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    2017 SPEAKERS

    • H.E. Eng. Yasser El Kady
    • Minister of
    • Communications and Information Technology

    • Ahmed El Wakil
    • Chairman
    • Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce

    • Ayman Elgohary
    • General Manager
    • Cisco
    • Ayman Elgohary is a corporate executive with a strong successful track record in general management, business development and sales management. He is known for driving successful growth within multi-national enterprises. Ayman has 20+ years of experience in the ICT Sector leading corporate strategy, transformational initiatives and highly qualified multi-functional teams with different cultural backgrounds. He possesses extensive knowledge in Middle East and Africa (MEA) Market he worked in UAE (both Abu Dhabi and Dubai), led businesses in Egypt, Levant, North Africa and West Central Africa. Since 2004, he joined Cisco and moved between different managerial roles until he was appointed General Manager for Egypt in October 2013. In August 2015, Libya’s operation has also moved under his leadership. Ayman is known to have a great passion for his home country Egypt, with a strong belief of its successful development. He is leading his highly qualified Team and ensures their involvement in many national initiatives. Throughout his Cisco career, Ayman has received many awards, such as the “Best Commercial Regional Sales Manager in Middle East & Africa” in 2007, and the “Best General Manager in Africa” in 2015. Ayman speaks 3-languages Arabic, English and French. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, majored in Communications and Electronics from Ain Shams University in Cairo. Ayman holds an MBA from the reputable Strathclyde Business School (SBS) in Scotland, one of the top 100 and leading business schools in the world. Ayman is a member the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Egypt he is co-chairing the ICT committee there. Also, he is a member of many different organizations and workgroups working towards developing the ICT sector in Egypt.

    • Mark Turrell
    • CEO || YGL at WEF || WEF Tech Pioneer
    • Vork & Orcasci
    • Mark is a strategist, author, and entrepreneur. His work combines collective intelligence with networks, complex systems, behavioral science and neuroscience. He is the founder of Orcasci, a consulting firm designing scaling and growth strategies with recent clients including the $1m Global Teacher Prize with the Varkey Foundation. Mark is also the CEO and founder of Vork, a business social networking application. Previously Mark co-founded Imaginatik plc, a pioneer in crowdsourcing and collaborative problem solving for innovation. During his 16 years at Imaginatik, Mark worked with hundreds of companies, including Allianz, Bayer, Cargill, IBM, Merck, Novartis, Pfizer, Whirlpool and Xerox. The World Economic Forum nominated him a Technology Pioneer and a Young Global Leader. Mark is a Professor at Hult International Business School.

    • Agamemnon Otero
    • CEO
    • Repowering London
    • Agamemnon sits on the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change Community Energy Contact group, has an MBE for his service to the British Empire, is a London Leader, and co-founded of Repowering, Brixton Energy, Clean Marine, Energy Garden, Community Energy England The Edible Bus Stop, The Edible Overground. Agamemnon has a Master’s degree in Architecture: Advanced Environment & Energy and a Baccalaureate in Pre-Medicine, Literature and Fine Arts. Overcoming cancer twice, he has spent 16 years working to bring arts into the health sector, making hospitals more hospitable.

    • Gary Whitehill
    • Founder
    • Entrepreneur Week & The Relentless Foundation
    • Nicknamed “The Sheriff” by AOL and "The Harry Potter of Global Entrepreneurship" by Globo, Gary is the only person in history to travel from continent-to-continent studying comparative entrepreneurship and innovation. Having spent time in more than 40 countries, Gary believes both are the answer to the great debate toward the way forward for all of humanity, not just the motivated entrepreneur. As a global social reformer, serial entrepreneur, educator, and mentor, Gary advises Presidents and Prime Ministers, Fortune 100 CEO’s, economic development offices, incubators, accelerators, think tanks and entrepreneurs on both the art and science of entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development.

