Abdelrahman Mehilba is a serial investor and founder in the Internet field. Started in the Internet business back in 1997. Co-Founded the largest Arabic Music website, Mazika.com in 1998. Within the first two years of its launch to be one of the top 10 visited Arab websites and became the Only Arabic online entity that legally owns the digital music copyrights by 2011. In 2002 , Mazika.com merged with a group of the biggest online companies in Egypt , like Masrawy.com, Otlob.com and others to form a holding company that was acquired by Link dot Net holding later in 2002 to form the biggest ISP and Online group in Egypt. Co-Founder of multiple successful website like Gawab.com, the only outsourcing and free email solution developed in the Arab world till today, Arabiccards.com, Egypthome IT that owned and managed Alex4all.com, and Banknoteclub.com , a Portal for Papermoney collectors.Twitter
Abdullah is the founder and CEO of Offerna, Egypt’s leading online group buying company. Abdullah obtained his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business where he lead the Entrepreneurs Club. Prior to business school, Abdullah worked for Alcatel Middle East, where he managed pre-sales activities for mobile wireless carriers across the region. Abdullah was also a cofounder of AMANT Antennas, a wireless design firm. Abdullah is a charter member at Techwadi, a Silicon Valley-based non-profit organization promoting entrepreneurship in the MENA region. He is also a board member of Al-Hoda educational institute. Abdullah holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University and Virginia Tech respectively.Twitter
Ahmed is a veteran investor and VC from California with over 25 years of experience in top executive and management positions. Ahmed’s investment track record over the last 17 years includes the execution of numerous successful transactions in technology, Internet, healthcare and financial services at various stages of development. He has executed many rewarding exits including several IPO’s on the NASDAQ. He relocated to Egypt in 2006 as the CEO of EFG-Hermes Private Equity. He subsequently founded Sawari Ventures, to which he brings a wealth of experience, superb industry insight and an invaluable international network.Twitter
Ahmed Eraqi has been central in leading otlob.com to become the biggest online food ordering website in Egypt and Middle East, he currently manages Otlob’s operations in Egypt, UAE, KSA, Sudan and Bahrain; increasing Otlob’s growth by over 400% in the past five years; making himself a synonyms name with Otlob. He has a deep understanding of the online ordering behavior due to his 12 years experience in the field since he graduated in 1999 from the faculty of Commerce, at Ain Shams University. He has held several high-ranking positions in his career: Sales Manager of e-commerce products at LINKdotNET, and is currently Head of Otlob.com & Otlobmall.com and manager of the online advertising revenues unit in LinkonLine. He is a holder of a marketing Diploma from Ain Shams University , Advanced Business Diploma, from University of Cambridge and is currently pursuing his masters in Business Administration at The German University in Cairo.Twitter
Ahmed Laiali received his B.Sc. in science from faculty of Science, Ain Shams University. He also received MBA from Ecole Supérieure Libre des Sciences Commerciales Appliquées, Paris. He is a Certified Incubator Manager from National business Incubation Assoc, Athens, Ohaio. Laiali has over 14 years of experience, 6 of them as BD Manager. He spent 6 years of international assignments covering USA, Germany, Italy, France, Japan and Gulf countries and 4 years of government exposure leading National initiatives within the ICT hand by hand with local key players, Cairo University, Alexandria University and Assiut University as well as leading global Technology owners, Intel, Microsoft, Google, Nokia, Rim along with Mobile Operators like Vodafone & Etisalat. He is currently the Entrepreneurship Support Manager at Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Centre (TIEC). He is also a board member at Egyptian Federation for Electronic Games and Egyptian Euro African Asian for Human Rights.Twitter
Dr. Ammar is the Group Director of New Media at MBC and the General Supervisor of Scenario Creative Production, a comedy production company of MBC Group in Saudi Arabia. Within his job responsibilities at MBC New Media Directorate, Ammar manages MoBC, the interactivity for all MBC TV & Radio, MBC Mobile Projects, MBC Digital Content Unit, etc. Ammar is also responsible for managing commercial relations with telecom operators all over the Arab World on various levels. Ammar has been in the new media industry since year 2000, when he established bab.com, one of the earliest Arab news portals. Later on, he launched several portals until he joined MBC Group in 2003 when he established and managed Alarabiya.net (2004), MBC.net (2006), and then Shahid.net (2010). Ammar is also a columnist on the issues of e-journalism and cyber communication since 1996. Ammar holds a doctoral degree from the University of Oklahoma (USA), where he studied political campaigning on the web and creativity enhancement in media organizations. He has more than 15 years of experience working for the traditional media as a journalist, and a Chief Editor with several Saudi and international publications.Twitter
