Speakers

Bringing Together the Who’s Who of Digital!

ArabNet Riyadh 2016 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.

H.H Prince Dr. Turki Bin Saud Al Saud President, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology - KACST

His Highness Prince Dr. Turki Bin Saud Bin Mohammed Al Saud is the President of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. His Highness Holds a PhD in Aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University, USA. His Passion in engineering and technology has enabled him to actively lead the then newly established space research institute during his early days at KACST. He was appointed Vice President of KACST for research institutes in 2004 and later appointed as president of KACST in 2015. His Highness chairs numerous committees and councils, most notably, The Supervisory Committee of The National Science, Technology and Innovation Plan which aims to develop and build a knowledge based economy for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, he is the chairman of the board of trustees of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Award for the Inventors and the Gifted that aims at honoring inventors and developing the spirit of creativity, innovation, invention and stimulate the Saudi talents and capabilities. In addition His Highness chairs the board the board of directors of the Saudi company for technology development and investment which drives the diversification of the Kingdom's economy through knowledge-based industries. Through his work, His Highness Prince Dr. Turki is keen on creating systems and opportunities for the support and encouragement of Saudi inventors and innovators, whom he believes are the main pillar of a Saudi knowledge based economy.

Mazen Mohammad Aldawood Deputy Governor of The General Authority for Small And Medium Enterprises,

Mazen Aldawood is a highly experienced Executive who has demonstrated the ability to lead diverse teams of professionals to new levels of success in a variety of highly competitive industries. He has strong technical and business qualifications, with an impressive track record of more than 15 years of hands-on experience in marketing, strategy, finance investment, planning, business development, project and product management, as well as engineering. He has a proven ability to successfully analyze an organization's critical business requirements, identify deficiencies and potential opportunities, and develop innovative and cost-effective solutions for enhancing competitiveness, and increasing revenue. He holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from King Saud University in addition to the executive sessions held in international universities such as Harvard and Queens.

Twitter:@dawoodmazen
Eng. Ali Bin Saleh Al-Soma Advisor to the Minister of Communications and IT, Secretary General of The National ICT Plan

Ali Bin Saleh Al-Soma is the advisor to the Minister of Communications and IT, and the Secretary General of The National ICT Plan. He also acts as the leader of the ICT sector's vision realization office (VRO) within the NTP and has occupied several leadership positions including the Director General of the Saudi e-Government Program (Yesser), IT Director in The Royal Commission of Jubail & Yanbu and he is a member of many government boards and committees such as King Fahad National Library, Saudi Post, Yesser & Express Mail Service Company. He holds master degree in computer science from California State University, Long Beach, USA. AlSoma has participated in several committees, projects, and consulting studies among which, member of the e-Government Steering Committee, managed developing the e-Government national Strategy and Action Plan project, member of the Ministerial Committee Directorate for organizational reform studies taskforce, member of the National IT Plan project, participated in developing some IT-related regulations through the Expert Bureau Committees, and contributed in several IT and management consultation studies for many governmental and private sector entities.

Abdelmalik Al Sheikh CEO, Sadad

The Chief Executive Officer of SADAD and the General Manager of the General Department Payment Systems (GDPS) at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), having 27 years of experience in envisioning, designing, implementing, and operating nationwide systems that have transformed the market for financial electronic transactions for individual customers, retail operators, and corporates. The span of activities achieved cuts across a range of skills that includes technology, management, talent development, operations, transformation, and optimization. These nationwide services include SADAD, SPAN (mada), SARIE, and other supporting and transaction enabling services.

Abdulla Elyas Co-founder, Careem

Dr. Abdulla has 10+ years of professional experience in Managing and Consulting of Software Projects, and advising customers like Pepsi Co. in the U.S., Vodafone in Malaysia and SABIC in Saudi Arabia. He founded Enwani in 2012, internationally awarded by France’s Sophia Business Angels as the Most Investable Company, and then acquired by Careem, where Abdulla joined as Co-Founder in 2014. Abdulla has also co-founded social tech startups islam.de and waymo.net. In 2016, Abdulla joined the Saudi Arabian SME Authority as a board member.

Twitter:@Abdulla_Elyas
AbdulRahman Aljadhai CEO, Elm

Dr. Abdulrahman Saad AlJadhai has been with Elm since 2005, becoming CEO in 2012. He Holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from King Saud University, and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh in the USA.

Abdulrahman Hammad Managing Partner, SME Law

Abdulrahman Hammad is the Managing Partner of SME Law, a boutique law firm specializing in legal and transactional advisory services for small and midsize enterprises in the GCC. Abdulrahman leads the structuring and transactions practice. He is a member of the New York State Bar, and has worked on some of the most significant GCC M&A deals. SME Law writes about legal, transactional and governance matters for SMEs.

