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Saudi’s Hottest Tech & Startup Festival

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Mohammed Alkhowaiter

Tap Payments

Mohammed Alkhowaiter

Tap Payments

Director of Enterprise Sales

Mohammed Alsuhaim

MCIT

Mohammed Alsuhaim

MCIT

Assistant Deputy Minister for Future Skills & Digital Knowledge & Chief Executive Officer at Saudi Digital Academy

Omar El Monayer

SigmaFit

Omar El Monayer

SigmaFit

An Engineer and a tech enthusiast who started his career as a petroleum engineer who worked in multiple countries later then started Sigma-Fit the first tech wear startup in the region specialized in clothing technologies. Omar Co-Founded multiple well-funded tech startups in various industries from Fintech , to Health Tech and data science, omar also is an endeavor entrepreneur pipeline and has consulted multiple successful business.

Abdulrahman Almalki

HyperPay

Abdulrahman Almalki

HyperPay

A Director and a Computer Science professional with 15+ years of diversified experience in spearheading major projects in Fintech and telecommunications

Ibrahim Almohaimede

Unifonic

Ibrahim Almohaimede

Unifonic

VP & Managing Director at Unifonic

Jimi Ibrahim

OasisX

Jimi Ibrahim

OasisX

Co-founder of OasisX, a multi-chain NFT marketplace and Creator studio (LaunchX). Began his career as an architect/entrepreneur and entered the crypto space in 2015. Investing in real estate, tech, VR and NFT related companies across the globe. A strong advocate of decentralization and empowerment of talent to pave a way to the future through emerging technologies.

Athary Almubarak

Jada Fund of Funds

Athary Almubarak

Jada Fund of Funds

Head of Strategy & Market Development at Jada Fund of Funds.

Dr.Suliman M. Alblowi

Karaz Platform منصة كرز

Dr.Suliman M. Alblowi

Karaz Platform منصة كرز

A dreamer, an entrepreneur, and a proud father of a T1D Angel

Mohammed Al Wahaibi

AL JABR

Mohammed Al Wahaibi

AL JABR

Co-founder and CEO of AL JABR MENA, a startup development and corporate innovation venture aiming to unlock MENA’s innovation potential through entrepreneurship. Providing incubation, acceleration and access to funding.

Imad Hammad

CarSwitch

Imad Hammad

CarSwitch

Imad Hammad founded CarSwitch.com in early 2016. A seasoned executive with over 10 years of management consulting and line role experience across +10 developed and emerging markets. A dean’s list graduate of the University of Toronto, Imad holds an undergraduate degree in computer & electrical engineering. He was formerly an Associate Partner in McKinsey & Company where he led multiple teams to deliver tangible top-line impact against the broad commercial agenda of the largest TMT players in the MENA region. His work there primarily focused on strategy, product design and marketing & sales transformations. Imad also held a line role as the Regional Director of Sales & Pricing at OSN where he led product and promotion decisions across 8+ markets and sales operations from footprint optimization to target setting and incentive design. A pragmatic leader with a collaborative approach to problem solving and rigorous analytics, Imad has worked with host of senior leaders and lead diverse teams across 3 continents to deliver tangible results.

Eman Sobhy

What If - ماذا لو

Eman Sobhy

What If - ماذا لو

Eman Sobhy is an Arab content creator whose show (What If - ماذا لو) has gotten the attention of millions across the MENA region. Her show tackles the most debatable issues that Arab society gets through.

Arshad Zaheer

Crayons Communications

Arshad Zaheer

Crayons Communications

Arshad Zaheer has more than 25 years of experience in the communications industry in India, UAE & Bahrain. Having worked with Global agencies such as Euro RSCG & Y&R, he set up Crayons Communications in Dubai UAE in 2005. Crayons started as a conventional advertising agency and Arshad steered it to become an award-winning Digital agency in the region in 2008. Crayons worked with multiple categories and industries such as Retail, Healthcare, Property Developers, Education, FMCG, Automobiles, Banking & Finance, E-commerce & Market places. Crayons have contributed to some of the biggest brands in the GCC such as Centrepoint, FitBit, Bayut, Nissan, Kaya Skin Clinic, Marina Home, Capri Sun, to name a few. He is also passionate about events and believes that contributes to great content for a brand as a property.

Ahmed Mirghani

BIM Ventures

Ahmed Mirghani

BIM Ventures

Partner - BIM Ventures

Mohammed H. Khashoggi

Ejaro

Mohammed H. Khashoggi

Ejaro

Mohammed Khashoggi was born in Saudi Arabia, a self-made entrepreneur with a passion for Tech, Innovation & Sustainability. In 2019 he Founded Ejaro, The first licensed peer-to-peer car-sharing marketplace in Saudi Arabia, aiming to disrupt the car rental industry in the region with a platform that is considered the Airbnb for cars. Throughout his career, he has founded several companies in different industries, from Real Estate to Hospitality and Tech, with total sales of 500 million SAR. Forming several partnerships with the largest real estate development companies in the UK, brokering deals worth $60 million at 24 years old, and has continued to grow, finding his passion in Tech.

Khaled Talhouni

Nuwa Capital

Khaled Talhouni

Nuwa Capital

Khaled is Managing Partner at Nuwa Capital. Prior to launching Nuwa Capital, Khaled was Managing Partner at Wamda Capital, the region’s first institutionalized Venture Capital fund investing in technology-enabled companies in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. He started his career at Dubai International Capital where he supported the development of the MENA region’s first seed capital fund. Since then Khaled assumed a number of venture capital and startup roles including heading investments and strategy at twofour54 in Abu Dhabi. Khaled has centered his career around identifying and investing in disruptive businesses that displace incumbent inefficiencies in traditional sectors of the economy. His areas of interest include ecommerce, Fintech, marketplaces, digital content and enterprise solutions. Throughout his career Khaled has focused on building lasting partnerships with the entrepreneurs delivering the region’s digital economy. Khaled has invested in and managed over 150 early stage transactions including Careem, Mumzworld, Insider, Modanisa, Twiga Foods, and Tamatem. Khaled attended Duke University and graduated with a BA in Economics.

Majed Abalkhail

Aseel Financial

Majed Abalkhail

Aseel Financial

Extensive experience in the real estate and crowdfunding platforms (Jood Eskan platform), and a practitioner in investment funds.

Ibrahim Neyaz

National Technology Development Program

Ibrahim Neyaz

National Technology Development Program

With over 18 years of experience, Mr. Ibrahim Neyaz has an extensive experience and a track record of achievements in many fields of work in the public and private sectors. He held several positions in major entities, serving as Acting CEO at the Saudi Tourism Investment company, a PIF company, The Director General of The National Center of Performance Measurement and the CEO of ES Learning. Mr. Ibrahim holds a master’s degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Central Michigan, USA, the executive education certificate of the General Management Program (GMP) from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in information Systems from King Saud University.

Abdullah Dhafer

Tygo

Abdullah Dhafer

Tygo

co-founder and CEO at Tygo, interested in innovation and startup.

Nida Sumar

60 Day Startups

Nida Sumar

60 Day Startups

Nida Sumar is the Founder & CEO of 60 Day Startups provides a platform to accelerates female-founded startups to revenue. She is also the founder of The Table Project, a thriving food community built around a shared passion for food soaked in tradition. The common thread that ties both ventures is Nida’s exceptional ability to create strong communities that create lasting impact. She started her career in finance and became the one of youngest few female CFA Charter holders in the UAE in 2013 and worked in 2 of the Big 4’s across New York and Dubai. After half a dozen years in traditional financeNida founded her first award-winning foodtech startup in 2016 and successfully exited the company in early 2019. Nida’s entrepreneurial journey continued when she founded The Table Project in 2019. It has now served over 121 nationalities and held events for over 8000 diners in the globally. Her work with The Table Project has been featured several times on television and radio in the region. Nida has been at the forefront of the culinary revolution in the region and is passionate about creating a community that will evolve as thought leaders of the UAE food scene. In 2020, Nida founded 60 Day Startups and once again, brought together a community of passionate and accomplished individuals and industry experts to flip the numbers representing female entrepreneurship in the region. 60DS is set apart from the rest because it concentrates on sustainable business practices and shifts the focus from becoming investment-ready to becoming revenue-generating. In just a few months, Nida has managed to partner with heavy weights like P&G, Notion, Stripe and Microsoft whilst keeping community stars like Pitfire Pizza, Zoho, Earth & Ethics and others equally excited and involved in the building of this unique accelerator. With over 18 years of experience in the world of finance, food and entrepreneurship, Nida focuses her experience and energy in creating meaningful impact and building communities for good. She regularly mentors startups, advocates for mental health issues and champions sustainable food practices and speaks for women in the world of business. Her work and career is often featured and celebrated in local community events as well as notable media. She is truly the face of a woman that would be an asset to any community or country. Nida believes business runs in her blood, and bringing meaning to business runs in her upbringing – with her fourth startup getting set to launch in 2023, we believe it too.

Mansoor Banaja

AMUSED CO

Mansoor Banaja

AMUSED CO

Mansoor is COO & co-founder of AMUSED. He has a bachelors degree in Marketing, PR & advertising and holds a Masters of Business Administration. As well as prior experience in working in healthcare, F&B & marketing industries. Eager to be part of an eco system to drive and support Saudi start ups to flourish.

Sabine Zureikat

Truelli

Sabine Zureikat

Truelli

Serial entrepreneur with Masters in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). Worked with the Japanese army and in Silicon Valley. Owner of multiple patents that range from drones, cookware, hardware, biotech & fintech.

Yousef Shamoun

ZenHR

Yousef Shamoun

ZenHR

Yousef Shamoun is the Co-founder and CEO of ZenHR, the award-winning and leading Human Resources Management System in MENA that helps HR departments and employees achieve peace of mind. ZenHR completely automates companies’ internal HR processes and procedures, providing a delightful and seamless experience from the 'Acquire' stage to the 'Retire' stage. Before expanding into the HR software space in 2017, Yousef co-founded Akhtaboot, one of MENA's largest online job boards, in 2007. Since ZenHR’s inception in 2017, the company has grown to be the home of more than 160 employees across three regional offices in Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Jordan, with its headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. As the CEO, Yousef oversees the company's business strategy and ensures the whole team is rowing together. Under his leadership, ZenHR has dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offering while maintaining a strong culture of innovation. Alongside ZenHR, Yousef also co-founded the Arabic card gaming website Jawaker (www.jawaker.com), which was acquired in September 2021 by Stillfront for $205 million. Yousef is also a member of the Endeavor network and Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), collectively serving on the board of ZenHR, Endeavor, and the Bank of Jordan. Yousef frequently attends and speaks at Human Resources and entrepreneurial conferences and events, sharing his passion and experience in the SaaS and HR worlds. Yousef earned his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University in Canada in 2001 and completed his MBA from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in 2006 with a specialization in Entrepreneurship.

Nourah Feteih

Whtstonez

Nourah Feteih

Whtstonez

Nourah Feteih is a proud Saudi Public Speaket, MC , moderator and successful published author. She holds a B.A in ECE and Masters In international Reltions Negotiation. She has worked as a consultant, BD with projects with a public speaking company and is in the process of making her own comapny very soon. She is the author of "Adam and the Giant" children's book under vision 2030 in KSA about Global warming. And a Co-Author in collbortion 'Women Who inspire'.

Aahan Bhojani

Silkhaus

Aahan Bhojani

Silkhaus

Aahan Bhojani is the CEO and Founder of Silkhaus, a proptech startup on a mission to power short-term rentals across Asia. He leads Silkhaus’ diverse team of technologists, operators, and business builders, and has raised seed funding / one of the MENA’s largest seed rounds from leading global venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. Prior to Silkhaus, Aahan led Product at Lola.com, an enterprise SaaS travel technology startup based in Boston. His earlier career experiences span management consulting with Bain & Company (Dubai), technology investment banking (M&A) with Barclays (New York), and an advisorship with the UAE Prime Minister’s Office. Aahan is also deeply passionate about education, and has previously founded an international school based in Dubai. Aahan is an Indian citizen, born and raised in the UAE. He is passionate about the intersection of travel, real estate, and technology, and is excited to leverage his experiences to build a company that disrupts one of the world’s largest asset classes in the emerging markets. Aahan holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science (Honors) from Yale University, and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He was born and raised in Dubai.

Lama Naseer

Aanaab

Lama Naseer

Aanaab

Lama Naseer is the CFO and investor in Aanaab; an EdTech that provides full range professional development opportunities for teachers, schools, and governments in MENA. Her background spans 16+ years in investment banking, entrepreneurship, and consulting working both in the Government and private sector. She helped establish the KAUST Seed Fund. An active angel investor and holds several board and investment committee positions.

Vijay Tirathrai

Techstars

Vijay Tirathrai

Techstars

Vijay is a seasoned CEO, a serial entrepreneur and an early stage technology Investor. He is the Managing Director at Techstars and has been credited for the development of the ecosystem in the Middle East with the launching of several Techstars accelerator programs. As a seasoned CEO and a serial entrepreneur, he has 40 years of hands-on experience building and growing several companies, spread over 7 different industries; including Fashion Retail, Clothing Manufacturing, Hi-Tech Safety Helmets, Association Management, Events Production, Property Development and Venture Capital. Vijay was the former CEO and Global Chairman of the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) based in Washington D.C.; where he led the growth of 20,000+ leading entrepreneurs represented in 200 cities worldwide. Vijay is a visionary community builder and a thought leader on the world stage, he continues to serve Techstars, Entrepreneurs Organization and Young Presidents Organization globally.

