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Abdulsalam Haykal

Haykal is CEO of Transtek and of Haykal Media, publisher of the business newsmagazine Aliqtisadi, and the English monthly Forward Magazine. He also serves as President for the Syrian Young Entrepreneurs Association.

Tarek Sadi

Tarek is a managing partner at Middle East Venture Partners. He has over 14 years of experience in corporate finance and direct investments, primarily with early stage companies in the Middle East, Europe and Latin America.

Fadi Mujahid

Co-founder of Game Power 7, the first online game company in the region which is responsible for publishing the first 3D MMO game in Arabic, Arabic Rappelz (Amal Alsho’ob).

Basel Al Jiroudy

Basel is the founder of JIR Syria, co-founder of One Financial "Brokerage and Financial Services" UK and operation manager at Audi Capital Syria. He has also held the position of financial consultant at CMC Markets UK.

Mohammad Darwicheh

Mohammad Khaled is a Legal Counsel, registered in the Damascus Bar Association since 2004. He specializes in Intellectual Property rights and Corporate Law, with a particular expertise in the field of Islamic finance and banking.

Emile Cubeisy

Emile is VP of Accelerator Technology Holdings, Managing Director at IV Holdings & serves as Advisor on e-Initiatives at the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology.

Bashar Dahabra

Mr. Dahabra is the Founder & CEO of info2cell, the leading wireless application service provider in the MENA region. He has 30 years of Systems Engineering, Management and Entrepreneurial experience.

Dr. Usama Fayyad

Dr. Usama Fayyad is one of the world’s foremost experts on data mining. He is the executive chairman of Oasis 500, chairman of, and CEO of Open Insights. Until 2008, he was Yahoo's Executive VP of Research and Strategic Data Solutions.

Deema AbuZulaikha

Deema is a Senior legal counsel at TAG Legal, manager and co-founder of the Quality Control Department and a member of the Jordanian Intellectual Property Association, amongst others.

Hisham ElFarouky

Hisham is VP & Head of Private Equity at Siraj Capital. He has over 14 years of private equity, investment banking & entrepreneurship experience.

Osama Natto

Osama is the founder & CEO of Innovative Business Solutions. He was also owner of Omnitec al-Saudia until Dec 2007 and Systems Manager at Procter & Gamble.

Ehab AlKhiary

Country Manager, KSA, Qualcomm.

Kaswara Al-Khatib

Kaswara is the Founder and Managing Director of Made in Saudi Films as well as the Owner and Creative Chairman at Full Stop Advertising.

Abdelelah Bin Nasher

Hassan Hamdan

Hassan is the co-founder of Optimal Technology Solutions as well as the co-founder of He has over 12 years of experience in the information technology and services industry.

Bander Alnogaithan

Bander Alnogaithan is a Saudi lawyer who holds a Masters of Law from Harvard Law School and who has worked as a legal advisor for the Law Office Of Abdullah Alnasri, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency and the international law firm White & Case.

Rashid Al-Ballaa

Rashid is the CEO of National Net Ventures - N2V, a Group of internet ventures including,,, and

Hani Alghofaily

Hani is the Director of E-Services at Riyadh Newspaper and the founder of Hawaa World

Jan Holzberg

Jan is a passionate marketeer who is currently heading Business Marketing in Vodafone Qatar. He has worked at Vodafone for over 11 years in various global and local functions.

Rami Osman

Rami is a senior manager, part of the Qualcomm Middle East development team. Qualcomm plays a central role in the rapid adoption and growth of 3G and next-generation wireless worldwide.

Ahmad Anani

Attorney at Law - Laitham & Watkins

Rabih Brair

Rabih is the co-founder of tandem, a boutique advisory firm dedicated to the probability increase of startup and SME clients' success. He has worked in financial management and planning, budget and credit control as well as accounting.

Ahmed Al-Hammadi

Vice Chairman at Carsemsar

Sally Soubra

Sally is an attorney in the Abu Dhabi office of Laitham & Watkins. Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures with an emphasis in cross-border transactions, strategic and financial investments, and project finance and development.

