Bringing Together the Who’s Who of Digital!

ArabNet Riyadh 2017 brings you the “behind-the-scene” initiators of change from across the world.
Over 80 speakers will join us this year as we pave the way for the latest in digital.

Abbas Safadieh General Manager MENA, JollyChic.com

Abdulrahman AlJiffry ‎Program Development Lead, ‎KAUST

Abdulrahman Hammad Managing Partner, SME Law

Adrian Truscan Director - SEO, Resolution MENA

Adrian Turcsan is a seasoned SEO specialist and online marketing professional with over 10 years of experience, handling a diverse portfolio of SEO accounts. Prior to joining Omnicom Media Group, he worked with specialist search agencies in the UK, including Brand Attention and HP Group. At Resolution MENA he is primarily responsible for managing key client accounts, growing the SEO and inbound marketing business, training specialists within the network and developing Resolution’s regional SEO offering.

Ahmed Sodoudi Head of Brand - Chevrolet, Middle East, General Motors

Alpesh Doshi Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Fintricity

Alpesh Doshi is a globally renowned thought leader in how organisations can transform and future-proof their business using emerging technologies, particularly around digital, big data & analytics, and blockchain. He is focused on innovative thinking and practical strategies to add value for his clients fast and often, introducing the agile approach of working to digital transformation.

Amanda Turnbull VP and Country Manager - MENA, Discovery Networks

Amanda Turnbull is VP and Country Manager for Discovery Networks in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), part of Discovery Networks Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA), a division of Discovery Communications. Amanda is responsible for the strategic development and operational management of Discovery’s portfolio of 13 channels (11 Pay-TV and 2 FTA) and digital brands in MENA, and is tasked with ensuring long term growth for Discovery’s business while maximizing multiplatform revenues. She has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry.

Ambareen Musa Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Souqalmal.com

Ambareen Musa worked for GE Money and led the first online financial literacy initiative in the UK, Moneybasics.co.uk. She set up the consulting arm of MasterCard Middle East and Africa, before founding Souqalmal.com, number one financial comparison and insurance platform in UAE and KSA. Souqalmal.com was named "Online Business of the Year 2015" and is ranked amongst "Dubai top 100 SMEs". Musa was awarded "Entrepreneur of the year" and "Leading Women in Business" and has been selected as an "Endeavor Entrepreneur".

Amjad Ahmad Founder and Managing Partner, Precinct Partners

Amjad Ahmad is a veteran venture capital and private equity investor with an extensive track record of leading successful investments in emerging markets. He has invested in 30 companies across the MENA region primarily in the technology and consumer sectors. Amjad earned a Masters from Columbia University and is a General Management Program graduate from Harvard Business School.

Antoni Vives Former Deputy Mayor of Barcelona,

Arwa Shafi New Venture's Associate at the Entrepreneurship Center, KAUST

Arwa Shafi is the New Ventures Associate at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) where she co-leads the Taqadam Entrepreneur University. She has also founded the Agents of Innovation program, an exclusive apprenticeship for selected high potential students from partner universities. Arwa mentors a diverse portfolio of startups and students as part of the 910ths accelerator and the Master’s and PhD level “New Ventures & Product Development” elective module taught at KAUST.

Ayman Haydar CEO, MenaMarketPlace

Ayman Itani Founder, Think Media Labs

Benjamin Ampen Head of Revenue - MENA, Twitter

Since joining Twitter in 2012, Ampen has launched the company's sales activities in France, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy. Prior to that, he worked at Google for four years, where he spent his last years spearheading the business development team across the UK and EMEA region. Ampen also previously worked at Universal McCann and Detecon Consulting. He holds three Master's Degrees in Management from highly esteemed universities in London, Germany, and Paris and has lived in Paris, Berlin, Dublin, and London before relocating to Dubai.

Dirk Henke Managing Director - Emerging Market, Criteo

Dirk Henke is the Managing Director Emerging Markets at Criteo since October 2012. Previously, he was based in Criteo’s headquarter in Paris and was the Vice President Business Development for the publisher business of Criteo for Europe while leading the development of new markets, specifically focusing on Asia. Prior to joining Criteo, Dirk Henke was the Head of Publisher Network at Microsoft Advertising. Another station in his career was Yahoo! Where he led the Publisher New Business at Yahoo! Germany and established Yahoo! Search Marketing in South-East Asia.