Dr. Lama Hakem

KAUST

Dr. Lama Hakem

KAUST

Dr. Lama Hakem is the Education Programs Lead at the Entrepreneurship Center at KASUT. She has a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. She was an assistant professor at different universities in Saudi Arabia. Currently, she is teaching entrepreneurship course at KAUST.

Ayman Hamdan

UnifonicX

Ayman Hamdan

UnifonicX

With over 20 years of experience in strategic planning and business management within Gulf Countries, the Middle East, and North Africa.

Mohammad AlRazaz

OTO

Mohammad AlRazaz

OTO

Mohammad AlRazaz is a Serial Entrepreneur and the Co-founder & CEO of OTO - MENA’s Largest Shipping Integrator & Aggregator Solution for Online Businesses & OmniChannel Brands. At the age of 22, Mohammad founded Jeeny (previously EasyTaxi) in Saudi Arabia during his time with Rocket Internet, making him the youngest Country Manager in Easy Taxi globally by then. Al-Razaz is a MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp alumni, selected out of 800 global applicants, and has built several startups and businesses in transportation, e-commerce, logistics and technology. Founded early 2020, OTO is an All-in-one Shipping Management Software for Online Businesses & OmniChannel Brands to Ship, Manage, Track, Return & Analyze their online orders with 180+ Shipping Carriers from 1 consolidated dashboard.

Mohammed Alarifi

Floward

Mohammed Alarifi

Floward

Mohammed Alarifi is the chief growth officer of Floward responsible for the growth in 9 countries that Floward is operating at. Mohammed started with Launching the Floward Saudi entity and then led the GCC and ended up with handling the Company growth.

Sam Randall

True Search

Sam Randall

True Search

Sam has 10 years experience in search for professionals into startup, fintech and growth stage technology businesses. Starting out in Singapore, working across APAC, he moved to support the True Search office in the UAE in line with the growth of technology startups and businesses in the region. He is also a startup co-founder and advisor to a number of startups & VCs across SE Asia & MENA.

Dr.Suliman M. Alblowi

Karaz Platform منصة كرز

Dr.Suliman M. Alblowi

Karaz Platform منصة كرز

A dreamer, an entrepreneur, and a proud father of a T1D Angel

Chris Wossala

Swapp

Chris Wossala

Swapp

Chris is a co-founder and CCO of Swapp, a Mobility-as-a-Service startup; offering it’s clients a flexible car subscription marketplace that’s an affordable and adaptable alternative to buying or leasing a car. Swapp focuses on clients with a need for personal mobility with offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and in Budapest. At Swapp, Chris manages and mentors the supply side of the business, ensuring that all markets have an adequate amount of relevant cars at all times as well as being involved in the fundraising process. This includes co-managing the seed fund initiative with the value of 5m USD. Prior to joining Swapp, Chris managed Deezer in Africa and scaled it to become the leading streaming service on the continent .

Sarah Toukan

Ziina

Sarah Toukan

Ziina

Sarah Toukan is the Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of Ziina. She has product experience across several exciting spaces, including the fintech space in the UAE, the proptech space in London, and the autonomous vehicle space in Silicon Valley. In 2021, Sarah was selected as one of Forbes Middle East’s Top 10 Women in Tech. At Ziina, Sarah and her teammates are building a digital wallet for the Middle East, with a mission to bring financial freedom to every person in the region. Ziina has seen exciting traction since the release of its wallet in February 2022. The company has won 8 international UX/UI design awards, including the Red Dot Award. Sarah and her team are backed by strong investors globally, including Y Combinator, Avenir Growth, Wamda, and Jabbar Internet Group. Sarah graduated from Stanford with a Bachelor's and Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Emir Isik

Tarabut Gateway

Emir Isik

Tarabut Gateway

Emir Isik is the Head of Business Development at Tarabut Gateway. He brings over 7 years of diverse sales & marketing experience that he attained in tech companies, Financial Institutions, and FinTechs in Boston, New York, Bahrain, and UAE respectively. Prior to joining Tarabut Gateway, Emir worked for Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch in New York, managing UHNW portfolios in the Wealth Management departments. He then discovered his passion for FinTech and moved to Bahrain, partnering with startups to manage their regulatory setup as well as assisting pioneers of newly emerging licensees to graduate from the CBB Regulatory Sandbox. He then worked for Arab Financial Services where he led the B2B strategy as well as P&L for the fintech wallet, namely bwallet. As the Head of Business Development at Tarabut Gateway, Emir is responsible for sales strategies and execution of key value drivers for regional financial service clients across Bahrain, UAE, and Saudi Arabia. Emir holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics, and a minor in Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A, and has completed several certificate programs including Digital Marketing by Columbia Business School, Emeritus Institute of Management, and Payments Innovation Programme by Centre for Finance, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (CFTE).

Haider Syed

Faloos

Haider Syed

Faloos

Haider Syed is the Founder & CEO of Faloos, a consumer payments financial technology company focused on the Saudi Arabian market. Haider received his BA in Business Management in the United Kingdom, followed by an MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (USA) as well as a dual certificate in Technology Commercialization from NASA in the United States. Haider has a keen interest on leveraging advanced technologies to accelerate the cashless objectives of emerging economies.

Shady Badr

AMWAL

Shady Badr

AMWAL

Founder and CEO of AMWAL

Vaibhav Kashyap

Wellx

Vaibhav Kashyap

Wellx

An Insead MBA graduate, with 10 years of experience in insurance. Domain expertise in underwriting, strategy & business development. Worked with, and led teams in the UAE and UK markets, with local and international players across various insurance lines of business.

Sabine El Najjar

Kitopi

Sabine El Najjar

Kitopi

Sabine El Najjar is the Managing Director of KSA at Kitopi, the world’s leading tech-powered, multi-brand restaurant. As Managing Director of Kitopi KSA, Sabine oversees all aspects of the business to drive the growth of Kitopi in KSA. Prior to leading Kitopi KSA, Sabine was Kitopi’s Director of Strategy, where she built and led the company’s Global Strategy function, overseeing Kitopi’s key strategic initiatives, including the management of Kitopi’s key partnerships and integration of new businesses. Before joining Kitopi, Sabine was a Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co., where she worked on large scale business and digital transformations for large private companies, banks and government entities in the GCC. Sabine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies and Economics from the American University of Beirut and a Master of Business Administration from the London Business School.

Bassam ARAYS

ALLUP APP

Bassam ARAYS

ALLUP APP

Bassam has over 19 years of diversified experience, including executive management and board memberships. He assumed various roles in the Advertising, Marketing, Fitness, and Technology sectors. Throughout his professional career with Middle East organizations, he thought of strategic leadership positions involving revenue growth and sustainability, product management, discovering and implementing new technologies, and ensuring corporate governance, compliance, and digital transformation.

Teodora Pantu

Dizrupt

Teodora Pantu

Dizrupt

As a communications expert, Teodora helps startups and founders transform their businesses with disruptive and exciting brand strategy and marketing at her co-founded creative studio: Dizrupt.

Osama Ali

Veda Holding

Osama Ali

Veda Holding

Strategic e-commerce professional with a strong background in digital marketing, acquisition & conversion strategy, brand strategy, customer experience, and loyalty programs. For the last 3 years focus on building omnichannel and multivendor marketplace, as part of the digital transforming for the company retails to support the growth strategy.

Omar Almheiri

Letswork

Omar Almheiri

Letswork

Omar is the co-founder and CTO of Letswork, the region's largest workspace platform.

Hamza Khan

Letswork

Hamza Khan

Letswork

Hamza is the co-founder and CEO of Letswork, the region's largest workspace platorm.

Mazen ALdhrrab

ZID

Mazen ALdhrrab

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.

Muna AbuSulayman

Transform VC

Muna AbuSulayman

Transform VC

Media Icon and Social Impact Leader

Rayan Alsharif

BIM Ventures

Rayan Alsharif

BIM Ventures

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Mohammad Alhokail

Enhance Ventures

Mohammad Alhokail

Enhance Ventures

Dynamic Executive with 13 years of experience helping organizations reach their full potential. Adept in making key decisions and working with other professionals to achieve goals and solve problems. Experienced and dedicated to successfully directing business operations while delivering growth. Team player and socially fun to be with, willingness to help make it easy to communicate with, and an efficient multitasking pro.

Mohamed Amine Merah

BIM Ventures

Mohamed Amine Merah

BIM Ventures

Founder & Managing Partner of BIM Ventures, the leading Saudi Venture Studio. Passionate about building innovative, exciting and financially sustainable ventures.

Ahmed Khairy

Gameball

Ahmed Khairy

Gameball

Ahmed is CEO and co-founder at Gameball; a leading customer engagement and retention CRM that works with over 20 million consumers in 70+ countries. Before Gameball, he spent 10+ years working in multiple technical and commercial roles at multinationals and startups. Ahmed worked previously in Egypt, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Qatar and managed the execution and delivery of multi-million dollars projects to clients like Aramco, ExxonMobil, Sabic, Petronas, Total, Braskem and many others. As a business consultant, Ahmed consulted and mentored startups in Egypt, UAE and Canada as well as corporates in the fields of technology and real estate.

Lujain AL Ubaid

Tasamy

Lujain AL Ubaid

Tasamy

لجين آل العبيد شريك مؤسس ومدير تنفيذي لشركة تسامي لصناعة الأثر، وهي مؤسسة تعمل على خلق مساحة آمنة وملاذ آمن لأصحاب المشاريع الاجتماعية لخلق الأثر في المملكة العربية السعودية، تسامي واحدة من الشركات الرائدة في مجال الريادة الاجتماعية وصناعة الأثر في النظام على المستوى الوطني (آو على مستوى المملكة ) كما أنها أولى المؤسسات التي قدمت المسرعات وحاضنات الأعمال في السعودية . عملت لجين أيضًا كمستشار لهيئة الأوقاف العامة وهي هيئة حكومية تشرف على التشريعات وتعمل على تمكين قطاع الوقف في السعودية التي تعمل على التركيز على أدوات التمويل الاجتماعي والابتكار الاجتماعي على المستوى الوطني . ولدت العبيد وتعيش في الرياض، السعودية وبفضل خلفيتها المعرفية في الخبرات المالية قامت بالمشاركة ببرنامج القيادة التنفيذية للسيدات في كلية هارفارد للأعمال و برنامج التعليم التابع لكلية كولومبيا للأعمال للمنظمات غير الربحية ، كما قامت بالمشاركة ببرامج مختلفة عن الاستثمار في كلية سعيد للأعمال في جامعة أكسفورد . كما وأن العبيد واحدة من زملاء أكيومن وعملت كرئيسة تنفيذية استراتيجيتهم في الهند كونها واحدة من خريجي cedpa . قامت لجين بتمثيل قطاع الريادة الاجتماعية في الشرق الأوسط و في العديد من المؤتمرات والمنتديات والقمم الوطنية والدولية ، كما أنها مستشارة لمشاريع حكومية وخاصة مختلفة. اختيرت لجين كواحدة من أكثر 100 امرأة تأثيرًا في الشرق الأوسط ، كما تم ترشيحها لتكون الأكثر تأثير تحت سن الثلاثين في المملكة العربية السعودية. تم تكريمها سابقًا من قبل صاحب السمو الملكي الملك سلمان بن عبدالعزيز على أنشطتها التطوعية المختلفة التي قامت بها خلال فترة عملها في منتدى الغد ، كما منحتها الملكة سيلفيا ملكة السويد جائزة مينتور العربية.

Zaid Derbi

staq.io

Zaid Derbi

staq.io

Value-driven product and growth leader building hyper-growth global and regional startups. Currently growing Staq.io/finto.io previously at MATIC.ae and HotelsCombined.Com

Abdulrahman Almalki

HyperPay

Abdulrahman Almalki

HyperPay

A Director and a Computer Science professional with 15+ years of diversified experience in spearheading major projects in Fintech and telecommunications

Sharene Lee

TAKADAO

Sharene Lee

TAKADAO

Sharene Lee is the co-founder of TAKADAO, a shariah-compliant co-op **insurance built on web3 technologies. Previously, she was the co-founder and COO of Melltoo, a peer-to-peer transactional marketplace for second-hand items, which was acquired in 2022. Sharene is a serial entrepreneur with two prior exits in the analog economy and one in web2. She was born and raised in Singapore, but lived in the United States prior to moving to the Middle East. She now lives in Riyadh. Her passions include Islamic finance and the web3; in particular, how blockchains and crypto are a fertile ground for the growth of new financial paradigms. Sharene also enjoys mentoring and working with fellow female entrepreneurs. She is a mother of 7

Sujude Dalieh

JAZZ Venture Partners

Sujude Dalieh

JAZZ Venture Partners

Sujude is an investor at JAZZ where she both invests in new opportunities and supports existing portfolio companies across all funds. She is most passionate about companies that are building generational health and growing community capital for the 99%. Sujude started her career off as a Berkeley-trained scientist and was active in green chemistry research at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she synthesized and tested nanocatalysts for carbon dioxide conversion with the Somorjai Group. She led the integration of Jupyter computation into social sciences research and curricula at the Berkeley Institute of Data Science. She has also worked for an array of community-forward health initiatives at Hopelab and YTH (Youth + Tech + Health) and contributed to projects including Engage, an empowerment program to reduce childhood marriage in Malawi, and Oregon Reminders, a state-funded SMS platform to reduce HIV transmission. Sujude is also active in the MENA-affiliated startup world as a board member of TechWadi. Prior to JAZZ, Sujude supported investments at Lux Capital and K50 Ventures across frontier tech, digital health, and consumer fintech. She was named a Top Gen Z VC by Business Insider and Bay Area’s 25 Under 25 by San Francisco Business Journal. Sujude holds an MEng in Design from Stanford University and a BS in Chemistry from UC Berkeley.

