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 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.
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
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 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.|
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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, Automation.com, 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.
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.
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, 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.
• 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.
• 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.
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 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, and a co-founder and managing partner at Enovio Consulting. In 2012, he was selected as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum (WEF). He received his PhD in International Economic Development from MIT.|
Sridhar is the founder and CEO of Elemental Machines, makers of smart IoT products for the life sciences industry. He previously was a founder of Misfit who developed elegant wearable products, which was acquired by Fossil in 2015 for $260M. Sridhar also founded AgaMatrix, a blood glucose monitoring company that made the world’s first medical device connecting directly to the iPhone and shipped 15+ FDA-cleared medical products, 2B+ biosensors, 6M+ glucose meters, with partnerships with Apple, Sanofi, and Walgreens. Sridhar holds over 50 US and international patents and received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar. He has been known to run 13.1 miles on occasion and has sometimes been spotted on stage behind a wall of drums.
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.
Zeina Mandour is the General Manager of Cairo Angels, handling strategic and day-to-day operations at the network. Zeina started her career in financial consulting at the Egyptian Ministry of Transport , then joined Logic Management Consulting as Senior Business Analyst for over two years. She then moved to Ironwood Investments, a boutique private equity firm based in Cairo as Senior Associate.
Zeina received her Bachelor in Business Administration with concentration in Finance from the American University in Cairo 2014.
Biography Marcel DRIDJE Marcel
Dridje is currently the SOPHIA BUSINESS ANGELS President / EBAN Board
Member / Mentor at The Camp in Aix en Provence. A seasoned European Sales
senior Executive, Marcel has substantial field experience helping IT and
Telecom startups in the US and EMEA. Marcel has a broad range of experience in
all aspects of sales, marketing, communication and management with direct
experience with Fortune 500 enterprises (IBM, Nortel, Lucent, Cisco, EMC, ALU)
and startups (Quantum, Andrew Networks, Pluris, Corvis, Ascend and Airespace).
During the course of his career he has held VP roles most notably as VP EMEA
Corvis (first all optical router) where he grew the team and business to an
outstanding success. Of French-Algerian and British origin, Marcel launched his
career after completing a BSC in Electronics and Computer Science from
Portsmouth Polytechnic UK and holds an M&A executive program credentials
from INSEAD. Marcel most recently left CISCO after 35 years in IT and Telecom
Sales to start his new venture as a Business Angel with SBA to help startups
with seed money, VC connections and Business development. A self
proclaimed Serial Entrepreneur, Marcel loves new Challenges in sharing his 30
years IT& Telecom experience with IT VC firms and new High-tech Start
Ups Ready to expand their Sales & Mktg success across EMEA,USA and APAC.
Area of Expertise : • Seed money, VC connections to raise Funds for
start ups . • Business Dev & GTM strategy • Channel & Alliances
subject matter expert .
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.
|Dimitris Litsikakis holds a BSc in Information Technology from Piraeus University and a MSc in Project Management from Lancaster University. He worked at IBM UK as a Project Manager delivering large scale IT projects. He then joined Edenred Greece as Digital Transformation Manager where he led the entire digitalization of the company’s solution offering, issuing hundreds of thousands of prepaid cards to beneficiaries. In 2018 he was appointed Country Manager Greece, Cyprus & Malta for Revolut the fastest growing FinTech in Europe with a $1.7B valuation, delivering 400% client growth. He’s now spearheading the digital transformation of deVere Group, a financial consultancy with global presence with more than $10B assets under management, delivering cutting edge FinTech solutions. Since 2014, he also acts as Athens Chapter Director for Startup Grind, the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting entrepreneurs.|
Dr. Ramzi Asfour is board certified in Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine and is also certified in Functional Medicine (a systems-based healthcare approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease).
Dr. Asfour has worked internationally at the World Health Organization and with Columbia University. With nearly 20 years of hands on experience both internationally and in the U.S., Dr. Asfour has embraced tech in medicine as a tool to expand quality healthcare.
Seventy percent of his interactions with patients and healthcare facilities are technology based. From mentoring and supporting a functional medicine clinic in China to supporting U.S. rural hospitals, Dr. Asfour is using technology to expand quality care.
Dr. Asfour’s core values are creativity, thinking outside the box and offering solutions to support physicians and health care systems in their quest for excellence. Presently, he is the President of Praxis Infectious Diseases who specialize in remote infectious diseases services and a clinician at the California Center for Functional Medicine.
|20+ YEARS EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE UTILIZING ESTABLISHED RELATIONSHIPS WITH FUNDING AGENCIES AT AN INTERNATIONAL, FEDERAL AND REGIONAL LEVEL TO ADVANCE ORGANIZATIONAL RESEARCH AGENDAS – PARTICULAR EXPERTISE INTERFACING WITH VENTURE CAPITAL, PRIVATE EQUITY, INDUSTRY, AGENCY AND UNIVERSITY ENTITIES TO CREATE NEW PARTNERSHIPS – TOP LEVEL CREATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF COMPLEX PROGRAMS – DEVELOPMENT AND LEADERSHIP OF GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP, TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND START-UP ECOSYSTEMS - MADE GO/NO GO DECISIONS ON OVER 750 SCIENTIFIC START UPS/TECHNOLOGIES/IP - GUIDED INVESTMENT DECISIONS FOR MORE THAN $10M IN EARLY STAGE START UPS - HELPED COMPANIES RAISE MORE THAN $50 MILLION IN INVESTMENT - MENTORED AND ADVISED MORE THAN 1000 PHD RESEARCHERS ACROSS SECTORS IN MORE THAN 20 COUNTRIES ON COMMERCIALIZATION TOPICS - BUILT INDUSTRY UNIVERSITY COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS VALUED AT MORE THAN $10M|
After completing his MBA ,
Nader left the family business and returned to create his first startup (
EMEIT) in 1998 , the first Microsoft Business Solutions partner. Currently
ranked as one of the leading Microsoft partners in the region. In 2004, Nader created
his second start up ( EME International ) focusing on its enterprise mobile
apps. EME payment technology was acquired by Fawry, in 2016 and the team was
acquired in 2019.In 2017, fulfilling the dream of serving the middle class in
Egypt, through disruptive healthcare practices, we ( 3 co-founders) created a
new chain of primary care medical clinics “Dawi“ .Nader is an angel investor,
speaker, mentor, executive coach and professor at AUC
Osman is an ardent storyteller. In a non-traditional approach, Osman likes to craft stories around brands from inception to maturity with clients that range from start-ups to industry moguls like Pepsi, Vodafone, Al Ahly Football Club, United Nations and more. His diverse background in the MENA region in advertising, marketing communications, and strategic corporate brand building, helps entrepreneurs breathe life into their brands. With multiple awards under his belt, Osman builds brands by design, not by chance.
The initial purpose of founding Just A GoProer is to encourage people to step out of their box and believe that there is not just one way to live life. Spreading positivity, showing the beauty of Egypt and the world, sharing living experience, and changing stereotypes through visual content, with Mazen being the sole content creator of the brand. Focused on the online presence on Facebook and Instagram, with Instagram stories & IGTV being his highest engaging platforms, creating an immediate response from an interactive follower base. With simple yet creative and relatable content, Just a GoProer has maintained 5 main core values of the brand- Real- Positive- Relatable- Creative- Entertaining.
Dr. Manish Kohli is an experienced and a visionary executive
leader with demonstrated history of delivering complex healthcare “firsts,”
both, in the US and overseas. A leading voice in his field, he has lent his
expertise to pioneering health care organizations and endeavors throughout the
world to help transform care and reduce disparities in access to quality
healthcare. He works with health systems, policymakers and stakeholders in
areas of digital maturity, strategy, governance and workforce development with
the goal of redesigning care ecosystems to improve safety and quality while
optimizing resource utilization and cost.
Presently, he serves a Senior Advisor with Albright Stonebridge Group, where he advises
clients on health care delivery initiatives and strategies with a special focus on innovation, technology and digital health. Additionally, Dr. Kohli advises domestic and global startups that aim to transform health and care through emerging and innovative technologies in the areas of telehealth, remote patient monitoring and cognitive artificial intelligence. He is
regularly invited to lend his expertise globally as a speaker, lecturing domestically and throughout the world.
Additionally, a member of the Board of Directors of Wings of Hope, global, humanitarian non-profit organization that helps the world’s most vulnerable communities, Dr. Kohli chairs the Board’s Global Health Programs Committee. He also serves on the Standards Advisory Panel, Joint Commission International (JCI). Notably, Dr. Kohli is the immediate-past
Chairman, Board of Directors of Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), a global, 80,0000+ member, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on bet-ter health through information and technology.
In previous roles, Dr. Kohli served as Director of Global Programs, Harvard Medical
International and Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) at leading health systems
including, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD), Advocate Aurora Health and
Johns Hopkins Community Physicians. During his professional tenure in the UAE he helped build a pioneering Health Information Exchange for Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) and
subsequently, he was a key member of CCAD leadership team that delivered the first fully digital, HIMSS Stage 7 hospital in the MENA region.
Dr. Kohli graduated from SIU School of Medicine, Springfield, IL. USA, and completed
residency training in Family Medicine at Rush University, Chicago, IL USA where he also served as Chief Resident and received the Vijay K. Maker Excellence in Family Medicine award. Subsequently, he completed residency training in Preventive Medicine at the
Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University as well as the Patient Safety
fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD. Dr. Kohli has also completed Faculty Development fellowship at Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL. USA, and he holds Master’s in Public Health (MPH) in International Health and Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in Medical Services Management both from the Johns Hopkins University.
He is a Fellow of both, Health Information and Management System Society (HIMSS) and American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). In addition, he is a Diplomate of both, Ameri-can Board of Preventive Medicine- Clinical Informatics and the American Board of
Family Medicine. In addition to his passion for digital health, he maintains a special interest in preventive care, personal wellbeing and lifestyle medicine.
Emily Renny is the Managing Director for Accept Payment Solutions, where she is responsible for managing, developing and growing the business, which provides payment acceptance services to diverse companies and merchants.
She has a diverse background spanning finance, technology and entrepreneurship. She began her career working for Morgan Stanley investment bank in London, before shifting to an entrepreneurship focus, running the Pioneers of Egypt program supporting social entrepreneurs in Egypt and then managing business development at the Greek Campus. Emily also cofounded a fintech startup, the crowdfunding platform Tennra.
Emily holds a B.A. (Hons) in Arabic and French from the University of Durham and has passed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Nina is the founder and Managing Director of Expandise, a consultancy
focused on helping companies to develop their international strategy and launch
new markets. She has launched companies into multiple countries across Europe
and Asia, with active experience in over 50 markets. Nina is fascinated to
learn the differences unique to individual markets and brings that knowledge to
her clients. She is based in Berlin but regularly exploits her travel obsession
to explore and discover new things about consumer behaviour in other countries.
Nina studied at the University of Cambridge in England and completed her
Executive MBA at ESMT in Berlin, where she now helps to teach Organisational
Behaviour. She is also a founding member of Berli18n, a community group focused
on sharing experiences and best practices in expansion and
Sara started her career as a Graduate Teacher Assistant in the field of
Electrical Power & Control at the College of Engineering in the Arab
Academy for Science & Technology, Egypt. She thereafter joined Siemens
Egypt, as part of the international Siemens Graduate Program (SGP), through
which she later relocated to Germany for an abroad assignment. She subsequently
joined the headquarter working force of Siemens AG to assume product and
project responsibilities including leading an international team with diverse
backgrounds located in more than four locations over two countries. Business
Development, Product/Portfolio/Process/Pricing Management, and finally
Serviceability were amongst the stations she had throughout her professional
journey in Germany, working with multiple regions around the world in a
constantly changing global environment. She has always been passionate about
the development and empowerment of young leaders and empowerment of female
engineers. Before joining Siemens Egypt, she co-founded an ‘IEEE Student
Branch’, which offers offer numerous advantages which focus on enhancing the
professional development of both students and post-graduates. She also
co-founded a ‘Women In-Engineering (WIE) IEEE Branch’ to address women’s
underrepresentation in Engineering. She continued to pursuit her passion even
after joining the corporate life of Siemens and relocating to Germany where she
continuously aspires to have positive influence to empower young leaders. She
has also had multiple speaking engagements on topics – such as Problem Solving,
Leadership & Empowerment, and Diversity in Leadership – with diverse
partners such as Network Inclusion Leaders (NILE), Citizens for Europe.
