Speakers
H.E. Mr. Jamal Jarrah Minister of Telecommunications,

Twitter:@aljarrahjamal
H.E. Dr. Riad Salameh Governor of Central Bank of Lebanon,

Dr. Saad Andary Second Vice-Governor of Central Bank of Lebanon,

Abed Agha Managing Director, VineLab

Abed, founder and CEO at Vinelab, has more than 18 years of multi-disciplinary experience in technology, media and financial services. Vinelab is the leading digital media company enabling brands to acquire and influence regional audiences through a multitude of influential figures across popular culture. Abed had lead Mubasher Financial Group’s transformation and worked with firms such as Standard Chartered Bank and Capital Credit. He‘s currently a board advisor at Beirut Arab University’s school of Maths and Computer Science, in addition to startup advisor.

Twitter:@abedagha
Antoine Vincent Jebara Co-Founder and CEO, MyKi

Antoine Jebara is the Co-Founder & CEO of Myki (myki.co) working on the future of decentralized digital identity. The Myki Offline Password Manager & Authenticator was named one of the 'Top 3 Password Managers of 2018' by PCMag. Antoine is an avid tech aficionado with a knack for all things related to Cyber Security. He spearheads the vision of Myki and made headlines when he discovered an Apple Keychain vulnerability in September 2015.

Twitter:@jebaraantoine
Asim Janjua Design Director, ConsenSys

Asim currently leads expansion, operations and design at Consensys Middle East & North Africa, a blockchain venture production studio, helping build an ecosystem of consumer-centric products and enterprise solutions using Ethereum blockchain. ConsenSys is also Dubai Government’s City Advisor on their blockchain strategy 2020. He worked as a Technical Design leader at Google Switzerland where he led UX/UI design. After training in New York, Asim was assigned by Acumen for one year at a microfinance institution that focused on poverty alleviation for rural low-income farmers in remote regions.

Twitter:@asimjanj
Ayman Haydar CEO, MenaMarketPlace

Bechara Haddad Country Manager, Zomato

Carol Matta Product Director Native Advertising, Digital Media Solutions (DMS)

With 13 years’ experience in the communication, PR and media industry on the agency, client and publisher’s side, Carol’s career included developing and leading the regional communication department of an international beauty brand, where she succeeded in bringing the brand’s media share of voice to rank #1 in the region. Today, Carol heads the Native Advertising product offering at DMS, and her role focuses on making sure a state of the art solution is offered to the market.

Christine Assouad CEO, Dunkin Donuts Lebanon and Semsom

Christine Assouad launched Dunkin’ Donuts in Lebanon where she serves as CEO. She worked with Dunkin’ Donuts in many international markets. In 2008, she opened Semsom, a traditional Lebanese restaurant with a twist, and it went global. She’s part of business organizations like YPO, LFA, RDCL and LLWB. She received the Middle East businesswomen of the year award, became a fellow at the Culinary Institute of America and was listed in the 100 most powerful Arab women by Arabian Business (Dubai) and Forbes Middle East since 2012.

Twitter:@ChristineSfeir
Christine Harb Regional Head of Marketing - MENAP, Facebook

Christine Harb is the regional Head of Marketing at Facebook MENAP. She oversees Facebook Inc.’s marketing strategy in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan. Christine has 15 years of strategy, innovation and marketing experience across the retail and consumer product industries. She’s worked with top-class marketing brands such as Nike and Red Bull across Europe, Middle East and Africa. She’s part of a career advisory board and regularly supports students with their professional and business decisions.

Twitter:@chrissharb
Dagmar Symes General Manager, Phoenicia Hotel and Le Vendôme

Dagmar Symes is the first female to be appointed to the role of General Manager at Phoenicia Hotel and Le Vendôme in Beirut. A graduate of the prestigious Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, Symes established her luxury hospitality career at age 28 as GM of the Chateau Grand Barrail in Saint Emilion. Her experience also includes more than 12 years in senior management positions in the international luxury retail business.

