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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.

Ayman Ismail
  • Ayman Ismail
  • Director, AUC Ventur..
  • Director, AUC Venture Lab
  • AUC School of Busine..
  • AUC School of Business
  • Egypt
  • Ayman Ismail is an international expert in entrepreneurship and economic development. He is currently the Abdul Latif Jameel Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor at AUC School of Business and the founding director of AUC Venture Lab and AUC Angels. He is a co-founder, angel investor or board member in several fast-growing startups in fintech, microfinance and logistics. Previously, he was a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, a consultant in McKinsey & Company’s New York office, a co-founder and managing partner at Enovio Consulting, and a Young Global Leader (YGL) at the World Economic Forum (WEF). He received his PhD in International Economic Development from MIT. 

Lauren Maillian
  • Lauren Maillian
  • Marketing Maverick a..
  • Marketing Maverick and Fortune 500 Brand Innovation Strategist
  • LMB Group
  • LMB Group
  • USA
  • Lauren Maillian is the Founder and CEO of LMB Group, 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 Bachelor 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.

Loay El-Shawarby
  • Loay El-Shawarby
  • Principal
  • Principal
  • El-Shawarby, Attorne..
  • El-Shawarby, Attorneys-at-Law
  • Egypt

Ahmad Akhtaby
  • Ahmad Akhtaby
  • AlexAngels
  • AlexAngels
  • Egypt
  • Graduated mechanical engineering at AAST Egypt then further aerospace studies along with management courses in City University London.

    Worked as a teaching assistant in engineering subjects then later as an engineer in Schlumberger.

    Started two companies, one in renewable energy and other in F&B.

    Have been investing for 8 years in various sectors like F&B, manufacturing, Automotive Services, Consumer services, real estate, online platform.

    My passion goes for impact investing and innovation, through enabling extraordinary education to my community and utilizing all the resources.

Dalia Mohamed Ibrahim
  • Dalia Mohamed Ibrahim
  • Founder and CEO
  • Founder and CEO
  • EdVentures
  • EdVentures
  • Egypt
  • Chief Executive Officer at Nahdet Misr Publishing House and Founder of EdVentures, Dalia Ibrahim has more than 25 years of professional experience in publishing, digital solutions, education and entrepreneurship. Graduated with honors in Business Administration (1993) from the American University in Cairo, she solidified her educational experience with a Masters of Public Administration (1999) and an Executive MBA (2014) both from the American University in Cairo. 

    She started her career in 1994 as a Publishing Executive at Nahdet Misr Publishing House. It wasn’t long before she realized the importance of introducing new integrated services and solutions that further support education and learning in Egypt and the Arab world. In 1998, she established Nahdet Misr for Digital Solutions, which offers various digital educational solutions. In the same year, she established Nahdet Misr Advertising, which specializes in animation, virtual reality and augmented reality production. The company is considered the first and only company in Egypt and the Middle East to produce dome theatre movies. Dalia Ibrahim has also succeeded in establishing Nahdet Misr Periodicals in 2004, which publishes the Arabic versions of the world’s most acclaimed entertainment magazines such as; Disney and National Geographic across Egypt and the Middle East. In 2009, she contributed in establishing Nahdet Misr Trading and Distribution; which supplies and distributes all kinds of stationery, and educational supplies.

    Driven by a sense of commitment to the society, Dalia volunteers to serve as a mentor or a judge to start-up projects of young entrepreneurs, which triggered her to later initiate the establishment of EdVentures in 2017. EdVentures is considered MENA’s first corporate venture capital specializing in education, culture and innovative learning solutions. 

Ahmed El Naggar
  • Ahmed El Naggar
  • Egypt

Mohamed Hossam Khedr
  • Mohamed Hossam Khedr
  • Managing Partner
  • Managing Partner
  • Khedr W Business
  • Khedr W Business
  • Egypt
  • Over the last 20+ years, Mohamed played many roles in the entrepreneurial ecosystem; he built and sold startups, mentored hundreds, judged competitions, angel invested in startups, worked for a venture capital, provided training to angel investors, incubators and accelerators and wrote a bestselling book about entrepreneurship (رائد الأعمال Inside Out).