Emre Ekmekci Chief Commercial Officer and Board Member, Hepsiburada.com

Emre Ekmekçi is the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Hepsiburada.com, Turkey’s leading multi-category e-commerce platform. Previously he served as the President, Business Development at Doğan Online Group Companies. Founded in 1999, Doğan Online Group consists of the leading e-commerce and betting businesses in Turkey with brands such as HepsiBurada.com, Nesine.com, Evmanya.com and 6cadde.com. His team is tasked with new venture identification and continuous improvement within the group. Prior to Doğan Online, in partnership with European Founders Fund and Rocket Internet, Emre pioneered the daily deal business in Turkey, by launching Groupon's Turkish operations and its local Turkish brand Sehirfirsati.com, making it a market leader company in less than 18 months. Emre has global experience in Interactive Marketing having served for 8 years at a leading full-service agency in Los Angeles, California with focus on global business development and has worked on location in Los Angeles, Chicago, Hong Kong, Shanghai, London and Paris. Emre has an MBA with honors from Columbia Business School in New York and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from University of Southern California. A native of Adana, Emre is also a proud alumni of Tarsus American High School.

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 blockchain, education, media and energy. Fady worked at Digital World Capital, a technology focused hedge fund, where he was responsible for expanding the fund’s portfolio investments in Asia. He also previously advised numerous UHNWIs and family offices in the MENA region on their US-technology investment portfolios and syndicated an SPV that invested in the Alibaba IPO. Fady was a seed round investor and advisor to Energal, and he’s an early investor in Amplify LA.

Fahad Almousa Founding Partner, Inspire Ventures

Fahad Almousa is the founding partner of INSPIRE VENTURES, a Saudi venture capital firm that invests in seed and early stage startups in the MENA region. He is the former CEO of Yamamah Hills Holding and has more than 7 years of enriched experience in various managerial and executive positions. Fahad is chairman and founder of DRNEF chain hotels and resorts in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and he is a member of the board of directors for several leading tech startups.

Farshad Dabeshkhoy Commercial Director, Middle East, Criteo

Farshad Dabeshkhoy is the Commercial Director for the Middle East at Criteo, overseeing all of the client side activities across the region. Prior to this he was based in London and Dubai, working closely with the publishers for Criteo, heading the Business Development team, across the Middle East, Turkey and Africa. Prior to joining Criteo, Farshad worked with the same regions, at AppNexus located in London as a client advisor to both buyers and sellers.

Fawaz Alrajhi Chairman, AlRajhi United

Heba Sayed Marketing Manager, Watson Customer Engagement - Middle East & Africa, IBM

Heba Sayed is the Head of Marketing, IBM Watson Customer Engagement, Middle East & Africa. Prior to this role, she has led a number of leadership roles at IBM in Egypt and the UAE. Heba is a renowned public speaker on future of marketing and AI and has spoken in the region’s biggest conferences like Arab Luxury Summit, DubaiLynx, Social Media Day, Marketers League and others. She holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo.

Jad Yammine Digital Manager, MENA, Discovery Networks

Jonathan Nelson Managing Director of Hack VC, Founder and CEO of Hackers / Founders

Michael Dooijes Co-Founder and Managing Director, Startupbootcamp FinTech & CyberSecurity

Michael Dooijes is a serial intrapreneur, industry leader and international executive and innovator in the Fintech space. He was the Managing Director for the ventures and innovation team at Rabobank, one of the largest banks in NL and was CEO of the leading m-commerce platform MyOrder. Michael Joined Startupbootcamp as co-founder and Managing Director of Startupbootcamp's FinTech & CyberSecurity Startup Accelerator programme in Amsterdam. He’s passionate about how Innovation can impact the lives of millions and focuses on helping the FS industry transform itself.

Mohammad Al-Rashidi Founder & Executive Chairman, One Global

Mohammed is a founder of multiple ventures in Telcom, mContent, mHealth, mTourism, mEducation, mGovernment and Fintech. His ventures are addressed under Group One Global (Og), an idea Generation and incubation venture with business model adoption to the market needs and future growth. Mohammed founded Og Money (Formerly known as Payit), a mobile financial and Payment platform with strong presence in more than 12 countries. He recently invented a patent in Fintech industry registered in US and other countries for performing a card presence Transaction on the cloud.

Moustafa Ismail Regional Director, DMS

Nabil Borhanu President and Managing Member, Graphene Ventures

For over fifteen years, Nabil has been a serial entrepreneur, guest speaker, and judge in startup events across Silicon Valley and the Middle East. He successfully built three different companies in telecom, sports, and media from the ground up, and grew them into the $100M range in less than five years. Nabil moved to Silicon Valley where he started Graphene Ventures. His entrepreneur, corporate executive, and investor experience makes him an ideal partner for Graphene’s portfolio companies; he led Graphene investments in Snap Inc., Lyft Inc., among others.