Dona Bardawil Group Marketing Manager, Holdal Group

Dona Bardawil is Group Marketing Manager at Holdal. She leads the Marketing team to deliver outstanding local and regional marketing drive for the Group’s diversified portfolio of prestigious Brands ranging from Distribution to Luxury Retail. Dona has more than 12 years of brand building expertise and holds a Master degree in Marketing from ESCP Paris. Prior to her role at Holdal, Dona managed top FMCG brands in the Near East with Procter & Gamble such as Gillette, Camay and Olay.

Dr. Bijan Azad Associate Professor, Business Information & Decision Systems, Darwazah Center for Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship - AUB

Dr. Bijan Azad, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the Olayan School of Business (OSB), American University of Beirut and Director of Samih Darwazah Center for Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship. In 2015 he designed AUB’s Scale-Up Readiness Program that focuses on scale up challenges of $1-$5 million revenue companies. Bijan, in 1988 co-founded the map technology startup in Cambridge, Massachusetts, GIS/Trans (acquired by Etak Navigator in 1992, then by Keyhole, and Google Maps) and in 2001 he co-founded the map technology startup ILIS bv (acquired by ARCADIS bv 2003).

Twitter:@AzadBijan
Dr. Khalid AlTawil Executive Board Member, International Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Khalid AlTawil was the founder, vice chairman of board and head of executive committee for Al Elm Company for over 5 years. He’s an Executive Board Member of the International Chamber of Commerce - Saudi Arabia and member of the Audit Committee for Capital Market Authority in Saudi Arabia. He is partner and board member for LEORON Professional Development Institute and board member of VFS TasHeel International. He is board member of Trustees for Prince Sultan University and a Private Equity advisor for several International Funds.

Dr. Nicolas Rouhana General Manager, IM Capital

Dr. Nicolas Rouhana is the General Manager of IM Capital, funded under USAID MENA Investment Initiative, providing Matching Capital, Equity Guarantee and Technical Assistance to early-stage businesses and investors in Lebanon. Dr. Rouhana was Executive Director of Berytech Technological Pole. He was also senior technical advisor to Berytech Fund, the first Lebanese Venture Capital fund for start-ups, and Associate Professor at Saint-Joseph University. He is Vice-President of Internet Society-Lebanon Chapter, a board member of Berytech and the current Chairman of Speed@BDD the first tech accelerator in Lebanon.

Twitter:@nrouhana
Elie Diab Co-Founder and Managing Director, Hoojoozat and Travel Systems (part of Nakhal & Cie)

Elie Co founded hoojoozat.com in 2007 which is part of Nakhal & Cie. He has more than 13 years of experience in travel and travel technologies with a main focus on online distribution, online reservation systems and digital strategy.

Twitter:@eliediab
Elsa Abi Khalil Partnerships & Community Coordinator - MENA, MakeSense

Elsa started MakeSense in Lebanon 2 years ago, leading more than 100 events and 50 partners in a growing community of 2,000 citizens. She also coordinates MakeSense hubs in Morocco, Algeria and Jordan. Her focus is on partnerships, community design and support and digital engagement. She is a member of the Global Shapers network and the US Embassy Youth Advisory Council.

Fadi Chalouhi Group General Manager Retail Banking, Kuwait Finance House

Since 2016, Fadi Chalouhi occupied the role of Group General Manager Retail of Kuwait Finance House with responsibilities for retail activities in Kuwait, Bahrain, Malaysia and Turkey. Prior to this role, Fadi acted as the Deputy General Manager, Head of Strategy, Product, Marketing, PMO and Consumer Lending - Consumer Banking Group – National Bank of Kuwait. He also served as Head of Corporate sales and Structuring Desk and Structured Products Manager in Treasury Group – National Bank of Kuwait.

Fadi Khater Founder and Managing Partner, Netizency

Fadi Nwilati Chief Executive Officer, Kaizen Asset Management

Recognized as one of the Top 20 Influential and Trusted Real Estate Professionals in Dubai by Property Times for two consecutive years, Fadi Nwilati is currently leading the advancement of the property industry with technology. With his 11 years of rigorous expertise, serving on numerous boards of some of the largest real estate funds in the region, Fadi is also the Founder and CEO of Kaizen Asset Management Services. A future enthusiast: Fadi will be at the forefront of technology adoption within the GCC Real Estate sector in the coming years, since he will be launching various smart-real-estate software applications.

