Mediterranean Investors Network Bootcamp is an Investors-only track taking place from 7-10 October during Techne Summit Alexandria 2023 and organized by Alexandria Business Angels Network, offering a tailor-made experience for investors at different stages of their journey. Whether catering to high-net-worth individuals aspiring to join angel networks or advanced investors seeking connections with peers for the purposes of trust-building and exploring investment opportunities, this track is finely curated. It will gather together speakers and Investors from all across Europe, the UK, and the Middle East. It will serve as a forum for professionals and members of the investment ecosystem to interact and exchange expertise.
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.
Ayman Ismail the Abdul Latif Jameel Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor at AUC School of Business and the founding director of AUC Venture Lab. 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 the World Bank, a co-founder and managing partner at Enovio Consulting, and a Young Global Leader (YGL) at the World Economic Forum (WEF). He received his PhD in International Economic Development from MIT.
Tarek Assaad is Managing Partner at Algebra Ventures, Egypt’s leading VC fund. Tarek is also 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, SiWare and 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 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.
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.
Mr. El Akhdar founded LimeVest Partners, a Egypt-focused healthcare
private equity manager, in 2017. He is the Managing Partner and a member
of the investment committee. He is responsible for fundraising, deal
sourcing, origination and exit strategies with a focus on the overall
firm management and strategy.
Mr. El Akhdar was previously a Partner with BPE Partners (formerly Beltone Private Equity) since 2008 where he led the firm’s team building efforts and was responsible for fundraising, deal sourcing and origination, operational oversight of portfolio companies, and exit strategies. He led BPE Partners’ investments in Madinet Nasr Housing and Development, Total Egypt, PGESCo, and Pickalbatros.
Mr. El Akhdar is a board member of the Housing and Development Bank (Ticker: HDBK.CA) (2020-Current), Alexandria New Medical Center (Ticker: AMES.CA) (2022-Current), Global Auto SAE (2022-Current), Taamir Investment Holding Company (2021-Current), Egyptian Resorts Company (2022-Current), NSA Diagnostics (2020-Current), Dar Al Teb for Medical Services (2018-Currrent), Eye Speciality Centre (2019-Current), ArtPharma for Pharmaceutical Products (2021-Current). He also held board memberships of BPE Partners (2008-2016), Madinet Nasr Housing and Development (Ticker: MNHD.CA) (2008-2016), Total Egypt (2013-2016), Pickalbatros Holding and Arabiya for Investments (2009-2012), Metalart (2008-2016), and Arabiya for Investments (Ticker: AIND.CA) (2015-2016)
Prior to joining BPE Partners, Mr. El Akhdar was at American Capital Strategies, one of the largest US publicly traded alternative asset managers. He started his career as a management consultant with Abt Associates.
Mr. El Akhdar received his MSc in Finance from the George Washington University School of Business and his BA in Accounting and Economics from the American University in Cairo.
Marcel Bruno Dridje, a British Citizen and INSEAD graduate, is today
active as an international advisor to Startup Ecosystems in the EMEA
region. Marcel wears different hats that allows him today to have a 360
view on what it takes to build a healthy and strong incubation /
acceleration / investments programs.
Marcel holds different positions as an active investor by being in the leadership of these initiatives: Sophia Business Angels, President Emeritus / European Business Angels Network, Board Member / Mediterranean Business Angels Network, Co-founder / Maghreb Diaspora Business Angel, Co-founder / EuropIA Capital, Board Member.
A seasoned European Sales 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 with a Nasdaq IPO. Marcel launched his career after completing a BSC in Electronics and Computer Science from Portsmouth Polytechnic UK. He walked away from his first position with IBM UK as an Applications Engineer greatly relieved to embark on a career in sales.
Bi-Lingual in French and English with a working knowledge of Arabic, Spanish, Italian and German.
Three major highlights from his career include helping Airespace to be the #2 WLAN in EMEA market share and positioned Cisco to be #1 WLAN vendor worldwide. He has helped start promoting Cisco VCE alliance (VMware, EMC, Cisco) and the BMC OEM relationship to Kick Start their first SP IaaS Cloud programs.