Tamer is an innovation expert who has 25 years of experience in the technology domain, he had led Orange Lab programs for
broadband, mobile and multimedia in EMEA region for 6 years starting 2008. His team had succeeded to reach world class
recognition with two products awards best new services in Africa Com 2011 and 2013.
He had initiated the development of completely new products during his career and many of them are still serving globally. That
includes Internet EveryWhere which is a low cost internet broadband solution for rural areas where no 3G/4G is available and the
cost is below $100 per connection serving 50 people at least.
Tamer is an entrepreneur, co-founded 3 startups in the last 5 year(Ogra,Asly and BioBusiness) and he managed many business
incubation programs for the government including Bedaya Center/Ministry of Investment and ASRT Intilac program (Ministry of
Tamer started the first specialized incubation program in Egypt with EBNI incubator for IoT in 2015 and with support from Ministry
of Information Technology and Telecommunication.
During his career in incubation management he had mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs and more than 200 startups.
Tamer is a biomedical engineer who worked for the government in Egypt and he has an international working experience with Sprint
telecommunication in USA and Orange in France where he worked for more than 10 years.
He is known for managing innovation and leading creation of new products and services in different technology domains.
He holds many prestigious awards in telecommunication, entrepreneurship and innovation like
AfricaCom best new product 2011 (Internet for All)
AfricaCom best new service 2013 (Internet Everywhwere)
Abu Dhabi SME summit runner-up startup 2013 (ASLY)
GIST-I top ten startups 2012 (ASLY)
Alexandria TechneSummit runner up award – 2016 (Qoudra)
He is currently leading the Entrepreneurship and Employment Educational programs for Wadhwani Foundation in Egypt, this
program had educated more than 2000 students in 2019/2020 and succeeded in transforming more that 80% to entrepreneurs.
Fadi Ghandour is the Executive Chairman of Wamda Group, a platform that invests, nurtures and builds entrepreneurship eco-systems across the Middle East and North Africa. Fadi is also the Founder of Aramex, one of the leading global logistics companies. Fadi spent the first 30 years of his work life as CEO of Aramex, building the company, making it the leading emerging market logistics company, employing over 15,000 people working in over 250 offices in 90 countries. He took the company public twice, first on Nasdaq making it the first company from the Arab world to do so, then on Dubai Financial market. He continues to be active on the Aramex board. Fadi is a serial entrepreneur. In his career, he was involved with founding, investing and launching tens of companies and non-profits, ranging from digital tech, hospitality, fitness & wellness to security. Passionate about impact and social entrepreneurship, Fadi founded and chairs Ruwwad for Development, a private‐sector led community empowerment platform that helps marginalized communities, across several countries in the MENA region, overcome marginalization through activism, civic engagement, education and financial inclusion. He has also co-founded and continues to support Al-Riyadi, one of the leading not-for-profit sports clubs in Jordan. Fadi also served and continues to serve on several global and regional boards of companies, education institutions and non-profits.
"Having more than 30 years of experience in diversified fields including: ICT, Management, and the Development and Clustering of Firms including SMEs. My assignments took place in Egypt and internationally, and in various business sectors and vertical industries, including: ICT, education, manufacturing, consumer products, maritime & transportation, automotive, healthcare, oil & gas, tourism, environment, utilities, construction, pharmaceutical, agribusiness and retail.
Throughout my career, I have initiated and implemented large national Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) initiatives. These initiatives were conducted with many Egyptian governmental agencies, such as MCIT, ITIDA, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Telecom Egypt, as well as with different developmental programs funded by international donors operating in Egypt, such as Euro-Mediterranean Private Sector Development Program (PSDP), Industrial Modernization Center (IMC), Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), and USAID."
Lisa is a growth strategist, CEO coach and storyteller, empowering global leaders, particularly women entrepreneurs, whose work focuses on building innovative solutions to serve global communities. Her expertise is in scaling rapid-growth startups, connecting ecosystems, and building global inclusive communities. Her work converges at the intersection of tech and culture within emerging markets, specifically MENA, Africa, and SE Asia. Her work focuses on those who are building beyond themselves.
Ramy always liked taking on big problems head-on, which is why he spent two years working for Google in the MENA region as the Public Relations & Communications Manager during the testing time of the Arab Spring and its aftermath. Seeing his growing passion for more challenges, he took on the route of private PR and worked with global brands including Coca-Cola, Vodafone, Barclays, and many more. Fast forward a few more years and Ramy has finally found the love of his life in the form of digital media where he now leads as the Head of Planning at hug digital's - a regional advertising agency owned by WPP - Cairo & Riyadh offices following a two-year stint as the Cairo office General Manager which saw its expansion from 15 to 100+ employees and the acquisition of more than 70 clients. Not one to shy away from challenges, Ramy is currently working on many exciting brands and taking their digital strategies to the next level including Google, Vodafone, Emaar Misr, Shell, Americana Group, Mondelez, Orascom, Edita, Travco, Corona, and others! When he isn't in the gym, Ramy is probably trying to coerce his cat into taking a selfie with him.
Dr. Khalil is the Cofounder and CEO of Tabibi 24/7 the home healthcare Company. He has received his masters and PhD degrees from Cairo University where he became an associate professor of pediatrics. He is a staff member of the Pediatric Nutrition Clinic. He is a member of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health and a clinical fellow of university hospital at Tuebingin, Germany. He is a graduate of INSEAD middle east Health leadership program and Strategic innovation for community HEALTH PROGRAM. He Has been selected as an Endeavor entrepreneur in 2013 and a graduate of Stanford — Endeavor Innovation and Growth Program. He has been in private practice for eleven years, specializing in general Pediatric and Pediatric Nuitrition.He also sits on The board of ibrahim badran foundation A charitable healthcare foundation . He was Deputy Manager of Cairo university Pediatric Hospitals
global, results oriented business manager holding a PhD degree in industrial
management. Turned companies around from loss to profit through strategic
planning and restructuring. Managed retail and manufacturing operations in
Egypt and the USA.|
Started career with The Procter & Gamble Company, and then moved to The Clorox International Company. Founded and directed the ProGarments Company, and finally Gourmet Food Solutions Egypt.
Held positions ranging from; production manager, quality assurance manager, director of supply chain, Human Resources, Strategic Planning, and Retail.
Launched quite a number of global brands into the Egypt market like Weber BBQ grills, Clorox for Colors, Liquid Plumr, Clorox Clean Up, and Pampers.
Has work experience in the USA, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Dubai, and Saudi Arabia.
For the past 20+ years, Mr. Alsharfi have worked closely with key global players to explore new business models, build digital revenue streams, and create mega-sized hybrid platforms using Design Thinking, Applied Innovation, Big Data and Machine Learning.Empathy and inclusive design were at the core of Mr. Alsharfi’s execution, whether it was making a CLIO Award-winning platform to support the blind & visually impaired, introducing new commercial models with electric vehicle charging, and reimagining the way international sports federations engage digitally with Gen-Z to drive new monetization verticals. Currently working within the U.S West Region CTO capacity, Mr. Alsharfi engages with Microsoft’s strategic customers to lead and build jointly digital consumer engagement models; behavior-based telemetry analytics; actionable insights; organizational cross-charging models, and data asset valuation programs. Furthermore, drive customer-led-engineering motions with product groups and research through establishing continuous digital feedback loops. Mr. Alsharfi is an active public speaker and an advocate for digital transformation, with participation in over 500-hours in specialized global industry events, Microsoft developer & customer events, and as a guest keynote speaker in various post-graduate educational programs.
Over the last 14 years, I have been leading, designing, and advising donor-funded entrepreneurship programs in 20 countries. These programs include developing entrepreneur white papers for heads of state, designing programs for donors like USAID, the Swiss Government, AFD, DfID, MCC, and World Bank, developing startup training programs, and building networks of support including investors and mentors. I have advised and supported over 50 entrepreneurship support organizations that supported more than 4,400 ventures on both their programming needs and how to become financially sustainable. These programs have supported in facilitating $15 million in new financing and recruiting 1200 new mentors. Currently, working part-time to catalyze early-stage investing with Valhalla Global Accelerator. Most important I share lessons with the greater development and entrepreneurial community through different events, workshops, panels, training and writings in media outlets like TechCrunch, Inc, the Kauffman Foundation USAID market links and many others. My work has been recognized by heads of state and by other government dignitaries. Currently, I'm writing a book about catalyzers of local economic growth and I have finished 7 marathons, 2 triathlons and summited Mt. Kilimanjaro
Sofana Dahlan is an accomplished Saudi lawyer and social entrepreneur. She holds the prized distinction of being among the first three female lawyers to have been granted the permit to practice law in Saudi Arabia. Dahlan has served as a legal consultant in different parts of the Arab world including Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Kuwait. Dahlan was also the Vice Governor for Entrepreneurship Advancement at the Small and Medium Enterprises Authority of Saudi Arabia from 2016 to 2017, making her the first Saudi female senior economic policymaker.
Most recently she has enrolled at King’s College, London in order to pursue a PhD in Culture Media and Creative Industries specialising in: The Obstacles Facing the Development of Creative Industries in Saudi Arabia: A Deep Dive into Intellectual Property Infringement and its Implications.
Dahlan is also the founder of many social enterprises that focus on developing the creative industries in the region. She is the founder of Tashkeil – a Saudi based social enterprise that incubates, accelerates and promotes creative entrepreneurs. She is also founder of Kayanspace – a membership-based environment for creative professionals, entrepreneurs and freelancers. In 2013, Dahlan initiated, the Saudi National Creative Initiative (SNCI) which is a collaborative creative knowledge transfer platform that was established in 2013. Stimulated profoundly by Dahlan’s passion to work with youth and the Saudi Vision 2030, SNCI aims to map and understand the Saudi Creative Industry in order to reinforce creativity and utilize the youth to unleash its full potential and drive Saudi Arabia to a knowledge-based economy.
Dahlan is an active member of the board of directors of Khadija Bint Khuwailid Centre - a businesswomen and lobbying enter at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She has also served on the Executive Board of Namaa Almunawara from 2018 to 2019.
Dahlan is also regarded as icon for female empowerment for her advocacy to advocate cultural, heritage and socially oriented issues. She has spoken at public platforms such as Pecha Kucha in Beirut, Beirut Design Week, TEDxWomen in Barcelona, and BOLDtalks Woman and has penned numerous articles on topics such as women’s rights, social values, and interreligious dialogue.
She has completed an undergraduate degree in Law (LLB) from Cairo University and a postgraduate degree in Islamic Law from the Higher Institute of Islamic Studies in Egypt along with an MBA degree from the American University of Technology. In 2009 she was involved in the Harvard Executive program “Leading for the Future: The Arab Region in a Changing World” and has also obtained an executive degree in Global Leadership and Public Policy from Harvard University in 2013."
Mr. Morsy currently oversees the operations of Finance in Motion (“FiM”) in Egypt and Yemen. FiM is an asset management company based in Frankfurt and is the Advisor for the SANAD and the Green for Growth Fund that both provide financing to financial institutions and corporates in order to facilitate access of finance to SMEs and promote renewable energy and energy efficiency . Mr. Morsy has been working for FiM for more than seven years. Mr. Morsy has extensive experience in the areas of investment banking, credit risk management and corporate lending, both locally and regionally. Before joining FiM in 2012, he was an investment banking manager at Prime Capital (2011-2012). Mr. Morsy also led the corporate lending activities for the Cairo area at Egypt’s second largest private bank - Arab African International Bank ‘’AAIB’’ (2005-2010). During his tenure at AAIB, he led several syndicated loans in tourism steel, telecom, cement and petrochemicals. Mr. Morsy holds a Masters in Investment Banking and Islamic finance from Henley Business School (UK) and an MBA from the University of New Brunswick (Canada). Mr. Morsy is a also a visiting fellow at the MBA program of at the Maastricht school of business and has delivered numerous academic and executives courses in credit risk management, bank management, corporate finance, Islamic finance, financial planning, business administration, human resources, and economics, both inside and outside Egypt.
20+ years of professional experience in Information Technology & Payment Systems.
Former Head of Digital Channels Regulations & Integration, Blockchain Expert, Central Bank Of Egypt.
FinTech & Blockchain Speaker, Mentor & Trainer; providing expertise “FinTech” training sessions for Financial Sector members and Bankers.
