Speakers

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.

HRH Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud Deputy of Planning & Development - General Sport Authority, President of Mass Participation Federation

Over the past decade, Her Royal Highness Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud has established a profile for advocacy of business growth, community health and women’s development issues. Her efforts as a global ambassador for positive social change are recognized internationally and she has become one of the most visionary voices for a more conjoined world. On August 1st, 2016, The Saudi Council of Ministers appointed Princess Reema Vice President for Development and Planning (Women's Affairs) at the General Sports Authority, a governmental body focused on developing the Saudi sports and physical fitness space in the largest national economy within the Middle East and North Africa region. In 2013 Her Highness founded Alf Khair, a social enterprise with an aim to elevate the professional capital of Saudi women through a structured curriculum focusing on professional guidance and career management. She had previously served for seven years as CEO of Alfa International, a multi-brand luxury retail company. With the goal of empowering women in mind, comprehensive training programs were developed for female staff members, which took place at a time when the retail sector struggled to be a gender-inclusive workspace. Another Alf Khair project initiative ‘10KSA’, a holistic health awareness-raising endeavor with a focus on breast cancer that brought together more than 10,000 women in December 2015 in Riyadh. Alf Khair was awarded a Guinness Book of World Record for organizing the World’s Largest Human Awareness Ribbon 2015 for breast cancer awareness, something Her Highness had also achieved in 2010. Selected in September 2014 by Forbes Middle East magazine as one of the most powerful 200 Arab women, Princess Reema was also recognized as a Young Global Leader in 2015, Foreign Policy Magazine Global Thinker Mogul in 2014, Business of Fashion’s Top 500 people working in fashion industry (2013 and 2014), and as Fast Company’s Most Creative Person of 2014. She is also a member of several advisory bodies including ‘Saudi National Creative Initiative’, whose programs aim to create a communication platform for creative talent in Saudi Arabia; and a founding member of ‘Zahra’ Breast Cancer Association. Currently focusing her energy on the responsibilities associated with her post at the General Sports Authority to further the goals of the national sports and physical fitness strategies in Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Mohammed H. Almeshekah Deputy Minister for Planning and Development at the Ministry of Communication and information Technology (MCIT), General Director of Vision Realization Office

Dr. Mohammed H. Almeshekah holds a Phd degree in computer science from Purdue University and a master degree in cybersecurity from London Royal Holloway University in England. He has occupied many positions from a software engineer at Google, a lecturer at the University of Purdue in Indiana, the director general of the Vision Realization Office at Ministry of Justice and the Executive Director of Center of Excellence for cybersecurity at King Saud University. Currently, Dr. Meshekah works as the deputy minister for Planning and Development at the Ministry of communication and information technology and overall manager the VRO of ICT and post sectors in order to support the execution and follow up of the sector initiatives to realize kingdom’s vision 2030.

Twitter:@meshekah
Abbas Safadieh General Manager MENA, JollyChic

Abbass Safadieh is General Manager of Jollychic for the Middle East and North Africa region, with over 11 years of experience in Ecommerce, e-retail and Internet business. He had launched souq.com in Saudi and lead as the country General Manager where he moved souq.com into a multi-million dollars company.

Abdallah Saqqa Head of Hybris - Customer Engagement Commerce MENA, SAP

Abdallah is the Head of SAP Hybris in the Middle East & North Africa region. He holds overall responsibility for the Customer Engagement & Commerce Line of Business across all solution pillars of Sales, Service, Marketing, Billing and Commerce within MENA. Prior to SAP, Abdallah held the General Manager position of Adobe Systems in MENA. Adobe’s portfolio included Digital Marketing and creative solutions covering all market segments and verticals. Previously, Abdallah held multiple Regional MENA positions at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Microsoft Corp & Accenture.

Twitter:@asaqqa
Abdulaziz Al Shawi Business Development Manager, HyperPay

Abdulaziz Al-Noghaither Co-Founder of AACC Consulting, Secretary General for Saudi Food Bank

Eng. Abdulaziz Al-Noghaither has extensive rich experience of over 25 years at local and regional ICT businesses. Eng. Abdulaziz have held senior management roles in International organisation like IBM, Acer and Intel as well as managing many local mega companies. He is a board member of various educational and SME/Entrepreneur associations. Abdulaziz is a Certified ICT consultant and a C0-founder of AACC consulting. He work now as the Secretary General for Saudi food bank organization.

