversity have given her the opportunity to speak at events around the world and has drawn the attention of brands such as Cartier, Christian Dior, Ralph Lauren, and Burberry.

Marwan
Elfitesse

Station F

Marwan
Elfitesse

Station F

In charge of Station in-house programs (Founders, Fighters and Fellowships), previously Azure product manager at Microsoft and at Nimbula, a private Cloud company based in the Silicon Valley and acquired par Oracle.

Michael
Lints

Golden Gate Ventures

Michael
Lints

Golden Gate Ventures

Michael Lints graduated from The Hague University of Applied Science in Management and Information Science and worked briefly as a project manager in NN Group, Netherlands largest insurance and asset management company. His entrepreneurial spirit kicked in right after and he went on to start his own IT business specialising in Microsoft environments and IT project management. He was the former vice chairman of the Economic Development Board Rotterdam which helped him built an extensive international network. In 2007, Michael founded his own venture fund focused on Dutch’s small and medium-size enterprise to help them with capital financing, development and relevant support and strategy. Through his earlier Venture in the Netherlands, Michael got acquainted with Golden Gate Ventures and moved his family to Singapore to join Golden Gate Ventures, as Venture Partner in 2013 to help with fundraising, strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions. Michael has helped raised over over $60M USD for Golden Gate Ventures and its portfolio companies and is now a Partner at Golden Gate Ventures since 2017.. Michael graduated from Financial Analysis for Business Valuation, and Private Equity and Venture Capital Executive course in Harvard Business School in Cambridge in 2011. He is a true believer in a work-life balance lifestyle and has completed marathons, cycling and Ironman races all over the world in his spare time and was recently appointed one of the Singapore ambassador for top cycling brand, Trek.

Vijay
Tirathrai

Techstars Dubai

Vijay
Tirathrai

Techstars Dubai

Managing Director of Techstars Dubai Accelerator, where he is currently launching the first GCC-based accelerator that attracts global talent backed by the $300M Techstars Ventures Fund. Prior joining Techstars, Vijay was the former CEO and Chairman of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) based in Washington D.C. where he led 12,000 leading entrepreneurs worldwide whose combine revenue of $600billion, learn and grow through an extensive network with access to global resources. Vijay is a serial entrepreneur having founded 3 successful start-ups in Asia. In earlier years, he also lead mid-size organizations in retail and manufacturing for international markets. He is proactive in the entrepreneurial ecosystem as mentor and investor, as well as served on several non-profit boards such as the Young President Organization (YPO) and Richmond University.

PATRICK
ROGERS

SUPPORT LEGAL

PATRICK
ROGERS

SUPPORT LEGAL

Patrick Rogers is a Co-Founder and Principal of Support Legal, a disruptive legal services platform dedicated to entrepreneurs and emerging companies that is leading the innovation of the legal sector across the Middle East and Africa. Having honed his skills at DLA Piper and Jones Day, two of the world’s largest law firms, Patrick has extensive experience in guiding clients through the maze of legal issues they face every day. He is unwavering in his belief that the legal industry needs to be driven in a fresh and innovative direction in order to maintain its relevancy. Patrick believes entrepreneurs are the engines of every economy, driving positive growth, not only in their respective sectors, but the world as a whole. He is passionate about using his unique skill set to support entrepreneurs and the companies they are building through the innovative legal services platform that Support Legal has developed. Patrick has worked on a wide array of transactions in over 40 countries, from venture capital financings and private equity deals to franchising and IP-related matters. Acting as director and advisor to a number of high growth companies, Patrick also serves as a Venture Corps Mentor with the Endeavor organisation, a global non-profit organisation that aims to catalyse economic growth in emerging countries. He was also selected as a member of the founding mentor team of the Dubai chapter of 1776, a global incubator and seed fund helping start-ups transform industries that impact millions of lives every day: education, energy & sustainability, health, transportation and cities. Patrick is licensed to practice law in England and Wales and Canada. He holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia and a J.D. from Western University and has lived and worked in Toronto, Hong Kong, London and Dubai, where he currently resides with his family.

