ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT (Hybrid edition)

9,10,11 October


Who Speaks in Techne

H.E. Amr Talaat
  • H.E. Amr Talaat
  • Minister of Communic..
  • Minister of Communications and Information Technology
  • Egypt
  • Amr Talaat has been appointed the Minister of Communications and Information

    Technology since June 2018, to the Cabinet of the Prime Minister Dr. MostafaMadbouly.

    Talaat possesses over 30 years of solid experience in communications and information technology areas, with a wide experience in developing and implementing strategies across a vast spectrum of activities in Egypt.

    Talaat joined IBM-Egypt in August 1988 and held various managerial positions. On May 23 rd , 2010, Amr Talaat held the position of the Country General Manager of IBM, and also served as IBM Egypt Territory Manager since 2005.

    He held various managerial positions within IBM Egypt including Business Partner Organization (BPO) Manager as well as Systems and Technology Group Manager.

    During his tenure, his scope transcended financial goals to strategic and operational elements such as building human capital, fortifying customer loyalty, corporate social responsibility and employees’ Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

    He also sought to establish relationships with key officials and executives of various sectors, both at the national and international levels, to attract major investments, and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) deals.

    In addition, Talaat was an adjunct professor at Cairo University; teaching marketing and & sales strategies and tactics, organizational behavior and strategic management. He was, also, an honorary member at the ICT Board at Cairo University and member of the ICT Board of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT) and the Chairman of ICT Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham).

    Talaat graduated in 1983 from the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, completing his undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering at Cairo University.

    He earned his PhD or doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) from the University of Paris - Paris School of Business (PSB) and Masters of Science in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), in addition to an MBA from Paris ESLSCA Business School, France.

Mustafa Shamseldin
  • Mustafa Shamseldin
  • CMO Africa, Middle E..
  • CMO Africa, Middle East, and South Asia
  • PepsiCo
  • PepsiCo
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Mustafa Shamseldin is Senior VP & CMO – Africa, Middle East & South Asia at PepsiCo. 


    He has more than 23 years of general management, sales, and marketing experience leading small and large scale enterprises covering more than 50 countries across four continents. He managed multi-billion dollar businesses, led some of the most valuable global brands and trademarks, created and launched numerous successful products and innovations, and built new brands from scratch. 


    In his role as CMO for the AMESA sector, he leads the development of PepsiCo’s total portfolio of foods and beverages across one of the company’s key geographies and future growth drivers, with responsibility for the marketing, insights and innovation functions. He is also a member of the PepsiCo’s Global Marketing Leadership Council. In 2020 he was recognized by Forbes magazine the Middle East as one of the top 50 most influential marketing and communications executives in the region. 


    Mustafa has been with PepsiCo since 2008 when he started as the Marketing Director for Pepsi Cola Egypt, before moving to different roles across the region including GCC Marketing Director, General Manager Saudi & Yemen Beverages, Vice President for Sales & New Business Development and Senior VP for foods in Asia, Middle East, and North Africa. Prior to PepsiCo, 


    Mustafa worked across the Middle East, Turkey and Africa region in different companies including Procter & Gamble, Henkel, and Americana Foods. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering from the American University in Cairo and has attended executive education and development programs at Wharton Business School and Cranfield School of Management. 


    His passions are social and economic development and the support for startups and small businesses, which he has fulfilled through mentorship, judging in major startup competitions, as well as contributing to key publications as a guest writer. Mustafa is currently based in Dubai, UAE.

Riad Armanios
  • Riad Armanios
  • CEO
  • CEO
  • Evapharma
  • Evapharma
  • Egypt
  • Riad is a serial entrepreneur that strives to empower the fight for health as a human right with a focus on Africa. He heads the Eva group which is one of the leading pharma and personal care organizations in the MENA region. Riad is an active member in the YPO (Young Presidents Association), Vice chairman of the Egyptian Industrial Chamber of Pharmaceuticals, founder and former president of the Association HBS alumni in Egypt. Moreover, Riad is the founder of "T20" foundation, a non-governmental organization that focuses on utilizing the knowledge of highly educated youth to develop people for social and economic improvement. Riad has a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Cairo University and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School.