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
Amal Enan is a Partner at 500 Global, a USD 2.8 bn venture capital firm investing globally in the uplifting economies. Amal
advises the American University in Cairo’s Endowment as the Chief
Investment Officer of the and former Senior Advisor on COP27 to the
World Resources Institute.
At 500 Global, Amal leads the firm’s early-stage investments in Egypt in high growth sectors including healthtech, fintech and Saas in addition to managing the wider Egypt programs and building the team. Amal was the former Executive Director of the Egyptian American Enterprise Fund “EAEF”. Amal joined EAEF as the first employee and since then, the organization grew to over USD 300 mn under management, seeded four first time fund managers and invested in several Egyptian companies that address high development needs in Egypt. Prior to EAEF, Amal was part of a team of economists at the Macro-Fiscal Policy Unit in the Ministry of Finance where she formulated reform policies, drafted sections of the State Budget and negotiated with international organizations on matters that touch the lives of millions of Egyptians. Before the Ministry of Finance, Amal built her investment experience at the International Finance Corporation where she was an Associate Investment Officer at the Infrastructure Department working on debt and equity projects in MENA. Amal started her career in the research department of EFG-Hermes as a junior economist and became a CFA Charter holder in the years to follow.
Amal received an MBA degree from Harvard Business School, a Masters in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s in economics from Cairo University. Amal is a MELI fellow at the Aspen Institute and Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum.
Amal founded of The Lotus Collective, an organization supporting access to finance for women and climate solution for sustainable & inclusive growth.
Mohamed Aladdin is a Principal at Global Ventures, leading Investments
and portfolio management for the Middle East and Africa. Aladdin comes
from a European venture capital background with investment experience
across the EU, the US, and Southeast Asia. Before Investments, Aladdin
was an operator working for multiple early and late-stage technology
companies in the FinTech and HealthTech domains."
Seasoned finance professional with over 10 years of international
experience in corporate finance, private equity, strategy, business
development and venture capital.
Strong entrepreneurial drive having founded a Food & Beverage start up, a boutique Private Equity Firm and an early stage tech-focused venture capital fund
Mohamed Okasha is one of the pioneers of financial technology and digital transformation in Egypt. Okasha has more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications and IT sectors. Information technology.
Okasha started his professional career at Raya Company in 1995, then joined He held the position of General Manager of Raya Information Technology Company. In 2006, Okasha assumed the position of Chief Marketing Officer at Fu Davon until 2009. During his work at Raya and Vodafone, Okasha launched many Successful initiatives in the communications and information technology sectors.
Okasha obtained a Bachelor’s degree in science, specializing in electronic engineering. A computer from the American University in Cairo, as well as a master’s degree in in Business Administration from the French University of Alaska. He has participated in many training courses throughout his professional career.
Waleed A. Alballaa is a General Partner at Sukna Ventures, an early
stage venture capital fund based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Waleed has a
proven track record in the tech industry and is a founding member in a
number of associations in his field including the Saudi VC/PE
association (SAVCPEA), the Saudi Business Analysis Association Group
Association (BAAG), and Riyadh Angel Investors (RAI).
Ever since he got into the VC space in 2015, Waleed has built up deep expertise in sourcing and structuring technology deals based on his long track record of working closely with founders and helping them grow and expand their businesses. Sukna Ventures is his third VC vehicle and before that he had laid the foundations of Elm’s CVC arm and had also cofounded Riyadh-based VC fund STV.
Waleed comes from a strong operator background. A software engineer by profession, his experience includes working across different verticals in the technology ecosystem in the US where he spent eight years developing and testing products for leading industry players including Microsoft, Cadence Design, and Skyworks Solutions. His business experience includes successful launches of a number of eGov mega-programs in Saudi including Saher and Hafiz.
