With more than 10 years experience in internet and digital communications, Alothman started his career as a entrepreneur and founding partner of IBS which was acquired by OTS ; He established FrootApps , a company developing mobile applications used by more than 5 million users in the Arabic world . Since 2012 Alothman lead the transformation of OTS to empower more than 400 companies to communicate digitally with their customers .
Abdullah Hamed is a struggling game publisher who consults and works for Sony Saudi Arabia as well as other companies like Lumba inc. He is also the founder of GameTako game development community. He aims to finally provide a business model for indie game developers in the region.
Beside his role with the Volkswagen Group Saudi Arabia as the Volkswagen brand marketing director, Adel Baraja brings 15 years of communication experience from working with leading agencies including Springer & Jacoby in Germany and multinational organizations such as The Dow Chemical Company and Saudi Telecom Company in the aim of building communication, marketing strategies and deliver their brand stories. Adel also worked with brands such as Daimler Chrysler, Deutsch Telecom and Ducati.Twitter:@AdelBaraja
Dr. Mourady became an established member of the Retail Real Estate community by joining Arabian Centres in 2012 as online marketing manager. Under Mourady’s leadership, Arabian Centres won 3 awards for Best in Technology from International Council for Shopping Centre (ICSC). Dr. Mourady qualifications include a PhD in computer sciences from the UK and MSc in Management from Egypt. Professionally, he has been certified as CMD from ICSC. Personally, he holds 2 Guinness World Records.Twitter:@amourady
Ahmad Saied has been active in the digital publishing industry for over 10 years, mainly through projects owned and/or launched by Sarmady, a Vodafone Egypt company. Sarmady owns and manages several websites such as FilGoal.com (sports), FilFan.com (entertainment), Akhbarak.net (news aggregation), ContactCars.com (automotive). Saied's work focuses on creating a rich user experience by using text, images, videos, interactive tools and social media for nearly nine million Egyptian and Arab users to Sarmady's network.Twitter:@asaied
Ahmed is a serial entrepreneur & VP of Marketing at MarkaVIP, an eCommerce startup based in Dubai, UAE. He has been a Consultant and Digital Marketer managing fast growing startups in Chicago and working with Fortune 500 companies such as GM, Walmart, P&G, Nintendo and other organizations. A Marketing Technologist for the last 10 years, Ahmed is always fascinated by the intersection of human and tech and on the lookout for the next big idea!Twitter:@box_less
Bander AlMutlaq , AVP , Strategic Communication , Namaa AlMunawara Serial Entrepreneur , Founder of TEDxArabia , TEDxJeddah , Founder of Arabneurs , Founder of 3limna.comTwitter:@BanderAlMutlaq
Beschir is Co-founder and Managing Director of hellofood Middle East. He holds a M.Sc. in Management, having studied at WHU and Columbia University. He's a fellow of the German National Academic Foundation and the Foundation of the German Economy. He worked in Private Equity, Strategy Consulting and the Public Sector. Beschir has also been the founder and managing director of Avicenna Foundation, an organization that promotes gifted students in Germany with 11.7 mEUR under management.Twitter:@HellofoodSA
As the Head of Channel & Technology KSA at JWT, Charly Wehbe is responsible for developing communication strategies focused on new media & ongoing communication that strengthens the efficiency of campaigns, translating strategic marketing plans into tactical sales actions – driving lead generation and revenue growth, and ensuring presence and connection with the brand experience at every customer interaction point and driving the role of digital and CRM across integrated communications.Twitter:@askcharly
Dave McClure is a venture capitalist & founding partner at 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund and incubator program in Mountain View, CA. He has been an investor in over 800 companies including Mint.com, Twilio, Wildfire Interactive, SlideShare, and MakerBot, among others. Dave has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for over twenty years, and has worked with companies such as PayPal, Founders Fund, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twilio, Simply Hired, O'Reilly Media, Intel, & Microsoft.Twitter:@davemcclure
Dirk Henke is the Managing Director of Eastern Europe and MEA at Criteo since October 2012. Before joining Criteo, Dirk Henke has been Head of Publisher Network at Microsoft Advertising. Another station in his career was Yahoo! There, he led the Publisher New Business at Yahoo! Germany and established Yahoo! Search Marketing in South-East Asia.Twitter:@criteo
