Zaher Al Qatarneh holds a Master’s degree in International Law from Oxford Brookes University-England, in 2004.
H .E Zaher Qatarneh is currently the Jordan Ministry of Investment Secretary General, Jordan Investment Fund General Manager.
Before that, during the period (2016 – Oct 2021), Mr Qatarneh was the Deputy Undersecretary for Technical Affaires / Director of Foreign Trade Policies directorate at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply- Jordan he is supervising 4 of the main directorate in the Ministry namely the Industrial Development directorate, Competition department and the National Production Protection department.
Previously he worked as the Economic Counselor at the Jordanian Permanent Mission in Geneva for the period (1/2011-2/2016).
He has a working experience at several institutions representing both the public and the private sector. He has an experience in trade negotiations at the bilateral and multilateral level, more specifically on negotiating Free Trade Agreements including the Dispute Settlement Protocol with the EU.
Mr. Al- Qatarneh chaired different local committees mainly in the field of trade and development including the committee on developing the E-Commerce environment, the Committee on Women empowerment for the year 2016, and serves as the chair of the preparatory working Groups for the bilateral Joint Trade Committees.
Having the skills of negotiating and his accumulated knowledge of the FTAs, allowed him to be addressed at the top of many international delegation lists, including his membership in the Jordanian delegation at the High Levels Joint Trade Committees headed by the Prime Minister of Jordan.
Mr. Al-Qatarneh Chaired the Trade Related Investment Measures Committee at the World Trade Organization for the period 3/2015-3/2016, this position built over his experience gained when Jordan was the Coordinator at the WTO for the group of Asian developing countries, and the group of the Arab member countries in 2015 and 2014, respectively.
Being the representative of Jordan at the WTO and a Member of the Jordanian delegation to the WTO Ministerial Conferences held in Geneva, Bali, Nairobi and Buenos Aires in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 respectively; was a great asset to enhance his knowledge on the multinational trade system.
Due to the vital role, Mr. Al-Qatarneh plays in the field of International Trade, he was invited to participate in The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) for the year 2018, which is one of the US Department of State’s premier public diplomacy programs
Dr. Zuraik is President Advisor for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at German Jordanian University. Dr. Zuraik is an Innovation Ambassador & certified Global Trainer in Innovation Management from GIM Institute. He is experienced in building innovation & Intrapreneurial capacity in corporations using Blue Ocean Strategy, Design Thinking, Lean Startup, Business Model Innovation, and Value Proposition Design frameworks. He is also the Head of Scientific Research & Innovation Support Fund Committee, (Innovation & Entrepreneurship) – Jordan. Dr. Zuraik has consulted for many firms in Jordan, the USA, and GCC.
With more than 20 years as a serial entrepreneur and innovation expert who founded different startups in diverse industries, Dr. Zuraik mainly objective is to help companies and organizations to grow by capitalizing on innovation & intrapreneurial capabilities using robust and cutting-edge processes and frameworks, also by creating an excellence culture and promoting collaborative alliances between businesses and their partners. Dr. Zuraik has extensive experience in different industries, both as a CEO / founder and as a consultant. This gives him a depth of insight into human and business problems that he applies to help organizations achieve a higher level of performance through innovation & entrepreneurial leadership.
Dina is the founder and CEO of 360Moms; an online bilingual platform and mobile app aimed to revolutionize the digital support offered to mothers. Dina began her career studying “Graphic design” which led her to work at media and advertising agencies including working at Yahoo as (Head of the Creatives) in the Middle East and Africa. She has 20 years of experience in online digital solutions, online advertising, branding, and online & offline design. She has held leadership positions for most of her career. Dina is passionate about empowering women, and she’s dedicated to continuing her vision of supporting all mothers digitally regarding their children’s health and wellbeing through “360Moms”, which won several regional, global and local awards. She lives with her husband, Omar, and her two children in Amman, Jordan.
Mohammed Al-Shaker is the founder and group CEO of ArabiaWeather Inc. He oversees the company’s continuous growth and expansion and is responsible for further developing ArabiaWeather’ s comprehensive portfolio of proprietary solutions for businesses and consumers throughout the region.
Mohammed founded the company in 2006 as a single-page application publishing weather forecasts for over 25 locations in Jordan. In response to the growing demand for accurate weather reporting across the Arab World, Mohammed rebranded the company and officially launched ArabiaWeather in 2011.
Since then, ArabiaWeather has grown to become the top weather service provider in the Middle East, and he led the deploying of weather stations over the Middle East, coupled with regionally adapted algorithms, enhance forecast accuracy and precision, differentiating the company from local weather services and international providers who draw on crude data from global satellites and use generic algorithms.