Abdulaziz Madani Account Manager, Tojjar

Abdullah AlGhadouni Founder & Trigger Maker, Triggers

TRIGGERS founder and a leader experienced in business and marketing

Twitter:@Alghadouni
Abdullah Alsaadi Founder, Dook

Twitter:@saadineur
Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Wasel Business Development Manager, Forsa

Abdulrahman AlJiffry Innovation Learning Officer, ‎KAUST

Abdulrahman is a founding member of the King Abdullah University for Science & Technology (KAUST) Entrepreneurship Center; he has played a pivotal role in KAUST's Innovation and Economic Development activities for the past five years. Currently Abdulrahman manages the center's Innovation Academy and corporate innovation programs. Abdulrahman has worked with passionate and creative teams from Saudi ARAMCO, SABIC and Islamic Development Bank (IDB) among many others. He has developed training and mentorship programs for a variety of major events and startup conferences in the Kingdom including MITF (Saudi Arabia) and Arabnet. Abdulrahman has played a pivotal role in developing and managing the TAQADAM University Entrepreneur Accelerator.

Twitter:@AbdoomJiffry
Abdulrahman Hammad Managing Partner, SME Law

Abdulrahman is an entrepreneur, angel investor and a lawyer. He has worked for a major U.S. law firm in New York concentrating on energy, infrastructure and project finance work, as well as at the Saudi Aramco Law Department with a practice focusing on project development and M&A. Abdulrahman has started a number of successful businesses in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and also invests in and sits on the boards of a number of small and midsize businesses around the world.

Twitter:@armhammad
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.

Twitter:@adrianturcsan
Ahmad AlFaifi Managing Director - Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen, SAP

Twitter:@ahmedalfaifi
Ahmed Al-Bader Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sihatech.com

Ahmed Al-Bader is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sihatech.com, the Kingdom's fastest growing digital health application. Ahmed holds an MBA from Oxford University and an Illumina Fellowship. He is a former advisor for Ministry of Commerce and Industry and an advisor for King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND) and other private public and private institutions. He was also formerly Chief Strategy Officer of Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON) and was a former executive at the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA).

Twitter:@ahmed_albader
Ahmed Sodoudi Head of Brand - Chevrolet, Middle East, General Motors

Over the last 20 years Ahmed Sodoudi has established himself as a highly effective Marketing & Sales executive working with Fortune 10 companies including General Motors, Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank and McDonald's in the Middle East, Africa and the United States. He is described as a driven marketer who delivers results through human and data driven insights, root cause analysis and systematic improvements using structure and process, leading the Chevrolet brand with a focus on profitability, share, brand health and footprint growth in the Middle East.

Twitter:@Asoudodi
Akram Al Haddad Co-Founder and CEO, Famtree

Akram Al Haddad is the Co-Founder and CEO of Famtree. His interests lie in digital transformation and adaption of IOT revolution. He was successfully awarded the CEO of the Year 2016 by Entrepreneur Arabia for Telecom Innovation.

Twitter:@akrmalhaddad
Alex Perez-Fragero ‎Director - Strategic Partnerships, what3words

Alpesh Doshi Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Fintricity

Alpesh Doshi is a globally renowned thought leader in how organizations can transform and future-proof their business using emerging technologies, particularly around digital, big data and 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.

Twitter:@alpeshdoshi
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".

Twitter:@ambareenm
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.

Twitter:@amjad_ahmad
Amjad Edris Head of the Nine Tenths Program, Executive Vice President of Takamol Holding

Head of the Nine Tenths Program and the Executive Vice President of Takamol Holding. He led several positions in Aramco, Saudi TelecomCompany, Mobily and Al Faisaliyah.

Ammar Waganah Chief Executive Officer, Dokkan Afkar

Twitter:@AmmarWMW
Angad Dhindsa Vice President Business, Paytm Mall

Angad Dhindsa is Vice President - Business at Paytm Mall (majority held marketplace of Alibaba in India). At Paytm, he has set-up FMCG category and scaled up Fashion category. He also led marketing for Paytm Mall. His prior experience is spread across Strategy Consulting (Booz & Co.), FMCG Marketing (Philip Morris) and Entrepreneurship, across Asia - India, Japan, Middle-east and Singapore. He is an INSEAD MBA alumnus.

Antoine Caironi Head of Large Client Solutions - MENA, Twitter

I have 10 years experience in digital, spent between start­-ups and major players (Yahoo!, Google, Twitter). I moved to Dubai in 2013 to lead the expansion of the Luxury business in MENA for Google & joined Twitter in 2015 as a Sr Client Partner to help scaling Twitter's presence in the Middle East. Since 2017, I lead the Large Client Solution team for Twitter in the region.