Twitter:@armhammad
Ahmad El Alfi Founder and Chairman, Sawari Ventures, Co-founder, Flat6Labs

Named as one of the most creative people in the world by Fast Company, Ahmed El Alfi has been an early stage/growth investor for the past 25 years, translating to an extensive experience in funding, nurturing early stage companies. El Alfi founded Hybrid Capital Partners in 1990, a private investment partnership. From 2010 to present, he founded Sawari Ventures, FLat6Labs, Nafham, and TATP. In addition to Sawari Ventures' and Flat6Labs’ portfolios of investments, his current portfolio in the US includes Triporati, Pacific Toxicology, and Zignal Labs.

Twitter:@AOAlfi
Ahmed Bukhamseen Founder and CEO, Quant Data & Analytics

Ahmed Saad CEO, Crowd Analyzer

With a major in Mechanical Engineering, Ahmed Saad worked for several engineering multinationals before pursuing his entrepreneurial drive with his first IT services agency in 2008, in 2013 he co-founded Crowd Analyzer as the region’s leading Arabic Focused Social Media Monitoring platform.

Twitter:@AHSAADO
Akram Al Haddad​​ CEO, Creative Telecom Company (CTC)

Akram Al Haddad is the Chief Executive Officer of Creative Telecom Company which is part of MIC Group. Akram joined MIC Group in 2012, and put most of his effort in the past five years driving the digital transformation of the market solution. He built the organization’s divisions to support the IOT vision that he wants to deliver and achieve. He was successfully awarded as CEO of the year 2016 by Entrepreneur Arabia for Telecom Innovation.

Twitter:@akrmalhaddad
Akram Benmbarek Director of Business Development, Quanergy

Akram is a Director of Business Development at Quanergy managing non-automotive markets which include robotics, drones, smart spaces, and security. He is also Co-founder and President of Elbotola.com, prior to which he spent 16 years in Silicon Valley both as an entrepreneur and technology banker. Before Quanergy, Akram was CEO of Social IQ, and occupied different roles with global financial firms from associate to VP at UBS, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. Akram is very involved in the MENA technology scene. He is a Co-founder of Techwadi.

Twitter:@ABenmbarek
Ambareen Musa Founder and CEO, Souqalmal.com

Ambareen Musa holds an undergraduate business degree from RMIT university in Melbourne, Australia. Musa has worked for GE’s financial arm, GE Money, in London where she led the first online financial literacy initiative in the UK, Moneybasics.co.uk. Moving on to the UAE in 2008, Musa worked as a consultant for Bain & Company Middle East & MasterCard Middle East and Africa before founding Souqalmal.com in 2012, the leading financial comparison and insurance platform in the UAE and KSA. Musa holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Twitter:@ambareenm
Anas Althenyan Head Of Copywriting Team, Nuss

Anef Abanomi VP Enterprise Sales, Saudi Telecom Company (STC)

Anef is the Vice President of Enterprise Sales at STC, Managing Direct, Indirect, Retail and Virtual Sales Channels addressing Large, Small and Medium, Real-Estate Developers Market Segments. Anef has over 15 years of ICT experience internationally and in KSA working for Level 3 Communications, EXi Telecom, Saudi Data and STC EBU. Currently Anef is leading STC’s efforts in the SME segment with a focus on positioning STC as a Key enabler and catalyst for the Segment KSA. Anef is a Holder of a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering and Master Degree in Interdisciplinary Telecommunications from the University Of Colorado Boulder.

Ashraf AlHassan Digital Marketing Director, National Agricultural Development Company (NADEC)

Ashraf AlHassan is the digital marketing director for Nadec foods, before he joined and established new markets for many digital companies and houses for the past 15 years in the region such as Yahoo, ikoo, Netadvantge and Numu multimedia, the first in region to established digital planning format, educate and trained many agencies and clients at the beginning on digital marketing.

Boye Balogun Managing Director, Future Tech Media

Boye Balogun is MD of Future Tech Media, a digital solutions and technology business. He is Co-founder of Lowe Profero Performance and ex- Regional Head of Digital at Mindshare. Boye specializes in helping brands accelerate their digital marketing & achieve digital transformation, with experience from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Twitter:@BoyeB
Christos Mastoras ‎Founder and Managing Partner, Iliad Partners

Christos is the Founder of Iliad Partners, a venture capital firm investing in early stage tech startups in MENA. He is a digital executive, tech entrepreneur and venture investor with 17 years of experience in the US, Europe and MENA. Previously, he was the Director of Business Development of Yahoo Maktoob, and a management consultant with Booz & Company. He is co-founder and Board Member of GlamBox.ME, and is on the Advisory Boards of Eventtus and Magnitt. Christos holds an MBA from MIT and is an active alum.