Head of Digital Channels Regulations & Integration Department, Project Manager for the RTGS, ACH, CCH, ATM systems, Administration, Design and implementation of Integration Layer of Central Bank Of Egypt.
Blockchain Expert, Central Bank Of Egypt.
Head of the Financial Sector Blockchain Task Force.
The FinTech Task Force Group, CBE
Cryptocurrency Task Force, CBE
Digital Fiat Currency Task Force, CBE
National FinTech Strategy Task Force, CBE
Professional accreditations and trainings are certified from Hong Kong University for FinTech & Blockchain.
Certified Blockchain Expert.
MBA in Financial Management, Project Management, TOGAF, ITIL, Leadership & Decision Making (Frankfurt School of Finance & Management).
System Administration, System Solution Design, Future Leaders Program (FLP Alumni of 2016).
Professional Trainer and Instructor at the American University in Cairo “AUC”, Egyptian Universities, Egyptian Banking Institute “EBI”, IBM, Global Knowledge and Jupiter.
FinTech, Blockchain, Service Integration & Digital Transformation Consultant.
Hussein Attar is the investment manager at Tech Invest Com, a 1Bn SAR Saudi investment firm that invests in tech startups. He co-founded Sawerly, one of the top 50 Arab startups by Forbes. He is also in the opportunity committee at Oqal Angel investment group .
Omar is an English Trainer, Founder & CEO of “Gateway English Community”, but he’s known most for his YouTube channel. Omar’s videos got over 100 million views across social media platforms, and besides that, he was hosted in a bunch of Egyptian and non-Egyptian TV Shows including BBC, Al-Arabiya and Sky News along with a few radio shows. He also gave a talk in Tedx in Egypt “How to be Unique?”.
Omar has trained around 110,000 people on different aspects of the English language, gave training sessions in a few Egyptian Universities, provided training sessions, events and courses across the UAE, and gave a training session about TOEFL in Mena College of Management in Dubai. He also held more than 10 events across Egypt to help spread his message.
Mansi, is an entrepreneur who co-founded training and consultancy firms in
Egypt and UAE; coming from an engineering and business background, he managed
several organizational development projects using the Lean Six Sigma
methodology as well as organizational restructure for a wide variety of
clients, featuring financial institutions, across different countries in the
He also headed the Youth Committee at Alexandria Business Association, providing training for young entrepreneurs; supported the entrepreneurial movement in the city of Alexandria by collaborating with international programs featuring the USAID and others enabling access to finance for local startups.
He earned his MSc in Technology Commercialization from McCombs School of Business - Austin, Texas and he holds a Bsc in Industrial Engineering & Management from Arab Academy For Science & Technology.
He’s currently leading the StartEgypt Program, funded by the UK government, supported by the IFC, and managed by Flat6Labs to inspire and support the social impact entrepreneurs in Egypt.
Nezar has a wide range of experience in Management of Technology
and being as Innovation, Strategic Management, Project Management and Digital
Nezar is the chairperson for the ISO56000 Technical Committee, Egyptian Organization for Standards and Quality (EOS)
Nezar is a board member of the International Association of Management of Technology (IAMOT); USA.
Nezar is a board member of the Arab Council for Social Responsibility (ACSR) and leading the Innovation and Entrepreneurship activities for the council.
Nezar is assigned by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as the National Expert and Coordinator for the Intellectual Property Policies for Universities and Research Institutions Project in Egypt
Nezar is “Innovation Management Coach” providing consultancy service for companies and organizations. Handle innovation processes in manufacturing companies and service providers. In addition to implementing Innovation Management training for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s).
In 2017, Nezar also founded the “Nilepreneurs” Initiative; which is a nation-wide initiative that supports the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s), Startups and Entrepreneurs in Egypt. The initiative is under the auspices of Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) and managed by Nile University. Nilepreneurs Initiative acts as the enabler and catalyst between banks and SME’s ecosystem in Egypt.
|Francesco Cracolici is General Manager at Nomadic Minds, the world's largest network of Silicon Valley CEOs & top execs that collectively raised $4+ B and generate $20+ B in companies' value, and that worked with the White House, King of Marocco, King of Jordan, Government of Paraguay and many others. Nomadic Minds connects emerging startups ecosystems with the brightest mind from the Valley, helping them to grow. On top, Nomadic Minds selects the best startups from the emerging ecosystem and introduces them to the best investors in the Valley / Europe. Prior to that, Francesco, ambitious and optimistic hard worker, was a 2 times founder and head of Sales at The Family, the 2nd largest accelerator in Europe with 3+ B in companies portfolio.|
Mariam began her career in Investment Banking, advising mid- and large-cap companies in connection with restructuring, financing, M&A, and capital markets transactions. She co-founded and managed a family wellness center. She completed her Master's Degree in Public Administration and focused her thesis research on Social Enterprises in Egypt. In recent years, she has explored investment opportunities in Egypt's burgeoning startup scene, and currently manages AUC Angels, the first university-based angel investor network in the MENA region.
In addition to his role as CEO of the non-bank financial institute, Walid Hassouna is also a non-executive board member of Tanmeyah microenterprises and EFG Hermes Leasing, both subsidiaries of EFG Hermes Finance. Vice-Chairman of EFG-EV fintech accelerator, board member of Karm solar, and Kazyon hard discount stores.
Prior to joining EFG Hermes in 2016, Walid Hassouna was General Manager and Head of Structured Finance and Investment Banking at Bank Audi, where he closed structured and project finance transactions in excess of USD 15 billion over a seventeen-year banking career that began at Misr International Bank. He also structured and executed several award-winning deals, in project finance and M&A within Egypt and GCC, in addition to several investment banking transactions. He has also been the Head of structured finance and syndication in Banque Misr where he successfully managed to top the league table of the MENA region in syndicated loans.
Walid is a Cairo-University B.B.A holder, where he graduated with the highest honors. He also holds an MBA from J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University as well as Islamic Finance Qualification from CISI- UK.
Ahmed is Cyber Security Consultant and Trainer, he has more than 16 years of experience in Security consultation, Security Training, Information Security Management, Penetration testing, Forensic investigation, Develop security policies, Security Assessment, Security auditing, Vulnerability Assessment, Code Reviewing, Development and Writing Exploits.
Ahmed won "Forensic Investigator of the year 2016" Award from Ec-Council, in addition to that he has been awarded as one of TOP 100 Information Security Managers in Middle East 2016 and 2017.
Ahmed Delivered Many Training and Consultation Services in UK,USA, Ireland, Germany, Italy, France, Scotland, Poland, Hungary, Belgium, Netherland, Switzerland, Greece, Denmark, Sweden, KSA, UAE and Spain with excellent feedback.
Ahmed have the Master Degree in the Information Security in addition to many international certificates like: (CISM-CISSP-CISA-CEH-CHFI-ECSA-ECIH-ECSP-CEI-SPISI-ITIL-MCP-MCPD-MCSD-MCTS-MCT).
Tarek is a Managing Partner at Algebra Ventures.
He started his career as an engineer at Lucent Technologies then as a software developer for SAQQARA Systems, an internet startup in Silicon Valley.
He later became General Manager of CID Consulting where he led the company’s high growth, helping it to become one of the leading local consulting firms in Egypt.
Apart from his role at Algebra Ventures, Tarek is Managing Partner at Ideavelopers where he has been managing $50m of VC investments since 2009, including some of Egypt’s most prominent technology startups.
Tarek is a director of Smart Card Applications, Siwareand IdealRatings.
In this role, he was also responsible for the investment in Fawry, the leading bill payment and presentment company in Egypt, which realized a $100m exit in 2015.
Tarek holds a B.Sc. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Ain Shams University in Cairo and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
|9+ Years of work experience with a demonstrated history of working in the sports industry Field. Signed & managed global sponsorships and dealt with the biggest clubs in the world. Currently the Marketing Director of the IHF Handball World Championship Egypt 2021|
Founder of Environ Adapt
|Muhammad Nagi is the cofounder & CEO of MQR, formerly AlMaqarr; |
one of Egypt’s leading coworking management enterprises that manages
spaces and builds communities to serve startups and help them grow.
After spending more than 7 years working closely with startups and
supporting organizations, he knows what it takes to start something
from scratch - and he always promotes collaboration as he believes
that working together creates exceptions. Nagi has developed a good
expertise in strategy, business model transformation, process
development, market shaping and community management which
led him to cofound a second business “ElRehla”; an entrepreneurial
platform that focuses on deep connections & wellbeing through retreats
Nagi holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Faculty
of Al-Alsun, Ain Shams University, and in his free time he is an
autodidact, football geek and a regular seeker for balanced
approaches to wellness.
|Celine Ulmann, PharmD, is the Head of Digital Innovation for R&D within|
Almirall. She is responsible to foster the digital transformation by
leveraging the work already done in target discovery, clinical trials,
digital therapeutics and real world evidence and continuing to bring
innovation and efficiency to the R&D and Industrial area. Celine brings
over 10 years of experience in broad drug development and healthcare
expertise in both the US and Europe. Most recently, she led the development
of two digital therapeutics (DTx) assets for MS and schizophrenia as
part of the Novartis/Pear therapeutics collaboration. Prior to this role
Celine has swiftly progressed through a variety of roles and departments
with increasing complexity and seniority during her 10 years at Novartis.
Celine is a French national and earned a Pharmacy degree from
the University of Strasbourg.
Mariam began her career in Investment Banking, advising mid- and large-cap companies in connection with restructuring, financing, M&A, and capital markets transactions. She co-founded and managed a family wellness center. She completed her Master's Degree in Public Administration and focused her thesis research on Social Enterprises in Egypt. In recent years, she has explored investment opportunities in Egypt's burgeoning startup scene, and currently manages AUC Angels, the first university-based angel investor network in the MENA region.
|Karima is an
enthusiast and a strong advocate of Egyptian the startup Ecosystem.|
She kick started her career working in market research and business intelligence for the FMCG conglomerate Danone in Paris. Karima later moved to Cairo to work four years in investments and business development for Orascom Development Holding where she extensively covered retail, solar energy projects and education. Karima is now head of Business Development and Investor Relations at Falak Startups where she enables and helps the growth of one of the finest pools of early stage startups in Egypt. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo and a Masters Degree in Market Research from Sciences-Po Paris in France.
I have a diverse professional background that spans social entrepreneurship, investment, UN, and international NGO.
In 2013 I attended SXSW for the first time and I was inspired to co-create RiseUp Summit, an annual technology and entrepreneurship conference which, in 2017, saw over 6,500 attendees from 50 countries and speakers from Microsoft, MIT, Tech Crunch, Google and Facebook.
I would like to consider myself a free spirit, connector, motivator and consider determination and dedication as the primary keys to success.
I help entrepreneurs grow themselves and their ideas into great businesses.
I would serve as a consigliere without displacing entrepreneurs, rolling up my sleeves to work through all the bits of building their businesses—strategy, recruiting, partnering, financing, leadership—the whole gamut.
Their individual development is as important to me as the development of the business.
|Karim leads all
media-related projects for the Nielsen Sports & Entertainment MENA
Pakistan & India team. Managing projects in the region for major rights
holders and brands, he supports clients in understanding the media impact of
their activities. |
Joining Nielsen in Egypt in 2014 focusing on the Telecom, Media, Real Estate, Tobacco and FMCG industries, Karim moved to UAE in 2016 and transitioned to Nielsen Sports & Entertainment team in 2018.
A former football player who moved up the youth ranks of the Egyptian National Team, Karim graduated from the American University in Cairo with a BA in Business Administration and a Marketing specialization.
a sports entrepreneur with six years of corporate experience at British
Petroleum (BP). He is the founder of two of Egypt’s most successful sports
Train For Aim and The TriFactory. Having organized the first commercial triathlon to ever take place in Egypt in 2014, Ayman quit his corporate job and founded The TriFactory in 2015 with the vision of developing the sport of triathlon in Egypt and the surrounding region. Since then, he has developed The TriFactory into a complete sports management firm, offering sports event organization, athlete training, travel facilitation, and sports marketing services.
