HH Prince Dr. Turki Bin Saud Al Saud President, KACST

His Highness Prince Dr. Turki Bin Saud Bin Mohammed Al Saud is the President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). His Highness holds a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, USA. His passion in engineering and technology 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 appointed as KACST president in 2015. His Highness chairs numerous committees and councils, most notably, the Supervisory Committee of the National Science, Technology and Innovation Plan. The Plan 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 which honors inventors, develops the spirit of creativity, innovation and invention and stimulates Saudi talents and capabilities. His Highness Prince Dr. Turki is the chairman of 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 that support and encourage Saudi inventors and innovators, whom he believes are the main pillar of a Saudi knowledge based economy.

HE Dr. Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel Minister of Communications and Information Technology,

H. E. Dr. Mohammed I. Al-Suwaiyel is the Minister of Communications and Information Technology in Saudi Arabia since January 2015. He was the president of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology from 2007 till January 2015. Before that, he was the governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission for 4 years. The Dr. is also a member of some boards and councils that include the Supreme Council of Saudi Aramco & its Board of Directors, the International Advisory Council for King Abdullah University for Science and Technology, KAUST, and the International Advisory Council for the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, KAPSARC. He was awarded as the best teacher at KFUPM in 1989 and the Middle East CEO of the Year Award in 2007.

HE Dr. Mufrej bin Saad Al-Haqbani Minister of Labor,

• Education : PhD in Economics, State University of Colorado, USA, 1991. • Present Position: Minister of Labour since 10/7/1436 H, ( 29/4/2015) • Previous Work Experience: - Vice Minister of Labour - Deputy Minister of Labour for Planning & Development. - Secretary General of the National Committee for Narcotic Control. - Undersecretary of the Emirate of Jazan Province. - Professor of Economics, King Fahd Security. - Director, Admission and Registration Department, King Fahd Security College. - Director, Research Centre, and Editor-in-Chief of Security Research Journal, King Fahd Security College. - Member of a number of councils, boards and committees. • Other Present Activities: - Chairman of the Board of the General Organization for Social Insurance. - Chairman of the Board of Technical and Vocational Training Corporation. - Chairman of the Board of Human Resources Development Fund. - Member of the Council of Economic Affairs and Development. • Publications: He has several researches and publications in the areas of economics (financial - government – expenditure - international trade), as well as labour and economic development, etc.

Dr. Khalid Bin Hussein Bayari CEO, Saudi Telecom Company - STC

Dr. Al Biyari is responsible for the group’s global investments. He is also Chairman of STC Solutions, Vice Chairman of STC VIVA Kuwait, Vice Chairman of OTL, and Board member of Turk Telecom and Avea. From 1990 until 1995, Dr. Al-Biyari was a Professor of Communication Systems in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at King Fahad University of Petroleum & Minerals. Before his appointment as Group CEO at STC, he served as the SVP for Technology and Operations. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President and GM at Advanced Electronics Company. He served on the committee developing the Saudi Arabian plan for electronics, and was elected by Council of Ministers to the BOD of the Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority.

Abdulaziz bin Fahad Influencer in social networks, stand-up comedy, social sketches provider,

Abdulla Elyas CoFounder & Managing Director, Careem

Dr. Abdulla Elyas is a Saudi born and raised in Germany. He graduated with a MSc in Computer Science and holds a PhD in Business Administration honored with a Magna Cum Laude from RWTH Aachen, one of Germany’s top universities. Abdulla has 10+ years professional experience in Managing and Consulting of Software Projects gained at multinational companies like Mercedes Benz, SAP AG and the World Exhibition Expo 2000. Being a Management Consultant, Abdulla worked as an advisor for customers like Pepsi Co. in the U.S., Vodafone in Malaysia and SABIC in Saudi Arabia. In 2012, Abdulla initiated and founded enwan - a company, which focuses on addressing the world and offering the first proper address solution in the cloud. In 2013 enwani was internationally awarded by Sophia Business Angels in France on being the Most Investable Company 2013. In 2014 enwani was acquired by Careem (1# Transportation App in the Middle East) and Abdulla joined the Careem team as CoFounder. Besides his professional career, Abdulla co-founded two social tech startups, islam.de in 1999 and waymo.net in 2002, which became the biggest information platforms in Germany around topics of intercultural understanding. Abdulla lives in Jeddah with his wife and his three kids.

Abdullah Al-Yousef Founder & CEO, Kids App Center & Tag Media

Abdullah, holder of MBA, Major / Business Administration is a specialist in social media, & interactive apps product. Filmmaker, producer, trainer in the field of graphics & social media & new media marketing. Advisor in the field of media & branding and has passion for creative ideas, planning & achievements. One of the best 150 Entrepreneurs in KSA at the Insisting Award "ISRAR Award" of 2014 and 2015 from Human Resources Development Fund. One of the 100 influential personalities on Twitter in the Gulf & KSA and one of the top 100 Arab Influential Tweeps from MENA.

Abdullah Alghadouni Senior Head of Communications, Virgin Mobile KSA

Since 2003 Abdullah filled his passion for online by building hundreds of business solutions, websites, portals and communities for individuals to communicate and transact. He has the practical capability of planning, implementing and optimizing different business ideas online. He has worked with different systems and interactive platforms for web and social networks, including CMS, CRM, Web Analytics, Marketing automation, Mobile web, Mobile Apps and others, serving different business situations. Worked with NOKIA, dubizzle, Glowork and starting is @SpoileeApp. He is currently structuring the Marketing Communications at Virgin Mobile Saudi Arabia.

Abdulrahman Aljiffry Entrepreneurship Center, Technology Incubator Associate, KAUST

Abdulrahman AlJiffry supports a diverse portfolio of technology start-ups ranging from consumer electronics to education to clean tech in his capacity as part of the New Ventures team at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST). Abdulrahman helped found KAUST’s accelerator program during the early days of the Entrepreneurship Center and supported the KAUST’s entrepreneurial efforts. KAUST was named as the best Higher Education Institution Supporting Entrepreneurship in the 3rd Global Entrepreneurship Summit December 2012 only 18months after the founding of the Entrepreneurship Center. During his time in KAUST, Abdulrahman created several initiatives including the Technology Angel Summit and Graduate Business Workshop that are at the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship.

