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2020

Techne Summit 2020 Speakers Lineup

H.E. Amr Talaat
  • H.E. Amr Talaat
  • Minister of Communic..
  • Minister of Communications and Information Technology
  • Egypt
  • Amr Talaat has been appointed the Minister of Communications and Information

    Technology since June 2018, to the Cabinet of the Prime Minister Dr. MostafaMadbouly.

    Talaat possesses over 30 years of solid experience in communications and information technology areas, with a wide experience in developing and implementing strategies across a vast spectrum of activities in Egypt.

    Talaat joined IBM-Egypt in August 1988 and held various managerial positions. On May 23 rd , 2010, Amr Talaat held the position of the Country General Manager of IBM, and also served as IBM Egypt Territory Manager since 2005.

    He held various managerial positions within IBM Egypt including Business Partner Organization (BPO) Manager as well as Systems and Technology Group Manager.

    During his tenure, his scope transcended financial goals to strategic and operational elements such as building human capital, fortifying customer loyalty, corporate social responsibility and employees’ Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

    He also sought to establish relationships with key officials and executives of various sectors, both at the national and international levels, to attract major investments, and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) deals.

    In addition, Talaat was an adjunct professor at Cairo University; teaching marketing and & sales strategies and tactics, organizational behavior and strategic management. He was, also, an honorary member at the ICT Board at Cairo University and member of the ICT Board of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT) and the Chairman of ICT Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham).

    Talaat graduated in 1983 from the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, completing his undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering at Cairo University.

    He earned his PhD or doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) from the University of Paris - Paris School of Business (PSB) and Masters of Science in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), in addition to an MBA from Paris ESLSCA Business School, France.

Mustafa Shamseldin
  • Mustafa Shamseldin
  • CMO Africa, Middle E..
  • CMO Africa, Middle East, and South Asia
  • PepsiCo
  • PepsiCo
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 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.

Riad Armanios
  • Riad Armanios
  • CEO
  • CEO
  • Evapharma
  • Evapharma
  • Egypt
  • "Riad is the CEO of Eva Pharma which is one of the leading and fastest growing pharmaceutical manufacturers in the MENA region.  After spending a decade working in Business Development, Marketing, Production, International Markets and Project Management, his vast global experience and training have widened his horizons and allowed him to implement better strategies of improvement within his local community.

    Riad utilizes his resources, time and experience to empower future leaders and help them grow. He has also initiated and led programs, research awards and training centers for under privileged youth. One of which was the first Egyptian Pharmaceutical research award for pharmacy students and young alumni. Riad also founded the “T20â€‌ foundation, a non-charitable organization that focuses on utilizing the knowledge of highly educated youth to develop people and programs for social and economic improvement. 

    At Eva Pharma we function with the purpose of making basic healthcare available for all. We want to make sure that quality generics are available throughout this part of the world at affordable prices. With projects and initiatives already in place I am confident that in the coming years Eva will make a strong impact in improving access to affordable and high-quality medicine across Africa, and we will continue to invest with this goal in mind despite any political and economic turmoil. 

    Ultimately Riad’s goal is to help patients and physicians across the Middle East and Africa. He wants to make sure that quality generics are available throughout this part of the world at affordable prices; the number of people without access is enormous, yet few companies are working to overcome the hurdles to reach and help these people. Riad hopes that in the coming years Eva can make a strong impact in terms of improving access to affordable and high quality medicine across Africa, and continue to invest with this goal in mind despite any political and economic turmoil. 

    Riad holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Cairo University and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School."


Angela Lee
  • Angela Lee
  • CEO
  • CEO
  • 37 Angels
  • 37 Angels
  • United States
  • Angela Lee is an educator & entrepreneur.

    She serves as Professor of Practice and Chief Innovation Officer at Columbia Business school where she teaches top-rated courses in venture capital and leadership. She was voted top three faculty by students in 2018. Angela started her career in product management and then was a strategy consultant at McKinsey. She has started 4 startups and is also the founder of 37 Angels, an investing network that has evaluated 12000+ startups, invested in 55, and activates new investors through a startup investment boot camp.