The TriFactory organize Egypt’s most popular sports races including the Sahl Hasheesh Endurance Festival, Pyramids Half Marathon, Tough Mudder Egypt and more.
|Leonardo is an
experienced professional in corporate investments. He supported investors and
corporates to successfully close more than 40 deals in private equity and
venture capital during the current experience in IAG and the previous one in
Leonardo achieved a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Florence and attended a professional course at Yale University. In addition, he likes running, playing tennis and is passionate about cooking and wine tasting.
|Adwa is an author, pilot, entrepreneur and investor and is currently the Founder and CEO of Falak Investment Hub and Ns3a Recruitment Software - Falak’s vision is to enable, develop, and invest in the unicorn startups of the GCC, and Ns3a’s vision is to hire fast and hire right using personality analysis and skill-employment. From the age of 16, Adwa entered the public equities market and while in college won 3 Capital Trading Market competitions from TD Bank across New England universities. After returning to Saudi Arabia, Adwa focused on VC and angel-investments and launched Falak Investment Hub which ran the first investment-backed acceleration program in KSA - with over 11 startups in Falak’s portfolio and growing. Adwa’s vision to exceed personal potentials and to invest in change-makers by investing in early and growth stage companies.|
|Founder and managing director of Munchbox. Munchbox develops, manufactures and distributes healthy snacks and foods across the GCC via omni-channels (online and retail).|
sports division in Kijamii,|
a set up of 30+ people creating and curating digital content for more than 20 M fans across the MENA region through managing the Arabic digital presence of some of the top rights holders and publishers in the world of sports such as; Chelsea FC, Arsenal FC, Liverpool FC, AS Roma FC Bayern Munich, Olympique de Marseilles, LFP, Goal.com, and Manchester United.
Shehab Eldin brings in 20 years of experience as an international Speaker, Entrepreneur, Investor, Executive leadership transformation advisor. He is a leading Consultant and Facilitator focusing on Strategy, Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and decision making across sectors. He is the founder of RESOLVE consulting LLC. and a cofounder of AL-SHEHAB Co., AGRICYCLE for agricultural waste energy and AL-SONBOLAH for textile industries. He is a co-founder and a former board member of Nahdet El-Mahrousa and the Founding Curator of the Global Shapers Community- Cairo Hub. He is currently an adjunct faculty at the American University in Cairo, School of Business.
Lecturer of Architectural Engineering in Alexandria University and Director of ElSayad Associates Architectural consultancy firm, with a Phd in Intelligent Architecture. Founder of the Virtual Reality lab in AU hosting the second CAVE setup in Egypt, he has numerous research in the fields of VR and sustainable architecture and cities. On the administrative level, he has been a former member of the technical office of the Educational Development Fund headed by HE the prime minister and a current member of the heritage conservation committee of Alexandria. As a practicing architect with 200+ realized projects, meticulous work has been always given to details focusing on heritage conservation and adaptive reuse projects.
M.T Architects is a Design Firm based in Cairo Founded in 1996 by arch. Mohammed Talaat, which offers fresh and unique ideas for residential and commercial designs.
over the past two decades M.T Architects has covered a wide range of projects in Egypt & abroad in both engineering fields, design and construction from architectural, interior design, landscaping & urban planning up to construction supervision by MT Architects.
"Albert Colomer i Espinet
Albert is an innovative social entrepreneur, entrepreneurship guru and active Business Angel.
Driven by the power of entrepreneurship to tackle both personal and social challenges, Albert co-founded (1986) and presently chairs Autoocupacio, an independent NGO charity, committed to the empowerment of entrepreneurs and to support them through all stages of business development, by means of training, counseling, mentoring and financing. Together with the involvement of public and private institutions as well as fellow partners, Autoocupacio has helped thousands of start-ups and entrepreneurs to get born, to grow and to scale up.
During his career as a consultant, manager, advisor, early stage investor and coach, Albert has gathered profound knowledge of the entrepreneurial skills. He is a passionate entrepreneur's coach as well as an inspiring and compelling speaker, as well as recipient of the Euronews EU Business Personality of the Year 2017 Award.
Pursuing his life's mission, Albert founded Youth Business Spain, an organization devoted to helping the young generations to startup and to grow their own business. Presently, Albert serves as Board member of Youth Business Spain which in turn is part of the worldwide network Youth Business International. After organizing several organizing Global Entrepreneurship Week in Spain he have been appointed Spanish country manager on the Global Entrepreneurship Network.
Albert has also had a role as think tank guru, lobbyer and policy maker: as President of CAT Formacio (trade union representing the Catalan training sector), as well as member of both the Catalan and the Spanish Employers' Confederations (CECOT and FOMENT, respectively), Albert main achievement has been to successfully shape pro-enterprise policies for business to seize market opportunities, thus removing barriers for growth and liberalizing economic activities.
Furthermore, Albert was also member of the Advisory Board of the Catalan Institute of Finance, the public financing institution of the Government of Catalonia. Being appointed by the highest institution in Catalonia (the very same Parliament of Catalonia), Albert designed and helped to set up the first Catalan Microcredit Facility for those collectivities that do not have regular access to the most traditional and low-risk-focused financial institutions. In addition, Albert is also partner in a myriad of companies specialized in training, design, consulting and project management.
To go on, Albert has been at the forefront of the angel investor movement in Spain and Europe, since its very beginning. In 2002, he founded BANC (Business Angels Network Catalunya) the first of its kind to operate in Catalunya. Later on, he fostered the creation of the first Spanish Federation of Business Angels Networks, Fundacion ESBAN (2006). ESBAN Foundation main goals are to raise awareness and to promote Angel investment activities and Business Angels Networks as a way to boost entrepreneurship and economic growth in Spain. ESBAN Foundation also lobbies the Spanish institutions to set up a legal and fiscal framework for the Business Angel asset class.
Being an active participant in the most top-ranked international early stage and entrepreneurial events, as well as recipient of the Honorary Award to the Largest Contribution to the EBAN Board of Directors, Albert is a proud Board member of the EBAN (European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds, and other Early Stage Market Players) since 2003. Together with pioneer Business Angels from five continents, he was involved in the creation of the WBAA (World Business Angels Association), the international platform for the exchange of information and best practices between Business Angels worldwide. Today, he is involved in the Global Business Angels Network GBAN, now part of the GEW movement.
Driven by social and impact investing, Albert's last innovative venture is Reempresa - the first SMEs transfer marketplace in Catalonia - succession planning, small companies looking to wind down are paired with interested buyers through an online matching system and an intensive business education and assistance program, avoiding starting from scratch.
Passionate speaker and inspiring writer, Albert holds a Master's Degree in Economic and Business Sciences from Barcelona University UAB. His books on management, entrepreneurship and investment, i.e Steps and Costs for setting up a self-employment project (six editions) or Business Angels: driving the business innovation, or his Entrepreneurship Library have helped thousands of readers on his entrepreneurial pathway "
Mohamed Aboulnaga is the Co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Halan for Technology & Services. He is also a shareholder in Fawry, and a board member of Robusta Studio. He has built his expertise in business development in four different industries; Financial Services, Food & Beverage, Transportation, and Energy.
Passionate, cross-functional, creative and results driven Full-Stack Digital Marketer specialized in SEO & Traffic growth with over 9 years ( 6 years agency experience) of tech marketing experience across product marketing, digital, communications, brand marketing and more!.
Eng. Kamal Shawky holds a (IEng) Member of ICE - institutions of civil engineers (ICE is one of the world's leading civil engineering institutions and have been around for almost 200 years) .He holds a MSc 2014 in Structural Engineering and has a vast experience in structural engineering design and analysis different types of buildings. He assumed different posts in his career and is currently Senior Structural Engineer - UTW deputy project Manager.
He is the Author of Revit Structure Fundamental 2012 Book and Building Information Modeling Book & he is Certified Professional For Autodesk Revit Program (Architecture and Structure) 2012,2014,2015 He has worked in Mega project outside Egypt such as Kingdom Tower ( The highest building in the world ), Air Show 2013 ( Dubai Airport ) , Dragon Mart Mall in Dubai , Shamiyah Expansion ( El Haram El Maky) during his work in Dar Al Handasa .
He has worked in Mega project inside Egypt such as the renovation of Cairo International Airport, CFC Cairo festival city Madinaty, El-Rehab and Al-Shabab Power Plant, and outside Egypt such as Danat Al-Emarat tower and Millennium Resort.
Multimedia Producer From Cairo.
Ahmad Mohsen quit his corporate job as an Architect to make a living off producing videos and sharing his content on YouTube and other social media platforms.
I tell stories by producing, managing and developing digital outputs such as
scriptwriting, video production, still photographs, social media campaigns, illustrations, website designs, print, audio and other interactive medias.
Mr. Moussa is the current Senior GM and Chief Operating Officer of Alfuttaim Group Real Estate, Cairo Festival City, a former CEO of Alargan Towell real estate development and investment company in Kuwait and Oman, and a former Development/Design Director for Emaar Egypt.
He is an Architect by education and previous practice and a seasoned professional with a diverse range of synergized expertise, forged through a thriving 30 years career, juggling a multilateral career paths within the realm of architectural design, construction and real estate development and executive management.
Throughout his career, Mr. Moussa has been responsible for the development, design and construction of several mega developments in Egypt and Oman.
He has worked with diverse teams of professionals, including local and international design/consultancy and contracting firms, gaining extensive experience in managing and delivering end-to-end multiple concurrent projects across different real estate asset classes such as mixed use, residential, commercial, hospitality and others.
This included overseeing the realization of several mega projects from inception till completion taking the lead in master planning, design/technical services, feasibility studies, budgets & financing, construction & project management, sales/marketing, as well as handover and facilities management.
Having also worked for Contrack International, a multinational contracting company and a subsidiary of Orascom Construction , he has experienced the other side of the business from the contractor's side, enjoying extensive site, operations and project management exposure.
He also takes huge pride for privately undertaking private Architectural, Interior design & supervision work for an array of high-end residencies & private mansions for FORBES listed Egyptian HNWI.
I am Adham Hamshary, an Engineer by profession and a world traveller. Simply, I create content about everything related to travelling; from backpacking tips, different cultures & stories and accommodation reviews.
Ahmed Osman is the Chairman of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization devoted to small businesses internationally. The first Arab and African elected to this position since ICSB’s establishment in 1955 and the youngest Chairman to date. ICSB is the platform that distributes new knowledge and information on small business management and entrepreneurial development. ICSB is the originator of the United Nations’ Resolution to create an International Name Day dedicated to Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises on June 27 (MSMEs Day). He is also the editor of the Global MSME Report for 2019.
Ahmed is also the Managing Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Network in Egypt (GEN Egypt) and is a Project Management & Strategy Advisor for several Government and Private organizations in Egypt. He holds both a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering with Honors and a Masters Degree in Engineering and Management from The University of Birmingham, UK and is a certified Project Management Professional from The Project Management Institute, USA.
He is also the CEO is of a Project and Facility Management firm in Egypt - CHROME. The company currently manages a construction portfolio exceeding 1 billion US Dollars. Moreover, CHROME established the first training academy in Egypt focusing on upgrading the skills of construction professionals.
Ahmed has been instrumental in the launch of the Egypt Entrepreneurship Summit and Nawah Social Entrepreneurship Competition. Since it’s inception Nawah has supported over 100 companies in their startup journey. He is currently working on the development of the Middle East & North Africa’s first GEN Entrepreneurship & Innovation Hub at Bloomfields, East Cairo. He is also a member of the advisory board of the World SME Forum.
BIM oriented expert with 12 years of extensive experience in using wide range of BIM software.Working as BIM manager in mega projects across the Middle East with different clients which leads to a good knowledge of different approaches for both Consultant & Contractor scope, conducting training and courses in Arabic\English speech,with a very good experience in how to make BIM implementation & adjusting the work flow and creating standards and libraries.
Winner of the Wageningen University and Research Urban Greenhouse Challenge
Strategy and Finances Associate at Groots, Vertical Farming startup in Barcelona, Spain.
|Mohamed Tarek is
the Area Managing Director - North Africa of Consolidated Contractors Company
(CCC), the world renowned Engineering & Construction conglomerate. As
part of his mandate, Tarek is responsible for CCC group operations and its
subsidiaries across the North African region with direct involvement across
different business sectors including Energy, Infrastructure, Buildings and
Oil & Gas. |
Prior to his current mandate, he was heading the regional business development business Development efforts across the African contiment. Through partnerships with different entities and regional players, he has been a player in orchestrating CCC’s involvement in a number of sizable transactions in the power, renewables, and real-estate and petrochemicals sectors in the region.
In addition to his responsibilities, he is overlooking the corporate ethics and anticorruption task force in Africa along with a continuous role as Instructor delivering CCC in-house training curriculum for Project management trades.
