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.
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.
Chris is one of the nation’s leading experts on launching startups and has been dubbed the “Startup Whisperer.” He co-founded MapQuest, is an angel investor, ran a corporate venture fund and 2 micro venture funds (directed over $75M) and is VP Innovation with Techstars. Chris recently published his first book about starting anything called Build The Fort.
Dr. Ayman Ismail is the Assistant Professor and Abdul Latif Jameel Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship at the American University in Cairo School of Business.
His research focuses on entrepreneurship venture capital and private equity in emerging markets economic development in the Middle East industrial strategy international technology diffusion and knowledge transfer to developing countries technology policy and innovation energy and food security and political economy of development.
Dr. Ismail is a former Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University.
He received his PhD in International Economic Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
He also holds a bachelor degree in engineering and an MBA from the American University in Cairo, and a master in city planning and geographic information systems from MIT.
He is also a co-founder and Managing Partner in Enovio, a management & strategy consulting firm operating in the US and the Middle East. Prior to that, he was a consultant in McKinsey & Company Business Technology Office, based in New York for several years.
Dr. Ismail has advised senior management in leading Fortune 100 companies, fast-growing startups, government agencies, and non-profits on key organization, operations and technology issues.
He has also consulted and conducted research for international organizations such as the World Bank and UNCTAD, as well as multiple US government agencies.
Dr. Ismail has a broad multidisciplinary experience in economic development, business strategy, city planning and technology based on professional practice and academic research.
Dr. Ismail is a co-founder and member the Board of Directors of Nahdet El-Mahrousa, a leading NGO incubating social entrepreneurs and social ventures targeting economic and social development issues in Egypt. He is also an Endeavor VentureCorps Mentor, advising entrepreneurs.
Ahmed A. Mansour Head of Digital Channels,Integration & Blockchain
Expert at the Central Bank of Egypt. With 20 years of solid experience in the
field of IT & Payment Systems. Fintech & Blockchain Speaker &
Trainer providing top quality “Fintech” training for Bankers and Financial
sector members. Among his professional milestones; Head of Integration, PM for
the RTGS, ACH, CCH, ATM systems, Administration, Design and implementation of
Middleware Solution, Digital Financial Services, Blockchain Expert at the
Central Bank of Egypt. He is the Head of the Blockchain Taskforce in Financial
Sector, Member of the FinTech task force group, Cryptocurrency task force
group, DFC task force group, National FinTech Strategy taskforce group. His
professional trainings and accreditations are Certified from Hong Kong
University for Fintech , Certified Blockchain Expert, MBA in Financial
Management, Project Management, TOGAF, ITIL, Leadership & Decision Making
(Frankfurt School Of Finance & Management), System Admin, System Solution
Design, Future Leaders Program (FLP Alumni of 2016). Ahmed is a professional
trainer and instructor at the AUC , Egyptian Banking Institute in Cairo,
Egyptian Universities, IBM, Al Mentor, Global Knowledge , Jupiter, Education,
PST. He works as an independent FinTech ,Blockchain, Service Integration &
Digital Transformation consultant.
Keith Wallace is a Scotsman with a passion for entrepreneurs and deal-making. Having founded the Dutch Investors Club (DeInvesteerdersClub) he put his vision of joint investments within the Netherlands and further afield into effect.
With deals in Africa and Asia, as well as Europe, this small group of active investors has striven from the beginning to make impact as well as financial returns.
Working with the Hivos Foundation, he was part of the team that founded Hivos Impact Investments, where he sits in the investment team and manages the portfolio companies of the Hivos Food and Lifestyle Fund (Southern Africa) and the Hivos Mideast Creatives Fund (MENA).
Keith is also Global Ringmaster of Get In The Ring, an international entrepreneurial competition that takes place in over 100 countries and allows him to wear top hat and tails, even in the tropics.