    Angela has spoken at the White House and is regularly invited to advise decision-makers at the highest levels, including Prime Minister Trudeau. She is a sought-after expert on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, MSNBCand Fox Business. She was recognized by Inc. as one of 17 Inspiring Women to Watch in 2017, by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of 6 Innovative Women to Watch in 2015, and by Craine’s as a Notable Women in Tech in 2019. She serves on the boards of Fresco Education Fund and Cariclub.

Chris Heivly
  • Chris Heivly
  • VP Innovation
  • VP Innovation
  • Techstars
  • Techstars
  • United States
  • 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.

Amr Mahfouz
  • Amr Mahfouz
  • Acting CEO
  • Acting CEO
  • ITIDA
  • ITIDA
  • Egypt
  • Amr Mahfouz is the Acting CEO of Egypt’s Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA). He also holds the position of Assistant Minister for growth and development at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).


    He has extensive experience in the IT field having spent over 33 years in business development and transforming businesses through implementing different technologies to meet and achieve targets.


    Mahfouz has a record of achievements and proven expertise in areas of digital transformation, business consulting, talent management, systems integration, capacity building, and global operations in emerging markets.


    Prior to joining ITIDA in July 2020, Mahfouz worked for IBM for over 33 years where he has established strong business relationships and helped different-scale enterprises reinvent their business, go-to-market strategies, and thrive in the digital era. 


    Over his career, Mahfouz held several executive positions and leadership roles where he championed the implementation of several large-scale projects across different industries like telcos, government, and banking.


    During his tenure as head of the Consulting Services Division, Mahfouz oversaw all aspects of digital transformation projects including transforming related business processes to improve clients’ performance, increase value, and accelerate growth. 


    Moreover, Mahfouz served as IBM’s Communications Sector Leader for the MEA region out of Dubai, and Managing Partner, Global Business Services Country Leader at IBM in Saudi Arabia.

    Amr Mahfouz holds a B.Sc. in Engineering from Cairo University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands.

H.E. Jan Thesleff
  • H.E. Jan Thesleff
  • Swedish Ambassador
  • Swedish Ambassador
  • Sweden
  • 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
  • Peter Cowley
  • President
  • President
  • European Business An..
  • European Business Angel Network (EBAN)
  • United Kingdom
  • 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.

Janaina Herrera
  • Janaina Herrera
  • General Consulate
  • General Consulate
  • France Diplomacy
  • France Diplomacy
  • France
  • 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.

Dr. Sherif Delawar
  • Dr. Sherif Delawar
  • Visiting Professor
  • Visiting Professor
  • AAST
  • AAST
  • Egypt
  • 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 .

Ritu Marya
  • Ritu Marya
  • Editor In Chief
  • Editor In Chief
  • Entrepreneur APAC
  • Entrepreneur APAC
  • India

Ahmed Alfi
  • Ahmed Alfi
  • Chairman
  • Chairman
  • Sawari Ventures LLC
  • Sawari Ventures LLC
  • Egypt
  • Named as one of the most creative people in the world by Fast Company, Ahmed El Alfi has been an early stage/growth investor for over 30 years, translating to an extensive experience in funding and nurturing early stage companies. El Alfi founded Hybrid Capital Partners in 1990, a private investment partnership. Hybrid Capital has funded, helped grow and exited several successful companies. From 2010 to 2013 he founded Sawari Ventures, Flat6Labs, Nafham, and TATP. Flat6Labs is the MENA region's leading startup accelerator. Nafham is the top Arabic online video educational platform covering the Egyptian, Saudi and Syrian public school curriculums, Nafham has given over 100 million free video lessons to students. TATP took over management of half of the American University in Cairo's Tahrir Square campus to form The GrEEK Campus; a 25,000 square meter office park where over 130 companies work and collaborate. In addition to Sawari Ventures' portfolio of investments, his current portfolio includes NeuroTrainer, Pacific Toxicology, as well as Zignal Labs. Prior to becoming an early stage investor in 1990, El Alfi was Senior Vice President of Jefferies & Company, where he worked for 10 years. He has served on the Boards of Directors or Advisors of several corporate boards as well as multiple academic institutions.