Raised in Khobar, Ebrahim admired his grandfather, an ambitious businessman who taught him to work hard and take risks. In 2010, while studying Finance at the University College of Bahrain, he founded DELIVERED, a firm that provided sales and marketing support to companies. In 2011, he worked in the Retail and IT departments of his family’s two businesses, Gulf Group and EBAJ & Jamal Al-jassim & sons, where he remained until founding HungerStation in 2012.Twitter:@ejj88
Eddy is co-founder of Anghami, the largest digital music venture in MENA in terms of catalog, scale and funding. Eddy pioneered the music-on-mobile trend since its early days back in 1999 throughout its evolution into digital and value-added services. A musician at heart, Eddy holds a Masters of International Business from Bordeaux Business School, BA in Law and Masters in Private Law. In 2013, Eddy has been selected as an Endeavor high-impact entrepreneur.Twitter:@EddyMaroun
Elias Ghanem is the co-founder of Telr.com, a Payment Gateway offering a set of unified APIs and tools that enable businesses to accept and manage online payments via web & mobile. Ghanem, a 2013 nominee for the Arabian Business Start-ups “Mentor of the Year” award, is a proven payment industry leader with years of managing e-payment solutions in leadership roles at PayPal/eBay, Visa, and Accor Group in the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America.
Eyad is currently handling Florida's Natural, as well as Nada Dairy’s digital marketing plans. Prior to TMD, Eyad was the Sports and Events Specialist at Red Bull KSA and an ex Senior Account Manager at Cobone.com. Eyad is a passionate football fan looking to venture the digital sports marketing field and encourage local football clubs to follow the footsteps of world top clubs when it comes to digital marketing and building their social fan basis.Twitter:@EyadSiyam
Fahad is a 23-year old gamer who’s really keen about gaming. He has a Youtube channel in which he publishes his game playing videos with his comments & voice over. It is the place where he started this hobby and became in love with it.Twitter:@IPlayAwayI
Fares joined H+K in April of 2013; he is the lead on the region’s digital intelligence and monitoring practice, with a focus on crisis preparedness, communication strategies and activity optimization through the use of digital data. Prior to joining H+K, Fares was an analyst at NMincite, a Nielsen/Mckinsey company specializing in social media intelligence gathering. Fares thrives on uncovering hidden value and the complexities of human behavior both on and off line.Twitter:@HK_Dubai
Fawzi has over thirteen years of experience in the digital field in the Middle East. Founder and Managing partner at Gamutt, a strategic digital consultancy working with clients, brands, agencies, startups and content owners to devise and optimize their digital strategy and presence across web mobile, social media, content and design. He has a strong creative background and solid strategic and marketing experience in telecom, blue chip, nutrition and FMCG.Twitter:@fawzirahal
Francis participates in the development of PayPal’s footprint in 12 countries of MENA, helping e-commerce grow in a safe and consumer-friendly manner. Before PayPal, Francis worked for 7 years as a strategy consultant at Greenwich Consulting Group, in Paris, and Opera Solutions, in New York. As part of his work for both companies, Francis became an expert in all forms of payments, whether with cards, mobile phone, or new technologies.Twitter:@francisbarel
Imran is a Chartered Accountant and fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan and a tax partner with Ernst and Young’s Middle East practice based in Riyadh. Imran has experience of over 14 years with the tax department of EY Saudi Arabia and has been actively involved in providing tax compliance and advisory services to multinational companies. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Imran worked for KPMG Pakistan for ten years.Twitter:@EY__KSA
Israa holds a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Boston and a diploma in graphic design from the School of Museum of Fine Arts. She is currently the regional brand manager on several Nescafe brands in the Middle East. She had recently launched Nescafe Arabiana, an instant Arabic coffee brand. She launched it exclusively on digital without the use of TV and above the line media, which is unheard of in the FMCG world.Twitter:@israaTM
Jawad is the co-founder of Kayfak, an Arabic mobile messaging app (launching in 2015) built entirely in Meteor.js. He has been using Meteor since the early beta days and is the Riyadh 'captain' of the Meteor community. Jawad is from London, his background is in strategy, tech & analytics and he has previously worked at McKinsey, Ask.com and STC.Twitter:@jawadabdulsamad
Jonathan Labin is Head of the Middle East, Africa & Pakistan and leads the Facebook office in Dubai. Prior to Facebook, Jonathan was VP, Head of Ad Sales, Emerging Markets at MTV Networks. During his tenure at MTVN, he also held the positions of interim General Manager for MTVN MENA and Strategy & Business Development Director for MTVN International, and played a key role in strengthening MTVN’s position across multiple lines of business and regions.
