Star of the Turkish version of the television show Dragons’ Den, Chairman of the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF), Vice President of the European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds, and Early Stage Market Players (EBAN), President of the Business Angels Association of Turkey (TBAA), the World Entrepreneurship Forum Ambassador to Turkey and the Balkan countries, and President of Deulcom International. One of the top global speakers on entrepreneurship, innovation, and angel investment invited by former US President Obama to speak at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya. Recipient of the European Trade Association of Business Angels (EBAN) award for the Best Individual in Europe Globally Engaging with the Global Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in 2014 (Ireland), 2015 (Netherlands), 2016 (Portugal) and 2017 (Spain). The only entrepreneur to be granted a personal audience with former President Obama at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC.
The developer of the world-renowned entrepreneurship theory, the Altuntas Start-up Compass Theory, researched by Sheffield University and used in numerous MBA programs.
Advisory board member of the southeast Europe Research Council in Greece. Appointed as JCI Ambassador, following Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Profiled regularly by leading international media such as CNN International and Bloomberg. A co-author of Planet Entrepreneur:
The World Entrepreneurship Forum's Guide to Business Success Around the World, published by Wiley (2013). Author of Off the Bus, Into a Supercar! How I Became a Top TV Star and Celebrated Investor, published by Balboa Press (2014) and translated into Chinese, Croatian, Albanian, and Macedonian.
Angela Lee is an educator & entrepreneur.
She serves as Professor of Practice and Chief Innovation Officer at Columbia Business school where she teaches top-rated courses in venture capital and leadership. She was voted top three faculty by students in 2018. Angela started her career in product management and then was a strategy consultant at McKinsey. She has started 4 startups and is also the founder of 37 Angels, an investing network that has evaluated 12000+ startups, invested in 55, and activates new investors through a startup investment boot camp.
Angela has spoken at the White House and is regularly invited to advise decision-makers at the highest levels, including Prime Minister Trudeau. She is a sought-after expert on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, MSNBCand 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 Craine’s as a Notable Women in Tech in 2019. She serves on the boards of Fresco Education Fund and Cariclub.
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.
He is an international entrepreneur community builder who has helped strengthen startup ecosystems across 50 countries from Albania to Russia to Vietnam to Saudi Arabia. He has started and sold two companies, SocialEarth and Storefront. The first he bootstrapped.
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.
Corine has been the Investment Manager at Insure and Match Capital Holding SAL (IM Capital) since April 2015. She supervises the matching & insurance capital process and manages the work of the analytical team. Corine is responsible for IM Capital operations, including deal sourcing, investment project evaluation and valuation, business models validation, value creation and mentoring in investments, and supervision of exits from investments.
Prior to joining IM Capital, and for more than 9 years, Ms. Kiame was a Director at SHUAA Capital psc Dubai, UAE, where her responsibilities included Product Development, Strategy and Project Management, and Operations. In 2006 and 2007, Mrs. Kiame worked as an assistant fund manager on several regional funds representing USD 1 Billion in assets under management, covering fifteen Arab markets.
Corine holds a Masters in Finance from Paris IX Dauphine in Paris, an Executive Education Certification from Harvard Business School with emphasis on Private Equity and Venture Capital, an Executive Certification from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with emphasis on Venture Mentorship, is a member of the Lebanese League for Women in Business, and a member Seeders LWAF Business Angels group and Rising Tide Europe 3.
2014 – Present: Chairman of Egyptian / Russian Business Council
2014: Member of the Committee of 50 for drafting the new Egyptian Constitution
2010-present: Chairman, ASCAME (Union of Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce & Industry)
2010 – Present: Chairman, Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce.
2010 – Present: Chairman, Union of African Chambers of Commerce, Agriculture, Industry and Professions.
2010- Present: Senior vice chairman, Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
2010- Present: Board Member, Arab Union of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture.
2010- Present: Member, Board of Trustees, the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones, «GAFI»
2010- Present: Board member, the National Organization for Social Insurance.
2008- present: Board member, Internal Trade Development Authority.
2006-2010: 1st Deputy Chairman, Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce.
2006- Present: Board member, Alexandria Ports Authority.
2006-2011: Board member, Arab-Belgium-Luxemburg Chamber of Commerce, Brussels.
2006- Present: Chairman, Alexandria Chamber of Commerce.
2002-2011: Board member, Arab French Chamber of Commerce, Paris.
2002- Present: Chairman, Egyptian-Syrian Business Council.
1988-2006: Vice chairman, Alexandria Chamber.
1984- Present: Elected board member, Alexandria Chamber of Commerce.