Waleed holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the King Saud University in Saudi Arabia and a master’s in Computer Science from Oregon Health and Science University in the US.
Investment Consultant and IC member supporting startups and Fund
Managers across Africa and GCC regions with Fundraising. Previously held
the position of Managing Partner of FLat6Labs Egypt and Partner at
Silicon Badia, working on over 75 unique investments across Egypt.
After 20 years in managing the family investments, and 10 years in the
Corporate & Institutional banking sector, between ABC Bank, SAMBA,
NCB, & Saudi Hollandi Bank, where Ali Abussaud managed a portfolio
of USD 1.5+ Billion, Ali founded Financial Horizon Group in 2014 which
is an investment firm that operates several entities within investment,
financial & management consulting, recruitment and executive search
During the same period in 2014, Ali co-founded a Corporate Investment Fund which invested in various Asset-Classes including Venture Capital.
In 2018, Ali co-founded HALA Ventures, one of the pioneering venture capital firms in Saudi and MENA region.
Lachlan is the Portfolio Manager covering Venture Capital at Aditum Investment Management, based in Dubai. In this role, Lachlan is responsible for investing out of the firm’s venture capital fund with a focus on Seed to Series B investments globally, with a skew towards early-stage opportunities in the MENA region where they lead or co-invest and a skew to later-stage opportunities. The fund is not constrained to any sector but B2B software and fintech are to key themes driving the current investment strategy.
Damla Ilica serves as an Investment Manager at Startupfon, where her
responsibilities span Investment Management, Investor Relations, and
Legal Advising. Since joining in 2020, she has focused on setting up
legal and tax structures for new companies in the Netherlands. In this
role, she has also overseen the onboarding of approximately 60
investors, ensuring compliance with regulatory frameworks such as KYC
Investor relations are a key aspect of her work. Damla has developed fundraising strategies and conducted investor meetings, both online and face-to-face, to facilitate informed decision-making. Her role also includes the design of marketing initiatives aimed at improving the visibility of Startupfon's investment portfolio.
She has contributed to the finalization of 15 startup deals, overseeing negotiations, due diligence, and the drafting of various types of investment agreements. Her comprehensive understanding of the startup ecosystem has been valuable in evaluating and selecting potential investments. Additionally, she has played a role in securing a crowdfunding platform license for the firm, thereby meeting key operational requirements.
Externally, Damla has coordinated the development of marketing materials and initiated networking initiatives to expand the firm's footprint. She has also been involved in the recruitment process, focusing on the alignment of human resources with organizational objectives.
Prior to her role at Startupfon, Damla was working at Bener Law Office. There, she gained hands-on experience in corporate law, preparing due diligence reports, and participating in the negotiation of lease agreements. This foundational experience has been integral to her current role, where legal and financial dimensions intersect.
In summary, Damla Ilica’s work at Startupfon showcases a balanced approach to investment management, combining financial, legal, and relational aspects within a complex organizational framework
Karim Helal started his
career in banking in 1972 at the Arab African International Bank as the
Head of International Finance Department. Later, he moved to Bahrain to
establish the AAIB’s OBU subsidiary.
In 2008, he returns to Cairo as the group CEO of CI Capital Holding and since then, he has led the company to new heights.
In 2008, he returned to Cairo as the group CEO of CI Capital Holding and since then has led the company to new heights. Karim initiated the launch of a LE 250mn SME focused private equity fund and launched the CI Capital “Look East” initiative. He also led CI Capital investment banking deals and transactions which resulted in CI Capital becoming the best investment Bank in Egypt according to the Egyptian Stock Exchange.
Karim is the former chairman of ADIB Capital, the investment banking arm of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank. He is the currently the managing director for corporate finance at Carbon Holding, the Chairman of Asia Egypt Business Association and member of the National Committee for State Assets.
For over 10+ years Keo has played key roles in
helping startups in various stages of their life-cycle figure out how to
grow and scale as effectively as possible. His belief is that
businesses built for scale can unlock value for all stakeholders and
have a net positive for humanity. His mission is to work with leaders
and their teams to find the strategic edge and help them execute on it.