Kamal Hassan is Founder and Managing Partner of i360accelerator, a UAE-based seed fund and development program designed to help startups go from idea to market in 120 days. He’s also the Managing Director for TURN8, a seed accelerator founded by DP World. A 20-year veteran of the business world, with experience in the United States, Asia, South America and the Middle East, Hassan brings a new perspective to regional business development.Twitter:Innovation360
Kaswara is the Chairman and the CEO of UTURN which earned him the title of “New Media God Father” in Saudi. An online entertainment network, which grew to become the largest Arabic MCN (Multi Channel Network), with more than 600 million views and 20 million followers & subscribers, UTURN is now part of a pop culture. It is also seen as a key media player competing against satellite channels in KSA.Twitter:@KaswarAlkhatib
Khaled, an MIS graduate from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals, is the CMO at AMS Baeshen & Co-owner of many renowned brands including Rabea Tea and Teayana. Khaled has over 15 years of experience in the Marketing field, which he started with Procter&Gamble working on brands such as Pampers and Pringles. He was the first Marketing Director for Emaar’s King Abdullah Economic City development as well as Knowledge Economic City in Madinah.Twitter:@khaledtash
Co-founded several companies, and delivered more than 50 projects, 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.Twitter:@alkhabeerCap
Kinloch heads MENA operations for UK-headquartered performance digital marketing agency Latitude. Here in the Middle East he’s helped strategies and deliver programmatic display and search campaigns for brands like Citibank, Hilton, MarkaVIP and Wysada. Localisation and continual testing have been two key elements leading to success in Latitude’s campaigns in the region. Kinloch also lectures at the Digital Marketing Institute Middle East and enjoys competitive swimming and cycling (when the desert heat allows!).Twitter:@kinners
As the Senior User experience architect at JWT Riyadh, Laurent Wehbe is responsible for leading the creative process throughout the project lifecycle, inspiring and advocating the Web Advanced team towards greater excellence in new design approaches, process and accountability, platforms and technologies, and creating user journeys, site maps and wireframes to clarify priorities and structure for the site.Twitter:@laurentwehbe
Majed is General Manager for Uber, a technology company that connects riders to the nearest driver at the tap of a button, in Doha and Riyadh. In this role, Majed oversees the operations and business development of each city. He joined the company as the Middle East's first employee at the time of Uber's launch in Dubai. Uber is now present in over 205 cities worldwide. Prior to Uber, Majed worked at Boston Consulting Group.Twitter:@MajedAbukhater
Malik Nejer, a Saudi born in 1985, is the Director of "Masameer" cartoon series that achieved more than 100 million views on YouTube. Previously, he worked as a designer and illustrator at "Y & R", "Leoburnett" and "Intermarkets", worked with Zain Saudi Arabia as a technical adviser in the marketing department and with Mobily as a supervisor to develop their website. He also produced a short cartoon films for MBC Networks.Twitter:@Nejer
Marcus joined Xaxis at the beginning of 2014, from Sony Pictures Entertainment where he served as head of digital media. In this role, he led strategy for the studio’s in-market Web/mobile only productions as well oversaw the digital platforms for Sony television properties airing in the MENA market. His responsibilities included a focus on video monetization and second screen integration. Previously, Siddons was head of digital, MENA for global media agency MindShare.