Ayman is an IT entrepreneur who established several successful businesses starting otlob.com (1999). He is Currently Owner and Manager of IT-Blocks (2001) and IT-Blocks KSA (2010). Graduated as a Civil Engineer in 1990, Ayman has joined the Building Research Institute where he started his MSc. in Structural Engineering. In 1997, Ayman joined GESS (Gulf Enterprise Software Solutions) as the Consulting Manager. Returning back to Egypt in 1999, Ayman joined Oratech, a leading local consulting firm in the area of software implementation specialized in Oracle Financials. During this period, Ayman started otlob.com in partnership with one of his colleagues. Otlob.com was the first online Home Delivery Service in the Middle East. After the acquisition of Otlob.com, Ayman established a new company: Internet Blocks, with a vision to incubate and operate new services based on Information Technology. The first of these services is Corsat.com planned to be launched early in 2001.Twitter
Brendon has over 14 years experience working in the market research industry, over the last 10 years Brendon has shifted his focus entirely towards online research. Brendon is a former research director at Yougovsiraj and research analyst at Emirates Airline.Twitter
Con has always been passionate about innovation and excellence in media and marketing. Back in 1998 he created Egypt’s first pocket guide to entertainment in Egypt (The Croc). After co-founding Sarmady Communications in 2001, the company created some of the Egypt’s foremost online Arabic language media in: Sports (FilGoal.com), Arab film and music news (FilFan.com), Automotive marketplace (ContactCars.com), Citizen News (Mujaz.me) and Egypt’s first ‘social directory’ (FilBalad.com). In the last 3 years Sarmady has led the mobile revolution in Egypt – innovating in mobile internet, mobile applications, and mobile marketing. Con has recently exited from Sarmady/Vodafone Egypt is currently involved in a mentoring role in Flat6Labs and Google Ibda2, as well as pursuing new entrepreneurial activity.Twitter
Dan Stuart is the CEO and Founder of GoNabit.com, the first group buying website in the Middle East, and the first globally in Arabic. GoNabit expanded from the UAE to Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt and was acquired by LivingSocial in June 2011. Previously Dan was Chief Possibility Officer at Bayt.com where he oversaw strategy, product development, user experience design and new initiatives, as well as strategic and emerging business development. Dan was also founder and director of Intilaq - Bayt's corporate venture capital arm. Dan holds a Masters Degree in Curriculum, Theory and Learning from the University of Toronto in Canada. He also has an English Literature & History Degree that he quickly followed with an early retirement, spent as a ski and snowboard instructor and a mountain bike guide.Twitter
Fawzi Rahal is the Founder of The Next Web Middle East and Regional Digital Director at Grey in the Middle East and North Africa. Born in Lebanon, he started his digital career in the creative field working for Leo Burnett in Dubai before working shortly for McCann Ericsson and then moving to Grey Group and heading the digital arm of Grey MENA. With over 12 years of experience in the digital field in the Middle East, Fawzi has a passion for technology, social media, gadgets, type design and can be often found ranting about the regional and global digital cyberspace.Twitter
Feroz Sanaulla is a Director at Intel Capital, Intel's global investment organization, making equity investments in innovative technology start-ups and companies worldwide. The objectives of his team’s efforts are to expand, align and accelerate the frontiers of technology via strategic relationships with companies in the context of driving significantly positive financial returns for Intel. In Intel, Feroz has held positions in marketing, professional services project management, IP development management and mergers & acquisitions. His experience covers Europe, North America, Middle East and Asia. Before joining Intel in 1997, Feroz spent six years as an entrepreneur and co-founded Santech Worldwide Inc., a trading company in Washington D.C. Some of his regional investments include- Sphere Networks (UAE), Vertex Animation Studios (UAE), Conservus International (UAE) and Berytech Technology Pole (Lebanon), amongst many others. Feroz holds an electrical engineering degree from The University of Maryland and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at The University of Michigan.Twitter
Gideon Simeloff has 15 years experience in the media, as a content creator, strategy and M&A executive. He is experienced at business development and investment across a wide variety of media and content sectors. Recently he was Head of M&A and Strategic Investment at FremantleMedia, a 1bn Euro global company - one of the world’s largest television production and IP companies. Gideon is Head of ibtikar, which aims to help establish the foundations of a sustainable Arab media industry by providing funding and business support to talented Arab individuals, content ideas and businesses.Twitter
Gustavo Fuchs is the Mobility Director for Microsoft Middle East & Africa. His responsibility is to drive Microsoft Windows Phone business in the region with OEM, retail, mobile operator and distribution partners creating an ecosystem for Windows Phone. As an industry veteran, Gustavo has more than 15 years of experience at Microsoft, Nokia Siemens Networks and other small Brazilian startups. His areas of expertise are Mobility, Cloud and Software as a Service. Gustavo has lived across 4 continents and is a dual citizen of Brazil and Germany. Gustavo has a bachelor degree from University of Phoenix and most recently has concluded his Marketing specialization at Kellogg School of Business.