Recently, Mohammed was named as the chairman of the Jordan Entrepreneurship and Innovation Association "JEIA" looking to support the local efforts in entrepreneurship and innovation.
In 2013, Mohammed was named Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year. Mohammed was also featured on the cover of Forbes Middle East as the founder of one of the most innovative startups in the region.
Mohammed supplemented his pharmacology degree (2011) with certificates in Advanced Forecasting and Aeronautical Aviation from the United Kingdom’s Meteorological Office College.
Ahmad with his team succeeds to implement Alefredo Books mission in the EdTech industry in Jordan and Mena as an digital platform for school students of all grades, offering supporting educational material, interactive mock exams and used-books marketplace for academic books, available in digital format as well, with 7 digits valuation of the company.
Recipients of Several National and International Awards in innovation and entrepreneurship from UNDP, Embassy of Switzerland in Jordan and Plan International. in addition to the 30under30 Unicorn Award and Social Enterprise Award 2021.
Ahmad holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Jordan (2011) And, an MSc in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Jordan (2019) with 10 years of experience in the Private Sector with Izzat Marji Group and Total Jordan in Renewable energy and Commercial departments.
Previously, Founder of Jo Drive (Car Pooling Application)(2015 - 2018) in addition to 7 years of experience in Eco-System and startups business in Jordan and Mena.
Hussam is the CEO & Founder of Tamatem Games. Tamatem is the leading mobile games publisher in the MENA region with over 150 million game downloads, 3 million monthly active users, and over 50 published games. Tamatem partners with international game developers from all over the world to bring the best mobile games and entertainment to the Arabic-speaking world.
Hussam launched Tamatem in 2013 with the sole purpose of creating games that were in the native language and culture of the Arab region. Early in his entrepreneurial career, Hussam realized the massive lack of Arabic content available online and more so in the world of mobile games. With the launch of Tamatem Games, Hussam’s pursuit of entertaining people with content that they can relate to and more importantly understand began.
Today, Tamatem’s experience in localization, user acquisition, distribution, cross-promotion, monetization, community support, digital marketing, and whale management makes it the number one partner for any international developer looking to expand into the MENA region.
Rami is founder and chief futurist & disruptor at Abnewnormal (a Disruptors Innovation Studio & Venture Capital Collective building AI, Blockchain, NFT, DeFi, CBDC, Web3 based Digital Twin Exponential Business Model Ventures in; FinTech, EdTech, Future of Work), and Professor of Practice at Al Hussein Technical University (HTU) where he lectures in Innovation , Entrepreneurship and Leadership . Before joining HTU as faculty member and founding his innovation and venture studio he was the senior vice president and group chief innovation officer at Jordan Ahli Bank, and founding CEO of “Ahli FinTech” where he co-founded the 1st Bank fully owned financial technologies company and fintech accelerator in the middle east. Making him the first person to be approved by the central bank of Jordan for a c-level chief innovation officer role in a bank in Jordan.
Rami is a proud geek futurist, author, executive coach and advisor, sought-after speaker, strategist, investor, and executive. He travels extensively, addressing various topics, including breakthrough technologies, cross-industry innovation, and lean exponential business models.
Rami is a TEDx Speaker, and Innovation X speaker at NASA's cross-industry innovation summit, a mentor at Outlier Ventures, Global 500, and Unreasonable Future, member of the board at Al Raed Arabi School, Think Barter Network, and Fintech Galaxy.
Rami founded his 1st startup at the age of 19, he holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Jordan, and completed the Venture Capital Executive Program at HAAS UC Berkeley, and "The Leading for the future", and "The Leading, Organizing for Action" Executive Programs at Harvard Kennedy School, and the Senior Executive Education Program at UC San Diego. Rami is a passionate advocate of the Lean Startup movement and is a regular judge, mentor & keynote speaker at the region's main innovation, entrepreneurship & technology events. He designed and produced several events and interventions in this space, including the THINKLEAN speaker series, LeanStartupProgram, BackToStartupBasics, and his popular innovation/futurist talks titled: The future of banking and banks, The future of telecom, The future of retail, The future of corporates
Is An ICT Executive leader experienced in Management, leadership, regulatory and Strategy. Currently working a Commissioner/ Full time Board Member in Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC).
His Excellency Belal is Having (20) years of intensive experience in technology, telecommunications, information technology and digital transformation.
He worked with several international mobile network vendors and service providers (Huawei, Motorola, Nokia and Samsung Electronics and STC.
