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ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT

(Hybrid Edition)

2,3,4 October

2021

covid

2021 Speakers

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.

Amr Mahfouz
  • Amr Mahfouz
  • CEO
  • CEO
  • ITIDA
  • ITIDA
  • 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. Ambassador Håkan Emsgård
  • H.E. Ambassador Håkan Emsgård
  • Swedish Ambassador i..
  • Swedish Ambassador in Egypt
  • Sweden

Hesham Afifi
  • Hesham Afifi
  • Director
  • Director
  • Egypt
  • Director and Content Creator

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.

Hany Mahmoud
  • Hany Mahmoud
  • Advisor to the Prime..
  • Advisor to the Prime Minister on Administrative reform
  • Egypt
  • Engineer Hani Mahmoud held the position of Minister of State for Administrative Development in 2013, and before that, he had held the position of Minister of Communications and Information Technology, and the Head of the Information and Support Center decision-making by the Council of Ministers, as well as by the head of the National Post Authority.

    On the international level, Eng. Hani worked as a Regional Director for Central Europe and Africa at Vodafone Global. He was also chosen as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vodafone Turkey. Engineer Hani is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vodafone Egypt since April 2017.

    Engineer Hani has extensive experience in the field of management and enterprise development through practical experience of close to thirty years at the international, regional, and local levels. He has a rich and distinguished career history with the world's largest and most dynamic companies such as Xerox, Vodafone, and Aventis Pharmaceuticals.

Mamdouh Afia
  • Mamdouh Afia
  • Head of SME Finance..
  • Head of SME Finance Group
  • National Bank of Egy..
  • National Bank of Egypt
  • Egypt
  • Mamdouh Afia is a leading expert in SMEs Development and a management professional with over 35 years of experience in different sectors. He is the Head of the SME Group at the “National Bank of Egypt” (NBE), responsible for the strategic management of the SMEs line of business and the development of the SME banking portfolio in the bank that now exceeds 100 billion Egyptian Pounds. From 2012 till 2018 he was the Head of the Regional Program for SME Development at the “European Bank for Reconstruction and Development” (EBRD), responsible for the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region. 

    Prior to his banking career Mamdouh Afia was a practicing management consultant for 17 years. He founded and managed his consulting company “Almanar” from 1994 to 2011, offering management consultancy services to corporates and SMEs. He also provided advisory services to International Development organizations and Donors as well as government bodies in the domain of SME’s and industrial development. 

    For 9 years prior to the consultancy career, Mamdouh Afia worked as a business development engineer in several Egyptian Commercial companies that represented international Conglomerates specialized in the manufacturing of production lines to sectors such as the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, packaging, chemical, metallurgical and engineering industries.

    Mamdouh has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering (1985). In 2002 he was granted the CMC accreditation (Certified Management Consultant) from the Institute of Management Consultancy in the UK. 


Hisham Kharma
  • Hisham Kharma
  • Music Producer & Cre..
  • Music Producer & Creative Director
  • Kharmaworks
  • Kharmaworks
  • Egypt
  • Kharma was born and raised in Cairo. He has started playing piano at the age of 9. Kharma obtained his BS in Computer science from the American University in Cairo and his postgraduate studies in art direction at Miami Ad School.

    Kharma started working in the field of advertising after graduation as a creative director, his first work was Ahl Masr Hospital for burns ad, after this work he was granted the title of Humanity Burn Free ambassador, for the initiative of the Ahl Masr for burns and for composing the music of Shoof B'albak.

    In 2010, Kharma released his first official album, The First Voyage produced by Virgin Megastores, and followed by his second album released under Sony Music Entertainment records, where he was chosen to represent Egypt at one of Sony Music albums of the musical series, Arabesque with Yanni and Can Atilla. In November 2016, released his third album, AlyaQeen, Consisting of 13 music pieces and took about 3 years preparing for its release. 

    In 2018, Kharma collaborated with Egyptian composer Omar Khairat, honoring the memory of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his moving memorial at 57357 Hospital. In the same year, Kharma composed the soundtrack for the opening and activities of the World Youth Forum held in Sharm El-Sheikh. Kharma collaborated with Tanvi Shah in a recording work titled Born Free.

    In 2020, for the first time, Kharma composed the soundtrack for The End, the first Egyptian Sci-fi television drama series. That year, he composed the soundtrack for Mako, an Egyptian film adapted from the accident of the passenger ship, Salem Express that sank in the Red Sea in 1991.