Twitter:@antoinecaironi
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.

Twitter:@ArwaShafi
Ayman Haydar CEO, MenaMarketPlace

Twitter:@Ayman_Haydar
Ayman Itani Founder, Think Media Labs

Ayman Itani is a business growth specialist and public speaker. He’s dedicated to helping startups, investors and established businesses achieve their full potential by leveraging his experience in building his own business and that of others.

Twitter:@aymanitani
Ayman Sharaiha Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Altibbi

Ayman is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Altibbi. His domain extends from Operations, Marketing and Business Development to Business Intelligence for the purposes of the organization’s development and growth in the B2C and B2B verticals. Prior to this, Ayman was a Vice President at IMENA Group, an internet investor and operator. Ayman also founded his own telehealth company in the US in 2011.

Twitter:@AymanSharaiha
Bader Albader Chief Executive Officer, Rehlat

He started Rehlat in 2013 and it is now the leader in online travel in the Middle East. Bader is from Kuwait. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Yale University.

Bader AlGhamdi Digital Domains Director, National Digitization Unit

Bader Alghamdi heads the Digital Sectors in the National Digitization Unit, a centre of excellence mandated to accelerate the digital transformation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in line with Saudi Vision 2030 goals. With more than 15 years of experience in the digital field, he is leading the digital transformation of the top domains in the country including: Health, Education, Smart Cities and Digital Commerce. Prior to that, Badr held multiple positions in Cisco systems, Oracle, IBM and Fujitsu. He holds a bachelor degree in Information Systems from King Saud University.

Basem AlSallom Deputy Governor for Marketing & Communication, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA)

Colin Rhys Creative Director, Hyperloop One

Colin Rhys’s desire to explore the human experience in relation to environment and creativity launched in 2004, with his role as owner/executive director of the RHYS art gallery. Nine years, stunning international exhibitions in six different continents & over thirty-two countries later, RHYS was a globally-recognized brand. Ignited by his unequivocal success in fine arts, Colin was driven to the intersections of design and architecture in 2010. He began building and designing bespoke residences in the greater Los Angeles area for the Xanadu Group, with the purpose to enrich human experience in physical spaces. By 2016, after recognized successes on multimillion dollar projects—several of which earned international acclaim, awards and critical acknowledgement, including multiple features on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing – Colin was ready for his next creative evolution. Hyperloop became that visionary opportunity, where Colin’s experimentalist passion and expertise in design intersect with a company whose mission will rewrite our ideas of transportation.

Cristina Romento Creative Designer, Media Producer, KAUST Innovation & Economic Development

Cris Romento is a creative designer, television producer/director/writer with 15 years working in television studios and conducting 100+ interviews. She is currently providing brand strategy and media consultation for Innovation and Economic Development at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Romento’s previous roles included developing promotions and commercials for FOX, CBS and ABC television networks, working in news as a journalist, as well as managing marketing campaigns. She’s a recipient of the American Advertising Award as well as American Women in Radio and Televison Award.

Twitter:@cris4marketing
Danish Farhan Chief Executive Officer, Xische & Co.

Danish Farhan heads venture consulting firm Xische Advisory and communications house Xische & Co. across Dubai, New York and Kuala Lumpur. He’s a strategic advisor to the Government of Dubai, co-author of Dubai's Happiness Agenda, HULT Prize jury member, co-founder of World Happiness Summit and mentor at Dubai Holding's in5. Danish, who serves on Cities by Design Council, spent fifteen years advising, creating, and investing in ventures for clients including the UAE Prime Minister’s Office, Dubai Culture, UAE Mars Mission, Smart Dubai, Qatar World Cup, BMW & Giorgio Armani.

Twitter:@danishfarhan
David Cannon Executive Director, Al-Akaria

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 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.

Dr. Mamdouh Najjar Vice President and National Technology Office, Microsoft Arabia

Mamdouh Najjar joined Microsoft Arabia as the first Corporate Social Responsibility (Citizenship) Lead, worked as the Edu Lead for two years as a stretch assignment and was the Customer and Partner Experience and Citizenship lead. He’s now the VP and National Technology Officer. He managed to position Microsoft Arabia as a leading Saudi company in Corporate Social Responsibility and education and managed the development of the first Microsoft Saudi National Plan. He’s working on developing Digital Transformation projects leveraging Microsoft technologies of cloud Services, AI, Blockchain and Big Data in Saudi.

