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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

    • Asmaa Hosny
    • CEO
    • ITIDA
    • With over 30 years of executive experience in information technology and over 25 years holding a number of high tech senior management positions, Asmaa Hosny has led the development and execution of business strategies in leading regional and local organizations. Hosny has succeeded in establishing key alliances on several strategic initiatives in addition to establishing a number of successful technology companies with regional and global outreach. Asmaa Hosny has accomplished huge breakthroughs in the execution of large-scale projects leading to technology-enabled transformation of many socio–economic sectors. Additionally, Asmaa is one of the pioneers in introducing innovative mobility solutions across various platforms including mobile financial services, mobile health, and mobile learning. In introducing these new initiatives, she mobilized efforts with the Central Bank of Egypt and key financial institutions to bring these initiatives to the Egyptian market, thereby driving growth and sustainability. Hosny started her career at Orascom Group, where she led only in few years one of the company’s major acquisitions in the health sector. Through effectively managing regional teams and distribution networks, she successfully managed to implement regional mega projects in key different sectors, all of which resulted in high impact in transforming these sectors. Capitalizing on this success, she led a career in many reputable organizations in the Telecom and IT sector. In addition, she co-founded and established a number of successful local and regional enterprises including Wasla Egypt and Solutions Plus in Egypt and Health Insights in the United Arab Emirates. Hosny earned her Bachelor degree in Economics and Political Science from Cairo University in 1980. She also received several advanced academic degrees in the ICT fields, in addition to graduate studies at Cairo University’s Institute of Statistical Studies and Research (ISSR) in 1983.

    • Eng. Khalil Hassan Khalil
    • President
    • Chairman, Digital Economy and Technology General Division
    • • Board Member, Federation of the Egyptian Chambers of Commerce (FEDCOC), since 2015 • Chairman, IT General Division, Federation of the Egyptian Chambers of Commerce (ITFEDCOC), since 2001 • Chairman, IT Division, Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, 1992-2006 • Board Member, Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, 2002-2015 • Board Member, Food Industries Chamber, Federation of the Egyptian Industries (FEI) • Head of Development Committee, FEDCOC • Member of the Head Committee, PC4Egypt • Member of the IPR Head Committee Major Public Activities: • e-Alexandria Project for eradicating digital illiteracy in Alexandria • PC4EachHome National Initiative with Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) • Economic GIS Project, Alexandria Chamber of Commerce • Articulation of Tax system for the IT industry • Tanweer National Initiative with Ministry of Education (MoE), for availing technology for Educators and Students

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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..

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Loay Shawarby
    • Partner
    • Shehata, Attorneys-at- Law.
    • Practicing in the areas of start-up structuring, governance, pre-growth and growth venture finance; joint ventures; international business transactions; mergers and acquisitions; international trade agreements – antidumping, subsidies, safeguards and countervailing measures; and competition laws. Angel Investor – Solo; and Member of the Cairo and Alexandria Angels Networks. Invested in Nebras Technology, Abu Erdan Technology, PayMe, Eventtus, Insanyah, Nawah Scientific, Untap, Barek, and Techne Summit, among others. Mentor at V-Lab – The American University in Cairo; Imagine Cup – The German University in Cairo; the Reactor Program – Innoventures LL.C.; Gesr - Misr Elkheir Foundation; Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center – Ministry of Information and Telecommunications; and Flat-6- Labs LL.C. Entrepreneurship and incubator competitions judge at Start-up Cup, the Hult Prize - Egypt, Endeavor Egypt, and the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology – Egypt. Current board member of HEGTA - (healthcare governance). Previously, chairman of the board of the Nahdet Elmahrousa NGO – (2009 – 2016), (the first social enterprise incubator in Egypt and the Middle East). And, member of the adjunct faculty, teaching business law, at the school of management, the American University in Cairo (2014 – 2016).)

    • 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.

    • 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

    • Ahmed Emad
    • Communications Leader Egypt
    • Aramex International
    • Ahmed Emad is the Communications Leader for Egypt in Aramex International, one of the leading logistics and transportation companies in the World, and the first company from the Arab world to go public on the NASDAQ stock exchange. The Company now trades on The Dubai Financial Market (DFM: ARMX) Mr. Emad obtained his degree, a BS in Industrial Engineering from Helwan University. He decided to shift his career earlier in 2008 when he started his career as a Marketing Executive in a marketing consultation agency. From this moment and he has been interested in marketing communications and event management. Mr. Emad has joined the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Egypt at 2011 with Entrepreneurship Magazine as a Community Manager. After attending the first Startup Weekend event in Egypt, He decided to be part of the global organization by joining SW Egypt Team. He has leaded all SW Egypt events with two lead organizers all over the past five years. Mr. Emad has joined Aramex International Egypt as a Senior Sustainability Officer in 2014 and now he is leading the communications and reporting to Egypt General Manager.

    • 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.
    22 countries
    102 speakers
    60 investors
    6 tracks
    +160 startups
    +4000 atenders

    What is Techne Summit?

    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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    "Every room was electrified with possibility, fueled with innovations that each carried great social impact. What an honor to be there! There was so much to learn, share, and connect."

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    "Entrepreneurial workshops and competitions dominated the agenda of the two-day summit, presenting startups with monetary rewards and opportunities to connect with global investors."


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