Amal Enan
  • Amal Enan
  • Managing Director
  • Managing Director
  • Global Ventures
  • Global Ventures
  • Egypt
  • Amal Enan is the Chief Investment Officer of the American University in Cairo’s Endowment and Managing Director at Global Ventures, the emerging markets VC fund, leading investments in North Africa and the Levant. 
    As CIO of AUC, Amal invests and oversees the University’s endowment across diverse asset classes with the goal of achieving sustainable generational equity and access to education. At Global Ventures, Amal led several pillar transactions in healthtech, fintech and Saas in addition to managing the wider Egypt portfolio and building the team. Prior to Global Ventures, Amal was the former Executive Director of the Egyptian-American Enterprise Fund “EAEF”. Amal joined EAEF as the first employee and since then, the organization grew to over USD 300 mn under management, seeded four first time fund managers and invested in a number of Egyptian companies that address high development needs in Egypt. Prior to EAEF, Amal was part of a team of economists at the Macro-Fiscal Policy Unit in the Ministry of Finance where she formulated reform policies, drafted sections of the State Budget and negotiated with international organizations on matters that touch the lives of millions of Egyptians. Before the Ministry of Finance, Amal built her investment experience at the International Finance Corporation where she was an Associate Investment Officer at the Infrastructure Department working on debt and equity projects in MENA. Amal started her career in the research department of EFG-Hermes as a junior economist and became a CFA Charter holder in the years to follow. Amal received an MBA degree from Harvard Business School, a Masters in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s in Economics from Cairo University. 

Christina Kampmann
  • Christina Kampmann
  • Board Member of FES/..
  • Board Member of FES/ Member of Parliament
  • Friedrich-Ebert-Stif..
  • Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
  • Germany
  • Former Minister and Member of the State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia (SPD), Bielefeld. She is member and spokeswomen of the Committee on the Digital Agenda and Innovation, a member of the Committee on European and International Affairs.

    Christina Kampmann is member of the board of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. Between 2013 and 2015 she served as a Member of the German Parliament before being appointed Secretary of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women, Youth and Culture for the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, an office she held until 2017.

Angela Lee
  • Angela Lee
  • Founder & CEO
  • Founder & CEO
  • 37 Angels
  • 37 Angels
  • United States
  • Angela Lee is an award-winning professor and former 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 70+, and activates new investors through a startup investment bootcamp.  She also serves as a venture partner at Fresco Capital, an early-stage venture fund that focuses on the future of work, digital health, and sustainability.  

    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, by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of 6 Innovative Women to Watch, and by Crain’s as a Notable Women in Tech.  In 2020, she was awarded the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence at Columbia Business School.  

Peter Cowley
  • Peter Cowley
  • Entrepreneur and ang..
  • Entrepreneur and angel investor
  • Numerous
  • Numerous
  • United Kingdom
  • Peter Cowley, a Cambridge university technology graduate, founded and ran over a dozen businesses in technology and property over the last 40 years.  He has built up a portfolio of 75 angel investments with nine good exits (including one that is 107X his investment and returned all the cash he has invested) and thirteen failures.  He is a board member of the Global Business Angel Network (GBAN), President Emeritus 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 ran Martlet: a Corporate VC, investing (currently £10M) 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 is 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.

Tomi Davies
  • Tomi Davies
  • President
  • President
  • African Business Ang..
  • African Business Angel Network (ABAN)
  • Nigeria
  • Systems Analyst turned Tech Strategy Advisor, Public Speaker and Angel Investor, Harry ‘Tomi Davies (TD) is Collaborator-in-Chief at TechnoVision, co-founder of the Lagos Angel Network (LAN) and President of the African Business Angel Network (ABAN).  

    For nearly two decades after graduating from the University of Miami TD led the implementation of innovative technology-led transformation initiatives in the Oil & Gas, Retail, Information Technology and Telecommunications industries for influential global brands Elf Aquitaine, Marks & Spencer, Ernst & Young and Sapient across Europe, the United States and Southeast Asia

    In 2000 his focus shifted to Africa where he helped create the African Agriculture Technology Foundation (AATF), led the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative in Nigeria and delivered a World Bank pilot of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system (IPPIS) that uncovered over 20,000 ghost workers in the Nigerian Government payroll system. Leading these kinds of innovative initiatives in Africa using his goal-oriented approach to project delivery which consistently delivered effective results inspired his 2014 book “The African Project Manager”.

    TD is Chairman of TextNigeria (Telecoms) and Non-Executive Director at MBO Capital (Private Equity) and Big Cabal Media (Media & Entertainment). He is a member of the Lagos State Science, Research & Innovation Council (LASRIC) and sits on the board of Laptops4Learning (L4L) Nigeria, the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) and the Global Business Angels Network (GBAN). 