Twitter:@Mamdouhnajjar
Dr. Nasser Al-Uwaishiq Chief Officer, Content & Digital Solutions, Tatweer for Educational Services Company (T4edu)

Dr. Nasser Al-Uwaishiq joined T4edu in January 2015, where he holds responsibility of the development of printed, digital content, STEM projects and Educational Technology. Dr. Al-Uwaishiq successfully completed huge long-term projects in Saudi Arabia and GCC countries with total budgets around $500M in the past 15 years. Dr. Al-Uwaishiq hold a PhD degree in Curriculum from the King Saud University. He also attended many advanced professional development programs in the fields of Leadership and Education at INSEAD, London Business School, the University of Columbia and Melbourne University.

Dr. Sabah Hamad al-Sabah al-Binali Active Investor and Entrepreneurial Leader,

Dr. Sabah Hamad al-Sabah al-Binali is an active investor and entrepreneurial leader. Dr. al-Binali served as the Chief Investment Officer and CEO of Credit of SHUAA Capital, Director of the Board at Credit Suisse Saudi Arabia, Chairman of Shuaa Capital Saudi Arabia, Vice Chairman of Gulf Finance Co., Chairman of Gulf Installments Co., Chairman of Zawya, founding CEO and CIO of Saffar Capital and Head of the Treasury and Investment Division at Union National Bank as well as Director of the Board at Visa International CEMA Region.

Twitter:@SabahALBINALI
Dr. Yousef AlOhali Chief Executive Officer, Tatweer Education Technology Company (TETCO)

Associate Professor Faculty of Computer Science and Information, Holds a PhD in Computer Science - Industrial Technical Intelligence. He worked as a Counselor and General Supervisor of Information Technology Administration at Ministry of Education. And worked as a Dean of the Deanship of Electronic Transactions and Communications at King Saud University.

Ebrahim Al-Jassim Chief Executive Officer, HungerStation

Twitter:@ejj88
Ehab Al Khiary President - Riyadh, Entrepreneur Organization

Twitter:@ealkhiary
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. 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. 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.

Twitter:@eekmekci
Fadi Ghandour Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Wamda Capital

Fadi Ghandour is the Executive Chairman of Wamda Group, a Venture Capital fund and platform that helps nurture and build entrepreneurship eco-systems in the MENA region. He is also the Founder and Board Member of Aramex, one of the leading global logistics and transportation companies. Additionally, he serves on the Advisory Council of the MIT Media Lab and is a member of the Board of Abraaj Capital. Fadi is the Founder and Chairman of Ruwwad for Development, an initiative that helps disadvantaged communities.

Twitter:@fadig
Fahad AlMaghrabi Head of Digital, Initiative KSA

Fahad Almaghrabi is a Saudi digital expert with over 10 years of experience in the digital marketing world. Fahad had worked in multiple industries including Telecom, Automotive and government. He is now heading the digital operations at Initiative KSA.

Twitter:@fahmgb
Fahad Bader Business Development Analyst, Tojjar

Faraz Khalid Chief Executive Officer, Noon

Faraz Khalid is the CEO of Noon, the $1 billion joint venture between Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and a group of prominent Gulf investors. Noon is now live in the UAE and will roll out in Saudi Arabia this year. Faraz is the former Co-founder and Managing Director of Namshi, the Middle East’s leading fashion online retailer. With proven experience and hands-on knowledge in building, launching and scaling successful e-commerce enterprises in the region, Faraz leads a team of dedicated professionals in driving the operations of Noon.

Fatima Mousa Program Manager, ArabNet

Fawaz Alrajhi Chairman, AlRajhi United

Fawaz is the Chairman of AlRajhi United, an investment management company that invests in multi-asset classes globally. Since its inception, Fawaz has led AlRajhi United and steered its investment diversification strategy across select geographies, markets and industries, focusing on technology start-ups and income generating real estate in gateway cities. Fawaz also serves as Director of several prominent companies. He holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and two Bachelor degrees from KFUPM. He is an avid mountaineer, football enthusiast and bibliophile.