Twitter:@FadiNwilati
Fadi Obeid Assistant Chief Operating Officer, Bank Audi

Fadi Sabbagha CEO, Born Interactive

With over 21 years of experience in the internet industry and digital media, Fadi Sabbagha is a serial entrepreneur and interactive communication specialist. He established Born Interactive in 1996, driving it to become one of the leading regional New Media agencies. It operates out of Beirut, Riyadh and Dubai; handling one of the largest banking industry web portfolios.

Twitter:@fadisabbagha
Fares Samarah CTO and Program Manager, Speed Lebanon

Fares Samara is currently the CTO and Program Manager of Speed@BDD, a Beirut-based technology startup accelerator. As part of his role, Fares is responsible for recruiting and selecting startups, designing and managing the program and mentoring startups on their technical and business needs. Fares has over 11 years of experience in the software and technology space and holds a BS in Computer Science from AUB and an MBA from LAU.

Twitter:@dancinknight
Fawzi Rahal Managing Director, Flat6Labs Beirut

Firas Mousli Regional Manger MENA, Innofis

Firas Mousli is the Regional Manager, MENA for Innofis; a major Digital Banking Platform and solution provider serving major banks in Saudi, GCC region and Spain. He was the Assistant General Manager for Digital Banking and Electronic Payments at Saudi investment Bank. Also, Firas was CEO and Co-founder of SSS-IT, founder of SSSProcess in addition to other IT and ecommerce businesses. Before that, he had joined Estarta Solutions (Microsoft owned), as Regional Manager in Saudi and Bahrain, as well as Scala (a Swedish ERP company).

Twitter:@FirasMousli
Fouad Berjaoui TV Presenter – Business and Economic,

Fouad Berjaoui is an unorthodox marketeer with a special emphasis on creativity. He graduated in 1990 with a BS in Business Administration and Masters in Marketing. Fouad started his career working for Spinneys, Sodexo, MSN Arabia and General Motors where he was Brand Ambassador and Editor-in-chief of “Hummer Arabia” Magazine. Having spent 18 years in the GCC, Fouad returned to Beirut in 2010 where he manages and presents his own TV Program on TéléLiban called “Startup331”.

Twitter:@FBerjaoui
Georges Abi-Ad Growth Strategist, BIRDHAUS_

After coaching Lebanese and English startups in their digital marketing efforts in one of Lebanon’s top accelerators, Georges went on to launch BIRDHAUS_, the first Growth Hacking agency in the country. Applying only agile data-based marketing techniques, the company aims at reconnecting marketing efforts and sales results.

Ghassan Geara Group IT Director, Fattal Group

Ghassan Geara is Fattal Group IT Director. He oversees the rollout and implementation of the Data Centers (Cloud and On-premise), Systems and Solutions to serve and support the Group’s business and its expansion and presence across the MENA region. He envisions “Disruptive Technology” as a major catalyst of change, transforming completely the workplace and pushing today’s industries and service providers to rethink their mission, to become more customer-centric and to adapt their business model in order to remain pertinent for this 21st century of life-changing innovations.

Ghassan Kansou Vice President - Academic Development, SABIS® Educational Services

Ghassan is a board member of SABIS® and the Vice President – Academic Development of SABIS® Educational Services S.A.L., an independent corporation that manages schools in the global SABIS® Network, which serves 70,000 students in schools located in 20 countries on 5 continents. In his role as VP, Ghassan is responsible for leading teams tasked with developing dynamic curricula and digital content used in SABIS® Network schools across the globe. Ghassan holds an MA in Mathematics and Computation from The University of Oxford.

Twitter:@SABIS_EDUCATION
Greg MacGilpin Head of School, American Community School Beirut (ACS)

Greg MacGilpin is currently the Head of School at the American Community School Beirut. Previously, he has led schools in Costa Rica and the United States, using technology innovations as well as common sense to support best practices in teaching and learning. As a school leader, Greg believes he has found where passion meets profession, creating environments for student to thrive, though there are days he meanders to the playgrounds where he began his career as a Kindergarten teacher.