    As a thought leader with increasing knowledge gained from nurturing entrepreneurs in a growing portfolio of tech-enabled early-stage business ventures originating from Africa, TD’s personal mission is “to help drive Africa’s development by supporting young entrepreneurs using innovation and technology to create social impact and economic value.”

    TD can be reached at www.tomidavies.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook as TomiDee

Susan Lindner
  • Susan Lindner
  • Innovation Storytell..
  • Innovation Storyteller CEO | Speaker | Consultant
  • Emerging Media
  • Emerging Media
  • United States
  • Cultural Anthropologist. Brand Marketer. Disruptor. Susan got her start as an AIDS educator in the brothels of Thailand, helping turn prostitutes into entrepreneurs. Today, she's the founder of Emerging Media, a branding, PR and marketing agency dedicated to helping tech founders reach their finish lines. Her award-winning strategies have gotten 10 companies acquired, and she is now hell bent on sharing them with the world. Susan speaks to startups, innovators, and top executives from 60+ countries at GE, PWC, Deutsche Bank, Capital One and at global conferences, consulates and trade organizations about strategic storytelling, mastering the message and the media for maximum impact.

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 Sunhawk.com 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—

Dalia Mohamed Ibrahim
  • Dalia Mohamed Ibrahim
  • Founder and CEO
  • Founder and CEO
  • EdVentures
  • EdVentures
  • Egypt
  • Chief Executive Officer at Nahdet Misr Publishing House and Founder of EdVentures, Dalia Ibrahim has more than 25 years of professional experience in publishing, digital solutions, education and entrepreneurship. Graduated with honors in Business Administration (1993) from the American University in Cairo, she solidified her educational experience with a Masters of Public Administration (1999) and an Executive MBA (2014) both from the American University in Cairo. 

    She started her career in 1994 as a Publishing Executive at Nahdet Misr Publishing House. It wasn’t long before she realized the importance of introducing new integrated services and solutions that further support education and learning in Egypt and the Arab world. In 1998, she established Nahdet Misr for Digital Solutions, which offers various digital educational solutions. In the same year, she established Nahdet Misr Advertising, which specializes in animation, virtual reality and augmented reality production. The company is considered the first and only company in Egypt and the Middle East to produce dome theatre movies. Dalia Ibrahim has also succeeded in establishing Nahdet Misr Periodicals in 2004, which publishes the Arabic versions of the world’s most acclaimed entertainment magazines such as; Disney and National Geographic across Egypt and the Middle East. In 2009, she contributed in establishing Nahdet Misr Trading and Distribution; which supplies and distributes all kinds of stationery, and educational supplies.

    Driven by a sense of commitment to the society, Dalia volunteers to serve as a mentor or a judge to start-up projects of young entrepreneurs, which triggered her to later initiate the establishment of EdVentures in 2017. EdVentures is considered MENA’s first corporate venture capital specializing in education, culture and innovative learning solutions. 

Gary Whitehill
  • Gary Whitehill
  • Chairman
  • Chairman
  • Geostrategic Holding..
  • Geostrategic Holdings
  • USA
  • Gary Whitehill is Chairman of Geostrategic Holdings. Having immersed himself in 100+ countries, he boosts mission-driven world leaders to see, hear, understand and address novel 21st Century events, trends and paradigm-shifts so they can lead innovative systemic transformation from the future’s edge.

    Widely regarded as a leading authority on global innovation and nurturing economic resilience in the 21st Century, Gary’s identifies and predicts geopolitical trends and translates them into actionable strategies to empower governments, federal agencies, armed forces, NGOs, local communities, and the private sector.

    Academically, Gary earned the Corporate Director Certificate from Harvard Business School, attended Directors College at Stanford Law School, was a Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and completed the Executive Program at Singularity University.

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.

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.


    Academia
    • 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.

Youssef Mohsen
  • Youssef Mohsen
  • Founder & Managing p..
  • Founder & Managing partner
  • Anubis Gaming
  • Anubis Gaming
  • Egypt
  • Founded Africa and the Middle Easts first professional e-sports team Anubis Gaming. In 6 years Anubis has won 32 Regional and Local Championships secured $300,000 in funding as well as winning the regions first World Championship in July 2021.

Mohamed Hossam Khedr
  • Mohamed Hossam Khedr
  • Managing Partner
  • Managing Partner
  • Khedr W Business
  • Khedr W Business
  • Egypt
  • Over the last 20+ years, Mohamed played many roles in the entrepreneurial ecosystem; he built and sold startups, mentored hundreds, judged competitions, angel invested in startups, worked for a venture capital, provided training to angel investors, incubators and accelerators and wrote a bestselling book about entrepreneurship (رائد الأعمال Inside Out).