Prior to joining August Hill, Keo was the CRO at Shyft and co-founded a startup in the blockchain space. Throughout his career he has held senior leadership roles in several companies, building and leading cross-functional teams in Business Development, Sales, Operations and Customer Service. The companies have ranged from Series A (Octane & Lenda) to a company that IPO’d with an $8B exit (Lending Club). Before catching the startup bug Keo gained valuable experience at a couple Fortune 100 companies.
Keo is passionate about talent development, being involved in building technologies that enhance the human experience and finding the most effective ways to scale companies. He is also a regular at industry conferences and has done several keynotes and panel discussions. He is currently based in Belgrade, Serbia with his dog and works with Western Balkans innovation ecosystems to share his knowledge and experience, conducting workshops and mentoring founders, as well as being an angel investor. Outside of work Keo spends most of his time with his dog BB, traveling, writing and immersing himself in his curiosities.
Youssef is an associate investor at the Climate Resilience Fund, an
early-stage VC backing innovative early-stage companies in agri-food and
climate in Egypt and Africa. Prior to this, Youssef was on Global
Ventures' post-graduate program, where he focused on agritech and
climatetech in Africa and the Middle East.
Beyond VC, Youssef has professional experience with insect farming for sustainable protein and with international industrial technology companies.
Youssef is an African Private Equity Fellow and Netwon Venture Scholar. He completed a MSc in Management at London Business School and a BSc in Social Sciences from Groningen University, where he focused on climate, climate finance, entrepreneurship and sustainable agrifood.
The Co-Founder, CEO and Vice chairman of Erada Microfinance.
He was previously the Executive Vice Chairman & CEO of Tamweely Micro Finance Company and formerly the CEO, Vice Chairman and Co-founder of Tanmeyah Micro Enterprise Services and the Deputy Director of the German Development Bank (KFW) in Egypt.
He is also the Co-Founder, Chairman and a Shareholder in ElGameya for Finance & Information Technology Rosca Fintech as well as a Board Member of Nasser Social Bank and previously a Board Member of the International Council for small business (ICSB). President of Global Entrepreneurship Network in Egypt (GEN Egypt). He was the Vice Chairman of the Egyptian Federation for Financing Medium Small & Micro Projects (EFFMSMP). He is currently the Co-Chairman of the Non-Banking Financial Institutions Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt (AMCHAM).
The Head of Risk Committee for Egypt Venture Capital Company (EVCC) and member of the advisory committee for RMBV investment firm and previously a Board Member of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (MSMEDA).
In addition to being one of the renowned executives in Egypt in financial services and SME e-commerce, he has played a principal role in the formulation of the First National Micro Finance Strategy for Egypt and first Micro Finance law. He is an eminent Lecturer in entrepreneurship development and financial services provision and an investor in a number of startups in the sectors of Fintech, Supply Chain and F&B. As well as a mentor to several young entrepreneurs and an advisor for Fintech startups and a member of the Egyptian Fintech Association.
Mr. Abou El-Azm holds a B.A. in Economics in 1993 and a master’s degree specializing in the Commercialization and Development of Micro and small Enterprises in 2004, both received from the American University in Cairo.
Antoun currently holds the position of VP Investment at IM Fndng where he works on evaluating, supporting portfolio companies and closely collaborating on developing and articulating structured investment thesis.
Prior to joining IM Fndng, Antoun was a corporate banker for more than 10 years dealing with a diversified portfolio of companies across several industries.
He graduated from Notre Dame University and ESCP Business School.
Ezz is an experienced Portfolio Manager at EdVentures, with a background in investment analysis and event planning. He previously worked as a Senior Investment Analyst at Alexandria Angels Network, closing six deals worth $5 million and reviewing 500+ startup companies in the last 18 months. Ezz holds a certificate in electromechanical engineering from Alexandria University and is pursuing an MBA from the Arab Academy for Technology and Maritime. He's been involved in the startup scene since 2018, and focused on venture capital and private equity in 2020, demonstrating his ability to navigate complex financial landscapes.