Patrick Gouhin
  • Patrick Gouhin
  • Chief Executive Offi..
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Angel Capital Associ..
  • Angel Capital Association
  • United States
  • 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.

Jacob LaPorte
  • Jacob LaPorte
  • Co-Founder and Globa..
  • Co-Founder and Global Head
  • Novartis Biome
  • Novartis Biome
  • United States
  • "Jacob LaPorte founded and is Global Head of The Biome—the digital innovation lab of Novartis. Prior to that, he was Global Head of Digital Development at Novartis and responsible for leading the company’s digital efforts to advance future, patient-centric paradigms of clinical trials. Jacob began his career at McKinsey & Company, where he was a leader in their Pharmaceutical R&D practice, during his six-year tenure, developing an expertise in large, complex transformations and innovation. It was on a fateful, extended journey, however, where Jacob read Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Neara and became captivated by the possibility of digitalizing the Pharmaceutical R&D engine; he has focused his career to the realization of this concept ever since. He co-founded Snapdragon Chemistry with the Head of the Chemistry Department at MIT, which seeks to enable companies to implement continuous flow chemistry in discovery, development and manufacturing, with the ultimate goal of fully digitizing chemical synthesis. Jacob has also held various leadership positions at PPD, Inc., where he collaborated with executives to develop and implement C-level, strategic initiatives, including a long-term transformation to create industry-leading approaches to clinical development in key therapeutic areas. Jacob completed his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Harvard University, where he was an HHMI doctoral fellow, and received his B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Mathematics, summa cum laude, from the University of Delaware."

Agustin Rubini
  • Agustin Rubini
  • Co-founder
  • Co-founder
  • Angel Investor Schoo..
  • Angel Investor School
  • United Kingdom
  • 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.

Belinda Bell
  • Belinda Bell
  • Director
  • Director
  • Cambridge Social Ven..
  • Cambridge Social Ventures
  • United Kingdom
  • 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
  • Khaled Ismail
  • Founder & Chairman
  • Founder & Chairman
  • Himangel
  • Himangel
  • Egypt
  • Khaled Ismail, Ph.D. Founder and Managing Partner of HIMangel, an angel investment fund focused on early-stage startups in Egypt (2017 -present). HIMangel invested in 11 startups starting in June 2017 and supported more than 30 other startups. Founder and Chairman of Kiangel, a not-for-profit angel investment fund investing in early-stage startups in Egypt (2011 - 2017). Kiangel invested in 11 startups between 2012 and 2017 and supported more than 50 other startups. Chairman of Endeavor Egypt (2011-2014) Managing Director of Intel Mobile Communications (2011 -2014) Founder of SySDSoft (2003-2011), an Egyptian engineering company that ranked among the top in the world in the design and development of the protocol stack of 4G cellular technology, which has been acquired by Intel in March 2011. Senior Advisor of the Egyptian Minister of CIT (2004 and 2007) VP of Engineering at Ellipsis Digital Systems (2000-2002) Research Staff Member at IBM’ s T J Watson Research Center (1989-1997) Ph.D. from MIT in 1989 IEEE Fellow since 1997. Published over 160 papers in international journals and holds 22 US patents. Recipient of the Eta Kappa Nu “ Best Young Electrical Engineer in the US” award in 1994, and the Shuman Award for the “ Young Arab Engineer” in 1995.

