Speakers

Bringing Together the Who’s Who of Digital!

The ArabNet Digital Summit 2017 brings you the “behind-the-scene” initiators of change from across the world.
Over 80 speakers will join us this year as we pave the way for the latest in digital.

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

Alpesh Doshi Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Fintricity

Alpesh Doshi is a globally renowned thought leader in how organisations can transform and future-proof their business using emerging technologies, particularly around digital, big data & analytics, and blockchain. He is focused on innovative thinking and practical strategies to add value for his clients fast and often, introducing the agile approach of working to digital transformation.

Twitter:@alpeshdoshi
Amad Almsaodi Chief Executive Officer, Aqarmap.com

Twitter:@almsaodi
Amjad Ahmad Managing Partner, Precinct Partners

Amjad Ahmad is the Founder and Managing Partner of Precinct Partners, a growth capital firm committed to partnering with exceptional entrepreneurs to build great businesses. He is a veteran private equity and venture capital investor with an extensive track record of leading investments in the MENA region. Amjad earned a Masters from Columbia University and he is a graduate of the General Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Twitter:@amjad_ahmad
Chris Adelsbach Managing Director, Techstars

Chris is a London-based entrepreneur, FinTech investor, advisor, and mentor. He is a Managing Director at Techstars, a global ecosystem that helps entrepreneurs build great businesses. Chris has been an active private investor, focusing primarily on disruptive FinTech companies. He is a seed investor in Atom Bank, the UK's original "mobile first" bank; Post Quantum, a next-generation cyber security company; Everledger, a blockchain company; Seldon, an open A.I. platform; and Cuvva, an insurance-tech company, to name a few. He is also on the board of advisors of Railsbank.

Twitter:@ChrisAdelsbach
Dana Adhami ‎Head of MENA, Maker Studios

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

Dany Farha Co-Founder and CEO, BECO Capital

Twitter:@danyfarha
Darren Taylor Chief Design Officer, Bank CLEARLY

Fadi Ghosn Chief Marketing Officer - Middle East, Nissan

Faisal Khan Banking & Payments Consultant + FinTech Scout for VCs/PE,

Faisal Khan is a banking / payments consultant specializing in cross-border payment system and a digital money evangelist. He is the co-host of Around the Coin, a weekly podcast on banking, money and payments. Mr. Khan is an advisor to Hippocorn (a VC company out of Denmark) as well as a talent scout for Series A & B financing for various fintech VCs/funds. He is also a frequent contributor to popular Q&A site Quora. His official website is at www.faisalkhan.com.

Twitter:@babushka99
Hani Saif Chief Information Officer, eXtra (United Electronics Co.)

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

Twitter:@Idriss_alrifai
Jason Best Co-Founder of Crowdfund Capital Advisors, Venture Partner of Vectr Ventures

Jeff Lynn Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Seedrs

Jeff Lynn is CEO and co-founder of Seedrs, one of the world's largest equity crowdfunding platforms. Seedrs has seen over £200 million invested through its platform, and has funded nearly 500 deals across Europe, since its launch in 2012. Jeff has been named by GQ Magazine as one of the 100 most influential men in Britain and by Business Insider as one of the 10 coolest people in UK tech.

Twitter:@jeffseedrs
Jeffrey Abbott General Partner, Wasabi Ventures

Jeff Abbott is General Partner at Wasabi Ventures Global where he leads the firms’ technology commercialization and international operations. Prior to joining WVG, he ran the Furnace Technology Transfer Accelerator Program at Arizona State University, where he helped form and advise dozens of technology-based startups in diverse industries. Jeff is a co-founder of the Global Startup Academy, has served as marketing director for Metropia, and VP of business development for Passport Health. He founded AIM Integrated Marketing, and was an early partner agency of Hubspot.

John Stoneman General Manager - Europe, Triplelift

John Stoneman has worked in digital media for over 20 years at a number of leading companies including Microsoft, Nokia, PubMatic and InMobi. He joined TripleLift in September 2015 to lead the development of the business across Europe. Prior to joining TripleLift he was VP of EMEA for PubMatic, managing its business across five offices across the region and General Manager of the mobile advertising network InMobi.

Twitter:@johnstoneman
Lauren Maillian Entrepreneur, Global Marketer, Startup Advisor, Speaker, TV Personality and Best-Selling Author,

Twitter:@LaurenMaillian
Luke Krueger President, VA Angels International

Luke is an entrepreneur turned part time investor, board member and advisor, and the President of VA Angels International, the global arm of VA Angels; Canada’s largest and most active Angel Investment Network. Luke speaks, trains and mentors companies while finding strategic partners including the World Bank, Canadian Government and XCala. Luke is deeply interested in social enterprise and impact investing having previously worked with Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus. He is equally passionate about building new startup ecosystems, investment communities, developing new entrepreneurs and basketball.