CHARLI
URSELL

PHD UAE

CHARLI
URSELL

PHD UAE

Charli has over 11 years of global media experience, known for her expertise and leadership in digital planning operations and efficiencies. She began her career as Planner with Mindshare London. Today, she is the Senior Director of Digital Planning and Data for PHD UAE, responsible for directing the agency’s digital and data initiatives and managing a growing team of over 30. Throughout her career, Charli has applied a curious and committed approach, offering her expertise in the digital space on both brand-and performance-led campaigns. Using her knowledge in areas of automation, Artificial Intelligence, programmatic planning, and the all- encompassing future of technology in media, Charli has spearheaded the agency’s service and structure redevelopment, as well as employee training programs to ensure PHD remains the agency of the future. Some of her projects include work on future-facing technology and search strategies, pioneering new technology and measurement solutions, data-led creative approaches, digital-first TV planning and an entirely new method for competitive analysis using index methodology to benchmark brand success versus that of competitors for her clients. Charli’s implementation of digital products and practices within the agency have been integral to PHD UAE’s notable success, having grown six-fold and become a major market player in just 10 years and most recently, named ‘Most Effective Media Office 2017’. Charli is a contributor to several industry publications, which most recently, includes authoring the feature article, ‘Why big data needs big AI’, in Campaign Middle East. Outside of work, Charli enjoys spending time with her young son and daughter, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, and painting.

YARA
ABDALLAH

KOOORA

YARA
ABDALLAH

KOOORA

Currently setting up Kooora.com’s branded content & partnerships function, joins forces with the number one digital sports destination in the MENA region to create meaningful stories & emotionally connect your brand with our loyal audience. Armed with 10 years of experience in the field of Content Creation & Marketing, Yara aims to craft an innovative World Cup experience for users across Kooora’s platforms.

CHRISTIAN
EID

NOON

CHRISTIAN
EID

NOON

Chris is passionate about driving the Middle East to the forefront of innovation, creativity and progression. Chris has spent the last 10 years in startups. From social enterprises to building some of our favorite homegrown brands. Passionate about brand, and more importantly impact, Chris leads noon’s journey to becoming the strongest, most impactful and beloved brand of our region.”

COLIN
RHYS

HYPERLOOP ONE

COLIN
RHYS

HYPERLOOP ONE

Colin Rhys’s desire to explore the human experience in relation to environment and creativity launched in 2004, with his role as owner/executive director of the RHYS art gallery. Simultaneously at RHYS’s founding, Colin began his education at Tufts University later earning degrees in Fine Arts and Entrepreneurial Leadership. Nine years, stunning international exhibitions in six different continents & over thirty-two countries later, RHYS was a globally-recognized brand. Ignited by his unequivocal success in fine arts, Colin was driven to the intersections of design and architecture in 2010. He began building and designing bespoke residences in the greater Los Angeles area for the Xanadu Group, with the purpose to enrich human experience in physical spaces. His Xanadu spaces were more than just homes, with work spanning commercial projects and high profile landscapes. Colin became a master craftsmen of entire environments, capable of creating aesthetic worlds for his clients that held not only innovation, but purpose. Inspired to adventure not only in his design, Colin founded the Xanadu Explorers Society in 2012. Guided by the pursuit of knowledge and interpersonal connection through the outdoors, the Explorer’s Society knows no bounds. With expedition goals to see all natural seven wonders of the world in seven years — Paricutin volcano, the Aurora Borealis and the Grand Canyon already visited — the journey remains to unfold. By 2016, after recognized successes on multimillion dollar projects—several of which earned international acclaim, awards and critical acknowledgement, including multiple features on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing – Colin was ready for his next creative evolution. Hyperloop became that visionary opportunity where Colin’s passion of the experiential and his expertise in design intersects with a company whose mission will rewrite our ideas of transportation.

GEORGES
AOUDE

DERQ

GEORGES
AOUDE

DERQ

Dr. Georges Aoude is the CEO and co-founder of Derq, an MIT spin-off with a mission to eliminate road accidents for both conventional and autonomous vehicles using patented artificial intelligence and connected vehicle technology. Derq has been hailed in the media, including CNN, BBC, and TechCrunch as the leading advanced technology start-up in Dubai. In 2017, Derq was only Middle East start up to be selected to join the prestigious Techstars Mobility program in Detroit, and opened an office in Michigan to expand operations and business to the US market. See recent BBC (http://tiny.cc/DerqOnBBC) and CNN (http://tiny.cc/DerqOnCNN) coverage of Derq. Dr. Aoude holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from MIT, where he worked closely with NASA, US Navy, and Ford. Dr. Aoude is also an inventor and his patented work in connected and autonomous technologies has been featured in the press, including New York Times, Wired, and MIT News. His satellite research has also been tested and validated in the International Space Station in collaboration with NASA. Dr. Aoude has consulted governments and global companies in North America and the GCC for more than 10 years. His points of view are regularly published in key outlets including Harvard Business Review, Forbes and Brink. He is a board member of the Transportation Research Board and the MIT Arab Alumni Organization.

