Regardless of the maturity stage of your company, ‘Know-How’ remains to be one of the most critical, yet under-served success factors of startups. Consider this: you’re about to start your own business, but most of you never ran companies before. Almost everything you’re about to embark on is new to you. For example: developing/producing new products/services efficiently/effectively, marketing and selling them, and leading/inspiring people to go above and beyond while working for a high risk startup at lower salaries that market rate. Furthermore, you will need to convince investors (if you know how to find them) to believe in you and invest in your company, not to mention that your startup has to have the right capacity level to anticipate and respond to the ever changing market dynamics. And the list goes on.
Yes, it is overwhelming.
As the Chief Coach at Oasis 500, I can help make sense of it all. This is how:
I have been immersed in driving/enabling Millennials & Organizations to embrace their ‘Entrepreneurial Drive’ at Oasis 500 and beyond for quite some time – worked with 1,200+ entrepreneurs, 70+ startups & 40+ global/regional companies, to date.
My experience over the last 26 years both as a C-level executive and entrepreneur afforded me the relevant corporate and entrepreneurial knowledge/business acumen/skills necessary to drive your startups’ growth. That combined with my MBA (Lancaster University, UK), strong capacity building expertise, as well as in-depth understanding of the entrepreneurship landscape enables me to provide you with targeted very effective coaching.
That coaching will be customized for each company on a case-by-case basis based on the capabilities/competencies level of the entrepreneur as well as the startup maturity stage.
Product/service development, product/market fit, customer acquisition, and distribution are just some of the areas we will work on, building on my expertise in the following areas: Strategic Management, Organizational Management, Operations Management, Sales/Service Delivery Management, Business Development, Innovation Diffusion, and Influence-based Leadership. Other areas include: Customer Experience Management, Content Marketing, Effective Communication, Digital Content Industry, Business Process Outsourcing, ‘Social’ Contact Centre Industry, and Employee Engagement.
And of course, I will share with you what I learned from my successes and failure as an entrepreneur through a number of startups that I established in Canada and MENA, such as a leading regional digital content company that I co-founded three years ago.
As a firm believer in the under-tapped magnificent potential of entrepreneurs, I will help you channel your entrepreneurial drive into a successful startup through the right balance between proven theory and practice. That’s when the magic starts to happens!
I’m passionate about entrepreneurship. I’ve previously founded several companies- some which succeeded and some which didn’t- but I’ve learned a lot from each of them. After business venturing for few years, I moved to the U.S for an MBA with a focus on entrepreneurship, business modeling and disruptive innovations. During the years I spent there, I founded and directed a university business accelerator. The knowledge I gained from my experience is what I’m planning to share with entrepreneurs here in Jordan and the MENA region.
Once you join Oasis500, I’ll work with you on a daily basis, and sometimes during weekends and after hours, to ensure the success of your company. We’ll work together on validating your ideas, developing marketing and business strategies, designing business models, and perfecting your business pitch to investors.
I’ll connect you with specialized individuals, who’ll add great value to your company as mentors, and I’ll work with you on creating partnerships with other organizations that will help you take your startup to the next level.
Basel Araj is an astute finance and banking professional with nearly 20 years of rich experience in Banking, Business & Financial consulting across the Jordanian and regional markets. Mr. Araj is presently serving at Arab Jordan Investment Bank (AJIB), Amman-Jordan (Head Office) as Chief Risk Officer leading Risk Management, Compliance & Financial Institutions. Previously, he had led the Bank’s operations and branches.
Mr. Araj has gained strong expertise in handling global transactions, business and product development with International Banks such as Citibank and has developed competency in managing bank operations and implementing strategies towards enhancing market penetration, business volumes and growth at the local and regional levels. He is a seasoned strategic planner with expertise in designing systems & procedures and contributing towards improved financial performance, heightened productivity and enhanced controls and risk management.
Mr. Araj is known for his coaching and team development abilities, resolving dysfunctional behavior, facilitating problem solving and collaboration. He has built a very successful track record in training and functioned as Lecturer/Trainer in Banking Operations, Risk Management and Structured and Trade Finance in several local and regional banks and institutions.
Mr. Araj is a Board Member of the MasterCard Market Development Fund for the MENA Region. He is a member of the Harvard Business Review HBR Advisory Council, and a mentor with Mentor Board, Oasis500 the MENA region’s premier early stage and seed investment program, which includes entrepreneurship training, mentorship, incubation and follow-on and angel investment funds.
Basel Araj holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Lancaster University Management School, United Kingdom, and a Master in Public Administration MPA (with focus on Leadership, Strategy and Change Management) from Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, United States. He holds a Diploma in International Trade & Finance from IFS University College, United Kingdom, has a Master Degree in Banking and Financial Sciences from Arab Academy for Banking and Financial Sciences, Jordan.
He is certified in International Trade & Finance (CITF) in 2009 and certified as a Documentary Credits Specialist (CDCS) in 2002 from IFS University College, United Kingdom.
Murad Abu-Eid is an expert in the Health Care industry with over 18 years of experience in this domain, where he held different positions in sales, marketing and general management in multinational companies.
Murad has a long experience as senior manager in different countries around the region, and has attended several leadership and senior management advanced courses in Europe and the United states.
His major focus is leadership, innovation, business development and people management
I am a Barbadian family physician passionate about improving the quality of primary care in my country. I hope to achieve this goal by:
– providing medical education in the areas of consultation technique and preventative medicine to local medical students and primary care physicians
– establishing a patient-centred family practice that will serve as a local model for providing primary care
– advocating for greater training/resources and restructuring within the public primary care services
My consultation style is based primarily on the patient-centred clinical method and I am skilled in motivational interviewing and the practice of evidence-based medicine. My interests include NCDs, preventative medicine, behavioural medicine, gerontology, adolescent medicine, palliative care, and care for vulnerable populations in Barbados (eg. LGBT patients and immigrants).
My current research is based in Barbados and includes a KAP study of barriers to the intrauterine contraceptive device and a study of the prevalence of risk factors for ulceration/amputations in a random sample of diabetics.
Founder & Director, The Wellness Clinic, Bridgetown, Barbados.
Former Researcher, Chronic Disease Research Centre(CDRC), Barbados.
Team Physician for Team Barbados at Commonwealth Games 2006;Junior Commonwealth Games 2008; 1st Youth Olympics 2010; Pam Am Games, Central American and Caribbean Games.
Member, National Anti-Doping Commission (NADC) 2000 to 2010
Member, and former President, Barbados Sports Medicine Association (BSMA) 1987 to present
A dedicated public policy specialist with an educational background and hands-on experience in the field of public sector reform and strategic planning with specific focus on public health, poverty alleviation, educational strategies, and organizational development. Outstanding skills in project management, management consulting, strategic thinking and policy development. Extensive experience in the Middle East and the Gulf with international and donor organizations serving the government and non-profit sector. Proven skills in management, negotiation, communication and leadership.
Salma Jaouni is the CEO of the Health Care Accreditation Council since May 2012, the Arab region’s only independent organization aiming at improving the healthcare quality and patient safety.
Before HCAC, Ms. Jaouni was Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister of Jordan leading his Agenda on health and education improvement, social development, youth engagement and public sector reform.
Ms. Jaouni was founding director/four year manager of Jordan’s Breast Cancer Program dedicated for improving the quality, accessibility, and usability of screening services and raising awareness.
She also worked with Booz Allen Hamilton as a senior consultant for the Middle East and Gulf and held key positions with the World Bank and USAID.
She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School, a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Systems Management from the University of London and a Bachelor of Sciences degree in environmental health from the American University of Beirut.
Raed Hajarat, Jordan Managing Director & Technology Director – ECEMEA, has been with Oracle for more than 15 years, during which time he has held different positions in Education, Consulting Services and Sales, and represented MEA on several technology boards.
In 2005, he moved to Jordan to establish the Center of Expertise to support and develop the Oracle technology market in Middle East and Africa, and to lead the local team to create new business opportunities and to grow the revenue base in Jordan.
Recently he accepted additional responsibility to lead the Oracle Mobile program in ECEMEA.
Holder of a MBA degree from University of Strathclyde (UK) and a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Jordan, Hajarat has been an active player in the Information Technology sector since 1992.
Zaid Ghattas is the Lead of Business Development for Intel Corporation. In this role, Zaid is responsible to drive the Middle East B2B Sales & Marketing strategy, Influence the region’s top notch customer’s ICT strategy and drive Intel’s business initiatives.
Zaid has had the rare privilege of working across almost all of the global Information & Communication technology portfolio including Hewlett Packard (HP), Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), EPSON and OKI Printing solutions, and executed technology projects in over 40 different markets – from strategy through to execution.
Additionally, Zaid had completed a 4 months job rotation at Intel Head Quarters in the Silicon Valley, Where he worked as a Global Sales Manager as part of the global Oracle account teams.
Zaid is a highly qualified, passionate entrepreneur & driven professional with a strong experience across almost all aspects of business including building successful sales & marketing strategy, Leadership & People management as well as product management & development.
Prior to starting his career, Zaid spent 7 years of his journey in Sydney, Australia where he worked & received his higher Education in Information Technology, Network Engineering. Zaid strongly believes that the 4 pillars to a happy startup are People, Passion, Profit and Purpose and he is very passionate to assist startups in the region to build a strong culture, bring happy employees and win loyal customers which are the ingredients of sustainable Success to any startup.
Mr. Ricardo brings over 14 years’ experience in Banking, Institutional transformation and capacity building as he
served as a management consultant in addition to his Banking experience in Retail with market leaders as HSBC,
Standard Chartered and National Bank of Kuwait and World Bank in different countries as Jordan, Oman, Afghanistan & Libya.
Mr. Ricardo holds a Master’s degree in Finance and an Executive MBA from American Bankers Association (ABA) in addition to Project Management certification.
Ramzi Halaby, CEO, Co- founder of The Online Project.
A results oriented problem solver, his experience in the regional market provides for an essential backbone to the development of The Online Project. He can turn a deficiency into an opportunity with his ability to spot the right team for any challenge. The genuine partnerships he has created throughout the years, combined with his astute business instinct, have generated millions of dollars in sales for his clients and companies he has created.
His attention to detail and attentiveness to clients ensures that promises are always met and expectations are always exceeded. Ramzi invested the past two years with TOP in developing relations with regional organizations and companies that are interested in socializing their business such as Nestle, Zain, Nawras, Abraaj Capital
, Swarovski, Mercedes Benz Daimler, Ikea and more. Ramzi has earned his Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University near Boston.
Raed Belbeisi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with emphasis on Marketing from Webster University – Saint Louis (Vienna, Austria Campus). Upon graduating, he returned to Jordan and joined a local corporation, for which he launched new subsidiaries in Dubai, UAE and the USA. Following a number of leadership positions in various industries, he founded his own company, Pinnacle Business & Marketing Company LLC in March 2007.
Omar Sati is the Managing Director at DASH Ventures where he oversees a diversified portfolio of investments across various industries such as Green Energy, Consumer Internet & Technology, Digital Media, Film & Entertainment, and Mobile, among others. He is actively involved in steering those investments through several stages covering Greenfield, Seed, Early, Growth, & Expansion.
Prior to DASH, Omar was a Venture Principal at IV Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Accelerator Technology Holdings and a pioneering Arab Venture Capital firm directing investments to early-stage technology ventures, where Omar focused on startups in the Online Services and Digital Media domains.
Omar serves on the boards of several startup ventures and provides additional support to the entrepreneurial community through various mentorship programs such as Endeavor, Oasis500, SeedStartup, Gaza Sky Geeks, and Wamda. Omar is also a founding member of Middle East Technology Pioneers Exchange (METPE), a non-profit aimed at connecting high-impact technology pioneers in the Middle East to their global counterparts for the promotion of entrepreneurship, cross-border partnerships, and knowledge exchange.
Omar started his career gaining international work experience in the world of finance and investment banking. He worked with Merrill Lynch in London and Dubai before joining Capital Bank of Jordan as Vice President of its Investment Banking arm. Omar holds an MBA from Cass Business School (City University London) in the UK with a focus on strategy and entrepreneurship, and a double major BSc in Finance and Management from Tulane University in the US.
Omar Aloyoun is a technology innovator, marketing, business development and a visionary business strategist. Omar is working with entrepreneurial spirits & looking forward to bringing new customer-driven & market-driving value to the world. He has more than 16 years (Since 1998) of diverse experience across different industries (Online media, Mobile Technologies, IoT, Telecoms & IT, Business Incubation and Entrepreneurship) in business development, marketing, management, product development, business strategy/planning and operations.
Winner of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Young Business Leaders Award at the 3rd Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2012 (GES), Dubai.
He has influence and a network with high profile professionals, c-level, organizations, entrepreneurs, tweeps and social media influencers, leaders and NGOs across GCC, Levant, EMEA and US.
Specialties: Entrepreneurship, Business Incubation, Product Management, Marketing, Product Marketing Management, Online Media, Internet of Things (EverNet), Digital Marketing, Mobile Marketing, Market Research, Innovation,
Competitive Intelligence, Persuasive and influential Marketing, Business Personas & Anthropology, Business Model Innovation, Lean Startup, Lean Innovation.
Mohammad Khawaja is currently an Executive Director at N2V and the CEO of Startappz – an investment arm of N2V that innovates mobile apps and technologies for Arabia and the World. N2V an Internet holding company invests in mobile and web ventures by offering capital, infrastructure, resources, tools, experience & know-how.
Before that, Mohamad worked at the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship as the Executive Director and the founding Project Manager of Queen Rania National Entrepreneurship Competition – The first and only business plan competition in Jordan. He was also in charge of managing the “Google Award for The Best Online Business” and the “Cisco Entrepreneur Institute” as well. Earlier in 2001, Mohamad co-founded his first business in the domain of content management solutions.
Mohamad is a Communication Engineer by education, he is an active member of Tech, VC and geek communities in the Arabia and one of the co-creators of the global bestsellers: “Business Model Generation” & “Business Model You”.
Mohammad Arrabi is the CEO of EcommerceSea, a pioneering startup for fashion ecommerce in Saudi Arabia. Muhammad was an executive at N2V Ventures, working on the investment team. He spent 13 years in US, working at Microsoft and Silicon Valley startups (Nusym, Cobalt) – gaining both global startup and enterprise experience.
Muhammad holds an MS from Colorado State University, top of class BSc from UArkansas, winner of multiple Int’l Programming competitions, and the Google Award for Best Online Business Plan QRCE competition in 2008.
Al-Muhtaseb is the Managing Partner and founder of Miza Capital; a private equity company that invests in SMEs at their growth stage. Portfolio companies include the Voi Artis Group of companies (www.VoiArtis.com) where Al-Muhtaseb serves as the Group’s Executive Chairman and Shale Energy Company (PLC) (www.ShaleEnergy.jo), a publicly-traded Jordanian oil shale company, where he served as Managing Director and is currently a Board member.
Mohammed also serves as a Board member at Al-Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans (www.AlamanFund.jo). He has also served previously on several NGO and private sector boards. Mohammed started his career in business consulting working with more than 30 clients, most of which are SMEs. He served as SME Upgrade Advisor with the European Commission’s Industrial Modernisation Programme (EJADA) for four years. In 2005, he joined the Office of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah as Director of Projects, tasked with building Her Majesty’s non-profit organizations.
Mohammed’s forte is in managing growth, turnaround, organizational and financial restructuring as well as corporate and communication strategy and entrepreneurship.
Mohammed holds a Bachelor and Masters of Engineering with Honours (University of Kent, 1996, 1997) in Electronic Engineering and Medical Electronics Engineering and a MBA (Kent Business School, 1999).
Marwan Bataineh is an IT professional with over 30 years of experience in international and regional technology organizations. With track record of starting and growing some of the most successful technology companies in Jord
an and GCC, leveraging management and technical skills to develop long-term strategies, addressing evolving global business challenges.
Mr. Bataineh started his career as a systems programmer at international IT companies like Boeing Computer Systems, Boeing Aerosystems In ternational and Digital Equipment Corporation. Later on he co-found and man aged some of the largest and most pioneering companies in the region such as National Computer Systems, Computer Applications and Technical Services, 01 Systems, Atos Origin ME, HP, and MIR3 Inc. of San Diego, California.
Mr. Bataineh graduated from the University of Florida, USA. B.Sc in Computer and Information Science. And attended many higher management and business courses. He is also the Co-author of “Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Methodology for Jordan”, 1989 and “A National Computer Policy for Jordan”, 1992.
Presently Mr. Bataineh is the Chief Technology and Information Officer of Nest Investments Holding group www.nestco.org, owners of the Trust insurance, banking, real estate, and industries operating companies across the MENA region.
Jack Diab has 20+ years’ experience in Internet, Telecommunications and IT Security with focus on Strategy, M&As and Business Development. Maintains a strong balance between commercial, technical and business planning skills.
Strong record in defining strategies, aligning management teams and creating and maintaining revenue and net profit growth.
Conducted feasibility studies for investment opportunities in more than 10 countries to acquire/merge or build companies including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Algeria, Bahrain, Sudan, Dubai, Syria, Iran and Egypt.
Jack built one of the largest content portals in the region, has a proven record in evaluating Internet start-ups and an in-depth knowledge of worldwide and regional e-commerce models. Has extensive experience in developing value added services for consumer and corporate markets and deep product and corporate branding skills.
Spent four early career years in project management; implemented projects in the region and Europe (UK, Netherlands)
Specialties: Strategy, Business Development &, Marketing
Since 2012, Haifa Dia Al-Attia has been leading the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development (QRF) , an NGO that is charged with leading innovation in education towards improving the quality and state of that offering in Jordan. QRF serves as an umbrella organisation for eight independent NGOs and initiatives affiliated with Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, where QRF’s mandate focuses on building and supporting their institutional capacity and sustainability as well as on creating synergy amongst them and maximising their impact. QRF also acts as a research hub and develops programmes that address needs and gaps in educational services to Jordanians and which also respond to opportunities on the local, regional and global levels for the introduction of new initiatives, in cooperation with a host of partners and sponsors, all of whom contribute to the strengthening of QRF’s operations and its brand.