Hany is one of the most experienced VC in the MENA region with over 12 years of experience. Prior to co-founding Sawari Ventures, he was a Partner at EFG-Hermes Private Equity heading their TMT and Venture Capital business. Whilst at EFG Hermes, he managed over USD 200 million of TMT related investments and was involved with many of the region’s pioneering technology companies including Maktoob.com, LinkdotNet, ITWorx, Raya and NextMedia Holdings. Hany was also instrumental in the creation of IdeaVelopers - EFG-Hermes’ venture capital arm – and the formation of its Technology Development Funds, which aim to nurture and grow the next generation of TMT companies. Hany holds a B.Eng. and M.Sc. in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Imperial College, LondonTwitter
Hatem Dowidar the current CEO of Vodafone Egypt S.A.E, enjoys more than 20 years of experience in multinational companies, where he spent 10 years of them in the telecommunications business. Dowidar initially joined Vodafone in 1999 as the CMO of Vodafone Egypt. He was then appointed as the Global Director of Consumer Voice Services in Vodafone Group in the HQ for 18 months. After this he became the CEO of Vodafone Malta for two years and in 2007, he returned back to Vodafone Group in England, and was appointed as CEO of Partner Markets with partnerships covering over 45 markets in five continents. Before Vodafone, Hatem worked in various managerial roles in Procter & Gamble as well as AEG (Daimler Benz Group) in Egypt. Hatem has a BSc degree in Telecommunications Engineering and an MBA as well as participating in senior management executive programmes in IMD and LBS. In his leisure time, Hatem enjoys travelling, hiking, scuba diving and reading.Twitter
Karim is a Managing Partner at Wixel Studios, which he co-founded in early 2008, primarily looking at creating quality games and new opportunities from within the Arab world. He has since then assisted in the development of successful online titles like Douma, Furn El Shebbak, Collitical, 'Masr Ayza Min?' amongst others. In addition, he is a former 3D Artist and sound/music technician at DigiPen/AKE. He holds a BS in Computer Science (Concentrated in Computer Graphics and Animation) at NDU, and holds a Diploma in Advanced Character Animation from Animation Mentor in California. He is also a professional composer and guitarist. Carrying titles from lead programmer to Animator to Sound Designer, Karim has seen and experienced the world of game creation and animation from all sides. He is currently managing and working with Wixel Studios to bring fresh and creative ideas to the Arab gaming world.Twitter
Before founding Genius Ventures Karim Elsahy created and hands-on grew more than half a dozen innovations and startups that have ranged from downright disappointment to vast success giving him the aptitude to identify the latent reward presented in an idea and the odds of it becoming a prolific investment, the business acumen to quickly discount opportunities that are not performing, and the authority and tenacity to see things through.Twitter
Karim Khalifa’s expertise lies in all that is digital. With over 13 years experience gained in mobile and ICT, coupled with solid marketing and branding expertise, he has an impressive track record of successfully delivering complex and innovative technology and marketing solutions. Karim has pioneered mobile internet from its inception in 2000 with Vodafone Global based in London, and managed the delivery of the first 3G network with Vodafone Egypt in 2007. Notably, Karim championed the creation of the mobile advertising industry in Egypt - launching one of the first comprehensive mobile advertising portfolios in the Middle East in 2008. Lastly, Karim co-founded A Digital Republic, an innovation-led creative digital advertising agency based in Cairo and Dubai. He has also held senior positions in multiple industries worldwide including Vodafone Group, Lucent, Maersk, Hilton Group, and SODIC. Karim is a UK Chartered Electronic Engineer and has an MSc. from the University of Leeds.Twitter
Dr. Khaled Ismail is the Founder and CEO of SySDSoft, a company focused on the design of wireless communication system modems. In March 2011, SySDSoft was acquired by Intel making Dr. Khaled Managing Director of Intel Mobile Communications. Dr. Ismail worked as Senior Advisor of the Egyptian Minister of CIT, responsible for Technology Development, as well as VP of Engineering of Ellipsis Digital Systems in Carlsbad, CA. He was with IBM’s Watson Research Center in NY, receiving the IBM Invention Achievement Award and the IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award in 1997 and 1995, respectively. Dr. Ismail received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1989. He is an IEEE Fellow since 1997 and has published over 160 papers in international journals and holds 22 US patents. He is the recipient of the Eta Kapa Nu “Best Young Electrical Engineer” in the US award in 1994, and the Shuman Award for the “Young Arab Engineer” in 1995.