Before CCC, Tarek was part of a restructuring and turnaround team responsible for managing a private equity-owned steel manufacturer, an assignment during which he was able to rebrand the company’s identity and secure a substantial backlog. He had also co-founded a consultancy business that advised on the restructuring of construction companies operations, business transformation, startups and Greenfield projects.
In his early career, he worked extensively on different construction proposals across the African continent mainly Francophone countries.
Tarek is the former head of the Construction and Real-estate Committee of the Egyptian Junior Business Association and was selected as key speaker and trainer in many industry related events. He holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from Cairo University
He is regularly involved in mentoring young entrepreneurs as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week activities in Cairo and other governorates. He also assisted the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in structuring a tailored vocational training program for blue collar construction workers in Egypt.
Dalia El Badry is an experienced Digital Marketeer with a wide background in UI and UX designer. She holds a master's degree in marketing and a Marketing diplomat from Alexandria University.
Dalia is now leading creative media and communication team in icealex innovation hub, in addition to managing i*lead project for women empowerment in Alexandria.
Due to her hands-on approach, Dalia has contributed to several tech events. She has also been supporting and working closely with different startups.
She has experience in different fields of (Social) Entrepreneurship. She expanded her own network within the Entrepreneurship scene and deepened her practical knowledge about incubators' running process.
Abdelrahman Mohie is an Egyptian Architect and a Teaching Assistant at the Dept. of Architecture Engineering Technology CHS, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, and Ahram Canadian University, Egypt. Currently, he's working on his Master’s degree in Urban Design and Community Development at Cairo University, where he got his bachelor's degree. Abdelrahman aims to create and find solutions that deal with sustainable urban design and new technologies to conserve and preserve our built heritage.
He joined many workshops and competitions related to urban sustainability focusing on new technologies and human development, including the recent WUR challenge 2020: Urban Greenhouse, as a member of the multinational interdisciplinary team "Bagua", they won the first place by designing an iconic, sustainable, and circular greenhouse, using urban farming technologies.
Dr. Ramy Ahmed Fathy, PhD
Vice Chairman of ITU-T SG20 on IoT and its Applications including Smart Cities and Communities, Geneva, Switzerland
Ramy Ahmed Fathy is a senior telecom executive and advisor, with 20 years of technical advisory and project leaderships in tech R&D space focusing on intelligent solutions, and embedded systems design. Ramy is currently leading teams focusing on developing AI solutions and use cases for regulatory agencies, preparing technology strategy and roadmaps as well as leading R&D and industrial projects related to new digital initiatives, setting architectures, specifications, RFPs, and operational plans of digital services.
Fathy is currently leading 150+ international standardization experts; driving research and standards development in IoT security, identification, systems interoperability, innovative architectures, and IoT platforms development. Over the past decade, he has been selected as a senior advisor on digital solutions design and implementation for a wide range of digital services (smart cities, smart water management, precision agriculture, digital TV, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) for highways and urban systems).
Fathy has a PhD in electronics and communications. He has led R&D projects in radio network planning and optimization, cognitive radio systems, video coding, cryptography, DSP/FPGA/GPP based implementations of consumer electronics products and satellite communication systems. He has numerous publications and contributions in IoT and Smart Cities related standardization work in addition to other scientific journals and conferences, and he's the co-author of one book in electronics.
|Mohamed Hammam is
the Founder of Smart Solutions, a company specialized in Building Automation
Systems (BAS) and Electrical Contracting.|
In 2009, he took on the entrepreneurial path and started by customizing Home Automation Systems. Now, more than 10 years later, the company’s specialization grew vertically and horizontally to be one of the fastest growing renowned System Integrators and Electrical Subcontractors in Egypt.
Smart Solutions’ BAS flagship projects include Ikea, the New Opera and the Four Seasons Hotel as well as Datacenters, District Cooling stations and Infrastructure in Electrical Contracting.
|An architect by
education, Designer by Passion, and a Problem Solver by nature. Since a young
age, Ehab Mokhtar knew that his future lies in designing & building
things. After graduating from the Faculty of Architecture at Cairo
University, he followed his passion to become an Architect. Ehab is proud to
have honed his skills by working with Master Egyptian Architects. Afterward,
Ehab’s belief in the importance of continuous learning drove him to pursue a
Master’s Degree from The American University in Cairo, in addition to
executive education at Harvard, MIT & INSEAD.|
Throughout his career, Ehab led his design firm, IDIA, to grow from a small team into one of the biggest design companies in Egypt with more than 50 designers and engineers onboard. As Founder, Managing Director & Chief Designer of IDIA, Ehab Mokhtar took charge of large- scale projects on a local and national scale and acted as a Consultant for organizations and institutions such as the Ministry of Culture on urban heritage conservation. His tremendous passion for design did not stop at the Architecture domain and was extended to Product Design and Strategic Innovation, which were both introduced as premium services offered by IDIA. Ehab’s philosophy of design stems from adopting a holistic approach to life, where everything is connected and leads to a human design that integrates with harmony with its context. As a Serial Entrepreneur & Development Architect, Ehab co-founded IWAN Group which works in real estate development, construction, green building materials, and energy-saving. Ehab’s latest endeavor is founding Egypt Designers School (EDS), an innovative education initiative that aims to help Designers & Entrepreneurs to gain leadership skills and command creative thinking. In addition to being a public speaker, Ehab Mokhtar consults a number of industrial companies in Strategic Innovation and also mentors a group of start-ups.
Managing Director / Chief Designer – IDIA (1995 – Present): IDIA Designs is focusing on
innovation & creativity that have always marked its projects. Ehab's role is to lead the company
to be one of the most successful design studios in Egypt & the region and have its own signature
in the market.
Co-Founder & Managing Director – Iwan Developments & Investments (2003 – 2015):
Iwan Developments has gained its position among the elite developers in Egypt through the
delivery of very high standard projects. Ehab’s duty as a Managing Director is ensuring quality
through the engineering activities of the group.
Post Graduate Lecturer – Nile University (2019): Management of Technology, MOT 630.
Project Architect - Shehab Mazhar Architects, Cairo, Egypt (1998 – 2000). Architect - Connect Architects, Cairo, Egypt (1995-1998).
B.S.C, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture Department, Cairo University – 1995. Master of Science - The American University in Cairo – 2016.
Training & Courses
Professional Certificate in Project Management – AUC, Egypt.
Mastering Innovation & Design Thinking MIT, MA, USA.
Disruptive Strategy HBS – Harvard University, MA, USA.
Strategic Research & Development Management INSEAD - Fauntainblau, France.
Farrag is a digital media evangelist, founded his first company Mega Media in 1994 to become Egypt’s leading multimedia service provider. His work extended to cover innovative use of technology in advertising, communication and cultural heritage documentation. He has received numerous advertising and content awards. In 2013 he co-founded Fifth Dimension–5d, a merger of 5 companies working in complementing aspects of digital and marketing domains to become a one stop digital marketing agency. Being the creative and innovation director of 5d, he introduced augmented reality applications, game development, hologram projection and Virtual Reality as well as many innovative digital installations. In 2016 he co-founded 5dVR, a company specialized in creating VR/AR content and experiences.
Growing MENA's startup underdogs through StartupsGalaxy.com, a platform showcasing startups directory, top tools deals and growth support. for acquisition, SEO performance & product launches.
12 years of experience in digital marketing & management. Co-founded a google partner digital marketing agency in 2013 which was profitable from the first month
Mohamed is a mid-career professional with fifteen+ years of Middle East-focused work experience, and international exposure having lived and worked across Cairo, Dubai, London and New York. Originally a banker and an economist with some of MENA's top financial institutions, after completing his postgraduate studies, Mohamed made a transition to the non-profit sector. Starting January 2013, he headed the Graduate Programs at NY-based Seeds of Peace where he designed and launched the organization's GATHER social entrepreneurship initiative. In April 2016 Mohamed joined the Endeavor team in Cairo in the role of Managing Director.
Hussein is a tech entrepreneur and the CEO of robusta, a tech agency based out of Egypt and Germany, since 2012, and has lead the company's journey featuring triple digit growth year over year. Hussein has also led robusta's team to launch the E-Commerce Summit, a grass-root movement to stir up the conversation about the potential of selling online, a place educating and raising the awareness of retailers and brands about the inner workings of E‐Commerce and a unique chance for top-tier retailers to network with service providers, marketeers and industry leaders sharing the passion & driving the growth of E‐Commerce in the MENA Region under the same roof in a series of yearly events. Before founding robusta, Hussein has been working at Quick-Wins as a management and strategy consultant for several family businesses and regional conglomerates in the GCC throughout transformation and turnaround exercises across several sectors including technology, retail and distribution. He has also occupied several teaching and research posts at the German University in Cairo. Hussein holds a MSc. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne and a BSc. from the German University in Cairo.
Short Bio Ayman is the principal of Newton International Management, a company focused on technology & mobility investments. Ayman had a twenty-year corporate career in the security industry before founding Bluehill ID and leading it to NASDAQ. Ayman is an adjunct lecture at Suffolk University, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of several startup boards. Full Bio: Ayman S. Ashour is the Founder and Principal of Newton International Management, an advisory and investment firm focused on technology with special focus on mobility, payment, identification and security markets since 2000. Ashour served as Chairman and CEO for Identiv, (US:INVE, FRANKFURT:INV) which he joined in January 2010 following the combination of Bluehill ID and SCM Microsystems. Ashour earlier founded Bluehill ID AG, an RFID technology company in 2007. Ashour’s professional experience includes several executive positions within the security and identification technology industries. He has served as CEO of Assa Abloy’s Identification Technology Group (ITG), where he was responsible for building one of the most successful RFID companies. He was Regional Managing Director of Williams PLC. In the the Asia Pacific region, where he was responsible for the Chubb Security, Kidde and Yale brands in Asia as well as the global operations of Guardforce and the Chubb Physical Security Group. Ashour earlier served as President of a number of Kidde units in North America, Global Marketing Director of Kidde in the UK. Ashour has B.Sc in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Diploma in International Arbitration Law and serves as Adjunct Lecturer at Suffolk University in Boston, MA where, he has been teaching M&A at the Sawyer Business School for their MBA program since 2004.
After attending an eSports World Championship with no African or Arab representation, I decided it was my job to change that. By founding Anubis Gaming, the first eSports team in the Middle-East and Africa, we were able to provide our regions top talent with the incubation they needed to reach the international stage, by winning 13 local titles we prepared ourselves for the world championships, placing fourth in our first try, above all European and South/North American teams.
Tarek El-Kady is a leading entrepreneur and angel investor in his native Alexandria, Egypt. Born and raised in Alexandria, Tarek is the Executive Chairman of KD Group, a group of marketing and advertising agencies serving various clients in the Middle East and North Africa. Tarek is the founder and CEO of Techne Inc. and also the founder and chairman of Alexandria Business Angel Network (Alex Angels) & founder and chairman of The Mediterranean Business Angel Investment Network.
Tarek is passionate about helping young people start their businesses. As Founding Curator of the Global Shapers Community Alexandria hub, he spends part of his time giving to the next generation of business owners in the region. Tarek was awarded by the American University in Cairo’s Venture Lab in recognition to his efforts as one of the prominent contributors to the entrepreneurial ecosystem for their outstanding support.
He has been recently appointed as Senator at the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) Senator Elkady will represent Egypt in the Global Startup Committee of the Grand Assembly in 2020
|I’m Ahmed Ali, I'm one of the co-founders of Gamers Lounge, I worked in several tech and advertising companies in the past. I always had a dream of being a professional gamer and I achieved a lot locally, but it was clear to us, the co-founders, that we need to build a good community and assist in building all the missing pieces in our esports ecosystem, so we formed Gamers Lounge in 2015 to achieve this dream "To rebuild the vision of esports in Egypt and Middle East.|
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 an 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 getting 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.
Originally a software engineer with both a Bsc & Msc in
Business Informatics from France, Mennen is now Vice President for Business
Development & Strategy in Siemens Egypt.
Mennen is passionate about digitalisation and enjoys introducing AI and IoT for non-techies in gamified experiences and workshops.
She also mentors startups, tech and non tech, and has participated in Industry 4.0 assessments in Egypt in coordination with GIZ and the Egyptian government.
She loves designing innovation bootcamps, that she also moderates, where she applies Design Thinking methodology.