Ahmed Amin an Egyptian comedian, actor ,writer and tv presenter,
graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, who started acting and directing while
he is still a kid in school, then he get into the college, participate in
acting activities during the years of studying. But, after graduation and
searching for stabilization he lost his way to his dream and worked in child
press, yet achieve lots of success writing well known cartoon series like
(Bassant & Diasty) (El Kobtan Azzuz) he never forgot about his dream,
Acting. People actually started to know Amin from his online videos “30 sanya”
(30 seconds) that went viral among Egyptians on Facebook, just when he's
decided to leave everything and took the risk back to his real passion His
second, and more important step, was “Al Plateau” TV show, then (El wasseya)
and last but not least (Amin and partner) theatrical show.
In 2015 Ajlouny co-founded Fetchr, the Silicon Valley-backed tech
company that was created to tackle the Middle East’s “no address” issue, which
has been long been a hindrance to growth in emerging markets. She facilitated
$11 million in initial investments in Fetchr, as well as $41 million in a
series B round in 2017. Having raised over $72 million,the company now
successfully operates in five countries with a 4500-person staff, and was
dubbed the number one startup in the Middle East by Forbes. In 2019, Ajlouny
demonstrated that she was beholden to nobody when she resigned from her
position at Fetchr, with plans to launch her third Silicon Valley-backed
company later this year. Ahead of founding Fetchr, Ajlouny was the driving
force and sole entity behind the e-commerce luxury fashion platform Bonfaire.
Acquired by Moda Operandi––a fashion e-commerce giant owned by LVMH and Condé
Nast––in 2013, just two years after its launch, this was only the start of what
would develop into a long-lasting relationship between Ajlouny and the fashion
industry. Ajlouny is regularly hired as a consultant for fashion startups, as
well as for venture capitalists. Over the last decade, her unmatched knowledge
and expertise in funding and investment, startups and marketing strategies has
compounded into what’s known as the “Joy effect,” a term that refers to the
ripple of her influence on a multitude of new and once suffering companies.
Considered an expert in emotional marketing, she follows the rule of thumb that
in order to be successful, you have to “fall in love with your customer.” With
less than three percent of venture capital funding raised by women, Ajlouny has
successfully raised multiple rounds of funding for her two startups, acquiring
investments from prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firms. As a
self-made woman in the industry, Ajlouny is passionate about encouraging and
investing knowledge into the young women of tomorrow. Ajlouny is regularly
invited to speak at forums and events across the world and most recently took
the stage at the World Economic Forum in Jordan and BoF VOICES in the UK. Her
talks are not only centered upon her businesses, but on the realities of being
a female entrepreneur, the double bind and the relentlessness it takes to
secure a position that counters the traditional roles allocated for women.
Businesswoman, motivational speaker ,serial entrepreneur and advisor, Joy
Ajlouny is a flash-bang grenade thrown into the Middle East. Born and raised in
California to Palestinian refugees, Ajlouny has built a reputation for her
success in startups and ventures worldwide, all the while disrupting the status
quo of women in buisness. Belonging to the top one percent of female
entrepreneurs, the self-made entrepreneur has “gamified rejection” and carved
her space in the business world.
A Business Transformation, Technology Innovation and R&D
professional, AI-driven Design evangelist. Since 2010 a startup entrepreneur,
while in the past operated as a strategy & technology consultant,
specializing in the Design, Development, and Launch of innovative Smart
Products and Services. As of Entrepreneur, his best expertise and the main
focus is concentrated on the Luxury Fashion Retail and Mass Customization,
ideas and projects towards Luxury 3.0 philosophy. Currently is co-founder and
CEO of ELSE Corp, a startup startup developing “Virtual Retail” and “Real Time
Fashion System” concepts, which is a new business model and a set of
technologies and processes for a complete Digital Transformation of fashion
Ziad Mokhtar is Managing Partner at Algebra Ventures, Egypt’s leading VC fund. Ziad is also Managing Partner at Ideavelopers. Ziad has been an active VC investor since 2010. He has invested in many transformative technology companies in Egypt and the Middle East, including vezeeta, siware, elmenus, trella, dsquares, and posrocket. Before becoming a venture investor, Ziad served as a Consultant at McKinsey & Company where he worked on topics related to economic development, healthcare reform, and education. Prior to McKinsey, he co-founded eSpace in 2000 and served as its Chief Executive Officer until 2006. While at eSpace, he led the development of the number one mobile salesforce solution in the region, and spearheaded eSpace’s international services business. Ziad is a member of the board of directors of Elmenus, Iqraaly, SiWare, and Vezeeta. Ziad holds an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Alexandria University.