Mario Hachem received his Masters in computer & communication engineering in 2002. Joined MT2 as Research & Development Engineer (Mobile Technology Tomorrow), and recently he is handling all the technical departments as CTO. VAS & Telecommunication specialist for more than 8 years. His main responsibilities are to conceive, plan and implement new innovative services & products. Responsible of Developing and executing marketing strategies and VAS product launches across all platforms (SMS, IVR, MMS, WAP, USSD, STK, Interactive TV, Mobile TV, Mobile Adverting, Mobile Client Applications…) which involves innovation, ideation, development, customization, integration, testing, implementation, tariff, content updates, etc. Highly proficient in Mobile Application development with extensive knowledge in porting processes for different platform in mobile technologies as (Java, Blackberry, iPhone, Android). He is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of apps2you, a new company under MT2 group dedicated for apps development & solutions on all platforms.
Innovation strategic leader that translates concepts into high-impact results. Very knowledgeable of mobile technologies with an exceptional track record in business development, identifying opportunities, building solutions ecosystem, and supporting services operation. Able to successfully plan, execute, and implement multi-million dollar marketing projects regionally. Dedicated to maintaining a reputation built on quality, service, and uncompromising.Twitter
Mohamed El Dahshan is a consultant on development policy, interested in private sector development, investment climate promotion, and post-conflict reconstruction. He blogs at www.travellerwithin.com. He is also a freelance writer whose articles have been published in a number of outlets including Al-Masry Al-Youm, the New York Times, and Foreign Policy Magazine, and has a manuscript for publication that he should work on instead of tweeting at @TravellerW.Twitter
As the current Egypt & Levant Sales Director, Mohamed Megahed started his career at Connect Ads in 2005 as an Account Manager. He directly manages a big group of sales, client services and business developments team, taking Connect Ads to its current status of fame and turning it into one of the leading online advertising agencies in the region. Megahed originally graduated from the Arab Academy for Science Technology and Maritime with high honors degree. Believing in the importance of post-grad studies and research filed, Megahed pursued his studies further and became an MBA holder in 2006, with a Marketing Communication specialization. Formerly, he was chosen as a teaching assistant in marketing and sales his grad University and inspired students with his knowledge for a couple of years. Furthermore, he worked in Commercial Operations at Telecel Globe Orascom telecom before joining Connect Ads and becoming its sales director.Twitter
Graduated from AUC 87’, Majoring in engineering. Mostafa has a proven track record of building start-ups and opening markets for them, He is passionate about making digital media and social networks in the Middle East a reality. For 12 years, Mostafa held a range of posts with NCR/AT&T in the region, including National Marketing Manager for NCR/AT&T Egypt and General Manager for AT&T Oman and Qatar. He then moved on to become the Founder and CEO of TechnoFann company (producer of Mo3’amreen khamssa , 3essam wel mesba7 ) .TechnoWireless (the largest, wireless application service provider in the Middle East). It specializes in Value Added Services (VAS) e.g. content aggregation, re-purposing, mobile services (SMS, WAP, ODP, I phone, and MMS), interactive broadcasting solutions and Internet implementations. Last he founded TWDA the first digital agency in Egypt.Mostafa has also written two books of poetry , drama for M5 animation , and many articles in the printed media and the webTwitter
An industry veteran and a proud geek. Started writing games in an early age and released his very first title, "Rescue" for the MSX platform at the age of 15. Upon graduating with a degree in Computer Science from the university of Alexandria, Muhammad founded eSpace along with a group of his colleagues. Muhammad left eSpace after a few years to work as a technical manager at Gawab.com were he was responsible for handling services that millions of users relied upon. He then went back to eSpace as a products manager and then assumed the CTO position. In early 2010 Muhammad started to pursue his long life dream of building great, inspiring games. He founded Nezal and went on to build the greatest game production team out there. Nezal are gearing up for a major release in the near future, one that Muhammad hopes will establish their name in the Middle East social gaming industry.Twitter