Soniya Ashar

NutriCal

Soniya Ashar

NutriCal

In late 2019, I launched NutriCal, UAE's first Nutrition Software, in Dubai. I've been running it for two and a half years, building the GCC's largest food intelligence platform and steering the region toward the vision of food transparency. Recently backed by 500. Prior to that, I worked in BD, product management, and growth across various businesses and industries in the United States, Europe, and the United Arab Emirates. Before stepping into the world of technology, I worked in physical product innovation and development as a product manager and hold a patent registered under her name for The Original Buttoneer Fastening System that I developed. I have an MBA from Babson College in Boston (US), the #1 entrepreneurship school, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Manchester in Manchester (UK). When I'm not working, you can find me working on my mind or body. Training or doing hot yoga, reading / listening to entrepreneurship, productivity, and spirituality content, or planning trips to exotic locations!

Hana Besbes

Heal Capital

Hana Besbes

Heal Capital

Software Eng. turned Investor at Heal Capital, a leading €100m HealthTech VC in Europe, investing in software-/digital-first healthcare champions in Seed+/Series A. Hana is particularly looking for game-changing platform solutions in FemTech, Mental & Brain Health, Elderly Care, Chronic Diseases, Digital Hospital, RWE, Infrastructure.

Hasibah Alaskandrani

Jovia

Hasibah Alaskandrani

Jovia

My entire life has been marked by perseverance and dedication and events in my life have contributed towards my determination to succeed both in my education and career-wise in the field of business. The challenges that I had in my life, molded me into a self-driven and self-motivated Saudi Women. I am the first Saudi to graduate with BBA and Marketing from University of Alaska Anchorage and I got my MBA from Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University. Currently, I am a member of the Executive Council for Businesswomen in the Eastern Chamber, the Co-founder and GM of Jovia Business Incubators and Accelerators; also, the GM in Qariin Alwasit for Electronic Insurance Brokerage. Moreover, I am a certified management consultant who provide consultations for entrepreneurs, startups, and SMEs.

Norah Ali Alyusuf

Quality of Life Program Center

Norah Ali Alyusuf

Quality of Life Program Center

Norah possesses a history of leadership, technical acumen and relationship management across markets and industry which has commanded coveted awards & recognition. Her innovation, creativity and execution have been hallmarks of her executive management appointment at Vision 2030’s Vision Realization Program – Quality of Life - where she continues to leverage cross cultural & personal networks in multiple geographies. In parallel to her corporate career, Norah is an avid horse rider. Her passion for the sport encouraged her to take a sabbatical between 2006 and 2008 to compete professionally in the GCC. Her ambition for the sport drove her to become one of the elite few females to represent the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Endurance Racing under the patronage of H.R.H. Prince AlWaleed Bin Talal. She helped launch the Masar Godolphin scholarship program under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and is currently a founding Board Member of the Saudi Polo Federation, and is the AlUla Desert Polo Tournament Chairwomen.

Nosaibah Alrajhi

Forus

Nosaibah Alrajhi

Forus

Nosaibah is Building a Fintech that’s redefining financial well-being. As the trail blazer within the fintech industry, Nosaibah founded the first female-led Fintech in Saudi Arabia, with a growth rate of 300% y-o-y . Forus is a debt marketplace, where you can Invest in debt & Alternative Assets. The future of Islamic investing, one platform to manage your alternative investments in the debt market. Forus Financial allows you to earn attractive returns, create a diversified portfolio that you control, all is a safe State-of-the-art system.

Noel Connolly

NOW Money

Noel Connolly

NOW Money

Noel Connolly is the CEO of Dubai based fin tech for good firm NOW Money. Connolly, who has over 25 years of experience in business and tech, with in depth and proven skills in driving scalability. He also has a wealth of UAE based and international contacts in banking, government and fintech. His previous experience includes SVP & Global head of Sales and Partnerships at Cellpoint Digital, an up and coming payments orchestration provider, as well as commercial roles with Sabre Corp and Emirates Group. Connolly joined NOW Money to create a step change at the fintech social enterprise and elevate it globally.

Ahmad Al Masri

Progressive Generation Studios

Ahmad Al Masri

Progressive Generation Studios

A serial entrepreneur, engineer, and global citizen, who founded Progressive Generation Holding with his partner Feras Al Kiswani in Jordan 12 years ago, Progressive Generation has built and owns the biggest library of original Arabic children's content in the MENA region! Recently In 2022; PG made a huge milestone; they made a kids Netflix by launching the biggest children's SVOD platform in the Arab world by collaborating with big names like Ericson Red Bee and Dolby Digital.

Manal Assaad

Valtech Germany

Manal Assaad

Valtech Germany

Manal Assaad launched her digital career in Saudi Arabia 13 years ago as The Manalyst where she led several local and international agencies and brands through the rise of social media. 7 years ago, she moved to Germany to grow her expertise in the European market, where she focuses on data-driven digital transformation, having worked in the education sector, logistics industry and most recently in the global digital agency, Valtech. She enjoys sharing insights from her experience in Europe and GCC to support business growth through strategic understanding of local markets and global trends.

Haroon Rashid

Bayut Saudi Arabia

Haroon Rashid

Bayut Saudi Arabia

Seasoned Bay Area technology expert and entrepreneur, Haroon Rashid joined as the CEO of Bayut KSA in 2019 following an extensive stint in leadership roles at various international organisations. An experienced strategist, prior to joining the Bayut team, Haroon served as PayPal’s Head of Mid-Market and SMB Integrations for North America, where he he lead integration and sales engineering for the Mid Market and SMB market segments, and drove over $90M in net-new recurring revenue for PayPal’s merchant business. He also led strategic engineering projects at Magento, an Adobe company, and X.commerce, an eBay company. Haroon was also co-founder of Yotascale, a leader in Autonomous Cloud Operations, where he developed product strategy and business development; ultimately securing $11M in venture capital funding for the cloud based startup.

Salman Butt

Salla

Salman Butt

Salla

A Saudi startups builder and operator with more than 20 years of experience in information technology starting with networks and data communication, expert in Hajj and Umrah and tourism related technology startups, rising up with an e-commerce leading technology product named Salla.

Dr. Zeger Degraeve

MBS College

Dr. Zeger Degraeve

MBS College

Dr. Zeger Degraeve is the Dean of Prince Mohammed Bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Degraeve is an expert in decision-making, risk, operations research and managing project portfolios. An award-winning teacher, he has contributed to executive development programs in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Russia, and North America for leading businesses. Dr. Degraeve started his academic journey as a Professor of Management Science at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, his home country, before joining London Business School in 1999. From March 2002 until August 2005 he was the Associate Dean of the Executive MBA and Executive MBA-Global Programs, and from August 2005 until August 2007 he served as London Business School’s Deputy Dean Programs and a member of the School's Management Committee and Board of Governors. He became Dean of Melbourne Business School in November 2011, as well as Co-Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics of The University of Melbourne after successfully establishing an alliance between Melbourne Business School and The University of Melbourne in May 2013. After 7 years in these roles, he joined, Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College in October 2019. Alongside his academic career, Dr. Degraeve has provided consultancy support across a range of issues including operations management, logistics and supply chain management, environmental planning and purchasing strategy. Consultancy clients include the European Commission, Andersen Business Consulting, National Economic Research Associates (NERA) and McKinsey and Co. With his extensive executive education expertise, Dr. Degraeve has been sought after to contribute to executive development programs in numerous leading international businesses, including: HSBC, Cadbury Schweppes, Novartis, Rio Tinto, E.on, Carlsberg, Merck Serono, SABIC, BP, Shell, Hess Oil, Premier Oil, Zain/Celtel, Orascom, Dubai Holdings, Majid Al Futtaim, and IBM. Dr. Degraeve’ s research has won several awards, including: Association of the European Operational Research Societies’ (EURO) Prize for Best Applied Paper and the Chairman's Award for the Best Applied Contributed Paper by INFORMS (The Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences). He has published over 50 articles on decision making, optimization, scenario analysis and risk assessment for leading journals, including: Management Science, Operations Research, INFORMS Journal on Computing, European Journal of Operational Research, Interfaces and Harvard Business Review. He is also a regular speaker at international conferences. After studying at the Universities of Ghent and Leuven in Belgium, Dr. Degraeve gained his PhD from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, now Booth School of Business, in 1992.

Nadim Taoubi

Natufia

Nadim Taoubi

Natufia

Nadim is passionate about directly impacting peoples lives by giving them tangible and practical solutions to reconcile healthy living with sustainable growth. Nadim joined Natufia as a co founder to help realize this ambition. At Natufia, he oversees company’s corporate finance, strategic growth and business partnerships. After a successful career in advising tech companies at Deloitte and LD&A (now Drake Star Partners), he started his founder journey and launched an e-commerce company in the Nordics called Ooolala, the company was sold in 2016. Natufia was a natural next step combining his passion for sustainability and his entrepreneurial approach. Nadim holds two Master degrees: in Electronic Engineering from ISEP Paris and in Strategy Management from HEC Paris.

Jad Adnan

AETHER

Jad Adnan

AETHER

The founder of AETHER a blockchain development firm focused on identifying problems and solving them through decentralized technology Jad has been active in the cryptocurrency scene while pursuing his interest in blockchain development and its real life applications, working on projects from certificate verification on the blockchain , to Solar Energy NFTs and STEM sector research publication on the blockchain. Jad has a avid interest in real life practical applications on a traceable transparent decentralized technology.

Vincent Ghossoub

Nifty Craft

Vincent Ghossoub

Nifty Craft

Vincent Ghossoub is an innovator of games and virtual worlds in the Middle East and China. He is building Nifty Craft, a 2D MMORPG containing a tech layer to empower the crafting of NFTs in a decentralized way across web3 games. Prior to that he founded Falafel Games, the leading producer and publisher of MMO games in the Middle East, ranked on Forbes Top 30 Innovators in the Middle East for 2017 and 2018. He released the first game with truly Arabic content inspired by the history of the region, and the first MMO Strategy game developed in the MENA, as well as Taqki a global innovation in multiplayer live video. Vincent is a graduate of China Europe International Business School, and is fluent in French, Chinese, English, and Arabic.

Alexandre Allegue

Graze-it

Alexandre Allegue

Graze-it

Alexandre Allegue has spent 15 years of his career starting and growing ventures across Europe, Middle East and Africa. As an advocate for sustainability, Alexandre accumulated a wealth of experiences in the space of renewable energies (Manufacturing, Contracting, Development/IPP, and Investments), with some of the most prominent players in the region such as Acwa Power. He is currently CEO of Graze it, a recently launched venture tackling food security challenges in the Middle East. Alexandre holds the position of MESIA’s board Vice President (Middle East Solar Industry Association) and sits as Executive Chairman of Pawame, a social impact company that he has founded to provide all Sub Saharan communities affordable access to solar power and financial services. Alexandre is a fellow Alumni of Harvard Business School, ESIA Engineering School, as well as ESSEC Business school.

Tamer Kassem

Audiomob

Tamer Kassem

Audiomob

Advertising Expert - serving non intrusive audio ads with no retention damage

Shubham Yadav

StrategyConnect

Shubham Yadav

StrategyConnect

Shubham is an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of business. Shubham has more than 14 years of experience in Strategy & Operation working at Rocket Internet and MarkaVIP where he focused on leading the Middle East operations and business expansion across GCC. Before MBA Shubham started my career at Siemens as a project manager in their Energy Division. Shubham is solution oriented, is comfortable with unstructured environment, and takes an iterative approach to problem solving. Hence, he decided to quit our job 4 years ago and start StrategyConnect along with his co-founder Haninder. StrategyConnect is a platform that makes professional talent like management consultants accessible to small businesses on-demand. Shubham is an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of business. Shubham has more than 14 years of experience in Strategy & Operation working at Rocket Internet and MarkaVIP where he focused on leading the Middle East operations and business expansion across GCC. Before MBA Shubham started my career at Siemens as a project manager in their Energy Division. Shubham is solution oriented, is comfortable with unstructured environment, and takes an iterative approach to problem solving. Hence, he decided to quit our job 4 years ago and start StrategyConnect along with his co-founder Haninder. StrategyConnect is a platform that makes professional talent like management consultants accessible to small businesses on-demand.

Waseem Al-Sourani

Al-Jawaris Holding

Waseem Al-Sourani

Al-Jawaris Holding

Jawaris Investments is a pioneering investment development and management firm based in Saudi Arabia. The Company connects investors with entrepreneurs, through filtering investment initiatives against a specific set of rigorous criteria, and then taps the appropriate strategic investors to raise the required funding.

