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

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

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.

Carol Matta Native Advertising Director, Choueiri Group - Digital Media Services (DMS)

With over ten years’ of experience in the communication & PR industry on both the agency and client fronts, Carol is a communication expert and a savvy content creator. Her career focused heavily on consulting corporations on their communication strategy and how best to execute brand-relevant launches. She spent the last five years developing and leading the regional communication department of one of the foremost professional international beauty brands, where she succeeded in bringing the brand’s media share of voice to rank #1 in the region. Today, Carol heads the Native Advertising product offering at DMS, and her role focuses on making sure a state of the art solution is offered to the market.

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.

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.

Fadi Khater Managing Partner, Netizency

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.

Hijazi Natsheh General Manager, ClearTrip

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.

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.

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

Mark Vernooij General Manager, thnk.org

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

Mohannad Alnabulsi Jeddah Accelerator Director, Qotuf / Flat6labs

Moodi Mahmoodi CEO, Collaborne

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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)

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.

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 CEO & Founder, 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.

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).

Zohra Khaku Founder, 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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