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Adtech Forum

Social Media penetration in Kuwait is at 96% (one of the highest globally), and leading the MENA region on platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram. Kuwaiti publishers, agencies and brands are transforming their activities to keep up with online consumption habits, leveraging branded content and storytelling, as well as new technologies like native and programmatic. ArabNet Kuwait will shed light on best practices for content creation and distribution, as well as technologies that are reshaping marketing and the consumer journey.

Investment & Innovation Forum

The Kuwait entrepreneurship scene has had a great year, with the acquisitions of Carriage and Masbagti making headlines and inspiring new startups. A number of new funds, accelerators and support institutions have launched, and Kuwait is increasingly attracting the interest of regional and global investors. ArabNet Kuwait will feature top investors highlighting their investment strategies and the market trends, and successful entrepreneurs sharing best practices for fundraising, team-building and scaling.

Digital Commerce Forum

Digital commerce is flourishing in Kuwait, with KNET processing over $1.6B in online transactions in Kuwait in 2016. Banks, retailers, and services businesses are increasingly investing in digital innovation to meet consumer demands: 24/7, convenient, and seamless across touch points. ArabNet Kuwait will highlight the latest trends in e-retail and e-commerce - including omnichannel and on-demand strategies - as well as fintech and banking innovation - including mobile banking / payments and the future of the branch.

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H.E Khaled Nasser Abdullah Al-Roudan Minister of Commerce and Industry and Minister of State for Youth Affairs,
Sheikha Al Zain Al Sabah Undersecretary of the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs - Kuwait,
Abdulla Al-Ajmi CEO, The Shared Electronic Banking KNET
Abdullah Al Mutawa Co-Founder and CEO, Carriage
Abdulwahab Alessa Co-Founder, Boutiqaat
Aby Thomas Editor in Chief, Entrepreneur Middle East
Ahmad Alomani Chairman, Markab Capital
Ahmed Salamah Co-Founder and CEO, BilBayt
Akash Pandya Senior Manager - Digital, Zenith
Ali Alqenai Founder, Cavaraty
Ammar Hamadien Head of Strategic Engagement - MENA, GSMA
Andrew Hanna Chief Commercial Officer, Kuwait Telecommunications Company (VIVA)
Athbi Alenezi Co-Founder, Justclean
Benjamin Ampen Head of Revenue - MENA, Twitter
Carlos Tibi Founder and CEO, Icflix
Dana Al Hanbali Managing Partner, Beattie + Dane
Dana Mado Founder and Marketing Strategist, Twentytwo11
Dhari AlAbdulhadi Co-Founder and CTO, Ubuy.com
Dr. Samar M. Baqer Faculty member in the College of Business Administration, Kuwait University
Eric van Biesen Chief Financial Officer, PayTabs
Eyad Zarea META Media Director, Mars
Fadi Chalouhi Group General Manager Retail Banking, Kuwait Finance House
Fadi Ghandour ‎Executive Chairman of Wamda Group, Founder of Aramex
Fares Ghandour Partner, Wamda Capital
Farshad Dabeshkhoy Commercial Director, Middle East, Criteo
Fawaz Alobaid Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Seeds Partners
Firas AlOda Director of Finance and Investment, Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS)
Geet Bhalla ​Co-Founder and CEO, HolidayMe
Hadi Raad Regional Head of Digital Solutions - Central Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Visa
Hussein Freijeh Managing Director - MENA, Snap Inc.
Ian Manning Regional Head of Agencies - MENA and Pakistan, Facebook and Instagram
Idriss Al Rifai Founder and CEO, Fetchr
Inass Abdulaziz CEO, DotSpace Group
Iqbal Al Haddad Vice President at IAA, Professor at American University of Kuwait
Julien Cavailles Sales Director - Middle East and Africa, Buzzeff
Karim Khorshed Co-Founder and CEO, Cequens
Karl Naim Co-Founder and CEO, ChefXchange
Khalid Al-Zanki Founder & CEO, LAUNCH
Khalil Shadid Founder and CEO, ReserveOut
Kunal Kapoor CEO, ​​The Luxury Closet
Lena Ramfelt Co-Founder, Gear Up Ventures
Malek Hammoud Group Executive Director - Strategy & Business Development, Zain
Marwan Farah IAA Board Member,
Matthew Gardiner Founder, Catch London
Michael Aswad Senior Business Development Manager, ArabNet
Mijbel Alayoub Director - Coorporate Communication, Ooredoo
Mohamed El Shareef Chief Strategic Planning Officer, Warba Bank
Mohammad Al-Rashidi Executive Chairman, One Global
Mohammed Soueidan Vice General Manager, Omedia
Mona Al Mukhaizeem Managing Partner at Savour Ventures, Co-Founder at Sirdab Lab
Musaed Al-Mutairi Brand Executive,
Nabil Borhanu President and Managing Member, Graphene Ventures
Nader Bitar Senior Director, MenaMarketPlace
Nael Halabi Executive Vice President, Kuwait, Publicis Media
Neda Aldihany Managing Director, Brilliant Lab
Neil Hardwick CEO, MEC MENA
Nour Al Masri Regional Digital Media Director, Sayidaty Magazine
Nouri Alenezi Co-Founder, Justclean
Omar Almajdouie Founding Partner, Raed Ventures
Omar Christidis Founder and CEO, ArabNet
Omar Yassine Senior Vice President, Head of Retail Digital Channels, The National Commercial Bank
Prashant 'PK' Gulati Founder of The SmartStart Fund, Founder of The Assembly
Rashid Sultan Founder and Managing Partner, Savour Ventures
Rita Makhoul Managing Editor, ArabNet
Sahar Salama Founder and CEO, TPAY mobile
Said Ouchnak E-commerce Director, Sayidaty Mall
Salah AlFulaij CEO, National Bank of Kuwait
Susan Amat Founder and CEO, Venture Hive
Tareq Al Saleh Assistant General Manager for Investments, Gulf Bank
Tareq Muhmood Senior Deputy CEO- Banking Group, Ahli United Bank, Kuwait
Waleed AlBallaa​ Partner, STVentures
Walid Hanna Founder and Managing Partner, Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)
Youssef Hammad Managing Partner, BECO Capital
Zeid Husban Founder and CEO, POSRocket
Ziad Azzam Sales Director, DMS
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