Abdullah Al Mutawa Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Carriage

Abdullah Al Mutawa is the CEO and Co-founder of Carriage. He studied Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech and worked at Schlumberger for a few years after graduating. Shortly after that, Al Mutawa opened up his own restaurant in Kuwait City called the Stack, which led him to founding Carriage. Carriage was the first service of its kind in Kuwait to combine online food ordering and delivery in one platform.

Abdulwahab Alessa Co-Founder, Boutiqaat

Alex Pitt Co-Founder, Mustard Seeds

Bilal AlMourad Regional Connect Director - MENA, Ipsos

Bilal is Ipsos Connect Media Director in the Lower Gulf Cluster (Kuwait, Qatar, and Bahrain) and Oman. Bilal enjoys extensive experience in marketing and media strategy, business development, communication, media analysis and public relations. He earned a number of internal certificates in multimedia research from Ipsos. He also joined several training programs in leadership, management and professional training from Wynder Coaches, Lebanon. Bilal is also Google certified.

Bulent Tekmen Co-Founder, Colendi

Bulent is a Serial Entrepreneur. His latest endeavor is Colendi.com which he founded and serves as CEO. His prior Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency Licensed e-money company ininal.com has reached more than 2 Million accounts, and 1 Million active digital wallet users monthly, and still growing fast. Cheque-Dejeuner Group acquired in May 2016 a majority stake at ininal and signed for one of the biggest deals in the Turkish Startup ecosystem. He is working for years to transform the banking industry, micro credits and credibility world into digital and has started Colendi as the right solution for this vision. Bulent is also an active Business Angel and invests in early stage start-ups. Bulent has been elected as the “Internet Entrepreneur of the Year” in Turkey and EY Entrepreneur Of The Year - Accelerating Entrepreneurs program in Monte Carlo. Ininal won several awards: “Best FinTech Start-up ”. The Wired UK magazin elected in 2013 and 2014 ininal as the hottest 100 companies in Europe.

David Parker Executive Director of Financial Services, Bahrain Economic Development Board

Duha Shubair Manager ‑ Advanced Technology, Ali AbdulWahab Al‑Mutawa Commercial

Elie Nasr Co-Founder and Managing Partner, FOO

Fady Yacoub Co-Founder and Managing Partner, HOF Capital

Fady Yacoub is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at HOF Capital, where he focuses on tech-driven companies across sectors. He has a particular interest in energy, education, media, and blockchain. Prior to HOF Capital, Fady worked at Digital World Capital, a technology focused hedge fund, helping the firm expand its investment portfolio in Asia by overseeing the firm’s investment in Baidu and Qihoo 360. Fady also syndicated an SPV that invested into the Alibaba IPO. (NYSE:BABA) and prior to that was a Data Analyst at Switch (NYSE:SWCH). Earlier in his career, Fady held multiple positions at El Tholathia Corp Egypt (ETC). He led ETC's industrial development team in deploying a new home appliances factory in the Sudan. Through ETC’s real estate development arm, he led the development team for 400,000 m2 on Egypt's North Coast. Fady earned both a BS and BA in Business Administration & Psychology from the University of Southern California.

Gustavo Montero Chairman of Agar Development, Former CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Switzerland

Gustavo Montero is a Swiss national and a trained Engineer/Technology Industry Specialist. He’s the co-Founder and Chairman of Agar LLC, with over 25 years international banking experience with senior roles at Standard Chartered Bank, Cramer Bank, global audit positions for International Organizations and substantial Global Project Management experience. More recently, Gustavo has advised some of the world’s largest family offices on their investment activities.

Massimo Campello Business Partner - Middle East, SupernovaeLabs

Shaheen Alkhudhari Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ajar online

Shaheen holds a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems, and a Master’s of Business Administration. He has 10 years of experience working in multiple private sector entities such as Schlumberger Ltd, Global Investment House, British Link Kuwait Group, and Elite Logistics. The inefficiencies he faced working in the logistics industry coupled with his frustration towards the lack of a convenient way to pay rent and manage properties inspired him to eventually launch Ajar Online. Shaheen also served as a Technology consultant in the Kuwait Ministry of Commerce & Industry.

Teemu Kinos Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, 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.

Tom MacDonald Managing Consultant and Financial Services Practice head, Global Growth Markets

Tom MacDonald is a market intelligence practitioner and business consultant specializing in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and other emerging marketshas l. He’s led dozens of assignments for many of the world’s most successful financial services and technology companies. Currently Managing Consultant and Financial & Business Services Practice Lead at the research and advisory firm Global Growth Markets, Tom leads the company’s work on digital payments, e-commerce and payments investment advisory. His work has been cited in publications including the China Daily.

Ulugbek Yuldashev Founder and Chief Executive Officer, awok.com

Kyrgyz entrepreneur Ulugbek Yuldashev is the founder and chief executive officer of AWOK.com, which is, one of the leading online retail platforms in the UAE. He founded the online store in 2013, which commenced operations, by selling electronics and gadgets. The company has grown rapidly since its inception, offers over 70,000 products across 50 plus categories, and employs close to 700 people. Yuldashev has had a flair for business since an early age and started his first company in 2004, when he was just 19 years old. It was a retail and wholesale business in Kyrgyzstan named Domashniy (Russian for Home Center). In 2006, the ambitious young entrepreneur moved to Dubai and in 2008 established the wholesale company Gulf Alabel Technologies LLC. Success in this venture led to Yuldashev setting up another wholesale company called Alifco LLC followed by entering the ecommerce industry in the region with ALIFCA DMCC as the parent company of AWOK.com. Ulugbek is a business graduate and considers his father to be his mentor who instilled in him discipline and ethics in business at a young age. Hailing from a retail background, Yuldashev is committed to being customer-centric. Customer satisfaction is at the core of his decision making process as much as an acute business sense and boldness. Yuldashev’s commitment to ‘not quit without winning’ stems from being a dynamic sportsman since school days. He has grown up winning various national and regional level competitions in Kyrgyzstan. Competitive sports that he has trained in and won include martial arts, tennis, swimming and 10km running. When away from his growing business, Ulugbek enjoys spending time with his young family. He is a voracious reader and speaks English, Russian, Kyrgyz and Uzbek fluently.