Martin Yofre is the general manager of the business unit at Momentum MENA. Martin’s 12 years of geographical and cultural experience focuses on Digital Strategy, New Business, and Key client Management. He has worked with key brands likes Subway, Al Hilal Bank, Fanta, and Coca Cola.Twitter:@martinyofre
Matteo is co-founder and CEO of Empatica, a computing company based in Milan and Boston, which designs and sells the world’s smallest and most accurate wearable sensor for research. Prior to Empatica, Lai co-founded two startups on product design and crowd-sourced design and led the development of technology projects in the US, Europe and South America. He studied engineering and holds a Double MSc degree in Architecture. He also holds a Master in Innovation Management.
With an MSc from Surrey University in the UK and 10 years of regional digital media experience, Mohamad’s core competency rests in the strategic evaluation of different digital platforms, mediums and channels. He was the CEO of Neo Digital, the first online media agency in the Middle East. Since February 2013, as General Manager of Platform5 (a new specialized digital entity) he’s in charge for the growth of mobile, Real-Time Bidding, and performance marketing sectors.Twitter:@mgitani
A leading digital marketer, having been in the industry since its dawn in the early 90’s, and still pushes boundaries in the local market with his innovative digital creations. Graduated from KAAU in Jeddah to join Saudi Airlines, developed their 1st website and became the 1st Saudi Webmaster. He now leads a prominent digital agency “GlueTube” with passion, devotion, and a deep understanding of advanced digital marketing technologies.Twitter:@mogabel
Started his career in the Banking Industry and worked for four years in the Corporate Banking Division at Gulf Bank – Kuwait. His first endeavor as an entrepreneur was in 2010 when Mohammed acquired “Talabat.com”. Two years later, Talabat.com became a regional E-Commerce with presence in the whole GCC. His vision is to build on this success and take this concept further to become an icon in the E-Commerce space in the entire MENA region.
Highlighted for her work with Equidity, as one of four Silicon Valley women to watch for Forbes' “World’s Most Powerful Women”. Supporting the entrepreneurial companies that contribute most to US eco¬nomic growth, technological leadership and improving our lives, Mona has delivered top results in fundraising, IPOs, cor¬porate development and investor relations for over 20 years. She serves as a Mentor for the Founder Institute and is a frequent lecturer at universities to entrepreneurial audiences.Twitter:@MonaDeFrawi
Prior to co-founding Careem, Mudassir was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company where he was part of the high-tech practice, advising clients globally on strategy and business-building. Mudassir has a background in technology entrepreneurship from the San Francisco Bay Area where he co-founded DeviceAnywhere, a mobile application platform company acquired by Keynote Systems. He has an academic background in Computer Science and Economics from Stanford and USC.Twitter:@MudassirSheikha
Muhammad Arrabi is the CEO of EcommerceSea. An ex-executive at N2V Ventures, he is passionate about the Entrepreneurship scene in the Arab Region. 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 University of Arkansas, winner of multiple International Programming competitions, and the Google Award for Best Online Business Plan QRCE competition in 2008.Twitter:@mrarrabi
Mujeeb is the commercial director of eXtra (the leading electronics and home appliances retail chain in the Middle East) managing buying, marketing and e-commerce departments. He had a multifunctional experience of sales and marketing functions with P&G for around 13 years. He handled many leading brands like Tide, Pampers and Vicks across the gulf and Middle East. Also, he handled senior roles in different Saudi retail companies in the field of home furniture and electronics.