Twitter:@gmacgilpin
Hadi Kabalan CEO, Wardrobe Place Capital Management

Hadi has worked closely with the UK financial regulators on the impact, application and potential of crypto technologies in securities and banking systems. He built the European business of Otonomos, a blockchain company which enabled the governance, issuance and transfer of equities, participating in the FCA Regulatory Sandbox and Dubai Future Accelerators. Hadi continues to serve on bank executive and oversight boards and has been a professional investor for 18 years.

Hana Khatib Managing Director - Levant & Egypt, Mindshare

Hana Khatib is passionate about creativity in media, leading her team into winning over twenty international awards. Serving more than 20 years with WPP, she dedicated 17 years to Mindshare: 13 years in local office management, evolving to a regional Managing Director for the Levant & Egypt markets as of January 2017. Hana takes pride in coaching executives into becoming senior managers at Mindshare MENA. Her work with high-profile brands has shaped her into an expert and a client business advisor in a modern marketing landscape.

Hussein Freijeh Managing Director - MENA, Snap Inc.

Hussein Freijeh is in charge of growing Snap Inc's business in MENA. Previously, he was the Managing Director of Yahoo Middle East, Africa and Turkey. At Maktoob, before it was acquired by Yahoo in 2009, Hussein was instrumental in establishing the startup’s sales portfolio into one of the largest in the Middle East. He continues to be passionate about advancing digital advertising across MENA. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from the Lebanese American University.

Twitter:@hfreij
Jennifer Younane Chief Technology Officer, Malia Group

Jennifer Younane is Chief Technology Officer at Malia Group, where she is responsible for development and implementation of Malia Group Digital Strategy, bringing vast experience to this role. As General Manager of MaliaTec, the Group’s productivity; connectivity and digital solutions subsidiary, she ensured its expansion into five markets and secured exclusive partnerships. Moreover, as IT Manager, she oversaw the design and implementation of the Group’s IT infrastructure and ERP. Jennifer graduated from Boston University.

Jeraldine McNally Community Developer - Lebanon, MakeSense

Jeraldine joined the MakeSense Lebanon team in December 2017. Her background is in mediation, communication and education, and she has worked with social enterprises and NGOs in Lebanon, Jordan, India, Nepal and the UK. Most recently, she co-organized MakeSense Lebanon’s “Resilient Cities” conference. Her aim is to empower and maximize the impact of citizens and social entrepreneurs at the grassroots level to create a more sustainable, resilient future.

Joe Abi Aad Founder and CEO, Netiks

Joe Abi-Aad is the Founder and CEO of Netiks, a software house active in Digital Banking and Customer Relationship Management. “A delightful Customer Experience to a Multitude of Unique Customers” is the company’s vision crafted during the Lebanon UK Tech Hub acceleration program in 2016. Joe Abi-Aad graduated from the École Centrale de Paris, with a Software Engineering specialization, and he holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from American NYU.

Twitter:@joe_abiaad
Jonathan Nelson Managing Director of Hack Fund, Founder and CEO of Hackers / Founders

Jonathan Nelson is the managing director of Hack VC and the founder and CEO of Hackers and Founders, the largest group of tech founders globally with 200,000 members in 118 cities in 44 countries. Jonathan has had a dizzying career path: Trauma nurse, software engineer, advisor for the SEC on small businesses investment and advisor for development banks on emerging technologies.

Twitter:@iamelgringo
Juan Llanos FinTech & RegTech Lead, ConsenSys

Juan is a startup mentor and advisor in anti-money laundering, regulatory compliance and financial services licensing strategy. For over 15 years, Juan has built and managed compliance programs worldwide. He co-developed this suite of new financial services at Unidos Financial Services and Remesas Quisqueyana (now Dolex), holding senior positions. Juan led Uphold’s transparency and compliance strategy, as well as global partnerships and stakeholder relations. He was Special AML/CFT Advisor for Skry and Senior Advisor to OneWorldIdentity. He founded MultipleStartups and joined ConsenSys as FinTech & RegTech Lead.

