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.
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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