Twitter:@luketkrueger
Mariam Moussalli Founder, NicheArabia

Twitter:@shoesanddrama
Matthew Gardiner Founder, CatchLondon

Matthew Gardiner is the founder of CatchLondon. He consults to banks, financial institutions, FinTechs, high growth tech businesses, corporations, ‘Scale Ups’ and VCs on blockchain, payments, compliance, risk, cyber security and data architectures. He is an incisive public speaker, up to the minute on developing emergent strategies with FinTech, Blockchain, AI, AR, VR, IoT, SaaS, DaaS, Cyber Security, Open Banking API, PSD2, MiFID II, InsurTech, EdTech and other emerging technologies including BioTech, AgriTech and PropTech. Matthew has spoken at CSFI, Barclays, Lloyds, and Google, among many others.

Twitter:@matwg
Melissa Jun Rowley Co-Founder of Resolve, Writer for BBC News

Twitter:@MelissaRowley
Mohammed Khudairi Managing Partner of Khudairi Group, Co-Founder of TechHub

Nabil Borhanu President and Managing Member, Graphene Ventures

Twitter:@NabilAlnoor
Noor Sweid Chief Investment Officer, Dubai Holding (DHx)

Twitter:@nsweid
Omar Hashem EVP Head of Digital Banking Division, The National Commercial Bank - AlahliNCB

Ovais Naqvi Managing Director, The Abraaj Group

Ovais is a Managing Director at The Abraaj Group. He focuses on the Value Creation efforts targeted at our portfolio companies. Ovais has worked across multiple consumer businesses in Abraaj’s portfolio (including Careem and Hepsiburada.com). He has held line management roles in industry and been active in early-stage, specifically in the creation of Wamda, which Abraaj incubated and spun-out as the Wamda.com content platform and Wamda Capital.

Owen Davis Managing Director, NYC Seed

Rashed AlRashed Managing Partner, Tamm Investments

Rasool Hujair Chief Executive Officer, Najm

Rasool Hujair has extensive experience in the cards and payments industry, both regionally and internationally. He has been the CEO of Najm, the financial products and services arm of Majid Al Futtaim since 2007. Prior to that, Rasool worked with American Express in several senior management capacities across the Middle East, Europe and Africa, including Regional Director for Gulf Countries. Rasool has also served as CEO at AFS and Euronet Middle East.

Ronit Ghose Managing Director, Global Banks Sector Head, Citi Research

Ronit Ghose is Global Sector Head for Banks in Citi Research. Since joining Citi in 1997, Ronit has covered banks in Europe, the Middle East and North America. He is the lead author of Citi's global fintech research GPS reports. Before Citi, Ronit worked at the British Bankers’ Association and as a research assistant for the former UK Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath. Ronit is a graduate of the University of Oxford.

Sarah Cunningham Marketing Manager - Head of Demand Gen, AdRoll

Twitter:@Sarahcunnin
Scott Lamb Vice President of International, BuzzFeed

Twitter:@scottlamb
Sebastian Schindler Global Insights Lead, InSKin Media

Sebastian Schindler is Global Insights Lead at InSkin Media. Sebastian’s mission is to empower advertisers and agencies by providing industry-leading research into how digital works for brands. He joined InSkin Media in 2015 from leading audience analytics company comScore, where he started his career as an analyst before moving on to lead comScore’s marketing activities in N-EMEA. Sebastian holds a Master’s degree in Creative & Media Enterprises from the University of Warwick.

Simon Sylvester-Chaudhuri Managing Director, Smart Cities NYC

Twitter:@SmartCitySimon
Sonia Weymuller Partner, VentureSouq

Twitter:@SoniaWey
Tammer Qaddumi Partner, VentureSouq

Twitter:@tqaddumi
Tim Lea Chief Executive officer of Veredictum.io, Author of Blockchain Book

Twitter:@TimothyLea2
Tim Wolfs Chief Digital Officer, Altavia Group

Twitter:@tikkes
Todd OBrien Managing Director, Startup Bootcamp

Twitter:@ToddOBrien3
Ulugbek Yuldashev Founder and Chief Executive Officer, awok.com

Ussal Şahbaz Innovation Leader - Turkey, GE

As GE’s innovation leader for Turkey since March 2016, Ussal leads development of an industrial internet eco-system in Turkey, through co-creation projects with corporates, supporting startups and working with the government. Prior to GE, he led the Business 20 and Think 20 engagement groups in Turkey’s G20 presidency. He worked with the Economic Policy Research Foundation, Turkey’s premier think tank, Government of Turkey and the World Bank. He holds a master’s degree from Harvard University in international development.

Twitter:@ussal
Vivian Law Corporate Innovation Director, SOSV Chinaccelerator

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