From an English Language teaching post at the Ministry of Education, she moved to the Royal Court where she rose to Deputy Director of the Office of the Crown Prince in 1994 and served as an Education Adviser there until July 2005. Haifa helped found the Amman Baccalaureate School and served for 23 years on its Board of Trustees. She was elected Vice President of the International Baccalaureate Organisation’s Council of Foundation (IBO) where she championed equal access to IB programmes worldwide and she also acted as the IBO’s regional representative for the Middle East for over 20 years. In 2006, Haifa joined the Aga Khan Academies Unit and worked on this project to set up 18 leadership schools in 14 developing countries. Over those years she was also involved with the United World Colleges Movement and with the European Council of International Schools.
A member of the International Women’s Forum, she served on its Global Board for two years and was Treasurer of IWF/Jordan, chairwoman of its communications committee and member of its Leadership Enhancement and Mentoring Programme (LEMP) which offers leadership training to women in middle management allowing them to break the glass ceiling and rise to the top posts in their companies and organisations. Outside of education, Haifa was elected as President of the Jordanian Osteoporosis Prevention Society in 2010, on whose board she had served for four years. Many years earlier and in yet another field, Haifa helped revamp the Jordanian National Gymnastics Federation and as its secretary and chief fundraising officer, she facilitated the establishment of its training facilities and oversaw the preparations for the first National Under 18 year old Girls Squad which won Bronze in the Arab Games in Amman in 1999 as well as an individual gold medal, at a time when the oldest gymnast was 14 years old and the youngest was 11.
Married since 1984 and with three adult children, Haifa loves music and traveling. She is perfectly bilingual in Arabic and English and speaks both Italian and French. She is a football and gymnastics enthusiast and herself played on the under 18 National Table Tennis Team.
Dr. Ghassan B. Alami is an orthopedic surgeon sub-specialized in complex fractures and upper-limb problems, with degrees from Northwestern U. (Chicago), McGill U. (Montreal), St. Vincent’s Hospital (New York), U. of Montreal (Montreal), U. of British Columbia (Vancouver), and l’Archet Hospital (Nice). Since 2013, he has been working in Amman for most of the year with periodic working visits to Canada, where he worked full time for three years following his sub-specialty training.
In addition to his surgical practice, Dr. Alami helped establish the orthopedics teaching program for emergency and family medicine residents at St-Jérôme Hospital in Canada. He is involved in the teaching of fracture surgery within the framework of the “AO” (Association for the Study of Internal Fixation) in both North America and the Middle East. He is also a volunteer surgeon and instructor with PCRF (Palestine Children Relief Fund) and USTOP (Uganda Sustainable Trauma Orthopedic Program), with a strong belief in the importance of improving local technical expertise (as opposed to limited medical aid) in underserved communities.
Fares Ghandour is based in Dubai and handles investments and portfolio management at MENA Venture Investments, one of the largest early stage venture funds in the region. With previous experience supporting seed and early stage startups as Community Manager at Wamda, Fares’ work with entrepreneurs goes beyond financing and into operations and growth strategies.
Al-Hassan Hleileh is the CEO of Nudge Technology, Inc. “Nudge,” which graduated from Steve Blank’s Lean Startup course at Stanford, and was featured by him at SXSW.
He holds a MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and a MA (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh. Al-Hassan co-founded Yamsafer – a regional hotel booking portal in 2011. Prior to that he worked at the Palestine Investment Fund – CEO Office and helped in the structuring of Palestine’s first growth capital fund managed by Abraaj Capital, the sale of over $200 million in development rights for the Al-Reehan Neighborhood, and the financing of the Ersal Centre. Previously he was an Investment Banker at Citigroup Global Markets Ltd in London, United Kingdom, where he played a lead role in the $232mn IPO of Royal Jordanian Airlines, as well as strategic advisory for Kingdom Holding Company.
Dana Baki specializes in business development and financing for startups in the Middle East, investing and
partnering in businesses across several industries, ranging from digital startups to food & beverage
concepts. Given this work, she is an expert on business setup, financial/business modeling, monetization
strategies, launch marketing and geographic expansion in the Middle East.
Previously, Ms. Baki worked for Procter & Gamble in the United States for 7+ years, benefiting from a
wide range of assignments within the company and gaining expertise in Corporate Strategy, Marketing
and Consumer Insights. She led new product innovation and consumer insights for the Olay brand
globally, business model and marketing optimization for the COVERGIRL and Max Factor brands and
ultimately helped develop the company’s corporate focus and expansion strategies across its portfolio of
250+ brands, impacting over $10B in sales.
She holds an MBA from Georgetown University and B.A. in Economics and English Literature from The
University of Michigan.
Basem Malhas; a Saudi citizen, was born in Amman on Sep 29 1972. He received his primary education at Rugby School in the UK and obtained his BA in Business Administration from George Washington University in Washington D.C class of 1995. Basem is involved in a family business that covers Hospitality, Automotive, Luxury Retail, Banking, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Aviation and Communication. He is the Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the board, Member of Executive Committee and Board Member of Palestine Commercial Bank. He is Deputy Managing Director, Board Member and Member of the Executive Committee of METICO; owner of Four Seasons Hotel-Amman. He is the Executive Director of Chopard, Tufenkjian, Tamama, Do Brando, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo.
Basem is a founding shareholder in Gulf Mena; an alternative investment equity fund as well as a founding shareholder in Arab Wings; a private jet leasing company. He is a founding shareholder in a furniture manufacturing company based in Lebanon. He is a founding shareholder of dobrando; a full service c communication company.
Further to holding executive posts, he sits on the boards of publicly traded companies. He has also served as an active member in non-profit and charitable organizations. Basem is the Chairman of YPO Jordan Chapter, YPO Regional Board member MENA. He enjoys swimming, squash and aviation.
Basem is married to Sulafa Hannun, They have two children; Mahmoud 8 years old and Salma 5 years old.
Ex sysadmin, hacker, enterprise apps integrator, process & system architect, UX/IA researcher, and product designer. Now all of that at www.hashdoc.com. I’d love to help in any area of my expertise.
Background and experience
I build brands and help companies to re-focus their strategy by edifying their business models and marketing mix. I have managed brands and corporations to align their communications efforts, re-think distribution, product design and initiate costumer-centered scheme. In addition to the UK, I have worked in São Paulo, New York, Milan and Geneva and spent time in Asia and Middle East managing projects with SME’s and world-know consumer goods, technology, luxury and fashion brands (LVMH Spirits, Lacoste, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Ray-Ban, Oakley and others). Three words that fuel my existence: re-boot, creativity and purpose.
My vision as a mentor
Mentorship is important in order to help entrepreneurs gain (insights and experience) from their failures by asking the right questions and provoking thoughts by those who are not involved day-to-day in the business and can bring a broader view. Mentorship accelerates entrepreneurs by facilitating introductions and possible contacts that can support the business growth or immediate need.
My best piece of advice you would give to an entrepreneur just starting out
Fail fast! The sooner we fail, take a moment to reflect, write down your learnings, absorb them then stand up and move forward. And, understand the power of branding and what results it can bring to your business.
Lionel Pardin is a strategist and independent consultant whose 15-year career has played out in the marketing and digital industry in North America, Europe and Middle East.
He has been with Cossette 7 years, the largest marketing agency in Canada and did hold several positions (VP General Manager Fjord, VP innovation and Digital Strategy), where he was also responsible for ensuring that Cossette and its worldwide network of 21 agencies remains at the forefront of its digital requirements and the latest industry trends. To do so, Lionel oversaw key acquisitions, be they up-and-coming digital experts or innovative companies, and managed their integration into Cossette’s digital vision across Canada. Lionel is also a mentor for several start-ups in Canada within www.founderfuel.com network.
Prior to Cossette he successfully launched his start-up Alogia with several partners from University in 2001. He recently developed a new branding strategy for SSENSE at a global level and managed a 100 % growth over a year including all creative and all marketing operations.
His ability to recognize and harness leading talent is a valuable asset and a driving force behind his career. Under Lionel’s leadership, Cossette has been recognized with more than 20 awards in the Digital category for Bell Canada, Festimania, Mentos, Air Transat, L’ORÉAL and GM, among other clients.
Already in 1995, Lionel authored his first blog, Turning Virtual Into a Successful Reality, where he wrote about the many emerging opportunities in the digital universe. His ongoing quest for digital knowledge, combined with his passion for sharing his digital expertise with others, speaks to his exceptional leadership and unwavering commitment to his craft. Since the past years, Lionel has given several conference in Luxembourg, France (DigiWorld) and Canada and has taught several master’s-level courses at Université de Montréal HEC and EM Strasbourg including Digital Economy and E-Business & Strategy.
Bisher Al-Nabulsi is a strategist and projects/programs manager with more than eight years of experience mostly in the IT field. Having been a savvy entrepreneur himself, he was one of the very first to join oasis500 bootcamps and EMPRETEC.
Bisher Al-Nabulsi holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering (Major Engineering management), and an MBA in Strategy and Marketing from Cardiff Business school – UK.
Also, awarded many prestigious certificates: Six Sigma Green Belt in 2008, a PMP in 2010, and currently pursuing his CFA (chartered financial analyst) investment management and analysis certificate.
At the Age of 44, Sadek has been in the software solutions market for over 24 years helping clients implement mission critical systems. Sadek helped numerous institutions adopt latest web technologies to streamline their business and achieve higher efficacy. He has also significantly contributed to spreading Enterprise Content Management, Portals & e-government, and e-payment concepts and model implementations in the MENA region.
Sadek holds an MA in Enterprise Management from Durham University (2006/2007) and is a B.SC. Computer Science graduate (Minor Accounting) as of 1989 from Yarmouk University. The MA thesis was “Intrapreneurship & MBTI”.
Entrepreneurial in nature, he co-founded and led the establishment of several companies and joint ventures during his career. Below is a brief outline of said achievements:
Executive Director, board member and shareholder of Savvytek ( 2009-2010)
Board member and shareholder of Y-Consult (IT Consulting) ( 2008-2012)
Co-founded HR2O – board member (2008-2012); an HR consulting practice with a focus on Talent Management, Performance Management & Intrapreneurship
Co-Founded PayNET (2005-2008) – Executive Director – Regional Payment Gateway, owned and operated by a joint venture formed by STS/BusinessONE and Visa Jordan Card Services.
Established STS’s own Product Development activity (2004-2008), later spun off as a separate business division of STS where he served as the Director of BusinessOne Software Solutions.
Co-Founded BusinessONE (1999-2004) CTO – A daughter company of STS specialized in e-Business Application Development ( e-Government Portals & eServices, e-Banking, e-Payment, … etc)
BayaNAT(1996-1999) – COO – A daughter company of STS, specialized in Enterprise Archiving and Electronic Document Management Systems (FileNET)
GCESoft (1990-1996) – COO – A provider of own ERP Solutions (Alpha Systems) and handheld devices (Symbol).
In April 2010, Sadek founded Applixya; a progressive and pioneering IT innovation provider specialized in enterprise mobile applications and focused on Apple’s iPad (& iPhone) productivity applications.
Fouad is an early entrepreneur who continues to work and invest in the Middle Eastern Technology scene; particularly in Jordan. A business technologist by education, Fouad was Director of Technology & Analytics at Open Insights LLC. and has offered technical as well as strategic consulting to top tier telecom, software & internet giants such as Google, Microsoft, Verizon & others. He also served as “Chief Rascal” (product & business development manager) at Arabic social entertainment portal, d1g.com. Additionally, he was part of the team that started up Jordan’s first technology accelerator and incubation program, Oasis 500, where he built and grew the mentor & angel investor networks. Later, to capitalize on the efforts in the Jordanian eco-system, Fouad initiated and co-founded a high impact, free and open, monthly tech gathering titled Amman Tech Tuesdays (AmmanTT) that has drawn in over 30,000 engineers, entrepreneurs, students, business people and everyday enthusiasts over the course of its operation so far. All with the aim of encouraging open knowledge exchange and advancing the region’s tech sector. Fouad is currently pursuing new projects that solve pains and enable payments and commerce space throughout MENA.
Alongside his own projects, Fouad has enjoyed dabbling into the media space and launched “TechTech” an Arabic tech blog & TV program that airs on satellite TV.
Ziad Alshobaki is Co-inventor of Quisk & responsible for directing business development activities and establishing a strong network of partners in the EMEA and Far East regions. Before joining Quisk, Mr. Alshobaki was New Ventures Director at Dubai World. Previously, he served as Director of Business Development at SAP and as a regional sales manager with IBM. Mr. Alshobaki started his career in 1994 with opening one of the first companies to develop websites and WAP in The Middle East. In 1998 he was part of the team that started the first IT Mall as well as a member of the team that started Tejari.com, the first G2B & B2B portal in the MENA region. He has extensive experience in Business Development management in the information technology sector. He completed his studies in the United States and holds a degree in Economics from the university of Illinois at Chicago.
Jawdat Shammas is a web and mobile professional since 1996, he is currently the SEO Manager of Souq.com (The largest Ecommerce website in the middle east) Before Souq.com Jawdat worked as online marketing manager for OpenSooq.com (the largest Arabic classifieds website).
Jawdat started working in the Digital Marketing field since 2007 where he managed hundreds of digital marketing campaigns for tens of companies and startups in the MENA region and managed millions of dollars of ad spend, he also worked on marketing tens of mobile apps driving millions of organic and paid app downloads.
Jawdat is a Certified SEO professional, Certified Internet Webmaster, Certified in Google Analytics for Ecommerce, Certified Zend Engineer and a Certified Instructor, he started providing professional training since 2000, Jawdat is a public speaker and mentor for few startups in Jordan.
Luma Qadoumi is the founder of ‘Go Local, Support Local’ an initiative that aims to reinvigorate Jordan’s local economy by creating awareness on the importance of supporting local industries. Luma is also the co-founder and General Manager of BeAmman.com a website launched July 2011 that aims to promote the city of Amman from all aspects to tourists and locals. Prior to BeAmman Luma worked for 4 years in agriculture and commodities trading and held the positions of Treasury Manager & Freight Trader at BroadGrain Commodities Inc in Toronto, Canada. Luma graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Business Management in 2006 from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University.
Emile has over 18 years of experience in technology, government and venture capital space. Emile also serves as Board Director of Silicon Badia, Jeeran, Shoofee TV, Media Scope, Gate2Play, Arab Media Holding, Dakwak and NetCorps. He also serves as Vice President at Accelerator Technology Holdings (ATH) and CEO of IV Holdings (IVH) – the early stage investment arm of ATH. Prior to this, he served as the Director of IT Promotion & Advisor to the Ministry of ITC, Jordan.
Emile holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Southern California and was selected as a member of the Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum in 2006.
Gaith Kawar is a serial entrepreneur and comes from a design background. Gaith has been involved in Zero3 Digital (a web design and development agency), Cheezu photo books (empowering people to create physical keepsakes of their digital photos) and Madfish games (iOS game development studio).
From 2010 till 2012, Gaith was the Cofounder and CEO of Taktek Games. In 2004, Gaith joined Apple Inc. in California, where he served in several positions at their retail division, from sales to training.
Prior to moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Gaith founded several companies: Orange Delusion, a multiplayer video game center and JO magazine, an award winning, social and cultural magazine. Gaith’s career started in advertising, where he reached the Creative Director position at Saatchi & Saatchi / Jordan.
Motea Alwan is a young entrepreneur with solid online business knowledge and skills. He is specialized in SEO, SEM, Social Media, lean startups and UX. Motea is a trainer and consultant for many online business companies in MENA. He is a software engineer who started his career as a live radio shows presenter. He also worked for leading online business companies in Jordan and Saudi Arabia such as Jeeran and N2V.
Abed Shamlawi gathers extensive experience in leading ICT sector development and assisting public and private sector entities develop and implement their ICT strategies and envision efficient use of technology in order to increase business efficiency and productivity, he managed large scale public and private ICT related projects and NGOs. For the past few years, Mr. Shamlawi has been leading Jordan’s ICT Sector Association – int@j towards being an active champion and a thought leader for the ICT and BPO Sector in Jordan through advocacy, promotion and marketing, research, and capacity building programs for the ICT, BPO, Content, Online Business, and Games sector members and stakeholders.
During his CEO term at int@j, the ICT and ICT Enabled Services-BPO sector grow to contribute more than 12% to 14% to the GDP (10% as direct contribution from the ICT and BPO sectors, and 4% as indirect contribution from using ICT and BPO in other sectors), sector employment grow to more than 80,000 jobs (approximately 16K direct jobs, and 65K indirect and induced jobs), internet penetration exceeded 70%, and females constitute more than 30% of ICT workforce (one of the highest sectors in Jordan and the MENA region). Major areas of technology use included Technology in Health and Education sectors.
Through his vast experience, his academic background, and his wide skills, he initiated and managed strategic collaboration across and among the different sectors and components under several USAID and donor funded Programs to facilitate the development of critical ICT projects across Jordan and other countries such as developing and implementing Jordan’s ICT Strategy (REACH Initiative), supporting the Central Bank of Jordan ICT systems modernization, Jordan Customs ICT systems modernization and the development and implementation of the Jordanian Trade and Investment Information System. He also initiated, supervised and assisted in the development and implementation of some of the high profile strategies in Jordan including an ICT investment and promotions strategy, a new structure and strategy for the National Information Technology Center, Jordan e-Government strategy, Saudi e-Government Program Strategy, Aqaba Special Economic Zone ICT Strategy, Jordan’s National ICT Strategy 2007-2011 and subsequent strategy 2013-2017, and leading the top ICT and BPO Association in Jordan – int@j into a sustainable, dynamic, and proactive NGO within the Jordanian ICT ecosystem.