Paul Dawalibi

Holodeck Ventures

Paul Dawalibi

Holodeck Ventures

Paul 'The Profit' Dawalibi is a technology entrepreneur, investor, futurist and gamer, with over 20 years of venture capital and startup experience. He is currently the CEO of Holodeck Media - the leading global media company focused exclusively on metaverse, gaming and crypto. This combination of skills and experience allow him to understand and communicate the business opportunity around gaming and metaverse in a unique way. As “The Profit", Paul hosts the largest gaming industry show in the world - the Business of Esports, as well as Game Changers - a groundbreaking new gaming and metaverse business show on CNBC Arabia reaching 50M homes in the Middle East. "The Profit" is a frequently requested speaker at metaverse and gaming conferences all around the world. He also consults family offices, governments, venture funds, and global companies on the metaverse opportunity. Paul is also the creator of the world's 1st esports NFT and founder of the 2020 fastest growing company in Canada. His core belief is that gaming is the future of fun™.

Faisal Albaraiki

Slide

Faisal Albaraiki

Slide

A passionate serial entrepreneur who has contributed to building multiple startups in a cross-functional role in the live streaming, last-mile delivery, and e-commerce industries since 2016. Throughout his career working with startups, Faisal has raised +20 million Dollars in funding at different stages. Today Faisal is the Founder and CEO of Slide, which aims to disrupt the direct ordering market in GCC by helping businesses to establish new revenue channels via social platforms. Slide enables customers to order from their favorite restaurant from the app they use every day.

Naif alkhairallah

SIDF

Naif alkhairallah

SIDF

A veteran banker holding 22 years of experience of dealing with different segments of corporates, and different sectors.

Kamal Reggad

RemotePass

Kamal Reggad

RemotePass

Kamal is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience in tech. In 2011, Kamal started the first e-commerce company in Morocco before selling it to a local holding company in 2018. Prior to that, Kamal worked for Spotfire (acquired by TIBCO) as a lead system engineer in charge of building large scalable infrastructure for software deployments. Kamal is an Endeavor entrepreneur and holds a B.S & M.S in Computer Science from Boston Northeastern University.

Mohamed Jawabri

Lendo

Mohamed Jawabri

Lendo

Mohamed Jawabri is Lendo's co-founder and Chief Operating Officer (COO). As an IT professional with years of extensive experience and in-depth knowledge, he managed more than 20 primary tech projects under the e-government sector for Vision 2030 & National Transformation Program (NTP) with different ministries in Saudi Arabia. He also served as a consultant at the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce. Mohamed has a bachelor of computer engineering and PMP certification from PMI.

Ibrahim Abdel Rahim

Moonbase Capital

Ibrahim Abdel Rahim

Moonbase Capital

Ibrahim is currently the Managing Partner of Moonbase Capital, which invests in SMEs (Small/ Medium enterprises) through Search Funds. An emerging asset class that leverages two things that make VCs so lucrative (entrepreneurship and diversification) as well as two things that make PE so lucrative (leverage and existing businesses) to deliver higher and more consistent returns than both.

Yana El Dirani

Modus Capital

Yana El Dirani

Modus Capital

Investment professional with 15+ years of experience in venture capital, management consulting, and public markets. Currently a partner at Modus Capital, a Venture Platform operating in MENA comprising VC funds, Venture Builders, and a Corporate Innovation arm.

Fikry Younis

Lumina Capital Advisers

Fikry Younis

Lumina Capital Advisers

Fikry is an accomplished strategy and Investment executive. His expertise ranges from advising founders and entrepreneurs on developing strategies for growth and exit to advising governments on developing nation wide strategies. With a career in M&A and corporate finance, Fikry is recognised by senior government officials, board members, shareholders, and executives as the ‘go-to’ commercially astute problem solver. Fikry holds an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid and a BSc in Mathematics from the American University of Beirut.

David Munir Nabti

Bloom

David Munir Nabti

Bloom

David Munir Nabti is co-founder and CEO/GM of Bloom.pm (@bloomemea, www.bloom.pm), an organization running online+hybrid entrepreneurship programs in 8 MENA countries, plus a program supporting women-led social enterprises across MENA+Africa, and building tools+software for SMEs, accelerators, and entrepreneurship programs. The Bloom methodology and platform support both organizational growth and personal growth, including helping people develop universal skills, wellbeing & engagement, and character strengths. DMN has been leading impact entrepreneurship programs in MENA since 2008, and project-based learning and community development programs since 1996. He graduated from UC Berkeley in Political Science and International Economics, and previously worked for the UN/FAO, Stanford University, Google, and the UC Berkeley Service-Learning Research and Development Center. Find him on Twtr/Insta/LinkedIn @dmnabti.

Dr. Yasmin Altwaijri

KING FAISAL SPECIALIST HOSPITAL AND RESEARCH CENTER

Dr. Yasmin Altwaijri

KING FAISAL SPECIALIST HOSPITAL AND RESEARCH CENTER

Dr. Yasmin Altwaijri, M.Sc., Ph.D. Working on projects that intersect science, health, technology and society, Dr. Yasmin Altwaijri is a Senior Scientist and Head of Epidemiology Research at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Her research interest centers on determining the burden of chronic diseases within the Saudi population, and their causitive factors. She has been a vocal advocate for policy changes and initiatives aiming at creating an environment which supports healthy lifestyles for the workplace and community. Working in collaboration with Harvard University and the World Health Organization, Dr. Altwaijri is leading the Saudi National Health and Stress Survey, one of the largest health projects in the country, which aims to assess the mental health landscape in the Saudi population and the region, within a global context. Research from this project, which spans genetics to policy outcomes, provides a launchpad for future direction and innovation in the field of mental health and wellness. Dr. Altwaijri is also actively involved in many initiatives aiming at Saudi women's empowerment and creating avenues for their contribution to sustainable socioeconomic development. She is a Member of the Board of Directors for Al Nahda Philanthropic Organization, Alwathba Consulting, and is an Ambassador for 10KSA. She's also the MENA Regional Director of the WHO-Harvard University World Mental Health Survey Initiative. Dr. Altwaijri obtained her B.Sc. degree from King Saud University, and her M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Tufts University in Boston. She is currently a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. In 2021 Dr. Altwaijri was the recipient of the Women in Excellence Award by the League of Arab States.

Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa

Tuhoon

Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa

Tuhoon

A serial entrepreneur, Dr. Naif is the Chief Clinical Officer of Tuhoon, a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Kuwait University Faculty of Medicine and a Member of the Board of the Albert Ellis Institute. He is licensed to practice as a psychologist in 6 countries and is a member of the Young President’s Association, the Young Global Leaders and Young Arab Leaders.

Naif AbuSaida

Hakbah Fintech

Naif AbuSaida

Hakbah Fintech

Naif is the founder of Hakbah. He's a cross-functional leader with achievement-driven experience of over 23 years in different industries (Banking, Technology, Telecom, Energy, Power & Water, Healthcare, Aviation, Logistics, and Tourism) at local and international entities. With a mission to elevate and innovate the financial savings sector in MENA, Hakbah is the spearhead and critical player in achieving that.

Feras Al Safwan

Wa'ed Ventures

Feras Al Safwan

Wa'ed Ventures

Feras Al Safwan is an investment professional with more than 12 years of experience in the entrepreneurship ecosystem. Feras is currently an Investment Manager with Wa’ed Ventures, specializing in disruptive innovation and ESG investments. Driven by his passion for sustainability, Feras aims to leverage his experience and deploy capital in startups that will make a positive impact and accelerate the transition toward a 'Green Economy'

Abdel Rahman Alzubaidi

Ivvest

Abdel Rahman Alzubaidi

Ivvest

Architect by education Agri-preneur by passion who is on a mission to make the future of agriculture accessible to everyone, through innovating highly efficient, modular, profitable and affordable indoor farming solutions.

Saeid Hejazi

Wally

Saeid Hejazi

Wally

Saeid is the cofounder and CEO of Wally where he leads the company's global expansion, technology, and growth. Previously, Saeid was the founder of Nahel, an ecommerce platform, which was acquired by Aramex.

Yeshas Nakshathri

CleverTap

Yeshas Nakshathri

CleverTap

Yeshas Nakshathri currently leads technology partnerships at CleverTap, where he builds strategic relationships and solutions to support CleverTap's goal of helping app-firsts brands manage customer engagement and lifecycle messaging. With over seven years of experience in the mobile adtech space, Yeshas has developed deep expertise in marketing technology with a passion for bridging the gap between product, partnerships and business goals.

Atul Hegde

YAAP

Atul Hegde

YAAP

An award-winning thought leader, digital marketing & branding veteran, investor, and entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience working with global brands and agencies, Atul Hegde is a name that connotes excellence. He is the Founder of YAAP, a leading new-age tech and data-led content company with offices across UAE, India & Singapore. YAAP has worked with the likes of Bayut, Fitbit, DTCM, and Disney Games among many others. He has been instrumental in the development of YAAP’s 3D philosophy and full-spectrum data-led communication, from design to discovery to distribution. Atul’s vision is embodied by Rainmaker Ventures, a $50-million VC firm that he co-founded, which seeks to wholly mentor budding startups. Atul is also leading the way, in helping brands build their presence in the metaverse.

Mohammed Al-Shaker

ArabiaWeather

Mohammed Al-Shaker

ArabiaWeather

Mohammed Al-Shaker is the founder and group CEO of ArabiaWeather Inc. He oversees the company’s continuous growth and expansion and is responsible for further developing ArabiaWeather’ s comprehensive portfolio of proprietary solutions for businesses and consumers throughout the region. Mohammed founded the company in 2006 as a single-page application publishing weather forecasts for over 25 locations in Jordan. In response to the growing demand for accurate weather reporting across the Arab World, Mohammed rebranded the company and officially launched ArabiaWeather in 2011. Since then, ArabiaWeather has grown to become the top weather service provider in the Middle East, and he led the deploying of weather stations over the Middle East, coupled with regionally adapted algorithms, enhance forecast accuracy and precision, differentiating the company from local weather services and international providers who draw on crude data from global satellites and use generic algorithms. Recently, Mohammed was named as the chairman of the Jordan Entrepreneurship and Innovation Association ""JEIA"" looking to support the local efforts in entrepreneurship and innovation. In 2013, Mohammed was named Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year. Mohammed was also featured on the cover of Forbes Middle East as the founder of one of the most innovative startups in the region. Mohammed supplemented his pharmacology degree (2011) with certificates in Advanced Forecasting and Aeronautical Aviation from the United Kingdom’s Meteorological Office College.

Richard Fitzgerald

Augustus Media

Richard Fitzgerald

Augustus Media

Richard Fitzgerald is CEO and Founder of Augustus Media, an award-winning modern media company in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, publishers of Lovin Dubai, Lovin Saudi and Smashi TV. Working in digital, media and social media agencies in Europe and the Middle East for 11 years, most recently former Regional Head of Social Media for Mindshare MENA, Richard founded Augustus Media in 2015 to what has grown to be 70 employees with offices in Cairo, Riyadh and Dubai to become one of the leading modern media companies in the region. The Lovin platform is present in 15 cities across the region, and Smashi streaming service has 12 vertical channels. In addition to running Augustus Meida, he also manages a portfolio of media, tech and content investments under Fitzy Fund.

Ahmad Coucha

FlapKap

Ahmad Coucha

FlapKap

Ahmad Coucha is the co-founder and CEO of FlapKap, the first and leading Revenue Based Financing Platform in the MENA region. Prior to founding FlapKap, Coucha was the co-founder and Chief Strategy & Finance Officer at GP&K, holding group of Good People and Kijamii, one of MENA’s largest and most awarded independent advertising networks. On the academic side, Coucha finished his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering then pursued a Masters in Business from IE business school in Madrid. He is also a holder of Masters in Economics & Public Finance from Harvard university in Boston.

Rachid Laurent Elameri

Fever

Rachid Laurent Elameri

Fever

A citizen of the world, Rachid Laurent Elameri spent most of his years traveling between Paris, London, Riyadh, Dubai, and Madrid.  Being French/Moroccan, Rachid credits a multicultural background for sparking his interest in creating one-of-a-kind experiences for diverse communities and leading him to the entertainment industry. Highly educated, Rachid holds multiple Master’s Degrees from renowned institutes including the London Business School and has worked for reputable global organizations such as Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he focused on the tech and media industries. In 2021, Rachid was appointed the General Manager Middle East of Fever; the leading global live-entertainment discovery platform that dares to think outside the box by empowering creators to escalate business ventures through data and technology to make entertainment offerings bigger than ever and more accessible.

Arif Aabed

MBC Group

Arif Aabed

MBC Group

Arif Aabed is the Mobile Apps & Gaming Business Manager at MBC Group. Through WIZZO, the unique platform created specifically for Arabic gamers, MBC was able to position itself as the leading partner for global gaming publishers expanding into the MENA market, partnering with some of the biggest names in Mobile Gaming. In addition, Aref and the WIZZO team led the creation of the first ever esports entertainment show to air on TV in the MENA, airing simultaneously on MBC Action, YouTube and Shahid and currently holds the record for the most concurrently watched esports tournament in the MENA.