He has wide work experience in various telecommunications fields, which included management, technical and consulting experience, managing complex programs/projects and operation management.
He holds bachelor and Master’s degree in Telecommunications from university of Jordan, And has completed an executive track in Management and Leadership of technology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)/United states focused on Artificial Intelligence and internet of things business implications and platform strategies.
He is technical writer, author and international speaker.
Majdi Suleiman is the Cofounder and chief operating officer of Mo3en Service Group which aims to empower women economically and contribute to supporting home businesses and handicrafts for women.
Majdi founded and developed many startups and entrepreneurship projects, and has 5 years of experience and a deep understanding of the entrepreneurial and innovation environment in Jordan. He is a recipient of the Silver Medal worldwide as the best entrepreneurial idea that contributes to achieving the global goals of sustainable development in the German Global Youth Entrepreneurship Competition 2019 held in the German capital, Berlin.
Majdi is a coach and mentor for more than 2,000 students and entrepreneurs in universities and local and international organizations on managing entrepreneurial projects, writing business plans, project feasibility studies, and qualifying young people for the labor market.
As the Managing Partner at VentureX, Yousef Hamidaddin is targeting to launch 7 sector-based accelerators embedding up-to 15 sector themes. He launched, and currently is a Board Member in Hassad - a business acceleration program designed for the next generation of Agri Tech & Agri Food startup companies in Jordan. He also signed a framework with the Ministry of Culture and launched the first accelerator of its kind in the Mena Region, the Cultural, and Creative Works Accelerator, “IBDA3” which has the Royal Film Commission, the Jordan Media Institute, The National Center for Culture and Arts, The National Music Conservatory, and The Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts as strategic partners. In addition, he has recently launched Siyaha – Tourism Accelerator with the Jordan Tourism Board and Startup Avicenna – Medical and Healthcare Accelerator in collaboration with the medical tourism gateway MedXConcierge.
He also works on developing innovative funds to deliver solutions that address the region to be well-positioned as an “open lab” a term he coined for early adoption that can take solutions globally.
Yousef is all about strategy, and how to scale up fast from the roots of being local, to the leaves of being global. He is a Frequent speaker on innovation, entrepreneurship, & acceleration.
A chief Executive with nearly 15 years of senior management experience with P&L responsibility. Skilled in Strategic Innovation and building innovation capabilities. Experience working in corporate, SME, intergovernmental, NGO and academic sectors.
Key Areas of Expertise: Innovation technology, Digital entrepreneurship, Leadership, Digital Transformation, corporate social responsibility, diversity management, women entrepreneurs, work-family interference, female leadership, and gender equality.
Successfully produced and published several types of research Including innovation and entrepreneurship in field of management.
An Effective Communicator with Excellent Interpersonal Skills. Appropriate Research and Scholarly Activity support deliver Excellent Leadership on Programme, Module Innovation, and Development Ensuring Teaching.
Leverage Exceptional Communication And Interpersonal Skills To Deliver Highly Effective Sessions With Technology And Empower Students To Use Valuable Resources. An Ambitious and Enthusiastic Professional Passionate about Helping Undergraduates in the Areas Of entrepreneurship and innovation. An Effective Communicator with Excellent interpersonal Skills.
Committed to Improving women’s and youth Performance and Understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation Concepts. Exceptional Knowledge of Delivering Instructions with Technology and empowering them to Use Valuable Resources.
results-driven C-suite transformational leader with 22+ years of exceptional experience communicates purpose and strategic vision simply and tirelessly. Has an unwavering commitment to achieving exceptional growth through strategic vision, asset maximization, and operational excellence, with the capacity to drive transformational advances in mission-critical areas. Social Media leader with strong work ethics and extensive experience integrating online presence and communications across multiple platforms and channels.
Proven track record working and influencing cross-functional teams, including Business Development, Financial Management, Information Technology, Marketing, and Human Resources. Adept at achieving Revenue Growth and Cost Reduction, leading Socially-driven Initiatives, envisioning and realizing top-notch Technology Innovations, and utilizing motivation and inspiration to maintain the highest levels of team performance and engagement.
Former Digital media director for the government of Jordan and founder of the social media department at Jordan's top telecom company, Zain Jordan.
Also, consulted with over 300 firms on their digital strategies.
Winner of "Jordan Influencer of the year" in 2017 and winner of "Best Social Media Trainer" in the Middle East in 2016.
Founder and CEO of Muyawama. Experienced Electrical Control Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the tobacco industry. Highly Skilled in Automation, Process Control and Electrical wiring. Strong engineering professional with a Bachelor focused in Mechatronics from Faculty of Engineering Technology (polytechnic).