Pankaj Asthaana
  • Pankaj Asthaana
  • Vice president, Mark..
  • Vice president, Market Product Management
  • Mastercard
  • Mastercard
  • United Arab Emirates

Amgad Sultan
  • Amgad Sultan
  • Co-Founder & COO
  • Co-Founder & COO
  • Gourmet Egypt Group
  • Gourmet Egypt Group
  • Egypt

Adly Thoma
  • Adly Thoma
  • Executive Chairman &..
  • Executive Chairman & CEO
  • Gemini Africa
  • Gemini Africa
  • Egypt
    • - Head of Digital Transformation - Gemini Holding.

      - Worldwide Project Management Consultant – Schlumberger International, Houston, USA.

      - Vice-chairman & board member - Al Mawwan technology.

      - Vice-chairman & board member - Al Nayzek cosmetics.

      - Board member – Alfa Electronics S.A.E.

      - Entrepreneurship life mentor, Jury & examiner, and Project Management lecturer for postgraduates – The American University in Cairo (AUC).

      - Member of the entrepreneurship & innovation committee - The American Chamber of Commerce.

      - Partner with GIZ, ICT Cairo, RiseUp, ECES to support the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Egypt & Africa.

      - Project management & Risk management consultant, advisor & instructor within the Middle East, North Africa, Europe & the Far East.

      - External examiner, judge & jury at many African & Arabic competitions and initiatives.

      - Partner with many start-ups & entrepreneurs all over Africa.

      - 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.

Mairose Doss
  • Mairose Doss
  • COO
  • COO
  • Dawi Clinics
  • Dawi Clinics
  • Egypt
  • Dr. Mairose is an Internal Medicine specialist, Cairo University. After years of clinical work in outpatient and geriatric care inpatient, she has shifted her career to healthcare management. She has conducted further education locally and internationally in the field of healthcare management and is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Healthcare Executives. With an aim to revolutionize outpatient services in Egypt, Mairose is currently COO of Dawi Clinics. Dawi Clinics is a chain of integrated family clinics in Egypt offering families comprehensive medical services and healthcare programs. Dawi’s core values lie in creating a unique outpatient experience for both patients and doctors, powered by technology to standardize and audit services across the chain. With a current network of over 100 doctors, Dawi has opened 7 branches in 2 years and plans to open across Egypt.

Mohamed Azzam
  • Mohamed Azzam
  • Board Member
  • Board Member
  • International Associ..
  • International Association of Management of Technology IAMOT
  • Egypt
  • "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."


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

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

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

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

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

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

Ahmad Piraiee
  • Ahmad Piraiee
  • Director
  • Director
  • Startup Grind Warsaw
  • Startup Grind Warsaw
  • Poland
  • Director of Startup Grind Warsaw, the world's largest startup community, educating, inspiring, connecting 3M+ globally. He is a marketing and communication advisor, FinTech/InsurTech influencer, public speaker, startup mentor, with a proven track record of consultancy to many companies, including fortune 500 companies.. Active in the startup community for over a decade in all capacities, from mentorship to helping set up acceleration programs and VC funds
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What is Techne Summit?

Techne Summit is an international multi-industry focused Investment & Entrepreneurship event that aims to impact multiple sectors and stakeholders of the Startup Communities in The Mediterranean Region through showcasing different technologies and their application in each industry.

The Event Kick-Started In Alexandria, Egypt In 2015 And In 2019 Has Attracted More Than 9000 Attendees, 180 Speakers, 450 Startups, And 120 Investors, All From More Than 28 Countries.

Techne Summit is coming to you this year on November 7-8-9 as a Hybrid Event! So, if you can't be with us On-ground, you can still join us online from the comfort of your home.

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In our Hybrid Event you will be able to welcome our remote Attendees and Speakers, from the comfort of their homes or offices, and our on-ground Attendees and Speakers with face-to-face gatherings, connect with each other through The Techne Summit App, access our AI powered matchmaking tool, schedule meetings Online and On-Ground, and also network with more than 10,000 Attendees!