Angela Lee
  • Angela Lee
  • CEO
  • CEO
  • 37 Angels
  • 37 Angels
  • United States
  • Angela Lee is a Professor of Practice and the Chief Innovation Officer at Columbia Business School where she teaches venture capital and leadership courses. Angela started her career in product management and then moved to consulting at McKinsey.  She has started 4 startups and is also the founder of 37 Angels, an investing network that has evaluated over 15000 startups, invested in 60+, and activates new investors through a startup investment bootcamp.

    Angela has spoken at the White House and NASA and is an expert in teaching online and making learning scalable.  She is a sought-after expert on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, MSNBC and Fox Business.  She was recognized by Inc. as one of 17 Inspiring Women to Watch in 2017, by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of 6 Innovative Women to Watch in 2015, and by Crain’s as a Notable Women in Tech in 2019.  In 2020, she was awarded the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence at Columbia Business School.  She serves on the boards of Fresco Fund and Cariclub.

Chris Heivly
  • Chris Heivly
  • VP Innovation
  • VP Innovation
  • Techstars
  • Techstars
  • United States
  • Chris is one of the nation’s leading experts on launching startups and has been dubbed the “Startup Whisperer.”  He co-founded MapQuest, is an angel investor, ran a corporate venture fund and 2 micro venture funds (directed over $75M) and is SVP Innovation with Techstars. Chris published his first book about starting anything called Build The Fort and is currently writing a book on Startup Community Building.

Amr Mahfouz
  • Amr Mahfouz
  • CEO
  • CEO
  • Egypt
  • Amr Mahfouz is the CEO of Egypt’s Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA). He also holds the position of Assistant Minister for growth and development at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT). Amr has extensive experience in the IT field having spent over 33 years in business development and transforming businesses through implementing different technologies to meet and achieve targets. Mahfouz has a record of achievements and proven expertise in areas of digital transformation, business consulting, talent management, systems integration, capacity building, and global operations in emerging markets. Prior to joining ITIDA in July 2020, Mahfouz worked for IBM for over 33 years where he has established strong business relationships and helped different-scale enterprises reinvent their business, go-to-market strategies, and thrive in the digital era. Over his career, Mahfouz held several executive positions and leadership roles where he championed the implementation of several large-scale projects across different industries like telcos, government, and banking. During his tenure as head of the Consulting Services Division, Mahfouz oversaw all aspects of digital transformation projects including transforming related business processes to improve clients’ performance, increase value, and accelerate growth. Moreover, Mahfouz served as IBM’s Communications Sector Leader for the MEA region out of Dubai, and Managing Partner, Global Business Services Country Leader at IBM in Saudi Arabia. Amr Mahfouz holds a B.Sc. in Engineering from Cairo University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands.

H.E. Jan Thesleff
  • H.E. Jan Thesleff
  • Swedish Ambassador
  • Swedish Ambassador
  • Sweden
  • Ambassador Jan Thesleff has been serving as the

    Ambassador of Sweden to the Arab Republic of Egypt since September 2017.

    From 2014 to 2017, Thesleff served as Sweden’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, residing in Abu Dhabi. In June 2015 and in October 2016, respectively, he was accredited as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain and the State of Kuwait.

    Thesleff has previously been Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Sultanate of Oman, the Republic of Yemen and the State of Kuwait (2006-2011) and to Libya and Tunisia (2011-14). He also served as Sweden’s Special Representative for the Syria Crisis (2012-2014).

    His previous diplomatic posts include serving in Brussels (Deputy to the EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process at the Council of Ministers, as well as at the Swedish Permanent Representation to the EU) and at the Swedish embassies in Cairo, Tokyo and Damascus.

    Ambassador Thesleff is a frequent speaker in international fora and has contributed to a number of publications, including on art and architecture.