Twitter:@JuanLlanos
Kareem Rahma CEO, Nameless Network

Karim Miknas Managing Partner, McDonald’s Lebanon

Karim Miknas is Managing Partner of Miknas Food, the Developmental Licensees of McDonald’s in Lebanon. He has been with the system for 6 years and is spearheading the local turnaround of the brand. McDonald’s is ever-evolving in its pursuit of being a modern, progressive burger company with a rich heritage and a bold and exciting future. The company’s Dora location has recently been completely renovated and introduces McDonald’s Experience of The Future (EoTF), with digital at the heart of it all.

Twitter:@KarimMiknas
Karim Morcos Managing Director, Imperial Creation

Karim Morcos is a techie who’s obsessed with image processing and virtual environments. After a BSc at University of Toronto and MSc at University College London, he worked at Microsoft for 1.5 years before founding Imperial Creation, where he worked with other entrepreneurs to plan and develop their ideas. Karim is also a co-founder of PABLO. PABLO is a light painting (long exposure) video app. PABLO allows you to paint on plain air with light.

Twitter:@Karim_Morcos
Khaled Ismail Chairman, HIMangel

Lama Naimi Associate Director, Spark Foundry

Leena Kewlani Branded Content Director, Digital Media Solutions (DMS)

With 20 years of media experience across MENA, Leena has worked across a multitude of international clients. Leena headed the Branded Content, Sponsorship and Activation units at MEC MENA (now Wavemaker) for over seven years. She currently heads the Branded Content unit at DMS, crafting and creating Branded Content and Influencer solutions for clients, whilst ensuring seamless delivery across DMS’ and social platforms.

Leila Sawaya El Khoury UNDP Project Manager and Economic Advisor to the GM, Investment Development Authority of Lebanon (IDAL)

Louise Doumet Co-Founder and CEO, Lebelik

Maan Eshgi Partner, Venturesouq KSA

Maan Eshgi, an active angel investor with over 12 years of banking experience, is VSQ’s partner in Saudi Arabia. Previously, he was a Director with Coutts & Co, the wealth division of Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS). He was responsible for servicing key MENA clients and expanding bank operations across the region. Prior to Coutts & Co, Maan spent time with Citi Private Bank in Dubai and Geneva, managed a large family investment office in Jeddah and traded equities & derivatives for SABB (HSBC Saudi Arabia Ltd).

Twitter:@Maaneshgi
Malek Hammoud Group Executive Director - Strategy & Business Development, Zain

Malek is Zain Group’s Executive Director of Strategy and Business Development. Before joining Zain, he had a long career at the National Bank of Kuwait as Head of the Domestic Multi-National Corporations. Malek, a Chartered Financial Analyst (“CFA”), has a vast experience in capital markets, corporate banking, investment banking and in the digital arena. He is passionately involved in the start-up ecosystem whether advising aspiring entrepreneurs, investing in start-ups as well as many dealings with leading regional and international VC funds.

Marwan Dalloul President, American Properties

Mr. Dalloul received his bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington, DC and then went on to receive a Major in the Building Management Program from New York University. At NYU, he received honors and the Joseph Fater Award of Academic Excellence. He also received a Masters in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and then a Masters of Business Administration, from Columbia University as well. He is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York and a member of the Young President Organization.

Massimo Campello Business Partner, Middle East, SupernovaeLabs

Massimo has a 30-year experience in consulting services and Information Technology. He worked for major international companies like McKinsey, Booz Allen, Cap Gemini Italy as well as Aareon AG. Currently, he’s responsible for the business development of SupernovaeLabs, the first Italian accelerator specializing in Fintech. Massimo has also a significant track record in launching start-ups in financial institutions and in real estate services. Moreover, he has led some major achievements in digital transformation programs and in e-Government projects and has been active in the Middle East since 2015.

Michael Aswad Senior Business Development Manager, ArabNet

Michael, now entering his 6th year with ArabNet, is Head of Sales and Business Development Department. With 8 years of expertise in events and media, he has been involved in over 25 major conferences, events and exhibitions across MENA and managed clients in various industries. Michael's role includes building strong relationships with clients and creatively customizing activations at ArabNet's annual conferences focused on the digital sectors. Michael studied Marketing and Supply Chain Management at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.