Abir Al Helou Client Services Director of Technology, Traffic

Abir heads up the digital division at Traffic in Dubai since 2014. She has a technical background coupled with a strong business understanding. She has 9+ years experience working in the MENA region with an in depth knowledge on how to create digital strategies that help transform businesses and build brands online through different types of digital and technical implementations from websites, mobile apps, social media campaigns, display advertising and Enterprise solutions. She has lead teams of diverse skills from designers & developers to teams of project managers. She has lead digital activations for brands such as McDonalds, Dar Al Hekma, Kinder, Abu Dhabi Airports, Dubai Calendar, Gulf News, Yas Waterworld, Etihad Airways, Carrefour, Gain Health Organization to name a few. She is passionate about digital and on the constant outlook to find new ways of how can digital help businesses grow.

Ahmad Al-Zaini CEO & Co-Founder, ALWANS

Ahmad Al-Zaini is the Co-founder and CEO of ALWANS and foodics.com, He has been, for almost a decade, working in the technology sector as an entrepreneur and a board member for various companies focused on technology investments. Ahmad is a business advisor to a group of startup companies and technical projects. He has also helped others to establish different types of restaurants. He provides value as a consultant on information technology and scaling up technical projects. His passion for technology drove him to create the Wazi Volunteering Club. As the founder of Wazi, CEO and entrepreneur he spends his time raising the awareness of technology throughout Saudi Arabia and other parts of the gulf.

Alex Morriss Director of Affiliate Partnerships - EMAF, Expedia

Alexander Morriss is currently the Director of Affiliate Development for EMAF at Expedia Inc. and has been in this position since January 2015. Prior to this position and since March 2013, Mr Morriss was the Head of Business Development with the Expedia Affiliate Network, a division within the Expedia, Inc. group that provides travel companies with the tools and technology that help millions of travelers find the perfect hotels for their next trips.. He developed and managed strategic partnerships for Expedia Affiliate Network in the Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East and African regions. Thanks to these experiences, he developed a strong knowledge and expertise of the Middle East travel industry. Prior to this, he assumed several Business Development positions within both Expedia and Expedia Affiliate Network between 2006 and 2013.

Ali Nehme Managing Director, Digital, Starcom Mediavest Group

Nehme has over 11 years of technology and media experience under his belt, spanning across multiple industries with a focus on technology-driven marketing. In his role at SMG, he managed to identify and seize opportunities to grow the digital media business across the region. Equipped with an aggressive strategy, he has set-up effective and innovative teams of around 25+ people across seven countries in less than two years, managing to achieve triple digit year-on-year revenue growth. Furthermore, he negotiated new operating models and processes that allowed growth of digital business and fast-tracked SMG’s digital capability building.

Amir Farha Co-founder & Managing Partner, BECO Capital

Amir is the Co-founder and Managing Partner at BECO Capital, a Venture Capital firm that provides early stage growth capital and hands-on operational support for technology companies in the MENA region with a focus on the GCC.

Anas El Filali CEO & Founder, Lorem

Anas El Filali, CEO LOREM DIGITAL GROUP. LOREM DIGITAL GROUP is one of the biggest strategies and digital content provider in Morocco: gaming, interactive content and videos. Anas EL FILALI, LOREM Group CEO and Founder, launched a gaming agency, Lorem Games, a service provider in Serious Games dev. From education to Advergames, Lorem has launched games on mobiles/Desktops with more than 2 million users. Anas El Filali is a Digital entrepreneur. His moto: I never work, I’m just having fun.MD, MBA Anas is also a serial entrepreneur. He started his first company in 1999. He was medical student. He’s also blogger: elected best blogger in 2009 Morocco Web awards. Recipient of many awards in Mena and worldwide."

Aziz Al-noghaither Managing Director, AACC IT Consulting

Eng. Abdulaziz Al-Noghaither has extensive rich experience of over 25 years at local and regional ICT businesses. He is a board member of various educational and SME/Entrepreneur associations. Abdulaziz is a Certified ICT consultant and a C0-founder and MD of AACC consulting, ACM environment, and few other private start-ups.

Ben Maher Executive Director of Advertising EMEA, Mashable

Ben Maher is Mashable's Executive Director of Advertising for EMEA where he oversees sales for the European, Middle East and African markets. Ben joined the Mashable in September 2014 from Weve, a joint venture between the UK’s three largest mobile network operators, which develops mobile commerce platforms businesses in the UK, where he served as an Agency Director. Ben has over a decade of digital and mobile sales experience in the UK and EMEA markets, working with a host of world-class brands, while also being the proud father of three beautiful daughters.

Benjamin Ampen Head of Revenue, Middle-East & North Africa, Twitter

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

Chris Blauvelt Founder & CEO, LaunchGood

Chris Blauvelt is a passionate American serial entrepreneur committed to building up the global Muslim community to reach its full potential. Chris is the founder & CEO of LaunchGood, the world's largest faith-based crowdfunding platform, which has helped raise $4.5+ million for more than 400 projects across 38 countries. Prior to LaunchGood, Chris was an award-winning film producer, teacher and founder of another successful crowdfunding platform, Patronicity.

Christian Nucibella Founder & CEO, FiloBlu

Entrepreneur and tech enthusiast, Christian Nucibella holds a Degree in Engineering from the University of Padua (Italy). After several years of corporate experience in lean management working as a PMO in the automotive sector, in 2009 he founded FiloBlu with the mission to help businesses accelerate and benefit from society's shift to omnichannel retail. Thanks to a truly innovative approach and his forward-looking vision, FiloBlu has so far developed more than 100 international projects for the luxury, fashion, sportswear, design and beauty sectors, including Italy's Got Style, the first Italian multibrand e-Boutique exclusively designed for the Middle Eastern consumer. From offline and in-store to evolved digital, mobile and smart devices, FiloBlu helps companies integrate the entire shopping experience with a seamless approach, always placing the brand at the centre of the project and partnering with the client to identify the best business model to achieve a perfectly integrated omnichannel strategy. Regarding my former email about the panel session, pls kindly let me know when you can send us the requested details (name of the other speakers, topics and questions that will be covered during the session, if Christian can show any slide or website while he is speaking, etc), so as to organize everything related to Christian's speech at its best.