Recent Programs for Mr. Shamlawi include leading the Healthcare ICT Taskforce to enhance and develop technology solutions in Healthcare, developing technology solutions in Education, developing and implementing a Human Resources Bridging Program between academia and private sector to align skills of graduates with private sector requirements in ICT, developing incubation and business maturity programs between Jordan and Silicon Valley in partnership with private sector, Silicon Valley accelerators, and USAID as a Public Private Partnership (PPP), developing an ICT Export and Investment Development Program for Jordanian ICT companies to grow exports to key markets.
Mr. Shamlawi experience includes ICT Sector development, increasing access and connectivity across Jordan, ICT for Development initiatives, e-Government programs, and leading ICT sector advocacy initiatives. Furthermore, he led a number of Business Process Re-Engineering projects such as the Municipal Business Licensing and Renewal Process Re-Engineering and Automation, developing and implementing the Mother and Child education program focusing on introducing ICT to early childhood and to parents in thirteen villages, and developing and implementing an e-Services Center at the e-Village. In addition Mr. Shamlawi architected and managed the implementation of the Jordan Trade and Investment Information System as the single unified source for Trade and Investment data. Mr. Shamlawi also led the process of transforming the NetCorps Jordan Initiative into an independent Not-for-Profit NGO NetCorps Jordan, and transforming the Public Private Partnership of the Jordan Education Initiative and program into an independent sustainable NGO.
Through his international experience working with Chemonics International in Washington DC, he worked with more than 30 projects in 25 countries in providing technology solutions and strategies to public and private clients and stakeholders in different countries focusing on advancing productivity and utilizing ICT as an effective development tool.
Between August 2003 and October 2006, Mr. Shamlawi has successfully lead the Information and Communications Technology Component, a 24 million US Dollar component of the USAID funded AMIR Program, focusing on; e-Government Development and Implementation, Increased Access, Connectivity and e-Learning, ICT Policy and Regulation, Reduce Public Sector Obstacles, Encourage Public Private Partnerships, and ICT Industry Development.
In addition to leading several ICT initiatives, Mr. Shamlawi is also considered as a lead engineer for infrastructure, architecture, and applications consolidation, integration and implementation as he played a major role in defining the requirements and optimizing the infrastructure architectures and providing advices on short and long term infrastructure investments. Furthermore, Mr. Shamlawi has vast experience in developing Enterprise ICT Architectures and Information Management Architectures due to his sound understanding of all aspects related to enterprises, starting from business planning and business operations to automation and enabling technological aspects.
Highlight of Programs and Projects: During his years of experience Mr. Shamlawi delivered several key projects and programs such as:
ICT and BPO sector advocacy programs (Telecom Law, Internet Censorship, Press & Publications Law, Taxation, Internet Access, Cybercrimes law, e-Transactions law, Export exemptions)
ICT internship and employment programs, sector capacity building and certification programs, and Online and Mobile content capacity building and development program
Jordan National ICT Strategy 2000-2006 (REACH), Jordan National ICT Strategy 2007-2011, and subsequent National ICT Strategy (2013 – 2017)
ICT and BPO Association of Jordan – int@j Strategy and Business model
Private ICT Sector development and companies maturity development
Human Resources Bridging Programs, Export and Investment Development Programs, and ICT companies Incubation between Jordan and Silicon Valley
Aqaba Special Economic Zone ICT Infrastructure Strategy
Jordan Education Initiative transformation to an NGO, and incorporating NetCorps Jordan program into NGO
Jordan Trade and Investment Information System
Knowledge Stations Mother and Child Program pilot and implementation
Amman and Madaba Municipalities BPR and e-Municipality
Jordan e-Government Program Strategy and implementation projects, and several National public and private sector ICT programs design and implementation including National Information Technology Center Strategy
Central Bank of Jordan Information Management and systems modernization
Jordan Customs systems modernization and Jordan Capital Markets systems modernization
Egypt and Morocco Courts Automation and Information Systems
Several grants execution with USAID, CIDA, EU, and National funds
Several Projects in Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, United States, Botswana, Kosovo, and other countries
Farah O. Samawi, is the Marketing and Public Relations Manager of King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center managed by Hilton (KHBTCC); a complete conference and meeting venue dedicated to setting a local and national benchmark for excellence in attracting and managing international, regional and local MICE business.
Born on December 30, 1984, Farah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS) from the University of Jordan and is a Certified Public Relations Manager (CPRM) from the American Institute for Business Management and Communication (AIBMC). Being a communications professional, Farah is experienced in Corporate Communications, Public Relations, Media Relations, Crisis Management, Marketing and Advertising, Events Management, Press conferences, Corporate launches, Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance.
As a free lancer; Farah plans, designs, budgets and implements events and she hosts events and on-stage functions as a master of ceremony. She is also a free lance trainer on life and soft skills including Communication and presentation skills, personalities, body language and creative thinking. She is the External Affairs coordinator and training supervisor at the General Secretariat of Christian Youth in Amman, a volunteer with INJAZ schools program and a member of the Business and Professional Women (BPW-a) Network.
Graduated with a BS degree in economics from the University of Florida, and currently the managing partner at TactiX Strategic Consulting, a firm dedicated to PR and Marketing consultancy and a partner/marketing director at FLIP Jordan, a leading venue management and entertainment company.
Board member at vidatum Technologies, an Irish based e-learning development firm, A board member at Tkiyet Um Ali, a board of Trustee’s member of Haya Cultural Center , Chairman of the board to the Empretec Alumni Club – Jordan, board of trustees with the Nakhweh initiative and a certified trainer and mentor with Maharat Program in Jordan, and a member among many other associations and committees.
The less serious stuff, I am passionate about doing things different, I believe simplicity is the best answer to complexity, I love cooking, music, bartending and finding out what real people are all about. Life is all about friends and family, and finally my motto in life “what does not kill us makes us stronger “
Walid has more than 10 years of experience in strategy & management consultancy, restructuring, corporate finance and engineering in telecom, media, utilities, pharmaceuticals and public sector industries. Prior to joining MEVP, Walid was a lead associate at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants within their Middle East team, supporting the firm’s implementation and growth in the region. Before Roland Berger, Walid worked as a strategy manager at the UAE’s Prime Ministry executive office focusing on long term public sector strategies and implementation plans. During his stay in Dubai, he worked on setting-up entrepreneurship related programs and developing incubation in the Arab World through several Dubai based initiatives such as the Mohammed Bin Rashid Foundation. Prior to that, Walid spent 3 years at Booz & Company as a consultant covering telecom & media and public sector industries across the region. He started his career as an Engineer working for the leading French Industrial Group Alstom in Europe. In 2009, he completed Morgan Stanley’s summer associate program within their investment banking M&A division in London. Walid holds an industrial and urban planning engineering degree from Grande Ecole Institut National des Science Appliquées de Lyon (INSA de Lyon) and an MBA in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Amjad Tadros is the visionary behind the ShooFeeTV business and heads its day-to-day operations. He has successfully founded and managed a variety of businesses ranging from advertising and marketing communications, to security and logistics. He also works as the point person in the Middle East for CBS News, managing the network’s coverage and operations in the region since 1990. In 1997, he was awarded an Emmy in Investigative Journalism.
Amjad holds an honors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College of Science and Technology at the University of London. He is also a member of the Middle East Leadership Initiative at the Aspen Institute.
Founder and Owner of International Beverage Consultancy Company (IBC) which was established in 2007 registered at the Chamber of Commerce in United Arab Emirates working in Jordan as a regional company. IBC is a global mechanical and electrical installation and commissioning of high technology filling lines and other innovative projects.
IBC managed to attain an exclusive joint venture agreement with one the leading German companies working in the field. Throughout the years the company managed to work successfully on over 200 projects worldwide. Identifying and promoting local talented engineers through building their capacity with special training programs conducted by highly skilled specialists at the headquarters in Germany.
Capitalizing on his former experience as the Operations Director – Middle East and North Africa- for Pepsi Cola International, he managed to work with his professional network to successfully put on the Jordanian economical map another multi-trading company. In 2000 he co-founded the Originalchem Group (OCG), another global company, working on chemical trading, logistics and solution provider for the food and beverage industry. OCG continued to grow in size and service to become one of the main providers in the industry.
Dr. Abdulla is a senior data scientist and technical leader with over 14 years of experience overseeing research projects in data management, data intensive computing, and data analysis. He collaborated with key scientist in the database/data science field at Berkeley, Microsoft, Ohio State University (later Emory University), University of Minnesota, and many others. Before joining Lawrence Livermore National Labs, Dr. Abdulla worked as an information technology specialist in the Business Intelligence Center at the Dow Chemical Company.
His PhD research focused on Web traffic analysis and characterization including characterizing user behavior. He has several highly referenced papers from his PhD work.
Before Joining the post graduate school to get his PhD, Dr. Abdulla worked for six years as a software engineer developing Arabic Operating systems and educational software. He worked with Logo Computer Systems in Montreal, Canada to develop an Arabic version of the Logo programming Language.
His research interests: Large Scale Data Management, Data Mining, and Information Retrieval
Domains of interest: Electric grid, physics, astronomy, business intelligence, WWW, and medical and biology.
Hamed Masri has built a successful track record of deal origination, placement, and execution, during his career in private equity and investment banking.
Hamed cofounded Levantcorp Advisory & Financial Services in September 2009, a firm dedicated to the advancement of small and medium sized businesses in Jordan and the West Bank. With an ethos of promoting socially impactful outcomes alongside financial returns, Levantcorp has shifted its strategy in 2012 to service the IT & Media sectors in the region under a new brand name: Sequence Labs.
Prior to launching Levantcorp in September 2010, Hamed was an Investment Associate at Dubai World’s Real Estate and Leisure team in the UAE where he co-managed and led transactions in Europe and Africa. Before returning to the Middle East in 2008, Hamed was with the Leveraged Finance and Financial Sponsors team at UBS Investment Bank in London and New York. During his time at UBS, he worked on several high-profile leveraged buyouts and acquisitions in an array of sectors, including: Utilities, Energy, Consumer Retail, Media & Technology, Construction, and Real Estate. Hamed is currently a board member at HTC Limited, a diversified holding company with regional business activities in Oil & Gas, Specialty Consumer Goods, and Financial Services.
Hamed received his Bachelors of Science in Economics with concentrations in Finance and Operations Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Rabea Ataya is the founder and CEO of Bayt.com, the Middle East’s leading job site, which now serves over 9,750,000 professionals and 40,000 employers from its 12 regional offices. He is also a co-founder of Gonabit.com, the region’s first group purchasing site. Prior to Bayt.com, Rabea founded and managed InfoFort, the Middle East’s first and leading records management company with operations throughout the Middle East.
Rabea is a graduate of Stanford University with a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Engineering Economic Systems.
Karim Samakie is the Investment Manager at Oasis500, the leading startup accelerator in the MENA region. He is responsible for screening, selecting and investing in early stage technology startups. Karim leads monthly discussions for startups in order to help entrepreneurs transform their ideas into scalable businesses and prepare for venture financing. Aside from bringing more companies into the portfolio, Karim spends his days working with the companies that already make up the Oasis500 family. He helps them in securing additional funding from angels and venture capital funds and follow-on funding from Oasis500. As part of his responsibilities at Oasis500, Karim also trains entrepreneurs on financial modeling and venture funding.
Before joining Oasis500, Karim accumulated over 8 years of experience in different departments within the banking sector. He worked as an Operations Supervisor at Bank Al-Sharq, where he managed operations and supervised cash management. During that time, Karim was able to increase client bases and Deposits by 200% in less than 2 year. Prior to that, Karim worked as a Relationship Officer at Banque Bemo Saudi Fransi where he built and managed a portfolio of 60+ clients with facilities exceeding USD20M.
Karim holds a Management Certificate in Business Administration (2003) and a Bachelor of Commerce degree with concentrations in Finance, International Business, and Entrepreneurship from McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management (2005).
Mr. Morrar has more than 16 years of experience in consulting, management and projects delivery for Islamic and conventional banking strategic initiatives in leading firms in Middle East & Africa, inluding establishing Islamic Windows/Branch Units and fully fledged Islamic Banks, directing Business Transformation programs and key IT platforms implementations, in addition to establishing strategic plans, MBO, KPIs monitoring and scorecards across different organizational levels. Mr. Morrar is certified PMP holding MBA with Distinction from New York Institute of Technology and BSc in Computer Information Systems. Haytham worked in several consulting firms, and has held titles such as Vice President, Islamic Programs Manager in Arab Bank PLC and currently Chief of Business Transformation in Islamic International Arab Bank PLC. He is also a board director of Arab Sudanese Bank and Sanad Capital LLC
Dr. Abdul Malek Al Jaber has a wealth of experience and a long record of achievements locally and regionally in the Telecommunications, Services and Financial industry.
Dr. Al Jaber is the Founder and Chairman of MENA Apps, the first company to focus on customer relations management, social media and its applications in the modern business as well as the first to introduce Arabic API in the MENA Region. The company exploits the untapped potential area of Arabic content and Applications in the Middle East and North Africa by triggering the innovative ideas of the Arab inventors and Entrepreneurs by introducing “Think Digital” concept. Dr. Al Jaber is also a leading Angel Investor with key investments in StartUps in the region.
Dr. Al Jaber, Joined the Middle East Payment Services, MEPS, the leading payment processor and acquirer in the Middle East, as Chairman of the Board following the conclusion of a strategic partnership between MENA Apps and MEPS in early 2012. MEPS is also leading the way to on-line and mobile payments in the region as well as advancing the payment and processing industry in the region.
Dr. Al Jaber is the former COO of Zain Group and CEO of Zain Jordan, where he was responsible for a double digit profit growth and for positioning the company as a key regional player in Mobile, Data and Content. Dr. Al Jaber led the deployment of the first and fastest nation-wide HSPA+ network in the region, the first Mobile Wallet and received the Life Time Achievement for his unique contributions to the advancement of the IT industry in the MENA Region.
Prior to joining Zain, Dr. Al Jaber served as CEO and vice chairman of the board of the Paltel Group where he was also responsible for profits growth from $15 million to $100 million in 2005. During his tenure, the Paltel Group became the first Palestinian company to adopt the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Practice and Reporting, as well as the first company in the country to form a corporate foundation.
Dr. Al Jaber serves as chairman of the Golden Wheat Mills Company and chairman of the board of Holy Land and United for Energy Services. He is Chairman of Middle East Payment Services, leading payment processor and acquirer in the Middle East. Dr. Al Jaber is also a founder of Al Rafah Bank, the first micro-finance bank in the region and Member of the Board of Trustees of Aal El Beit University.
In 2010, Dr. Al Jaber was ranked by Global Telecoms # 62 on its annual power 100 list. He is the first Jordanian recognized on this list. Again in 2011 the same organization ranked him # 69. In addition to this, he was also ranked number 21 in the top 50 most powerful people in the Media, Marketing and Advertising sector in June 2011.
Dr. Al Jaber is a member of the Arab Business Council, The World Economic Forum, The Arab Technology Forum, The Young Presidents Organization and the Global Agenda Council.
Dr. Al Jaber is a graduate of Jordan University of Science and Technology, McGill University, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and the International School of Management in Paris. He holds a Doctor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration degree, as well as a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering. In 2001 he was awarded His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum’s “Best Arab Manager Award for Excellence in Management” in recognition of his status as the leading business executive in Palestine.
Dr. Al Jaber is married to Advocate Rania Ghosheh Al Jaber and is blessed with three Girls, Aya, Maya and Lour.
Director of Communications & Media, Jordan Tourism Board
Starting her career as an entrepreneur, Tohama founded Solutions Advertising & Events Management where she led the team involved in the management and implementation of marketing strategies for major organizations in Jordan including the Jordan Tourism Board, ASEZA, Jordan Kuwait Bank and Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Tohama joined the Jordan Tourism Board in 2005 as a Communications Manager, where she developed the global branding strategy for Jordan. She worked closely with the senior management and international consultants in building the marketing strategy of Jordan, and she supervised the development of all communications material in 8 languages such as brochures, Ads, and an award winning website that promotes Jordan in11 languages in addition to Jordan Tourism Board ‘s digital presence, subsequently her track of success got her promoted to be the Director of Media and Communications at the Jordan Tourism Board.
During her career, she participated in a number of conferences and tradeshows worldwide including Jordan, France, Lebanon, Spain, United Arab Emirates and Oman. She also received E-Marketing training by world-class professionals such as Dave Chaffey, author of 5 internet marketing books and a leading consultant/trainer in this field.
Consequently, in leading the eTourism and digital strategies in Jordan, she now works closely with local and international E-marketing consultants to plan, execute and monitor Jordan’s online presence, and she supervises all online activities including advertising, PR, systems development, communications, social media channels and search engines performance.
Tohama holds a Bachelor of Science with a specialization in Marketing from the Lebanese American University and speaks Arabic and English fluently.
Walid Hanna – Managing Partner, Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP) Walid’s fifteen years of experience include corporate finance, new venture development, and private equity.
Prior to founding MEVP, he was the CEO of Dubai International Capital’s venture arm, the Arab Business Angels Network (ABAN), which manages two regional seed venture funds as well as a Business Angels network. Before ABAN, he was on the investment-management team of Abraaj Capital. Walid has also co-founded, invested in, or led several startups in Lebanon, spanning a range of industries, including technology, consumer finance, and hospitality (Orange Holding). Walid is a member of the Young Arab Leaders, a member of Lebanese Business Angels and a founding board member of the World Business Angels Association. He holds a Bachelor’s of Economics from McGill University (Canada), and a Master’s in Finance from Hautes Études Commerciales, H.E.C (France).
