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Saudi’s MOST HAPPENING CONFERENCE

2022 Speakers Lineup

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Sara Teymoor Banaja

AMUSED Co

Sara Teymoor Banaja

AMUSED Co

Fashion Tech Entrepreneur

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.

Nathalie

TrueSearch

Nathalie

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).

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

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.

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.

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.