    He works as Managing Partner at his firm خضر وبزنس. Also, he produces written, video and podcast content under the same name. 

    Mohamed is an Engineer who had some career shifts to software development, sales, marketing, operations, training and management. In professional education he holds an MBA degree and is finishing the DBA.

Walid Bakr
  • Walid Bakr
  • Managing Partner
  • Managing Partner
  • Ripples Impact
  • Ripples Impact
  • Egypt
  • Walid is a Private Equity veteran with over 20 years of experience in investment, finance, management and operational roles across the Middle East, Europe and the USA. His investment expertise and responsibilities span deal origination, execution, value creation and exits. Walid structured and developed successful investment strategies and platforms that were instrumental in raising several funds, including the very successful USD 400 mln North Africa Fund II (launched in 2014) – with participation of global high-profile investors including the EBRD, EIB, IFC, DEG, Proparco, South Suez, and others.

    Walid is a cofounder of “The Alex Fund”, a seed & early-stage investment fund designed to provide Angel Investors with a formal investment vehicle to streamline and expand their portfolio (Launch date: Q3-2021). Walid is also the founder and Managing Partner of Ripples Impact – a newly established boutique investment and financial advisory firm with a focus on growth strategies, restructuring and reorganization. 

    From 2009, and until his departure in Q2 2017, Walid has been a Managing Director with the Abraaj Group ($14 Bln AUM). He led Abraaj’s Egyptian operations and was a senior member of the MENA investment team. During his tenure he led one of the most successful investment portfolios in Egypt with over USD 600 million of assets, and two of his investments ranking among the top EGX performers. Most notably, he was responsible for the investment in, and structuring of Cleopatra Hospital Co. (Egypt’s largest Hospital Group) and led its subsequent successful listing on the Egyptian Stock Exchange in 2016.

    Prior to joining Abraaj, Walid was a director with Riyada Ventures (A boutique regional investment bank), and previously Managing Director of Technology Development Fund (TDF, Egypt’s 1st VC fund). He started his career with AT&T in Kuwait and moved on to manage and establish several technology companies in France and the US.

    Walid served, and continues to serve, as a director on the boards of local and regional companies. He’s an Independent Director and head of the Audit Committee of Alexandria New Medical Center (Egypt’s largest independent hospital – AMES.EGX). He previously served on the boards of Egypt’s largest hospital group (CHG; CLHO.EGX) as well as Egypt’s largest education group CIRA (CIRA.EGX) ahead of its listing. 

    Walid is actively engaged with education and entrepreneurship initiatives in Egypt. He served on the Board of Trustees of Education for Employment (EFE) Egypt, Bidaya Fund’s (Government SME Fund) advisory board, AUC’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation counsel and is an active Endeavor mentor. He’s a venture partner of MindShift Capital, co-founder of Alex Angels Fund and an active startup mentor, advisor and angel investor. 

    Walid has been selected as an Eisenhower Fellow in 2017 and a Kauffman Fellow in 2013. He holds a BSc in Engineering with top honors from Alexandria University. 

Tomi Davies
  • Tomi Davies
  • President
  • President
  • African Business Ang..
  • African Business Angel Network (ABAN)
  • Nigeria
  • Systems Analyst turned Tech Strategy Advisor, Public Speaker and Angel Investor, Harry ‘Tomi Davies (TD) is Collaborator-in-Chief at TechnoVision, co-founder of the Lagos Angel Network (LAN) and President of the African Business Angel Network (ABAN).  

    For nearly two decades after graduating from the University of Miami TD led the implementation of innovative technology-led transformation initiatives in the Oil & Gas, Retail, Information Technology and Telecommunications industries for influential global brands Elf Aquitaine, Marks & Spencer, Ernst & Young and Sapient across Europe, the United States and Southeast Asia

    In 2000 his focus shifted to Africa where he helped create the African Agriculture Technology Foundation (AATF), led the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative in Nigeria and delivered a World Bank pilot of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system (IPPIS) that uncovered over 20,000 ghost workers in the Nigerian Government payroll system. Leading these kinds of innovative initiatives in Africa using his goal-oriented approach to project delivery which consistently delivered effective results inspired his 2014 book “The African Project Manager”.