Twitter:@cmastoras
Ehab Al Khiary Executive & Entrepreneur in Information Technology and Communication,

Fahad Al Shatti Vice President Strategic Projects, Agility

Fahad worked in multiple capacities with Kuwait Petroleum Corporation leading up to his position as Chief Representative of different Kuwaiti oil in China. In 2010, he joined the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) as their Chief Representative in Beijing, establishing their offices and promoting KIA’s business. He successfully increased KIA’s QFII and M&A as well as supported KIA’s pre-IPO deals. 2015 Joined Agility Global Logistics as Head of Venture Capital Team. Since then he become active VC investor in MENA.

Twitter:@q8china
Fahad Almaghrabi Head of Digital, Saudi Arabia, Initiative

Fahad Almaghrabi is a digital marketing professional heading the digital operations at Initiative Saudi. With 10 years’ experience in the digital world, Fahad had worked previously in multiple industries including Tourism, telecommunications and Automotive. Before joining Initiative, Fahad – as the deputy marketing director at Volkswagen Group Saudi Arabia- led the digital projects in the Group. Fahad holds a degree in management information systems from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.

Twitter:@fahmgb
Fahad AlSharekh Managing Partner, TechInvest Corporation

Fahad AlSharekh founded TechInvest Corporation to offer Middle Eastern investors, exposure to private investment opportunities in the technology sector. With 17 years of experience in global business development and IT, Fahad defines lucrative markets and executes targeted strategies to facilitate joint ventures, partnerships, startups, account generation and public listings of holdings in several capital financial markets such as NASDAQ and KSE. He has played a key role in founding the 1st Saudi Arabia ISP AWalNet, and has developed the first Multilingual Speech to Speech app S2S.

Twitter:@AlShark
Fahad Altimsah Founder, IPlayAwayI

Fahd Hamidaddin Chief Commercial Officer, King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC)

Fahd Hamidaddin is King Abdullah Economic City’s Chief Commercial Officer, with responsibility for the company’s Marketing, Corporate Communications, and Sustainable Development groups since 2012. Fahd is responsible for narrating the “KAEC Story” to investors, shareholders and other external entities. He also leads the city’s customer experience, investments promotion and city activation. Prior to KAEC, Fahd was the Chief of Marketing and competitiveness initiatives at SAGIA where he won 5 International awards for best communication and advertising campaigns, and online marketing strategy.

Faisal Shams Managing Director, Saudi Arabia, OMD

Faisal moved to OMD UAE in 2006, then relocated to Saudi Arabia in 2015 to assume the leadership of OMD’s operations in the Kingdom. His rich media experience covers real estate, telecom, finance, technology and FMCG. Before moving to agency management, Faisal led the PepsiCo and Henkel accounts across the region as a Business Unit Director. He has an impressive track-record of achievements and media firsts, and many of his campaigns were awarded at the Effies MENA, Dubai Lynx and MENA Cristal Awards.

Twitter:@Fasalshams
Faris Al Rashid Founder and Chairman, Oqal group

Al Rashid is President of NAL Investment Co., angle investor, Founder of OQAL, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, the first Angel Investors Network in the region. He is a member of the Eisenhower Fellowship and Board member of a number of Saudi companies. He co-founded and chaired the Youth Businessmen Forum in the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and is former GM of Riyadh Steel Company, Dwalej Technology Company and HI-TECH, and founding partner of a number of startups like Careem KSA and Hungerstation.

Fawzi Rahal Managing Director, Beirut, Flat6Labs

Fawzi Rahal has 15 years of experience in digital creative, marketing and strategic advertising. Heading the regional digital business at Grey in MENA, Fawzi oversaw digital strategies, touchpoints and engagement channels for multinational and regional brands across a variety of verticals. Before joining Flat6Labs, Fawzi leads Gamutt, a consultancy working with brands, startups and content owners to set future-proof strategies and restructure their operations and policies to adapt to the digital age.

Twitter:@fawzirahal
Hande Cilingir Co-founder and CEO, Insider

Hande Cilingir started her career during her college education by working in international corporate firms, including Pepsico, Eczacibasi, Zorlu Holding and Alarko, where she gained experience in various business areas such as finance, management and consultancy. Being equipped with capabilities to start her own business, she decided to found Predictive Modelling, a Real-time Web/Mobile Personalization Platform Insider with 5 other co-founders and was selected Endeavor Entrepreneur in 2014.

Twitter:@HandeCilingir
Idriss Al Rifai Founder and CEO, Fetchr

Idriss Al Rifai is an entrepreneur passionate about disrupting the ME retail market with technologies and customer-centric services that enable the growth of e-commerce in the region. Idriss has developed and optimized a last mile delivery solution specifically for the e-commerce needs and requirements in the ME. In 2013, Idriss founded Fetchr, which became a full end-to-end logistic solution, backed by technology, for e-commerce companies, regional players, social media sellers as well as SMBs in MENA. Fetchr is the first company in MENA to raise $11M in Series A funding.