Maya has 4 years of experience across venture capital & private
equity, and is currently an Investment Associate at Flat6Labs. Before
that, she was a Senior Private Equity Analyst at Catalyst Partners, an
SME-focused boutique investment bank, where she closed transactions
worth around US$ 11M. Maya holds a BBA from ESADE Business School in
Barcelona, Spain. In addition, she is fluent in Arabic, English, French
Paula Tavangar is a seasoned entrepreneur and respected leader in the
Fintech, Blockchain, and Quantitative Finance sectors. With a wealth of
experience and a proven track record, Paula has taken on the role of
Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Injaz Capital - External Asset
Previously, Paula made significant contributions to SwissBorg Ventures, where she leveraged her deep knowledge of blockchain technologies and venture capital to lead investments and drive deal sourcing. Prior to this, she co-founded Genesis Capital LATAM in 2018, where she played a pivotal role in developing a crucial algorithmic trading strategy. Paula's commitment to innovation also led her to co-found Wethaq, an Islamic Fintech startup, in 2022, dedicated to issuing Sukuks (Islamic bonds) on the distributed ledger.
Beyond her ventures, Paula actively engages with the World Business Angels Forum (WBAF) Global Startup Committee, where she represented the WBAF as a commissioner in the United Arab Emirates. Paula holds a B.A. in International Finance and an MSc diploma in Financial Engineering, specializing in Automated Trading Systems
Ayman is the Co-founder & Managing Director of Exits.me. He also
heads transaction advisory services. Prior to founding Exits. Ayman had a
10 year investment banking career with regional and global reputable
financial institutions such as the International Finance Corporation
"IFC" (The World Bank Group), the European Bank for Reconstruction &
Development "EBRD" and Arab African International Bank, having advised
governments and corporations on investment/debt deals totaling over USD
1.5Bn of size. Ayman's expertise covers a wide range of industries and
verticals, such as fintech, telecom, broadband, renewable energy, oil
& gas, green hydrogen, healthcare, microfinance, FMCG, fertilizers,
& social infrastructure. His responsibilities cover constructing and
diligently analyzing business plans, financial models & valuations
for clients, supervising preparation of transaction marketing packages
and initiating roadshows. He also leads all aspects of the deal
lifecycle, along with designing and leading efforts on legal, tax, and
financial due diligence processes. Ayman holds an MBA from the
University of Warwick, a bachelor of Accounting from the American
University in Cairo and a certificate in project finance from Harvard
Rafeh launched Cubit Ventures and Founder Institute Egypt, is an advisor
to Toronto based Loyal VC, sat on Falak Startups board and on Egypt
Ventures governance committee, and led one of the largest consulting
firms in Egypt. Rafeh is an experienced executive, entrepreneur, and
management consultant where he advised numerous companies of all sizes
on growth, turnaround, and business restructuring strategies.
Joanne is the Chair of IEEE Entrepreneurship - Connecting tech entrepreneurs to an engineering-driven global Innovation network.
Joanne is General Partner of REDDS Capital, a Californian VC firm investing in global early-stage IT startups. She has worked with IBM, HP, SAP, and Cisco in multiple technical, market development, and strategic investments positions.
Joanne was the Executive Director of a healthcare charity start-up, providing free green access to high performance computational resources for biomedical researchers. She has co-founded startups in 3D simulation for learning, and a startup of a multi-modal research data management platform for longitudinal clinical studies.
She is a mentor/advisor for multiple startups. Joanne has served on several boards including the Government of Canada ICT sector council setting research and advising ICT policy for the country.