Yazan Al-Qasem is a business development & marketing Specialist who is focused on increasing company’s market share, brand awareness and financial profit. He is the business development & marketing Manager in JoTF, where he has developed several products to enhance the company’s exposure to the Jordanian market and increase its market share.
Yazan already had extensive knowledge in the field of Marketing & business development as he holds MBA from Jordan University in addition to several professional certificates such as PMP and CBMA.
With a passion for teaching, Yazan is actively involved with several training centers as he has provided several training courses in the field of Marketing, Customer Service, operations and quality assurance.
Dr. Nusseir graduated from England, worked with the Royal Scientific Society – Jordan 1977-1993, and was the Director of Information Technology and Training Centre, and Dean of Princess Sumaya College for Informatics. 1990-1991 worked with UNESCO as Chief Technical Advisor on Informatics in Education. Established the National Information Technology Centre in 1993 and became its President until 2006. Chaired and participated in several national, regional and international committees on IT and the information society, and has designed and implemented several national IT systems, set IT policies and strategies and conducted institutional and national studies. Has been Internet Top Level Domain Administrator for (JO) domain from 1995 until 2006, and has many publications in IT and related areas. In 2006 joined UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, UN-ESCWA, as Director of the ICT Division, planning, implementing and supervising national and regional initiatives, including analytical studies, IT policies and strategies, STI strategies, and IT for development initiatives to meet the needs of member countries. Has established the UN- ESCWA Technology Centre for regional integration in Jordan. Retired from the UN in September 2011, and operates as an independent international IT for development consultant.
Zaidoun, an architect by training, is the spokesman and ambassador of cartooning and animation for Sketch in Motion. He has invested his knowledge and skills in designing communication tools and Internet space in Jordan and neighboring regions. For over 10 years, he has led the award-winning multimedia and web development powerhouse Media Plus, serving hundreds of clients in Jordan and UAE, and is co-founder of Sketch in Motion. In addition to major traditional Internet projects, Zaidoun has served clients and agencies in the region by developing ground breaking animation, online campaigns and micro-sites. Zaidoun manages the communication channels for Media Plus, Sketch in Motion and BeeLabs and is passionate about using animation as a communication medium. He is proud of the proven ability of Media Plus and Sketch In Motion teams to achieve results for their clients and break new ground in online marketing communications.
I build strategic and valuable partnerships that compliment and contribute to the goals of Oasis500 and its startups. As a Project Manager, I design products and manage projects to fulfill our vision. I’m keen on sharing my experience in digital marketing with startups and help them tap into the potential of digital media for the development of their businesses.
Over the past nine years, Mohammad Salameh has been involved in the energy and water
technology investment in the MENA region in private equity context. Mohammad, has been part
of the Catalyst Private Equity management team and has participated in the investment process
from due diligence to valuation and investment placement in all portfolio companies that range
from solar solutions companies to specialized oil/gas efficiency tools companies including
advisory work with Saudi Aramco on commercialization of advanced oil/gas efficiency
As part of the Catalyst Hands on Management team, Mohammad handled different tasks with
portfolio company, Millennium Energy Industries, global leader in solar heating / cooling
solutions, including business development to penetrate new markets and new sectors,
recommended new investments and strategies based on thorough research and understanding
of regional and global energy markets.
Mohammad holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Brigham Young
University’s Marriott School of Management.
Faris Sweis is VP of Product Development at Telerik Inc.Faris has over 15 years of experience in the technology industry. After graduating from Purdue University in 1998 with a degree in Computer Engineering, Faris joined Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, WA working on their Microsoft Office suite. In 2000, Faris joined the team that worked on the first release of the Microsoft .NET platform. After 9 years tenure at Microsoft in a variety of roles, Faris moved to Austin, Texas and started ArtOfTest, Inc. ; a software startup that builds quality assurance technologies to help enterprises & engineers build better software. ArtOfTest, Inc. was started in a coffee shop right off the Dell, Inc. campus where Faris was doing consulting work. After spending few months developing the business idea – relying on the consulting job for funding, Faris went full time with his co-founder. After being self-funded for a year, ArtOfTest struck an enterprise deal with a software vendor (Telerik, Inc.) that eventually turned into a full business merger in 2009. In 2011, Faris moved back to Amman, Jordan where he was born/raised and continues to work for Telerik. Faris is passionate for technology and building new cool things, including software, electronics and cool businesses that help make the world around us a better place. Faris holds two patents registered at the USPTO.
Recently selected as one of Forbes Middle East 100 Most Powerful Arab Women in Public Shareholding Companies, Simona Sabella Bishouty is the Managing Director/CEO of Arab Banking Corporation (ABC) – Jordan, a Member of the Board of Arab Banking Corporation (Jordan), and the Chairman of the Board of Arab Co-operation for Financial Investments Company.
Simona Sabella Bishouty is an accomplished banker with over thirty years of experience in different areas of banking, including operations, (corporate and retail), credit, risk management and compliance. Simona has been the Managing Director/ CEO of ABC-Jordan since 2008. Prior to that, she was Deputy General Manager for Banking Services at Cairo Amman Bank, where she started as an Assistant General Manager – Consumer Banking and Retail Credit – in 1995, and subsequently assumed several functions, including Head of Risk Management and Compliance.
Simona has also worked with Bank of Jordan, and Chase Manhattan Bank N.A, – Jordan. Throughout her career, she has had international exposure through attending educational institutions and training programs in credit, risk management, compliance, business, and management globally.
Simona has been involved in voluntary work with the Jordanian Equestrian Endurance Society, the European Arab Horse Show Commission (ECAHO), and the Financial Services Volunteer Corp (FSVC).
Board Memberships & Associations
– Member of the Board of Arab Banking Corporation – Jordan
– Chairman of the Board, Arab Co-operation for Financial Investments Company
– Member of the Board of the International Women’s Forum – Jordan
– Member of the General Assembly of the Jordan Equestrian Federation
Eric Savage is a shareholder in the New York City office of Littler Mendelson, P.C., the largest labor and employment law firm in the US. Over the past thirty-three years, he has counseled a wide range of domestic and foreign companies on employment law aspects of mergers and acquisitions, discrimination, social media, unfair competition and corporate compliance issues, among others, and litigated lawsuits and arbitrations on behalf of companies throughout the US. As a Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Middle East Law Committee and the Arab Regional Forum of the International Bar Association, he has worked with a number of companies in the Middle East and Gulf on various issues, including navigating the federal and state employment law issues involved in setting up and operating in the US, as well as global employment law projects. He serves as the country editor for chapters on Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates for Littler’s multi-volume publication on International Labor and Employment Law, and is active with the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce, the US-Saudi Arabian Business Council and the Arab Bankers Association of North America. He is a regular speaker at bar association conferences both inside and outside the US.
He graduated from Princeton University where he majored in Politics and European Civilization and from New York University Law School, where he served on the Journal of International Law and Politics.
Omar Christidis is the Founder & CEO of ArabNet, the hub for Arab digital professionals and entrepreneurs. Every March, ArabNet organizes its annual Digital Summit, the region’s biggest event for the web and mobile industry; in 2011, the Summit brought together more than 1,000 attendees from 22 countries, featured 100 speakers in 40+ sessions, and showcased 20 pitches from promising entrepreneurs. Omar is also the Vice President of the family-owned business, IBAG, which has 15 years experience in organizing corporate events, and which manages the Digital Summit.
Omar is the Co-Founder of the Yale Arab Alumni Association, a community of over 200 Yale alumni and affiliates with an interest in the Arab world, and was Director of Development for the organization from 2007-2011. Raised in Lebanon, Omar holds a BA and MBA from Yale University, and has a background in consulting (at Booz & Co) and finance (at a private family office in New York).
Heath is passionate about web startups and has mentored Oasis500 companies mostly in the areas of user experience, internet marketing, and business strategy.
Heath is the President and CEO of Tanasuk Technologies, a niche 30 person software development firm specialized in Web Application development. Based in Amman, Tanasuk Technologies provides offshore development and technical consulting for creative agencies and startups based mostly in the US and Europe.
Heath holds an MBA from Loyola University Chicago and MA in International Development from Brandeis University. Prior to joining Tanasuk, Heath was Chief of Operations at OHO, a web services firm based in Boston. With prior management roles in operations on three continents, Heath understands the unique challenges that multinational firms face. Heath brings diverse expertise in business strategy, marketing, technology, and professional services.
Ibrahim Seksek has more than 15 years of worldwide experience in the Customer Care and Support industry. Ibrahim has worked for fortune 500 companies in the world including Nextel and Verizon, where Ibrahim was involved in managing a large number of sites, incorporating thousands of employees in countries such as the Philippines, India, USA and Canada. Ibrahim’s role also included monitoring KPIs and developing techniques to ensure quality standards and operational excellence are met.
Ibrahim was awarded Contact Center Industry Champion in 2010 and one of the co-founders of CrysTelCall, has been involved in setting up and building the various Customer Care departments at CrysTelCall. His skills and capabilities in effectively managing and creating synergy between the different departments have proven to be an asset.
Ismail Tahboub is the Chief Executive Officer of Jordan Dubai Capital (JD Capital), a leading investment company in Jordan. Mr. Tahboub joined JD Capital in 2006, carrying wide-ranging experience in private equity, corporate finance, financial systems restructuring, and financial control, all gained through filling substantive front office positions in various companies and
Mr. Tahboub currently represents JD Capital on the boards of several of its affiliates and subsidiaries, including the chairmanship of the board of Jordan Dubai Properties Company (JD Properties), Jordan Dubai Islamic Bank (JDIB), and First Insurance Company.
Mr. Tahboub holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Jordan, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from the Montana Board of Public Accountants
Mahmoud has over 20 years of experience in technology and technology management. Mahmoud Khasawneh is the founder of Quirkat, a Jordan based interactive entertainment services company focused on the development and distribution of cross platform games and entertainment solutions catered for the Arab speaking Middle Eastern market.
Prior to forming Quirkat, Mahmoud, in his capacity as the CIO of Government, founded and led Jordan’s e-Government Program for four years. Other highlights of his career include the positions of CTO at an Interactive TV Services startup in the UK, and Chief Technical Architect with EDS for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.
Mahmoud’s in-depth knowledge of the regional video games publishing landscape culminated in the successful release of multiple titles developed by Quirkat and its international partners within the Middle East territory; including the hit PC strategy game Arabian Lords.
Mahmoud is the IGDA Middle East Chapter Leader, and has spoken in many international conferences, representing the industry in the Middle East. His latest talk is at the GDC in San Francisco.
Zafer Younis is a marketing specialist who is paving new ways for companies to connect with their consumers in the digital space. He is the co-founder of The Online Projct where his team develops and executes social media strategies for Fortune 500 companies and high profile organizations operating in the Middle East and North Africa.
At the age of 23, Zafer co-founded his first company: Modern Media, LTD, a Jordanian media house that owns and operates two popular radio stations, including the award winning radio station Play 99.6, which received recognition from the US-based National Association for Broadcasters in 2007. In 2014 Modern Media was acquired by D&C Electronics, one of the regions leading media conglomerates.
Zafer is actively involved in several charity and non-profit organizations. In 2009, he joined the board of New
Think Theater, a TED-like forum for the Middle East; he advises the board of the Jordan River Foundation, a sustainable charity organization headed by Queen Rania that provides economic opportunities for women and children; he served on the Board of Directors for the Jordan Festival in 2010. He is an advisor to many startups as he serves on the Mentorship Network of Oasis500, the Middle East’s premier seed investment program.
Kefah has a versatile technology background and over 10 years of hands-on experience in all facets of the software development process. As an innovative and pragmatic problem solver, Kefah is recognized for his focus on the bottom line and his clear grasp of technology. He is experienced in decomposing and describing system architectures.
As an advocate, contributor and firm believer of Open Source, Kefah has successfully applied his skills and expertise to building many mission-critical and industrial-strength applications using Open Source and Object-Oriented technologies, techniques and methodologies.
Prior to founding freesoft, Kefah worked for five years at Estarta Solutions as a Technical Project Manager where he successfully delivered cutting edge solutions to such clients as Microsoft, Thomson Financial / First Call, UltiVerse Technologies, IMLogic, and Merrill Lynch, amongst others.
Before Joining Estarta, Kefah held several technical positions with various organizations where he delivered world-class software solutions in areas such as Desktop Publishing, Localization and specialized Audio and Video technologies.
Kefah holds a B.Sc degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Jordan with emphasis on Computer hardware and software engineering. During his final year at the University, Kefah developed an embedded networked system with a homemade Object Oriented kernel.
Ziad is the founder and CEO of Marginize, a Boston-based startup that enables users to freely interact with each other on any website, through comments and check-ins. Marginize went through the TechStars accelerator program and received venture capital and angel funding in June 2010. Ziad is also an Entrepreneur In Residence at Longworth Venture Partners. He was previously a Strategy Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, and holds a B.S. and an M.Eng. from MIT in Computer Science.
Dr. Izz Eddin Katkhuda is a Founder, Partner and Director of the Arab Center for Engineering Studies (ACES), an engineering services company founded in 1983, which has developed into a successful regional corporation.
He is a well known expert in the fields of quality control, and testing of construction materials in the Middle East region. He has vast experience in entrepreneurship and small business development, as he founded more than ten successful companies in the MENA region over the last 20 years.
He is currently the Chairman of the National Technical Committee for the Accreditation of Laboratories in Jordan, the Chairman of the Steering Committee for Queen Rania Al Abdullah Prize for Excellence in Education, and the Chairman of the Executive Committee of Information and Research Center of the King Hussain Foundation.
He was a member of Greater Amman Municipality Council, its investment committee, and its strategic planning committee, a board member of the International Accreditation Service of the International Code Council, and serves as a board member of several public and private companies including Jordan Phosphate Mines Company LTD, Jordan Energy Resources Incorporation, and Jordan – French Uranium Mining Company.
Dr. Katkhuda holds Msc. and Phd. degrees in Materials Engineering and Transportation and Environmental Planning from the University of Birmingham – United Kingdom. He is the Author of more than fifty technical papers in the fields of geotechnical Engineering, Asphalt technology, quality control, pavement, and Engineering excellence.
Ihab Hinnawi joined Umniah as the Chief Executive Officer in 2009, drawing upon over 20 years of extensive managerial experience to lead the company’s industry-pioneering operations.
Prior to assuming his new position at Umniah, Hinnawi joined Batelco Bahrain in 2009 as General Manager of the Enterprise Division, directing the sales, service and marketing operations of Batelco’s solutions portfolio. In 2007, Hinnawi held the position of Chief Executive Officerat Batelco Jordan, where he successfully set the strategic direction of the company, achieving considerable transformational turnarounds and augmenting Batelco’s commercial success by garnering greater gross profits and customer satisfaction. Before joining Batelco, Hinnawi helped establish Umniah in 2004 within his capacity as a key member of its initial management team, and continued to work at Umniah until 2007 as its Operations Director.
Hinnawi held several senior positions over the years, the most notable was his role as General Manager at Nuqul Group. His repertoire of key expertise includes growing revenue, leading change management, developing new businesses, managing high stake negotiations, strategic planning, key partnership development, corporate and marketing strategy development, risk management, and organizational restructuring.
Ihab Hinnawi who holds a BA in Business Administration, is a member of the Young Arab Leaders (YAL) association, a member of INJAZ Board of Trustees.
Mr. Abbassi’s career experience spans 17 years. Mr. Abbassi founded the Arab Advisors Group in 2001. As General Manager of Arab Advisors Group, Mr. Abbassi directs the research and consulting activities of the company in addition to steering its marketing operations. Mr. Abbassi is also a frequent guest speaker at conferences and seminars related to technology, communications and media in the Arab World.
On September 14, 2005, the Arab Jordan Investment Bank (AJIB) and Arab Advisors Group concluded an agreement by which AJIB buys a 55% stake in Arab Advisors Group. The cash transaction allowed AJIB and the Arab Advisors Group to leverage strategic synergies to enhance the quality and scope of services of Arab Advisors Group. Arab Advisors Group -a private shareholding company registered in Jordan- is currently owned by the Arab Jordan Investment Bank (55%) and Mr. Jawad Abbassi (45%).
Before founding Arab Advisors Group, Mr. Abbassi’s career experience includes working as a senior telecommunications and technology consultant with the Yankee Group in Boston – USA. Between 1998 and 2000, Mr. Abbassi was a Senior Analyst with the communications research arm of the Economist Intelligence Unit in Boston.
Before his work in Boston, Mr. Abbassi worked as a corporate accounts manager for Jordan’s leading Internet service provider (NETS). With NETS, Mr. Abbassi led and coordinated the work needed to establish its first international leased line with Cyprus. Mr. Abbassi also worked for Apple Computers dealership, in addition to being a weekly columnist on Information Technology in Jordan’s leading English weekly.
– BSc in engineering from the American University in Cairo (Egypt – 1993).
– Mr. Abbassi received an academic scholarship to complete his MSc in information systems from the London School of Economics (United Kingdom – 1998).
– Harvard Business School executive education in 2010
Memberships and affiliations:
Member of Jordan’s Engineers Association
Member of The Arab Business Forum for Information and Communication Technology ABFICT. Elected to the board in 2005.
Member of the steering committee for UN ICT Task Force of the “Wireless Internet and the Arab-World” series.
Vice Chairman of Jordan’s information technology association (int@j) between 2006 and 2008. Elected to the board in 2004 and elected as Vice Chairman in 2006.
Chosen for membership in the Young Arab Leaders Organization.