Adel Heikal is an Audience Analyst at Unilever North Africa & Middle East. His responsibilities include creating the data strategy for all Unilever's brands in the markets along with creating specific brand campaigns consumer journey, setting the micro, macro, and super segments, in addition to leading the implementation of Data-Driven marketing amongst the brands' marketing activities. His previous experience includes working as a Growth Hacker at Mintrics, the leading social video analytics & intelligence platform, where he worked on publishing the first-of-a-kind Social Video Analysis Reports in Egypt and UAE that analyzed more than 800 brands in Egypt only and their video performance and behavior online. He has also worked directly with Youtube, Discovery Networks, The UAE Government, and Udacity amongst others on behalf of Mintrics.
Lives with an ingrained entrepreneurial spirt. His serial entrepreneurial mindset stems from his creativity and imagination as he looks to solve problems and better systems that potentially impact millions of lives. In summary both his natural and favorite problems to solve are around innovative optimalization solutions in establish industries. After seven years working in the Sports Agency Business and detecting many inefficiencies in the process. sKora.tech was born out of Kora Stars to solve a great many problems for aspiring football players seeking their next best step toward professionalism. Ultimately the sKora startup looks to reshape the football player pipeline for the better.
|Mr. Gomaa has over 25 years of experience financing startups and early stage companies in Egypt. Mr Gomaa was one of the earlier VCs in Egypt and the Mena region starting his career in this space since 1999. With early investments in known brands like Otlob, Masrwary, Itworx, Menatel, Mazzika as well as IPOs such as Raya and Fawry. Mr Gomaa was part of the catalyst group who early on supported entrepreneurship initiatives in Egypt and the region. Running the first Technology Fund in the region since 2005. Mr Gomaa has managed AUM of around $180 million throughout his career. Mr Gomaa built his career at American Express Bank, CIIC, EFG Hermes, Ideavelopers , Grofin and today at Egypt Ventures. Mr Gomaa has a BA from Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand.|
Ahmed is the Founder and CEO of Synapse Analytics, a company that focuses on helping businesses leverage A.I. in their operations, customer experience and business models. Ahmed previously worked in Industrial Automation, Learning and Development, Information technology and Consulting. Currently, Synapse Analytics has helped more than 20+ clients locally,in more than 12 industries locally and internationally to adopt impact driven Artificial Intelligence. and create
Galal is a former dentist who graduated from the faculty of dentistry Tanta University but eCommerce, coding and digital marketing has always been his biggest passion even before starting Taskty. Since 2008, his focus was enabling SMEs to create business opportunities through the internet, and in 2013 and after multiple small projects, he decided to quit dentistry and follow his passion by cofounding Taskty which became the leading online marketplace for home services in Egypt. Taskty.com is serving 20 different services to thousands of customers every month and is creating jobs for more than 1000 technicians. They joined Flat6Labs before raising multiple rounds of investments from The Cairo Angels, 500 Startups, Seedstars, Vision Ventures Capital. They also won the MIT IIC competition for Africa and were qualified to the global finals.
VC and Entrepreneurship in the Middle East, San Francisco and Spain
14 years of experience in marketing communication campaigns Managing marketing department for 2B Egypt for 5 years MBA Holder from Arab Academy for Science & Technology Cairo since 2018 Passionate for learning & teaching about marketing
|Dr. Ahmed Morsy is a professor and of biomedical engineering at Cairo University and the Founder and Chairman of Nebras Technology, an Egyptian venture focused on healthcare information management solutions. He received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University, USA. Dr. Morsy was the Editor in Chief of the IEEE Pulse Magazine and the Vice Chairman of the Healthcare Governance and Transparency Association (HeGTA). He was Lead R&D Engineer at Philips Medical Systems in Seattle, USA. He was also the General Manger of IBE Technologies, Egypt, and later served as senior advisor on IT strategy planning to the Chairman of Egypt National Post Organization. He also held the position of Senior Program Manager at the Microsoft Innovation Center in Cairo. Dr. Morsy has several United States patents and international publications.|
Ashraf Zeitoon has more than 20 years’ experience in the Public Policy, Technology, Communications & Public Affairs industry. In his most recent position, Ashraf was the first director of Public Policy for the Middle East, Turkey & Africa at Netflix Inc, and he established the Public Policy Function for Netflix in its biggest emerging region, and lead the engagement with Public and Regulatory authorities in a most challenging and dynamic region. In the period between his work with Netflix and Facebook, Ashraf advised a number of regional and global corporations in the technology, media, Investment, and real estate sectors including Mubadala, and Emaar, and he represented the interests of a number of clients in the technology sector, with the local and federal governments in the Middle East & North Africa region, Prior to that, Ashraf served as the Former Head of Public Policy for the Middle East & North Africa at Facebook. During his tenure with Facebook, he led the company’s public policy work in the region, representing the Facebook family of apps including Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp & Oculus, on a broad portfolio of issues including Government Relations, Freedom of Expression Online, Privacy, Data Protection, Online child safety, Regulatory Affairs, Social Media for Social good and digital government diplomacy. Before joining Facebook, Ashraf worked in senior positions in Public Affairs and Communications with leading corporations in the Middle East and North Africa, including Aramex and Arabtec Holding, and he held senior positions with the Governments of Jordan and Emirate of Dubai in several capacities including Special Aide to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Jordan, Assistant Director of Government performance Directorate at the Prime Ministry of Jordan, and Director of Special Projects at the Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Ashraf is a former associate of the Dubai Initiative at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and his writing has been published in the Financial Times and Foreignpolicy.com. He holds a B.A. in Political Science & English Literature from Yarmouk University in Jordan. Ashraf's writing has been published in Foreign Policy Magazine (USA), and The Financial Times (UK), and he has been interviewed by several regional and international publications and media outlets including The Economist (UK), The Financial Times (UK), The Wall Street Journal (USA), Asharq Al Awsat (Saudi Arabia), Al Jazeera (Qatar), Sky News Arabia (UAE) and Al Arabiya (UAE).
ProjectWahba: Wahba obtained his Bachelors Degree in Data Analysis from Pepperdine University, California. After graduating, he completed an internship in BuzzFeed - one of the biggest Social Media platforms - this exposed him to video as a prominent communication tool for creativity & self - expression. He started to explore this medium further with his iPhone & countless hours on YouTube. He wanted to explore filmmaking at a more professional level & later took a film directing course. In the past years, Wahba has worked on campaigns for The Ministry of Tourism in Egypt, Beautiful Destinations, Dubai Tourism, United Nations, Azza Fahmy, Egypt Air and many more. Through Movement Productions, Wahba aims to create an inclusive community for Egyptian Content Creators. As a creative himself, his goal is to help give Egypt's diverse destinations the global recognition it deserves.
Born and raised in the city of Art Alexandria, Assem Omar is a unique blend of a TV Presenter, PR Consultant he kick-started his career 7 years ago, hosted various mega summits and conferences aside from featuring 2 online shows. Assem by education and passion curated managed to step up as the youngest manager in the MEA region at his current position he also had the opportunity to interview a wide range of Celebs and officials. He strongly believes that all he achieved at such a young age is only because of passion and dedication and continuously advocates the concept of empowering youth across all mediums!
Head of Acceptance & Acquiring at Fawry. Egypt’s largest Electronic Financial & Digital transformation Platform, serving consumers and businesses through various channels for payments & payout solutions via thousands of service points all over Egypt. Bassem has over +12 years of experience in payments and digital transformation and held several positions at leading payment companies in Egypt, Morocco, and Bahrain. Bassem holds a BA in computer & information science from Ain Shams University.
Cherine Abdelaal, Founder of cherine abdelaal design house and Camouflé marketing comms. An interior designer, a master’s degree holder, graduated from faculty of fine arts, department of interior design, in 2013. Served as a senior lecturer of interior design at the faculty of fine arts, finished master’s degree in May 2017 and currently working on PHD Thesis. Started Digital Marketing career, in 2019, studied digital marketing in the American University in Cairo. More than 6 years of practical experience with different residential commercial projects & 2 years experience in Digital Marketing.
My Professional Experience is a combination of some fields that makes my Experiences solid, flexible, and able to expand. I have worked in many fields like Public relations, Sales, Customer Support, Call Centers, online solutions, online Community, system engineering, and software engineering. then I founded many startups that allow me to learn more and expand my knowledge especially 302Labs Coworking Space that let me mastering a new field like Operation management, community management, product management, Strategy, and managing director working along with a marvelous team that makes 302Labs one of the best coworking spaces in the industry for 8 years.
Dr. Shady El Zayat is the Commercial Director of Orientals for Urban Development which falls under the umbrella of Oriental Weavers. He was chosen as one of the most successful sales directors in Egypt with a transaction volume of seventeen billion Egyptian pounds in the last 6 years. Dr. Shady was a professor at the British University.
Egyptian Director, Writer and Producer Graduated From faculty of mass communication, Cairo Univ. 2006 in 2015 Eiad Founded His Own Company, KOSHK Creative Studio, A specialized Full-Service writing studio for creative production
An avid gamer and esports enthusiast, I've been involved in the Arabic gaming scene since 2013. I am looking to help the MENA gaming ecosystem develop and reach its full potential.
A senior executive with a proven track record of surpassing ambitious business goals, delivering turnaround & sustainable business growth founded on solid consumer & customer understanding. Consistency in positioning organizations for success, spurring multimillion-dollar revenue growth, opening new revenue streams & delivering unconventional solutions that demonstrate profound dedication to customer engagement. Ability to balance between long-term strategy & day-to-day operational excellence. Eslam has 20 years of marketing, product & business management experience across North America, Europe, Africa & Middle East. He assumed various global / regional leadership roles delivering + executing marketing & innovation development strategies across FMCG, Banking, Media and FINTECH Industries. He started his career in 1997 at Unilever Egypt in Brand Management & then moved on to various regional roles across Middle East, Africa and finally Europe (France) where he was Regional / Global Marketing Director for the Multibillion Dollar Categories. During his tenor at Unilever he Managed various categories including, Foods, Beverages, Personal care & Home care. In 2008 he was appointed as Head of Marketing for a Media & Entertainment Start-up (twofour54) funded by Mubadala where he played a key role in establishing the region’s 1st Content Creation Community (working across TV, Film, Radio, Digital & Animation platforms) at a global level. In 2012 he took on the Role of Head of Marketing for MasterCard across Middle East & Africa where he led the company’s Digital Transformation at marketing & product levels. Following that he was appointed as SVP - Global Head of Innovation / Product Development based in New York. In 2018 Eslam Founded Just Innovate, an Independent Consulting Practice that focuses on driving Digital Transformation and Customer Experience for Large Corporations and Tech Startups. Eslam is also a Venture Partner for Global Ventures, a UAE based Venture Capital Fund where he leads their Fintech Segment and the Egyptian Market. In 2019 Eslam graduated from MIT’s Executive Program for Digital Transformation. Additionally, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Alexandria University and an MBA from Central Michigan / Arab Academy (Joint Program).
My name is Farida Salem. I’m a football player and coach. I’m an Alssonian (and proud). I studied IMC, Psychology and Creative Writing at AUC then transferred abroad to study Sport, Health, and Physical Education at Vancouver Island University, BC, Canada. I worked all across Western Canada in the sports field before moving back to Cairo to fulfil my lifelong dream: establishing Empower Football Academy.