Omar Christidis is the Founder of ArabNet, the premier conference for the Arab web/mobile industry. In 2011, the ArabNet Digital Summit brought together more than 1,000 attendees and 100 speakers from more than 22 countries, and featured 20 pitches from promising entrepreneurs. He is also the Vice President of the family-owned business, IBAG, which has 15 years experience in organizing corporate events, and which manages ArabNet. Omar co-founded and serves as a Board Member of the Yale Arab Alumni Association (YAAA), a community of over 200 Yale alumni and affiliates with an active interest in the Arab World. Born and raised in Beirut, Omar holds a BA and MBA from Yale University and has a background in consulting (Booz & Co) and finance (private wealth management - family office).Twitter
Omar leads the development of Bayt.com products and in this role, is responsible for defining the product strategy of Bayt.com and leading the product development team to manage the implementation of the strategy. His team has launched in recent months, several key initiatives on Bayt.com that re-define the way in which job seekers and employers interact with Bayt.com. Omar has a wide experience in managing software development teams and projects. He comes to Bayt.com from Oracle Corporation where he took on several senior roles within the Oracle Applications product development organization, such as: Director of Applications Development in Financials, Director of Global Strategy and others. Omar started his career at Andersen Consulting where he led the development and implementation of software projects for clients in the financial and securities sectors. Omar is a graduate of University of Jordan with BSs in Electrical Engineering, and has an MBA from Santa Clara University.Twitter
Ossama is the co-founder and GM of Dare’n’Deal. Ossama also founded several successful companies in different industries, such as EnLight Market Research and Talent Now Recruitment. Before becoming a full time entrepreneur, Ossama worked in McKinsey & Co where he formulated strategies in diverse industries, such as IT, banking and Health Care, and had exposure in the US, Europe and throughout the MENA region. He was part of the founding team that established McKinsey’s Cairo office. He is driven by making an impact and driving change. What excites him is to explore new and innovative opportunities and adopt ground-breaking strategies. He holds a Master in Development from the University of Cambridge in the UK, and a bachelor in International Relations from Brown University in RI, USA.Twitter
Ranwa Yehia is an Arab activist who worked as a journalist in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Egypt and then moved to work in Arab youth education development since 2005. She is co-founder of the Arab Digital Expression Foundation. In the past six years, she has worked with activists across the Arab region to develop a program for digital expression among Arab youth. Her focus is the empowerment of an individual within him/herself and within his/her respective network/s (online and offline) and community to express, share, collaborate and build for a better world. The Arab Digital Expression Foundation aims at promoting the use of information and communication technologies by Arab youth for digital expression and artistic creation. The activities ADEF organizes are conceived through a network of artists and techies supporting and mentoring young talents in the Arab region. Together, this network conceives a free and constructive environment for young Arab men and women to think, deliberate, express, articulate and realize their ideas using ICTs. The outcome is a process of identity-exploration, self-expression and artistic production, which adds to the repertoire of original Arabic digital content.Twitter
Rishi Saha is Hill & Knowlton’s Regional Director, Australia, Middle East, Africa, South & Central Asia and is responsible for the delivery of key strategic communications campaigns across this broad region, with a particular emphasis on digital. Rishi joined Hill & Knowlton in August 2011 from the Prime Minister’s Office in the UK, where he was David Cameron’s Head of Digital Communications. In this role, he oversaw the rebuild of the Number 10 website, led social media outreach and engagement for the British Government, and managed key online projects such as the Number 10 Transparency site, Red Tape Challenge and Public Reading Stage. Prior to entering Downing Street, he was Head of New Media for the UK Conservative Party, leading all elements of digital strategy, content production, campaign technology, mobile and social media in the years leading up to the 2010 General Election. His work here won the Conservatives an Orange Award for best use of digital campaigning by a political party. Named in 2010’s Wired 100 List of UK digital innovators, Rishi now leads digital engagement campaigns for brands and not-for-profits across Australia, Africa the Middle East and Asia.