Bishop’s school (Amman), AUC (Cairo) and LSE (London) Alumni associations
Ziad’s passion is in business development & marketing with innovation as its core.
He has worked 15+ years in the mobile & internet world and is currently CEO & partner in Maysalward – first regional game development company. Recently, Ziad was responsible for Data Services & Content at Zain Group and has worked with most of the local & regional mobile content providers in addition to rolling out services such as BlackBerry and music / game portals in 22 markets.
Prior to role in Zain Group, he spent nearly 7 years heading the Data department at Zain Jordan where he and his team were responsible for maximizing revenue from non-voice services including introducing new services to the local & regional market such as MMS, Video Streaming and localized services and java games.
The founding CEO of Bidaya Corporate Communications, one of Jordan’s leading public relations agencies, Jumana Twal draws on over 20 years of experience to offer local and regional markets quality PR, corporate communications, event management, social media and media monitoring services.
Since establishing Bidaya in 2004, Twal has been diligently working towards elevating the PR industry’s standards in the Kingdom. In 2006, Twal positioned Bidaya as the first full Jordanian member of the Middle East Public Relations Association (MEPRA), and in 2008 joined the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) as part of her efforts to ensure that global best practices are introduced in Jordan. In 2011, Twal established Bidaya Corporate Communications-Iraq in Erbil to offer the Iraqi market quality public relations services.
Prior to starting her own agency, Twal held senior positions at several major companies in the Kingdom. Most notably, Twal served as Director of Corporate Communications of Fastlink (now Zain) for almost ten years, joining the company in 1994 as PR Manager and steadily growing to take responsibility over running the Advertising, Corporate Identity and PR Departments. During her tenure at Fastlink, she recreated and unified the brand image of 6,500 points of sale, and increased Fastlink’s visibility throughout the Kingdom. Twal also managed Fastlink’s PR activities during its transition into Zain, ensuring its smooth acquisition.
Twal is a member of Young Arab Leaders (YAL) and the Business and Professional Women-Amman, a mentor at Oasis500 and a volunteer at INJAZ. She is also a regular speaker at bellwether industry conferences in the Middle East, such as the Palestine PR & Communications Conference, the mediaME Forum:2010, and the Women Business Leaders Summit (WBLS) where she was invited by the US Department of State as one of four businesswomen leaders from Jordan to exchange experiences with American businesswomen. As a well-recognized specialist in her field, Twal has written numerous articles on industry-related issues and developments in prominent local newspapers and publications.
Candide has a proven record of leading development teams in the production of regionally relevant game products. Being half-Jordanian, her in-depth knowledge of the region’s culture, language and demographic have enabled her to tap into game storylines catered for the region. Prior to co-founding Quirkat, Candide played an instrumental part as a technology consultant in shaping the CIO Office at the Ministry of ICT in Jordan. She led international cross-Governmental cooperation efforts mainly focused on transferring knowledge and technical know-how to the Kingdom, in addition to her role as a strategic advisor to the e-Government Program.
Candide’s game credits include Arabian Lords, Mythic Palace, Tariq’s Treasure, Al-Moosiqar, Relic Hunters, Basha Card Games Collection and the Quirkat EuroScorers game on Facebook.
Candide is also the Community Manager for the IGDA Middle East Chapter.
Sami Shalabi is a software inventor and entrepreneur. He has 10+ years of experience building world-class software at both small and large business environments. He is a highly creative hands-on, energetic, people-oriented leader with proven ability to quickly build innovative results-oriented teams. His strong technical, interpersonal, and business skills are equally effective with customers and partners as with employees.
Sami has been working at Google, Inc since October 2007 as a Member of Technical Staff. At Google, he co-founded Google Friend Connect, a service that allows site owners to easily add social features to their site. He is now leading the engineering team and the service is now being using on millions of sites around the world.
Sami joined Google after they acquired Zingku, a company he co-founded in 2006. Zingku was a venture backed software company that built a variety of multi-channel (mobile, IM, and web) consumers services. At Zingku, Sami single-handedly architected and coded the product that lead to their first funding round. Post funding, he lead the development of Zingku’s entire platform and product line. The products included zingku.com (a mobile social network), ripple9.com (promotion and merchandising for musicians and artists), and skyjar.com (multichannel interest sharing).
Prior to Zingku, Sami had architecture and leadership responsibilities for a number of products at Lotus, Iris Associates, and IBM. These include Lotus Domino (web search), Lotus Quickplace (server and developer platform), WebSphere Portal (composite applications), WebSphere Application Server (plugin architecture), and Lotus Connections (activities). While at IBM he frequently spoke at conferences.
Sami has a strong track record of innovation. He has over 30 patents and has been awarded the 2009 MIT ASO Young Professional Award.
Sami received his SB, and ME from MIT, where he did research at the MIT Media Lab, MIT IS, and the MIT Computer Graphics Group.
Mr Khrais has over 6 years of experience in Mobile Value Added Services in International business environment both from the VAS platform infrastructures and Service provider Side.
Prior to forming Maysalward R&D and in early 1999 Mr Khrais Joined ACOTEL/Info2cell Content Business Development Team where shortly he was nominated to be head of the Team operating between Dubai and Jordan offices covering the Middle East and North Africa Market and focusing in developing value added services for the operators in the region.
In 2001, Khrais decided to explore a new experience and Joined SWAPCOM France a leader in Mobile Infrastructure VAS platforms where KHRAIS was responsible for the Middle East Market launching successfully for Al JAZEERA TV NETWORK their Mobile Platform AL JAZEERA MOBILE.
Nov 2003 a dream comes true and Maysalward R&D was founded under the vision of Mr Khairs who decided to launch a Mobile Content Hub to the first Mobile Game Developer in the Middle East Region offering unique and localized content targeting the Middle East Europe and Latin American Markets.
Nour Khairs is based between operational offices in Strasbourg, Dubai and Jordan and he holds a Master of Business Administration and Bsc of Agriculture Engineering.
His passion for Games and entertainment enforced with strong business vision and management in mobile value added services guarantee the success and uniqueness of product and services production.
Laith started Jeeran with his friends during their college years to make it the largest online community for user-generated content in the Arab world. Now, with more than 10 years of experience in the online space, Laith serves as Chief Product Officer, overseeing the design and development of innovative web services which propel Jeeran’s community of over 1.6 million registered users and 7 million unique visitors a month. Jeeran is now a growing family of 50 smart and dedicated individuals who thrive on the challenges they face. The Jeeran network has grown over the years and spans millions of pages of purely user-generated-content. Jeeran has also successfully launched two sister sites and is an early investor in the number one Arab comedy portal. A self taught technologist and entrepreneur, Laith has never had a job but enjoys creating jobs while pursuing his dream of building Jeeran into a major player in the global web space. Laith holds a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Jordan. Enjoys coding, design, hiking, cycling, and reading.
Yousef Shamoun is Co-founder of Akhtaboot (www.akhtaboot.com), the leading career network for the Levant and GCC region. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University in Canada in 2001. Upon graduating he worked as a Mechanical Engineer and then as a Senior Sales Engineer in one of the regional IT Companies in the Middle East. In 2006, Yousef completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. with a specialization in Entrepreneurship. Alongside Akhtaboot, Yousef also co-founded the Arabic card gaming website Jawaker (www.jawaker.com) in 2009.
Getting an economics degree from Brigham Young University (Utah, USA) did not stop Omar from getting heavily involved with the online world when it became mainstream in the U.S in the late nineties.
At the age of 20, and after experimenting with several models online and witnessing the rise and fall of several Internet giants, Omar and his friends launched Jeeran in 2000 during university.
He returned to Jordan a year after and worked at the family’s software development company and established the first Network Security Center in the region. In 2003, Jeeran started showing a lot of promise; Omar decided to work on it full time believing in the potential even though it had yet to start making revenue at the time.
Five years and two VC rounds later, latest investment being from Intel Capital, Jeeran is the largest User Generated Content portal in the Middle East with several offices in the region. It is also the online community of choice among top regional online advertisers in the region.
Jeeran is currently a team of 60+ people spread among three countries.
Omar currently spends most of his time leading the growth of Jeeran by filling in many shoes; typical of many entrepreneurs working on their startup.
He also enjoys participating in programs such as Injaz Leadership, which teaches university students about leadership and taking initiative. In weekends (most of them!), he is fully booked for his wife and two kids.
Ray Milhem joined Motorola as Vice President & General Manager in the Motorola Software Group (MSG) to lead, enhance & coordinate the Network Management side of the MSG as well as Network applications.
Prior to Motorola, Ray held several Executive & Senior Management roles at Nokia, Cisco Systems, Extreme Networks, AFC (Tellabs) & AT&T.
During his time at Nokia, Ray was responsible for the Platforms team in the Security & Mobile Connectivity Group under Enterprise Solutions. His responsibility included managing all the Security appliances, the OS strategy, Performance Engineering and competitive Marketing. He also championed several key projects across multiple Business Units.
At Cisco Systems, Ray was responsible for Network Management Group where he lead the Product Management Engineering Group for all EMS & NMS for the Service Provider side of the business. During his time at Cisco, Ray helped develop a strategic alliance with HP, IBM, Accenture and few other System Integrators. He also held other Senior Management roles in the High-end Routing Group (GSR 12000) as well as the Broadband Business Unit.
Prior to Cisco, Ray was at Extreme Networks where he was responsible for all the high-end Ethernet Switching products (BlackDiamond) and the Next Gen product lines as well as responsibility for the Test Engineering labs.
With IEEE , Ray was the Chairman of the Computer Society and helped coordinate various technical & business meetings across the Telecom/Networking Industry. Ray volunteers with several US-based charities and is a Co-Founder of a Silicon Valley based Hi-Tech Networking Group. He is the Chairman of the board of a start-up and a Board trustee in a US-based College.
Mohammed Alzubi is director of technology investments at Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), previously Mohammed was a managing partner at Arab Seed Ventures, a venture capital fund focusing on seed stage investments in the Arab region & Silicon Valley. Mohammed was also the founder and CEO of Sulaf Solutions, an IT solutions provider based in Silicon Valley. Mohammed has over 13 years of experience in the network infrastructure and Internet spaces and has worked for a wide range of customers, including Cisco System, Wilson Sonsini, Sun Microsystems, American Express, Excite@Home, and has lived through the Internet boom and bust.His engagements spanned four continents, and six countries.
Mohammed is an Angel investor, an advisor to VCs on business and technical matters, and an advisor to many entrepreneurs.
Mohammed is a member of Sand Hill Angels -an Angel investment group based in Silicon Valley, an Advisory Board member of LinkSV, Advisory Board member of kyube.com, a founding Board member of Techwadi, an advisor with the non-profit Pacific Community Venture, and a member of the Gerson Lehrman Group Tech, Media & Telecom Council. Mohammed is obtaining his MBA from London Business School (Class of 2012), has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University, and holds various technical certifications including CCIE, MCSE, CCSP, and MCDBA.
Walid Faza is currently working on supporting entrepreneurs in the region as the Entrepreneurial Unit Coordinator at Aramex International. He is in charge of the regional support unit for the M.I.T. Enterprise Forum Arab Business Plan Competition as well as the facilitator for angel investments at MENA Venture Investments. Walid helps in the screening, selection, and investment at the seed stage of projects and provides access to a network of training, coaching and consultancy. Walid obtained his undergraduate degree in Marketing from Concordia University and quickly entered the world of entrepreneurship as founder and director of 101 Immigration Inc., an immigration consultancy firm headquartered in Montreal, Canada. Walid is a Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant recognized by the Canadian Government and has established eight offices in the MENA region where his work mainly focuses on providing consulting and business development for companies and investors. Walid graduated top of his class and obtained his MBA from the American University of Beirut where, among other achievements, his participation in an Integrative Management and Intrapreneurship competition led to the company winning first place worldwide. Walid has over 10 years of managerial, leadership and marketing experience with emphasis on project management and execution.
H.E. Karim Kawar is President of Kawar Group, entrepreneur, former diplomat and angel investor. He is also Chairman of Kawar Energy and Chairman of IrisGuard, and has served as Jordan’s Ambassador to the US 2002-2007. He led the EDAMA Initiative: Jordan’s blueprint for a green economy. He was appointed by Royal Decree to the Board of Trustees of the King Abdullah II Fund for Development, appointed on 21 September 2010 as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of King’s Academy King’s Academy, and previously appointed to the Economic Consultative Council by His Majesty King Abdullah II. Founder of ten companies in the field of information technology (IT), Mr Kawar is an architect of the REACH Initiative, Jordan’s blueprint for a knowledge economy, Founder and Chairman of the Information Technology Association of Jordan, Former President of the Jordan Computer Society, and a founding member of several business associations and NGOs, including AmCham and the Jordan Intellectual Property Association. Mr Kawar is also Member of the Advisory Board of Talal Abu Ghazaleh College for Business, and Member of the Boards of Trustees of Madaba University. He is a principal shareholder and advisor to Optimiza. He serves as a member of the board of two additional Jordanian public shareholding companies, namely the Jordan Ahli Bank and the Jordan Wood Industries Company (JWICO). Mr Kawar is Member of the Global Agenda Council; Young Global Leader; Global Leader for Tomorrow of the World Economic Forum; Eisenhower Fellow; Member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO); Founder and Board Member of the Jordan River Foundation, headed by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah; and Founder and President of Bridges of Understanding Foundation. Mr Kawar graduated from Boston College in 1987 with a BSc in Management, Finance and Computer Science.
Mr. Rudain Kawar is CEO of Kawar Group of Companies, which has diversified interests and investments in shipping, logistics, travel and tourism, information and communication technologies, real estate, energy, multimedia, health insurance, services, manufacturing, infrastructure, international trade and development.
Since 1998, Mr. Rudain Kawar has served as CEO of Gulf Agency Company and Manara Shipping Company and he is also a board member of the Red Sea Shipping Agency. He is chairman of the Jordanian Shipping Agents Association and vice chairman of South Maritime Investment/Maersk Jordan and Aqaba Shipping Company and Pacific International Lines.
In 1996, Mr. Rudain Kawar became board member of Energy Management Services Company. In 2008, capitalizing on the experience he gained in the field of energy efficiency, he initiated and became vice chairman of Kawar Energy, which strives to find for its customers energy solutions that are clean, green and sustainable.
Stemming from his sense of social responsibility, Mr. Rudain Kawar joined Ahiya’a Amman Real Estate Company as a board member. The company is responsible for the revival of old neighborhoods of Amman. In 2001, Mr. Rudain Kawar became chairman of Injaz, an organization to inspire and prepare Jordanian youth and enhance their opportunities to join the job market as qualified employees and entrepreneurs. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees at the Princess Sumaya University for Technology.
In 2006, Mr. Rudain Kawar set up “D1G,” with a portal www.d1g.com and a unique Arabic search engine aimed at encouraging more Arab-speaking users to use and benefit from the Internet.
Mr. Rudain Kawar has a B.A. in Economics and Political Sciences and an MBA from Boston College, USA.
Nadim is a US and Jordan qualified specialist commercial lawyer, with particular experience in providing advice in relation to M&A and transactional work. He also has substantial experience representing private developers and investors in structuring and financing infrastructure and developments projects.
Prior to joining SLG, Nadim worked as in-house counsel for Microsoft Corporation from 2004 to 2007 as the lead commercial attorney for MEA. He was responsible for covering the region in connection with all legal issues of concern for the company. The position entailed counselling on legal issues, drafting agreements and attending negotiation sessions in connection with licensing and services deals and other commercial transactions in both the public and commercial sectors, working to combat the piracy epidemic in the region through both working with investigators and outside counsel to enforce Microsoft’s IP rights and also participating in workshops with government agencies to empower enforcement officials in performing their duties, and resolving other internal legal issues relating to the day to day running of a region that had revenues in excess of US$ 1billion dollars. The work entailed heavy transactional work, constant business counselling and regular corporate and regulatory compliance work including both working with regulatory authorities (competition authorities, advertising authorities, electronic commerce etc..) and internal investigative teams as well as the management of a network of over 20 law firms that supported us in our work in the region. Prior to joining Microsoft, Nadim was a Senior Attorney with a Jordanian based firm acting as the lead attorney for the commercial team.
With long experience in Silicon Valley, Mr. Ayoub moved to Jordan in 2008, he is currently Program Director for jTronix, the entity entrusted to build an Electronics Design Industry in Jordan through the selection, training and placement of young Jordanian talent to acquire critical electronic design skills from around the world.
Zaid is a Partner at New Energy Company that focuses on Clean Technology, Renewable Energy and Carbon Trading (CDM). In addition, Mr. Ayoub is a Director at EIRAD Holdings and at Dimensions Capital Inc, both are investment companies with focus on Real Estate and Capital Placements in the MENA region and the US.
Mr. Ayoub’s career in the Semiconductor Manufacturing in Silicon Valley spanned 20 years where he worked for National Semiconductor and Best IC Labs, before starting his own firm Dimensions Consulting Inc (DCI). AT DCI Mr. Ayoub set up Electrical, Mechanical and Thermal engineering divisions to serve the Semiconductor Test industry globally. DCI’s clients included most industry giants like Intel, Microsoft, Apple, AMD, Toshiba, Motorola, and IBM.
In 2003, Mr. Ayoub successfully set up an electrical engineering design outsource center in Jordan. As part of DCI – Jordan, the center was launched with few engineers at the iPark and graduated to larger facilities in Amman. In addition, DCI set up regional design / engineering centers in Singapore to serve the South East Asia and China markets.
Mr. Ayoub acquired a complimentary product company Liberty Research in 1999. Sold DCI to Credence Systems, a global Automated Capital Equipment maker in 2000. Lead a management buyout in 2002 and were he took DCI private again and focused on changing the business model, the company was successfully sold to Antares ATT at the end of 2006.