Dirk Henke Managing Director Eastern Europe, MEA, Criteo

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

Dominique Corradi MENA Digital FS Leader - Middle East, Ernst & Young

With over 20 years of IT consulting experience for financial institutions, Dominique has focused on helping banks, insurance companies and capital market firms in developing strong internal capabilities through the promotion of Digital to ensure international growth and success. Dominique has built and grown digital capabilities at 10+ financial institutions and has led several multi-million dollars digital FS transformations, with areas of leadership spanning from highly strategic consulting advisory work to the delivery management of large international teams (up to 150+). His professional area of expertise is focused on Digital Banking, and also includes Customer Relationship Management, Target Operating Models, Core Banking Transformation, Application Rationalization, Information Management and off-shore delivery centers. With consulting and management experience in the UK, France, the GCC, India, and North Africa, Dominique has developed a truly International Capability. Dominique has recently led the EY MENA Digital Banking Report initiative, a GCC-specific research work, based on a large scale client survey throughout the region and the interview of 80+ banking leaders at 30 financial institutions.

Dr. Nabeel Koshak Vice President of Business & Innovation at Umm Al-Qura University, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at Makkah Techno Valley Company

Nabeel Koshak is the Vice President for Business & Innovation of Umm Al-Qura University (UQU), Makkah, Saudi Arabia. He is the Vice Chairman of Makkah Techno Valley Company. His is a Board Member of Oqal Jeddah (An Angle Investors Network). Nabeel is the Director of KACST GIS Technology Innovation Center at UQU. Koshak is the former Director of Center of Research Excellence in Hajj & Umrah. He is the General Supervisor of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute at UQU. He is an Associate Professor and the Founder and former Director of the Design and Planning Support Systems (DPSS) Research Unit, Department of Urban and Engineering Research, Hajj Research Center, UQU, Saudi Arabia. Koshak teaches courses at the College of Engineering and Architecture, UQU. His research, teaching, innovation and business interests focus on computing in architecture and urban design/planning, including Computer Aided Design (CAD), Building Information Modeling (BIM), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM). Koshak received a PhD in Computational Design from the School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University in 2002. As an entrepreneur, Koshak is the Founder and former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CAD & GIS Co., Ltd, Digital Models Co., Ltd., and Digital Perspective Co., Ltd.

Ehab Al Otibi Business & Communication Manager, Mawdoo3.com

Ehab Al-Otibi is the Business & Communication Manager of Mawdoo3, the free Arabic encyclopedia, generating hundreds of daily articles targeting hundreds of thousands of readers every day. He's also the Co-founder of JoAnimate Animation Fesival which is the biggest animation festival in the MENA reagion since 2011. Ehab is a driven online media specialist and business developer, working with 10+ online projects, with many roles in community management, business development, customer support, social media, content management and online marketing, Strong customer understanding skills, strategic thinking and data driven decisions, along with the passion to improve services and products based on costumers needs. Love to work with people and to do a positive impact to the community.

Fadi Khater Founder & Managing Partner, Netizency

Worked on digital, marketing and social media strategies for STC, Zain, du, anayou, Eurosport Arabia, Etisalat, Virgin Mobile, Kcell and Turkcell. Has a holistic marketing experience having worked at agencies, clients, and management consultancies across the Middle East including Leo Burnett, JWT, du, Qtel, and Delta Partners.

Fady Elhossainy Accounts Director, eDesign

Fady Elhossainy is the accounts director at eDesign Digital Marketing Agency, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. With his artistic background, excellent communication and management skills, Fady proved himself in the field of graphic and website design. During the past 12 years he has designed corporate identities and websites, handled 360 virtual tours and virtual orientations photo-shooting, managed designers, and supervised major accounts including Saudi Airlines, Alhamrani, Nesma and Alesayi.

Fahd Hamidaddin Chief Marketing Officer, Head of Sustainable Development, King Abdullah Economic City

استطاع فهد صناعة الهوية للمدينة الاقتصادية و جدد استراتيجية الخطاب التي كسبت المدينة من خلالها ثقة المستثمرين و الاعلام العالمي. فهد هو الأمين العام لمنتدى المدن الحديثة و عضو مجلس إدارة لمؤسسات تعليمية غير ربحية. حاز على عدة جوائز في مجال استراتجيات التسويق و الاعلام الالكتروني و ساهم في تنمية الحركة الإبداعية من خلال مشاركاته في لجان تحكيم لعدد من الجوائز الاقليمية.

Fawwaz Qadan Head of Database & Technology, MENA, SAP

Fawwaz leads the development of the region’s D&T and HANA sales, go-to-market strategy, and growth. He works closely with MENA customers and partners to drive business value ensuring SAP remains the Database and Technology leader for innovation.. Prior to joining SAP Fawwaz held the position of Director, Microsoft Enterprise and Partner Group where he was responsible for driving sustained business performance in the enterprise and partner business within the Gulf region achieving exceptional growth from Cloud SaaS and IaaS businesses. Prior to Microsoft Fawwaz had a successful career with Hewlett Packard (HP) where he held services and enterprise sales leadership roles in Saudi and Middle East.

Fazal Bahardeen Founder, CrescentRating & HalalTrip

Fazal is a thought leader, innovator and entrepreneur in the global Muslim lifestyle & travel sectors. He founded CrescentRating, now the leading authority on Halal Travel. Acquired and re-launched HalalTrip.com along with it’s mobile app to make trip planning and place discovery easy for Muslim travelers. In May 2015, he also launched “Muslim Travel Warehouse”, the world’s first global b2b platform for travel packages, excursions and activities.

Hashim Nabulsi Fund Manager, University Venture Fund (UVF)

● رئيس اللجنة الاستثمارية لصندوق الجامعة للشركات الناشئة (UVF)، التابع لشركة وادي مكة للتقنية بمبلغ 20 مليون ريال للإستثمار في المشاريع الريادية المتنامية والقائمة على الابتكار. ● شريك مؤسس في مسرع الأعمال في جامعة أم القرى بمكة، وتم تدريب أكثر من 225 مشاركاً ومشاركة حتى الآن. ● مستشاراً أعلى في المملكة العربية السعودية، لشركة (Value Partners) الإيطالية، لتقديم الإستشارات المالية والإدارية والاستراتيجية ● عمل في هيكلة وإدارة وتقييم الاستثمارات المحلية والعالمية، الاستثمار في رأس المال الجرئ والملكية الخاصة ومحافظ الأسهم، التطوير والاستثمار العقاري، بناء الشراكات والاتفاقيات.