Ronaldo Mouchawar has a cumulative 15 years of experience in technology, and business management. Early on, he served as a technical and systems consultant with EDS in the US. In 2000, he spearheaded a consulting company that managed numerous, web and e-commerce projects in the Arab world. In 2005, he launched souq.com the first auction site for the Arab world. Today Ronaldo is the Vice president of Jabbar Internet Group and the CEO of souq.com (www.souq.com) which has grown to be the largest eCommerce site in the region, enabling both B2C and C2C transactions in the Arab world. Ronaldo holds a Master's degree in Digital Communications and a Bachelor degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.Twitter
Shady Sherif introduced in 2000 in Egypt, an edgy, groundbreaking, and unprecedented English youth publication - Campus Magazine. He then entered the events industry by creating Ee Entertainment, then into guide magazine with his highly acclaimed Gmag, and finally E7na Magazine. The Fourth addition to the Core Publications Family was Egypt Treasures, and its sleeve, offering non-Egyptians visiting Egypt a sneak peek into what awaits them during their stay. Both Egypt Treasures and Egypt Treasures' sleeve are distributed on Egypt Air Flights with more than 1,500,000 readers yearly. The latest addition is Core Virtual, an online evolution of Core Publications, allowing instant interaction with users. Core Virtual’s aim is to support freedom of expression and to both inform and entertain, with its first online project being Elgomhoreya.tv. Unlike regular television, elgomhoreya.tv is a channel where the content is king- at a time of sensationalist news and unreliable journalism. Current issues are tackled, and many platforms are offered to the south for sharing and discussing.Twitter
Graduated from the American University in Cairo after which he held positions in several multinational companies. Nassar spent part of his employment career as a veteran IBMer where he was working at IBM Middle East in Dubai. After his return to Egypt he joined Lenovo for few years managing their Egyptian operations as General Manager for the Egypt office. In 2008, Nassar decided to start his own project and founded Web Technology Company which owns and operates www.nefsak.com , the first comprehensive e-commerce website in Egypt. Now nefsak.com has more than 18,000 products and has attracted an investment from Ideavelpers – the leading technology Venture Capital in Egypt - . nefsak.com was built following the amazon.com models and is capitalizing on the huge internet population in Egypt. Driven by his focus for achievement, Nassar aims to take the company to international frontiers over the coming few yearsTwitter
Sidar Sahin founded Peak Games, the fastest-growing emerging markets gaming company, in November of 2010. Peak Games is focused on providing culturally relevant games in emerging markets including Turkey, MENA, South America and Mexico, and already has 16 million monthly active users. Right before Peak Games, Sidar was a partner in fashion e-commerce startup Trendyol.com. He helped Trendyol.com grow from 3 to 300 people and reach a $100 million valuation within a year. His previous ventures include Funpac, a mobile gaming studio which he set up in 2003. Funpac games were distributed in 30 countries through more than 50 operators and portals. Izlesene.com, Sidar’s second venture was focused on social video sharing, launched in early 2006. Izlesene was the highest value Internet business exit in Turkey in its time. His third venture GameGarden is also a gaming company and was acquired by the Dogan Group, the leading media group in Turkey.