Sari Hweitat is the Co-founder and CEO of Xina AI, the world’s first Arabic AI-powered intelligent voice and chat assistant. With over 10 years of entrepreneurial experience in technology and innovation, Sari currently leads Xina’s product development and regional business expansion.
During his diverse career, Sari received several awards including the Ernest and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, Abdulhameed Shoman Innovation Award as well as SeedStars Most Promising Start-up in Jordan. Sari was also recognized by Forbes for having one of the Middle East’s most promising start-ups and by MBC Al Amal Ambassadors in 2018.
Sari holds a degree in Marketing and Business Studies from the Open University and a degree in Entrepreneurial Strategies from IE Business School. He is also an alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership program through the US Department of State, a Member of the ICT Association of Jordan (Intaj), and an active mentor with the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship.
Raghad AlKhojah is the Chief Executive Officer at the American Chamber of Commerce in Jordan. She has had a lucrative and illustrious career in various corporate, international, and governmental bodies.
Early in her career, Dr. AlKhojah was the Program Manager International Federation of Red Cross and RCS in Geneva and Iraq, going on to become Deputy General Secretary of the Jordan Red Crescent Society.
She also served as a Chief Executive Officer of the Garment design and Training Services Centre in Jordan, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Jordan Garment Exporters Association. Dr. AlKhojah then took on the role of project consultant at the European Union, then CEDAW training consultant for International Women’s Rights Action Watch, and a training consultant for the United Nations Development Project.
Raghad also served as a member of the Innovation and Research Incubators Center (Steering Committee) and the Jordan Chamber of Commerce in Agadir Agreement, representing the private sector.
Although Dr. AlKhojah has a Bachelors’s degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, she had a fruitful and successful career not dictated by her educational background.
Previously - Chief Revenue Officer at Foodics (KSA). Omar currently is an executive advisor at Newchip Accelerator (Austin, Texas). He is specialized in unlocking startups value, revenue and growth through a lean approach, with a focus on business modelling, design & Innovation. He is an award winning entrepreneur with 22 years of diverse experiences in MENA companies such as Mubadala, du, Emaar, Qatar Foundation, Qatar Development Bank, Qatar Computing Research Institute and others. Omar is running and building investment profiles for many startups, conducting go-to-market strategies, network effects, and matchmaking with investors for a global pool of startups. He is a member of many entrepreneurial supporting organizations and accelerators globally such as Techstars, Mercy Corps, WOMENA, Silicon Valley Syndicates Club, The Syndicate angel investing club led by Jason Calacanis and Google for Entrepreneurs. In 2012, Omar won Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Young Business Leaders Award at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.
Mohammad Al-Muhtaseb has more than 21 years of entrepreneurship, investments, executive and leadership experience across the public, private and NGO sectors.
Al-Muhtaseb founded and led several companies in the private sector and served on the boards of directors of several private and NGO organisations.
Al-Muhtaseb holds a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (University of Kent, 1996) in Electronic Engineering and Medical Electronics Engineering and a MBA (Kent Business School, 1998).
Mohammad Fahmi (a.k.a MJ Fahmi) is the CEO of Babil Games, a top-tier mobile game publisher in the MENA region, expanding into international markets, with HQ in Dubai, UAE, and offices in Amman, Jordan, and operations worldwide.
MJ is a tech-savvy, avid gamer that is constantly on the lookout for new ideas and technologies. He loves to surround himself with happy people that have a positive outlook on life and strive toward achieving their goals through hard work and dedication. With over 10 years of experience in the gaming industry, MJ loves to share his passion by being active in global gaming conferences and international talks.
One of his latest and greatest achievements was the acquisition of Babil Games to Stillfront Group, a Nasdaq-listed gaming holding company in Sweden. Over the course of his professional career, he received several awards for his work on localizing and distributing ERP systems to the Arab region.
Prior to founding Babil Games, MJ started his journey with several IT projects after his graduation that included e-commerce websites, VPNs, and security gateway solutions for local companies in the MENA region.
Following that, MJ spent two years as the Business Development Manager for Peak Games, developing the MENA region’s gaming market by connecting with new and existing partners and finding original potential projects.
Ahmad is CEO and founder of Algebra Intelligence and he has 16 years of experience in the area of renewable energy especially in wind and solar energy. Moreover, Ahmad is a member of Jordan Engineers Association (JEA) as a Mechatronics engineer and he holds two master degrees, one in Master of Business Administration and second one in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.