    • Rasha Y. Tantawy
    • Entrepreneurship & Business Support Department Head
    • Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC)
    • Rasha is the head of entrepreneurship at TIEC, ITIDA. Rasha has built extensive networks and assets in the global entrepreneurial marketplace. An entrepreneur herself with multiple failures and currently on board her company AGTA packaging, Rasha loves to help other entrepreneurs reach for the stars. Rasha spent much time in government developing the Entrepreneurship department at TIEC managing the Accelerator program, Mobile Monday, Business support amongst other support programs offered to startups, SMEs and entrepreneurs in ICT plus being part of the team that compiled the ICT2020 strategy for Egypt. Rasha has worked with and consulted with various European commission projects as part of FP7 and H2020. Rasha participates in local and international conferences as a speaker and in various leading universities on entrepreneurship, developing entrepreneurial environments, business modeling, and role of government. She worked closely with international entities like the EIB, ALECSA, ANIMA and the CMI on entrepreneurship and innovation projects for the MENA and EuroMED region. Her consultancy work includes developing the MENA innovation index , developing KPIs for Technology Parks and developing an innovation diagnostic tool for SMEs in these regions. Rasha mentors entrepreneurs regularly with a special focus on women and youth. Rasha is part of the EuroMED business Women network which serves women of the Mediterranean region. Rasha holds a Masters in Civil Engineering from Alexandria University, a Masters in Management of Technology from Nile University. She is also finalizing her Doctorate in the area of Entrepreneurship in developing countries at the University of Switzerland.

    • Nitin Dahad
    • Editor
    • The Next Silicon Valley
    • Nitin Dahad is an engineer, journalist and entrepreneur/businessman. He is also an advisor and mentor to the technology sector, developing global strategies and programs based on over 30 years’ experience across Europe, US, Asia, Middle East, North Africa and Latin America. He has a background in technology, international business, regional economic development, and education, through various roles since 1985. He is well networked internationally, with strong relationships in industry, government and academia.

    • Ziad Aly
    • Member of Leadership Team
    • Upscale Development
    • Ziad Aly has more than 30 years experience in Leadership Roles in IT, Logistics, Fashion, Media and Telecom. Ziad is Currently a member of the Leadership Team of Upscale a Startup focused on building modern communities on a strong foundation of Human Development , Entrepreneurship and Environmental and Social Responsibility … Before joining Upscale Ziad led the turnaround exercise for Hyde Park Development a government owned development company with a major development project ( 6 million sqm ) in New Cairo .. Previously Ziad Founded ALZWAD for Economic Development ( an Angel Funding Company focusing on Technology Media & Telecom (TMT) in Egypt and MENA with Investments in ALZWAD for Mobile Services (ZMS) , Handmade Studios ,,, Reach 2.0 and Integrated Payment Services ( Ziad was an Executive Board Member at Vodafone. He is an evangelist on the role of Mobile Internet and Entrepreneurship in changing the MENA region. Ziad is also the Founder of MASRENA NGO and the Freedom Bus & #Z100Days Initiatives concerned with Building New Egypt. Ziad also holds the position of Board Member with the following Organisations: The Chamber of Information Technology & Communication Industry The Federation of Egyptian Industries Small Enterprise Committee Board Member of the Bedaya Fund for Small & Medium Enterprise, a Government fund with the Ministry of Investment spearheading it. Board of Trustees member of the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) Also board member of First Equity Partners (FEP) He received a B.A. in Economics from the American University in Cairo and has had Leadership training from IMD, Harvard Business School, etc..

    • Mohamed Shehab El Din
    • Co-founder
    • ALSHEHAB || RESOLVE || Agricycle
    • Mr. Shehab brings in 16 years of experience as a social entrepreneur, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator and Speaker focusing on Leadership, Strategic planning, Conflict Resolution, Negotiation, Dialogue and Public Speaking. He is the founder of RESOLVE consulting and AL-SHEHAB & Partners, a confounder of AL-SONBOLAH Textile, Newstar Textile, AGRICYCLE for agricultural waste energy and Alex Angels. He is also a senior consulting partner at IMPACT consulting and an investor at KARMSOLAR the leading Egyptian solar energy company His development activities include being a co-founder and a former board member of Nahdet El-Mahrousa, The leading NGO incubating social entrepreneurs and social ventures targeting economic and social development issues in Egypt. He is also the Founding Curator of the Global Shapers Community- Cairo Hub, launched by the World Economic Forum in 2011, gathering key young leaders on one platform to work together. He teaches Leadership, Conflict and Negotiation. He currently Lectures at the American University in Cairo, Business school – School of Executive Education. He previously taught at the Institute for Peace Studies, the Canadian International College and at the Modern Sciences and Arts University. He was invited as a guest speaker at various reputable universities and institutions including George Mason University, American University in Washington, Northern Virginia Mediation Services in USA, Doha institute for graduate studies and the Institute for Peace Studies in Alexandria and Vienna University. Mr. Shehab holds a Masters degree in International Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, and a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Helwan University in Egypt. He also holds a certificate in economic and political studies from Georgetown University and a Diploma in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Erasmus University in the Netherlands.