Gomaa, a veteran VC since 1999, during that time made investments in
very exciting investments like Siware Almentor Synapse among a portfolio
of 18 investments at Egypt Ventures two IPOs Raya Fawry … most recent
exits were Fatura and PayNas …Currently working on a new Fund
Aly Elazhary brings 6+ years of experience in the startup ecosystem in Egypt, and is now focused on supporting ScaleUps through his role at Endeavor Egypt, a mission-driven organization focused on supporting high-growth companies in emerging and underserved markets. As an Entrepreneur Experience Manager at Endeavor Egypt, Aly works closely with companies who are in the process to join Endeavor’s network, or receive investments from Endeavor’s fund, and manages a portfolio of 15 companies across 5 different verticals/industries. Aly’s portfolio includes companies like MaxAB, MNT-Halan, Pylon and Dsquares.
Ilkay Demirdag is an accomplished Investment and Impact Strategist with
25 years of global experience in Corporate Finance, Fund Management,
Investor Relations, Sustainability and Impact. Througout her career,
Ilkay has successfully applied her expertise to lead and advise
conglomerates, family offices, multinational corporations, private
equity, and venture capital funds, driving maximum value and impact for
Ilkay's international perspective and deep understanding of sustainable finance and responsible investing principles make her a valuable asset for organizations seeking to make a meaningful difference in global markets. Her adeptness at navigating diverse regulatory environments and cultural nuances enables her to drive strategic initiatives that align financial performance with positive social and environmental outcomes.
Ilkay is a recognized leader and a futuristic connecting and interlinking trends and concepts to create future-ready strategies and drive change in individuals, organizations, and society, through inspiration, awareness, impact, and transformation.
Furthermore, she brings valuable board and governance experience, having held memberships and roles in corporations, NGOs, and start-ups, contributing to strategic decision-making, ESG integration, and stakeholder engagement. Ilkay also serves as an IFC Nominee Director/Advisory Committee Member.
Ilkay is highly regarded as a thought leader and activist in sustainable economic development and impact investments. She frequently speaks and moderates global events covering a wide range of topics, including ESG & Sustainability, Investor Relations, Sustainable Economic Development, Impact & Responsible Investments, Purpose and Impact Driven Leadership, and Value Creation.
More information: https://ilkaydemirdag.com/
Sadaharu Saiki(a.k.a. Sada), based in Cairo, Egypt, is passionate about
finding startups with good ambitions and supporting them in scaling
their businesses and their impact into the world.
He worked at Dentsu Inc., one of the largest advertising companies in the world, for 6 years in Tokyo, Japan and 3 years in Bangalore, India, engaging in helping Japanese multinational corporations with marketing and communication. He is also an alum of McKinsey & Company.
Sadaharu holds a Bachelor in Integrated Human Studies from Kyoto University and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) with distinction from Harvard Business School.
Ayman comes with more than 20 years of working experience with Impact
Driven Enterprises and Private Sector Organizations incorporating
Purpose Driven Strategies. Ayman also led PwC Egypt's Sustainability and
Corporate Responsibility department for almost a decade. He is
co-founder of Namaa initiative for sustainable development and social
entrepreneurship education, SHAREK hub for private sector engagement in
development, and Managing Partner of Elre7la.com
Tarek is an entrepreneur and a software engineer by education. He is the
managing partner of Endure Capital, a cross-border Venture Capital
fund, and an early investor in Careem, Breadfast, Aspect Biosystems,
Boom Supersonic, Mawdoo3, MaxAB, Thndr, and Tribal among many other
leading startups in the US, Canada, UK, and MEA.
Tarek is also a fellow of IVLP the US Department of State’s premier professional program for current and emerging international leaders.
Tarek has also founded Alboraq, a Non-Profit Organization in Egypt focusing on Hands-On youth development.
Tarek has Engineering, Business, and Management degrees from Ain Shams University, The American University in Cairo, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
- Over 23 years of experience in Private Equity, Direct Investment and Banking focusing on impact investing.