Mr. Ayoub has numerous angel investments in Silicon Valley. He is a Board member of the Jordan Investment Boards (JIB). Zaid received his MBA (1990) and BSEE with emphasis on Computer Architecture (1987) from Santa Clara University.
Majied is the co-founder and CEO of d1g.com, a leading regional portal focused on providing a range of media rich and socially enabled services.
Prior to d1g.com, Majied was the Director for the Jordan Education Initiative (JEI) focusing on creating a replicable model for Education Reform through Public Private Partnerships. Under the JEI, Majied worked with the government of Jordan, the World Economic Forum, and Program Partners to ensure that innovative technology models for education aimed at accelerating and supporting the national Education Reform are initiated, implemented, and successfully replicated in other countries.
Mr. Majied founded RAZORView Advisors in 2003. Under RAZORView, Majied worked with leading regional firms providing them with strategic advice and support in the areas of Strategic Investments and Concept Development.
Majied was also a founding partner and director of Estarta Solutions, a leading technology company providing advanced technology services in the Middle East, Europe, and North America. While head of technology, Majied managed more than 200 engineers to deliver technology solutions to leading technology firms in the US, Europe, and the Middle East.
Prior to Estarta, Majied helped found ONEWORLD Solutions. While at ONEWORLD, Majied worked with leading North American and European clients such as 3Com, Microsoft, Kyocera, and Thomson Financial. During his 5 years at ONEWORLD.
In 1996, Majied co-founded the first regional portal, Arabia.com. Arabia quickly grew to be the largest Arabic community that same year. While at Arabia, Majied grew the first web development community to develop the most vibrant Arabic community online.
Majied currently serves on the board of Optimiza, the first publicly traded technology-company in the Levant and the GCC with more than 400 technology professionals and more than $30m in revenue for 2007. Majied is responsible for advising the firm of their technology direction.
Mike Cassidy is an entrepreneur, and was CEO and co-founder of four previous Internet start-ups: Stylus Innovation, Direct Hit, Xfire, and Ruba. Currently, he is Director of Search Product Management at Google following Google’s acquisition of Ruba.
Cassidy was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BS ’85, MS ’86 in Aerospace Engineering), Harvard Business School (1991), and studied jazz piano at the Berklee College of Music.
His first success, Stylus Innovation, was started with $500 from each of the three co-founders, Cassidy included. The company was later sold to Artisoft for $13 million in 1996. His second effort was early Internet search engine Direct Hit, which was sold to Ask Jeeves for $532.5 million in January 2000 only 500 days after launch. Cassidy’s next effort was Xfire, a freeware instant messaging service aimed at gamers. Xfire was sold to Viacom on April 25, 2006 for $110 million.
After a stint as an EIR at Benchmark Capital, Mike founded Ruba with Arnaud Weber, who was previously a technical lead for the Chrome browser project at Google.
Cassidy is perhaps best known for his promotion of “speed as the primary business strategy.” He has given numerous talks on the subject, and his Slideshare presentation on the subject has received over 16,000 views.
Mike is also the recipient of the DEMO Lifetime Achievement award. DEMO bills itself as the “Launchpad for Emerging Technology.”
Mr. Tom Keller serves as Managing Director at TechStars, LLC and is responsible for the international expansion of TechStars’ proven mentor-driven approach to putting startups on the fast track to success. Mr. Keller is the Founder of IntenseDebate and served as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Keller has more than 20 years of experience in finance and high technology. Prior to IntenseDebate, he served as the Chief Executive Officer at ClickCaster, where Mr. Keller helped reposition ClickCaster and guide it to profitability. Previously, he founded Net Infrastructure Corporation, and served as the President and Chief Executive Officer. He founded WordPress. He serves as a Director of Gold Systems, Inc. He is an active board member for Entrepreneurs’ Foundation of Colorado. Mr. Keller received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Washington and a M.S. in Engineering and Economic Systems from Stanford University.
Named “Bill Gates’ Worst Nightmare” by the Financial Times, Shervin is a visionary technology entrepreneur, published researcher, start up advisor and incubation expert and startup visa activist. Shervin has raised nearly $50m in venture funding for his start ups. Shervin is the founder and CEO of SGN, one of the leading social and mobile gaming companies, and over 25 million installs on the iPhone and tens of millions of users on Facebook with titles such as F.A.S.T., Skies of Glory, Exo-Planet, iBowl, iGolf, iBasketball and (fluff) friends. SGN games are on over 25% of all iPhones and iPod Touches. Shervin raised a $15m Series A for SGN from such investors as Greylock Capital, Founders Fund, Bezos Expeditions, Columbia Capital and Novak Biddle Venture Partners. Shervin was founding President and COO of Webs (formerly Freewebs), one of the largest social publishing communities in the world with over 40 million members and adding 25,000 users a day. Shervin raised $12m for Webs from Novak Biddle and Columbia Capital. Shervin currently serves on the Board of Directors of both SGN and Webs. Shervin has co-founded such companies as Hotprints to revolutionize the personal printing and direct marketing world and Hyperoffice, a leading SAAS provider for small businesses.
Shervin is an active angel investor in such companies as Aardvark (sold to Google), Gowalla, Milo.com, Wakemate, Plancast, Klout, Medialets (advisor), Thread.com, MightMeeting, Kissmetrics and more. Shervin was a member of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) policy-working group that helped create the Obama Technology and Innovation Plan. Shervin has an extensive track record for technology innovation and his achievements have been highlighted by the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, LA Times, CNN and CNBC.
Shervin’s research accomplishments include co-authoring a seminal article in JAMA when he was 21 years old that helped lead to the Istanbul Protocol, the first set of international guidelines for documentation of torture. It became a United Nations official document in 1999. Shervin independently invented a patented new method for lysing Malaria-infected erythrocytes while an undergraduate at UC-Berkeley (Patent Number 6,384,015) along with 3 other allowed patents. His malaria research was a continuation of his high school research project on the magainin peptide. Shervin’s published research with peer-reviewed articles published include his JAMA article along with an article in Neuroscience Letters when he was 19 years old linking glucocorticoids treatments to seizures. His patents are in such fields such as distributed computing, dynamic replication of applications, data and servers and collective commerce.
Shervin founded his first company, WebOS (myWebOS), in 1997 when he was 23 years old and raised over $10 million for that venture from such investors as Adam Dell’s Impact Venture Partners and Grotech Capital. WebOS created the world’s first distributed operating system (patents pending) that heralded the dawn of a new era in advanced on demand windows-like web applications complete with a set of powerful API’s for developers. Shervin pioneered the concept of ‘On Demand Services’ through WebOS- a vision that is now being acknowledged with ushering in a new era of web computing. Shervin is most proud of having assembled the greatest minds in the WebOS space from Erik Arvidsson, Dan Steinman, Dan Savarese and Dr. Amin Vahdat all in one company.
Subsequently, Shervin advised such venture funds as the Vanderbilt University Technology Company (VUTC), the venture fund of Vanderbilt’s $2.3 billion endowment fund, on their portfolio companies as well as serving as a Director of Seges Capital, a multi-university venture consortium. In 2001 he founded Ionside Interactive, a leading award winning PocketPC software company, Application Corporation, creators of the Hyperoffice messaging and groupware suite, advised Elipse Networks. Products Shervin has created have won awards such as the 2002 Top 100 Technology Award by Computer Shopper Magazine (Ionside’s Argentum), Top 5 Web Applications (Hyperoffice) by CNET and the NY Times Advertising Design Award Finalist (Elipse’s Evian Design).
Shervin worked previously as a Research Associate at Kaiser Permanente, Presidential Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley, IRTA Fellow at the National Institutes of Health and Summer Research Fellow at M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center. He also founded and was the Editor-in-Chief of Berkeley Scientific, the first peer reviewed undergraduate research journal in the nation and recruited a premier editorial board including Nobel Laureate Glenn Seaborg.
Shervin is a former elected member and Vice President Pro Tempore of the Montgomery County Board of Education (Maryland) where he helped direct and manage one of the largest and highest quality school systems in the nation with over 120,000 students, 15,000 teachers and an annual budget over $1 billiond. He held memberships in such national and regional educational organizations as the National School Boards Association (NSBA), National Federation of Urban-Suburban School Districts (NFUSSD), American Association of School Administrators (AASSA) and the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE).
Shervin has been interviewed numerous times on National Television shows like Powerlunch on CNBC and Fox News seeking his opinion on such topics as the Microsoft case, the Internet and distributed computing. He has also been featured or interviewed in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times and Newsweek.
Shervin received his B.A (Interdisciplinary Studies) from the University of California at Berkeley. Shervin completed over a year of graduate course work in Health Economics at the University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health with a 4.0 GPA.
Omar Hamarneh is Chief Executive Officer of El Hassan Science City, Jordan’s first Science City which was established under the slogan “for Continuity, Innovation and Change” and is entrusted with supporting the development of Jordan’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship ecosystem. Focusing presently on establishing the El Hassan Business Park district of the Science City, Omar is directly involved with establishing and growing entrepreneurship development programs, Incubation centers for technology based startups, Technology Transfer & commercialization services and supporting the establishment of VC and Angles Investor networks. Omar brings knowledge of entrepreneurship development and support from having established and managed iPARK, Jordan’s first technology focused incubator while also serving at the Higher Council for Science and Technology as Director of International Cooperation and Development sector. Omar Hamrneh also serves on various boards and commissions including serving on the Board of Trustees of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, and as Steering Committee member of The Licensing Executive Society – Arab Countries.
A Big Team reporting Walid Tahabsem distinguishes him by his “unrelenting focus on quality and efficiency combined with a genuine concern and commitment for all who work for him”. These attributes have been hallmarks of Walid Tahabsem’s career.
Representing a true Jordanian entrepreneurship and success in the IT sector; Mr. Tahabsem is a well-rounded business leader equipped and driven to handle any situation impeding corporate initiatives.
After receiving his B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Yarmouk University in Jordan, he co-founded Integrated Technology Group back in 1989. Today, as ITG President & CEO, Mr. Tahabsem leads one of the most successful IT solution providers in the Middle East offering quality end-to-end IT solutions and services in the field of education and government solutions in more than 20 countries worldwide.
Through the combination of his passion for technology and vision, he was able to grow his firm not only by size and revenue, but also in technological innovation and in the application of the technology in various fields. His innovations include the development of the first Arabic artificial intelligent parser, and the creation of an Electronic Data Interchange solution, implemented in many large European institutions, in addition to one of the top education solutions; EduWave® which currently holds the largest base of countrywide deployments worldwide.
Mr. Tahabsem participated in a different key national boards, councils, and associations such as: Jordan’s National Agenda, Jordan’s Board of Education, Jordan University for Science and Technology (JUST) Advisory Council, German Jordan University (GJU) Advisory Council. He is currently an active member of Jordan’s ICT Advisory Council, Information Technology Association of Jordan (INT@J) Board, Jordan’s Youth Development Program INJAZ, Prince Hamzah Bin Al Hussein School Board, and also a member of the Endeavor Board of Directors, due to his belief in the active role they play in enhancing the country’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, and a co-founder and a board member of the Oasis-500, the region’s premier education and counsellor driven seed investment program.
Emil Abujaber was born and raised in Amman, Jordan. He was educated at the tertiary and post-tertiary levels in Cyprus and the US respectively. In 2005, Emil received his Bachelor of Arts in Tourism and Hotel Management in Cyprus. In 2009, Emil received his Master of Arts in Management and Organizational Leadership from Regent University’s School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the US. In 2010, Emil received his Master of Arts in Government: International and Middle East Politics from Regent University in the US. Emil is currently a PhD candidate in Organizational and Entrepreneurial Leadership, expected to graduate in 2012 from Regent University in the US.
He began his work experience in Amman, Jordan as Assistant Manager for Tour Operations. In 2008, he started a US-based business in Virginia Beach, VA while studying for his Masters degree. He continues to maintain ownership of this business and also acts as Executive Manager. In 2010, Emil accepted a position as a Teaching assistant and Professor of Mid-East Politics at Regent University. He was responsible for teaching students at the graduate level. In 2011, Emil founded a web-based company, MANMAR Group, LLC. Emil initiated the research, feasibility study, and business plan for this business. He also incorporated the company, and continues to be active in managing the company.
Emil is a well-educated, industrious, and successful man. Today he is a husband, father of two sons, PhD student, owner and executive manager of two companies. He sets a great example of a well-rounded individual who successfully contributes to the well being of society. Any mentee of Emil’s will be placed in a position to receive mentoring from one of the best.
Bashar Hawamdeh’s areas of expertise cover HR systems development, project management, process improvement & redesign, business development and IT applications within organizations. In addition, he has hand-on experience in several areas of management consulting & training, which has enabled him to develop business-centric IT products & services. In October 2007, Bashar has received an Honorary Doctorate in Human Resource Management from Oxford College for Higher/PhD Studies based on his extraordinary achievements in this field in Jordan & the MENA region during the past few years. He is also the Chairman and Co-Founder of the region’s first Human Capital Forum. A firm believer in intellectual property, Bashar’s responsibilities as CEO of MenaITech include: Management of technical issues and company projects; setting business management functions and the company’s direction; as well as supervising the business intelligence & strategic business information. He also has extensive knowledge and practical experience in the design, development and implementation of information systems & technology for most aspects of businesses. Bashar holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Mutah, Jordan.
Saad Mouasher serves as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Head of Group Strategy & Corporate Communications of Jordan National Bank Plc. Mr. Muasher served as an Executive Manager-Risk Management of Jordan National Bank Plc. He served as an Assistant general manager of Al-Dawliyah for Hotels & Malls Co. (Sheraton Hotel), Managing Partner of Al-Nabil Investment Company. He received MBA from Stanford University and BA in Economics from Northwestern University.
Saad N. Mouasher is Managing Partner, co-founder and co-owner of ALNABIL LLC, a member and key shareholder of the Y.I.Mouasher Group of Companies, considered by many as one of the largest and most successful business groups in the Levant. AlNabil is a large, diversified investment holding company with strategic shares and/or board representation in major Jordanian companies such as Jordan Ahli Bank, Arab International Hotels Company, Jordan Worsted Mills, El Zay Manufacturing Company, Jordan Investor Center, Business Tourism Company, Al Dawliyah for Hotels and Malls, General Arabia Insurance Company, and other strategic enterprises. As Managing Partner in AlNabil, Saad continues to identify and to source regional and international investment and business development opportunities.
Saad is also Deputy CEO of Jordan Ahli Bank (www.ahli.com), Jordan’s oldest and 3rd largest financial institution. In his capacity as Head of Group Strategy, Marketing and Sales, Saad guided the development of a detailed, comprehensive, bank-wide five year action plan consisting of more than 700 strategic projects and imperatives, designed to transform the bank into a world-class financial services institution, and to prepare Ahli Bank for aggressive regional expansion. The action plan was based on “Project Jubilee”, a historic, bank-wide initiative that was initiated and directed by Group Strategy. Saad has been officially charged by H.E. CEO Mr. Marwan Awad to support, guide, monitor, and direct all Ahli Bank divisions in executing the bank’s highly ambitious transformation plan and aggressive growth strategy.
In addition, Saad is an angel investor, focused specifically on Web 2.0 opportunities that present unique value propositions and exhibit viral growth potential. Saad’s most recent angel investment (in which he also assists in an advisory capacity) is Seattle based startup MiNeeds (www.mineeds.com). MiNeeds is a fast growing service where consumers post their needs online for free, and service professionals (such as lawyers, contractors, nannies, photographers, etc.) get to bid on these needs. Many users describe MiNeeds as “just like eBay but for services.” In 2010, PC World featured MiNeeds on its list of “112 best free downloads, sites and services” list, and recently Fidelity voted MiNeeds as one of the top “5 Sites That Help You Save Money.”
In the past, Saad also served as Deputy GM of Al Dawliyah Company, and helped to establish the 5 Star Sheraton AlNabil Hotel and Towers in Amman, as well as other hospitality and entertainment ventures in Jordan, including the Sheraton Entertainment Center.
Saad is currently a member of the global Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and is also Advisor in Ahluna, one of the largest Jordan based NGOs, with a growing multimillion dollar endowment that is focused on empowering youth in Jordan as well as across the Middle East. Saad’s educational credentials include a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University with an Undergraduate Leadership Certificate, as well as an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Riadh is an Investment Manager at Cleantech BA in Paris where he has structured many early stage deals ranging from US$ 100,000 to US$2 million. Riadh has executed deals, in various Cleantech sectors, with fast-growing innovative start-ups in Europe, operating essentially in France, Germany and Switzerland. For instance, Riadh’s portfolio includes companies like Noveol (Aesthetic city wind turbines) and Green monkeys (ridesharing services). Riadh is also currently working for BearingPoint, providing sustainability and operations strategy consulting services. Prior to that, Riadh worked in both e-procurement and e-business areas where he was in charge of building and selling innovative solutions to respectively reduce purchasing cost and increase sales volumes. During that period, Riadh always had an important international exposure. Indeed, he was working for SAP in France and Germany, Lyreco in France and the UK and then for Quadrem in France and the US (Dallas based).
Riadh’s areas of expertise include Renewable energy technologies, Green entrepreneurship, Cleantech investments (Dealflow, Due diligence, Contract negotiation, Deal structuring), CSR and Operations management (Sourcing, Procurement, Sales,Logistics,…).