    TD is Chairman of TextNigeria (Telecoms) and Non-Executive Director at MBO Capital (Private Equity) and Big Cabal Media (Media & Entertainment). He is a member of the Lagos State Science, Research & Innovation Council (LASRIC) and sits on the board of Laptops4Learning (L4L) Nigeria, the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) and the Global Business Angels Network (GBAN). 

    As a thought leader with increasing knowledge gained from nurturing entrepreneurs in a growing portfolio of tech-enabled early-stage business ventures originating from Africa, TD’s personal mission is “to help drive Africa’s development by supporting young entrepreneurs using innovation and technology to create social impact and economic value.”

    TD can be reached at www.tomidavies.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook as TomiDee

Peter Cowley
  • Peter Cowley
  • Entrepreneur and ang..
  • Entrepreneur and angel investor
  • Numerous
  • Numerous
  • United Kingdom
  • Peter Cowley, a Cambridge university technology graduate, founded and ran over a dozen businesses in technology and property over the last 40 years.  He has built up a portfolio of 75 angel investments with nine good exits (including one that is 107X his investment and returned all the cash he has invested) and thirteen failures.  He is a board member of the Global Business Angel Network (GBAN), President Emeritus 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 ran Martlet: a Corporate VC, investing (currently £10M) 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 is 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.

Tamer Azer
  • Tamer Azer
  • Partner
  • Partner
  • Shorooq Partners
  • Shorooq Partners
  • Egypt
  • Tamer Azer is the Egypt Partner of Shorooq Partners, a leading early-stage Venture Capital firm in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan (MENAP) region. 

    Tamer began his career at the forefront of policy making with one of the world’s most influential business designers. He then went on and co-founded a number of startups and worked closely with several entrepreneurs for many years. He later joined Fahrenheit 212 as a Senior Innovation Consultant.

    In 2016, he returned to Egypt to join A15, where he led investments and venture development. In 2019, he went on to join Sawari Ventures as Principal.

    Tamer holds a bachelor’s from the University of Toronto and a Masters from the University of Oxford. 


Karima El Hakim
  • Karima El Hakim
  • Ecosystem and Ventur..
  • Ecosystem and Venture Builder
  • Egypt

Adwa Al Dakheel
  • Adwa Al Dakheel
  • Founder & CEO
  • Founder & CEO
  • Falak Investment Hub
  • Falak Investment Hub
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Adwa is an author, pilot, entrepreneur and investor and is currently the Founder and CEO of Falak Investment Hub and Ns3a Recruitment Software - Falak’s vision is to enable, develop, and invest in the unicorn startups of the GCC, and Ns3a’s vision is to hire fast and hire right using personality analysis and skill-employment. From the age of 16, Adwa entered the public equities market and while in college won 3 Capital Trading Market competitions from TD Bank across New England universities. After returning to Saudi Arabia, Adwa focused on VC and angel-investments and launched Falak Investment Hub which ran the first investment-backed acceleration program in KSA - with over 11 startups in Falak’s portfolio and growing. Adwa’s vision to exceed personal potentials and to invest in change-makers by investing in early and growth stage companies.