Fawzi Rahal Managing Director, Flat6Labs Beirut

Twitter:@fawzirahal
Firas Mousli Regional manager, MENA, Innofis

Firas Mousli is currently working as Innofis MENA regional manager a leader digital banking platform and solution provider. Until late Oct 2017 he has been occupying the position of Assistant General Manager for Digital Banking and Electronic Payments at Saudi investment Bank since 2014, managing the various digital channels and payments in addition to digital transformation. Firas is co-founder and CEO of SSSIT, founder of SSSProcess in addition to other IT and ecommerce businesses in the region with a significant milestone of implementing and operating all Government Sadad payment for 14 consecutive years. He holds master degree in Engineering Management from University of Reading, UK with 20 years of experience in Government and Banking Digital Transformation, ePayment, Strategy and Project Management, ERP, Content Management, Work Flow, and IT Operation Management in major regional and international companies. As a start of his career, he worked for Scala, a Swedish ERP company, to later become part of their operations in the Gulf and Saudi. In 2003, he joined Estarta Solutions (Microsoft partially owned), as Regional Manager in Saudi to establish the company operation and sales in the Saudi and Bahraini market. In 2008, he joined a Saudi venture to establish SSSIT and its branch and development hub (SSSProcess) to become one of the leader IT solutions development companies in Saudi and the region, geared primarily towards the public sector and financial sector.

Geet Bhalla ​Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, HolidayMe

Geet Bhalla is the Co-Founder and CEO of HolidayMe, a Dubai-based online travel portal that offers customized holiday packages. Geet, who worked with large multinationals throughout his career, has been to more than 50 countries, and it was during this time that he decided to focus on creating a travel product for the Middle East market. He has over 15 years of experience in building enterprise sales and marketing structures across the Middle East. Bhalla completed his Master’s in Business Administration from Symbiosis University, Pune.

Hala Droubi Managing Editor, Raseef22

Twitter:@haleloola
Hani Enaya Head of Investments, TAQNIA

Dr. Hani Enaya is the Head of Investments at TAQNIA, where he manages the Riyad TAQNIA Fund. Before joining TAQNIA, Dr. Enaya co-founded Carbonics in Los Angeles and managed of the Center of Excellence for Green Nanotechnologies at UCLA & KACST. He holds an MBA from Wharton and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from NCSU. Dr. Enaya is also a board member of the Saudi Judo and Jiu Jitsu Federation.

Twitter:@HaniEnaya
Hatem Kameli Digital Marketing Expert, CoFounder Lucidya, Resal, iCLICK

Twitter:@hatemkameli
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.

Twitter:@HebaSayed
Hussam Abushelha Technical Manager, HyperPay

Jad Yammine Digital Manager, MENA, Discovery Networks

As Digital Manager for Discovery MENA, Jad leads digital/social growth, strategy and content; leveraging the Networks flagship brands across many platforms. He spearheaded the development of Fatafeat’s digital footprint following the move of the TV channel into Pay, influencing the pivot to VOD content creation, driving audience growth and assisting in the launch of FatafeatICCA online culinary academy. With 7 years’ experience in leadership roles within digital departments in broadcast media, Jad is an agent-of-change with a proven track record.

Twitter:@meyamminsta
John Rossant Founder and Chairman, NewCities Foundation

John Rossant is the Founder and Chairman of NewCities, a major global non-profit institution dedicated to improving the quality of life and work in cities. He is also leading LA CoMotion, the new global annual event on the future of urban mobility, which takes place in the heart of Los Angeles. John previously led the production of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland and of the e-G8.

Twitter:@rossant
Julien Cavailles Regional Business Director, Buzzeff Middle East

Julien is the Regional Commercial Director of Buzzeff Middle East Africa, a leading online video advertising platform helping brands and advertisers to achieve effective digital communication strategies. He is advocating throughout the region for brand safety and viewable advertising on high quality online environments.

Mahdi Al Husseini Head of Marketing, Mayar Foods

Mahdi is the Head of Marketing at Mayar Foods; the Saudi Rice Category leader. In his passionate +15 years of experience on +15 FMCG categories, he covered 80% of the global population. During his career, he worked with offline media, saw the development of the online ones and lead his team through social media with award winning creatives. Mahdi built on brands like LIPTON, NIDO, RABEA, OREO, and ALWALIMAH.

Maud Moawad Founder and Managing Director, Maddict

Maud Moawad is Maddict Managing Director and a founding partner. She earned, till date, a substantial 15 years’ experience in mobile technology and mobile media. Maud’s success story starts with the emergence of Maddict from a startup to a profitable medium enterprise spread across four markets in the MENA in three years’ time. Maud has also invested in Big Data research and privacy compliance technologies. She achieved fruitful consultancy outcome in the innovative technology for multiple multinational brands across the MENA markets.

Mazen ElDarrab Managing Director, ZID

Mazen AlDarrab, specialized in e-commerce and e-marketing, founded and managed: E-Commerce SEA (2009-2012) and E-commerce Company specialized in building e-commerce retail in Arabian region. Moreover, he is on the board of several startups and is an angel investor in several startups in Saudi and in the valley. Currently, Mazen is the founder and MD of Zid for ecommerce. He holds a Master’s Degree in E-commerce from The University of Western Australian and a Bachelor in computer science from King Saud University in Riyadh.