Mohamed Okasha Managing Director Mohamed Okasha is a co-Founder, member
of the Board of Directors and the Managing Director of Fawry. With over 20
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
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 & Rigadh
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.
H.E. Dr. Nabeel Koshak is the CEO of Saudi Venture Capital Company (SVC). Koshak is the Founder and Chairman of Athaal (Angel Investors Group). He is the former Founding Dean of Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College (MBSC) of Business and Entrepreneurship at King Abdullah Economic City. He is the Co-Founder and the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wadi Makkah Company (Seed Fund, Startup Accelerator, and Venture Capital). He is a Board Member of King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Innovation (Mawhiba). Koshak is a Member of the Executive Committee of King Faisal International Prize. He is also a Board Member of Oqal (Angel Investors Network) Jeddah branch and a mentor at Flat6Labs Jeddah Startup Accelerator and Endeavor Saudi Arabia.
Nabeel is the former Co-Founder and Director of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) GIS Technology Innovation Center. He is the former Co-Founder and General Supervisor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute. Nabeel is the former Co-Founder and Chairman of Board of Directors of Transportation and Crowd Management Innovation Center.
As an entrepreneur, Koshak was the Founder and CEO of five tech startups.
Nabeel received an Executive Education in "Venture Capital and Private Equity" from Harvard University in 2019, an Executive Education from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in "Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program" and "Management, Innovation, Technology" in 2017, a Ph.D. in Design Computing from Carnegie Mellon University in 2002, and a Master of Architecture (Computing in Design and Planning) from the University of Colorado in 1997.
Lauren Maillian is the Founder and CEO of LMB Group, a strategic marketing and brand advisory company; was a Founding Partner at Gen Y Capital Partners, an early stage venture firm focused on investments in mobile and consumer facing technology enabled companies; and is the author of the instant bestselling business memoir, The Path Redefined: Getting To the Top On Your Own Terms. Lauren’s passion for innovation-through-entrepreneurship and her unique ability to story-tell, brought her talents as an expert onto television as the Master Marketer and co-star of the startup focused docu-series, Quit Your Day Job, on Oxygen (NBCU).
At age 19, Lauren cofounded a boutique winery that quickly became an internationally recognized award-winning wine brand, making her the youngest self-made winery owner in the country. She served as the Chief Operating Officer of the company from inception through the brand’s acquisition in 2011.
As a change agent, connector, influencer and media spokesperson, Lauren has demonstrated her ability to create messaging that resonates with brands, millennials and women. Lauren has worked with brands such as J.P. Morgan Chase, DeVry, Cover Girl, Bumble and Bumble, and Secret Deodorant to humanize their brands and better tell their stories to more authentically connect with the consumer.
Her multi-dimensional expertise has catapulted Lauren into a new type of marketer who has global influence as both a brand strategist and ambassador.
Lauren’s experience is both vast and distinctive given the roles and responsibilities she’s had ranging from entrepreneur, investor, advisor, talent, client focused strategist and brand marketing thought leader.
Lauren’s global market leadership leverages media, culture, strategy and technology to grow brands. Lauren is an innovative marketer, who is passionate about deeply understanding people and products to create an emotional connection through storytelling.
She is driven by the belief that there is always an impactful solution to every problem. She develops marketing initiatives with a concentration on the creation and implementation of dynamic yet strategic plans that are rooted in authenticity to build brand identity, influence and notoriety.
She is a detail-oriented strategist with a deep understanding of business operations, management, and formation across various industries. Having traveled the world to more than 40 countries, Lauren has a global perspective and a fresh forward-looking approach to content creation that is sensitive to the cultural nuances faced in global media and the highly-engaged digital consumer landscape.
Maillian has sustained and deepened her influence internationally through speaking engagements to address topics that include marketing, branding, business development, venture capital, women’s leadership, innovation and technology.
She has spoken at prestigious institutions including Harvard University, Columbia University, Cornell University; Fortune 500 companies such as Google, Shell, Dell, Ernst and Young (EY), Prudential, Ogilvy, Weber Shandwick, L’Oréal and Bloomberg; and at industry leading conferences and events such as Social Media Week, ColorComm and AdWeek.