Eng. Ibrahim Al-Arabi
  • Eng. Ibrahim Al-Arabi
  • President
  • President
  • Federation of Egypti..
  • Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce
  • Egypt

Eng. Khalil Hassan Khalil
  • Eng. Khalil Hassan Khalil
  • Chairman
  • Chairman
  • Egypt

Peter Cowley
  • Peter Cowley
  • Angel investor and e..
  • Angel investor and entrepreneur
  • European Business An..
  • European Business Angel Network (EBAN)
  • United Kingdom
  • Peter Cowley, a Cambridge university technology graduate, founded and ran over a dozen businesses in technology and property over the last 39 years.  He has built up a portfolio of over 70 angel investments with eight good exits (including one that is 107X and returned all his invested cash) and twelve failures.  He is the President of the European Business Angel Network (EBAN), former chair of the Cambridge Business Angels, and was UK Angel of the Year 2014.  He has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs and is on the board of nine startups. 


    In 2011, he founded and has since run Martlet: a Corporate Angel, investing (currently £8M) from the balance sheet of Marshall, a £2.5bn revenue Cambridge engineering company.  He is a fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Cambridge Judge Business School and on the investment committee of the UK Angel Co-fund.  He has also had 16 years’ experience as chair, treasurer, and trustee of the boards of seven charities.


    With his son, Alan, Peter is sharing his and others’ experience and anecdotes in order to educate angels and entrepreneurs via  The Invested Investor which publishes two books and 75+ podcasts.  Peter is a public speaker on entrepreneurship and angel investing throughout the world.

Magued Mahmoud
  • Magued Mahmoud
  • Vice President & Gen..
  • Vice President & General Manager
  • Dell EMC Center of E..
  • Dell EMC Center of Excellence, Egypt
  • Egypt
  • Magued Mahmoud is Vice President and General Manager, Egypt Center of Excellence (COE) at Dell Technologies, and joined the company to establish the center since 2009, and to provide strategic and operational leadership for the Center of Excellence in Egypt. His responsibilities include creating a world class services organization with Dell Technologies culture and values, positioning the Egypt COE within the company and selling its services/capabilities to enable its growth, in addition to building, leading and managing 1,500+ FTE organizations. Magued has more than 30 years of experience in the IT sector. He previously served as the head of Oracle’s Solution Services International Consulting Center, where he was responsible for the delivery of consulting services to global customers. As part of his services delivery responsibility, he was a member of steering committees for many large and strategic IT projects in the Middle East and Africa region. Before his 11 year-stint at Oracle Corporation, Magued was with IBM for ten years where he held various IT roles catering to the Middle East markets. Over the course of his career, Magued has developed expertise in sales, support and consulting services, delivering business IT solutions in various verticals such as manufacturing, telecom, energy, public sector and financial services. Magued earned a degree in engineering studies from Ain Shams University in Cairo and a diploma in ‘Managing IT Software and Services Strategically’ from the Scandinavian International Management Institute in Copenhagen.

Ahmed El Wakil
  • Ahmed El Wakil
  • Chairman
  • Chairman
  • Egypt

Janaina Herrera
  • Janaina Herrera
  • General Consulate
  • General Consulate
  • France Diplomacy
  • France Diplomacy
  • France
  • Janaïna Herrera is a French diplomat, holding the position of General Consul of France in Alexandria since 2018. After completing her Masters in International Relations in Sciences Po Paris in 2002, she joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2003 where she held a series of positions in Multilateral Desks (EU, UN) before being posted in Beirut (2007-2010). In 2011, she founded a think tank on Public Policy based in Beirut, providing multidisciplinary research and consultancy services on unemployment and healthcare policies.

    In 2015, she joined the Strategic Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris to reflect on long term trends in the field of international relations, before being appointed in Alexandria as General consul.

    She speaks five languages, including Arabic, is married and the happy mother of two.