- Former Managing Director at Arab African Investment Management, GroFin, Delta Inspire, and senior officer at Banque Misr, CIB, CI Capital, Misr Asset Management, and Pioneers Capital
- Founding board member and Vice Chairman of the Egyptian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association, and a member of different business associations and chambers of commerce
Mr. Mohammed Al Rashidi is the brain, the vision and the builder for multiple ventures in Telecom, mContent, mHealth, mTourism, mEducation, mGovernment, Fintech & Entrepreneurship.
He is the founder of One Global Holding Company, the venture-building company that embodies the essence of digital transformation and restores trust between investors and ventures.
One Global Holding builds its ventures through three subsidiaries: One Global
Innovation, One Global Hub, and One Global Capital.
These subsidiaries enable graduate companies to become success stories for future prospective ventures. Some of the graduated companies are Yappy, Casheer, Og Money, Squiarcle, One Engage, Flytern, Capital House, and much more to come.
One Global Holding, with its subsidiaries, is launching a $10 Pre-Seed fund in Kuwait to back Deep Tech and HiTech startups that leverage the partner’s experience in various markets, Cultures Technologies, and leadership in Digital
Transformation and venture-building roles across the MENA Region.
Mohammed is driven by his philosophy, which is that performing a mission always requires brains and machines, automation of resources, and a map of thinking to processes to be successful.
Mohammed has two main goals out of his philosophy:
He is an inventor with a patent in the Fintech industry registered in the US and other countries for performing a card presence Transaction on the cloud, among other patents in filing progress.
He was also named in Forbes Middle East’s Kuwait Top Entrepreneurs List 2023 and won the FinTech Innovation Award at the 2019 East Middle Entrepreneur Awards at the Agility Award Ceremony, the Finx Digital Transformation Leader 2019 Award, and the Outstanding Leader Award at the Money 2.0 Conference.
Mohammed also serves as a Board member in many companies that are in the Tech Industry and New Technologies businesses.
Hany Emad is the Director of SME Finance and Investment central sector
at Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency "MSMEDA", with
25+ years’ professional experience in financing and investment with
portfolio of more than 50,000 SMEs credit proposals, amounting to ”8
Billion EGP”. He negotiated and reviewed over 50 proposals with billions
of dollars for fundraising from international and regional financial
and developmental institutions; He was responsible for developing and
launching of at least 15 new financial products.
Hany has a vast experience in SMEs, Corporate, Syndicated financing, and Leasing. In addition, to well diversified investment experience, in Private equity, Corporate Valuation, Asset - Liability Management, and traded securities.
Played a key role in introducing Venture Capital to MSMEDA’s financing channels to support startups, by establishing the first fund of funds in Egypt with portfolio of investee companies approaching USD 3 Billion.
He also, sits on several financial institutions boards and investment committees including but not limited to MSMEDA’s Investment, high credit committee, and ALCO. Moreover, Hany represents MSMEDA in BODs of its invested in companies, across different sectors such as Insurance and Micro finance. In addition to being a member in credit, risk, and investment committees of some of these companies.
Before MSMEDA, Hany worked at National Bank of Kuwait “NBK” for 7 years in investment Sector, where he was responsible for evaluating investment opportunities, analyze market conditions, and fundamental analysis of the traded companies. As well as representing the bank in AGM of the companies in which the bank is a shareholder.
Hany holds a Bachelor Degree in Accounting, from Ain shams University. Also, CLBB “Certified Lender Business Banker, and Diploma in Investment and Finance. In addition to international exposure to learn more about credit and investment international and regional best practices.
Mohamed Elshabrawy is the co-founder and CEO of SehaTech. He has +12
years experience in the healthcare industry during which he pursued his
passion of improving and transforming medical services.
During his career he held multiple managerial and leadership roles in the National Health Services (NHS) of England, the United Kingdom.
Mohamed Mounir, is the founder and managing director of pmaestro, a
consulting boutique that supports the growth of the digital economy
Mohamed is an Entrepreneur and ICT Consultant with +16 years of experience in world class ICT providers.
He engineered the success of many digital transformation projects in the MENA region and contributed in building successful tech enabled ventures, supported by a framework to build capacities and ensure sustainable growth.