Twitter:@Idriss_alrifai
Ivo Detelinov Senior Portfolio Manager, Riyad Capital

Mr. Detelinov joined Riyad Capital in 2013 as a Senior Portfolio Manager exclusively dedicated to the Riyad TAQNIA Fund (RTF), a VC fund focused to ICT, Advanced Materials and Alternative Energy. He brings a wealth of technology and investing experience from North America and Europe. Since 1996, Mr. Detelinov worked in the Technology Equity Research department at Merrill Lynch, and then at MWI & Partners, a private equity fund associated with Merrill Lynch. In 2003, Mr. Detelinov joined the Financial Sponsors Group of Merrill Lynch.

Jan Moore Associate Partner - Digital, McKinsey

Dr. Jan aus dem Moore is an associate partner based in Dubai and a co-leader of McKinsey & Company’s Digital practice in the Middle East. He is a global expert for Digital capability building for transformations. Jan has over 12 years of experience and is consulting clients in public and private sectors on digital business opportunities, with a focus on digital technology enablement, program strategy and organizational design, and business planning and value assurance in mega-project implementations. Jan holds a doctorate in empirical labor economics.

Jigar Patel Partner - Digital, McKinsey

Jigar Patel is a Partner in Digital at McKinsey, based in Riyadh, KSA. He has over 6 years of experience focusing on Digital transformations and Sales & Marketing across multiple sectors, with a primary focus on High-Tech, Telco and Pharmaceuticals. Jigar has presented at the Institute of Digital Marketing and international conferences on the Internet of Things, and leads the McKinsey Implementation practice in Sales and Marketing. Previously, Jigar successfully ran his own web design and consultancy company and completed a PhD in Artificial Intelligence.

John Kilmartin Executive Director | ICT, Bahrain Economic Development Board

John Todary Regional Commercial Director, Buzzeff

John Todary is the Regional Commercial Director for Buzzeff Middle East Africa, the leading online video publishing platform globally. John joined the company in November 2016 and is responsible for the commercial strategy and the sales team across the Middle East. John has 16 years of media and advertising experience across the Middle East market.

Twitter:@JohnTodary
Khaled Al-Ghoneim Founder, Hawaz

Dr.Khaled Bin Abdulaziz Al-Ghoneim is the Founder and CEO of Hawaz, a company focused on PPP and analytics. Prior to Hawaz, Dr. Khaled was Chairman and CEO of TakamoL Holding Co, an organization established by the Ministry of Labor (KSA) in 2013, to support the MoL entities (HRDF, TVTC, GOSI) in realizing their objectives in partnership with the private sector. He was also Group CEO of Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and CEO of Elm Information Security from 2002 till 2012.

Twitter:@khazgh
Khaled Bamohamed Business Unit Director (Cloud and Smart Services), Creative Telecom Co.​(CTC​)​

Khaled Bamohamed is the Cloud and Smart Services Business Unit Director on CTC. With Telecom and System Integrator background, he joined CTC on 2015 and built his team and solutions to deliver and achieve the vision of CTC. He was successfully able to launch smart initiatives and convert it onto solutions and products.

Kıvanç Onan Regional Senior Director – Middle-East and North Africa, PayPal

In 2010, the global leader in payment systems, PayPal expanded its business and opened its Istanbul office. Kıvanç Onan was appointed as the Country Director. Today he is still leading PayPal’s operations with a broader responsibility as the Middle East and North Africa Regional Director, which covers 22 countries. Kıvanç is also a member to AIESEC Board of Advisors and Young Society Leaders of Turkish American Society.

Maha Taibah Founder and CEO, Eradah

Maha Taibah is the founder and CEO of Eradah; a firm founded with the vision of preparing the youth population to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving socio-economic climate. Leveraging her strong global network and successes in driving significant youth initiatives locally, Maha identifies and shepherds national programs that will have the greatest impact. A global authority on using frontline insights for youth advancement, Maha is currently an advisor to the Saudi Minister of Economy and Planning.

Twitter:@mahataibah
Mahboob Alabdulrahman Deputy General Manager, Saudi Arabia, Dell EMC​

Mahboob Al-Abdulrahman serves as Deputy General Manager of Dell EMC in Saudi Arabia. In his role, Mahboob is responsible for driving Dell EMC’s business across Saudi Arabia, building alliances with key customers, resellers, and distributors, and driving business strategy. Mahboob is playing a crucial role in the successful integration of employees in the Kingdom following the formation of the world’s largest privately controlled company. Prior to this role, Mahboob was Regional Sales Director for Saudi Arabia and responsible for managing and strengthening Dell’s enterprise and large customer accounts. There Mahboob led a team of local account managers to ensure that customers received a high-quality standard of service and enterprise-level support. Mahboob has extensive experience in the IT market, and has also served as regional business head for Wipro Arabia, where he played a significant role in building a successful regional team and helping the company to become one of the country’s largest systems integrators. Prior to joining Wipro, Mahboob has also worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the United Nations Development Programme in Saudi Arabia. Mahboob holds a degree from the Kogod School of Business at the American University in Washington D.C. and a B.S. in Business Administration specialising in Business Information Technology.