Cecile
Cremer

Wandering the Future

Cecile
Cremer

Wandering the Future

Cécile Cremer, a “wild at heart”, world-wandering Innovation Expert and Concept Designer born and raised in the Netherlands. She was one of the first five graduates in Europe with a recognized bachelor in international trend research and innovation concept design. With a huge passion for our world and her obsession with the Future, she soon grounded her first business, Wandering the Future. Cécile is a little obsessed with the Future and she aspire to be the voice of the ever-changing needs of the intercultural consumer by being a creative innovator, supporting brands to meet these future demands. Her focus is international and with companies and organisations like a.o. Volkswagen, Ministry of Education UAE, BNP Paribas, Internet & Mobility World and E.ON her focus is being lived after. Next to creating the future together with others Cécile is an inspired International Keynote Speaker, including a TEDX Talk, who always gives her listeners something to really think about. Last year she was appointed Global President of World Wide Trend Network LaFutura, as youngest president ever. Her speciality is not to inspire people regarding the future, but to make them understand the underlying needs and the value shifts that drive change and hand them the tools to translate these findings into actions. Therewith she has a very unique approach to understand tomorrow, today.

NADIM
GHRAYEB

CADILLAC

NADIM
GHRAYEB

CADILLAC

Head of Marketing for Cadillac Middle East, is responsible for driving all strategies relating to sales operations across the region and the communication of the brand. His previous position as the Regional Brand Manager for Cadillac Middle East saw him focusing exclusively on achieving long-term marketing objectives and delivering sustainable brand growth solutions. Prior to that, Ghrayeb oversaw the vision and management of marketing initiatives for GMC Middle East. As part of this role, he led communications campaigns that helped to elevate the brand’s legendary reputation. Ghrayeb first joined GM as a Marketing Manager for Cadillac Middle East, a title that saw him spearhead cross-media communications initiatives for the luxury auto brand – spanning myriad product launches – across key markets. Ghrayeb holds a Bachelor of Science from Beirut’s Lebanese American University.

MATTHEW
VAN-NIEKERK

SETTLEMINT

MATTHEW
VAN-NIEKERK

SETTLEMINT

CEO of Settlemint, an Economist and MBA by education. He has had an international career with 7 years in Tokyo in education, online retailing and the FX business, before he started at KBC in 2007 where he worked in several functions consulting senior management, as COO for the Belgian Consumer Finance business, and finally as the Head of Platform Innovation at KBC Securities Bolero.

KARL
TLAIS

VISA

KARL
TLAIS

VISA

Head of Strategic Partnerships for the Innovation & Strategic Partnership group at Visa for Central Europe, Middle-East and Africa. Based in Dubai, UAE Karl leads Visa’s Innovation Strategic Partnerships, Business Development and Visa Venture Program in the region covering market influencers, key government and enterprise clients, ecosystem partners and Fintech’s. Karl is a strategic business and thought leader with over 20 years ICT experience building market presence and driving revenue in high growth markets across Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Karl is a member of the Dubai Smart City Accelerator board selection committee and DIFC Fintech Hive Accelerator partner committee for Visa, in addition to being an active executive mentor and coach for the accelerators and key Fintech’s and start-ups in the region. Prior to joining Visa in January 2016, Karl has held leadership roles with a number of multinational entities. Most recently he led Microsoft’s Enterprise Partnership and Business Development Team, where he was responsible for Microsoft’s alliance and regional enterprise partner strategy for the Middle-East and Africa region. He also led Cisco’s Service Provider Cloud & Managed Services Go-To- Market strategy for the Emerging Markets and Asia Pacific region. Karl’s background includes over a decade based in Sydney, Australia where he held senior roles with service providers, systems integrators and vendors such as SingTel Optus, Vodafone, and Solution 6. In this time he has established strong global alliances with ecosystem partners, service providers, government entities and enterprises, demonstrating a deep understanding of the cultural diversities related to the business environment across local, regional and global markets. Karl has a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management and Telecommunications Engineering degree from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Mark
D’Arcy