    • Daria Ofman
    • Executive Manager
    • MCSBE
    • Daria Ofman is an international consultant and facilitator focusing on change management, organizational and human challenges in companies. Her work focuses on the direct empowerment of individuals, companies and committed individuals, supporting the development of their awareness, agency and effectiveness. She works with organisations and institutions on forming smart alliances, utilizing the resources, skills and networks they have in order to create lasting social and business value. She combines strategic consulting and training elements to ensure the growth of the organization and its people. Area's of expertise in the HR field are in training and assessment, focusing on leadership development in which she developed her own tools. For years she worked as a strategic advisor for the public sector in the Netherlands. During that period she did projects for the Dutch Parliament, various ministries and larger educational institutions on dialogue and co-creation processes, research, strategic policy assessments and facilitating think-tank sessions. She studied political science and international law. In 2011 she co-founded Sunryse, a leadership foundation that develops content and training tools, organizes trainings and lectures on servant leadership. In the past years she worked in Greece, England, Scotland, Portugal, Egypt and the Netherlands.

    • Khaled Ismail
    • Founder & Chairman
    • KIangel
    • Khaled Ismail is the Willard W. Brown Chair at the American University in Cairo (AUC) for the academic year 2014-2015. He is also the head of the African Academic Association on Entrepreneurship. Ismail is the Founder and Chairman of KIangel, an angel investment fund focused on investing in early-stage startups in the Middle East. The fund has invested in 11 companies since 2011 and is still growing. Ismail is a serial entrepreneur who has started 7 companies in Egypt since 1992. His latest company, SySDSoft, which is a technology company focused on the design of wireless communication system modems, was acquired by Intel in March 2011. Ismail became thereafter and until January 2014 the Managing Director of Intel Mobile Communications. Ismail was the Chairman of Endeavor Egypt between 2011 and 2014, board member of Orascom Telecom (2004-2011) and board member of the IT Industry Development Authority (2009-2012). Between 2005 and 2007, Ismail was the Senior Advisor of the Egyptian Minister of CIT, responsible for Technology Development. Between 1997 and 2000, Ismail was the Managing Director of Gemma, a company specialized in Ceramic manufacturing, which he managed to take public in 1998. Ismail was with IBM’s TJ Watson Research Center in NY. He is the recipient of the IBM Invention Achievement Award and the IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award in 1997 and 1995, respectively. Ismail received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1989. He has been an IEEE Fellow since 1997 and has published over 160 papers in international journals, and is the holder of 22 US patents. He was the recipient of the Eta Kappa Nu “Best Young Electrical Engineer in the US” award in 1994, and the Shuman Award for the “Young Arab Engineer” in 1995.

    • Ziad Mokhtar
    • Managing Partner
    • Algebra Ventures
    • Ziad Mokhtar is an Egyptian Venture Capital investor. He is a Managing Partner at Algebra Ventures which launched a $40m early stage tech fund in 2016. He is also a Partner at Ideavelopers which is Egypt' s first venture capital firm with over $35m investments in tech startups such as Fawry, Siware, Smart Card Applications, DrBridge, and Idealratings. As part of his role, he managed over 13 different investments and sits on the boards of several startups including Siware, DrBridge, and Iqraaly.  Ziad has also served as a consultant at Mckinsey & Company where he worked on several projects related to economic development, healthcare reform, and educational institutions. Prior to McKinsey, he had co-founded eSpace in 2000 and served as its CEO from 2013 till 2006. While at eSpace, he led the development of the leading mobile sales force solution in MENA, and started the company's international software outsourcing business. He also worked as a Software Engineer at Unilever Egypt developing the company’s mobile and web technology adoption strategy. Ziad holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BSc in Computer Science and Engineering from Alexandria University.