    He works as Managing Partner at his firm خضر وبزنس. Also, he produces written, video and podcast content under the same name. 

    Mohamed is an Engineer who had some career shifts to software development, sales, marketing, operations, training and management. In professional education he holds an MBA degree and is finishing the DBA.

Sherif Saleh
  • Sherif Saleh
  • Co-CEO
  • Co-CEO
  • Misr Italia Properti..
  • Misr Italia Properties
  • Egypt
  • Sherif is a well rounded business practitioner with extensive marketing & management experience with top global & local companies in the Middle East & Africa region. He has an amazing mix of experiences with different categories such as personal & home care products, food & beverage, confectionary and most recently real estate. As Marketing Director, Sherif helped in the success journey of Misr Italia Properties to become one of the top real estate developers in Egypt in terms of contracted sales. He is now leading the marketing team of Mountain View.

    Previous roles included working as Region Marketing Manager for PepsiCo Middle East & Africa handling brand Pepsi. Prior to that, Sherif was the Head of Marketing for Danone Premium Beverages Middle East & Indian Ocean, Regional Brand Manager for Coca-Cola Middle East based in Bahrain and Regional Brand Manager for Unilever North Africa, Middle East & Turkey, based in Egypt handling oral care brands Signal & Close Up. He started his career in 1999 with the marketing consultancy, Marketing Mix, where he worked on several big local brands in their turnaround efforts.

    Over the years, he received several company performance and achievement awards for growth and market share gains. Additionally, his work received several awards such as the International Advertising Association's (IAA) INTERAD V, AUC Annual Advertising Award, Dubai Lynx Golden Award and was nominated for Cannes Lions Award.

    Sherif holds an MBA degree from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from AUC.

    He is also a founding member in the International Social Marketing Association and is a Board Member at Nahdet El Mahrousa, one of Egypt’s most active NGO’s.

    Specialties: Brand Management, Brand Building, Brand Development, P&L Management, New Product Development, Strategic Planning, Digital & Social Media, Advertising Development, Market Research, Public Relations, Commercial Due Diligence 

Ayman Ismail
  • Ayman Ismail
  • Director, AUC Ventur..
  • Director, AUC Venture Lab
  • AUC School of Busine..
  • AUC School of Business
  • Egypt
  • Ayman Ismail is an international expert in entrepreneurship and economic development. He is currently the Abdul Latif Jameel Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor at AUC School of Business and the founding director of AUC Venture Lab and AUC Angels. He is a co-founder, angel investor or board member in several fast-growing startups in fintech, microfinance and logistics. Previously, he was a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, a consultant in McKinsey & Company’s New York office, a co-founder and managing partner at Enovio Consulting, and a Young Global Leader (YGL) at the World Economic Forum (WEF). He received his PhD in International Economic Development from MIT. 

Ayman Essawy
  • Ayman Essawy
  • Co-Founder & General..
  • Co-Founder & General Manager
  • Lucky App
  • Lucky App
  • Egypt
  • Ayman Essawy is the Co-founder & GM of Lucky, also a co-founder of Dsquares & previously the COO, the region’s fastest-growing loyalty solutions provider. Ayman has a proven business management track record and over 10 years of experience in technology, product, business development & strategic planning.

    Prior to co-founding Dsquares in 2012 & Lucky in 2018, Essawy held a senior Marketing role at Vodafone, where he managed Digital and Mobile Media. Before joining Vodafone, Essawy was leading the Business Development & Operations functions at Sarmady – a Vodafone joint venture – where he, along with a well-qualified team, managed to position Sarmady as the one of the leading digital companies in the region, before that he held different tech & operational roles in the telecom & financial services sectors. Ayman holds a BS degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering.

70 countries
300 speakers
180 investors
11 tracks
600+ startups
15000+ 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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Techne Summit brings together people from different sectors discussing innovative solutions to problems we’re facing in Egypt, leading to economic growth & employment & that’s what Egypt needs.

Andreas Ruepp

Head of GIZ Financial Sector Development Program in Egypt

What makes it interesting this year is that it's one of the very few in 2020 that has adopted a hybrid interesting model. We are sharing, meeting, & networking. We’ve met a lot of people we haven’t met last year. 

Ahmed Gomaa

CEO & Chairman, Egypt Ventures

We got to experience the virtual events but honestly, when we went to Techne Summit’s hybrid edition and there was an offline part, we overachieved our targets & KPIs.

Fouad Kassas

Director of Marketing & Sales, HMS, Huawei, Egypt

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