Twitter:@MichaelAswad
Mohamad A. El-Hout Chairman - Director General, Middle East Airlines - Air Liban

Mohamed Alem Founder and Senior Partner, Alem & Associates

Mohamed is the Founder and Senior Partner of Alem & Associates, a leading 60+ lawyers Beirut-based regional law firm with offices in Riyadh and Dubai. He’s lead several teams related to the establishment of E-Government solutions (latest of which is the Lebanese Commercial Registrar), is currently the chairperson of the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS) and Founder and member of the Beirut Committee of Human Rights Watch. Mohamed spearheaded FinTech-related work through advisory to companies on the way forward or through the structuring of funds.

Mona Itani Founder and CEO, Riyada for Social Innovation

After years of working in telecommunication MNC’s, Mona joined the American University of Beirut, serving as a lecturer and researcher at the Faculty of Engineering and School of Business. She’s a published author on entrepreneurship, women, ethics and engineering education. Mona, chair of IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group Lebanon Section, has co-founded social initiatives like “She Develops Hackathon” and “Girls got IT” initiative. She’s Founder and CEO of Riyada (Arabic for entrepreneurship) for Social Innovation SAL, a social enterprise offering innovative education programs, corporate training and consulting services.

Mona Saad Marketing Director, Morgan International

Mona is an innovative and seasoned Marketing Specialist with 12 years of experience in the education, training and professional development fields. She is the Marketing Director of Morgan International, a leading training provider of professional certification and diploma programs across 32 locations worldwide. Her main focus is to implement tactical and strategic marketing plans within a field that equips professionals with key skills, knowledge and expertise to grow in today's rapidly evolving world.

Mondher Khanfir Co-Founder at Wiki Startup, Author

Mondher Khanfir is a strategist and business development consultant with a strong background in Venture Investment and Innovation. He’s also a reference in policy advocacy related to Knowledge based Economy and Industrial prospective. More specifically, he authored number of studies and papers on STI ecosystem in Tunisia. He designed and implemented many initiatives to support ideation, start-up incubation and acceleration in Tunisia, with Carthage Business Angels network. He holds a Corporate Governance Certificate from International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group).

Twitter:@khanfirm
Mouhamad Rabah General Manager of ZRE, CEO of Beirut Digital District

After acquiring a global experience in business consulting in the energy; aerospace and construction industries, Mouhamad Rabah returned to Lebanon in 2005 and channeled his energy and drive on leading ZRE, a company whose aim is to build communities. After successfully delivering The Platinum Tower, Mouhamad ventured into developing the Beirut Digital District, a Work, Live, Play innovative neighborhood aiming to become the go-to destination for the digital and creative community in Lebanon.

Moussa Rifai Owner, Al Rifai Roastery

Nadine Imad Partner, SME Law by Ororus Advisors

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Nathan Hull Chief Commercial and Content Officer, Bookchoice

Nathan is Chief Commercial & Content Officer at Bookchoice - a curated digital book boutique offering 8 ebooks and audiobooks per month for an affordable flat rate. He manages the company’s international expansion with a focus on the platform’s content and commercial partnership deals. Previously, Nathan was Chief Business Development Officer at Mofibo, prior to its acquisition. Most notably, he was Penguin Random House’s Digital Product Director, with strategic responsibility for its digital portfolio and innovation strategy. Nathan managed international bands and was Universal Music’s senior digital marketing manager.

Nicolas Boukather Chairman of A.N.Boukather Holding , President of HEC Alumni - Lebanon Chapter

Nicolas is the Chairman of the board of A.N.Boukather Holding. He holds an OPM graduate degree from Harvard Business School and an Entrepreneurship Masters from HEC- Paris. Nicolas is general secretary of the board of trustees of the Children Cancer Center, member of the executive committee of Greek Catholic higher council, president of HEC alumni- Lebanon Chapter and member of the board of the Endeavor- Lebanon Chapter.

Phil Redhead Head of Digital Strategy, GEMS Education

Twitter:@philredhead
Rabih Nassar Founder and CEO, Scriptr

Twitter:@rabihnassar
Rachid Abu-Hassan Director of Design, WeLive - Wework

Prior to joining WeWork as Design Director for WeLive, Rachid Abu-Hassan worked for Arup and Shen Milsom Wilke. He has over 17 years of experience in the construction industry. He shortly joined the New York leadership team and later became an active member of Arup's Consulting Practice. He has also been involved in a number of large international projects including Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens, Yale School of Management, Baryshnikov Arts Center and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.