General Statement of Experience: Fathallah brings to bear a very rich and solid background and experience that spans over 35 years in the field of construction and urban development. He is highly renowned for being a real estate development expert & entrepreneur. Founder of a number of companies that acquired a strong reputation in the market for high quality products and customer commitment, and which successfully executed more than 100 diversified projects of summer resorts, luxurious residential apartments and villas compound, business and commercial buildings in Egypt and abroad. Throughout his career, Fathallah acquired unique experience in all aspects of the real estate development value chain starting from the technical aspects of construction through the commercial and legal aspects of land acquisition to the formulation and leadership of large project teams consisting of various local and international consultants and subcontractors. Fathallah also enjoys a keen eye that grabs opportunities with the right level of return on investment complemented by his innate edge to sense great potential with a result-oriented leadership influential abilities that mobilize people and turn his vision into reality. A major differentiating area is Fathallah’s strong ability to create and maintain vast networks of contacts in the various communities related to the urban development business. The networks he developed over the years include key government officials and decision makers, bankers, other real estate developers, contractors, consultants and service providers, public figures, and a rich database of satisfied customers. Fathalla also possesses significant experience in handling contractual and legal issues related to urban development, which might be quiet challenging and complex under the heavy bureaucratic governmental systems. Fathallah is a visionary who enjoys a shrewd investment mentality with a proven track of unique success in formulating strategies, building & energizing teams, leading and developing others to achievement of goals and objectives with a strong monitoring ability while he maintains strong focus on business growth and development. Fathalla managed El Mostakbal for Urban Development, Egypt's Leading Master Developer, developing its flagship development " Mostakbal City" over an area of 11.000 acres at New Cairo city a Fully Integrated development that includes multi uses (Residential, Commercial, Education, Entertainment, Medical, Hospitality). Fathalla succeeded in achieving phase one of the development plan at Mostakbal City and achieved sales that distinguished Mostakbal for Urban Development as of the leading Real Estate Developers in the Egyptian Market with Total Estimated Value of 8 billion pounds. Achievements: • The first private sector developer in Egypt’s North Coast with 5 summer resorts built during the period between 1986 – 2012. • The first developer in • Major projects in Cairo and Alexandria include Mena Garden City 1993, Bustan Mena 1983 Concorde Garden, Mena Residence, Mena Royal, Mena Elite, Mena Star, and Pearl Club. • Expanding the business regionally starting 1995 into Lebanon (Mena House Club) and Sudan (Al Yasmin Residential Compound). • Established and headed the Egyptian Real Estate Association (1998 – 2009). • Initial Public Offering and capital increase for Mena Touristic & Real estate company in 1997 and 2006. Current Position: • Chairman of Mena for Real Estate Development Consultancy. • Board member of Band Egypt for Real Estate. Previous Positions: • Chairman of Al-Mostakbal for Urban Development (March 2013 – April 2015) • Founder and Chairman of Mena for Touristic and Real Estate Investment (1986 – 2012) • Founder and CEO of Mena for Contracting and Trading (1979 – 2008) • Founder and Chairman of Mena for Engineering and Development (1984 – 2008) • Chairman of Mena House Club in Lebanon (1995 – 2002) • Chairman of Blue Nile for Urban Development in Sudan (2007 – 2011) Education & Certificates: • Bachelor of Civil Engineering – Alexandria University 1979. • Certificate of Engineering Consultant from Egyptian Engineer’s Federation. • Certificate of Engineering Consultant from Saudi Engineer’s Federation. • Certificate of Expert Real Estate Appraiser at the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority. Associations Memberships: • President of Egyptian Lebanese Businessmen Association. • Member of Egyptian Lebanese Business Council. • Vice chairman & President of Construction Committee of Egyptian Businessmen Association. • Founder & Board member of Real Estate Development Chamber in Federation of Egyptian Industries. • Board member of Real Estate Committee of Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce. • Founder & Board member of Egyptian Real Estate Council. • Member of the bord of Trustees Beirut Arab University. • Member & President of Real Estate Committee of Egyptian Saudi Business Council. • Member of Egyptian Ethiopian Business Council.
Inertia is a leading Egyptian real estate company that develops distinctive, valuable and dynamic projects in different governorates across Egypt. From its inception, Inertia has kicked off projects that cater to Egypt’s cosmopolitan clientele in Cairo, the North Coast and by the Red Sea, focusing on quality property design that enhances and establishes close-knit and active communities. Inertia’s developments include two medical centers such as Medipoint Sheikh Zayed and seven residential properties in Egypt.
Dr. Mousilli is the managing partner of Lloyd & Mousilli- a boutique law firm specializing in Intellectual Property and Technology law. Dr. Mousilli is currently a visiting professor of law at Kyiv Polytechnic Institure in Ukraine through the United States Fulbright Program. Dr. Mousilli previously served as in-house counsel for both Apple and Dell, and started his career at DLA Piper in the Intellectual Property Division.
Samer Safsafy is the Vice President of the Consumer Business Device at Huawei Technologies Egypt Since July 2014 ..with an Enormous Sales and Marketing Leadership Through 22 years of experience in the Telecommunication, FMCG, and commodity Business with large organisations across the Middle East Region .
Throughout His Career with Huawei he was able to Drive the Company across many challenges until Huawei Egypt now become a prestigious Market Player in the telecom industry. Huawei Strong Device Satisfaction Has Encouraged Brand loyalty that Reached almost 10Million Egyptian Users with Customer Satisfaction exceeds 97% ...Driving a Highly Performance Company passionately towards the Global Vision of Huawei which is Make it possible by affording and Mixing Technology with Elegance in Every product Launched to the Egyptian Consumer by accelerate the implementation of seamless AI life Strategy and expanding HMS ecosystem and Build a premium Brand Image.
Co- Founder of Design Sector and five years of experience in architecture and interior design working in Egypt, USA, UAE and Japan. Specializing in visualization technology and Design and is responsible for technical affairs and operation in Design Sector.
Working on digitizing sustainability, I have been focused recently on developing technological methods to digitize the waste management system in several districts and governorates in Egypt. Co-founder of Dawar, the application that includes residents in the waste management system, I have been working relentlessly with my collogues on the training and capacity building of stakeholders involved in the waste process to adopt and at the same time help fine tune and digitize the process.
Heidi El Nahas, Head of Corporate Communication and Sustainable Development at Banque
du Caire. She devises state of the art marketing strategies, transforming the brand image
adapting to a constantly changing banking sector.
Through the enrichment of communication channels to the mass media and audiences, her
plan of action is designed to ensure the highest levels of transparency building on existing
clients’ trust and loyalty as well as drawing the interest of new clientele. Merging these two
factors together reflects profitable and sustainable advancement.
This only begins to highlight the pivotal role Heidi El Nahas has been carrying out at Banque
du Caire over the past few years.
Prior to her time at Banque du Caire in 2009, Mrs. El Nahas built her well-earned reputation
as a leading authority in the Marketing field serving as the General Manager of Marketing,
Advertising and Media for CIT Global, Marketing Manager for Raya Holdings, and
Advertising Officer for General Motors.
Her expertise spans over two decades, not only in corporate marketing communication, but
also in the field of corporate social responsibility and sustainable development. As such, she
is currently a Member of the Sustainable Development Committee at the Federation of
Egyptian Banks as well as the Corporate Impact and Sustainability Committee at the
American Chamber of Commerce in Cairo (AmCham). Her top priority is to ensure that
Banque du Caire’s policies are in-line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development
Goals and Egypt’s Vision of 2030.
By virtue of her influential contributions in business and social responsibility, Mrs. El Nahas
has received several influential accolades as she was chosen among the 50 most influential
women in the business community during 2017. Not to mention being selected by the
Egyptian Women Forum for 2 consecutive years to honor her among 30 success stories of
influential Egyptian women contributing to National Institutions in 2019.
Mrs. El-Nahas possesses a unique blend of experiences and creativity that has enabled her
to introduce a new attractive brand image for Banque du Caire serving the Egyptian massaudience. Her latest efforts have been recognized with enormous success in the Egyptian
banking sector in which Banque du Caire stands as one of the leading banking trademarks,
increasing customer acquisition day by day.
Heidi El Nahas holds an MBA in Marketing from Arab Academy for Science and Technology
and Maritime Transport (AASTMT) as well as an IAA International Diploma in Marketing
Communications from The American University in Cairo, and an E-Marketing Diploma from
the College of Multimedia Netherlands.
Naro is a Director and Head of JTC’s Dubai office. He joined JTC as an Associate Director in 2020 as part of our Private Client Services team in Guernsey.
Having grown up in Guernsey, Naro started working in the fiduciary industry in 2004 and has remained in the industry ever since. His experience has been gained in both independent and bank-owned fiduciary companies, with most of his career being spent looking after Middle Eastern clients with a particular focus on UK real estate structures.
Naro has been named on Citywealth’s ‘Leaders’ list in 2020 and also on the Citywealth ‘Future Leaders’ list in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He has also been recognized on the eprivateclient Top 35 Under 35 List on several occasions, most recently on the 2020 Top 35 Under 35 List for the United Kingdom.
I am IIN Certified health coach, one of the most important health coaching schools in USA and the world. ISSA certified specialist in sports nutrition I am currently preparing my masters in nutrition. I founded Lean Queen which is the largest Egyptian female community for healthy weight loss. I am a passionate blogger and influencer and I constantly share weight loss tips, tricks and successful transformation stories on my official pages. I was chosen as speaker in cultural events in Egypt such as : the health market events and IYC, the International Youth Culture conference which was held in Bibliotheca Alexandria where I was chosen among the success stories to narrate my success story to encourage youth. Very eager to spread awareness , so I constantly give lectures in schools for parents and students around how we should live a healthy life style, and sometimes for women who were always struggling losing weight.
Rania Ayman is the Founder of Entreprenelle which is a mission driven enterprise that strives to bridge the gender gap economically by educating, training and linking women to all the economic resources possible impacting more than 50,000 women in business in more than 9 govern-rates including under privileged areas, successfully producing more than 2000 project, formalising more than 700. Concerned with socioeconomic gender rights thats why she started her Initiative in Cairo 5 years back serving now most of Egypt and outreaching to the hole region to make sure women voices are on the table heard and carefully listened to.. Been chosen to represent Egypt and speak in many international conferences as The Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India, Social Enterprise World Forum in the United Kingdom, World government summit in UAE and African Youth Conference in Kenya. Beijing +25 Task Force member, Awarded “ Mentor Arabia and MBC Al Amal 2019 “ Empowering Youth Champion “ of the year “ Best Female Entrepreneur “ by YE!, “ Champion of change 2020 “ Featured as one of the most active influential “ 25 under 25 Entrepreneurs “ by Startup Scene, Women Entrepreneurship Network board member, Global Institute for Women's Empowerment member, UN Women Gender innovation Agora member, CEFP Alumni & Injaz Alumni.
A Former Engineer with more than 6 years in digital marketing and e-commerce fields, worked with companies like Ravin, Edfa3ly, and Quattro, Co-founded Botme in 2017 that became one of the leading chatbot building platforms in the MENA region
Saif Ahmed is the co-founder and CPO of WideBot, and a maintainer of WideBot platform, The First Arabic-Focused Bot Builder Platform! He is also the founder of Azkarbot one of the most growing chatbots on Facebook messenger. He focuses on empowering businesses to build the best possible conversational experiences and has years of experience building AI products in the industry.
A persistent entrepreneur with a huge passion for esports. He Co-founded GBarena in 2016, a leading esports platform in the MENA region that serves the ecosystem stakeholders with products and services built on the foundation of data analysis.
President of The Egyptian Federation for Electronic Games
Top sales performance 2018 & 2019 in Europe Middle East and Africa
Sherif Hosny is the CEO and Co-founder of Schaduf for Agriculture and Trade. Previously Sherif was the Managing Director of Rio Tinto Alcan International Network in the MENA and has traveled extensively for business in the Middle East and North Africa Sherif completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering with honors from the American University in Cairo and holds an MBA from the same university. Sherif is a Synergos fellow and part of the Arab World Social Innovators Network, he was chosen as one of the pioneers for the Pioneers of Egypt program (Mobaderoon Masr) and has been awarded by the World Leadership Congress in the UAE for strategic leadership.
Sherif Abdelmohsen is associate professor of digital media and design computing at the Department of Architecture at the American University in Cairo. He is also head of the Design Computing and Fabrication group at the building sciences laboratory. Abdelmohsen received his PhD degree in Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA (2011), and participated in design computing research and teaching at both Carnegie Mellon University and Georgia Tech. He received his MSc and BSc degrees in architectural engineering from Ain Shams University in 2004 and 2000 respectively. Abdelmohsen has around 60 articles and book chapters published in international peer-reviewed conferences and journals. He participated as PI, co-PI and team member in several funded research projects, amounting to a total of around $600,000. His recent research involves several topics, including the development of low-cost soft adaptive façade systems using hygroscopic properties of wood, automated post-occupancy space management using BIM and GIS, the design and fabrication of complex facades using robotic depositing and multi-point forming, and the design, fabrication and robotic assembly of thermally responsive parametric brick wall configurations. He has also supervised and examined more than 25 MSc and PhD students working in the area of computer aided architectural design. At the professional level, Abdelmohsen has participated in award-winning international competitions and in designing architectural projects in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Italy, Germany and Egypt. He is co-founder and managing partner at UDAAR, an international company specialized in architecture, computational design research, and smart building management solutions. He is also honorary recipient of the Knowledge Application and Notion for Society (KANS) scientific competition (2018), the Faculty Award of Merit for Best Doctoral Presentation (2012), Young Active Researcher Award for outstanding research activity (2013), and the ARCC/KING Medal for Excellence in Architectural and Environmental Design Research (2009).