Abu Musa

Steer Campaign

Abu Musa

Steer Campaign

Marketing automation expert, he helped hundreds of companies compile marketing automation strategies and then implement them, he is one of the core team engineers of Mautic the open-source marketing automation system. Mohammad started five startups in different industries where he worked as the connection between product, marketing, and sales teams in companies. He started Steer Campaign to provide a SaaS-based open-source marketing automation system where it help companies manage their leads and automate their marketing campaigns to close more deals and convert more customers.

Adnan Haque

Spades

Adnan Haque

Spades

Adnan is the Co-Founder of Spades, a regional FinTech removing friction for paying bills in the Hospitality and F&B industry. Prior to creating Spades, he led the digital roadmap for the web & mobile portfolio at Emirates Airlines. Adnan started a career in Finance in Toronto, Canada at Fidelity Investments & TD, and came to the region 12 years ago to with Rocket Internet to launch multiple e-commerce sites in 2012 - www.mizado.com (UAE), eg.jumia.com (Egypt), www.azmalo.pk (Pakistan), www.daraz.pk (Pakistan) - and has invested in and mentored other startups. His love for human-centric design thinking and optimizing processes is what he continues to power through Spades. In Adnan’s view, the F&B industry is just a start for Spades. Adnan envisions Spades to embody the auxiliaries and ancillaries involved in any end-to-end group experience, with the aim to make the purpose of a physical wallet redundant in the fast-paced evolution of the hospitality and entertainment sector. Adnan lives by the motto of ‘getting stuff done’ and believes in the adage “time is the ultimate currency”, and time is what Spades is designed to give back to businesses and their customers.

Amr Shawqy

ExpandCart

Amr Shawqy

ExpandCart

A serial entrepreneur, growth hacker, and software engineer, I am passionate about working with people from different backgrounds to build and scale products and solutions that can change people’s lives. Since I founded ExpandCart in 2016, it has grown to become one of the largest eCommerce platform builders in the MENA region, with a client base of over 25,000 merchants across 40 countries who have generated over $1 billion in GMV using the platform! Previously, I worked as a software development manager and a software engineer. I managed teams of hundreds of resources working on different technology stacks for international clients in multiple countries. In addition, I coded and engineered software solutions for various organizations using a wide range of technologies.

Razan Amoush

International Producer

Razan Amoush

International Producer

Over the past decade I have established a reputation for stakeholder management; building partnerships, global expansion; senior researcher across the Middle East, UK and Europe with direct experience of the public and social policy-making environments. To complement the policy impact I worked in the media filed to shed lights on entrepreneurship as a global producer that could execute production worldwide for mega shows in the media industry like KHAWATER, Al ROWWAD and others. My work showcases ethical and dynamic leadership within diverse-function teams, resulting in long term partnerships with clients such as PWC, MBC, Shahid, the British Council, and others. I am a Telly Award winner, an analyst and creative thinker. I was chosen by the World Economic Forum as a global changemaker. My mother tongue is Arabic and I fluently speak English. I am a traveller by nature.

Aboudi Al-Qattan

DASH Ventures

Aboudi Al-Qattan

DASH Ventures

Aboudi Al-Qattan is the Investment Principal at DASH Ventures, one of MENA's longest-standing VC firms. He started his career at DASH as an analyst, before moving to Kuwait to play professional basketball for two years. In Kuwait Aboudi worked part time as an investment professional at Messilah Ventures, before returning to DASH at the start of the pandemic. Aboudi is originally Palestinian but was raised between Texas and London, before studying Entrepreneurship at Babson College.

Tarek Salam

Deel

Tarek Salam

Deel

Tarek currently leads Deel’s expansion across the MENA markets. Deel is one the fastest growing Decacorns empowering companies to scale their remote teams by streamlining cross border compliance, payments and mobility for contractors and full time employees across 150 countries. Born and raised in the UAE, Tarek’s extensive experience enabled growth stage companies to tap into the region. Prior to Deel, Tarek designed and led a deep tech accelerator for the government backed Sharjah Innovation Park, leveraging the collaboration between academia, government and the private sector.

Rawan Baddour

Zest Equity

Rawan Baddour

Zest Equity

Co-founder of Zest Equity, building a turnkey investment and liquidity solutions platform for the venture ecosystem in MENA and wider emerging markets - enabling collective growth. Over 10 years of experience in strategy, organizational restructuring / change management, commercial and investment banking. Previously headed a DIFC based regulated investment bank - managing the local team, cross-border group functions, as well as regulatory matters, compliance, risk management and board / governance practices. Keen interest in innovation and digitization - Rawan is also an active investor in public and private markets.

Nayef AlAthel

Saudi Exchange Company

Nayef AlAthel

Saudi Exchange Company

Nayef Al-Athel is the Chief of Listing at the Saudi Exchange. His responsibilities include managing the entire listing process across all platforms (Equity, Debt, ETFs and REITs), increasing IPO awareness among family businesses and private companies, and deepening the Capital Market through various tools. Prior to this, Al-Athel worked at Morgan Stanley, Saudi Arabia as the MENA Relationship Manager and the Head of MSIM Sales Saudi. He started his career at MS in the Institutional Equity Department. In 2009, Nayef worked at Venture Capital Bank in the Private Equity and Financial Advisory Department & Treasury Department. In 2016 and 2017, Nayef Al-Athel successfully completed management programs at INSEAD and the London School of Economics, respectively. He graduated from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals in 2010, with a Bachelor of Finance & Economics. Furthermore, Nayef was first in his class of the Industrial Management graduates, with a first honor distinction.

HRH Fahad Bandar Al Saud

Totem

HRH Fahad Bandar Al Saud

Totem

Scientist-turned-entrepreneur, founder and CEO: www.thisistotem.com. Co-founder and product/science lead at Hello Tomo until its acquisition in 2021

Khadija Khartit

Fujn

Khadija Khartit

Fujn

Corporate executive, investment banker, and corporate finance professional turned educator, startup advisor, and last but not least, an entrepreneur with a big vision. Over 27 years of a proven record in academics, corporate, capital markets deal making, and high finance, culminated into a daily passion to build startups, advise on startups, and coach impact-driven rising entrepreneurs.

Haninder P. Singh

StrategyConnect

Haninder P. Singh

StrategyConnect

Haninder P. Singh is a seasoned entrepreneur and builder. He started his career with Booz & Company, advising Fortune 100 enterprises and Governments. He moved to the Middle East in 2014 to manage a high-growth e-commerce venture, leading its strategy and analytics function, raising a $10m bridge loan, and managing 30+ due diligence. He further managed the winding down of the venture in 2016, which had raised $100m+ venture capital since its inception. After personally experiencing a shortage of talent in strategy and management in the Middle East, Haninder decided to build StrategyConnect – a platform to access talent internationally with a vision of bringing the best talent from the globe to anyone trying to solve a business problem. Thus far, StrategyConnect has aggregated 5,000+ curated consultants & industry experts who have worked with 200+ organizations and government entities. Knowing what independent knowledge workers go through, StrategyConnect is building a work identity solution to enhance how the skills & capabilities of the workforce of the future get evaluated.

Ibrahim AlShaya

Unifonic

Ibrahim AlShaya

Unifonic

Ibrahim is leading UnifonicX Venture Builder as part of the 100 million spin-off fund to create startups and support the SAAS industry in MENATP

Alwaleed Alkeaid

ElCoach

Alwaleed Alkeaid

ElCoach

Alwaleed Alkeaid is currently taking the role of ElCoach Country Manager. He is an award-winning entrepreneur with over 12 years’ experience in the fitness & wellness sector. Alwaleed has helped thousands of people to change their habits and lose those extra kgs through his programs. Since he changed his life from being a couch potato to being the first Saudi to finish the Ironman triathlon in less than a year, he made a personal commitment to help the community change their lifestyle and improve their quality of life.

Basim Albeladi

Labayh

Basim Albeladi

Labayh

Labayh App Founder

Amal Dokhan

500 Global

Amal Dokhan

500 Global

Amal is a seasoned professional with experience in startup investments, corporate innovation, and consulting in the MENA region. Previous to joining 500 Global, Ms. Dokhan was the Managing Director of Babson Global for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Previously, she was the Manager of Learning and Design at the Entrepreneurship Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology where she led the New Ventures Acceleration and Corporate Innovation programs. Prior to that engagement she worked in the KAUST Seed Fund developing marketing and events, while also providing a range of services to startup clients. Ms. Dokhan sits on the board of several organizations such as Wayakit Company, Cranfield University UK, King Abdulaziz University. She contributes to a monthly column at Leaders Magazine on Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and has been a speaker at Davos World Economic Forum, TEDx at Kaust, the Annual Conference of the Islamic Development Bank, among others. Ms. Dokhan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, English Language & Literature from the King Abdul Aziz University, and a Masters of Strategic Marketing and Marketing Management from the University of Wollongong.

H.E.Dr. Nabeel Koshak

SAUDI VENTURE CAPITAL COMPANY (SVC)

H.E.Dr. Nabeel Koshak

SAUDI VENTURE CAPITAL COMPANY (SVC)

H.E. Dr. Nabeel Koshak is the CEO and Board Member of Saudi Venture Capital Company (SVC). Nabeel is the Founder and Angel Investor at Athaal Angel Investor Group. He is a Board Member of Middle East Venture Capital Association (MEVCA). Nabeel is the Chairman of GEN (Global Entrepreneurship Network) Saudi. He is a member of the Executive and Investment Committee at the Cultural Development Fund. Nabeel is a member of the Investment Committee at KAUST’s Innovation Fund. He is a startup mentor at Endeavor Saudi Arabia. Nabeel is a member of the Saudi Venture Capital and Private Equity Association. He is a Member of the Executive and Investment Committee at Cultural Development Fund. He is a Board member of TCL (Tomouh Community of Leaders). Formerly, Nabeel was the Founding Executive Dean of Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College (MBSC) of Business and Entrepreneurship in partnership with Babson College at King Abdullah Economic City. Nabeel was an Executive Advisor at Ministry of Economy and Planning and an Executive Advisor at Deloitte. Nabeel was the Co-Founder and the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wadi Makkah Company (Innovation Fund, Startup Accelerator, and Venture Capital Fund). He was a Board Member of Oqal (Angel Investors Group) Jeddah branch and a mentor at Flat6Labs Jeddah Startup Accelerator. He was a Board Member and the Chairman of the Investment Committee at King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Innovation (Mawhiba). Nabeel is the former Co-Founder and Director of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) GIS Technology Innovation Center. Koshak was a Member of the Executive Committee of King Faisal International Prize. As an entrepreneur, Koshak was the Founder and CEO of five tech startups.

Aahan Bhojani

Silkhaus

Aahan Bhojani

Silkhaus

Aahan Bhojani is the CEO and Founder of Silkhaus, a proptech startup on a mission to power short-term rentals across Asia. He leads Silkhaus’ diverse team of technologists, operators, and business builders, and has raised seed funding / one of the MENA’s largest seed rounds from leading global venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. Aahan has worked in leadership positions across technology platforms, and has experiences across strategy consulting at Bain & Company and investment banking (M&A) at Barclays. He has also served as an advisor to the UAE Prime Minister's Office. Aahan holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science (Honors) from Yale University, and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Manar Mahmassani

Stake

Manar Mahmassani

Stake

Manar Mahmassani is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Stake, the MENA region’s leading digital real estate investment platform. Manar’s career began at Deutsche Bank AG, where he spent 9 years in EM Debt, becoming Head of MENA Structured Credit and Global Head of Islamic Structuring. Following DB, he joined Falcon Group, a leading global alternative finance provider as Managing Director, Head of Corporate Finance. Throughout his career, Manar has executed over USD 6bn worth of transactions for corporates, family offices, quasi-sovereigns and financial institutions. Manar holds a BSc in Mathematics and Economics from the London School of Economics and a CFA Level II certificate.

Faisal Al Bitar

Tamatem

Faisal Al Bitar

Tamatem

Faisal Al Bitar is a Product Principal at Tamatem Games with 8+ years of experience in products, fintech, and venture capital funds. Faisal is a highly experienced fin-tech professional that worked with multiple multinational organizations in the region as well as leading and launching the first Neobank in Jordan! Faisal brought his experience and joined Tamatem Games to continue pursuing his passion for innovation strategy and fintech-focused innovation programs and products!

Nada Al Adel

Mindfulness & Yoga facilitator

Nada Al Adel

Mindfulness & Yoga facilitator

Nada is a real seeker. Yoga is her passion as there is no perfect pose and there is no end. She believes that one needs to find peace within himself and his body through Asana, Pranayama and Meditation. It’s a journey of self discovery, challenge, fun and mindfulness to her. She decided to have her journey in India and was certified as Hatha Yoga Teacher in 2017 (200 hours RYT) and has become a Yoga Alliance registered teacher .Now, she is ERYT 500 And a certified Mindfulness facilitator. To her, breathing is always the solution. She is always in her journey of Mindfulness and Bodywork .

Noora S. Al-Askar

Nutribox Healthy Living WLL.

Noora S. Al-Askar

Nutribox Healthy Living WLL.