She has invested in several startups and serves on the advisory board of Digital Undivided, a social enterprise that increases the active participation of minority women in the digital space; CoSign, a technology company that allows you to monetize your social media and shareable content; LIQS, a brand of pre-mixed single serve cocktail shots; Levo League, a career content community for Gen-Y women; and Pipeline Angels.
Lauren’s work has been featured in national media outlets including Forbes, American Express OPEN Forum, Interactive ONE, Sirius XM Radio, 1010 WIN’s, HuffPost LIVE, AOL Build, Inc. Magazine, Mashable, UPTOWN Magazine, Jet Magazine, CNBC’s Nightly Business Report, MSNBC, FOX 5, CBS New York, Business Insider, Fast Company, and Black Enterprise. In 2011 she was recognized at The White House by the Kauffman Foundation as an Empact100 Award honoree which lists the top 100 entrepreneurs under 30 and in 2013, Essence Magazine named Lauren a “Shot Caller” to watch in business.
In 2014, the New York Urban League’s Young Professionals awarded Lauren the honor of Philanthropist of the Year for her charitable involvement and dedication to giving back, in 2015 Kia Motors and UPTOWN Magazine awarded Lauren for being Inspirationally Crafted for her leadership and fearless entrepreneurial journey and in 2015, Smart CEO Magazine named Lauren as a Smart CEO Brava Award Winner.
In 2016, Walker’s Legacy named Lauren to their WL50Power List that honors women making strides in the business and philanthropic community.
Lauren is involved in various philanthropic organizations that affect youth, poverty, education, and the arts. She serves on the Advisory Board of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Multicultural Audience Development Initiative (MADI) Committee, as Vice Chair of The Apollo Theater Foundation Young Patrons Steering Committee, New York Urban League’s Development Committee, is a founding member of the Young Entrepreneur Council, and a Lifetime Member of the Children’s Aid Society. Lauren has a Bachelors of Science, Magna Cum Laude, in International Trade and Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She currently resides in New York City with her two children, Jayden and Chloe.
Egyptian Thinker in Economic Development and Visiting Professor of Managerial Sciences.
Member of The Board of Trustees for the National Training Academy (www.nta.eg) chaired by the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt.
Sherif Delawar born in 30 July 1940 has a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering in 1962. He is a practitioner with extensive business experience as a senior executive in various sectors (oil and petrochemicals manufacturing industries, construction). He also possesses a strong academic background and has been involved as “consultant” for the United Nations Industrial Organization in a number of industrial feasibility studies in Africa, Latin America and the Arab world.
Sherif Delawar was a member of the , the “High Council for Culture” and the “Academy for Scientific Research & Technology”. He was a member of the Board of the Alexandria and Mediterranean Research Center (Alex Med- Bibliotheca Alexandrina)
Delawar has been awarded the highest academic French award "Chevalier dans l Ordre des Palmes Academiques" from the French republic for his academic achievements.
Techne Summit is an international multi-industry focused investment & entrepreneurship event that aims to impact multiple sectors and stakeholders of the startup communities in the Mediterranean region through showcasing different technologies and their application in each industry.
The event kick-started in Alexandria, Egypt in 2015 and in 2018 has attracted more than 6000 attendees, 130 speakers, 230 startups, and 80 investors, all from more than 25 countries.
TS2019 will feature the launch of the first dedicated Mediterranean Business Angel Investment Network (Med Angels) which will bring together a large number of Business Angel Networks, Groups and Funds as well as individual Angel Investors from across the region. The first Med Angels round table discussion took place on May 4 2019 during Techne Summit Dubrovnik 2019 with all interested entities.
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CEO, Vork & Orcasci, Germany
"For us Techne Summit 2018 was successful: full house at our lounge, unique networking opportunities, nice outreach and branding, and good, warm atmosphere. Thank you TS team!"
Hivos Impact Investments
"Recommend this event, it is in a lovely setting and great attention is paid to help the entrepreneurs. Well done team!!!"
Sawari Ventures LLC, Chairman