Nadeem is the founder of UXBERT, Saudi Arabia’s first UX, usability and ecommerce research, training, optimization and engineering consultancy with a state-of-the-art usability lab. Additionally, UXBERT is developing revolutionary user focused community products to be launched soon and is also a startup accelerator for Saudi entrepreneurs. Nadeem studied genetics and computer science at University of Manchester, managed UX at dubizzle.com and Schlumberger, owners of the world's largest corporate intranet.Twitter:@nadude
Blessed mother of Karim, Farah & Fawzi El-Sabbagh. Graduated with an MBA in Operations & Information Management from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon in 2004. Joined Unilever Arabia as the first Saudi Female in the Management Trainee Program. Business Lecturer at Effat University since 2008. And have become part of TMD in 2012 as a Content Director. “Marketing is a joyful journey that blossoms every day” believes Nora.
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.Twitter:@OmarSoudodi
Osama started his career with Procter & Gamble as a student; he was the youngest manager to work with the seasoned executives that established P&G Gulf FZE in Dubai. Osama has recently started an initiative that invites young Saudi inventors to pitch their Internet and mobile innovations. He is committed to working with selected Saudi inventors to bring their products to market. Additionally, Osama recently started a project with a group of Saudi investors to improve the e-commerce infrastructure in Saudi Arabia.Twitter:@OsamaNatto
Parry is responsible for building Twitter's business in countries experiencing dramatic user growth. He is also driving the next stage of revenue growth in the Middle East, and exploring commercial opportunity in India. Before joining Twitter, Parry spent six years at Google in India and Singapore. Most recently, he served as Managing Director, APAC for Google's display business. Earlier, he was head of sales and marketing at IBM India.Twitter:@parrysingh
Rakan is an Entrepreneurship Development specialist and activist in Saudi Arabia since 2006, with experiences in business developing, coaching and consulting. He is currently the founding Managing Director of the newly launched Saudi Affiliate of Endeavor and also heading the Investment Committee at Oqal Angel Investors Group. He is a board member of the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Saudi Arabia. Rakan holds an M.B.A. majoring in Entrepreneurship and HRM from the University of Queensland.
Ramez is the CEO of Flat6Labs, a regional startup accelerator program that fosters and invests in bright and passionate entrepreneurs with cutting-edge ideas. Flat6Labs operates in Cairo, Egypt and Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with plans to expand into more locations in the MENA region. Ramez accumulates more than 9 years of experience in technology, entrepreneurship and management. Before managing Flat6Labs, Ramez was responsible for building and managing the mobile app business unit at Sarmady - a Vodafone Company in Cairo and prior to that, he initiated and led the product design team at eSpace, the leading software house in Alexandria, Egypt. Ramez holds a B.Sc degree in Computer Engineering from Alexandria University.Twitter:@ramezm
Rolly Dib is an executive producer leading her own production company, Olive Tree Productions, that specializes in creating and producing content-driven material with a focus on branded content projects. A skilled storyteller and one of the pioneers of content-led initiatives in the Middle East, Rolly brings her own particular view of the world as well as her expertise in content generation to the table. Rolly currently lives and works out of Beirut.Twitter:@rollydib
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 recently as Technical Evangelist supporting startups in moving to Mobility and Cloud.Twitter:@alzaid
Samer O. Hamze likes to think of himself as a modern day nomad. A life full of travels around the globe, to live and learn. A passion for the expressive power of art and the dynamism of digital media. Today, International Nomads are recognized as leaders in the Digital Marketing & Advertising industry, are Google Certified Partners, providing, all inclusive Digital Presence Management services to their valuable clients and partners.Twitter:@samerh
Suhail is leading the Sales operation at Bayt.com Suhail has held varied roles in sales, marketing and business development and in human resource development across the region of the Middle. Prior to Bayt.com, Suhail worked at one of the world’s largest Pharmaceutical Company “MERK & Co.” for 16 years, where he was responsible for the sales and marketing of leading brands in the region. Suhail is a graduate of Jordan University of Science and Technology with a BSc in Pharmacy.