Noora Al Askar is a US licensed Nutritionist, turned Health-Tech entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Nutribox, a global multi-award winning wellness and weightloss platform with a mission to empower, educate, and guide millenials to become the healthiest & happiest version of themselves. Before founding Nutribox, Noora built & ran one of Kuwait’s most successful Nutrition Clinics and has helped thousands of people across the region transform their health & lives. She also co-founded a holistic juice company, and was chosen as 1 of the top 30 Kuwaiti entrepreneurs to join the Entrepreneurship program at Cornell University. She is also part of the Google Women’s Techmakers, as well as Y Combinator Startup School. She is a speaker and mentor contributing and speaking in Nutrition, Wellness and Tech Conferences across the GCC, Asia and the US, as well as being a mentor for the INJAZ Young Entrepreneur Program.

Fares Ghandour

Tuhoon

Fares Ghandour

Tuhoon

Driven by his passion for building scalable solutions for Arabs in the mental health space, Fares co-founder Tuhoon in 2021, the MENA Region’s first tech-enabled mental wellness ecosystem. His exposure to the tech industry came by way of his 7 year career in Venture Capital, where he led seed and Series A deals in the region’s most promising startups as a Partner at Wamda Capital. Fares remains to be an active part of the startup ecosystem, and is currently partner at Wamda Capital. Today, he’s on a mission to build the region’s leading mental wellness household brand at Tuhoon, and by doing so can help make the Arab world a happier place.

Tarek Mounir

Enhance Fitness

Tarek Mounir

Enhance Fitness

Tarek’s most recent startup “Enhance Fitness” where he acts as Founder & CEO, has already crossed 250 full time employees, operates in KSA and UAE and generates over $1 million in monthly revenues. Tarek was Deezer’s CEO for MENA and Turkey. He oversaw Deezer’s P&L and business strategy for the region and sits on the executive management team for Deezer Globally. Prior to joining Deezer, Tarek spent more than nine years with the renowned international broadcast media company, Warner Media, where he played a key role in growing the company’s business in MENA, Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus. On a personal level, Tarek has been investing in startups since 2012, and he’s part of DAI (Dubai Angel Investors) since 2016. Tarek has invested in over 15 startups, and has personally launched three companies while maintaining his full time employment.

Aladdin Abukhalaf

Nabd

Aladdin Abukhalaf

Nabd

+13 years experience, and counting, in leading digital business development, with subject-matter expertise in digital & commercial strategies. The successful marriage between the obtained understanding of digital solutions across branding, display, video, content, performance marketing and CRM with businesses’ objectives, is what fuels my everyday job, in order to strive towards more learnings and even more success stories. Currently heading Nabd’s business across MENA; UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Jordan and Egypt. Heading commercial partnerships and CXO relations across multiple industries including; Telecom, FMCG, luxury, retail, eCommerce, technology, real estate, healthcare and entertainment & media industries across the Middle East & North Africa (MENA). Chair & Board member, of both associations, MMA MENA and IAB GCC; with Education Modules focus.

Cheryl King

Markettiers

Cheryl King

Markettiers

Cheryl King has 15 years’ experience delivering award- winning campaigns in the UK and UAE. Cheryl was previously Managing Director of broadcast PR specialist consultancy, markettiers MENA, an agency she started the MENA office of back in October 2014. The successful operation now runs with a 12 strong team, successfully combining the power of traditional broadcast and audio broadcast to deliver outstanding results and strategies for brands including Mubadala, Mastercard, DMCC, Dubai Airports, Serco Middle East and Kaspersky. Notable successes include winning Small Agency of the Year both the coveted MEPRA Awards in 2020 and for PRCA MENA in 2021. A career highlight so far was leading the team on the international broadcast efforts for the Papal visit to the UAE back in February 2019 and the Mars Hope Mission for the UAE in February 2021.

Mostafa Abouelnasr

Omniful

Mostafa Abouelnasr

Omniful

Ex-VC / Serial Entrepreneur. Co-founder & CEO of Omniful, the leading Saudi-based Omnichannel x Q-Commerce enablement platform for retailers. With over 15 years of experience in building, leading, and scaling VC-funded tech ventures in the MENA region.

Mohammad Islam

The Mo Show Podcast

Mohammad Islam

The Mo Show Podcast

The Mo Show Podcast is a series of English-language audio and video podcasts providing insight of day-to-day life in Saudi Arabia. The Mo Show Podcast is Saudi Arabia’s first English podcast to host leading Saudi male and female personalities across multiple industries, entrepreneurs, journalists and ex-pats who live in or have visited Saudi Arabia. The conversations range from topics such as health and nutrition to fashion and e-commerce. The podcast also focuses on developments in the country, including women’s empowerment and their rapidly growing role in the Kingdom.

Ali Al Ebrahim

COFE

Ali Al Ebrahim

COFE

Ali Al Ebrahim loves two things - coffee & technology! Passions that inspired him to establish COFE App, an online coffee-centric marketplace that is changing the way coffee lovers access their daily cuppa. Ali has always sought to create collaborative business environments, all the while challenging the status-quo. Ali Al Ebrahim is a graduate of UMKC Bloch School (USA), he pursued his executive education in Technology, Operations & Value Chain Management from MIT - Sloan School of Management. Aside from his startup, Ali also founded Tmkeen – an accelerator that aims bridging the gap between global business visionaries and local entrepreneurs. Ali is the recipient of Kuwait Award of Entrepreneurial Excellence under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Nawaf Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (2020), the Arabian Business Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2019).

Sonia Gokhale

VentureSouq

Sonia Gokhale

VentureSouq

Sonia is a Founding Partner of VentureSouq. Previously, Sonia was an investment professional in the Global Special Situations Group of Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC), a large sovereign wealth fund based in the UAE, focusing on venture capital and tech deals. Prior to this role, Sonia was an Actuarial Consultant at Mercer Human Resource Consulting in its Dubai and Toronto offices. Sonia is a qualified Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and the Society of Actuaries (USA). Sonia obtained a BSc from the University of Toronto (with distinction) and majored in Actuarial Science and Statistics.

Rakan Alrashed

Access Bridge Ventures

Rakan Alrashed

Access Bridge Ventures

Rakan Al-Rashed, Partner and co-founder of Access Bridge Ventures, serves as a board member and chairman for multiple Saudi Arabian companies and foundations. Further, Rakan has been investing in venture capital and private equity for the past nine years, with a particular focus on seed stages up to growth stage. Throughout his career, Rakan has been involved in many transactions across various sectors and geographies, including but not limited to technology, retail, F&b, healthcare, and education.

Yazeed Alturki

STV

Yazeed Alturki

STV

Yazeed has been with STV for close to two years, overseeing investments in various technology subsectors. With over 12 years of experience investing in emerging markets- prior to STV, he managed MENA public equity portfolios for Ashmore Group out of Riyadh, with AUMs of over $700m. He started his career as an Equity Research Analyst with HSBC. Yazeed holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Mamoun Hmedan

Wego

Mamoun Hmedan

Wego

Mamoun is Chief Commercial Officer and Managing Director for Wego, the largest online travel marketplace in the MENA region and one of the fastest growing tech companies in Dubai. Wego is dual-headquartered in Singapore and Dubai and Mamoun runs the business from the Dubai office where he is responsible for managing operations across the region. He is a significant shareholder in the company. Mamoun helped launch Wego’s Middle East operations in 2013 and expanded the company’s footprint across MENA and into India. Prior to that, he established the Advertising & Media sales unit and was Acting GM for MENA before being promoted to Managing Director. It’s Mamoun’s ability to move effortlessly between the high-tech world of Silicon Valley and the high-touch world of the Middle Eastern travel and tourism industry that makes him a particularly effective senior executive. Mamoun is a member of EMIR Corporate Intelligence Network, MEA business group and German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce (AHK). He was named by Arabian Business as one of the “Young Achievers 2021”. Prior to joining Wego, Mamoun held senior roles in some of the region’s best known digital media start-ups including iKoo (first and largest online advertising network in the Middle East acquired by Yahoo!) and Diwanee (largest premium lifestyle content publisher acquired by Webedia). Mamoun has lived in Dubai since 2005 and was a sales exec for Audi before joining the tech industry.

Ghadeer Alshehri

MixFM

Ghadeer Alshehri

MixFM

Radio Presenter & Communication lecture at SEU, interested in new media & communication

Mohamed Khaled

Hotdesk

Mohamed Khaled

Hotdesk

Mohamed Khaled is the Founder & CEO of Hotdesk, the end-to-end stack technology powering hybrid work. Hotdesk's on-demand workspace technology connects both internal company offices and third-party approved coworking spaces under a singular platform, providing Enterprise clients with diagnostic data analytics on their real-estate assets globally, and empowering their workforce to tap into on-demand coworking spaces worldwide.Hotdesk launched over 2 years ago, and has raised $3M, grown to 35+ countries and 147+ cities worldwide, serving over 200,000 users with 8,000+ bookings happening on the platform every month. Hotdesk also works with 5 Fortune 500 companies to enable their hybrid work strategies to come to life.Prior to Hotdesk, Mohamed was Director of Finance at Swvl - MENA's first $1.5BN Unicorn to list on Nasdaq through a SPAC transaction - where he led public readiness and transaction execution. Mohamed started his career with 7 years at PwC across Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Doha and Dubai.

Yousef Albabtain

Shorooq Partners

Yousef Albabtain

Shorooq Partners

Principal and Saudi Country Manager at Shorooq Partners, the leading technology investor in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan

Mohamed Elkasstawi

Tribal Credit

Mohamed Elkasstawi

Tribal Credit

Kasstawi leverages blockchain to create innovative fintech products, like Tribal Cash, Tribal blockchain B2B cross-border payment service, $40 million hybrid fiat-USDC debt round, and its $41 million token round. Kasstawi is a seasoned expert in leveraging blockchain to serve real-world use cases. In addition to his work at Tribal, Kasstawi is also the founding partner of zk Capital, a research-focused blockchain firm. He was featured by Scene Arabia magazine as a leading Middle Eastern blockchain entrepreneur.

Emon Shakoor

Blossom Accelerator

Emon Shakoor

Blossom Accelerator

Emon Shakoor (إيمان عبد الشكور) is a Saudi neuroscience researcher turned venture capitalist. She is the founder & CEO of Blossom Accelerator; Saudi’s first female focused & tech-inclusion accelerator. A Venture Partner at Oryx Fund Hambro Perks. An Angel Investor. She serves as an advisory board member at Oqal; Saudi’s largest angel investment group. Emon hosts the leading podcast in Arabic titled “شغف” dedicated to women leaders & female founders in partnership with Anghami. She is also the Saudi ambassador for Women Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO). Emon has been recognized as one of nine Saudi women who has made an impact on the world as she is the pioneer of women entrepreneurship in KSA. NEOM has also recognized Emon Shakoor as one of five Saudi’s driving change in Saudi Arabia and the world.

Maha Touk

Majid Al Futtaim

Maha Touk

Majid Al Futtaim

A competent and experienced payment technology professional with 20+ years working in FinTech, along with leading businesses. Has firsthand technical record in creating scalable infrastructures for payment systems and ecommerce solutions. Experienced the E-Payment boom and played an integral part in enabling the rise of online transaction processing in the Middle East. Witnessed and participated in the acquiring of 2 major startups in the region by Yahoo and Amazon, where she created high functioning small technical teams that created innovative and scalable solutions. At Majid Al Futtaim, I am leading the technology roadmap along with multiple business units to define, create and deliver the technology strategy across the group by building products that align with the company goals and the group vision. Also responsible for creating the guidelines for operating and growing strategic partnerships with various businesses, potential acquirers, and technology providers. Before Majid Al Futtaim, I led the tech team at amazon payment services.

Reem Ikram

Thriftplan

Reem Ikram

Thriftplan

Reem Ikram is the Co- Founder and CEO of ThriftPlan, a Saudi FinTech looking to leave a social impact through Workplace Saving Plans and supporting Vision 2030s saving and financial literacy Goals. Over 7 years of experience in E-Commerce, Automation and Private Equity, a serial entrepreneur at heart and a strong believer in combining business with social impact.

Mohammed AlMAdhi

Mohasby

Mohammed AlMAdhi

Mohasby

CEO at Mohasby, CEO at SEQENCIVE Studio, Innovation in Finance, Tech, Industry and Space.

Shahad Geoffrey

Taffi

Shahad Geoffrey

Taffi

Shahad Geoffrey is the founder and CEO of Taffi Inc. A female entrepreneur of a fashion-tech startup. She is building the first VC backed styling platform in the region with a global ambition. She’s on a mission to open doors of opportunity through style. Shahad has expertise in direct-to-consumer brands and working for a top venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. She is passionate about Fashion, Innovation, and building diverse great teams. In 2021, she was selected by Arabian Business as one of the 50 most influential women in Saudi Arabia.

Yasser Alobaidan

Jawraa

Yasser Alobaidan

Jawraa

Yasser Alobaidan is a visionary leader connecting industries in the new digital economy and leveraging digital disruption and Web3.0 to transform how government and industry connect. In his current role as Chairman of Jawraa, Yasser directs the company’s operations, including its subsidiaries and each of its five business units. Under his leadership, Jawraa received Saudi Arabia’s first mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) license, securing its position as an industry pioneer. Yasser is the architect behind the company’s continuing expansion with long-term projects across the public and private sectors. A prominent regional technology and communications thought leader, Yasser has a strong interest in how the digital economy, Web3.0 and the Metaverse can empower the education sector, creating more engaging distance learning and in-classroom experiences. He has built the foundation for Saudi Arabia’s MVNO industry, propelling the nation’s digital transformation forward as well as creating a new industry. As an entrepreneur, Yasser has co-founded and launched several successful tech start-ups, including Meditari, RUSSAD and Shades House. He is responsible for spearheading revenue growth for a number of companies, transforming them into multi-million dollar enterprises. Able to build effective connections between media, telecoms, and the IT sector, Yasser is a sought- after board member who serves on the board of MeemPlatform and is also Chairman of Edusons and Tharawat Technology.