Fadi Ghandour
  • Fadi Ghandour
  • Executive Chairman
  • Executive Chairman
  • Wamda Capital
  • Wamda Capital
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Fadi Ghandour is the Executive Chairman of Wamda Group, a platform that invests, nurtures and builds entrepreneurship eco-systems across the Middle East and North Africa. Fadi is also the Founder of Aramex, one of the leading global logistics companies. Fadi spent the first 30 years of his work life as CEO of Aramex, building the company, making it the leading emerging market logistics company, employing over 15,000 people working in over 250 offices in 90 countries. He took the company public twice, first on Nasdaq making it the first company from the Arab world to do so, then on Dubai Financial market. He continues to be active on the Aramex board. Fadi is a serial entrepreneur. In his career, he was involved with founding, investing and launching tens of companies and non-profits, ranging from digital tech, hospitality, fitness & wellness to security. Passionate about impact and social entrepreneurship, Fadi founded and chairs Ruwwad for Development, a private‐sector led community empowerment platform that helps marginalized communities, across several countries in the MENA region, overcome marginalization through activism, civic engagement, education and financial inclusion. He has also co-founded and continues to support Al-Riyadi, one of the leading not-for-profit sports clubs in Jordan. Fadi also served and continues to serve on several global and regional boards of companies, education institutions and non-profits.

Marcia Dawood
  • Marcia Dawood
  • Chair of the Angel C..
  • Chair of the Angel Capital Association
  • United States
  • Marcia Dawood is an investor in over 100 early stage private companies. She is a Venture Partner with Mindshift Capital and a part of the investment committee for Next Wave Impact Fund. Previously, she was the COO of Portfolia (one of her portfolio companies) as well as a managing partner at BlueTree Capital Group where she was responsible for investment strategy, diligence research and member education. She was also a member of Golden Seeds in NYC and Dallas. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Board of the Angel Capital Association (ACA) with a co-chair position on the membership and marketing committee. She will become Chair of the Board in July 2021. Marcia also is a founding member and current chair of the Growing Women’s Capital group building syndication and collaboration among US investment groups focused on women-led companies. She received an MBA from the Global Executive program at UNC’s Kenan Flagler’s School of Business, OneMBA. During her graduate studies, her group acquired the franchise rights to a new sports team. She served on the Board of Directors and managed financial and legal matters for the organization. This gave her experience as an entrepreneur from the start through the exit of a business. Prior to becoming an active investor she was with Kaplan Higher Education for over 16 years.

Nabeel Koshak
  • Nabeel Koshak
  • CEO
  • CEO
  • Saudi Venture Capita..
  • Saudi Venture Capital Company
  • Saudi Arabia
  • H.E. Dr. Nabeel Koshak is the CEO and a Board Member of Saudi Venture Capital Company (SVC). Nabeel is the Founder and Angel Investor at Athaal (Angel Investors Group). He is the Chairman of GEN (Global Entrepreneurship Network) Saudi. Nabeel is a member of the Investment Committees of KAUST’s Innovation Fund. Formerly, he is the Founding Dean of Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College (MBSC) of Business and Entrepreneurship at King Abdullah Economic City. Nabeel is the Co-Founder and the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wadi Makkah Company (Startup Accelerator, and Venture Capital Fund). Nabeel is a mentor at Endeavor Saudi Arabia. He is a Board Member and the Chairman of the Investment Committee at King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Innovation (Mawhiba). Koshak is a Member of the Executive Committee of King Faisal International Prize. Formerly, he was a Board Member of Oqal (Angel Investors Group) Jeddah branch and a mentor at Flat6Labs Jeddah (Startup Accelerator).

    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 PhD 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.
     

Waleed Khalil
  • Waleed Khalil
  • Partner
  • Partner
  • Endure Capital
  • Endure Capital
  • Egypt
  • Waleed has been investing in several startups in the region until they reached scalability. Even one of them became already a unicorn! And few of them are on the way to become unicorns.
    Waleed is an entrepreneur who gets things done. He started and exited several startups in the diversity of businesses.
    EXPERIENCE
    MANAGING PARTNER @ ENDURE CAPITAL Palo Alto, CA, USA
    Jan 2016 – Present
    CEO & COFOUNDER @ FAKAHANY CAI, EGYPT
    Jan 2017- Present
    VP @ GRIFFINWORX WASHINGTON DC, USA
    Feb 2015 – Jan 2018
    CEO AND COFOUNDER @ OLKYA HONG KONG
    March 2010 – Jan 2016
    CEO AND COFOUNDER @ OTEENA CAIRO, EGYPT
    CONSUMER ELECT MANUFACTURING EXPERT EGYPT, TAIWAN
    Oct 1996– Jan 2008