    • Youssef Aly
    • CEO and Co-Founder
    • eSpace
    • IT specialist with wide experience in business applications. Passionate about technology, science and making a difference. Specialties:Technology, Web applications, Programming, Agile Development.

    • Sherif Delawar
    • Professor of Management
    • AAST
    • Visiting Professor of Management at the Arab Academy for Sciences and Technology for the DBA and MBA. Sherif Delawar has a B.Sc in mechanical engineering. He is a practitioner with extensive business experience as a senior executive in various sectors (oil and petrochemicals manufacturing industries, construction). He also possesses a strong academic background and has been involved as “consultant” for the United Nations Industrial Organization in a number of industrial feasibility studies in Africa, Latin America and the Arab world. Delawar is active in the public life in Egypt and acted as a member of the board of the Social Fund for Development, the State Holding Company for Chemical Industries (24 companies), the Alexandria and Damietta Ports Authorities, the Arab Management Association, the Alexandria Business Association and was appointed as the first Honorary Consul of India in Alexandria. He also acted as Head of the Management Department of Senghor University and Advisor to the Egyptian Bank for Export Development. Sherif Delawar was a member of the , the “High Council for Culture” and the “Academy for Scientific Research & Technology”. He was a member of the Board of the Alexandria and Mediterranean Research Center (Alex Med- Bibliotheca Alexandrina) and member of the Board of Trustees of the “Pharos University” at Alexandria and the High Management Forum, and was consultant to the president of the Egyptian-Japanese University [ E-JUST ] Delawar is the author of five books Change: Why and How? (1990), Issues on the Path of Economic Reform (1993), the Modernization of Egypt (1999), the Egyptian Economy and Globalization (2002),The Take Over of The World (2010). He also has numerous papers and newspaper articles analyzing economic development issues both on national and international levels. His recent book “not to steal the future “ was released late 2014

    • Mike Ducker
    • Founder
    • Ecosystem Forum
    • Mike Ducker’s work to develop entrepreneurial ecosystems in emerging markets has been praised by President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton and the Prime Minster of Armenia. He is currently the founder of the Ecosystem Forum a platform to share effective practice’s to build ecosystems in emerging markets. Mike is currently supporting thirteen countries on developing their ecosystem including as the director of Tigers@Mekong. His research and programs have been highlighted by several international media channels including TechCrunch, CNN, inc, Mashable, Yahoo, techinasia, Kauffman Foundation and many others. Between 2011-2014 Mike lead the Global Entrepreneurship Program in Egypt which helped to build the ecosystem. Mike was one of the founders of an e-learning startup in China in the 1990’s. He also was a marketing director for a high tech company where he developed and implemented market engagement strategies that led to new business with fortune 500 companies. Mike was a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya in 2001 to 2003 helping to startup a community ICT center there. Mike currently mentors for Accelerate Baltimore, earned his MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, is a former Certified Management Accountant, has finished 7 marathons, and reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro

    • Faisal Hakki
    • CEO
    • Oasis500
    • Faisal joined Oasis500’ Board of Directors in early 2012 during his tenure at Accelerator Technology Holdings (ATH), a leading regional Venture Capital Fund. Faisal held the position of Senior Investment Associate and was primarily responsible for ATH’ expansion and growth stage investments. In May he founded his own eCommerce business and gained invaluable experience learning the inner workings of building and scaling a technology startup in the Arab World. He previously worked in management accounting, equity research, and financial analysis at various organizations, including Zain and Arab Advisors. Faisal holds a B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness from the University of Jordan and an MBA from the University of Sunderland. He currently holds board seats at Int@j, The Information and Communications Technology Association of Jordan, The Crown Prince Foundation FabLab, the Steering Committee for the National Center for Innovation, the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology Advisory Board and the Circassian Charity Association in addition to being member of the Institute of Management Accountants.