Ghada Hammouda
  • Ghada Hammouda
  • Chief Sustainability..
  • Chief Sustainability & Marketing Officer
  • Qalaa Holdings
  • Qalaa Holdings
  • Egypt
  • GHADA HAMMOUDA Chief Sustainability & Marketing Officer, Qalaa Holdings Egypt’s 50 Most Influential Women List Forbes The Storytellers 50 most Impactful Marketing and Communications Professionals in the Middle East EGX Sustainability Committee Member UN Global Compact Local Network – Founding Board member Takreem Selection Board Member Mentor - Egyptian Banking Institute & Endeavor SME Ms. Hammouda has 30-plus years of experience in market development, strategic planning, reputation management, and sustainable development. Ms. Hammouda is an advocate and frequent speaker on issues related to responsible investing, crisis communication, sustainability, gender equality, youth empowerment and education, and is very active in community development.. , Ms. Hammouda joined Qalaa Holdings, an African leader in energy and infrastructure, in 2008 where she led their public listing, business transformation and entry to African markets in pioneering sectors like solid waste management and river transportation, and developed their corporate responsibility programs. In her role heading the sustainability and marketing function at Qalaa Holdings, Ms. Hammouda has been driving the group sustainability strategy to support business goals and creation of strategies that institutionalize sustainability into Qalaa’s governance and practices, driving global standards and guidelines regarding corporate citizenship and public giving across the group leading the development of positive relationships with key external stakeholders, including NGOs and government agencies, ensuring maximum value is achieved with key group partnerships. Prior to joining Qalaa, Ms. Hammouda served as a senior executive and strategic consultant for over 20 years at top New York and European blue chip and start-up firms including IBM, AT&T International, Mars, Philip Morris, Procter & Gamble, Reciprocal, Inc., WPP’s Ogilvy & Mather, N.W. Ayer & Partners, and Backer Spielvogel Bates; in categories ranging from FMCG to private equity and IT, and gained wide experience in both mature and emerging markets. Ms. Hammouda served as Co-Chair of the African Venture Capital Association’s Advocacy Committee, the Women in Business Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt; and was a board member for the New York-based Corporation, a leading digital rights management company in Buffalo, New York. She was also a member of the board of trustees at Cairo American College (2013-2018) and chaired several committees including governance, branding and advocacy committees and was member of the CAC foundation board. Most recently, she was named one of Forbes Top 50 Impactful Narrators, Marketing and Communications Professionals and Storytellers in the Middle East and among Egypt’s Top 50 most influential women in business. Hammouda is a founding board member of the UN Global Compact Local Network in Egypt. Additionally, she was chosen in 2018 to be a member of the TAKREEM Selection Board, a regional initiative that honors Arab accomplishments on the global stage. Her track record and talent were recognized repeatedly over the years but closest to her heart is her first accolade as the winner of the first David Ogilvy Advertising Research Foundation’s (ARF) Award for Excellence in New York. She has completed an environmental, social and governance training for private equity funds conducted by FMO & DEG in Kenya, and recently completed an intensive Leadership for Directors program by UK’s Institute of Directors and IFC’s Corporate Directors Certification Program. Ms. Hammouda graduated in 1984 summa cum laude from the American University in Cairo with a BA in Business Administration and Mass Communications and obtained a licence de droit in 2009 from Cairo University’s School of Law. An American-Egyptian expat, Ms. Hammouda is the mother of Nadine who holds a Master of Arts with distinction from SOAS University, London, Suzanne who holds a Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University, USA and Adam who is pursuing his masters at ECES, Berlin. —Ends—

Dr. Sherif Delawar
  • Dr. Sherif Delawar
  • Visiting Professor
  • Visiting Professor
  • AAST
  • AAST
  • Egypt
  • Visiting professor of management sciences at the Egyptian and French universities for the MBA and the DBA .

    Acted as consultant to the United Nations and occupied the posts of chairman , president and general manager of different companies in various fields .

    Active in the public life in Egypt and was the board member of the Social Fund for Development , the State Holding Company for Chemical Industies , and the Alexandria and Damietta Port Authorities , the Alexandria Business Association and the Arab Management Association .

    Was appointed as the first Honorary Consul of India in Alex and awarded the highest French academic award for his teaching . Also acted as head of the management department of Senghor University and is consultant to the Egyptian Japanese University for Science and technology .

    Author of several books on economic and administrative development and write articles periodically in Al Ahram newspaper since 1990 . Member of the High Council for Culture and the Academy for Scientific Research and Technology .