2009- Present: Chairman Wakalex for Industry & Trade.
2008- Present: Board member Fast Bus Transport.
2004- Present: Board Member Antoniadis for the Civilized &Touristy Development Co.
1972- Present: Chairman and Founder, Wakalex Group.
•Board Member, Federation of the Egyptian Chambers of Commerce (FEDCOC), since 2015
•Chairman, Digital Economy and Technology General Division, Federation of the Egyptian Chambers of Commerce (DET-FEDCOC), 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), 1986
•Head of Development Committee, FEDCOC
•Member of the Head Committee, PC4Egypt
•Member of the IPR Head Committee
•Chairman, Winner Trade for Imports and Agencies
•Managing Director, Winner Brands
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
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.
Born on the 28th September 1960. HE Mr Stéphane Romatet is graduated from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris. and from the National School of Management, "Denis Diderot" class (1986). Minister Plenipotentiary.
Positions held : - 1986 - 1993, he served at the Ministry of Defense - 1st April 1993, assigned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - 1993-1996, Second Counselor in Amman - 1996-1997, he worked in the Central Administration (Budget, Administrative and Financial Affairs) as Deputy Commissioner for Budget and Financial Affairs - 1997 - 1999, Technical Advisor to the Minister's Office - 10th May 1999, he joined the corps of Secretaries an Counselors of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - 1999 - 2003, Second Counselor, Ottawa - 2003 - 2005, First Counselor and Advisor for Cooperation and Culture in Dakar - 2006 - 2007, Head of Equipment Department and Head of Real Estate Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - 2007 - 2008, Advisor and then Deputy Director of the Minister's Office - November 2008, Senior official for Defense and Security - 2008 - 2009, Deputy Secretary-General to the Administration Department - 2009 -2011, Director General of Administration and Modernization - 2011-2014, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in Canberra (Australia) - 2014 - 2016, served as a Diplomatic Advisor to the Prime Minister - Since December 2016, entrusted with the task (public administration) of the central administration - September 2017, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Arab Republic of Egypt
Decorations : - National Order of Merit, Knight rank, 14th November 2006 - National Order of the Honorary Legion of Honor, Knight rank, 1st January 2012
Languages : English German
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.
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 VP Innovation with Techstars. Chris recently published his first book about starting anything called Build The Fort.
Dr. Ayman Ismail is the Assistant Professor and Abdul Latif Jameel Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship at the American University in Cairo School of Business.
His research focuses on entrepreneurship venture capital and private equity in emerging markets economic development in the Middle East industrial strategy international technology diffusion and knowledge transfer to developing countries technology policy and innovation energy and food security and the political economy of development.
Dr. Ismail is a former Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
He received his Ph.D. in International Economic Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
He also holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and an MBA from the American University in Cairo, and a master’s in city planning and geographic information systems from MIT.
He is also a co-founder and Managing Partner in Enovio, a management & strategy consulting firm operating in the US and the Middle East. Prior to that, he was a consultant in McKinsey & Company Business Technology Office, based in New York for several years.
Dr. Ismail has advised senior management in leading Fortune 100 companies, fast-growing startups, government agencies, and non-profits on key organization, operations, and technology issues.
He has also consulted and conducted research for international organizations such as the World Bank and UNCTAD, as well as multiple US government agencies.
Dr. Ismail has a broad multidisciplinary experience in economic development, business strategy, city planning, and technology-based on professional practice and academic research.
Dr. Ismail is a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of Nahdet El-Mahrousa, a leading NGO incubating social entrepreneurs and social ventures targeting economic and social development issues in Egypt. He is also an Endeavor VentureCorps Mentor, advising entrepreneurs.
Keith Wallace is a Scotsman with a passion for entrepreneurs and deal-making. Having founded the Dutch Investors Club (DeInvesteerdersClub) he put his vision of joint investments within the Netherlands and further afield into effect.
With deals in Africa and Asia, as well as Europe, this small group of active investors has striven from the beginning to make impact as well as financial returns.
Working with the Hivos Foundation, he was part of the team that founded Hivos Impact Investments, where he sits in the investment team and manages the portfolio companies of the Hivos Food and Lifestyle Fund (Southern Africa) and the Hivos Mideast Creatives Fund (MENA).
Keith is also Global Ringmaster of Get In The Ring, an international entrepreneurial competition that takes place in over 100 countries and allows him to wear top hat and tails, even in the tropics.
Ahmed Amin an Egyptian comedian, actor, writer, and tv presenter, graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, who started acting and directing while he is still a kid in school, then he gets into the college, participates in acting activities during the years of studying.
