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2020 Speaker Line-Up

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Salman
Jaffrey

Saudi Aramco

Salman
Jaffrey

Saudi Aramco

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

AMAL
DHOKAN

Global Entrepreneurship Network Saudi

AMAL
DHOKAN

Global Entrepreneurship Network Saudi

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

Ahmad
AlNaimi

STV

Ahmad
AlNaimi

STV

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

Dr.Abdullah
Alaraj

Riyadh Angel Investors

Dr.Abdullah
Alaraj

Riyadh Angel Investors

Dr. Alaraj is an academic and active angel investor. He holds BSc, MSc and PhD degrees. Dr. Alaraj is active angel investor. He has invested in startups in the USA, UK, LATAM, UAE and Saudi Arabia. His portfolio includes more than 20 investments in the fields of Fintech, Blockchain, LegalTech, EdTech, Cybersecurity, F&B, Transportation/Logistics and others. Dr. Alaraj is a member of United Kingdom Business Angel Association (UKBAA). He is also member of more than ten angel investors syndicates in the US and UK. He is the co-founder and chairman of Riyadh Angel Investors-RAI

Nora
M.
Al
Sarhan

Saudi Venture Capital Company (SVC)

Nora
M.
Al
Sarhan

Saudi Venture Capital Company (SVC)

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

Yousef
Albabtain

SHOROOQ PARTNERS

Yousef
Albabtain

SHOROOQ PARTNERS

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

Hashim
Alawadi

Tech Invest Com

Hashim
Alawadi

Tech Invest Com

CEO of Tech Invest Com, a Saudi, MENA focused, PE and VC company. Hashim is an investment and technology professional with over 20 years of experience in engineering, operations and capital management. A veteran of the U.S. high tech industry, he serves on the boards of various technology and telecom companies in the region, and the Saudi British Business Council. He is also an advisor to various businesses on technology commercialization, development and investments.

Ali
Abulhasan

Tap Payments

Ali
Abulhasan

Tap Payments

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

Jessy
El
Murr

Jessy Trends

Jessy
El
Murr

Jessy Trends

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

Tariq
Alomaireeni

Hudhud Conversational AI

Tariq
Alomaireeni

Hudhud Conversational AI

– His experience spans 13 years in the fields of big data, predictive analytics, and AI. – Actively passionate about harnessing AI to positively impact people’s lives. – He is particularly interested in the intersection of artificial intelligence and linguistics. – Contributed to several national AI projects, in addition to heading AI departments in a number of Saudi startups. – Founder and CEO (Hudhud AI).

Mahmood
Alabbas

Workhint

Mahmood
Alabbas

Workhint

Mahmood Alabbas is an Entrepreneur and Founder of Workhint, a B2B SaaS solution to launch a talent marketplace for business functions to reduce cost, and increase productivity. Workhint is backed by 500 Startups, and expanding its operation in MENA enabling organizations to create a distributed workforce in some business functions. Mahmood has a Master’s degree in global management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and worked as a management consultant in the U.S., Romania, and Saudi Arabia, which gave him a global perspective on business challenges. Mahmood won several awards including the 100 Startups award by Badir Incubator, and nominated Workhint as a company aligned with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG).

Mansour
Althani

ITCAN

Mansour
Althani

ITCAN

A combined passion, experience and expertise in digital marketing and e-commerce led Mansour Althani, a young Saudi entrepreneur to establish ITCAN in 2015. Today, Mansour is widely recognized as a thought leader in the industry and continues to share ITCAN’s success and his vision to improve the e-commerce sector at the local and regional level through continuous innovation and creativity. Prior to ITCAN, Mansour co-founded T-lbs to enter the Young Entrepreneur Competition for SMEs in Dubai in 2012. He joined Namshi in 2014 as an affiliate marketing specialist. He also worked as search engine analyst for MakoLab in Poland and contributed to Renault’s search engine optimization process in the GCC. He also entered into modelling for the advertising of known brands in the region such as Saudi Telecom, Nissan Motors.

Sajjad
Kamal

AlemHealth

Sajjad
Kamal

AlemHealth

Sajjad Kamal co-founded AlemHealth, a Tele-radiology RIS/PACS for emerging markets, as the CTO. AlemHealth is backed by notable investors including Y Combinator. Prior to that, Sajjad co-founded Beneple, a health insurance analytics platform, as the CTO. Sajjad has had a successful exit with Beneple. He has been involved in the health tech space for over 15 years starting with a project working with Nobel Peace prize winning Dr Muhammad Yunus to develop telemedicine kiosks for the base of the pyramid. Ever since, Sajjad has been involved with several technical healthcare projects such as Empower Health which was a Hult Prize finalist. Sajjad has previously worked at Blackberry and Apple early on during his career. He holds a BMatch/CS from University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada – the birthplace of the forgotten Blackberry. In support of empowering the community, Sajjad has curated several TEDx events and co-founded the Coding Circle. Sajjad is passionate about supporting health tech companies to increase global access to care through technology.

Khaled
Alsuraisry

Saudi Venture Capital Company

Khaled
Alsuraisry

Saudi Venture Capital Company

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

Workshop Hosts

Dawn
Kubicek

Leaders In Digital

Dawn
Kubicek

Leaders In Digital

After launching Leaders In Digital 3 years ago – Dawn has been supporting entrepreneurs, start-ups, SME’s and enterprise businesses in GCC & Globally to achieve the unexpected in digital performance. Results go from a 250% increase in sales and 300% increase in leads. Dawn teaches corporates, Universities, entrepreneurs and SME’s her most unique processes formed from her 2 decades of digital marketing experience. All shaped around data driven marketing with test and learn strategies. Her objective is to share these with as many people as possible to improve efficiency in the workplace and life overall. “Simple changes can make a big difference”

Taha
Sajid

Limar Global Tech

Taha
Sajid

Limar Global Tech

Taha Sajid is a Chief Blockchain Consultant with Limar Global Tech, Founder of Smart-Mobile POS, Blockchain training alliance (USA) certified Instructor and solution architect, Fintech/Regtec senior advisor in Hash Cash Consultants (USA), Technical Director in Huawei, responsible for Blockchain, AI, Fintech, Cloud, 5G-IOT, Security solutions and training, He is ranked by Thinkers360 among TOP 10 Global Thought leaders in Blockchain, Fintech, 5G for Influencing, Consulting, Mentoring, Speaking and Entrepreneurship expertise. He has been also associated for building Fintech Labs, mentoring numerous Blockchain and Fintech startups for solution architecting, business planning and cyber security best measures to attract investments and clients. He is privileged to have been featured numerous times in Khaleej times, Fintech Saudi, Monshaat, MCIT KSA technology events , and other INTL media channels to share insights on emerging technologies, startups and building the digital eco-system.