Rami Al Karmi Chief Innovation Officer at Jordan Ahli Bank, CEO at Ahli FINTECH

Rami is a proud geek, investor, executive coach and advisor. He’s the chief innovation officer at Jordan Ahli Bank and CEO of Ahli FinTech, the 1st Bank fully owned financial technologies company and fintech accelerator in the middle east. Rami is a mentor at 500 Startups, chairman at F03 Venture Partners, Octonius.com, executive vice chairman at startup factory Pixel & Theory, member of the board at Al Raed Arabi School and member of the advisory board of WAKE International in San Francisco.

Twitter:@alkarmi
Ramy Boujawdeh Deputy General Manager, Berytech

With more than 17 years of international and managerial experience, Ramy amassed a diversified knowledge in the fields of change and quality management, operations, hospitality and entrepreneurship support programs. With a strong business mindset, he is the Deputy GM of Berytech, where he actively advises early-stage startups in Lebanon. Ramy holds a BS in Agriculture Engineering from the American University of Beirut and a MS in Management and Economics.

Twitter:@rboujawdeh
Rana Sanyoura Partner, EY

Rana is an EY Partner and leads the EY MENA FinTech practice. She brings more than 20 years of professional experience in transactions, advisory, investment and economic development. Rana advises international and regional financial services institutions, FinTechs, TMT as well as middle market businesses on their growth agenda and value drivers. She is the co-founder of FinTech and digital start-ups. She believes that startups complement and challenge the existing corporate ecosystem creating a healthier dynamic that balances disruptions of the new and the experience of the established.

Randa Farah HR Professional and Trainer, Co-Founder of Lebtivity.com

Randa has more than 12 years of experience in Human Resources Management in different fields and industries. She also worked extensively with startups and is the co-founder of Lebtivity.com. Randa is also a certified trainer and an instructor at USJ. She holds 3 university degrees: Masters in HR Management, MS in Industrial Psychology, BS in Business Advertising & Marketing as well as many other certifications.

Twitter:@RandaFarah
Raneem Mourad Managing Partner, Kashida

Raneem is the Managing Partner at Kashida, an eLearning solutions company that specializes in designing and creating bespoke digital learning experiences that deliver the right educational content for a chosen target audience. Her career started in marketing and advertising, having worked for over 9 years in P&G and M&C Saatchi. She holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from AUB and an MSc in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh.

Twitter:@raneemmourad
Rashid Sultan Founder and Managing Partner, Savour Ventures

Rashid Sultan is an angel investor and the founder of Savour, The Middle East’s first food vertical Accelerator. He is also a partner at Messilah Ventures, a management consultancy and business incubator. Along with his wife, he owns Pet Land, Kuwait’s premier pet boarding facility. Sultan started his career at Goldman Sachs. Rashid holds an MBA from London Business School and received his undergraduate degree from The University of Chicago.

Rawad Assaf Chief Technology Officer, UK Lebanon Tech Hub

Twitter:@rawadassaf
Ray Kattar Chief Executive Officer, Neumann

Reine Farhat Senior Editor, Wamda

Reine Farhat is engaged in media, media partnerships and projects that help entities foster innovation and support startups in the MENA region. She previously managed content on Nuwait, a storytelling platform launched by Wamda for the National Fund for SME Development and is currently engaged in Fikra Labs, Abu Dhabi's travel and tourism accelerator. Prior to Wamda, she was a production coordinator and one of the founding members of daily deals platform GoNabit in Beirut.

Twitter:@farhatreine
Sameer Bagul EVP and Managing Director - Middle East, Cleartrip

Serdar Güner Director, Supervision, Dubai Financial Services Authority

Mr Serdar Güner held responsibilities and Directorship roles spanning Prudential Risk, Market Conduct and Pooled Supervision managing over half of the regulated firms in the DFSA. He now leads a team responsible for the supervision of Financial Technology Firms and Cyber Risk, with the overarching responsibility of Governance/Operational Risk and Innovation in the Centre.