Omar Almajdouie Founding Partner, Raed Ventures

Omar Almajdouie is the founding partner and CEO of Raed Ventures, a Saudi venture capital firm owned by Almajdouie Holding which invests in seed and early stage startups in the MENA region. Almajdouie is the former CEO of Almajdouie Manufacturing LLC, with more than 17 years of enriched experience in various managerial and executive positions. He founded Raed Ventures in 2016 as part of Almajdouie Holding diversification strategy. He is a member of board of directors for several leading tech startups.

Omar Hashem Executive Vice President and Head, Digital Banking Division, The National Commercial Bank

Seasoned banker with more than 20 years of diverse experience in spearheading startup initiatives in corporate banking, retail banking, strategy, and customer experience. Chairman of Board Sanid, Member of the Advisory Board of souqalmal.com and EVP head of Digital Banking, National Commercial Bank - Saudi Arabia. In addition, he works with Regulator on Fintech initiatives and payment initiatives.

Saeed Al Nahdi Head of ATM Network, Arab National Bank

Sonia Weymuller Partner, VentureSouq

Sonia Weymuller is a Founding Partner of VentureSouq, a UAE-based early stage investing platform that has funded tech ventures from the US, UK, Africa, India and the MENA region. Previously, she headed Advertising Sales for Turner Broadcasting’s portfolio of children’s platforms across MENA and Africa. Prior to Turner, Sonia worked with Viacom’s Emerging Markets’ Strategy Group and Microsoft’s Strategy and M&A team in London. Sonia holds a B.A. from Yale University and a MSc from the London School of Economics. She is a Charter Member for TiE's Dubai chapter, serves as the UAE Director for the Yale Alumni Schools Committee, is a Board member and mentor for e7 Daughters of the Emirates and an advisor to Air Shepherd, a non-profit that harnesses the power of technology to pre-empt poaching activities in Africa.

Tammer Qaddumi Partner, VentureSouq

Tim Lea Chief Executive Officer, Veredictum.io

CEO and founder of Veredictum.io a technology start-up using blockchain-based technologies to stop film and video piracy. He has an MBA, is a published author and a regular speaker and writer on the strategic applications of the Blockchain. His book, Down the Rabbit Hole is written in plain English and shows you how to explore and capitalize on the power of the blockchain.

Toby Daniell Head of Sales, MENA, INSKIN

Toby is responsible for establishing Inskin's presence in the MENA region, and driving adoption of Inskin's formats with advertisers, media agencies and publishers. Toby believes that digital is currently being under-utilised as a space to build brands, and that more engaging formats will ultimately drive more attention, brand recall and better business results. Toby has worked across the agency and ad tech space in London, New York and Dubai, in a career spanning 10 years. He is passionate about the digital world and how it can change our lives and businesses for the better.

Todd OBrien Managing Director, Startupbootcamp Smart Cities

Ulugbek Yuldashev Founder and Chief Executive Officer, AWOK.com

Kyrgyz entrepreneur Ulugbek Yuldashev is the founder and CEO of AWOK.com, one of the leading online retail platforms in the UAE, offering over 50,000 products across 30+ categories, and employs close to 500 people. Yuldashev started his first company when he was 19 - a retail and wholesale business in Kyrgyzstan named “Domashniy” (Russian for home center). He then moved to Dubai and in 2008 established the wholesale company Gulf Alabel Technologies LLC, followed by Alifco LLC, before entering ecommerce with ALIFCA DMCC as the parent company of AWOK.com.

Wael AlFayez General Manager, AlKhaleejiah Advertising & PR CO.

Wael AlFayez heads AlKhaleejiah Advertising & Public Relations Company, a subsidiary of the Saudi Research Marketing Group, a Media Representation Company. He’s in charge of shaping SRMG's Digital Advertising Future, streamlining business operations and solidifying partnerships with Advertisers. Wael has an educational background in Management and Information Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of South Carolina with the addition of Executive Education courses from leading institutions such as INSEAD and MIT.

Waleed AlBallaa​ Partner, STVentures

With a long career that has spanned many links across the hi-tech food chain locally and internationally, Waleed is well equipped for his career mission to participate in unlocking the potential of the region's innovation ecosystem. Waleed is currently part of a team setting up a new VC fund, STV, with an operating model that could redefine how large corporations and startups work together towards growing the ecosystem for everyone.

Walla Nahas Economic Development Consultant, Me

Walla Nahas received a Bachelor in Computer Science from King Abdul Aziz University – KSA and an MBA from University of Leicester – UK. She’s a member in Jeddah Young Business Committee and a producer and presenter of “Startup” program on you-tube which offers those who want to start their own businesses tips, ideas, experiences, and interviews with entrepreneurs. Her diverse experiences include customer care, training and development, corporate social responsibility and marketing.

Yasser Alobaidan Chief Executive Officer, Jawraa

Zach Finkelstein Vice President of Corporate Development, Careem


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