Latifah AlEssa

Ayadi

Latifah AlEssa

Ayadi

Latifah Al Essa is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ayadi – an online mental health platform that helps people in need of mental healthcare from the Arab world to improve their emotional fitness and mental wellbeing. Latifah is also a cognitive psychologist with a career that spans over 10 years, working with healthcare institutions and NGOs in the Middle East, U.S. and UK. Before founding Ayadi, Latifah spent six years working as a cognitive psychologist at the Kuwait Center for Mental Health, where she provided individual and group therapy sessions for children and adolescents, and conducted monthly workshops related to eating, mood and neurodegenerative disorders. During her tenure, Latifah founded the first psychoeducation programme for adult patients with depression and bipolar disorders, and introduced group therapy sessions for addiction. In other roles, Latifah also worked at the Fawzia Sultan Healthcare Network and Soor Center for Professional Therapy & Assessment, where she additionally provided individual counselling for autistic children. Prior to these positions, Latifah volunteered for Ataa Relief in Syrian refugee camps, where she delivered group therapy sessions for adolescents and assisted with art therapy for children. She also volunteered for the UK charity Attend, where she coached rehabilitated patients with non-progressive brain injuries on transitioning back into employment. Latifah obtained a B.A. in Psychology from Simmons University in 2012, and M.S. in Cognitive Rehabilitation from the University of Westminster in 2015. She also obtained an International Counselling Certificate from Lehigh University in 2017.

Annika Melchert

BCG Platinion

Annika Melchert

BCG Platinion

Annika Melchert, host of the “FinTech & Digital Banking Podcast”, is an expert on emerging technologies. With her passion for modern banking, she worked with several fintechs and incumbent banks on their technology build, integration strategies, and digital transformations. She is a Manager at BCG Platinion, the technology unit of Boston Consulting Group, leading the Architecture Chapter for the Middle East as well as the FinTech and Neobanking group.

Hamad Alsaghir

Neoleap

Hamad Alsaghir

Neoleap

Saudi Marketer with more than 20 years of experience in the Saudi market. Having a good business background of the Saudi Arabian markets Handled many Complex and Mega projects in both private and public sectors. Leading, motivating and inspiring different teams to deliver a great products, services, and support that always exceed customer expectations.

Ali Alasiri

Meila Digital

Ali Alasiri

Meila Digital

A former Government Executive in Digital Transformation leading Digital Government and Digital Economy. Unleashing the potential of digitizing government operations and services. Unlocking the power of data to leapfrog the private sector contribution in the digital economy. Started Meila Digital to disrupt the GovTech industry and build in the Government 3.0 era. Moving the concept from Service to Experience and portal to platform. Making Digital Health, Digital Finance and Digital Identity a zero headache journey powered by Data and AI and built around citizen. Ali Hold and executive degree from Harvard Business School in Leadership. And also an MIT graduate in Strategy and Innovation Executive Education. www.meiladigital.com

Tala Al Jabri

Angel Investor

Tala Al Jabri

Angel Investor

Tala Al Jabri is an early stage investor focused on fintech and consumer opportunities across Middle East and Africa. Tala is a Venture Partner (previously General Partner) at HOF Capital, an early stage VC fund, and was an advisor at Turmeric Capital's GCC Asia Fund. Previously, she was an investor at SoftBank Vision Fund focusing on growth-stage ventures in MEA and working with portfolio company expansions into MENA. Tala is a member of Saudi Angel Investors (and a member of its IC) and was named Arabian Business' Woman of the Year in Finance in 2022. She regularly contributes to Forbes Magazine and Entrepreneur. She obtained her MBA from the Wharton School and MPA from Harvard University.

Ahmad Mushtaq

Sohoby

Ahmad Mushtaq

Sohoby

Ahmad is the founder of Sohoby, IT Consultant & Trainer for Web, Mobile, Al & Blockchain technologies. He founded his company 2 years ago and is successfully servicing Saudi businesses with his agency's innovative IT capabilities.

Majdi Kamel Allulu

Grintafy

Majdi Kamel Allulu

Grintafy

- Goal-driven and highly motivated professional offering a unique combination of technical and business acumen. - Creating vision, identifying opportunities, building organizations, and defining strategies to deliver sophisticated solutions. - Founded Grintafy, the largest talent discovery platform in the Middle East. - Co founded two startups in the mobile app developments. - Regional Director in a leading Tech firm for 8 years. - Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering University of Central Florida, USA. - Project Management Professional - PMI. - Risk Management Professional - PMI. - Expert in BI, KPI and BSC.

Loulwa

Global Ventures

Loulwa

Global Ventures

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

Mohammed Shah

Knowledge Economic City

Mohammed Shah

Knowledge Economic City

A recognised IT executive with about 20 years experience in leading edge IT and change implementation in the Middle East in areas of IT, Smart City, Cloud, ERP, DSS, IT Outsourcing & transforming IT into a Profit Centre. Acclaimed as an agent of change with a track record of successfully implementing complex IT and change projects to a reference site standard meeting challenging deadlines on time and in budget. Twice Awarded as one of the Top 10 IT Managers of the Middle East and featured in numerous published articles in IT, Smart City and Project Management in the region's IT publications.

Omar Al Shaaban

The Space

Omar Al Shaaban

The Space

Omar Al-Shabaan is an Entrepreneur, Business Developer, and an angel investor with over 18 years of work experience in major multinational and local companies. he is the co founder and CEO of The Space . He was leading Partnerships 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. Omar holds an MBA from IE Business school as well as an Executive master in Corporate Communication from the same school.

Wafa Alobaidat

PLAYBOOK APPLICATION W.L.L

Wafa Alobaidat

PLAYBOOK APPLICATION W.L.L

Wafa AlObaidat Founder & CEO With over 12 years of experience, Wafa AlObaidat is the founder of PLAYBOOK, an edtech company that aims to accelerate women's careers. Wafa is an award-winning serial entrepreneur and Global Shaper, and has built successful businesses from the ground-up including the leading PR & Design Agency Obai & Hill. She hosts a number one rated show on Apple podcast, Women Power Podcast and has been named amongst the Top 50 Most Powerful Women by Business in Gulf. Wafa has been featured in Wamda, Harper's Bazaar Arabia and Entrepreneur magazine.

Shereen Tawfiq

Balinca

Shereen Tawfiq

Balinca

Shereen Tawfiq​ is a former corporate and investment ​banker and the first Saudi female to graduate with an MBA from Wharton. Tawfiq ​was also one of the first women to work in ​the banking sector in Saudi Arabia in the early 2000, brining more than 20 yrs of experience in finance .​ In 2015, she​ was appointed as an​ advisor to the ​Saudi ​Ministry for Economy and Planning ​in ​where she helped embed an entrepreneurial and venture capital culture within the ​Kingdom. Shereen’s passion is to empower ​women entrepreneurs through ​practical, out of the box ​educational settings​. She is the Founder and CEO of Balinca, an ed-tech company that teaches business fundamentals through games and simulations. Balinca strives to transform organizations through improving employees’ decision making by understanding the numbers behind the business. Balinca is delivered in 28 countries, 15 languages, across 61 companies globally, with over 2,800+ alumni.

Ahmad Yaacoub

Thunes

Ahmad Yaacoub

Thunes

Country Head of Thunes in Saudi Arabia Region. Joined Thunes to enable to financial institutions to move away from traditional remittance methods and help them grow their sending capabilities. X head of business development in SOUQ.com, driving SOUQ business to a successful journey.

Hashem Zahran

Flicron

Hashem Zahran

Flicron

Always a visionary entrepreneur at heart with several involvement since his teen years, Hashem has since co-founded and operated multiple digital design and marketing agencies and worked for several Techstars companies.Currently leading the business operations efforts for a multi-million technology startup Flicron in Saudi Arabia focused on reshaping content creators marketing scene in Middle East

Riyad Abou Jaoudeh

MEVP

Riyad Abou Jaoudeh

MEVP

Riyad is a Partner at MEVP, where he has led and closed several investments in technology companies across the MENA region over the past 6 years. Riyad Holds an MBA from The Wharton School.

Ammar AlMadani

Sahala

Ammar AlMadani

Sahala

Ammar AlMadani. Entrepreneur with a Financial background. Successful track in building startups in logistics, F&B and retail. Recently co-founded an ambitious fintech startup in Saudi Arabia. Coaches and mentors in local acceleration programs. Expert in Data Science and Operatinal excellence.

Remo Giovanni Abbondandolo

Checkout.com

Remo Giovanni Abbondandolo

Checkout.com

Remo Giovanni-Abbondandolo is VP Commercial MENA at Checkout.com. He has over ten years’ experience supporting entrepreneurs and business leaders to scale their businesses across the MENA, Africa and APAC regions. At Checkout.com, Remo is responsible for expanding the business across the Middle East and North Africa region. Prior to joining Checkout.com, he worked for Africa’s largest online travel agency, Travelstart, where he oversaw the company’s expansion into the Middle Eastern market. He was also part of the founding team of Africa Internet Accelerator (a Naspers’ investment), 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.

Sara Teymoor Banaja

AMUSED Co

Sara Teymoor Banaja

AMUSED Co

Fashion Tech Entrepreneur

Brian Ward

Savvy Games

Brian Ward

Savvy Games

Brian is CEO at Savvy Games Group, a company aimed at driving the long-term growth and development of esports and the games industry. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Studios at Activision Blizzard, the world’s largest videogame publisher, where he managed all game development activities from portfolio planning and concept design to quality assurance and code release. Brian has nearly two decades of studio and operations experience with entertainment and videogame giants Electronic Arts, Microsoft Xbox, and Activision. A lawyer and leading government relations videogame advocate, he was named “2011 Technology and New Media Counsel of the Year” by The Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel.

Dr.Mansour Albarrak

Saudi Electronic University

Dr.Mansour Albarrak

Saudi Electronic University

Dr. Mansour Albarrak is an Assistant Professor in the Finance Department, College of Administration and Financial Sciences. He is the Dean of the College of Administration and Financial Sciences. Dr.Albarrak is the Head of the College of Administrative and Financial Science Council. He is also a member of many standing Committees at the Saudi Electronic University. He holds a B.Sc. in Marketing from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) (2008), MSc. Degree in Money and Banking from the University of Exeter, UK (2010), and a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Plymouth (2015). He also completed the Oxford Fintech Program offered by Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He also attended the People Analytics: Transforming Management with Behavioral Data provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr.Albarrak research interest include Capital Structure, Credit Rating, FinTech, and Financial Literacy.

Ibrahim Alhejailan

Plus Venture Capital

Ibrahim Alhejailan

Plus Venture Capital

Ibrahim is a Partner, at +VC, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on investing in tech and tech-enabled startups in MENA and its diaspora. He is a multi-disciplined professional, entrepreneur and investor with a strong interest in establishing organizations from small to medium sized companies to large government corporations. Prior to joining +VC, Ibrahim played a key role, as a senior pioneering member and advisor, in establishing a PIF owned Company. The aim of the company was to convert, develop and operate a number of historical royal palaces into ultra-luxury boutique hotels as part of Vision 2030. In his role, he helped form the company’s strategy, structure its development and operation capabilities; subsequently, as Investment Director, was responsible for investments with a target of deploying SAR 7.5 billion. Prior to that, Ibrahim established and institutionalized a private family office with a diversified portfolio of investments, from private equity to real estate, direct and indirect investments, and continues to sit on the investment committee. In addition, Ibrahim founded a real estate development company where he successfully sold his first project off-plan and progressed to create a trusted name as a d

Faisal Al-sheikh

Mohtwize

Faisal Al-sheikh

Mohtwize

A Saudi national, Faisal is a highly educated Marketing professional with an MBA from The University of Manchester and a bachelor’s degree from King Saud University. With 10+ years of experience in all Marketing fields, from campaign management to brand management or lead generation, Faisal worked in multiple verticals companies such as Dur Hospitality, Schneider Electric, and most recently ministry of communication and information technology. At Mohtwize, Faisal ensures to deliver the vision of enabling content creators and support brands to reach their desired target audience through “Mohtwize” unique advertising and monetization solution.

Salwa Radwi

NuqtahNFT

Salwa Radwi

NuqtahNFT

Art Enthusiast | Blockchain Advocate | Innovative Thinker | Community Builder Salwa is currently ceo to Nuqtah NFT, pioneering NFTs to the Saudi region to breed a new line of art investors & enabling creators towards the wildest opportunities. With a passion & vision to create a genuine community of art enthusiasts, blockchain advocates & passionate individuals, the end goal is to skyrocket the a hollistic creative economy in MENA at the pedestal it shouldn’t be at with the power of tech!