Saqib Rashid

Saqib holds the position of Senior VP at Abraaj Group, and has worked on some of Abraaj’s landmark private equity transactions. He is also a member of Riyada Enterprise Development, Abraaj’s SME platform, and was part of the core team that developed it.

Derv Rao

Derv is the co-founder & director of Operations at, the region's first internet based sports portal focused on offering recreational sports. What started with a group of 20 friends in 2007 has evolved to nearly 20,000 members across the UAE with plans to launch the concept in other nations.

Gideon Simeloff

Gideon is Head of Ibtikar at twofour54, helping establish the foundations of a sustainable Arab media industry by providing funding and business support to talented Arab individuals, content ideas and businesses. He has 15 years of experience in the media, as a content creator, strategy and M&A executive.

Karim Khalifa

Karim is the CEO & Co-Founder at Digital Republic. He is an expert in Digital solutions (mobile and online), interactive and online advertising, as well as corporate development and change management.

Tarek Assaad

Tarek is a Managing Partner at Ideavelopers, a venture capital arm of EFG-Hermes. He has worked in technology development and management consulting, with a focus on strategic management issues for clients in the IT, Telecom and government sectors.

Cornelius O´Donnell

Con is the co-founder and CEO of Sarmady Communicatons, the Cairo-based digital media specialist and one of the fastest growing online businesses in the region; Sarmady owns and manages some of the top content brands in the Arab region.

W. Aly

Ziad is currently the Founder & CEO of ALZWAD. He has over 20 years of extensive experience in Business Development and Senior Management in the fields of IT, Fashion Retailing, Catering & Restaurants, Logistics & Transportation and Telecommunication.

Badr El Dien Abd Al Khalek

Badr El Dien is an attorney at law and the manager of TAG-Legal Egypt Office. He is a member of Arab Lawyers Society, Egyptian Bar Association, Egyptian Society for International law, as well as the Arab Society of Intellectual Property (ASIP).

Wael Fakharany

Wael is the Regional Manager for Google in Egypt and North Africa. He has a history of creating, leading and delivering profitable businesses, projects and investments, as well as delivering sustained high growth in challenging, sensitive contexts.

Walid Bakr

Director at Riyada Enterprise Development

Gamal Selim

Gamal was the co-founder of before he joined the OTVentures (LINKdotNET) family in 2002. After being LINKonLINE’s Operations GM for over 3 years, he has now become the Cloud Services Managing Director for OTVentures.

Ahmed El Alfi

Ahmed is the Founder & Chairman of Sawari Ventures. He has over 25 years of experience in top executive and management positions and an investment track record of 17 years that includes the execution of numerous successful transactions in technology, Internet, healthcare and financial services at various stages of development.


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ArabNet was the most important internet event in the ME in 2010 and we expect 2011 event to be the same.

– Rashid Al Ballaa (Quote #1)

Aramex saw a lot of synergy with ArabNet and its road show. Crafting a strategic partnership was a natural step for us and a reflection of our continued commitment to nurturing an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Arab world and providing our skills, resources and extensive expertise at the service of youth across the region.

– Fadi Ghandour - Aramex (Founder & CEO) (Quote #2)

In this age, great ideas initiated by talented youth are driving some of the best digital initiatives around the world that are changing our lives. As MBC Group attempts to tie itself to the future of media, ArabNet sounds like the perfect opportunity to be close to interesting ideas, to the dialogue about digital media, and to people who will be driving the future.

– Ammar Bakkar (Quote #3)

ArabNet is one of very few events I have seen where the event management team are passionate about the industry, this I think is the secret of its success.

– Rashid Al Ballaa (Quote #4)

MENA users are growing in a much faster pace than its own online services. The lack of web entrepreneurial initiatives will hinder the growth of the Internet in the region. In Google we believe that initiatives such as ArabNet is crucial for the community as it bring all the stakeholders into one place to make a difference.

– Wael Ghonim (Quote #5)

Bank Audi’s strategic partnership with IBAG in ArabNet is yet another opportunity for the Bank to set itself as a leader in embracing new technologies and integrating them in the banking industry.

– Randa Bdeir (Quote #6)