Riadh is a French and Tunisian national. He holds a Master’s degree of Innovation management in Environmental and Agricultural industries from Agro Paris Tech and Reims management School and he is completing an MBA at University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Rami Al-Karmi is Founding Partner of Arcoten Holdings, Lecturer and Coach on Entrepreneurship at the Entrepreneurship Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Partner at FastForward Accelerator Palestine , he is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Elia Nuqul Foundation, and Director/Advisor/Mentor to 30+ ventures
Rami is an entrepreneur, and investor , he founded his 1st startup at the age of 19. And was one of 13 Jordanians invited to attend the Presidential summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington DC 2010. Before founding Arcoten, Rami was former CEO of N2VLabs (The Digital powerhouse / Knowledge and Scale Platform / Investment arm) by N2V.com ; the largest internet investment holding company in Arabia). Rami is an Electrical Engineer, he completed the Senior Executive program at Rady School of Business at UC San Diego, the Venture Capital Executive Program at HAAS UC Berkely, and the LOA Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program.
Back in 1998 Rami spearheaded the knowledge server team that powers aljazeera.net . then co-founded, led as CEO, or investor / board member a number of technology-based ventures, where he served Fortune 500 and (semi)Governmental corporate clients like Microsoft , Cisco , Intel across the levant and GCC regions.
Rami is deeply rooted in the arabic geeks community , with a special passion towards the Lean Startup , AARRR and Customer Development Models. He is a regular judge, mentor & keynote speaker during Entrepreneurship , Digital Media , Big Data and Technology related events; like GEW & Startup weekend , and is also famous for holding free 30min monitorship sessions that can be booked through his blog ramialkarmi.com
Maher is a management consultant, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and visionary who believes in action with less talk and doing more with less.
Upon his retirement, as managing partner of Accenture Middle East, he established a portfolio of professional services firms, each of which is a leader in its respective sector (strategy consulting, system integration, and training).
Mr. Kaddoura is also a social entrepreneur with programs established in Jordan:
• Hikmat Road Safety: a program to address Road Safety and reduce the percentage of road death and injuries in the Kingdom.
• New Think Theater: a regular event in Amman modeled on the famous TED ideas conference in California.
• Start Alliance: a group of organizations allied to make Jordan more entrepreneurial and innovative.
• Meydan : a new age accelerator focused on reducing the time from idea to revenue (I2R)
Mr. Kaddoura serves on a number of advisory boards including the University of Chicago, Harris School, Endeavor Jordan, MEMCC (MiddleEastMicroCreditCompany), and Shabakat al ordon.
Fadi Ghandour is Founder & CEO of Aramex International, a position he has held for the past 26 years. Aramex, one of the leading logistics & transportation companies in the Middle East and South Asia, was the first company from the Arab world to go public on the Nasdaq stock exchange. After five years of successful trading on it, Aramex returned to private ownership and, in June 2005, went public again on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM).
Ghandour is a Founding Partner in Maktoob.com, the world’s largest Arab On-Line community, is a member of the Board of Abraaj Capital, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut. Between 2003 and 2005, he was the Middle East and North Africa Area Chairman of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Ghandour is actively involved with community and NGO work. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Jordan River Foundation, Chairman of “National Microfinance Bank” in Jordan, and founder of Ruwwad Development, a region-wide corporate social responsibility initiative.
Imad Ayoub is the CEO of Cyberia Group; the leading Internet service provider operating in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Jordan. Cyberia is serving corporate, SME and consumer markets with fixed and wireless broadband, data communications and security services and solutions. Cyberia was acquired by Oger Telecom in 2007. In 2010, Imad led the acquisition of Nesma and merged it with Cyberia Saudi Arabia.
Imad is also an angel investor in telecom, Internet and online service companies and helps entrepreneurs with mentoring through Oasis500, IV Holdings and Endeavor.
Prior to Cyberia Imad co-founded and led several companies, including Global One Jordan in partnership with France Telecom, Deutsche Telecom and Sprint International. Global One Jordan launched Internet and Data Communications services in 1996 and become the leading service provider and was later fully acquired by Jordan Telecom. In 1994 he co-founded NETS, which launched email and online discussion forums, and was later acquired by Batelco Jordan.
Imad started his career in 1984 in the Silicon Valley, first with American Microsystems where he carried Research and Development on microchip design and process development, then with National Semiconductors where he led Ethernet Applications Engineering Management.
He serves on the Board of Trustees of the King Hussein Foundation and was Chairman of Tamweelcom Jordan’s leading microfinance company.
Imad holds a Master’s degree in Electronics Engineering from Santa Clara University, USA, and participated in the High Performance Leadership program at IMD Switzerland.
Dr. Amjad Aryan founded Pharmacy1 in Miami, Florida in 1995 and served as its Chief Executive Officer, utilizing his extensive expertise emerging from a rich educational background and time spent working at CVS, the largest pharmacy chain in the USA.
In 2001 Dr. Aryan began expanding the Pharmacy1 brand out of the US to eventually set it as the premier retail pharmacy chain in Jordan and the first regional pharmacy chain to open a branch in Saudi Arabia. Today, Pharmacy1 boasts a network of 53 branches in Jordan, 4 in Saudi Arabia and 1 in Erbil .
Its unique set of adopted values have helped position it as one of the leading pharmacy chain across the MENA and GCC regions.
In recognition of his outstanding entrepreneurial skills as Founder and CEO of the first pharmacy chain in Jordan , Dr. Amjad Aryan won the Ernst & Young Jordan Entrepreneur of the year award for 2010 and went on to represent Jordan in the Global EOY Award in 2011. This was preceded by another recognition when he was selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur for the year 2009. Further recognition of those entrepreneurial skills is the Pharmacy 1’s being selected among the Jordan 30 which highlights Pharmacy 1 as one of the fastest growing company in Jordan.
In addition, Dr. Aryan serves as the Chairman of the Mazaya Investment Company, Chairman of Advanced Soft, Member of the Board of Trustees at Isra’a University, Chairman of Shabaket Alordoun, board member of the Environment investment board and member of the Young Presidents Organization.
Dr. Aryan obtained his degree in Pharmacy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston, USA. He continued his education through specializing in various subject areas, Retail Pharmacy Management being his area of specialization and gained the American Board of Pharmacy from both Massachusetts and Florida in the USA.
Dr. Ossama Hassanein is an entrepreneur, mentor, and venture capitalist. Over the last 36 years, he has managed over $1 billion of international technology funds in diverse leadership roles including EVP of Berkeley International in San Francisco, Chairman of Technocom Ventures in Paris, President of Newbridge Networks Holding in Canada, Senior Managing Director of Newbury Ventures, and Chairman of the Rising Tide Fund in Silicon Valley. In the eighties, he led the mezzanine financing of 80+ high technology companies that became spectacular successes including: Oracle; Adaptec; Cirrus Logic; Atmel; PMC-Sierra; LSI Logic; and Linear Technologies. Combined market value today exceeds $140 billion.
In the last 20 years, he was chairman or cofounder of seven leading-edge digital communication startups in the US, UK and France including ACC in Santa Barbara (routers, acquired by Ericsson), Algety in Lannion (soliton transmission, acquired by Corvis), HighDeal in Caen (rating engines, acquired by SAP), Highwave in Bretagne (fiber optic amplifiers, Listed on Euronext), NetCentrex in Paris (VoIP, acquired by Comverse), nCipher in Cambridge UK (encryption, listed on LSE), and Zong in Menlo Park (mobile payment, acquired by eBay). Combined market value at exits: $2.5 billion. Currently, he is chairman of BDNA Corp in Mountain View and of Echovox in Geneva.
He has served on the Board of Advisors of Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies and of UCSF Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine in San Francisco. He also served on the Board of Directors of Relief International, a non-profit, focusing his efforts on social entrepreneurship and women development in the Middle-East. He is currently chairman of the board of the Egyptian American Society in Silicon Valley and of TechWadi, the largest network of Arab American high technology executives in Silicon Valley and MENA. He is a charter member of the C-100, a Silicon-Valley based association dedicated to mentoring and angel financing Canadian entrepreneurs. He is also a member of the Board of PSD, an NGO focused on providing one Netbook per child for up to 130,000 Palestinian children in need of education.
Dr. Hassanein is the Willard Brown Distinguished Visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo School of Business, where he is also member of the Board of Advisors. He lecture on Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University and the University of San Diego, and on international business at UC Berkeley and Santa Clara University. Ossama received his B.Sc. (first class honors) in electrical engineering from the University of Alexandria Egypt, his MBA, M.Sc. and PhD requirements in Electrical Engineering at the University of British Columbia, and Ph.D. in Business Administration from California Coast University.
Nina Mufleh is a marketing and communication specialist who is focused on moving companies and organizations onto the digital space to connect with and engage their consumers. She is the co-founder and former Director of Client Strategy at The Online Project where she developed social strategies for Fortune 500 companies and high profile organizations operating in the Middle East and North Africa.
As the Director of Client Strategy, Nina lead a diverse team in providing consulting support based on client needs. In charge of internal research and development projects, she has been invited to speak as an industry expert at several high profile events.
By the age of 26, Nina already had extensive experience in the social media space having developed and executed the social media strategy for Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan who was the first royal to actively engage a global audience in such a direct dialogue. Nina assumed primary responsibility of one of the most innovative uses of communication technology at the time.
With a passion for teaching the nuances and benefits of social media, Nina is actively involved in the Mentorship Network of Oasis500, the Middle East’s premier seed investment program, where she assists startups and entrepreneurs in tapping into the potential of social media utilization for their businesses.
Nina earned her bachelors degree from the University of California, Riverside where she studied Political Science and Italian Studies.
Guardian of Eses4 Ventures, transformer, adventure seeker, investor, entrepreneur and converter of the Mahoo2Mahool. Founding Board Member, Tikyet Um Ali; Member, Oasis 500 and Endeavour.
Nidal Eses is realistic Transformer of Family Businesses into formal and sustainable corporate structures. He believes in building solid foundations validated by sound business Models that can navigate freely through periods of unexpected change. His objective is to preserve the legacy and wealth of entrepreneurial successes for generations to come, to build the next generation of leaders and to ensure Founders’ mantra continuity. His track record in Transforming major family legacies in the region (such as Nuqul Group) is a true testament to his unique approach in achieving such through creating localized solutions that navigate global Red-Oceans with Blue-Ocean strategies. He is committed to helping people achieve their full potential and provides them with the tools and freedom to deliver such. Nidal reached the North Pole in 2011 as part of his quest of continuous self-improvement and pushing his achievements to the limits.
Nidal held several key positions: CEO of Shaheen Business & Investment Group, CEO of Nuqul Group & CEO of The Promise. He served on several boards in the region and is an active member of: Oasis 500, Endeavour and is one of the principle founding board members of Tikyet Um Ali, the first NGO in Jordan which aims at alleviating hunger, through feeding programs coupled with empowerment and employment programs.
Nidal was born in Amman in 1966, a high-school graduate from the National Orthodox School in Amman, and obtained both his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering (1988) and Masters Degree in Engineering Management (1990) from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
The Eses4 team members are: Nidal, Rania (wife), Celine (daughter) and Seif (son).
Imad Malhas enjoys a strong technical background in the field of information technology and has been considered a pioneer in software development in the Middle East for over two-decades. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, USA in 1984.
Mr. Malhas began his professional career in 1984 where he held IT managerial positions for several Jordanian establishments. At the age of 25, he became the Technical Advisor to the Director of Public Security in Jordan between (1988-1992) on the national security project known as Command and Control (C3I). He later founded IdealSoft and led a team of professionals to produce successful large-scale software solutions catering for Hospital Management and Health Insurance Administration throughout the region. He was one of the founders of National Health Insurance Administration Co. in 1999, the first company to use smart cards for health claims adjudication in the region.
Mr. Malhas founded IrisGuard Inc. (www.irisguard.com) in 2001 where he remains today as it CEO. IrisGuard Inc. is considered a world-leader in the field of Iris Recognition Technology; under his leadership, IrisGuard is credited to successfully taking Iris recognition from the uncertainties of labs and theories to the realities of the world. With offices in the London, Geneva, Dubai, McLean, Singapore and Amman, IrisGuard Inc. has customers in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Mr. Malhas pioneered the concept of employing Iris recognition to secure mass-transit national borders prior to September 11th 2001 in the UAE and recently on Jordan borders. More recently, he lead IrisGuard successful deployment of the world’s first iris implementation at banks and ATM machines where customers use their eyes only to draw money from their account (no card and no pin) with a total of six banks in the Middle East and over 100,000 bank customers using IrisGuard technology, this is a solution that has never been done before.
Mr. Malhas is the principle architect behind IrisGuard technology working as CTO with a team of scientists and professionals to develop the Iris Farm Architecture – IFA® and imagers suite that revolutionized the process of national Iris recognition solutions. His close collaboration with Professor John Daugman of Cambridge University – the inventor of Iris Recognition technology – and similarly distinguished world-renowned professors and scientists in the field of optical and pattern recognition resulted in the world’s most accurate and most scalable Iris architecture; designed to provide real-time response to iris searching and enrolments in projects involving millions of records at national borders or thousands of ATM machines and Internet Home Banking users.
With his diligent involvement, IrisGuard Inc. manufactures quality Iris cameras out of its UK Laboratories that are well received throughout the world. The IG-H100® camera system has rapidly captured accurate iris images of more than 25 million people from 200 nationalities; it has been independently evaluated by the International Biometric Group – IBG (New York) and found to be the world’s most accurate and fastest Iris camera on the market today. The recent addition include the IG-AD100® dual-eye camera system that produces pristine images of both irises simultaneously and the world’s first 0.00% Equal Error Rate. More cameras are planned to suite the various user requirements around the world. New devices continue on being invented by IrisGuard under Mr. Malhas supervision and direct involvement including the EyeSign® home unit, the EyeTust® desktop unit and the EyePay® iris payment terminal.
Mr. Malhas is married with three children and enjoys reading, music and spending quality time with his family and friends. He sits on the board of multiple companies in Jordan and actively mentors young startups on their way to success, Mr. Malhas is a passionate Endeavor Entrepreneur since 2009.
Mitri is currently the MD of INSIGHT Business Solutions, a consulting firm focused on providing professional services around international business solutions; i.e. ERP and CMMS.
Previously, Mitri started his career in 1982 in the IBM world. Key accomplishments were:
· Responsible for the 99.9% availability of the large IBM systems in Dallas Texas.
· Responsible for all the IBM operation tasks in Qatar during the 1991 war period.
· Managed clients of all sizes; from EDS in Texas and there installation that spanned 5 football fields, to the banking sector in Bahrain, Telco in Libya, and distributors in Jordan. At various times, tasks included project management, technical support, business development and management.
· Experience gathered in the US, GCC & Jordan.
· For a short period in the mid 1990’s, I was a member of the regional Accenture team in business development capacity.
· As a member of the Orthodox Educational Society, is helping the school to improve the education provided through state-of-the-art ICT.
Mitri enjoys brainstorming, strategy & planning, as well being a visionary in the fields he is interested in.
Mohamad Charafeddine is one of the core algorithm system engineers at ASSIA Inc, a Silicon Valley based telecommunication software startup specializing in the Dynamic Spectrum Management (DSM) of DSL lines. With less than 3 years since the company’s commercial product launch, ASSIA now diagnoses, optimizes, and manages over 15% of the world’s DSL lines. Mohamad also maintains a keen interest in entrepreneurial activities in the Silicon Valley and in the Middle East. In 2003, together with a Stanford schoolmate, he started Orfalis, a software company based in Amman, Jordan. In 2005, Orfalis and UniTicker co-founded TickerChart.com, a top tier financial software in the ME. Mohamad is a strong advocate of bringing economic and social change to the ME through education, innovation, and entrepreneurship. He won the Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Communications in 2009. Mohamad holds a B.E. with High Distinction from the American University of Beirut, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University, all in Electrical Engineering.
Ammar Ibrahim has worked as a developer, consultant, instructor and author for over
a decade. He is a pioneer in PHP development and large web applications architecture.
He served as a senior consultant for many leading companies and governmental
institutions including MenaItech (Optimiza company), Ministry of Water and Irrigation,
the Amman Stock Exchange (ASE), The securities depository center (SDC) to train
their developers and help them build the new public Internet services that include a realtime,
web based market watch application.
Ibrahim is a frequent speaker in technology related events and conferences all over the
world. Ibrahim is a principal member of consortia and groups that promote open source
Ibrahim worked as a technical reviewer for Linux System Administration, published by O’Reilly, March 2007. The book won many awards and was translated to Japanese and other languages.
For his work he has been interviewed by magazines, newspapers and radio shows.
Ibrahim’s work with the Ministry of Water and Irrigation has been published as an interview by Linux Journal.
Ibrahim was part of a team that won the 3rd place of the MIT Arab business plan competition in 2009.
Hussein is an angel investor in or advisor to several early stage startups including Byhiras, Exclusively.in, Flypost, Jaycut (acquired by RIM), KBG, Nivio and Tarmin. He is also an advisor to the Chairman of Eros International Plc (EROS:LN), the world’s largest Bollywood company, and Different Capital LLC.
He was formerly with Accel Partners, where he focused on consumer internet, financial technology and software investments. He helped make Accel’s investments in OpenGamma, Playfish (acquired by Electronic Arts), BountyJobs, United Mobile, Dapper (acquired by Yahoo!), and held additional board observer seats at Njini (acquired by Riverbed) and The Cloud (acquired by Sky).
Hussein joined Accel from Microsoft Corporation, where he held strategy and product management roles, and was selected to the company’s leadership program for his work building the speech recognition business.
Hussein began his career in the Bay Area, and helped found or play a key role at Safe-View (acquired by L-3), Radiance Technologies (acquired by Comcast) and Studio Verso (acquired by KPMG). Hussein holds an MBA from London Business School and did his undergraduate studies in Symbolic Systems at Stanford University.
Ahmad is an Electrical Engineer by education and holds both a B.Sc. in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from the American University of Sharjah (UAE) and a M.Sc. in Systems & Computer Engineering from Carleton University (Canada).