Steve Tsao is the CEO of Tahadi Games, a publisher of online games targeting the Middle East and North Africa region with plans to expand into other territories. The company will be the first mover in many of the game product categories, targeting over millions of Arabic Internet users throughout the region. The company’s management has proven track record of success in both the online games, as well as the Arabic Internet industries. Prior to assuming his role in Tahadi, Steve held positions in a number of international companies such as Corning and DuPont, IP Ventures Group and IP E-Games. Over the past 12 years, he founded multiple online game publishers/operators and successfully launched over 10 online games in markets such as the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, and Others.Twitter
Mr. Tarek Ali is Executive Director of Real Estate Development Co. at Amwal Khalij Private Equity. He has 10 years of experience in Real Estate Investment. Prior to joining ACGC, he was the Real Estate Investment Manager for EFG - Hermes Private Equity, a private equity investment company based in Egypt. He has experience in Real Estate Development and Brokerage across the MENA region working with OSOOL Real Estate based in Dubai. Prior to OSOOL, he is the founder of EDAR.com the online real estate portal. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Georgia Tech, Georgia Institute of Technology, (United States) and a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Oxford, England.
Tarek is the Group Head of Digital in Adline Media Network one of the biggest independent media marketing network with strong local operations in all major Arab markets. He is a successful serial entrepreneur who founded the first online recruitment and career development portal in the MENA region CareerEgypt.com, that later became CareerMidEast.com. His experience includes being part of the team that established Connect Ads, a partner and Managing Director at alkarma edutainment, and a co-founder of Zanad. Tarek is the Executive Producer and Show runner of the first Arab youth drama series “Aljami3a – The University” and the first thriller drama series “Abwab El Khof – Doors of Fear” both acquired by MBC for regional airing. He is passionate about supporting the startup ecosystem and has served as a mentor for Startup weekend in multiple countries as well as being part of the mentorship network for SeedStartup.comTwitter
Tarek is the General Manager of Diwanee, a digital media company focused on creating and distributing content focused on women in the Middle East. Diwanee publishes wikeez.com, 3a2ilati.com and yasmina.com and produces and distributes branded content for leading FMCG multinationals in the region. Tarek has a prior consulting (Booz & Co) and M&A experience focused on the media industry in Europe and the Middle East. Tarek holds an MBA from INSEAD and an Engineering degree from Ecole Centrale Paris.
Founder of the first Arabic web site dedicated for iPhone news & apps. Tarek was one of the first who developed software for the iPhone OS around the world. He also one of the developers behind Arabization of iPhone & iPad before Apple's officially support Arabic language on iDevices. Tarek founded a company in 2010 for developing mobile applications aimed at enriching the Arabic content in mobile devices with high-end applications, the company already developed dozens of successful applications in the Apple AppStore.Twitter
Tarek Nasr is the Founder and Managing Director of planet360, a boutique Creative, Digital, Social Media Agency on a planet far, far away (in Mohandessin), working with many brands including Azza Fahmy, Nokia, Mentos, AhramOnline & ZMS. An entrepreneur at heart he started his first business at the age of 18 and is active in the Tech Start-Up field where he is a partner in one start-up and provides several mobile / web start-ups with marketing consultation including Touringa & BackPack. Finally an avid blogger on all things marketing have established one of the top such blogs in the region; “Marketing over Shisha”Twitter
Tom has worked for Nokia since the summer of 2006 holding various positions in the services, entertainment and UK Markets team. Tom was a key contributor to the Comes With Music program which saw rollout of 35+ countries including China, India, Brazil, Russia & South Africa. Currently Tom is responsible for Nokia's Smart Devices division for the Middle East & Africa and will be responsible for introducing the Nokia with Windows Phone products to the region. Before joining Nokia Tom worked at MTV Networks as Commercial Director for Digital Media with responsibility for developing MTV's international business in the areas of Games and Mobile TV. Tom has also worked for the mobile operator O2 in their Genie Internet division and the digital payment start up Eposs which was ultimately acquired by Western Union.