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.

Twitter:@MichaelFinTech
Michel Malkoun Chief Operating Officer, DMS

Michel took on his current role in 2010, five-years after joining Choueiri Group. Prior to this, he spent a decade with MBC Group. With his exceptional understanding of integrated media, Michel focuses on the promotion of next-generation digital advertising solutions. In extending the MENA region’s largest hub of premium digital publishers to brands, he harnesses innovation and strives to distinguish DMS as a major player on the digital media scene.

Mohamed Abdeljalil Business Development Manager - Middle East and Africa, HERE Technologies

Business Development at HERE Technologies, leading Partnership and Community strategy, and contributing to the product and content growth of HERE Open Location Platform in the Middle East and Africa. He brings over 14 years of extensive business experience in both corporate and entrepreneurial arena. Managing Director and Co-founder at MIMV Technology, the holding company of Zamen, iPhoneIslam & App3ad. Prior to MIMV, he was responsible for Mobility Solutions Sales at Microsoft, managing the mobility business in the MEA region. Before Microsoft, he was among a team of four who established Nokia Regional office back in 2006. His last role was a Business Development Manager for Near East and North Africa running Nokia Ecosystem and Partners Engagement, where he led the launch of the first Nokia Mobile Lab in MEA. Avid, active supporter and coach of aspiring local entrepreneurs, he worked as an Advisory Board member at multiple startups, in addition to other business facilitation and consultancy roles

Twitter:@galilu
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.

Twitter:@msrashidi
Mohammad Almadani Chairman and Chief Executive Officer - Middle East, Classera

Eng. Mohammed Al Madani is a Saudi national who graduated from OSU in USA with an Industrial Systems Engineering degree. He got is the Endeavor World Certificate for the most influential entrepreneurs around the world for 2017. He is the CEO of Classera Middle East for Smart Learning Solutions. He began as the Executive manager of Classera USA in 2012, He then became the CEO of Classera M.E. He successfully made Classera the largest company in E-learning in the region with the biggest market share in KSA with both the governmental and the private sectors, in 2 years Classera was applied with more than 80% of the A class private schools in KSA. Today Classera Middle East leads the qualitative educational project in KSA “Future Gate” Digital Education Transformation Project within the Vision of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2030.

Moustafa Ismail Regional Director, DMS

Moustafa led some of the largest global digital accounts such as Samsung, GM and Adidas in agencies across the region to set KPIs and investment strategies for video, display, mobile, social and performance before moving to San Francisco to a technology company and help it increase its adoption in MENA and Turkey. Today, Moustafa heads the regional market growth and development for DMS with a focus on digital strategy, internal communication processes between the markets, people development and solutions.

Muhammad Arrabi Chief Executive Officer, EcommerceSEA

Muhammad is the CEO of Ecommerce Sea, a pioneering fashion ecommerce startup in Saudi and operator of Vanilla.sa, the Home of Modern Fashion and Beauty in the Region. Previously, he was an executive and investment team member at N2V Ventures in Saudi. He spent 13 years in US, working at Microsoft and Silicon Valley startups (Nusym, Cobalt). Muhammad holds an MS from Colorado State University. He’s also a winner of multiple international Programming competitions and the Google Award for Best Online Business Plan QRCE competition in 2008.

Twitter:@mrarrabi
Muhannad Ebwini Founder and Chief Executive Officer, HyperPay

Twitter:@mebwini
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.

Twitter:@NabilAlnoor
Nawaf Al Sahhaf Chief Executive Officer, Badir Program

Twitter:@nawafalsahhaf
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.

Twitter:@omar7772
Omar Christidis Founder and CEO, ArabNet

Twitter:@OmarChr
Omar Hashem Executive Vice President and Head, Digital Banking Division, The National Commercial Bank

Omar Hashem is a seasoned banker with more than 20 years of diverse experience in spearheading startup initiatives in corporate banking, retail banking, strategy and customer experience. He’s 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.

Racha Ghamlouch Senior Program Manager, ArabNet

Racha Ghamlouch holds a BS in Multimedia Design from the American University in Sharjah, UAE. After graduation, she joined Diwanee as a community manager handling client social media accounts from strategy to execution. In 2011, Racha joined the ArabNet team to spearhead the development of content and competitions for ArabNet conferences across the MENA region. A geek at heart; she is passionate about digital and its potential power to levitate the regions youth and economy.