Ahmed Nasser Al Nowais
As the founder & CEO of Annex Investments and a self-sufficient innovator, Ahmed is a pioneer in providing innovative business solutions and advisory support to shine a spotlight on start-ups. He has over 10 years of experience in providing strategic foresight & drive across venture capital, consultancy and technology services as a founder of many start-ups. Ahmed has led an inspiring corporate journey in guiding a community of entrepreneurs through resilient business pathways. He is also an Attorney at Law for the growth & support of start-ups in the UAE via involvement of HNWIs and the Government Entities in the tech environment. Ahmed holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from the Université Panthéon Assas (Paris II) and a BS in Business Administration (Finance) from the American University of Sharjah.
Bilal Mahmoud Al-Wadi is a Jordanian academic of Palestinian origins (born March 21, 1988), and is considered the youngest graduate of a master's degree in Jordan . President of the Jordan Entrepreneurship Association , and was crowned by the American College in Dubai as the best consultant and developer of entrepreneurial projects in the Middle East for 2019 , in addition to being one of the experts of the American Institute of Management in the United States of America and a member of its advisory body.
He has written many books of refereed scientific books and scientific research published in prestigious international journals, and he is a writer specializing in entrepreneurship and innovation in various Arab newspapers, including Al- Rai newspaper (Jordanian newspaper) and Al- Dustour newspaper ( Jordanian newspaper) , Al- Jazirah newspaper (Saudi newspaper)  , the Kuwaiti media magazine, and the Arab Entrepreneurs magazine
He participated in many Arab and international conferences and summits as a keynote speaker, the most important of which are:
Reham Al Zugheir is a multidisciplinary businesswoman with a mission to empower Jordanians through entrepreneurship programs, consultancy services, and impactful initiatives.
Through her extensive knowledge and comprehensive experiences that span across 12 years, Reham has participated in various campaigns and initiatives that work towards bettering the future of the Jordanian youth and Jordan, as a whole. Additionally, Reham is a dedicated member in several, distinct associations who strive in providing young men and women opportunities to thrive economically, academically, socially, and athletically.
By her determination and entrepreneurial mindset, Reham is committed to creating and enhancing opportunities for the young generation. Reham strongly believes in the potential of the Jordanian youth and that by providing them, especially women, with the skills of strategic thinking, innovative planning, and a clear path to professional development, Jordan will thrive economically and socially. For this reason, she founded her non-profit company Career Path (C-Path). Mirroring her mission, C-Path is dedicated to providing the youth with internationally-certified and effective training programs that cover theoretical knowledge and practical skills to pave their path into success.
With a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Middle East University (MEU), Reham continued to invest into her knowledge and expertise on entrepreneurship, sustainable business strategies, creative thinking, and business management by enrolling and receiving international certifications from the University of London, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, Imperial College London, and Harvard University.
Throughout the 12 years of learning, developing, teaching, consulting, and inspiring, Reham Al Zugheir has made a difference and will continue to create an impact across various industries and associations across the Kingdom and the region.
Mr. Ala’a Al Sallal is the CEO of Madfooatcom’s company. He has a proven experience in e-commerce businesses after he established the largest online store for Arabic and English books in the MENA region, offering more than 10 million titles with worldwide delivery.
Ala' worked on web development projects since 2004, and he has been working to administer the translation process of Wordpress.com into Arabic since 2006. As an undergraduate, Ala’ supervised a team of volunteers who translated “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” into Arabic and it crossed 1M downloads in 1 month, which was a driving force in the later creation of Jamalon.com.
Ala’ has joined Madfooatcom to lead and manage our business plans that will allow us expanding heavily in the market and become the leading fintech company in the region.
He holds a Master’s degree in Science of Information Technologies and Telecommunications from Athens Information Technology.
A civil engineer, food entrepreneur, and the current Co-Founder/CEO of Kitchefy, the first virtual kitchens service provider in Jordan. Previously, Marwan worked as the Project Manager for Toyota Jordan’s Technology and Innovation project, Toyota Fleet Management (TFM), As part of Salalem's team. Marwan also served as a Business Development & Dispatch Manager at Basket.jo, A leading groceries delivery platform in Jordan.
Dana is the CEO at Whyise, an impact analytics software company that provides clients with data management, data collection, and impact measurement automated services.
Dana has over 12 years of experience in the international development field, ranging from International organizations, NGOs, private and public sector. She has so far spent her professional life in the US, Kuwait, Palestine, and Jordan, where she has focused her career on human rights, economic development, poverty alleviation, and strategic planning in the Middle East.