Vadi Efe is the managing partner of Turkey’s leading social media agency, Dekatlon Buzz. Dekatlon coordinates social media marketing & PR strategies of several international companies including Vodafone, Unilever, Philips, McDonald's and L’Oreal. Vadi is also the founder of ortakantin (acquired by Youth Republic in 2009) and okumasitesi (acquired by TİMAŞ in 2009). As a graduate of a german-turkish high school, with a BSc in MIS, Vadi also acquired a Media Informatics masters program from RWTH Aachen, and specialized in international marketing & management at the Berlin School of Economics. Vadi Efe was chosen as the "International Young Interactive Media Entrepreneur" by the British Council in 2010. He was awarded by Webrazzi in 2009 as one of the best online entrepreneurs of. He also won the Golden Spider Web Award of Turkey in 2009 with the localization project of sevenload, Europe’s leading media platform, based in Germany, and which was funded by Deutsche Telekom.Twitter
Since he cofounded ITWorx in 1994, Wael Amin has been responsible for steering the company through its remarkable growth and transformation into a regional software powerhouse. Even before graduating top of his undergraduate class from the American University in Cairo, Wael's entrepreneurial drive was in high gear as he cofounded software firm MicroLabs. Wael is a frequent lecturer on Managing Professional Services and is a founding member of the Software Engineering Competence Center in Cairo. He is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Arabic
Wael is one of the leading voices driving the IT and media industries in the region, impacting and empowering millions of Arabs online, with more than 20 years of experience in the technology sector. At Google, Wael is responsible for driving the business strategy and operations for the company throughout Egypt and North Africa. His main tasks include developing the internet eco-system, partnering with key players to develop the Internet, as well as advancing the advertising platforms in the region. Wael joined Google in January 2008 following a successful career in many leading management roles at IBM, 3Com Middle East & North Africa and Sun Microsystems, to name a few. Wael also successfully founded Wireless Dynamics, before exiting the company in November 2008. Wael holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Communication Engineering from Ain Sham University, Cairo. He is married with two childrenTwitter
Waseem El Tanahi is the founder and Managing Director of Media Republic, the marketing communications agency and digital publishing house behind Cairo360.com, the leading online guide to living in Cairo. El Tanahi has over ten years of experience in marketing and PR gained through agency positions held in the UK, UAE and Egypt. He specialises in a number of areas including consumer technologies, entertainment, publishing, retail and finance. From 2000 to 2007, El Tanahi worked at several award-winning agencies in London including Frank PR, and Indigo Pearl, where he handled communications for several consumer technology clients such as Sony, Logitech, Disney, and Atari. Since its inception in 2009, Media Republic has grown to become a leading boutique agency with big name local and international clients, as well as a driving force in the area of online lifestyle media.Twitter
William Kanaan, is the Head of New Business Development for Google in the Middle East and North Africa. William is a high tech veteran who has founded and worked for several startups in the Silicon Valley and Canada. He has been a senior software architect and consultant at Netscape, Sun and Fujitsu consulting. During the last 6 years at Google, William worked on Mobile, News and Ads systems. William holds a bachelor degree in computer science and speaks several languages.Twitter
Zafer Younis is a marketing specialist who is paving new ways for companies to connect with their consumers in the digital space. He is the co-founder and CEO of The Online Project where his team develops and executes social media strategies for Fortune 500 companies and high profile organizations operating in the Middle East and North Africa. Zafer co-founded his first company: Modern Media, LTD, a Jordanian media house that owns and operates two popular radio stations, including the award winning radio station Play 99.6, which received recognition from the US-based National Association for Broadcasters in 2007. Modern Media offers consulting services to regional radio stations, and designs direct marketing promotions for advertisers. Zafer holds a BA (Business Finance) from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a BA (Engineering) from the University College London (UCL).Twitter
Ziad Mokhtar is a partner at Ideavelopers - the Venture Capital arm of EFG-Hermes. Ideavelopers manages a $50 million fund focused on technology startups. Ziad is involved in finding and deciding on new investment opportunities. He is also responsible for following a number of Ideaveloper's portfolio companies. Before Ideavelopers, Ziad worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company where he worked on several projects related to economic development, healthcare reform, and educational institutions. Prior to that, Ziad was the CEO of eSpace, which he cofounded in 2000. During his tenure at eSpace, he lead the development of SalesBuzz, the number 1 mobile salesforce solution in the region, and spearheaded the company's international services business. Ziad earned a Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering from Alexandria University in 2000, and earned an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in 2008.Twitter