Henri Holm Chief Financial Officer, Intigral

Hailing from Helsinki, Finland, Henri is entrepreneur and start-up enthusiast who invested in education and international work experience across Asia and Middle-East & Africa to arm himself with knowledge and business acumen. Henri spend 16-years in Nokia’s senior Product & Sales positions and CFO positions in APAC and MEA. He pioneered Rovio Entertainment’s Asia operations as a Senior Vice President between years 2011-2013 to build Angry Birds brand and game presence a strong part of pop-cultural phenomenon. As CFO of Intigral he is working closely with the company’s leadership to ensure we realise company's strong growth potential over the coming years. Henri will be using his experience with startups to supports Intigral’s own incubator program Afkar.

Ibrahim AlHamdani Communications Director, Hashtag SM Agency

Humanizing brands on social media since 2012, Ibrahim Al-Hamdani is the Communication’s Director at Hashtag Social Media agency. His tireless efforts to assist his clients in navigating the social platforms have built brands that are currently the benchmark for social media marketing in various industries. Ibrahim has held a number of key positions in various international organizations in Dubai and Saudi Arabia, such as Social Media Coordinator at Al Sayegh Media, Digital Executive at Weber Shandwick where he has been awarded the Incite Awards with Jaguar.

Ik Jae Jeong Senior Manager of Global Business Development, LINE Plus Corporation

Jeong serves as a Senior Manager of Global Business at LINE Plus Corporation. He leads partnerships and business development in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In his previous position, he served as Senior Partnership Manager at Cheil Worldwide, a marketing company under the Samsung Group. Jeong was closely involved in negotiation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for Samsung Electronics’ The Olympic Partner (TOP) program and managed a marketing approval system handling 780 proposals during the London 2012 Olympic Games. His overall responsibilities stretched from rights holder relationship management to sponsorship account management, implementation of marketing and licensing programs as well as event operations. Jeong holds Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from New York University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

Jamal Al Akkad Ecosystem Development Consultant, Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Center (Wa’ed)

Jamal Al Akkad joined Saudi Aramco in 1997 after an excitement decade as a serial entrepreneur in the fields of ITC and education. He started his career in Saudi Aramco as a Contracts Advisor in the Southern Area Producing then moved to Treasury Organization as a Financial Analyst. Jamal participated in leading the SAP applications implementation in Treasury then selected to join the founding team of the endowment of King Abdullah University for Science & Technology (KAUST). In 2008, Jamal was selected to join the founding team of Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Center. Currently, Jamal is the Consultant of the Center.

Kerim Türe Founder & CEO, Modanisa.com

Kerim Ture is an entrepreneur & angel investor. He co-founded Modanisa.com 2011 to provide ‘choice in style’ for Muslim women and to be the platform for Modest Fashion brands and designers Today, Modanisa attracts 7M visitors per month and works with 300+ brands, designers and serves to 75 countries. According to Thompson Reuters and Dinar Standard’s 2015 Report, Modanisa.com is the most popular Muslim fashion e-commerce site in the world. Kerim has a lifelong passion for entrepreneurship, improving society by empowering women and entrepreneurs. He serves on the Board of Directors of Etohum, the leading startup accelerator in Istanbul and Youth Republic, an award winning Marcom agency in Turkey. He holds a masters degree in Communications from Boston University.

Khaled Elbedri Senior Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Khaled Elbedri is a Senior Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services. Khaled is an advocate and subject matter expert in open source technology and has many years of experience in the design and architecture of cloud and on-premises infrastructure solutions. Khaled brings amble of experience serving the largest enterprise customers across Middle East, Turkey and Africa region. Additionally, khaled worked closely with multiple IT partners of different sizes building relationships and identifying new business opportunities. He previously occupied consulting and solutions architecture roles within Red Hat. Prior to that, he worked as a senior systems engineer for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company ADNOC.

Khalid AlSulami Founder & CEO, ElectroAim

Khalid AlSulami, KFUPM gradate. The founder and CEO of ElectroAim. His personal goal is making Saudi Arabia the leading country in the Middle East region in innovation and designing smart mechatronic products.

Khalid Suleimani Head of Venture Capital Funds, Alkhabeer Capital

An accomplished venture capitalist and entrepreneur, Khalid co- founded several companies, and delivered more than 50 projects in the public and private sectors. Khalid is the President of Sirb Angel investor Network, and has worked as a consultant to the Ministry of Labour on SME’s. He is the author of the recently published book: ’84 Tips to a Successful Business Startup’. Khalid holds a Master’s degree in computer engineering from the CU- Boulder, and has completed the Program in “launching new ventures” at Harvard Business School.

Khansa'a Abu Naji Managing Director, Meshbak Design Studio

• Founder and managing director of Meshbak design studio in Riyadh. • MBA graduate from University of Leicester, a Certified brand manager from AIPMM. • A serial designer with 12 years of experience in communication and branding, designed more than +65 corporate identities for various projects in different fields. • Founder and general manager of Azyan, a social initiative to enrich Arabic content in design and branding.

Lee Mancini Managing Director, Sekari

Lee Mancini is the Managing Director of Sekari and zeentree.com. Responsible for driving the company’s vision to become a leading multinational SEO and Content Marketing Agency. Sekari is the premium Search Engine Optimisation Agency in the region, having incorporated in 2009 Sekari soon became a pioneer in the field of SEO and Content Marketing. From its humble beginnings in Dubai and now with offices in Dubai, Amman and Cape Town, Sekari has expanded into global player in the field of multilingual content production. With 39 Partners around the world covering 44 countries Sekari has developed its expertise working with some of the leading brands in the world, from LG, Coca Cola, Microsoft and Regus as well as more regional clients such as Flynas, Atlantis the Palm Hotel, Gulf News, Dubai Properties and The First Group to name but a few.