She previously served as the Special Advisor to the Minister of Planning in Palestine on aid management and donors’ relations. Dana’s previous positions include consultancies with the UN, the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa region Sustainable Development Department in Washington DC, and a number of NGOs. Prior to her career in international development, Dana worked for seven years as an architect.
Dana previously served as a board member and the Director of Communications for the MIT Arab Alumni Association. She is a Munich Young Leader Alumna, an MIT Humphrey SPURS fellow and was a Research Fellow at the Kenyon Institute in 2016 in Jerusalem. She is the author of several publications on international development and urban planning. Dana’s photography series Borders Crossing Bodies has been exhibited in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and North America. She holds a Bachelor`s of Art in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley (2001) and a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2009).
An architect by education, a serial entrepreneurs and an experience designer. In 2014 she started (The Atelier), the first eco-friendly event planning company in MENA. The Atelier, won multiple international and local awards, and expanded their operations to work with Facebook, Zain, Societee General Bank, the embassy of Sweden, and much more.
With her background as a senior marketing manager, for multiple international brands, like BCBG & Pinko, Hanan has started Bloom Cart in 2021 MENA's first Try Before You Buy (TBYB) software that automates returns in e-commerce. In less than 6 months of its establishment, Bloom Cart has won the Queen Rania Entrepreneurship Award, and was chosen as one of the fastest growing companies in the world in 2021 by Founder Institute Silicon Valley.
Hasan Haider is the Founder and Managing Partner of +VC, an early stage venture capital firm focused on investing in tech and tech-enabled startups in MENA and its diaspora. He has over 10 years of experience investing in MENA startups.
Hasan was previously Managing Partner, MENA at 500 Startups and led the firm’s growth in the MENA region, turning 500 Startups into the most active VC fund in the MENA region, raising and deploying the 500 Falcons fund, building partnerships and running programs in the region to help build the regional ecosystem. Hasan has invested in more than 180 startups in the region over the course of the last 10 years.
Prior to 500, Hasan was the co-founder and CEO of Tenmou, the first business angel’s organization in Bahrain and one of the first in the MENA region. Hasan’s work in developing angel investment in emerging markets through Tenmou has been picked up as a Case Study by the World Bank and Harvard and was taught to Entrepreneurship Policy makers at Babson College. Hasan started off his career in finance and investment banking at Sico, before he moved to Tenmou.
Ibrahim is a Partner, at +VC, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on investing in tech and tech-enabled startups in MENA and its diaspora. He is a multi-disciplined professional, entrepreneur and investor with a strong interest in establishing organizations from small to medium sized companies to large government corporations.
Prior to joining +VC, Ibrahim played a key role, as a senior pioneering member and advisor, in establishing a PIF owned Company. The aim of the company was to convert, develop and operate a number of historical royal palaces into ultra-luxury boutique hotels as part of Vision 2030. In his role, he helped form the company’s strategy, structure its development and operation capabilities; subsequently, as Investment Director, was responsible for investments with a target of deploying SAR 7.5 billion.
Prior to that, Ibrahim established and institutionalized a private family office with a diversified portfolio of investments, from private equity to real estate, direct and indirect investments, and continues to sit on the investment committee.
In addition, Ibrahim founded a real estate development company where he successfully sold his first project off-plan and progressed to create a trusted name as a developer in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The company is currently operating in partnership and Ibrahim is a board member.
Ibrahim started his career in investment banking at HSBC Investment Bank before starting his corporate/ entrepreneurial journey. He graduated from University of London, Royal Holloway with a degree in Business Management.
Ted Souder has witnessed history for the past 25 years as an early employee at groundbreaking companies like America Online & Google and in the boardroom at leading institutions such as 1871, the World’s #1 Private Business Incubator, and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.
One of Google’s earliest employees, Ted spent 20+ years helping write one of the greatest business stories of all time. From its origin as a fledgling Search engine trying to find its footing after the “dot com” crash in 2000 to becoming one of the largest and most influential companies in the world, Google helped define an era. During his time at Google, Ted held many different leadership roles both in Chicago and in Paris, France, ultimately leading to his dual roles as the founder of the Google CFO Forum and Head of Industry, Retail.
Now, as an advisor to VC funds, start-up founders, Chambers of Commerce, and more, Ted helps tomorrow and today’s leaders apply lessons straight from the Google Playbook to help them reach efficiency and scale as quickly as possible. Ted is also a part-owner of the Monthly Barometer based in Chamonix, France. The Monthly Barometer is a content platform and advisory boutique that provides its members with high-quality macro analysis combined with in-person, global community gatherings that sit at the intersection of Economics, Geo-Politics, Environment, Technology & Society.