    • Tobias Degsell
    • Owner
    • Combiner AB
    • Tobias Degsell is an expert in creativity. Since 2010, he has traveled around the world and predicted the importance of creativity for companies and organizations. Tobias has a background as a curator at the Nobel Museum, but in 2016 he left his position at the museum and founded a company named Combiner. Today Tobias Degsell helps companies worldwide on how to think and act new in new ways. Digitalization fundamentally changes society. Around the world, voices are raised to build new walls and reinforce borders. Personally, I´m not so found of the idea of new walls. I believe in bridges, and if I can add at least one brick to a new bridge, then I´m satisfied. Ideas are easy. Execution is everything. It takes a team to w

    • Jessica Berlin
    • Founder & Managing Director
    • CoStruct
    • Jessica Berlin is the Managing Director and founder of CoStruct, and co-founder of the MakerNet Consortium and BerLink. Based in (and coincidentally named) Berlin, Jessica advises companies, governments, and nonprofits on innovation strategy, partnership development, and international scaling in emerging markets, and builds global programs that bridge the gap between business, tech, and development. She has lived and worked in Afghanistan, China, Myanmar, Rwanda, the UK, and the US and is passionate about bringing people and institutions together to create practical, win-win solutions to global challenges.

    • Nicolas Rouhana
    • General Manager
    • IM Capital
    • Nicolas Rouhana is currently the General Manager of IM Capital, a $15M fund, part of USAID MENA Investment Initiative, providing Matching Capital, Equity Guarantee and Technical Assistance to early-stage businesses and investors in Lebanon. Between 2002 & 2015, Nicolas was the Executive Director of Berytech Technological Pole, a leading Technology Business Innovation & Incubation Center in Lebanon. Between 2008 & 2015, Nicolas was senior technical advisor to Berytech Fund, a Lebanese VC technology fund for start-ups, and was Associate Professor at Saint-Joseph University. He is also Vice-President of Internet Society-Lebanon Chapter. Nicolas has a Telecommunications Engineering degree from Saint-Joseph University in Beirut, a PhD in Networking Systems from Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, and is an EDP graduate from INSEAD, France.

    • Amr El Tobgi
    • Global Brand Director
    • Unilever
    • Amr is a global trotter who has had an accomplished career of over 17 years in the FMCG industry with multinational companies and his most recent post was with Unilever as Global Marketing and Strategy Director based in the UK. The breadth and depth of his global experience covers diverse categories like Beverages, Personal Grooming, Hygiene and Home Care, developing and growing famous global brands like Dove, Axe, Rexona, Lux, Clear, Lipton, Omo, Clorox and Dettol. A consultant, mentor, designer and facilitator who partnered with corporate, developmental and startups that include: Unilever Marketing Academy, Centre For Entrepreneurship & J.D. Gerhard Centre in the American University in Cairo, Innovety, UNICEF, ASHOKA as well as young middle-eastern entrepreneurs. Areas of learning that Amr covers include: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Consumer and Customer Insight, Innovation, Strategy, Positioning, Packaging, Communication and Personal Branding. Driven by interest in human behavior whether it being consumers, customers or business leaders, Amr has worked and lived across international markets like Egypt, Saudi, UAE, Levant, India, Turkey, UK, USA, France and Russia, many of which he has had an immersive first hand working experience. He believes that business growth becomes exponential if fuelled with personal growth, hence his passion for promoting learning and development in professional environments to fulfill both potentials business and human.
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    102 speakers
    60 investors
    6 tracks
    +160 startups
    +4000 attendees

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    Techne Summit is an international technology entrepreneurship event that acts as a platform including the main global players in the technology industry, namely: the top international industry professionals as technology businesses, entrepreneurs and startups, investors, featuring the top technology speakers in the world, users and media representatives. The event presents opportunities and opens up possibilities for various business collaboration between parties, particularly those that pertain to grow in the Middle East and Africa region. Techne Summit is an annual event that kicked off in October 2015 at the iconic Bibliotheca Alexandrina in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

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