Teemu Kinos Co-founder and CEO, GetJenny

Teemu Kinos is the Co-Founder and CEO of GetJenny, an open source chatbot platform based in Helsinki, Finland. GetJenny has re-imagined the way open source is used in corporate context and provides a combination of cutting edge AI technology, fast deployment and an easy-to-use user interface for companies to build and manage their chatbots. Prior to GetJenny, Kinos worked in the financial industry in Finland.

Twitter:@t_kinos
Timo Dreger Investment Manager at Coparion, FinTech and InsurTech Influencer

Timo Dreger is an Investment Manager at Coparion, a EUR225 million venture capital fund for young technology companies. He previously worked as a Head of Digital for Helvetia, one of the largest insurance companies in Switzerland; an early-stage investor at London-based Apeiron Investment Group; VP Insurance at Commerzbank backed FinTech Start-up OptioPay and a Digital Transformation Consultant at JDC Group. Timo is consistently ranked as one of the leading FinTech and InsurTech Influencer worldwide.

Twitter:@insurtechforum
Timothy Kinahan Maloy Deputy Editor, Annahar English

T.K. Maloy is the Deputy Editor for Annahar English, part of Lebanon’s leading newspaper. His local writing has also appeared in the "Daily Star," “Entrepreneur” and "BOLD" business. Mr. Maloy was the longtime Chief Business Editor for global newswire UPI. He has been in the journalism/media profession for over 25 years, with a coverage history that has ranged from Capitol Hill and Wall Street to "Main Street'' and the World.

Twitter:@TKBeirut
Tom Blaksley Partnerships Manager, What3Words

Tom graduated from Cambridge University where he read Arabic, French and Spanish. During this time, he spent a year living in Oman, writing his thesis on Islamic Finance. He has since dabbled in a range of industries, comprising stints in asset management, political consultancy, corporate intelligence and a period on the British Council’s Middle East desk. Having backpacked his way around the world and spent the majority of these trips hopelessly lost, Tom felt he had no choice but to join the what3words team.

Vera Hassan Head of Marketing, Patchi

Vera Hassan is a marketing and branding enthusiast with more than 16 years of experience in marketing communication, brand development, strategic planning and media & PR. She’s been heading the marketing at Patchi for more than 10 years. Vera launched Patchi’s new brand identity and collaborated with top class branding and communication agencies in France and UK. In 2009, she was elected as member of jury at the Mena Crystal Awards and acted as a key advisor and speaker at the Arab Brand Summit.

Walid Hanna Founder & CEO, Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)

Walid has been active in venture capital and in new venture development for 19 years with 50+ VC investments executed since 2010. Prior to founding MEVP and growing its AUM to $220M, Walid was the CEO of Dubai International Capital's venture arm "the Arab Business Angels Network" (ABAN), which managed a regional seed venture fund as well as the first Business Angels network in the Arab World. He’s served on the investment-management team of Abraaj Capital. In 2017, Mr. Mohamed Al Abbar acquired a non-controlling stake in MEVP.

Youmna Naufal Producer and Host, Y Chats

Youmna Naufal is the Producer and Host of “Y Chats,” Lebanon’s first up close and personal discussion show in English. Previously, she was the Head of the English News at Future Television. To date, Naufal has interviewed more than 500 figures including WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange, US Senator John McCain and UN Special Representative for Iraq Nikolay Mladenov. She’s also the Beirut Correspondent for China’s CGTN and the Beirut Correspondent for Turkey’s TRT World. Prior to this, she launched the English segment of ECONEWS.

Twitter:@YoumnaNaufal
Zeina Saab Co-Founder, SE Factory

Zeina Saab is the founder of The Nawaya Network, a youth development NGO, and the co-founder of SE Factory, a coding bootcamp. She was the recipient of the Johnnie Walker Award and the King Abdullah Award and has been featured on CNN, in The Guardian, The Huffington Post and Forbes. Zeina received her B.A. in International Studies from UC San Diego in 2006 and her Masters in City Planning from MIT in 2009.

Twitter:@ZeinaSaab
Ziad Matar Head of Strategic Business Development, Qualcomm

Twitter:@wirelessly

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