Mahmoud Kida User Experience consultant, UXBERT

Twitter:@mahmoudkida
Mansour Alobaid CEO, Future Technologies Pioneers Consulting Office

CEO - Future Technologies Pioneers Consulting Office – ftechpioneers.com Consultant - Dulani Business Center - dulani.gov.sa Group Consultant –Unicom Group – unicomg.com Member of the Committee of Communications and Information Technology - Riyadh Chamber Member of the Saudi Taiwan Team - Council of Saudi Chambers Member of the ICT of the Saudi Council of the Hungarian - Council of Saudi Chambers Member OQAL group Author of the first book published on the Internet in Saudi Arabia "Internet is future Investment" Participated in the Establishment and Management/Development of : AwalNet Co. - Tatweer1 Co. - Emerging Technology Co. – CSBS Co. “Business Solutions” – Bawabt-AlMajd Co. – Sara Goodnews Co. – Sara Business Solutions Co. - ATC Co. “Advanced Communications Company – Smartlancers Co. - Lein Co. “Smart Buildings” . Founder of the Cooperative Alliance supporting the telecommunications sector Saudization & Saving Alliances Consultant - Cooperative Societies Council

May AbuGhazalah Head of Brand Communication and Reputation Department, ALBAIK

May has been with ALBAIK since 2005 with over 10 years experience in Brand Management and Corporate Social Responsibility. She holds an MBA Degree with a focus on Leadership and Innovation from University of San Fransisco, California.

Twitter:@may_ag
Maya Farah Director of Product, Zynga

As a Director of Product at Zynga, San Francisco, Maya has run product and monetization for 2 of Zynga’s largest games (Farmville 2 and Poker). She is a Harvard MBA, and alumnus of the HBS MVP startup program. She has previously worked in Venture Capital in Boston, on her own startup in the tech F&B space, and as a Strategy Consultant at McKinsey Dubai, covering the Middle East.

Twitter:@mayafarah
Mazen AlDarrab General Manager, QDRAH

Twitter:@mdarrab
Mazin Alshanbari Business Development Manager, TakaMol Holding

Michael Ward Managing Director, On Device Research

The Battle for Attention for the On- The-Go, On Demand Generation. Michael is an experienced customer and market researcher having crafted brand, product and consumer strategies for some of the world's best known brands. Michael's current remit is to help On Device Research become famous for providing fast, accurate and meaningful consumer data, opinions and insight to the region's brands and their agencies. With over 92 million pieces of consumer feedback across 92 countries, On Device Research is one of the leading mobile panel experts in the world.

Michel Malkoun Chief Operating Officer, DMS

Mohamed Karime Digital Regional Commercial Director, GE

Mohamed Saber Analytical Practice Manager, Jathwa

Mohammad Al Ateeq Co-founder, Nuss

Mohammad AlSalaymeh CEO, DCube

Mohammad Fadin Software Engineer, IBM

A Client Technical Professional for IBM cloud solutions Bluemix PaaS and DevOps practice, Mohammed Fadin focuses on cloud adaption and enterprises software delivery lifecycle optimization and collaboration between IT teams by developing strategic Cloud & DevOps recommendations to clients. Mohammed Fadin previously worked as a full-stack software developer for local companies and startups using cutting edge technologies.

Twitter:@MohammedFadin
Mohammad Hamad Alhajeri Chief Investment Officer, Impulse International

Mohammad Alhajeri is the CIO at Impulse International, a fully owned subsidiary of National Technology Enterprises Company – which is a fully owned subsidiary of Kuwait Investment Authority. Mohammad is an investment professional with over 12 years of diversified experience in investment, IT, and management, as well as an expert in multiple asset classes such as venture capital, private equity, finance instruments, and listed companies; He manages numerous investments regionally and internationally. Prior to Impulse, he was Assistant VP of Investments at Coast Investment and Development.

Mohammad Mosly Senior Director Strategic Engagement, KSA, Job Creation Commission

Mohammed Mosly is currently Senior Director Strategic Engagement at the Job Creation Commission, KSA. In his previous role, he served as the Deputy Director General of the Enablement and Creativity Sector at the Human Resources Development Fund, a leading Saudi government body responsible of driving positive change and sustainability in the Saudi employment ecosystem. Formerly, Mr. Mosly was Managing Partner at Phoenix, an initiative development incubator in the socioeconomic development field and CEO of Bahareth & Co., a prominent company in the building material sector.