Rakan Alakeel​ Founding Partner, Inspire Ventures

Rakan Alakeel is a Founding Partner of Inspire Ventures, a Saudi Venture Capital Company based in Riyadh which invest in seed and early stage startups mainly in Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries.

Twitter:@rakanalakeel
Rakan AlEidi Entrepreneurship Leader,

Twitter:@rakaneur
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.

Rasha Rteil Head of Innovation, UM MENA

Voted as a “Woman to Watch in the GCC 2016”, Rasha Rteil is labeled as a valiant speaker woman and one of the youngest nomad “go-getters” in MENA’s media and advertising industry. Up her sleeve are over 10 years of modeling digital brand maturity, stressing technological systems, creating localized fluid content and revolutionizing the ordinary use of conventional media. Appointed as Head of Innovation at UM MENA at the age of 29, Rteil’s role nurtures the innovation DNA across UM MENA's product, people and pitches.

Twitter:@RashaRteil
Reem Abdellatif Editor in Chief, Argaam

Reem Abdellatif is the editor in chief of Argaam's English section, a leading online news service that she helped launch in 2015 to provide in-depth business coverage for Saudi Arabia and the GCC. Riyadh-based Argaam Investment Company owns and operates Argaam.com, which also provides financial data and statistics. Reem manages an editorial team of eight across Cairo, Dubai and Saudi Arabia. She was previously a correspondent for The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal in Cairo, where she covered business, socioeconomic issues and gender-based violence during the Arab Spring.

Twitter:@Reem_Abdellatif
Remo Giovanni Abbondandolo General Manager, Middle East, Travelstart Middle East

Remo Giovanni Abbondandolo is leading the business expansion of Travelstart in the Middle East. Remo was part of the team that founded Africa Internet Accelerator (one of Naspers’ investments), which launched three of the fastest growing e-commerce businesses in South Africa. Remo was also part of Rocket Internet Australia & South East Asia’s founding team that launched leading e-commerce companies such as TheIconic.com.au, Zalora.com and Lazada.com. Remo holds a Dual Master’s of Science in Management of Innovation and New Technology from Bocconi University and Copenhagen Business School.

Twitter:@remogiovanni
Rita Makhoul Managing Editor, ArabNet

Rita Makhoul is the Managing Editor of ArabNet’s website as well the magazine the ‘ArabNet Quarterly.’ The ArabNet website is a leading reference for digital businesses in the Middle-East, featuring news, analysis, expert advice, interviews, and a vibrant community of startups, developers and entrepreneurs. The ‘ArabNet Quarterly’ is the first print release for growing digital enterprises and leading companies with insights and special stories covering the latest e-business, technology, media and entrepreneurship news in the MENA. She has a wealth of strategic experience from her 16 years in the marketing and communications industry having led key accounts across industries and finding her passion in the digital, tech, and startup industry.

Twitter:@rampurple
Ronaldo Mouchawar Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Souq.com

Ronaldo Mouchawar is the co-founder and CEO of SOUQ.com, the largest online retail and marketplace platform in the Arab world. He has more than 15 years of experience in technology and business management. He received an award from HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in recognition of SOUQ.com’s digital influence in the UAE, as well as the prestigious Retail Business Leader of the Year & Entrepreneur of the Year Awards by Gulf Business (Motivate Publishing).

Twitter:@ronmou
Saad Aljabr Director of Operations, KSA, AstroLabs

Saad has started up multiple ventures in both eCommerce and Real estate. He developed high interest and focus on Digital Marketing for the past few years. Prior to that, Saad worked 3+ years in leading financial & management consulting firms with exposure on multiple industries. Saad Recently Joined as the As the Director of Operations in AstroLabs KSA.

Saeed Al Nahdi Head of ATM Network, Arab National Bank

Twitter:@Saeed_AlNahdi
Said Ouchnak E-commerce Director, Sayidaty Mall

Said is the E-commerce Director of Sayidaty Mall (The new Fashion and Beauty marketplace). Since he joined Sayidaty group in 2016 with a strong belief that the customer experience is the key of a digital success, Said has had an accentuated focus on developing a Big data strategy towards AI at each step of the customer journey in order to predict the customers intentions and needs. Said comes with a 10 years’ experience in E-commerce and holds a master degree in International Business.