Mustafa F. Ahmed

KFUPM Business School | Speed Digital (Ascend E-Ventures)

Mustafa F. Ahmed

KFUPM Business School | Speed Digital (Ascend E-Ventures)

Mustafa lectures on Blockchain, Digital Entrepreneurship and E-Commerce at KFUPM Business School. Founder of Ascend E-Ventures, a digital business ventures studio. Currently building a few ‘Ai infused’ platforms on Blockchain. He was an early advisor to Foodics and PayTabs and serves on the board of directors for firms in the KSA, Switzerland, Bahrain and the UAE.

Nathalie Spree

TrueSearch

Nathalie Spree

TrueSearch

Nathalie is the Lead Partner of True Middle East. True Search is a US headquartered global Executive Search firm focused on innovative PE and VC backed high growth tech businesses. Nathalie launched the MENA office in 2019 and the team is based in Dubai Internet City. She has extensive experience of leadership recruiting and start up advisory in the tech scene in the region over the past 13 years, having previously headed the people functions at Dubizzle and Property Finder.

Abdullah Alaraj

Riyadh Angel Investors

Abdullah Alaraj

Riyadh Angel Investors

Abdullah Alaraj is an academic turned active angel investor. He holds B.S.c, M.S.c and PhD in Computer Science. Alaraj is active angel investor in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, USA and UK. He invested in more than 30 startups in different industries including Fintech, Blockchain, LegalTech, EdTech, AI/ML, Food/Beverages, Logistics, SaaS and cybersecurity. Alaraj is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Board of Riyadh Angel Investors (RAI). He is member of United Kingdom Business Angel Association (UKBAA).

Ivo Detelinov Partner

Hambro Perks Oryx Fund

Ivo Detelinov Partner

Hambro Perks Oryx Fund

Ivo Detelinov is a Riyadh-based General Partner at Oryx – an early stage VC fund focused on MENA and managed by London-based VC firm Hambro Perks. Oryx has a regional HQ in ADGM, Abu Dhabi and an office in Riyadh. Previously, he was at Riyad Capital for 7 years, managing Riyad TAQNIA Fund (RTF). Following the completion of an MBA degree (Finance) from New York University’s Stern School of Business, Ivo joined the Financial Sponsors Group of Merrill Lynch, where he assisted in origination, diligence and deal execution global PE and VC firms in New York and in London. Prior to attending graduate school, he worked at MWI & Partners, a growth PE fund associated with Merrill Lynch. Ivo started his professional career at the Technology Equity Research at Merrill Lynch, where he covered Enterprise Software companies. He is a CFA Charterholder.

Hussein Attar

Tech Invest Com

Hussein Attar

Tech Invest Com

Hussein Attar is the CEO of Tech Invest Com, an investment firm that was established with 1Bn SAR to invest in regional early stage tech startups. Ex-Founder of a startup, and ex- CEO of software development company. He is now also an investment committee member of two angel investor groups, and a board member of several of the leading tech startups in the region.

Abdulaziz

GM of Tabby

Abdulaziz

GM of Tabby

Abdulaziz joined Tabby, the leading Buy Now Pay Later platform in MENA, as its KSA General Manager since the inception of the business back in mid-2019. Before joining Tabby, Abdulaziz worked as an Associate with McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, for two years. Prior to McKinsey, he was a corporate banker working with multiple banks in KSA for a period of five years. Abdulaziz was born and raised in Riyadh, KSA, graduated with a bachelors in finance from KFUPM and an MBA for the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. A tech and data science enthusiast with a working knowledge in programming and a fitness fanatic in his free time

Mansour Alharbi

Dawul

Mansour Alharbi

Dawul

Exceptionally creative and intelligent with outstanding problem-solving skills, an intense work ethic and drive to succeed. Ex-Aramco & Ex-ELM. founder and CEO of a unique business model and venture of the social trading app Dawul.

Rami Yehya

Techmeen Podcast

Rami Yehya

Techmeen Podcast

Host and producer of Techmeen, the first Arabic podcast specialized in Insurance and insurtech. Rami is an entrepreneur that brings over 17 years of experience in the insurance and insurtech industry in the region. He successfully delivered various projects and performed key management roles specializing in all domains of insurance like Life/ Protection & Saving, Motor, Commercial, Health and Operations. He currently holds the position of VP Strategic Projects at Insurance House Office where he handles various projects in the Insurtech space across the Mena region.

Dania Al Masri

Khadoum

Dania Al Masri

Khadoum

Growth-focused humanitarian & social entrepreneur, strategist and a design thinker whose life has always been aligned to the causes she truly believes in. Whether it's about empowering the youth, developing socially impactful products or helping impact driven businesses thrive; her aim through the past 12+ years of her career has been a consistent one; to be a driver of social change and innovation.

Musaab Hakami

VentureSouq

Musaab Hakami

VentureSouq

Musaab is a general partner with VentureSouq. Previously, Musaab was the Group CFO of Sary. He is a 3x entrepreneur and an experienced angel investor. Prior to Sary Musaab was the Executive Director of Marketing Strategy at SAGIA and the Director of Global Competitiveness Forum. Musaab brings a wealth of operational experience to the investment team at VentureSouq along with technical skills. Musaab holds a BSc from King Saud University and majored in Computer Engineering.  Musaab holds several board positions.

Ahmed Aljbreen

Merak Capital

Ahmed Aljbreen

Merak Capital

Ahmed has more than eight years of experience in the technology and investment space. He led 500 Startups in Saudi Arabia, a global VC with 180+ investments in the Middle East region. During his time at 500 Startups, Ahmed led 3 accelerator programs in collaboration with Misk Foundation where they invested in 55+ startups. Additionally, he has worked as an engineer in the technology sector at KAUST, and Ericsson. Ahmed holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Prince Sultan University.

Sameh Saleh

Hawaya

Sameh Saleh

Hawaya

Sameh Saleh is the Founder of Hawaya (previously known as Harmonica). Hawaya was acquired by Match Group, the world’s leading provider of dating products. Under his leadership, Hawaya has expanded globally to over 12 countries. Hawaya was founded to help Muslims around the world find a life partner using mobile technology in a culturally and traditionally respectful way. Previously, Saleh worked as a senior engineer for eight years in Malaysia at Petronas HQ, a Fortune 500 company. He also founded Tripdizer, a leading travel tech company in MENA. Saleh is viewed as a symbol of inspiration and aspiration for rising stars in the Middle East and Africa entrepreneurial ecosystem. Born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, Saleh moved to Malaysia to pursue higher education. He holds a Master of Reservoir Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia.

Ahmed Nawasrah

Salma AI, a Mawdoo3 company

Ahmed Nawasrah

Salma AI, a Mawdoo3 company

Ahmed Nawasrah is the CEO for Salma AI, a Mawdoo3 company. Mawdoo3 is the largest Arabic website in the world. Mawdoo3 powers over 60 million Arabs to read more than 100 million articles every month. Salma, is the AI arm of Mawdoo3, and it offers AI-powered banking solutions that reshape communication with customers, enabling customers to interact with their favorite banks via a voice assistant and facilitating communication with the bank from anywhere around the clock. Ahmed has a background in engineering and holds an MBA from Boston University specializing in entrepreneurship. Before Mawdoo3, Ahmed worked for Fortune 500 American corporate heading the strategy and sales departments.

Sultan Alkhayal

Drahim

Sultan Alkhayal

Drahim

Sultan previously founded a software development agency that built products for 20+ enterprise customers, including 2 unicorns, that reached 80+ million users around the world.

Mirna Sleiman

Fintech Galaxy

Mirna Sleiman

Fintech Galaxy

Mirna leads a regional Open Finance platform, with a vision to redesign financial services with an open API infrastructure that boosts financial inclusion, revolutionizes financial services and provides a standard integration between Fintechs and institutions. Mirna has more than 15 years of experience in government relations, business strategy, digital communications and journalism. She managed public sector business for Thomson Reuters across 22 MENA countries and partnered with international organizations to promote innovation and social change. She spent more than 10 years as a financial journalist with Reuters, Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal and Zawya. Mirna has an Executive MBA from City University of London in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She is certified from MIT University in Fintech and ecommerce, and in Digital Marketing and Communications from Columbia University. Mirna is also certified in Digital Transformation Strategies from Cambridge University.

Ali Alasiri

Meila Digital

Ali Alasiri

Meila Digital

A former Government Executive in Digital Transformation leading Digital Government and Digital Economy. Unleashing the potential of digitizing government operations and services. Unlocking the power of data to leapfrog the private sector contribution in the digital economy. Started Meila Digital to disrupt the GovTech industry and build in the Government 3.0 era. Moving the concept from Service to Experience and portal to platform. Making Digital Health, Digital Finance and Digital Identity a zero headache journey powered by Data and AI and built around citizen. Ali Hold and executive degree from Harvard Business School in Leadership. And also an MIT graduate in Strategy and Innovation Executive Education. www.meiladigital.com

Maria Gedeon

Gedeon Mohr & Partners

Maria Gedeon

Gedeon Mohr & Partners

Maria Gedeon is the founder & CEO of Gedeon Mohr & Partners an independent consultancy that aims to create long-term sustainable value for its clients and all stakeholders. Gedeon is the former Chief Customer and Marketing Officer of the Chalhoub Group the largest fashion and beauty retailer in the MENA and the JV partner of LVMH. In her capacity, Maria drove the marketing and customer transformation overseeing brand, customer management (CRM, loyalty, CX and care), insights, advanced analytics, partnerships, brand building and content for the group. Prior to that Gedeon was Marketing Director at Majid Al Futtaim Entertainment, the leading shopping malls, retail and entertainment conglomerate in the MENA. Part of the senior executive her role consisted in managing a group of award-winning marketers. In her tenure Maria transformed the organisation to instil an innovative, creative, customer obsessed, and data driven culture. Gedeon holds a bachelor’s degree in Advertising from Alba Beirut. She is also a board member of the established Marketing Society Middle East Chapter and Almentor.net, the largest e-learning platform in the Arab world. Further to that Maria also serves on several tech advisory boards as strategic advisor.

Mazen A. Melibari

TAM Development

Mazen A. Melibari

TAM Development

Dr. Mazen Melibari is the Chief Technology Officer & Partner of TAM Development. He previously worked as the Chief Research & Innovation Engineer, General Manager of Research and Innovation, and Artificial Intelligence Advisor at the Saudi Information Technology Company (SITE). Dr. Melibari also served as an Advisor and Lead Artificial Intelligence Researcher at MiSK Foundation, Google Developer Expert in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, and an Assistant Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Melibari is the former Chairman of the Information Research Department at the Hajj Research Institute (HRI) and the founder of the Advance & Creative Technologies Research Unit at HRI. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. His research interests revolve around developing machine learning algorithms for reasoning under uncertainty and applying A.I. techniques to tackle challenging real-world problems, especially in the area of Natural Language Processing. Dr. Melibari has published his research in top-tier academic journals and conferences, such as the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), and International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS). He has been an active participant in local and global software developer communities since he was seven years old. He has recently co-founded Lucidya, a high-tech startup that helps businesses and decision-makers to make smarter strategic decisions using A.I. and machine learning technologies.

Abdulaziz Alhudian

مايكس للبودكاست | Micspod

Abdulaziz Alhudian

مايكس للبودكاست | Micspod

الشريك المؤسس والرئيس التنفيذي لشبكة مايكس للبودكاست التي تأسست في عام 2018 وتقدم العديد من برامج البودكاست الشهيرة على مستوى الشرق الأوسط، وعضو لجنة الإعلام الرقمي بغرفة الرياض التجارية

Raghad Fathaddin

Sangha "Estidama Hub"

Raghad Fathaddin

Sangha "Estidama Hub"

Raghad Fathaddin is a Y20 Saudi delegate, the founder & CEO of Sangha “Estidama Hub” and an Internationally Certified Holistic Health and Wellbeing Coach. She holds a Master degree in Public Policy, which is complemented by her 7 years professional experience in International Relations, Political Analysis, Advocacy, Policy Development, Communication and Project Management. As she worked in various NGO’s, IO’s and International Companies; such as Oxfam, United Nations for Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Counterpoints Arts, Singa UK and PepsiCo KSA.Raghad enjoys exploring the interconnectedness of things especially in the social, economic and environmental context; offering tailored solutions that deal with the core of issues rather than the symptoms alone. She position herself uniquely both locally and internationally, with her holistic, human centric, and planetary wellbeing approach in decision making and implementation processes.

Noor Al-Marzoky

WorkshopX

Noor Al-Marzoky

WorkshopX

Noor Marzoky is an award-winning Saudi visionary and educator. While earning her Masters' degree in International relations, she founded her first company Workshop X in 2017, which is now one of the top leading workshop providers in Saudi Arabia. After nearly four years Noor brought a wealth of knowledge to the local market by developing workshops that fulfilled the gap in knowledge. Earlier in the company, she shifted the business model to also cater to B2B and B2G clients such as Ministry of Culture and Benchmark, IKEA, and CISCO which we provide them corporate bespoke workshops. Workshop X has hosted more than 400 workshops with award-winning instructional partnerships. With the success rate of 17.9% reoccurring participants in the B2C workshop Segment. Noor commenced her career by opening a Co-working space that helped serve young entrepreneurs to establish their business, by creating an exclusive-only space that exudes warmth and friendly feelings to help facilitate a safe learning environment. She holds a bachelor's degree in the English Language from UQU and a Master's degree (MAIR) from Dar Alhekma University.