Moustafa Ismail Regional Director – Solutions, 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 helped 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 CEO, eCommerce SEA

Muhammad is the CEO of EcommerceSea, a pioneering fashion ecommerce startup in Saudi. Previously he was an executive and part of investment team at N2V Ventures in Saudi. He spent 13 years in US, working at Microsoft and Silicon Valley startups (Nusym, Cobalt) – gaining both global startup and enterprise experience. Muhammad holds an MS from Colorado State University, top of class BSc from U Arkansas, winner of multiple international Programming competitions, and the Google Award for Best Online Business Plan QRCE competition in 2008.

Twitter:@mrarrabi
Nadeem Bakhsh Director of UX, Usability & Ecommerce Consulting, UXBERT

Twitter:@nadude
Nadim Khoury Head of Content and Experiences - UAE, OMD

Nadim started his career in the communication world in 2004 at BBDO Dubai. Throughout his 4 years there he managed Emirates, Pepsi, Snickers and M&Ms to name a few. In 2010, he joined the digital arm of BBDO, Proximity, then moved to Omnicom Media Group Digital in 2012 to head up the mobile division, working on accounts such as Pepsi, McDonalds, Estee Lauder, Unilever and more. As a turn-key solution for mobile, he helped brands in the ideation and development of mobile assets, whether applications, mobile optimized sites and mobility-led innovation.

Twitter:@NadimKhouri
Nancy Bassiouny Vice President, Head of Digital Channels and Innovation - Egypt, Barclays

Bassiouny joined Barclays Egypt in 2013, and is responsible for effectively driving change and innovation through the introduction of new services, solutions and products for Retail banking customers. Barclays is a major global financial service provider with extensive presence in Europe, USA, Africa and Asia. In Egypt, Barclays Bank, in partnership with Flat6labs, launched the 1864 Accelerator, first local financial technology focused (FinTech) startup accelerator program of its kind in MENA. The accelerator is a solid platform for fostering the (FinTech) innovation space in Egypt. She was awarded the “ Best Digital Channels & Innovation Specialists for 2016 “ by the corporate vision.

Twitter:@NancyBassiouny
Nawaf Al Sahhaf CEO, Badir Program for Technology Incubators

Olivier Cohen Regional Manager, Middle East, Hootsuite

Olivier Cohen is a regional manager for Middle East at Hootsuite. He is an experienced and successful senior leader with a provern track record developing go-to-market strategies and leading teams in Europe, Middle East and Africa. His career spans over a decade of working at some of the most influential software companies in the region including Acronis, Vision Solutions and Double Take, culminating with nearly 2 years in his current role at Hootsuite.

Twitter:@cohen_olivier
Omar Christidis Founder and CEO, ArabNet

Twitter:@OmarChr
Rabih El Tair Associate Director - Digital, OMD

Rabih has over five years of media experience in the region. His experience covers a range of sectors and client challenges and today, he leads the digital function for OMD’s two operations in Saudi Arabia and their clients. With his digital expertise and deep understanding of the region’s digital habits, Rabih is able to not only elevate brands’ appeal but also relevance with their consumers. Recipient of an OMD award for “advancing the digital agenda”, Rabih thrives on transforming clients’ performance through innovation and effectiveness.

Rakan Al Eidi Venture Partner, MENA, 500 Startups

Rakan is an Entrepreneurship Development expert, who recently joined 500 Startups as Venture Partner of Saudi Arabia. Prior to that, he was the founding Managing Director of Endeavor Saudi Arabia and since 2013, Rakan has been heading the Deals Committee at Oqal Angel Investors Group. He is a board member of a government fund and has been a judge in many entrepreneurship and startup competitions. Rakan holds an M.B.A. majoring in Entrepreneurship and HRM from the University of Queensland, Australia.

Twitter:@rakaneur
Rami Rafih Principal, The Boston Consulting Group

Rasha Rteil Head of Innovation & UM Labs, MENA, UM

Rteil is referred to as a wildling-like ad woman due to her heterogeneous emblem of creative métier and being one of the youngest versatile ‘go-getter’ and valiant innovation narrators in the media spectrum. Rteil is a true child of the digital age. Her passion for all things tech - and innovation - related is evident in her talks, work and writing. Her conviction is reflected in the statement, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” She was named this year’s ‘Women to watch in the GCC’ by Communicate Middle East.