Ahmed Yousri
  • Ahmed Yousri
  • Deputy Operations Ma..
  • Deputy Operations Manager
  • Sigma Petroleum Serv..
  • Sigma Petroleum Services
  • Egypt

Ahmed El Daly
  • Ahmed El Daly
  • Founder
  • Founder
  • Engineeius
  • Engineeius
  • Egypt

Khaled El tawil
  • Khaled El tawil
  • CFO
  • CFO
  • Saudi Experts
  • Saudi Experts
  • Saudi Arabia

Tarek Nasr
  • Tarek Nasr
  • CEO
  • CEO
  • ThePlanet / Mintrics
  • ThePlanet / Mintrics
  • Egypt

Albert Shehfe
  • Albert Shehfe
  • Chief Operating Offi..
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Shehfe Casing Co.
  • Shehfe Casing Co.
  • Egypt

Menas Saleh
  • Menas Saleh
  • Regional Financial C..
  • Regional Financial Controls Director
  • Unilever
  • Unilever
  • Egypt

Sherif Zahran
  • Sherif Zahran
  • Industrial Director
  • Industrial Director
  • Groupe SEB Egypt Zah..
  • Groupe SEB Egypt Zahran
  • Egypt

Amr Nada
  • Amr Nada
  • Managing Partner & B..
  • Managing Partner & Board Member
  • Leap Media
  • Leap Media
  • Egypt

Issam Al Khatib
  • Issam Al Khatib
  • President
  • President
  • K2 SAS France
  • K2 SAS France
  • Lebanon

Islam Youssef
  • Islam Youssef
  • Mashreq Arabia
  • Mashreq Arabia
  • Egypt

Hany Aly
  • Hany Aly
  • Executive Vice Presi..
  • Executive Vice President
  • Enterprise Business..
  • Enterprise Business at du
  • United Arab Emirates

Karim Khalifa
  • Karim Khalifa
  • Founder and Former C..
  • Founder and Former CEO
  • Digital Republic
  • Digital Republic
  • Egypt

Amer El Kahtani
  • Amer El Kahtani
  • Vice President
  • Vice President
  • Research and Innovat..
  • Research and Innovation, Al Elm
  • Saudi Arabia

Mohammed ElKhamissy
  • Mohammed ElKhamissy
  • President
  • President
  • MK Capital
  • MK Capital
  • Qatar

Nora Toma
  • Nora Toma
  • Deputy Chief Executi..
  • Deputy Chief Executive Officer
  • EFE-Egypt
  • EFE-Egypt
  • Egypt

Kees van Dongen
  • Kees van Dongen
  • Managing Director
  • Managing Director
  • Koudijs Kapo Feed, a..
  • Koudijs Kapo Feed, a company of Royal De Heus Animal Nutrition
  • United States

Ahmed Yacout
  • Ahmed Yacout
  • Chairman and CEO
  • Chairman and CEO
  • Integrated Pharma So..
  • Integrated Pharma Solutions (IPS)
  • Lebanon

Ahmed Bastawy
  • Ahmed Bastawy
  • Innovation Consultan..
  • Innovation Consultant and Managing Director
  • ICEALEX
  • ICEALEX
  • Egypt

Arig Ali
  • Arig Ali
  • Partner
  • Partner
  • Zaki Hashem & Partne..
  • Zaki Hashem & Partners
  • Egypt

Mohamad El Boudi
  • Mohamad El Boudi
  • CEO
  • CEO
  • Anya Technologies SA..
  • Anya Technologies SAS
  • Egypt

Alex Hafez
  • Alex Hafez
  • Founder and CEO
  • Founder and CEO
  • MHCouncil, Inc.
  • MHCouncil, Inc.
  • Egypt

Waleed Khalil
  • Waleed Khalil
  • Managing Partner
  • Managing Partner
  • Endure Capital
  • Endure Capital
  • Egypt

Amal Enan
  • Amal Enan
  • Managing Partner
  • Managing Partner
  • Lotus Capital
  • Lotus Capital
  • Egypt

Rafeh Saleh
  • Rafeh Saleh
  • Founding Partner
  • Founding Partner
  • Cubit Ventures
  • Cubit Ventures
  • Egypt
  • Rafeh launched Cubit Ventures and Founder Institute Egypt, sits on Falak Startups board, is an advisor to Egypt Ventures and Loyal VC, and led one of the largest consulting firms in Egypt.