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  • Access to Virtual Side Events
  • Meet more than 10,000 Attendees
  • 🍕Techne Bites Discounts! http://bites.techne.me
  • 🔥 Network & Schedule Meetings Through Our AI Matchmaking Tool
Business Pass
719 EGP
$46
Late
889 EGP
Gate
1119 EGP
  • 1 Onground Pass
  • Access to 90+ Hours of Content
  • Access to All Exhibitors (Onground & Virtual)
  • Access to Side Events
  • Meet more than 10,000 Attendees
  • Invitation to Some of Techne Night Events
  • Access to All Workshops
  • 1 on 1 Mentoring
  • Your Logo on Website
  • 🍕Techne Bites Discounts! http://bites.techne.me
  • 🔥 Network & Schedule Meetings Through Our AI Matchmaking Tool
Business Pass
499 EGP
$32
Late
629 EGP
Gate
779 EGP
  • 1 Virtual Pass
  • Access to 90+ Hours of Content
  • Access to All Exhibitors (Onground & Virtual)
  • Access to Virtual Side Events
  • Meet more than 10,000 Attendees
  • Access to All Workshops
  • 1 on 1 Mentoring
  • Your Logo on Website
  • 🍕Techne Bites Discounts! http://bites.techne.me
  • 🔥 Network & Schedule Meetings Through Our AI Matchmaking Tool
Startup Exhibitor Pass
6250 EGP
$403
Late
7790 EGP
Gate
9750 EGP
  • 2 Onground Passes
  • Access to 90+ Hours of Content
  • Access to All Exhibitors (Onground & Virtual)
  • Access to Side Events
  • Meet More Than 10,000 Attendees
  • Invitation to Some of Techne Night Events
  • Access to All Workshops
  • 1 on 1 Mentoring
  • Your Logo on Website
  • 1 Exhibition Booth With Startup Logo and Description (7-8 Nov)
  • 🍕Techne Bites Discounts! http://bites.techne.me
  • 🔥 Network & Schedule Meetings Through Our AI Matchmaking Tool
Startup Exhibitor Pass
2180 EGP
$141
Late
2739 EGP
Gate
3490 EGP
  • 1 Virtual Pass
  • Access to 90+ Hours of Content
  • Access to All Exhibitors (Onground & Virtual)
  • Access to Virtual Side Events
  • Meet More Than 10,000 Attendees
  • Access to All Workshops
  • 1 on 1 Mentoring
  • Your Logo on Website
  • 1 Virtual Exhibition Booth With Startup Logo and Description (7-8 Nov)
  • 🍕Techne Bites Discounts! http://bites.techne.me
  • 🔥 Network & Schedule Meetings Through Our AI Matchmaking Tool
Investor / Executive Pass
5590 EGP
$359
Late
6980 EGP
Gate
8695 EGP
  • 1 Onground Pass
  • Access to 90+ Hours of Content
  • Access to All Exhibitors (Onground & Virtual)
  • Access to Side Events
  • Meet More Than 10,000 Attendees
  • Invitation to Techne Night Events
  • Access to All Workshops
  • Access to All Investors Bootcamp
  • Access to Speakers Lounge
  • Invitation to Investors Dinner
  • Invitation to Private Receptions
  • 🍕Techne Bites Discounts! http://bites.techne.me
  • 🔥 Network & Schedule Meetings Through Our AI Matchmaking Tool
Investor / Executive Pass
3895 EGP
$251
Late
4890 EGP
Gate
5990 EGP
  • 1 Virtual Pass
  • Access to 90+ Hours of Content
  • Access to All Exhibitors (Onground & Virtual)
  • Access to Virtual Side Events
  • Meet More Than 10,000 Attendees
  • Access to All Workshops
  • Access to All Investors Bootcamp
  • Access to Virtual Coffee Room
  • 🍕Techne Bites Discounts! http://bites.techne.me
  • 🔥 Network & Schedule Meetings Through Our AI Matchmaking Tool

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