Ritu Marya
  • Ritu Marya
  • Editor In Chief
  • Editor In Chief
  • Entrepreneur APAC
  • Entrepreneur APAC
  • India
  • Ritu Marya is the Editor- in- Chief for Entrepreneur India-Asia-Pacific and Franchise India Media, a group company of Franchise India Holdings Limited. She is the Group Editor and leads the editorial desk which comprises business magazines including Entrepreneur, The Franchising World and Retailer together with the Digital media arm of,,, and In her tryst with Business Journalism over the last 16 years, Ritu is regarded as an authority on Startups, Entrepreneurship, Technology, Fintech, AI, Blockchain, Consumer Businesses, Retail, Luxury to Education, Restaurant, Funding and more. In her role as the Group Editor she meets and interacts with Leading Indian and Global Entrepreneurs and thought-leaders while tracking Startup and Entrepreneurial and consumer business landscape in India and Asia-Pacific.

Ahmed Alfi
  • Ahmed Alfi
  • Chairman
  • Chairman
  • Sawari Ventures LLC
  • Sawari Ventures LLC
  • Egypt
  • Named as one of the most creative people in the world by Fast Company, Ahmed El Alfi has been an early stage/growth investor for over 30 years, translating to an extensive experience in funding and nurturing early stage companies. El Alfi founded Hybrid Capital Partners in 1990, a private investment partnership. Hybrid Capital has funded, helped grow and exited several successful companies. From 2010 to 2013 he founded Sawari Ventures, Flat6Labs, Nafham, and TATP. Flat6Labs is the MENA region's leading startup accelerator. Nafham is the top Arabic online video educational platform covering the Egyptian, Saudi and Syrian public school curriculums, Nafham has given over 100 million free video lessons to students. TATP took over management of half of the American University in Cairo's Tahrir Square campus to form The GrEEK Campus; a 25,000 square meter office park where over 130 companies work and collaborate. In addition to Sawari Ventures' portfolio of investments, his current portfolio includes NeuroTrainer, Pacific Toxicology, as well as Zignal Labs. Prior to becoming an early stage investor in 1990, El Alfi was Senior Vice President of Jefferies & Company, where he worked for 10 years. He has served on the Boards of Directors or Advisors of several corporate boards as well as multiple academic institutions.

Patrick Gouhin
  • Patrick Gouhin
  • Chief Executive Offi..
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Angel Capital Associ..
  • Angel Capital Association
  • United States
  • Patrick Gouhin is presently serving in his second year as the CEO of the Angel Capital Association. ACA is a professional society for accredited angel investors, North America's most prolific early-stage investment class. ACA represents 14,000+ member accredited angel investors, 260 angel groups, accredited platforms and family offices and more than 20,000 entrepreneurial companies that are in ACA member investment portfolios. ACA focuses on knowledge sharing, best practices and insights from top angels to ensure smarter investment decisions, connections to vetted angels that supports deal flow and syndication processes, as well as representation to public policy makers to safeguard angel investor rights. Before joining ACA, Mr. Gouhin spent 12 years as the Executive Director and CEO of the International Society of Automation (ISA). In this capacity he was responsible for the operations of a seventy year old, professional technical society with more than 40,000 members and 400,000 customers world-wide. During his tenure at ISA he provided leadership toward the creation of many new initiatives and companies including The Automation Federation, the Automation Standards Compliance Institute, a Globalization Initiative, Government Relations Program, the acquisition of a for profit company,, and a Work Force Development Program including a U.S. Dept. of Labor sponsored Competency Model for the profession of Automation. Before joining ISA, Mr. Gouhin served as the Chief Operating Officer of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Mr. Gouhin spent 15 years with AIAA whereby his leadership contributions resulted in significant revenue growth and the successful management of 300+ project teams through development and delivery of multiple products and services. Mr. Gouhin also served as the first Vice President of Operations and Technology Transfer for the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) at Langley Research Center. This was a start-up resulting from $69 million government contract award to build a world-class research and education institute. Gouhin served as the Chief of Staff in managing day-to-day operations and issues associated with a 50-person start-up company after serving as the integration lead on the successful proposal. Mr. Gouhin has experience in corporate divestitures and acquisitions, business construction and relocation, strategic standardization management, business planning, project management, process mapping and reengineering, and serving as a company wide change agent. He has served on the board of directors of multiple non-profits including the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE) where he is a past president. He has a bachelor of science in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from The Ohio State University and a master’s in engineering management from George Washington University. He has also completed the executive development program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and the advanced management college of Stanford University. Mr. Gouhin is a Certified Association Executive or CAE.