Mahmoud Ghoz Founder and CEO, Rawy

With a sum of 13 years of experience managing and delivering complex IT, web and mobile projects with multiple technologies through different project management methodologies. Having been a founder and cofounder of 2 startups for over 3 years backed up with 10 years of experience working in different multinational and international companies like EDS an HP company, iCapital. Certified as Scrum Master, PMP, MCT, MCPD Enterprise Application Developer and MCSD. Mahmoud came up with the idea of Rawy as way to introduce Arabic culture, heritage and values. Passionate about sharing the beautiful culture, values, and heritage of the Middle East and Arab world, and exposing them to new generations by blending traditional storytelling with modern platforms: tablets, mobiles and PCs.

Mark Vernooij General Manager, thnk.org

Mark is the General Manager at THNK School of Creative Leadership. Dubbed by Stanford as the future of Higher Education, THNK is a global school and consultancy on creativity, business model innovation, and entrepreneurship for social impact. THNK has locations in Amsterdam, Stanford, Vancouver, Lisbon and Shanghai. Before THNK, Mark was a strategy consultant with McKinsey, an innovation consultant with Accenture and a serial entrepreneur in the music and internet industries. Mark studied engineering at Delft University of Technology, received an MBA from INSEAD and learned Design Thinking at Stanford. When not at work, you can find him enjoying racing cars (two years in the Dutch Rally Championship), cycling, boating on Amsterdam’s canals and walking his dog at the beach.

Michel Malkoun Chief Operating Officer, Digital Media Services - DMS - Choueiri Group

Mike Reiner Business Development Venture Capital EMEA, Amazon Web Services, Partner, CCC Startups

Mike covers venture capital business development for Amazon Web Services in EMEA. He is also the co-founder of CCC Startups and Startup Addventure with which he organized startup conferences in more than 7 different countries. Previously he co-founded and managed the B2B Accelerator Startup Wise Guys and with which he invested in 43 startups out of 25 different countries. An ex-IBMer with a passion for bright ideas and business model innovation, Mike worked in M&A and managed large transformation programs and innovation projects. He has worked with many startups around the globe and is a mentor at various incubators/accelerators such as Techstars.

Mikhail Fedorenko Co Founder and CEO, Muslima Wear

Man who lives to dream and work to make the dreams come true. Artist and entrepreneur. Muslima Wear is not only a brand of beautiful dresses for ladies, it is a lifestyle! Started in 2012 in Istanbul Muslima Wear became a famous and beloved Brand in many Countries. Alhamdulillah!

Mohamad Alfuhaid Founder and coordinator of #Laddn / Strategic director, ALWANS

A young and passionate entrepreneur whose experienced in marketing strategies and business planning. He's a leader who keeps inspiring his team with his work and positivity.

Mohamed Megahed Regional Commercial Director, Connect Ads

Mohamed Megahed is the Regional Commercial Director at Connect Ads. He joined in 2006 and has managed the regional team to maintain a healthy growth for the organization & partners. In his role as Regional Director, Mr. Megahed manages the GCC offices for A15 and is currently based in the Dubai Office. He also manages all commercial activities. With Connect Ads he worked with top brands in LEVANT, GCC, and North Africa to help build and support their digital strategy from the early beginnings, and while ensuring achieving their goals. He is always on the lookout for market expansions and follows the advancements in digital media and the launch of new products in the market. With over Nine years of experience in the field, as a Commercial Director, He was part of finalizing the acquisition of the exclusive partnerships for Facebook, Twitter , Shazam & Others. He is an expert in rolling out new products in the region and eliminating the entry barriers for all Connect Ads' partners. He is also responsible for setting the overall commercial strategy for connect ads portfolio to drive the organization forward. Mohamed Megahed graduated with an MBA in Marketing Communication from AASTMT in 2007.

Mohammed Al-Bishtawi Co-Founder, Business & Marketing Manager, AlHudhod

مهندس اتصالات-الجامعة الأردنية 2005. مختص في المحتوى العربي والرقمي (كنت أعمل في تقديم المحتوى عبر شبكات الاتصالات والشبكات الاجتماعية 2006-2010). مختص في اللغة العربية وعلومها المختلفة عاشق للأدب العربي ، مدرب وقائد كشفي . تم اختيارنا وتكريمنا من قبل جلالة الملك عبدالله الثاني في 15/2/2015 كقصة نجاح أردنية.

Mohammed Rashid Abaalkheil Head of Marketing & Communications Division, Bank Al Bilad

حاصل على بكالوريوس العمارة من جامعة الملك فهد للبترول والمعادن ، حاصل على ماجستير العلوم في التصميم البيئي للمباني من كلية ويلز للعمارة في المملكة المتحدة ، وماجستير إدارة الأعمال من كلية كارديف للأعمال في المملكة المتحدة . تلقى عدة دورات آخرها كان حصوله على الشهادة المتقدمة للتنفيذيين في الإدارة ، الإبتكار والتقنية عام 2013م من كلية سلون للإدارة في معهد ماساتشوسس للتقنية MIT في بوسطن. تنقل بين قطاعين رئيسين هما القطاع المصرفي والعقاري ، يشغل اليوم مهام قطاع التسويق والتواصل في بنك البلاد.. بدأ أول حياته العملية كمعماري في الميدان .. تولد إليه شغف التصميم وبناء شخصيات المنشاءات حتى عرف اليوم كمرجع ومستشار في بناء ثقافات وسمات لمختلف المنشآت من بناء الرؤية وخلق الثقافة ووضع إستراتيجيات المنشآت ، له العديد من المشاركات في مختلف الملتقيات والندوات ، وكتابات صحفية. هو عضو مجالس ومؤسس لعدة جمعيات منها الخيرية ومنها الإجتماعية

Mohannad Alnabulsi Jeddah Accelerator Director, Qotuf / Flat6labs

Director of accelerator program Qotuf - Flat6Labs Jeddah, graduated 22 Startups to date. Previously worked as Business Developer in Advance Pioneer and Smart solutions in Jeddah, KSA. He founded Limitless Inventions (Start-up, System for LB Ads, Accident Prevention), and worked as an Engineer in DRS Technologies for electronic-ware fire systems, New Hampshire – USA. Mohannad holds a MS ECE from Northeastern University, Boston, MA.