Facebook

Mark
D’Arcy

Facebook

VP, Chief Creative Officer at Facebook where he leads the company’s creative efforts to make advertising across Facebook and Instagram more relevant for people and more valuable for businesses. Mark joined Facebook in 2011 and today his team, The Creative Shop, operates from more than 40 Facebook offices and last year alone helped produce several thousand projects across Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and Oculus for an extraordinarily diverse client base including 80% of the world’s top 100 advertisers. The Creative Shop does all this through close partnerships with all the major advertising groups and collaborations with independent creators, influencers, artists, production companies, media companies and technologists. The work these partnerships create is regularly recognized in the press for driving innovation and at leading award shows, including Cannes Lions, where Mark has served on the inaugural Innovation and 2016 Glass Lion juries. Mark helped establish the Facebook Awards to celebrate the best creative work on the platform and in 2012, he founded the Facebook Global Creative Council. Mark is proud to serve on the boards of AD and the IFP, Independent Filmmaker Project.

Bassem
Youssef

Satirist

Bassem
Youssef

Satirist

Bassem Youssef, dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, was the host of popular TV show AlBernameg – which was the first of its kind political satire show in the Middle East. Originally a 5- minute show on YouTube, AlBernameg became the first online to TV conversion in the Middle East and the most watched show across the region with 30 million viewers every week. AlBernameg received wide acclaim around the world with coverage in some of the biggest media outlets, topping it off with Youssef’s appearance on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart twice in June 2012 and April 2013. In June 2013, Youssef hosted Jon Stewart on AlBernameg in Cairo marking the second season’s peak.

Fadi
Ghandour

WAMDA Group

Fadi
Ghandour

WAMDA Group

The Executive Chairman of Wamda Group, a platform that invests, nurtures and builds entrepreneurship eco-systems across the Middle East and North Africa. Fadi is also the Co-Founder of Aramex, one of the leading global logistics companies. Fadi spent the first 30 years of his work life as CEO of Aramex, building the company, making it the leading emerging market logistics company, employing over 15,000 people working in over 250 offices in 90 countries. He took the company public twice, first on Nasdaq making it the first company from the Arab work to do so, then on Dubai Financial market. He continues to be active on the Aramex board. Fadi is a serial entrepreneur. In his career, he was involved with founding, investing and launching tens of companies and non-profits, from digital tech, hospitality, F&B, fitness & wellness to security. Passionate about impact and social entrepreneurship, Fadi founded and Chairs Ruwwad for Development, a private‐sector led community empowerment platform that helps marginalized communities across several countries in the MENA region, overcome marginalization through activism, civic engagement, education and financial inclusion. He has also co-founded and continues to support one of the leading not-for-profit sports clubs in Jordan. Fadi also served and continues to serve on several global and regional boards of companies, education institutions and non-profits.

Asad
Rehman

Unilever

Asad
Rehman

Unilever

Manages Unilever’s media investments across the Middle East and North Africa region. He is also responsible for driving digital transformation for Unilever brands across the region. Asad has been in Dubai since August 2013, prior to which he managed Global Media for Unilever’s Foods and Personal Care businesses, based out of Unilever’s HQ in London. Prior to joining Unilever, Asad did various assignments for MindShare/Group M in various parts of the world. He managed local offices in Vietnam and Pakistan for them, did a global role at their HQ in London, and managed regional projects in AsiaPac and LATAM. Asad is also the founding Chair of The Marketing Society Middle East chapter. The Marketing Society focuses on inspiring bolder marketing leadership in the region. Asad also sits at the board of the IAA UAE office. A graduate of IBA in Karachi, Asad is a technology enthusiast and an internationalist at heart, and considers himself fortunate to be working in the Middle East. You can find him on most social media platforms as @asadchawla

Bibop
Gresta

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc.

Bibop
Gresta

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc.

Expert in finance, transportation and media, Bibop G. Gresta has dedicated himself to improving the world. A world-renowned speaker, he has spoken about and discussed the future of transportation and human mobility at many high-level global meetings such as the World Economic Forum and the United Nations. He is a respected activist in Transhumanism and Ethical Entrepreneurship. He founded Bibop S.p.a, a digital content firm; he sold 40% to Telecom Italia for 11bn Italian Lira, creating one of the earliest successes of the Italian New Economy. In 2004, he co-founded the influential startup incubator Digital Magics SPA, responsible for more than 70 companies, and served as venture partner. He entered into the venture capital market in 2011 with two publically- traded companies in the United Kingdom and Germany. In 2014 Bibop partnered with HTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn to become Chairman for Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc.