Ted’s vast global tech and entrepreneurship experience give him a unique perspective on how organizations and governments today can benefit from the positive impact digitalization can have on your business, community, and life.
As an experienced professional in StartUp growth, building networks and venture capital, Fahed Qteishat is leading Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP) in Jordan, as Associate Director.
With 9+ years of experience working with tens of different start-ups, Fahed has been part of many teams assisting founders by building growth strategies and preparing for investment rounds
Experienced in web development using open source technologies such as PHP, MySQL and Linux (LAMP). However I am always looking forward to move my career into system-application development.
Serial startup and product guy, enjoys putting technologies at the hands of many, one of the first being cgii, generating a 7 figure turnover. Founder and CEO of RelativelyFund. Regional Director at The Founder Institute Middle East. Father of two loving boys, and an iron woman of a wife, whose curiosity and fire taught him how to find adventure and thrill in every idea from inception to growth.
عائشة عناني صحفية في قسم الاقتصاد وكالة الأنباء الأردنية بترا، وصانعة محتوى اقتصادي عبر وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي.
خبرة 7 سنوات في مختلف وسائل الإعلام المقروء والمرئي والمسموع، عملت كمذيعة ومعدة نشرات اقتصادية في قناة عربية.
وكمقدمة أخبار في إذاعات محلية وعربية. تحمل شهادة بكالوريوس في الإذاعة والتلفزيون من جامعة اليرموك 2016.
وأكثر من 20 دورة تدريبية في الاقتصاد والصحافة الاقتصادية والمقابلات التلفزيونية ولغة الجسد والوقوف أمام الكاميرا وغيرها من المهارات الصحفية والتحريرية والإعلامية.
Rabih Farhat is the Founder and Managing Partner behind Related, an award-winning martech agency that provides customized loyalty and reward solutions, and builds seamless technologies delivering exceptional customer experiences. With over 20 years of cross-industry expertise, he became a thought leader in driving the most successful programs across the Middle East and Africa region.
Prior to founding Related, Rabih was leading the Loyalty practice at Peppers & Rogers, within the MEA region. There he played an essential role in building the largest loyalty program in the region, Saudi Telecom’s Qitaf, with more than 3000 partnerships secured across the Kingdom, more than 25 million customers and SAR450 million in incremental revenue.
His hands-on experience varies from CRM to customer experience and management consulting, loyalty programs and strategic alliances, as well as digital transformation and innovation programs. This is reflected in his success in designing, developing, implementing and managing top-notch projects, including more than 10 loyalty rewards programs.
Rabih is an adamant believer in a more humane and compassionate “alliance” between brands and customers, and that any rewards program should play an active role in achieving a higher purpose than the commercial benefits for both brands and consumers. Besides the modern-day disruptive innovations that his company continues to build, and have built from scratch, their primary goal, as Rabih puts it, is to work together with brands on incentive programs that transform values into positive impact on society.
At its core, a loyalty program can be adapted to any vertical, be it telecom; retail; fintech or services andutilities, as long as it serves the higher purpose which Rabih believes in.
In 2020, his company, Related, was awarded the Best Industry Service Provider and Best Technology Solution as part of the international Incentive Awards, London. Rabih has received acknowledgements from top-executives in the region for his dedication and thought leadership. Anyone who's worked closely with him highlights his deep expertise in the topic of customer loyalty, as well as having the right ecosystem of partners and experts to help him elevate the industry. According to Rabih, his biggest achievement is his family, he is first and foremost a father and husband. His other pride and joy is Related, which he built passionately from the bottom up.
Nadine Abbas is a PMP certified Architect, a Social Entrepreneur and a Business Entrepreneur. she is the Founder of Noon Architects, Co-Founder of KitchMarket, a Project Management Consultant with Unicorn Lab and the VP of the Engineers Youth Committee at the Jordan Engineers Association. Nadine chose her path of architecture as it paved her way into pushing her creativity and skills to the limit. As the time passed, she found herself too invested in the technicalities of project delivery, hence she found herself steering into the entrepreneurship eco-system seeking to motivate and generate opportunities to the society.
Ahmad Al Mughrabi, with more than 13 years of experience. Al Mughrabi began his career as a software engineer in the IT industry for some of the most prestigious companies, the matter that allowed him to broaden his knowledge and build his extensive expertise in E-commerce, E-booking and Fintech industries. Being an innovative professional and passionate for success, Al Mughrabi made a huge shift in his career when he decided to enter the entrepreneurial world by establishing a self-funded business "Vibes Solution", where he started to help startups in building their successful projects with steady steps, and as Vibes Solutions mastered the game from the very beginning. He led the team to develop many software products for various industries where this has paved the road in front of him to many win-to-win partnerships with many entities inside and outside Jordan.