Moodi Mahmoodi CEO, Collaborne

Moodi is founder and CEO for Collaborne, a design thinking-base Insight-to-Venture™ innovation solution trusted by high performing organizations to engage, empower, and cross-functionally align their workforce in business innovation and transformation. A Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Rising Star, Top 100 Red Herring Winner and Top 50 Startups to Watch, Collaborne boasts global clients including Vodafone, World Economic Forum, Facebook, Covéa, City of Amsterdam, AES Energy, and other leading organizations. Moodi was Vice President for Optimal Solutions, where he was part of the management team that raised $100 million to accelerate Optimal’s growth leading to the company’s acquisition by NTT Data Corporation. Moodi joined Optimal after the successful acquisition in 2008 of KBMS.

Namek Zu'bi Managing Partner, Silicon Badia

Namek is a Founder and Managing Partner at Silicon Badia, a group of venture capital funds based in Jordan and New York City. Across its various vehicles, Silicon Badia invests in entrepreneurs who are building the next generation of disruptive tech-enabled companies in the Middle East and the US. Namek started his career building technology platforms on Wall Street and then went on to become the Founding Principal of an early stage venture capital fund based in NYC. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors and distinction from Carnegie Mellon University and currently resides between NYC and Amman.

Nawaf Felemban Founder & CEO, Kasra

Nawaf Felemban is an engineer turned management consultant. He recently founded Kasra, the fastest growing Arabic website in the world. He developed advanced algorithms for security systems in the United States. As a Management Consultant with McKinsey, he advised CEOs and Ministers on education and healthcare reform. He spent his career working on various projects in the US and the Middle East. Inspired by his work with Arab youth, he founded Kasra, an Arabic media startup. Kasra's mission is to “unite the Arab world, one cat picture at a time.” Since launching 1.5 years ago, Kasra has grown to 3M unique users monthly, with a team of writers around the Middle East.

Neda Aldihany Founder, Brilliant lab – Startup Accelerator services

Neda Al-Dihany is the founder of Brilliant Lab, which is a startup accelerator service. He has enjoyed a successful career in business development through his work on major projects in the educational and oil sectors in both Kuwait and Qatar. After earning his MBA from IE Business School in 2010, Neda started Brilliant Lab in 2012 with the goal of enhancing the spirit of entrepreneurship among the youth by matching the best startups with the potential investments community in Kuwait and throughout the Arabian Gulf. To date, Brilliant Lab has helped to accelerate more than 50 startups from Kuwait in various fields. It has also a various acceleration programs, 2013, 2014 ,2015 with a partnership IE Business School and also with Mind the Bridge, one of the top startup schools in San Francisco ,Silicon Valley. For more details you may visit our website: www.brilliant-lab.com

Nikolas Woischnik Business Development EMEA, Amazon Web Services

Nikolas Woischnik is a Business Development Manager at Amazon Web Services. For years he has dedicated his time to helping develop the Berlin technology and startup ecosystem: Founding Tech Berlin, Ahoy! Berlin, a 20.000 square feet space for coworking and innovation, Tech Open Air Berlin, Europe's first interdisciplinary Technology festival with +5,000 attendees and Openers, helping technology companies go global and corporates to connect with the international startup community. He previously consulted international companies (i.e. Eventbrite, Twitter, Spotify) and large German corporates (i.e. Axel Springer) on how to best tap into this growing source of innovation and has been a Venture Partner at Catagonia Capital. Prior to that he founded Reduti.de a couponing platform for premium services which was acquired by Daily Deal, Germany’s largest couponing company. He also serves for several companies and startups as a Board Member.

Noor Sweid Partner, Leap Ventures

Noor Sweid is a Managing Partner at Leap Ventures, a growth-stage venture capital firm based in Dubai and Beirut, and investing in entrepreneurs focused on technology and innovation. She has scaled and exited two businesses in the GCC, one via an IPO valued at US$1.1 billion (Depa), and the other by private equity sale (Zenyoga). Noor serves on the Boards of the Collegiate American School in Dubai, Sisters, Ellevate, and the MIT Enterprise Forum, as well as Endeavor UAE and Nabbesh. Noor holds bachelors’ degrees in Finance and Economics from Boston College as well as an MBA from MIT Sloan.

Nouf AlQethami Social Media Strategist, Traffic

Nouf is a passionate social media strategist leading the social media department in Traffic. For the past five years Nouf has Planned, engaged and executed social media and digital campaigns for more than 1M fans and followers of brands across GCC such Goody Kitchen, Better Homes, Unilever (OMO, Comfort, Tresemme), Spichem, Mamas & Papas and others. She is a holder of a Master degree in marketing management from the University Of Surrey in the UK.

Omar Christidis Founder & CEO, ArabNet

Omar Christidis is the Founder & CEO of ArabNet, the leading events & media company focused on the Arab web and mobile industry. ArabNet organizes the leading conferences for the digital sector in MENA including annual events in Beirut, Dubai and Riyadh. ArabNet also publishes news and analysis of the web and mobile industry on its online portal and print magazine, The ArabNet Quarterly. Before founding ArabNet, Omar worked in private wealth management at a family office in New York on a small team managing $1B in diverse assets. Prior to that, he was a Consultant at Booz & Co. in the MENA, and worked on varied projects across industries, including energy, technology / media, and public sector. Omar was selected as a high-impact Endeavor Entrepreneur, and was highlighted by GulfNews Magazine as one of its “30 under 30" list in 2012. He holds a BA and MBA from Yale University and is the Co-Founder of the Yale Arab Alumni Association.

Omar Hashem EVP Head of Digital Banking Division, National Commercial Bank - Al Ahli

Currently an Advisory board member at souqalmal.com , he is heading the Digital Banking Division with the role to lead the Bank Digital Strategy both retail and corporate, and leading the plan to realize NCB’s strategic aspirations in being the best Digital Bank and the number one in Customer experience. Omar Hashem also has previous experience at SVP as Chief Customer Officer (May 2012 – Jan 2015), Head of Strategy and Financial Planning Office (Jan 2011 – May 2012), Head of Electronic Transactions Banking Division (May 2009 – Jan 2011), Head of Mobile Payment & Remittance (May 2007 - May 2009) and E-Commerce Business Development Manager (February 2001 - January 2003).

Omar Soudodi Managing Director , PayFort

Omar brings entrepreneurial innovation and extensive dotcom expertise to Payfort, coupled with strong management experience in the financial sector in the Middle East and the United States. Soudodi previously served as the GM of Souq.com Egypt, and was behind the creation and launch of Accelarabia.com in 2006, which earned him regional recognition and nominations for multiple entrepreneurial awards. Omar is a certified Financial Advisor by the National Association of Securities Dealers.