    He is an experienced triple-digit track record executive, entrepreneur, and management consultant where he advised numerous companies of all sizes on growth, turnaround, and business restructuring strategies.

Francesca Tiziana
  • Francesca Tiziana
  • Regional Manager MEN..
  • Regional Manager MENA
  • Seedstars
  • Seedstars
  • Egypt
  • Born in Belgium, Francesca spent a significant part of her life living and working in emerging markets, from Argentina to Egypt passing by Colombia, Lebanon, Morocco, etc.

    After working on public policy and international relations between Europe and the Middle East, Francesca decided to take a leap towards the private sector, and more specifically the entrepreneurial world. Prior to Seedstars, she launched an EdTech venture on the French market and co-founded Changemakers International, a social entrepreneurship education program in Costa Rica.

    When joining Seedstars, she started working across 16 countries across the Middle East and North Africa as a VC analyst, screening hundreds of business models and giving training to early-stage startups; she now oversees Seedstars’ activities in MENA. She holds a BA from Science Po, an LL.M. from UNINETTUNO and an MSc from King’s College London.

Omar Almajdouie
  • Omar Almajdouie
  • Founding Partner
  • Founding Partner
  • Raed Ventures
  • Raed Ventures
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Omar Almajdouie is the founding partner of Raed Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm that partners with exceptional founders building transformative companies in the MENA region. Raed’s AUM exceeds SAR 500m and backed by top investors in the region including PIF’s Jada, SVC, Mubadala, Almajdouie Holding and many more. As an investor and entrepreneur, Omar founded Raed Ventures in 2016 as part of Almajdouie Holding diversification strategy, which has funded more than 32 innovative startups to-date.

    He is the former CEO of Almajdouie Manufacturing Co. and he’s currently the Vice Chairman of the Saudi Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, as well as a chairman and board member of several leading tech startups and companies. Omar has more than 20 years of enriched experience in various managerial and executive positions. 


Courtney Powell
  • Courtney Powell
  • COO
  • COO
  • 500 Startups
  • 500 Startups
  • United States
  • Courtney is the COO of 500 Global. Courtney is tasked with helping 500 scales globally and explore new opportunities across both new and existing markets. She is responsible for driving day-to-day operations across the team to pursue 500’s mission.

    Courtney is no stranger to the 500 family. She was co-founder and CEO of PublikDemand, part of Batch 4. She went on to become CEO of Agent Pronto, one of the largest real estate agent referral services in North America, recently acquired by Fidelity National Title Group.

Amal Dokhan
  • Amal Dokhan
  • Partner
  • Partner
  • 500 Startups
  • 500 Startups
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Amal Dokhan is a seasoned professional with experience in startup investments, corporate innovation, and consulting in the MENA region. Amal is the partner at Sanabil 500 MENA fund where the focus is to invest in early stage comapnies and support them throughout the journey of thier startup life. Previous to joining 500 Startups Ms. Dokhan was the CEO of Global entrepreneurship Network Saudi and the Managing Director of Babson Global for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Previously She was the manger of learning and Design at the Entrepreneurship Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology where she Led TAQADAM accelerator and Corporate Innovation Programs. Prior to that she worked at KAUST seedfund developing marketing and events, while also providing a range of services to startups. 

    Ms. Dokhan sits on the board of several organizations and startup comapnies. Amal is also active in angel investing as she initiatied the Angel investors forum in Saudi under te ministry of commerce and Monshaat were many angel investors got hands on experince on the practice, she also invests personaly as she has 13 comapnies in her personal portfolio. Amal attended many executive programs at MIT, UCBerkely, Design school and Insead.