Jacob LaPorte
  • Jacob LaPorte
  • Co-Founder and Globa..
  • Co-Founder and Global Head
  • Novartis Biome
  • Novartis Biome
  • United States
  • "Jacob LaPorte founded and is Global Head of The Biome—the digital innovation lab of Novartis. Prior to that, he was Global Head of Digital Development at Novartis and responsible for leading the company’s digital efforts to advance future, patient-centric paradigms of clinical trials. Jacob began his career at McKinsey & Company, where he was a leader in their Pharmaceutical R&D practice, during his six-year tenure, developing an expertise in large, complex transformations and innovation. It was on a fateful, extended journey, however, where Jacob read Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Neara and became captivated by the possibility of digitalizing the Pharmaceutical R&D engine; he has focused his career to the realization of this concept ever since. He co-founded Snapdragon Chemistry with the Head of the Chemistry Department at MIT, which seeks to enable companies to implement continuous flow chemistry in discovery, development and manufacturing, with the ultimate goal of fully digitizing chemical synthesis. Jacob has also held various leadership positions at PPD, Inc., where he collaborated with executives to develop and implement C-level, strategic initiatives, including a long-term transformation to create industry-leading approaches to clinical development in key therapeutic areas. Jacob completed his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Harvard University, where he was an HHMI doctoral fellow, and received his B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Mathematics, summa cum laude, from the University of Delaware."

Agustin Rubini
  • Agustin Rubini
  • Co-founder
  • Co-founder
  • Angel Investor Schoo..
  • Angel Investor School
  • United Kingdom
  • Financial savant, author, and fintech advocate, Agustín Rubini is passionate about the world of finance and the future of financial services. Having developed an extensive career in the most prestigious global banks and consultancies, he now spends much of his time speaking at worldwide conferences and writing about fintech. He has a passion for advising businesses on innovation and digital transformation as well as a strong background in digital strategy and driving innovation in the financial services industry. He loves coaching and mentoring leaders of startups and is the author of best selling books such as Fintech in a Flash and Fintech Founders.

Belinda Bell
  • Belinda Bell
  • Director
  • Director
  • Cambridge Social Ven..
  • Cambridge Social Ventures
  • United Kingdom
  • Dr. Bell is the program director for Cambridge Social Ventures, Cambridge University's social innovation incubator. She designed and oversees a number of programmes providing targeted advice to supports emerging and scaling social entrepreneurs. Dr Bell teaches on a number of academic programmes at the Cambridge Judge Business School and undertakes academic research focusing on social investment.Dr. Bell is the program director for Cambridge Social Ventures, Cambridge University's social innovation incubator. She designed and oversees a number of programmes providing targeted advice to supports emerging and scaling social entrepreneurs. Dr Bell teaches on a number of academic programmes at the Cambridge Judge Business School and undertakes academic research focusing on social investment.

Khaled Ismail
  • Khaled Ismail
  • Founder & Chairman
  • Founder & Chairman
  • Himangel
  • Himangel
  • Egypt
  • Khaled Ismail, Ph.D. Founder and Managing Partner of HIMangel, an angel investment fund focused on early-stage startups in Egypt (2017 -present). HIMangel invested in 11 startups starting in June 2017 and supported more than 30 other startups. Founder and Chairman of Kiangel, a not-for-profit angel investment fund investing in early-stage startups in Egypt (2011 - 2017). Kiangel invested in 11 startups between 2012 and 2017 and supported more than 50 other startups. Chairman of Endeavor Egypt (2011-2014) Managing Director of Intel Mobile Communications (2011 -2014) Founder of SySDSoft (2003-2011), an Egyptian engineering company that ranked among the top in the world in the design and development of the protocol stack of 4G cellular technology, which has been acquired by Intel in March 2011. Senior Advisor of the Egyptian Minister of CIT (2004 and 2007) VP of Engineering at Ellipsis Digital Systems (2000-2002) Research Staff Member at IBM’ s T J Watson Research Center (1989-1997) Ph.D. from MIT in 1989 IEEE Fellow since 1997. Published over 160 papers in international journals and holds 22 US patents. 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.