Marwan Juma is one of Jordan’s leading IT figures and the former Minister of Information and Communications Technology. He is also the founder of Sama for Integrated Systems, better known as dot.jo, one of Jordan’s leading web development houses, and Kinz for Information Technology, the country’s leading corporate data provider. In addition, Marwan is one of the founders and current Chairman of Oasis 500, the region’s leading technology seed fund and accelerator. He previously held the CEO of Batelco Jordan, the country’s second fixed-line operator and leading data communication provider, as well as the CEO of Xpress, one of Jordan’s mobile operators.
Juma currently serves on several prominent boards including the King Abdullah Center for Excellence, Princess Sumaya University for Science and Technology, Jordan Capital and Investment Fund, Capital Investments, Al Kasih Food Production Co. and the Jordan Football Association among others. He also served on the “National Agenda’s “Royal Steering Committee, entrusted with developing Jordan’s national strategy for the period between 2005-2015.
Marwan was one of the founders and two-time Chairman, of INTAJ, the country’s ICT industry association, and is one of the founders of the REACH Initiative, the national private sector led five-year action plan that advanced Jordan’s nascent information technology sector and strengthened its ability to compete in local, regional and global markets.
Juma is a Holder of a Master’s in Management degree from North Carolina State University, and also holds two Bachelor’s degrees in Business Management and Economics from the same school.
Hamdi Tabbaa is the co-founder and CEO of Abwaab, a fast growing Edtech startup born out of the MENAP region. Abwaab substitutes after-school tutoring by providing an online ecosystem that allows students to learn, solve, play, interact and ask questions anytime and anywhere. Previously, he was the GM at Uber for MENA in the Levant & GCC. Under his leadership, he grew the business in several multiples over 4+ years and worked with the government to pass ridesharing regulations in Jordan, the first of their kind across the region. Before that, he established Dukkan, pioneering organized retail at a neighborhood level. He sold the business 6 years in, after hitting USD 15+M in revenues. Hamdi has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and bachelor’s degree from King’s College London
Namek Zu’bi is the Co-Founder and a Managing Partner of Silicon Badia, a group of venture capital funds investing in entrepreneurs who are building the next generation of disruptive technology companies globally. A seasoned venture capitalist and a top decile fund manager, Namek has personally led investments in over 100 different technology companies globally in over 15 different industries across all stages. Namek has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs in all capacities and has been involved in every step of the life cycle of a startup from launch to exit. Prior to this, Namek was a Founding Principal at a global macro opportunistic fund based in NYC, focusing on early stage venture capital investments in the software, digital media, mobile, fintech and internet spaces. Namek started his career on Wall Street where he worked at Deutsche Bank AG and UBS AG building technology for their global market equities groups. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors and distinction from Carnegie Mellon University with a BS in Information Systems and currently resides in New York City.
Patric is a dual qualified barrister (Ireland, non-practising) and solicitor (England & Wales), experienced in a broad range of commercial, international trade, energy, construction & infrastructure, anti-bribery & corruption, shipping & insurance disputes. He has genuine multi-jurisdictional and multi-cultural experience, having practiced in London for over a decade and over fifteen years in most of the key arbitral jurisdictions in Asia (Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo).
Patric has extensive experience of conducting arbitrations before the LCIA, ICC, SIAC, JCAA, HKIAC, CIETAC, LMAA, FOSFA & GAFTA as well as having handled numerous reported cases in the London Commercial Court and Court of Appeal.
Prior to joining Global, he was a partner at several leading international law firms where he led their regional cross border arbitration practices and was ranked as a leading individual by the various legal directories. As for the UAE, Patric first worked here in 2000 when he was involved in the Glencore v Metro Trading International dispute concerning the alleged misappropriation of oil from four offshore floating storage/blending vessels off Fujairah. He is currently advising on several international trade and infrastructure matters.
Amjad works in the Litigation team in Abu Dhabi and joined in 2018. Prior to joining Global, Amjad worked in both the UAE and Jordan for over 22 years. He has acquired considerable experience in the civil, commercial and criminal laws of the UAE and also has extensive experience in drafting contracts and commercial agreements.
Triska Hamid is the editorial director at Wamda where she drives the platform's content agenda from features and research to events. She has covered the Mena telecoms and technology landscape for the past 11 years and has been published in MEED, The FT, The National and the Telegraph.