Twitter:@RashaRteil
Reine Abbas Co-founder and Partner, Wixel Studios and Spica Tech

Reine co-founded Wixel Studios in 2008; it was the first Indie gaming company, and one of the first gaming companies in the Middle East. She also co-founded Spica Tech in 2014, a tech academy to teach kids and teenagers game development. She is the 2013 winner of the WOW award for artistic expressions, selected as one of the 5 most powerful women in gaming by inc.com in 2014, and one of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women in 2015.

Twitter:@reineabbas
Rita Makhoul Managing editor, Arabnet

Saed Nashef Founding Partner, Sadara Ventures

Saed Nashef is a Founding Partner at Sadara Ventures, the first early-stage venture capital firm investing in startups in Palestine. He currently serves on the boards of Yamsafer, Souktel, Webteb, and SocialDice. Saed is a technologist, turned entrepreneur, turned investor. A software engineer by training, he spent many years in leadership and engineering roles at several companies in the US, including Microsoft. Saed is a Kauffman Fellow, and is a recipient of the Jeff Timmons Memorial Award.

Twitter:@saednashef
Saleem Hammad General Manager - Saudi Arabia, Souq.com

With more than 14 years of Internet experience in MENA, Saleem is currently the General Manager Manager of Souq.com , KSA. Saleem joined Souq.com in 2008 as Regional Finance Director and GM of Souq Jordan. Since then, the company has grown to be the largest online retailer and Marketplace in the Arab World. Souq.com and its group of companies have well established presence in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan and India, making it the largest and fastest growing e-commerce company in the region.

Twitter:@SaleemHammad
Salem Alenzi Co-owner, Jathwa

Sara AlAteeqi Founder and CEO, 10M

Twitter:@saranalateeqi
Sarah Al Ayed Co-founder and Partner, TRACCS

Sarah Ayed M. Al Ayed is co-founder and partner of Trans-Arabian Creative Communications (TRACCS) with over 15 years of experience in the PR and Communications industry, having worked extensively on communications strategy development for multinational and local companies with a focus on issues management protocols and corporate social responsibility. Today she chairs the Jeddah Entrepreneurs Competition and Meet, has founded the Art of Business Communications (Etiquette Studio), has participated as a judge in “AlIsrar”, and is MENA Regional Ambassador for WED (Women’s Entrepreneurship Day).

Twitter:@Sarah_AlAyed
Scott Amyx CEO, Amyx+

Scott Amyx was voted Top Global Internet of Things Influencer & Expert by Inc. Magazine, Postscapes, and Internet of Things Institute, recipient of the Cloud & DevOps World Award for Most Innovative, and Top 10 Global Speaker by Speaking.com. Scott is a thought leader, speaker, and futurist on emerging technologies and CEO of Amyx+. Scott has been nominated to the World Economic Forum and TED.

Twitter:@AmyxIoT
Sharif El-Badawi Partner, 500 Startups, Chairman, TechWadi

Twitter:@selbadawi
Sho Sato Chief Analyst, Media Create

Sho Sato is the Chief Analyst at Media Create, which provides marketing data and insights toward most Japanese game publishers like Nintendo, Sony, Square Enix and KONAMI. As a research specialist in the emerging game market, he is a mentor of GameFounders, the first global game-only accelerator, as well as an international advisory board at NASSCOM GDC, the largest indian game developers conference, and a speaker at game developers conference in more than 10 countries including MEGA and Maghreb Game Conference.

Sonia Weymuller Founding Partner, VentureSouq

Sonia Weymuller is a founding partner of VentureSouq, a GCC-based early stage equity funding platform. Previously, she headed Advertising for Turner Broadcasting’s portfolio of children’s platforms across MENA and Africa. Prior to Turner, she worked with Viacom’s Emerging Markets’ Strategy Group and Microsoft’s Strategy and M&A team in London. Sonia is a Charter Member for TiE's Dubai chapter, serves as UAE Director for the Yale Alumni Schools Committee, is a Committee member and mentor for e7 Daughters of the Emirates, and a Strategic Partnerships Committee member for Air Shepherd.

Twitter:@SoniaWey
Stewart Smith Senior Sales Director, Sojern

Stewart Smith is leading the expansion and development of Sojern in the Middle East and Africa regions from the Dubai office. Stewart has over 12 years of digital experience in travel and tourism, and joined Sojern from Lastminute.com where he worked for eight years developing digital media partnerships across agencies, airlines, hotels and tourist boards, as well as developing numerous travel brand partnerships.

Suhaib Hammad Partner, SME Law

Suhaib A. Hammad is a Partner at SME Law – a division of Hammad & Al-Mehdar Law Firm. He earned his LLB from the International Islamic University in Malaysia in 2008. After working for nearly a year in the interim, he then obtained an LLM from the University of Miami in 2010 specializing in International Business Law. Suhaib has a vast array of international legal experience and has received extensive work experience in the United States, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. He is fluent in Arabic and English, and speaks basic Bahasa Melayu as well. Suhaib leads the firm’s ICT and Healthcare practice, as well as specializing in corporate structuring and registrations.