Pankaj Asthaana
  • Pankaj Asthaana
  • Vice president, Mark..
  • Vice president, Market Product Management
  • Mastercard
  • Mastercard
  • United Arab Emirates
  • "Pankaj heads Mastercard’s Digital Products & Labs in Middle East & North Africa. His responsibilities include accelerating the adoption of digital payment technologies like contactless, e-commerce, QR, remittances and network tokenization, building fintech community partnerships and exploring the commercial applicability of concepts like Blockchain and Open Banking for banks, merchants and government. Pankaj has been closely involved in driving the rapid adoption of contactless payments in markets like UAE, KSA and Kuwait and has championed the proliferation of mobile based tokenized payments, including the launch of Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Google Pay amongst others in the region. His markets have also led Mastercard’s foray into remittances and QR payments. Pankaj has two patents that power Mastercard’s QR and in-app payment solution and one that is powering Mastercard Blockchain’s capability to enable regulator and government participation. Pankaj joined Mastercard in 2015 and comes with nearly 20 years’ experience in payment networks, corporate banking and international remittances, having worked earlier with companies like Bank of America, Visa and Western Union."

Adly Thoma
  • Adly Thoma
  • Executive Chairman &..
  • Executive Chairman & CEO
  • Gemini Africa
  • Gemini Africa
  • Egypt
  • Owned Company.
    • Initiator & founder of Gemini Uplift Initiative in Egypt, Africa and the Middle East in cooperation with 70+ prominent international, continental, regional and local organizations in addition to UN entities and universities aiming to revive the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
    • Worldwide Project Management Consultant for 85 countries – Schlumberger International - USA.
    • Vice chairman & board member - Al Mawwan technology.
    • Vice chairman & board member - Al Nayzek cosmetics.
    • Board member – Alfa Electronics Group.
    • Board member & treasurer - Banati foundation -1st prize stars impact award in the MENA region.
    • Board member & treasurer - Peace & Prosperity foundation.
    • Leader of Digital Transformation - Gemini Holding.

    • International lecturer in project & risk management and entrepreneurship in Egypt, the Middle East, Europe and the Far East.
    • Adjunct faculty - Dubai school of government in cooperation with Harvard Kennedy school.
    • Project management lecturer - AUC, Ain Shams & Cairo universities.
    • Lecturer - Mini MBA program - State University of New York (OSWEGO).
    • Speaker at TEDx – MSA.

    • Entrepreneurship life mentor & jury - The American University in Cairo (AUC).
    • Member of the entrepreneurship & innovation committee - The American Chamber of Commerce.
    • Member of the steering committee – Arab youth entrepreneurship forum.
    • Entrepreneurial life mentor and fostering many entrepreneurs and start-ups in Egypt and Africa.
    • Speaker, judge & jury at several African, Arabic & International competitions and events.
    • Writer in an Egyptian economic newspaper.

    • 20+ years of business management experience at Gemini Enterprises Africa, Orascom Group, Schlumberger, Orange & Lucent Technologies in the fields of Entrepreneurship, Oil & Gas, Telecom, and Development in addition to IT management.

    International Awards
    • Awarded the Oman navy forces trophy from the Omani Royal Navy.
    • Awarded the Schlumberger Worldwide Bronze Medal.
    • Awarded the shining armour by the Economic development and entrepreneurship association.
    • Awarded by Rotary Sheikh Zayed club.

    • Masters of Project Management - George Washington University - USA (2014).
    • Masters of Science in Business Engineering - Ain Shams University - Egypt (2006).
    • Project Management Professional (PMP) - Project Management Institute - USA (2006).
    • Bachelor degree of electrical engineering – Communication & Electronics - Ain Shams University – Egypt (1996).