But, after graduation and searching for stabilization he lost his way to his dream and worked in child press, yet achieve lots of success writing well-known cartoon series like (Bassant & Diasty) (El Kobtan Azzuz) he never forgot about his dream, Acting.
People actually started to know Amin from his online videos “30 Sanya” (30 seconds) that went viral among Egyptians on Facebook, just when he's decided to leave everything and took the risk back to his real passion His second, and more important step, was “Al Plateau” TV show, then (El wasseya) and last but not least (Amin and partner) theatrical show.
In 2015 Ajlouny co-founded Fetchr, the Silicon Valley-backed tech
company that was created to tackle the Middle East’s “no address” issue, which
has been long been a hindrance to growth in emerging markets. She facilitated
$11 million in initial investments in Fetchr, as well as $41 million in a
series B round in 2017. Having raised over $72 million,the company now
successfully operates in five countries with a 4500-person staff, and was
dubbed the number one startup in the Middle East by Forbes. In 2019, Ajlouny
demonstrated that she was beholden to nobody when she resigned from her
position at Fetchr, with plans to launch her third Silicon Valley-backed
company later this year. Ahead of founding Fetchr, Ajlouny was the driving
force and sole entity behind the e-commerce luxury fashion platform Bonfaire.
Acquired by Moda Operandi––a fashion e-commerce giant owned by LVMH and Condé
Nast––in 2013, just two years after its launch, this was only the start of what
would develop into a long-lasting relationship between Ajlouny and the fashion
industry. Ajlouny is regularly hired as a consultant for fashion startups, as
well as for venture capitalists. Over the last decade, her unmatched knowledge
and expertise in funding and investment, startups and marketing strategies has
compounded into what’s known as the “Joy effect,” a term that refers to the
ripple of her influence on a multitude of new and once suffering companies.
Considered an expert in emotional marketing, she follows the rule of thumb that
in order to be successful, you have to “fall in love with your customer.” With
less than three percent of venture capital funding raised by women, Ajlouny has
successfully raised multiple rounds of funding for her two startups, acquiring
investments from prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firms. As a
self-made woman in the industry, Ajlouny is passionate about encouraging and
investing knowledge into the young women of tomorrow. Ajlouny is regularly
invited to speak at forums and events across the world and most recently took
the stage at the World Economic Forum in Jordan and BoF VOICES in the UK. Her
talks are not only centered upon her businesses, but on the realities of being
a female entrepreneur, the double bind and the relentlessness it takes to
secure a position that counters the traditional roles allocated for women.
Businesswoman, motivational speaker ,serial entrepreneur and advisor, Joy
Ajlouny is a flash-bang grenade thrown into the Middle East. Born and raised in
California to Palestinian refugees, Ajlouny has built a reputation for her
success in startups and ventures worldwide, all the while disrupting the status
quo of women in buisness. Belonging to the top one percent of female
entrepreneurs, the self-made entrepreneur has “gamified rejection” and carved
her space in the business world.
Walid Mansour Partner and Chief Investment Officer Walid have more than 15 years of experience in Venture Capital, strategy, corporate finance, and engineering within the digital, telecom, software, and new media industries.
Prior to joining MEVP in 2010, Walid was a lead associate at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, and before that he worked as a strategy manager at the UAE’s Prime Ministry Executive Office focusing on public policy initiatives.
During his stay in Dubai, he worked on setting-up entrepreneurship-related programs and developing incubation in the Arab World through several Dubai based initiatives such as the Mohammed Bin Rashid Foundation. Prior to that, Walid worked at Booz & Company as a consultant covering telecom & media. Prior to Booz & Company, Walid worked as an industrial engineer in France.
In 2009, he completed Morgan Stanley's summer associate program within their investment banking M&A division in London. Walid holds an industrial and urban planning engineering degree from Institut National des Science Appliquées de Lyon (INSA de Lyon) and an MBA in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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 2018 has attracted more than 6000 attendees, 130 speakers, 230 startups, and 80 investors, all from more than 25 countries.
TS2019 will feature the launch of the first dedicated Mediterranean Business Angel Investment Network (Med Angels) which will bring together a large number of Business Angel Networks, Groups and Funds as well as individual Angel Investors from across the region. The first Med Angels round table discussion took place on May 4 2019 during Techne Summit Dubrovnik 2019 with all interested entities.
"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"
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!"
Hivos Impact Investments
"Recommend this event, it is in a lovely setting and great attention is paid to help the entrepreneurs. Well done team!!!"
Sawari Ventures LLC, Chairman