Tamer is a digital media creative director and a founding partner at the award-winning agency BeeLabs. He is also a founding partner at Media Plus and Sketch in Motion. He has led the programming and animation creative teams at all agencies since they started. His vast professional experience comes from having worked for a number of key clients in Jordan and across the region such as Yahoo, ICT Qatar, Queen Rania office and many others.Twitter:@tamerq
Tarek took on his first job in advertising as an Art Director at McCann NY for 6 years working on brands like Salomon Smith Barney, Marriot and Mastercard among many others. In 2003, he joined FP7/DXB as an Account Manager on Coke for Lebanon, the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain. By 2006, the opportunity to open LOWE MENA in the market became his reality until taking on the post of CEO for FP7/MENA in 2010.Twitter:@TarekMiknas
Vinu is an Indian Fellow Chartered Accountant and has been with EY for 14 years now. Vinu is the designated Financial Accounting and Advisory Leader in Riyadh office and has managed audits of clients operating in a wide range of industries which include banking, insurance, mutual funds, contracting and others. Before rejoining the firm, Vinu worked on IFRS implementation with the Advisory practice of another Big 4 firm in India and has significant IFRS expertise.
Based in Saudi Arabia and having been born and raised in the US, it has given Wael the chance to bridge so many cultural divides. He fell in love with the Web in 1998 and developed his first website in 1999. With 10+ years of experience in Digital Media, Publishing and Marketing, he has provided consultation services that improved the state of digital media in the Region. Heading the SRPC, he has been digitizing all traditional publishing titles.Twitter:@alfayez
Wael serves as Director Marketing & Communication at NAS Holding, heading the brand’s marketing, creative and PR teams – both internal and external. Successfully taking over the company’s communications efforts at a crucial period of change, Wael joined NAS Holding as Brand Manager in 2013 and played a pivotal role during the flynas’s landmark rebranding. Prior to joining NAS Holding, Wael led the advertising and communications team at Al Jawal Mobile, a major Saudi mobile network.Twitter:@wsarhan
Walid is the Head of Otlob.com across Egypt and KSA, the biggest online food ordering platform in the Middle East. With more than 8 years of experience, Walid has a deep understanding of users’ online ordering behavior and habits which allows him to present insightful commentary and opinions about the future of e-commerce in MENA. Walid holds a sales and marketing diploma from American University in Cairo and MBA from the German University in Cairo.Twitter:@walidelsaadany
Will leads a team of people across the world to partner with brand marketers and their agencies, enabling them to maximize the business and brand-building potential of the Facebook platform in harness with other channels and help them scale and reapply success. Previously, Will led P&G’s multi-billion dollar global Hair and Air-care businesses. Will also worked as EVP at Saatchi & Saatchi in London and New York, for 15 years.
Yann Fourneau is Vice President of Publishing for South Europe and MEA and Managing Director of Gameloft FZ LLC in Dubai. A skilled businessman, he has a wealth of experience working at Gameloft since 2005. Yann graduated from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid majoring in Telecommunications Engineering with subsequent experience in the telecommunications industry at Siemens AG, Vodafone, and Telefonica. Additionally, Yann pursued his MBA at the Manchester Business School.
Ziad Khammar’s passion for digital media was ignited in 1999, when he helped launch a friend’s e-commerce supermarket website. By 2010, Khammar ventured out again to launch “Madison Digital”. His 16+ years of intensive experience across the digital media arena led him to his current role within Choueiri Group, where he serves as Strategy and Development Director for the Group’s digital media arm “Digital Media Services (DMS)”.Twitter:@ziadkhammar