    Consultant, Lecturer & Instructor of Project Management:
    • Business advisor & visionary strategic planning consultant for multiple Egyptian enterprises and corporations: Alfa Electronics, EAST trading & manufacturing, Petroleum services technology and EvaPharma.
    • Project management instructor - The government of Dubai.
    • Project management lecturer - The American Chamber of Commerce & Egypt Prime Minister Bureau (RITI).
    • Instructor, speaker & advisor for EuRoMaTech/Britannia, Glomacs/Oxford, AZTech, Copex, & Anderson within MEA, Europe & Asia.
    • Project management instructor - Cambridge Education, TenStep Middle East, Etisalat Academy, Projacs International, Emak International Academy, Orascom Training & Technology & AMIDEAST.

    Jury, Speaker, Partner & Life Mentor: For entrepreneurship, innovation, sustainable development & value creation at:
    • Speaker & panel member at the launching event of the global competition of youth start-ups and the African e-Commerce platform for digital transformation – AE Trade Group & African Union Commission.
    • Partner at the AfricaVsVirus challenge – African Development Bank.
    • Partner for fostering African entrepreneurs - Whitaker Foundation for Peace & Development (WPDI).
    • Mentor - Seedstars Online Summit 2020.
    • Entrepreneurship mentor - SeeknotHide virtual hackathon 2020.
    • Speaker & judge - Hult Prize competition 2019.
    • Jury member - MIT EF Pan Arab competition.
    • Speaker & panel member - Techne Summit & Techne Drifts 2020.
    • Partnering for the development of a sustainable future and social entrepreneurship - GIZ .
    • Panel member - CairoICT 2019 Innovation Arena.
    • Advisor - Egyptian Center for Economic Studies (ECES).
    • Speaker & panel member - Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI).
    • Speaker & entrepreneurship mentor - TU Berlin University.
    • Lecturer - Ain Shams University.
    • Judge for graphics design graduation projects – Department of Arts – AUC.
    • Life mentor & jury member - Entrepreneurs Society competition – AUC.
    • Partner and judge at Rocket Pitch – Falak Startups.
    • Speaker, jury and mentor - CodeGeist hackathon 2019.
    • Speaker, judge and mentor - African Forum for Innovation and Technology.
    • Partner & mentor for entrepreneurs and start-ups - Flat6Labs.
    • Speaker & jury - Arab entrepreneurship competition.
70 countries
250 speakers
180 investors
9 tracks
600+ startups
13000+ attendees

What is Techne Summit?

Techne Summit is an international multi-industry focused Investment & Entrepreneurship event that aims to impact multiple sectors and stakeholders of the Startup Communities in The Mediterranean Region through showcasing different technologies and their application in each industry.

The Event Kick-Started In Alexandria, Egypt In 2015 And In 2020 Has Attracted More Than 13,000 Attendees, 250 Speakers, 600 Startups, And 180 Investors, All From More Than 70 Countries.

Techne Summit is coming to you this year on October as a Hybrid Event! So, if you can't be with us On-ground, you can still join us online from the comfort of your home.

What is "Hybrid"?

In our Hybrid Event you will be able to welcome our remote Attendees and Speakers, from the comfort of their homes or offices, and our on-ground Attendees and Speakers with face-to-face gatherings, connect with each other through The Techne Summit App, access our AI powered matchmaking tool, schedule meetings Online and On-Ground, and also network with more than 15,000 Attendees!

We have lots of exciting things planned for you with a lot of content planned, over 9 different tracks!



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2020 Partners

2020 Participating Companies

"I love this place; the vibe, the energy, the spirit, it`s amazing. And what’s interesting having been here in 2016, 2017 and 2018, it gets bigger, it gets smarter, there is more people there is more activity there is more buzz and there is some really good and interesting businesses here"

Mark Turrell

CEO, Vork & Orcasci, Germany

"For us Techne Summit 2018 was successful: full house at our lounge, unique networking opportunities, nice outreach and branding, and good, warm atmosphere. Thank you TS team!"

Monique Doppert

Hivos Impact Investments

"Recommend this event, it is in a lovely setting and great attention is paid to help the entrepreneurs. Well done team!!!"

Ahmed Alfi

Sawari Ventures LLC, Chairman

2020 Media Partners

2020 Community Partners