Ozan Sonmez Co-Director of New Ventures and Hikma IP Startup Accelerator, KAUST

Ozan Sonmez is an experienced entrepreneur, mentor and startup accelerator manager and is a certified Angel Investor Trainer. He helped form and advised various angel groups and startup accelerators globally. Ozan has spent most of his career in management positions in public and private companies and currently dedicates his career to strengthen and foster entrepreneurial ecosystems. His global efforts to build healthier entrepreneurial ecosystems and his passion for startup accelerators and angel investing led him to become a lead instructor at Angel Labs (based in San Francisco) to host education and training sessions all over the world and create two Startup Accelerators in King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (based in Saudi Arabia).

Pavel Terentiev Partner, AddVenture

Pavel has almost 15 years’ experience in venture capital, financial and investment banking industry. He started in 2002 as a consultant at PwC Moscow’s assurance branch. Pavel later moved into an investment banking role with a leading Russian investment bank Renaissance Capital where he was a part of TMT team executing landmark domestic transactions in the sector with a total value of $15 billion. In 2010, Pavel joined Addventure as a partner and was instrumental in bringing it into a fully-fledged TOP 3 venture capital firm operating in Russia with 4 funds and over 25 investments under management. Pavel is overseeing some of the portfolio business within Russia, mostly in lead generation / booking, marketplace and on demand segments, and is covering an international pipeline and co-investment opportunities.

Rakan Al Eidi Managing Director - Saudi Arabia, Endeavor

Rakan is an Entrepreneurship Development expert, and activist in Saudi Arabia since 2006 with experiences in business developing, coaching and consulting. He is currently the founding Managing Director of the Saudi Affiliate of Endeavor, the global nonprofit that’s leading a High-Impact Entrepreneurship movement to catalyze sustainable economic growth around the world. Rakan is also heading the Investment Committee at Oqal Angel Investors Group, which attracts entrepreneurs to present their startups and businesses to the group investors. He is a board member of the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Saudi Arabia. And also has been a judge in many entrepreneurship and startup competitions, like Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, ArabNet and Startup Weekends. Rakan holds an M.B.A. majoring in Entrepreneurship and HRM from the University of Queensland, Australia and a BS in Industrial Systems Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia.

Ramzi Halaby Co-founder, The Online Project

Ramzi’s astute business instinct has generated millions of dollars in sales for his clients and companies he has created. His attentiveness to clients transforms to promises that are always met and expectations that are always exceeded. Steering The Online Project to its next case study and helping the region learn how to benefit from its rich digital scene one activation at a time.

Rasha Saifuddin Founder, Enigmaksa

محاضرة في كلية الاعلام بجامعة الملك عبدالعزيز٫ المدير التنفيذي لشركة انيجما المتخصصة في مجال الاعلام الاجتماعي عملت في مجال التسويق الالكتروني منذ عام ٢٠١٢.

Rashed Abdullah AlOthman General Manager of IT Division, Bank Al Bilad

As a CIO of Bank Albilad, Rashed Al Othman, is responsible for all information and communications technology functions within the organization namely Bank Albilad (retail, private, capital), Enjaz (remittance) and ABIC (Investment). Since 1984, Rashed has a particular focus on the areas of ecommerce, Internet banking, call center/CRM technologies, business process re-engineering, executive information systems, infrastructure development, intranets, collaborative computing, application 3/n tier, object orientation, and advanced networking. Holding both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Computer Science, he has developed substantial consulting, technical, business, and management skills during 26 years of IT experience in the government and finance sectors.

Remo Giovanni Abbondandolo Expansion Director, MENA, Travelstart

Remo Giovanni Abbondandolo is leading the expansion of Travelstart in the Middle East. Previously Remo was part of the team that founded Africa Internet Accelerator, which launched three of the fastest growing e-commerce services in South Africa. Remo was also part of the founding team of Rocket Internet Australia & South East Asia.Remo holds a Dual M.Sc. in Management of Innovation and New Technology from Bocconi University and Copenhagen Business School.

Ricardo Fernández Chief International Officer, Destinia.com

Ricardo Fernández is the Chief International Officer of Destinia, one of the leading online online travel agencies in Europe. Started his career in the legal sector and prior to joining Destinia he was legal advisor for some of the most important companies in the travel industry. Fernández earned his bachelor’s degrees from the Carlos III University of Madrid and he is a PhD Candidate for the Autonomous University of Madrid. Fernández was born in Spain and he is responsible for opening up new markets and developing new fields of business. Overseas sales represented 30% of the total in 2014 compared to 17% in 2013 and Destinia sells in more than 25 countries. MENA is a core market and Destinia aims to be positioned as one of top three online travel agencies by 2017 in the region.

Saeed Al Nahdi Head of Internet and Mobile Banking, Arab National Bank (ANB)

Saeed is a go - getter digital business transformation leader with “a can do” attitude. He led and participated in many successful digital transformation journeys in the banking industry.

Saleem Hammad General Manager KSA, Souq.com

With more than 12 years of Internet experience in MENA; Saleem is currently the general manager of Souq.com KSA. Saleem joined Souq.com in 2008 as the Regional Finance Director and general manager of Souq Jordan. Since then, the company has grown and its group of companies has well established presence in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan and India, making it the largest and fastest growing eCommerce company in the region.

Saleh AlZaid Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

Software engineer with previous experience in Saudi Aramco, Ministry of Higher Education, and Xceed Ventures startup. Developed several web services in his part times including Untiny.com, TwtBase.com and TwitMail.com. In late 2011, Saleh left his daily job to lunch his on IT company, LunarApps, with the support of Saudi angle investors. Joined Microsoft as Technical Evangelist supporting startups in moving to Mobility and Cloud.

Samer Abbas Co-founder, Play 3arabi

Samer is the Co-founder and COO of Play 3arabi, a social mobile game publisher for MENA. Prior to Play 3arabi, Samer co-founded and built the region's largest game developer community (GameTako) and he organizes the region-wide “Game Zanga” game jam. Samer started his career as a research analyst at Arab Advisors Group where he lead games market research and served global games organizations such as Wargaming and Electronic Arts.