Saleh Ghazal General Manager, UAE, OMD

Saleh started his career in OMD as a junior digital executive back in 2007. Wanting to understand more about the business, he decided to integrate with the offline planning team in 2010 and widen his knowledge base. His work has taken him across a range of clients like Hewlett Packard and Beiersdorf, where he’s overseen the overall implementation of their offline and online media plans. He then took on the role of Business Unit Director, and managing key accounts such as INFITINI, Nissan and Apple. He was recently promoted to General Manager, where his remit has grown to include performance marketing.

Twitter:@theghazal
Simon Galpin Managing Director, Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB)

Simon Galpin was appointed Managing Director of the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), where he leads in FDI promotion and business development. As the Director-General of Investment Promotion at Invest Hong Kong, he was actively involved in promoting Hong Kong’s start-up ecosystem. Prior to joining InvestHK, Galpin spent ten years with Scottish Enterprise. Galpin is a Doctor of Juridical Science and holds in Masters Degrees in Business Administration, Local Economic Development and International Business Law and recently graduated as a Doctor of Juridical Science.

Twitter:@SiGalpin
Sonia Weymuller Partner, VentureSouq

Sonia Weymuller is a Founding Partner of VentureSouq, a UAE-based early stage investing platform funding tech ventures worldwide. She headed Advertising Sales for Turner Broadcasting’s portfolio of children’s platforms and worked with Viacom’s Emerging Markets’ Strategy Group and Microsoft’s Strategy and M&A team in London. She’s a Charter Member for TiE's Dubai chapter, UAE Director for the Yale Alumni Schools Committee, a Board member and mentor for e7 Daughters of the Emirates and an advisor to Air Shepherd, a non-profit.

Twitter:@SoniaWey
Tammer Qaddumi Partner, VentureSouq

Twitter:@tqaddumi
Tareq Al Saleh Assistant General Manager for Investments, Gulf Bank

Tareq Al-Saleh is Assistant General Manager of Investments within Consumer Banking at Gulf Bank. He has been with Gulf Bank since December 2012. Tareq is heavily involved with Gulf Bank’s efforts to offer its clients optimal investment solution through innovation. He has extensive experience in investment and finance. Tareq earned his BA from Boston University in Economics in 1994 and his MBA from F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College in 2000.

Thawab Al Sibai CEO, Navirize

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

Todd is the Managing Director for Startupbootcamp Dubai. Recently launching the Smart City Accelerator has opened up the flood gates to new technologies and talent into the Middle East region. Todd has spent the past 20 years helping companies globally move the needle on customer traction and revenue growth. His experiences include sales and marketing, Saas for enterprises and predictive analytics, IoT, Big data and smart connectivity. Todd has worked for Dell, RackSpace and privately invested in and launched many start-up ventures where he had some successful exits.

Twitter:@ToddOBrien3
Turki AlDhfayan Digital Banking Consultant,

Turki is a well-respected professional experienced in the transformation of digital banking services. He has in excess of 10 years digital technology experience in Saudi Arabia/ Middle east and renowned for introducing revolutionary and innovative solutions that are not only creative in design but retains the customer experience at its core. Thus ensuring continuous business growth and diversified revenue generation

Twitter:@tdhfayan
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 employing 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 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.

Twitter:@alfayez
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.

Twitter:@wballaa
Walid Mansour Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP

Yasser Alobaidan Chief Executive Officer, Jawraa

Yasser Alobaidan has more than 18 years’ experience in developing ICT market and offered recommendations for strategic business development across the Middle East. Since he started his role at Jawraa, Alobaidan established the company in Saudi and immediately built major multi-function organization. He successfully led 3 telecom service providers and 8 startup operations in the region. Currently he sits on the board of iMVNO association, WirelessArabia Forum and incubation management platform plus other companies and associations.

Twitter:@alobaidan
Zach Finkelstein Vice President of Corporate Development, Careem

As the VP of Corporate Development, Zach coordinates Careem’s M&A, strategic partnerships and investor relations efforts. Prior to joining Careem, Zach was a co-founding member of Lumia Capital where he led or worked on investments in Careem, OpenDNS (acquired by Cisco), Xtime (acquired by Cox Automotive), Mulesoft (NYSE: Mule), Kabbage, Procore, and others. At Lumia, Zach completed investments across six different countries and was named 30 Under 30 in Venture Capital by Forbes Magazine in 2016. Zach was an investment banker with Citi's Global Technology, Media and Telecom group.

Twitter:@ZFinkelstein
Zuhair Tariq Sagga Product Manager, My Applications

Product Manager /Computer Scientist with 9 Years experience. Worked in Operation, Development, Establishing Customer Care, and finally Product Management/ Business Development.

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