Sagar
Sarbhai

Ripple

Sagar
Sarbhai

Ripple

The head of regulatory relations for APAC and Middle East at Ripple, a payment technology company named one of the 50 Smartest Companies by MIT and the recipient of the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneer Award. Sagar manages Ripple’s relations with central banks and policy-makers across APAC and Middle East, focusing on payment innovation and virtual currency policy. Prior to Ripple, Sagar spent 9+ years in the banking industry across multiple functions including technology, strategy, risk and government affairs. Sagar holds an MBA from INSEAD Business School, where he founded and presided over the INSEAD Fintech Club. He was recognized as one of India’s top young business leaders by The Economic Times, India’s largest selling financial daily.

Sara
Grinstead

RAK Bank

Sara
Grinstead

RAK Bank

The Chief Innovation Officer to lead the Bank’s approach to product and service design, ensuring that solutions are customer-centric and leveraging new business models and technologies. This includes developing new capabilities within RAKBANK, establishing partnerships with FinTechs, and working with the broader UAE eco-system to support the FinTech agenda in the region. Prior to joining RAKBANK, Sara spent three years developing challenger banks in the UK and Middle East, taking new banks from paper concept to operational businesses. Sara lead the development of banking operations and controls, delivered the underlying technology, developed regulatory license applications, and supported in fundraising and investor relations. Sara has over 15 years of retail banking experience both as a strategy consultant and operational leader. She has worked for large multi-national banks helping to solve some of their most complex challenges and deliver lasting transformation.

Manal
Rostom

Mountaineer

Manal
Rostom

Mountaineer

Egypt’s most prominent female mountaineer, a name given to her last 2017 by What Women Want Magazine, and surely a name she earned, is someone who has achieved many firsts for Arab and Egyptian women, from being the first Hijabi woman to be featured in an international Nike campaign, to being the first Egyptian woman to run the Great Wall Marathon. Year to date, Manal has reached 5 mountain tops, 2 of which are Kilimanjaro & Elbrus , considered as two of the 7 highest mountains on each continent, as well as run 8 full marathons around the world including NYC & China Wall Marathon.

Jeremiah
Owyang

Crowd Companies

Jeremiah
Owyang

Crowd Companies

Jeremiah Owyang is the Founder of Crowd Companies, which focuses on how large companies tap the collaborative economy, maker movement, and customer collaboration. Prior, he was a founding partner at Altimeter Group and an industry analyst at Forrester Research covering social computing –the first phase of digital making and sharing. He focuses on how disruptive technologies—such as social media, the collaborative economy, and interactive marketing—impact the relevance of corporations to customers today and in the future. He is well recognized by both the tech industry and the media for his grounded approach to deriving astute insights through rigorous research. His site, “Web Strategy” is one of the premier blogs on how corporations connect with their customers using Web technologies. Jeremiah is frequently quoted in top- tier publications, and currently writes for Fast Company. Previously, Jeremiah was a founding partner at the Altimeter Group, worked at Forrester and at Hitachi, where he launched the company’s first social program. He was featured in the  “Who’s Who” in the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and his Twitter feed was named one of the top feeds by Time.

Ronaldo
Mouchawar

SOUQ.com

Ronaldo
Mouchawar

SOUQ.com

The co-founder and CEO of SOUQ.com, the largest online retail and marketplace platform in the Arab world. Since co-founding SOUQ.com in 2005, Mr Mouchawar has overseen aggressive expansion of the company to become the first choice in online shopping for millions of customers in the Middle East. Mr Mouchawar has more than 15 years of experience in technology and business management. He started his career as a Technical and Systems Consultant with EDS in the US, and before starting SOUQ.com, he spearheaded a consulting company that managed numerous web and e- commerce projects in the Arab world. Mr Mouchawar holds a Master's degree in Digital Communications and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Mr Mouchawar’s family background is in trading, which combined with his passion for innovation and technology, has led him to start, develop and lead the e-commerce market in this region. As keen to set high goals for himself and his team in his career as he did as a Basketball player, he is an inspiration to young entrepreneurs looking to blaze their own trail and he is passionate about creating jobs for Arabs and like-minded entrepreneurs to join his growing team. In March 2015, Mr Mouchawar received an award from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in recognition of SOUQ.com’s digital influence in the UAE. Recently, Mr Mouchawar was awarded the prestigious Retail Business Leader of the Year & Entrepreneur of the Year Awards by Gulf Business (Motivate Publishing).