Sami AlRasheed Co-Founder & CEO, Smaat

Sarah Al Wadaani Professional Stylist & Special Effects Make-up Artist,

Sarah is a professional stylist, and special effects make-up artist based in Riyadh. She has worked with photographers, acclaimed couture designers, models, artists and bridal parties. The talented artist has full experience with film/TV, music videos, theatre and fashion shows. Sara is also a qualified body-painter.

Siddharth Puri CEO, Tyroo Technologies

Siddharth Puri, CEO, Tyroo has over 10+ years of experience in the digital space. Siddharth is a veteran in setting up and operating Internet as profitable delivery channel for businesses. In his current association, Siddharth not only established performance marketing as an effective marketing channel in India but also enabled Tyroo to be the market leader in the performance marketing space. Under Siddharth’s leadership, Tyroo became one of the largest customer acquisition channels for e-commerce, BFSI and other digital businesses. Today, Tyroo works with almost 90% of e-commerce companies and all large digital media and BFSI players. Prior to Tyroo, Siddharth established and managed Admissionhelp.com, India’s Leading Online Admission Management Service for Universities. Siddharth is an active blogger and a frequent at industry events in the digital media space. Siddharth holds a B.S degree in Software Engineering from Australia.

Sofana Dahlan Founder & CEO, Tashkeil

Sofana Dahlan, a lawyer and an accomplished social entrepreneur, is the CEO & Founder of Tashkeil, Kayan Space + Studios, Saudi National creative Initiative, and SRD Legal Law Firm, where she continues to revive the Creative Industry in the Middle East. She is a motivational speaker, an icon for women empowerment. Sofana holds a MBA Degree from AUT in Lebanon and a LLB & LLM Degree from the Cairo University.

Subra Krishnan SVP Products and Marketing, Vizury

Subra heads products and marketing at Vizury. He built Vizury's international businesses in LatAm, Japan and Poland. Prior to Vizury, Subra was with Austin-based Trilogy where he established their telecom business in India. In this role, he also headed Trilogy University, an entrepreneurial business accelerator bootcamp for new recruits. Before Trilogy, Subra worked in the software research arm of DaimlerChrysler AG (now Daimler AG). He has an undergraduate degree in Electrical & Electronics from BITS Pilani and an MBA from the Indian School of Business.

Sultan M. Al-Malik Minister's Advisor - General Director of Public Relations & Media, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology

Sultan Al-Malik holds a Master of Science (Msc.) in International Marketing, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. Also, Advanced Diploma in Commerce and English Language, The Economic Institute, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA.(1990). And Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.(1989). He attended several advanced training programs with Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and with Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Baton Rouge, LA, USA. Also, attended advanced executives training with INSEAD and Harvard Business School. He has 27 years of experience in the field of Marketing, market research, PR , International relations and general management. Currently he is working with Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) as advisor to the Minister. He worked in the past with Communications and information Technology Commission (CITC), Advanced Electronics Company Ltd (AEC) and Saudi Industrial Development Fund. He is a member of different Committees and board member with CITC. He is the VP of the Marketing committee at Riyadh Chamber of commerce.

Usamah Jan Innovation Team Leader, Elm Company | Member of Computer Engineering Department Advisory Boards, Um Al Qurra Univeristy, Alfaisal University, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals and Jubail University College

Engineer: Usamah Ahmed Jan, graduated in 2004 as a first distinction honor from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) with 2 B.S.c Degrees: - Computer Engineering & - Information and Computer Science and candidate for MBA degree in 2017 from King Saud University (KSU). Co-Founded ITdigest Community in 2005 (an electronic community for IT people in Saudi Arabia). Worked for different sectors (Private, Banking, & Governmental) and has more than 10 International Professional Certificates. Currently he is the Innovation Team Leader @Elm company and he is a member of Computer Engineering/Software Engineering Department Industrial Advisory Board for KFUPM, Jubail University College, Alfaisal University, AlMajma’a University, & Umm Al Qurra University.

Walid Hanna Managing Partner, Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)

Walid has been active in venture capital and in new venture development for the past 17 years. Walid has founded, co-founded, invested in, and led more than 30 investments/companies spanning a range of industries, including technology, consumer finance, and hospitality. MEVP currently manages 4 regional Funds with Assets Under Management north of USD 120M. Walid holds a Bachelor's of Economics from McGill University (Canada), and a Master's in Finance from Hautes Études Commerciales, H.E.C (France).

Yousef Alyousefi Director, Taqnia Investments

​Yousef AlYousefi manages investment activities at the Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company (TAQNIA) as director of TAQNIA Investments. In partnership with Riyad Capital, TAQNIA Investments is launching its first venture capital fund, the Riyad TAQNIA Fund (RTF). Prior to joining the founding team at TAQNIA, Yousef worked in the venture capital industry in the San Francisco Bay Area at the top-performing Passport Capital Special Opportunities Fund. He brings more than ten years of experience holding technical, managerial, advisory, and research positions at Saudi Aramco, Schlumberger, Booz Allen Hamilton, and KAPSARC. Yousef earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Yousef H. AlDabbagh Co-founder, eDesign

Yousef Hussain Al Dabbagh is the Co-Founder of eDesign, a digital agency providing diversified digital services to local and multinational companies operating in Saudi Arabia, since 2008, across multiple industries focusing on retail, automotive, fashion & finance. From eDesign platform, Yousef managed to launch multiple online projects among them is Rastaka, which is a fashion trend online community which teaches Arab women how to be trendy. He graduated from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals in Management Information Systems with second distinction. Yousef enjoys swimming, reading & learning Italian.

Zohra Khaku Founder & CEO, Halal Gems

Zohra runs Halal Gems, the curated guide to halal dining. Their interactive magazine (link to: http://bit.ly/hg-magazine) has reached the Top 10 on Apple’s App Store in 18 countries. She produces and presents her own TV show in the UK, The Curious Foodie (link to: http://britishmuslim.tv/curiousfoodie.html), on BMTV (Sky Channel 845). Zohra’s passion is transparency in the food chain, and she encourages people to ask ‘What’s in my food?’. Her background is in strategy and innovation, across the telecoms, media, technology, entertainment and non-profit sectors. Zohra holds an MBA from Cambridge University, and lives in London, England.


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