Sumeet Jain General Partner, LUMA Capital Partners

Sumeet is a General Partner with LUMA Capital partners and invests in innovative marketing technology companies. He is focused on software and products that are accelerating the digital marketing transformation. He is currently based in San Francisco and previously was with Intel Capital in its Digital Media group. Prior to that he was a partner at CMEA Capital and a technology investment banker at Goldman Sachs. He also was with two startup companies, Personify and iManage. Sumeet holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and MBA from Wharton.

Twitter:@sumeet_jain
Taher Alblowe Founder, Geeks Valley

Taher Alblowe is a maker and founder of Geeks Valley. He finished his bachelor degree in Computer science from Jordan, and his master’s degree in electronic services from Australia. After nine years of working overseas/Saudi Arabia and volunteering with Google developer groups, he decided to help in spreading and shaping the maker movement and innovation in the region.

Twitter:@Alblowe
Tarik Al-Turki Country System Engineering Manager, Saudi Arabia, Cisco

Tarik Alturki supports and overseas cisco Saudi Arabic pre-sales systems engineering teams and network information Architect to link services with customer’s business requirements to drive digitization and outcomes within Saudi Arabia organization. Tarik Alturki holds a computer engineering degree from the Univ. of Central Florida and has over 18 years in the industry. Prior to joining the Cisco team, Tarik worked with SBM and IBM for 10 years.

Tariq Mukhttar Founder and Organizer of Gamedev Corners Saudi Community, Founder of Happiest Dark Corner

Tuba Terekli Co-founder and CEO, Qotuf Al Riyadah Development Company

Tuba Terekli is the co-founder and CEO of Qotuf Al Riyadah Development Company, and is a well-known entrepreneurship advocate, policy maker and ecosystem architect, and the B20 representative for Saudi Arabia for 2015. Qotuf is the first private entrepreneurship foundation in Saudi Arabia, which works to formulate the entrepreneurial ecosystem for all different sectors working with the various chambers, ministries, universities, accelerator programs, and venture capitals.

Twitter:@healmiddleeast
Walid Hadid Head of Analytics - UAE, OMD

Walid Hadid has joined OMD MENA as Head of Analytics, to provide OMD’s clients with a holistic and integrated service. His mission is to further OMD’s commitment to sciences in the marketing field since its inception almost 15 years ago. Walid ensures the agency and its clients embrace new technologies, analytics and nano data to generate business results, rather than just media performance. Previously the Head of Analytics at OgilvyOne, Walid has more than 20 years of experience in developing, implementing and leading analytics solutions.

Twitter:@Walid_Hadid
Walid Mansour Managing Partner, Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)

Walid has over 15 years of experience in VC, strategy, corporate finance and engineering within the digital, telecom, software and new media industries. Prior to joining MEVP in 2010, Walid was a lead associate at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and before that, strategy manager at the UAE’s Prime Ministry Executive Office focusing on public policy initiatives. During his stay in Dubai, he worked on setting-up entrepreneurship related programs and developing incubation in the Arab World through several Dubai based initiatives such as the Mohammed Bin Rashid Foundation.

Twitter:@WalidGMansour
Walla Nahas Economic development consultant,

Received a Bachelor in Computer Science degree from King Abdul Aziz University – KSA and Master of Business Administration degree from University of Leicester – UK. She is a member in Jeddah Young Business Committee since 2009. Walla pursues several positions in local and International companies, her diverse experiences includes Customer Care, Training & development, Corporate Social Responsibility and Marketing sectors . She is a presenter of “Startup “program on you-tube and " sayidaty in Business " on Rotana khalejiatv TV to support whomever want to establish his/her new business with tips, ideas, experiences, success and failer local and international stories and interviews with entrepreneurs.

Twitter:@wallanahas
Yazeed AlSwailem Co-founder, Tarmeez

Yazeed is a professional designer and interface designer since 2001. He holds a bachelor degree in software engineer from KFUPM. Yazeed started his passion as a business by designing and developing websites and UI/UX design, and worked for several companies. That is before he founded Tarmeez in 2011, which focuses on mobile development serving B2B clients and considered as one of the first companies to develop apps in KSA.

Twitter:@yazyaz
Zafer Younis Partner, 500 Startups

Zafer Younis is a partner at 500 Startups, the world's most active early stage tech investor. Previously, he co-founded The Online Project where his team developed and executed social media strategies for Fortune 500 companies and high profile organizations operating in MENA. At age 23, Zafer co-founded his first company Modern Media, LTD, acquired by D&C Electronics in 2014. He is part of the New Think Theater board, and advises the Jordan River Foundation board, as well as many startups as mentor of Oasis500.

Twitter:@zaferyounis

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