Sherif Rafik is currently the Chief Marketing Officer of Faydety focusing on building the brand through a solid digital marketing strategy. He worked mostly in multinational advertising agencies such as Leo Burnett, BBDO and Grey Worldwide. He graduated from University of New Brunswick in 2003 with a bachelor degree in International Business.
Sherine Moneim is the strategy director for beauty and personal care division for Unilever north africa , middle east, Turkey and Russia region. Before that she led the beauty and personal care division as the marketing director and executive board member For Unilever Egypt and Sudan. Her marketing expertise goes back leading most of the key Portfolio across Beverages, Foods, Home care and Personal Care. Formerly, She was the marketing director for Home Care, Foods and Beverages business leading Lipton and Knorr, two Unilever mega brands. She worked on steering the business towards profitable competitive growth in a VUCA environment. Sherine’s contribution went beyond Egypt and Sudan, her influence went across 7 countries in the MENA region because of her focus on building passionate leaders with powerful consumer insights and digital capabilities who can win in a connected world. She is a graduate of the faculty of commerce, English department Alexandria University and joined her career in Unilever back in 2003. Her passion lies in creating a great impact on people’s lives through creating a disruptive consumer marketing that adds value to their lives. Also her inspiration gets fueled everyday by building a 2nd line of tomorrow’s leaders who can unleash their potential to the best of their capabilities and accordingly play an instrumental role in spinning the wheel of the economy.
With more than 8 years of experience in the film and entertainment business, Siza Zayed is a leading marketer in the field. She started her career at MAD Solutions, the first marketing and distribution company in the Arab world focusing on the film industry, she worked on several campaigns for films in both theatrical releases or international releases in film festivals. She was also the manager of Arab Cinema Center which is an initiative that supports Arab cinema to be present under one umrella at akey international film festivals. She is currently working as a Marketing Director at RAW Entertainment, with a group of team members, they are responsible to create full marketing campaigns for the company's films. She is also working at El Gouna Film Festival as CineGouna Bridge Manager, in which all masterclasses, panels and workshops take place. Moreover, she was an Industry Consultant at Red Sea International Film Festival at Jeddah at the beginning of 2020. She is also freelancing with some talents as a marketing and a PR representative.
Serial entrepreneur. CEO of ThePlanet + Mintrics.
Toam Jaber is Program Director for HighTechXL, the Netherlands’ premier deep-tech venture builder based in Eindhoven. Toam came onboard just as Hightechxl pivoted from high tech startup accelerator to the more ambitious and complex deep-tech venture building program. Toam leads teams through a rigorous nine-month program in three phases. The program features 166 tasks and mission-critical deliverables. Toam implements the tasks and mission-critical deliverables of the program and is involved in all stages of venture building, including organising the reverse-hackathon FasTrackathon, pre-program sessions final selection day and the nine month program. To date, seven teams have completed the program and Toam currently leads 13 teams in phase 1 and phase 2 of the three-phase program. The HighTechXL team works very closely with deep-tech ventures and provides them with all the building blocks to become the region’s fastest growing tech companies.
I work as a program manager at the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung with a focus on Climate, renewable energy and sustainable urban planning. I have over 10 years of work experience in international development with a focus on climate and environmental protection.
Yasser Ghallab has had many remarkable accomplishments in the world of business. He is the head of digital marketing of multiple multinational companies, a business transformation consultant for more than 70 local and international companies, and an expert international trainer who has achieved success in training 45000 leaders from 37 nationalities since 2009. Yasser is an MBA holder, certified professional coach, and academic tutor in the American University in Cairo, and formerly in Cairo University. Furthermore, Ghallab has also been a cornerstone in the establishment of digital marketing teams for Vodafone, Banque Du Caire, Bites, and Emirates Auction. Moreover, Yasser has created various transformation strategies that helped businesses transform and grow by two digits’ percentages month over month. He is a certified consultant for several international entities like the United Nations, International Trade Center, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
CEO / Co-Founder of Arabhardware, Web-obsessed & Suck-up for anything related to Gaming & Tech. started Arabhardware since 2002, Graduated from Computer Science with Software Engineer Major, and decided to turn Arabhardware into a real business in 2010, Arabhardware is now considered as one of the Top Tech and Gaming Communities in the MENA region with over 20M+ Monthly reach. Ibrahim is also a Board member on GBArena the MiddleEast No1. eSports Platform as well as being a Digital Content Consultant for Some firms.
A proud curly-haired who has been working in the digital field for 6 years aka Content Heisenberg
Khalid Mostafa is a seasoned consultant who has been a main reason behind many successful corporate turn-arounds in the past 15 years. He has been a trusted go-to-expert for Commercial related initiatives performed for a prolific list of Multinational firms in MENA Region. Among them Telco giant Etisalat, leading Digital Advertising company: Connect Ads and the new Saudi OTA AlMatar Application Khalid brings thought leadership on Marketing strategies and has managed the entire operations for Twitter, Microsoft Advertising properties (Skype & Outlook) & other prominent digital brands playing an integral role in different companies successful campaigns in KSA & pan regionally. He has drastically increased the market share of Connect Ads in both Saudi & Qatari markets. He holds an EMBA Degree from Georgia State University and Marketing Communications Diploma specialised in Integrated Marketing Communications from International Advertising Association (IAA).
An entrepreneur in the sports tech industry that has developed some unique solutions in recent years.
Co Founder and CCO of GBarena, the largest online gaming community and Esports platform in the region.
Nawaf Mohamed Alkoheji is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Tenmou. He is committed, driven and dedicated to developing a start-up culture in Bahrain and to work together with key stakeholders to benefit entrepreneurs and encourage companies to grow and scale up. Nawaf started his entrepreneurial journey by launching Foods Limited now called the Culinary Company, a specialized catering company in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Nawaf also has several years of startup and SME experience, while was working in Tamkeen. Nawaf graduated with a BA in International Relations from Webster University London, and an MBA from the University of Incarnate Word in Texas.
Marketing Manager of Virgin Megastore
Dr. Omar Sakr is the founder and CEO of Nawah-Scientific, the first online multidisciplinary research center working as an outsourcing destination for research in the fields of natural and biomedical sciences. He holds a PhD in pharmaceutical technology from the University of Geneva and an MBA degree from HULT business school in London. His career extends over 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical field, both in academia and industry. His workplaces include Egypt, Switzerland and Germany. Dr. Sakr is also an adjunct Lecturer of entrepreneurship at Zewail City of Science and Technology. To his name, Omar holds several scientific and business awards.
Laila Badawi is an architect, graduated in 2007 from Cairo University where she held a teaching and research position for 3 years and got her MSc (2010). She also pursued a design career with Shahira Fahmy Architects (2008-2013). She received the Hassan Fathy Design Award (2013) and acquired freelance projects until she founded “Grids Architects” 2017. Grids Architects was recognized in; Cairo Design Award 2017&2018, DNA Paris Design Award 2019 and the Egyptian National competition to represent Egypt at the Venice Biennale of Architecture2020. During the Covid19 Lockdown, Badawi has joined Esorus as Partner because she believes that the design community should come together to improve the industry dynamics by introducing digital solutions.
Marcia Dawood is an investor in over 100 early stage private companies. She is a Venture Partner with Mindshift Capital and a part of the investment committee for Next Wave Impact Fund. Previously, she was the COO of Portfolia (one of her portfolio companies) as well as a managing partner at BlueTree Capital Group where she was responsible for investment strategy, diligence research and member education. She was also a member of Golden Seeds in NYC and Dallas. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Board of the Angel Capital Association (ACA) with a co-chair position on the membership and marketing committee. She will become Chair of the Board in July 2021. Marcia also is a founding member and current chair of the Growing Women’s Capital group building syndication and collaboration among US investment groups focused on women-led companies. She received an MBA from the Global Executive program at UNC’s Kenan Flagler’s School of Business, OneMBA. During her graduate studies, her group acquired the franchise rights to a new sports team. She served on the Board of Directors and managed financial and legal matters for the organization. This gave her experience as an entrepreneur from the start through the exit of a business. Prior to becoming an active investor she was with Kaplan Higher Education for over 16 years.
May Khaled has +10 years of experience in business development and project management, besides her job as a Project Manager in noon Egypt, e-commerce pioneer in MENA, she is still perceiving her passion for storytelling by running her own podcast, Boharat. May has finished a recent degree in Liberal Arts as well as project management where she seeks to find a mutual ground between business and stories of life.
Moataz Salah is a cybersecurity expert with 14 years of experience. He is the founder of CyberTalents, a platform for top talented cybersecurity professionals. CyberTalents is an on-demand cybersecurity platform that enables companies with different levels to keep their business secure. CyberTalents helped many startups in the region including SWVL, Almentor, Shezlong, Harmonica, Moneyfellows, and many others to secure their apps. In 2010, Moataz founded the most valuable cybersecurity conference in Egypt, Cairo Security Camp, since the launch and till now it is the must-attend conference for all cybersecurity Communities. Moataz focuses on building the cybersecurity awareness culture in the Arab community through his conference, competitions, boot camps with a clear objective to discover young cybersecurity talents in this part of the world through his platform https://cybertalents.com/ Before launching CyberTalents, Moataz has been working for a couple of international companies including Intel and Valeo after being graduated from the faculty of engineering, Communication department, Alexandria University.
E-Commerce Consultant for more Than 10 years in MEAN Region Market مستشار تطوير الأعمال لحلول التجارة الإلكترونية منذ أكثر من عشر سنوات في سوق الشرق الأوسط
Electrical engineering degree, 18 years managing successful high-tech products & companies Joined and co-built 4 startups: 2 take-offs, 1 exit, 1 failure
Dr. Mohamed has played many roles in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. He built and sold startups, mentored many, judged competitions, gave keynote speeches, invested in startups and worked for a venture capital. He recently wrote a book about entrepreneurship. He works as business consultant through his consulting firm, Khedr W Business, and produces relevant content and video.
Mohamed Okasha is the managing director of Disreuptech Ventures , With over 18 years of experience in the corporate retail sales, marketing and operations management of both IT and telecom Industries, Okasha launched the retail operation of Fawry across Egypt and built the strong client base of Fawry billers. Before joining Fawry, Okasha held top executive roles at Raya and Vodafone, where he contributed to the launch and establishment of various successful initiatives in the IT and Telecom sectors. Okasha holds a BSC in Computer Science from AUC, and an International MBA from the graduate school of ESCLSCA.
Lamiaa El Rashidy is the Technology Incubation Department Manager at the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC). Through managing TIEC’s incubation department, she aims at promoting entrepreneurial spirit and increasing SMEs in the ICT sector in Egypt. Lamiaa has over 10 years’ experience in the incubation business as she joined ITIDA in 2010 as an Incubation Specialist and since then she has supported and mentored through her work many of the current Egyptian successful startups. Lamiaa has also joined Mowgli mentorship program in 2018 and she is currently one of Mowgli’s regional mentors. Lamiaa has joined TIEC since its inception in September 2010 and has been managing the incubation department as the Incubation Department Manager since June 2012. Prior to her current position, she held different positions at the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt and DaimlerChrysler Egypt. Lamiaa earned an MBA from Maastricht School of Management (MSM), with Distinction and a B.A. in Business Administration – Concentration Marketing, American University in Cairo with high honors.
Mahmoud El Guezery is the CEO of Tredco Mobility and serves on its board of directors. Before being named CEO in November 2018, Mahmoud was Tredco’s Managing Director and was responsible for all of the company's automotive business activities, including end-to-end management of four automotive feeding industries plants. He was the first in the Egyptian market to introduce Electric 2 & 3 wheelers locally assembled under the brand name “Glide”. Prior to joining Tredco Group, Mahmoud was Territory Manager for Exxonmobil and was responsible for selling lubricants and specialties to Power Generation and Oil & Gas sectors . . . Mahmoud earned an MBA from University of Toledo “Ohio”, and a Bachelor degree in Engineering and Material Science from German University In Cairo.
MSc. Global Mental Health, King’s College London, UK