Prior to starting Infinitec Ahmad worked for several years in the IT and Telecom industry in a variety of Technology and Senior Sales & Marketing roles in both start-ups and multinational corporations. These include companies such as Nokia Siemens Networks, Nokia Corporation and Huawei Networks.
Ahmad is an innate leader with a strong sense of passion that both inspires and motivates those around him. He has an inborn talent for developing business strategies and driving others to successfully execute on them. His belief that every problem must have a solution has allowed him to succeed in areas that others thought success was impossible.
With twelve years of experience in the telecommunications, TV integration and gaming industries, Afif has specialized in creating and building services and content that caters for mobiles, TV and internet users.
Having the ability to fuse different entertainment elements together, Afif ventured into the field of social gaming by joining Wizards Productions and take it to be one of the leaders of this industry in the region.
Afif is also a co-founder and board member of the Jordan Gaming Task force, and a mentor in numerous projects.
Mr. Adey Salamin is a member of the investment team of Riyada Enterprise Development, a member of the Abraaj Group.
Prior to joining Riyada Enterprise Development, Mr. Salamin was a director with Riyada Ventures, the MENA region’s leading venture capital and investment advisory firm and a partner in Singularity Advisors.
Having started his career as an entrepreneur and a corporate executive, he moved on to become an investment professional in recent years. Adey has enjoyed an international career having held senior management positions in the US and Jordan. Adey has also been involved in setting up technology commercialization strategies and innovation clusters in Jordan and has worked with and advised numerous IT start up companies in the MENA region. Mr. Salamin has also been involved in numerous consulting projects in Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Libya on topics of business planning, development, deal sourcing, investment structuring, and market entry strategies and more.
Mr. Salamin holds a Finance and Accounting Certificate from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Computer Science and Engineering, cum laude honors, from the University of Pennsylvania with minors in Economics and Math.
Adey was a judge on the Wharton business plan competition, Microsoft Imagine Cup judge, MIT Arab business plan competition judge. He also was previously the 3rd Place Winner of the MIT Arab business plan competition in 2009 out of 1400 business plans submitted.
Aiman Mazahreh is today the Chief Executive Officer of STS with more than 32 years of experience in Information Technology. Aiman graduated with a BS degree in electrical engineering from San Diego State University, California USA. In 1989 he joined three of his friends to co-found STS which is now recognized as one of the leading and most successful IT system integrators in Jordan and the region. Aiman was chairman of the Board of (Intaj) the Association of Computer companies in Jordan for the period 2010-2011. Aiman is also one of the founding Board members Of Oasis500 an ICT fund for startups.
Amer is a business executive with over 20 years of experience including 17 years in the Telecommunications industry.
Prior to joining ITC, Amer was Chief Executive Officer of VTEL Jordan. Earlier, he held senior roles with Nextel Communications and Logical Information Systems in the U.S.
Amer also provided consulting services for large U.S. Telecom operators such as Verizon, MCI, and Nextel.Amer holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s Degree in Applied Computer Science from Illinois State University.
Amjad began his career within the financial services industry in 1996 as a Financial Analyst at General Electric’s investment subsidiary GE Capital in Stamford, Connecticut. In 1997, he held the position of Senior Financial Analyst at another GE Capital subsidiary, the Financial Guarantee Insurance Company (FGIC) in New York.
Since receiving his MBA in 1999, Amjad has served as Managing Director of Madaen Investment & Development Co. (MID). MID is engaged in the production and marketing of a wide variety of specialty soap noodles and soap bars including the One With Nature Dead Sea product line first launched in the US natural and organic sector in 2004. Over 75% of MID’s sales are derived from exports to Europe and the United States.
In 2005, Amjad founded a Ukraine based cosmetics distribution company known as Berkana Beauty. This firm is the exclusive agent for many of Europe’s most prestigious professional and selective cosmetics brands. It employs over 50 full-time staff in Kyiv.
Amjad’s most recent entrepreneurial venture involves co-founding the Jordan office of Quintessentially, the world’s leading luxury lifestyle management group and concierge service with 60 offices worldwide. Amjad continues to pursue his interest in finance through the management of diverse real estate and equity investments including placements within different regional and US start-up firms. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Business Tourism Company which owns the Jordan Valley Marriott Resort and Spa and Petra Marriott Hotel. He is also a member of the Fuqua Alumni Admissions Network and The Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Amjad’s interests include travel, sailing, gourmet cuisine and tennis.
Dina Shoman is a freelance consultant and advisor, previously serving as Executive VicePresident and Head of Branding Group at Arab Bank from 2006 to 2012. As head of the branding group, she oversaw the bank’s marketing, corporate communication and sustainability departments. She was also a Member of the Board of Arab Bankplc, Arab Bank Switzerland, and Arab Bank Australia, as well as the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation.
Currently, she is a Member of the Board of a number of reputable NGOs, including the Jordan River Foundation, Injaz, Business Development Center (BDC) and Raneen, and is on the Advisory Board of Nakhweh. She is also on the program committee of Oasis500, the branding committees of JRF and Injaz, and the fundraising committee of JRF. In 2012, she was selected as a Young Global Leader (YGL) as well as a Member of the Global Agenda Council on Values by the World Economic Forum (WEF). In May 2012, Shoman ranked third out of 100 of the most powerful Arab business women in listed companies by Forbes Middle East magazine. She holds a BS in Finance and an MBA with a concentration in Change Management from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley College.
Christopher M. Schroeder is a leading entrepreneur and investor in interactive technologies and social communications. He is Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of HealthCentral, the highest quality collection of condition and wellness-specific interactive experiences focused on people finding and sharing real-life experiences related to their health needs. HealthCentral is backed by Polaris Ventures, Sequoia Capital, The Carlyle Group, Allen & Company, and Interactive Corp (IAC).
Schroeder is an investor and advisor for a series of technology start-ups and funds ranging from news and media, education, social networks and marketing. He is also engaged in exploring more global trends towards entrepreneurship, with a special focus on the developing world and the Middle East.
A veteran of online media, Schroeder served as CEO and Publisher of Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, which hosts washingtonpost.com and newsweek.msnbc.com, among other leading news sites. Previously, Schroeder was CEO and President of LEGI-SLATE, INC, a leading online B2B provider of information on federal and state legislation and regulation, which he sold. In addition, he worked in private equity and investment banking.
He served in leading management roles in President George Bush’s 1988 and 1992 election campaigns, and working on Secretary of State James A. Baker’s staff with then Under Secretary (and currently President of the World Bank) Robert Zoellick.
Schroeder was a co-founder, and served as Chairman, of the Online Publishers Association (OPA), a leading research and information organization comprised of the CEOs of top online quality content publishers (including MSNBC, The NY Times, Dow Jones, ESPN, and Board member of Interactive Advertising Bureau.) He has won numerous awards, including PharmaVOICE Top 100 Most Inspiring People in Life Sciences, was the first interactive executive named to the American Advertising (AAF) Hall of Achievement (a national annual award honoring the leading executives in advertising). Schroeder was named one of the top business executives to watch by Business Forward Magazine, Media Magazine, and the Washingtonian.
Schroeder speaks extensively on the internet, consumer behavior, entrepreneurship and has written in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Fortune, The Washington Post, TechCrunch and media magazines. He is on the Advisory Boards of the Center for New America Security (CNAS), Business Executives for National Security (BENS), Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), The American University in Cairo, and Planet Forward. He is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations, French American Foundation and American Council on Germany. He is a co-founder of activities through the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) connections between the US and Middle East CEOs. He also advises the National Gallery of Art. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and with honors from Harvard Business School. He is married to Alexandra Coburn, and has three children: Jack, Julia and Ben.
Basem Malhas; a Saudi by citizenship, was born in Amman on Sep 29 1972. He received his primary education at Rugby School in the UK and obtained his BA in Business Administration from George Washington University in Washington D.C class of 1995.
Basem is involved in a family business that covers Hospitality, Automotive, Luxury Retail, Banking, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Aviation and Communication. He is the Chairman of the Executive Committee and Board Member of Palestine Commercial Bank. He is Deputy Managing Director, Board Member and Member of the Executive Committee of METICO; owner of Four Seasons Hotel-Amman. He is the Executive Director of Chopard, Tufenkjian, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo covering the automotive side of the business. Basem is a founding shareholder in GulfMena; an alternative investment equity fund as well as a founding shareholder in Arab Wings; a private jet leasing company. He is also a founding shareholder in a furniture manufacturing company based in Lebanon. A full service communication company is also being established with strategic partners from the Gulf.
Further to holding executive posts, he sits on the boards of publicly traded companies.
He has also served as an active member in non-profit and charitable organizations.
Basem is a YPO board member of the Jordan Chapter, Regional Board member MENA. He enjoys swimming, squash and aviation.
Basem is married to Sulafa Hannun with two kids, Mahmoud and Salwa.
Ennis Rimawi is the Founder and Managing Partner of Catalyst Private Equity (Catalyst,) launched in late 2006. Catalyst is the Arab region’s first specialized Energy and Water Technology (Cleantech) Fund. Over the past 20 years Ennis’ focus has been on technology business building, turnarounds, manufacturing, and investment structuring in the US and Arab region. He is the founder of ONEWORLD Software Solutions and led the turnaround of Estarta Solutions 2002-2005.
Ennis is the Executive Chairman of Millennium Energy Industries (Jordan/KSA/UAE/PAL), Chairman of X3M International (UAE/Norway/KSA), and a Director of Omni Oil Technologies (UAE).
Additionally he is a founder of NetCorps (NGO) and the MIT Arab Alumni Association, and a member of the YPO, YAL, and Young Global Leaders (WEF).
Ennis is a graduate of MIT’s Leaders for Manufacturing Fellows Program. BS in Eng. Systems (’91) MIT, a MS in Environmental Eng (’96) MIT, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management (’96).
Lina Shehadeh is the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Aramex, one of the leading logistics and transportation companies in the Middle East and South Asia. Since joining Aramex, Mrs. Shehadeh was responsible for the rebranding of the company operations in 2008, and for upgrading its marketing activities and strategies – including the rolling out of new engagement methods online and via social media.
Prior to joining Aramex, Mrs. Shehadeh was an entrepreneur and founder of her own advertising and branding firm in Amman, Nuwa. She took the company from a startup to a high-growth venture by innovating a new customer-centric business model to promptly cater to the changing needs of customers, which delivered high-quality work and was more responsive than existing models. The new innovative approach to customer service made it an attractive target of acquisition, as Nuwa would later merge with TBWA Jordan, one of the incumbent multinational ad agencies in the country, where Mrs. Shehadeh served as a managing partner. Mrs. Shehadeh also has an Executive MBA from London Business School.
Additionally, Mrs. Shehadeh is an avid athlete, with professional achievements in cycling and triathlons. Mrs. Shehadeh continues to share her experiences – mentoring and inspiring other entrepreneurs and start-ups through TEDX talks and various events throughout the region.
Helen is a full time advocate of positive change. She has built strong managerial and technical expertise through working on global brands such as LG Electronics, Porsche, Audi, Emaar International, Zain Telecom, Orange Telecom and Royal Jordanian amongst others. During this time, she held a series of managerial positions with leading marketing communications agencies namely Saatchi & Saatchi, Young and Rubicam and Wunderman and spear headed the world-renowned Brand Asset Valuator (BAV) study in Jordan, bringing to life the concept of brand valuation to Jordan and the Middle East.
Her work during that time was the stepping stone to defining her undying passion: community empowerment. Helen then served as the International Relations and Fundraising Manager at the Jordan River Foundation. This experience, in particular, enabled her to work towards a more empowered community and made her realize that positive change is not just a slogan, rather a common goal she can work towards. Her experience coupled with the firm belief in mentoring and its impact on development drove her to shift her transferable experience to serve the mission and vision of Mowgli.
Having grown up in Bahrain, Helen later studied Law and Government at the University of Manchester, UK and is a Certified Marketing Executive, CME (SMEI). When not working, Helen is an avid reader, runner and has most recently discovered a love for sky diving.
Muhannad Ebwini, Co-founder and CEO Gate2play, Muhannad has over 11years of experience in the online, gaming, and payment industries, having successfully grow the business of OneCard, a leading regional alternative payment mechanism between 2004 and Feb 2010. During his tenure at OneCard, Muhannad has spearheaded the development of the online payment and eCommerce industry in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), working successfully with international and regional players, providing alternative payment solutions for them, and assisting and providing support in localizing them and adapting them to the MENA culture, as well as providing them with a suite of value-added services such as support centers and marketing.
Prior to joining OneCard, Muhannad worked at Maktoob, the leading regional portal recently acquired by Yahoo as the Business Development Manager of Mazad Maktoob, an online auction service that later morphed into Souq.com, and remains the leading online auction service in the MENA region. Prior to Maktoob, he held sales and marketing management positions at eSolution , a local web development company in Amman, Jordan.
Muhannad is a he is a certified eCommerce Consultant “CEC” and Project Manager eBusiness (PME), and holds an MBA in Management and International Business from NYIT and a Bsc in Computer Software Engineering from Princess Sumayya University in Amman, Jordan.
He is a Co-founder and Board member for Jordan Gaming Task Force, on the Advisory Board of Dubai World Games Expo, the largest regional gaming exhibition, and on the gaming and media committee of the King Abdulla initiatives for Arabic Content in KSA.
Mrs. Majd Shweikeh is the CEO of VTEL Holdings since 1st July 2010; then in June 2011 she became the Group CEO of VTEL Middle East and Africa Limited.
Mrs. Shweikeh was the Vice President of Jordan Telecom Group and CEO PJMTC Ltd. (Orange Mobile) until 31st May 2010. She had held this position since January 2006.
Mrs. Shweikeh is the President of the International Women’s Forum / Jordan Chapter and a member in the Economic and Social Council and She is also at the Board of trustees for Isra’a University and at the Board of Directors for Union Bank.
Mrs. Shweikeh is also the Vice Chair of the Friends of Global Fund to fight Aids, Malaria and Tuberculosis, and Board Member in the Young Presidents’ Organization, a board member in the Swiss Jordanian Business Club, and Honor Member in the Inner Wheel Club of Amman, and Member in Haya Cultural Center.
Prior to assuming the CEO position, she was the Chief Financial Officer and member of the Operating Committee since 2000 for MobileCom ( currently branded Orange Mobile); Finance Manager at DHL, the international carrier service, since 1992; Project Accountant for budgeting and project planning at the American International Contractor Inc. (AICI) from 1988 to 1992; and an Auditor with Arthur Anderson. Mrs. Shweikeh served as a board member at the Social Security Investment unit from 2006 till 2009.
Mrs. Majd Shweikeh holds a first class Honors BSc in Finance from Yarmouk University, and she received the Certified Management Accountant certification from the USA in 1999.
Marwan Juma is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Kinz for Information Technology, the country’s leading corporate data provider, and dot.jo, one of Jordan’s top web application providers. Juma also served as the country’s Minister of Information of Communications and Information Technology from Dec 2009 till Feb 2011. Prior to his government service, Juma was the Chief Executive Officer of Xpress Telecommunications, one of Jordan’s leading mobile operators. Prior to his tenure at Xpress, Juma was the Chief Executive Officer of Batelco Jordan, the country’s second fixed line operator and a leading data communication provider.
Today Juma serves on several boards including the King Abdullah Fund for Development; Oasis500, the region’s leading IT fund and accelerator; Int@j, Jordan’s Information Technology Association; the King Abdullah Center for Excellence in Government Performance, the Jordan Education Initiative, JEI; and Princess Summaya University for Technology. In addition, Juma serves on the board of DAI, a US firm working in the international development arena.
Juma also served on the “National Agenda’s” Royal Steering Committee entrusted with developing the country’s ten-year strategy for the years 2006-2015. In addition, he is a founding contributor to Jordan’s national initiative for establishing Jordan’s IT Industry, known as the “REACH Initiative”. The REACH Initiative is a five-year action plan to advance Jordan’s nascent IT sector, and strengthen its position to compete in local, regional, and global markets.
Holder of a Masters in Management from North Carolina State University, and two Bachelor degrees in Business Management and Economics from the same school, Marwan has been an active player in Jordan’s Information Technology sector since 1990. Upon completing his studies, he joined Ideal Group, (the Apple Computer and Compaq distributor in Jordan), and moved up the ranks to become Vice President. In 1995, he took over as the General Manager of NETS, Jordan’s first e-mail and second Internet Service Provider. Six years later, NETS, and a second data provider, Firstnet, and Bahrain Telecom, a regional leading telecom provider completed the first IT merger in Jordan and formed Batelco Jordan.
An outspoken character, Marwan has lobbied long and hard towards the establishment of a world-class telecom infrastructure in Jordan, and has been an ardent supporter for increased private-public partnerships to further enhance and accelerate the country’s modernization and economic development.
I graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Upon graduation I joined Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in New York, where I worked as a Financial Analyst in their Mergers & Acquisitions department. Before co-founding the online recruitment site Akhtaboot (www.akhtaboot.com) in late 2006, I was a Vice President at Rasmala Investments, a regional Asset Management firm based in Dubai, where I worked with a range of Middle Eastern and Gulf clients. While working at Akhtaboot, I also co-founded the card gaming site Jawaker (www.jawaker.com).
Ghassan E. Nuqul, Vice Chairman of Nuqul Group; one of the Middle East leading manufacturers of hygienic paper products and construction materials,
Born on July 3, 1962, Mr. Nuqul holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Purdue University, U.S.A.
Mr. Nuqul is a member of several governmental councils and committees, and is personally involved in several local and international business associations and not-for-profit organizations and initiatives. Among these are the Advisory Board on Partnership between Private & Public Sector, the Board of Greater Amman Municipality, the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development, the Technical and Vocational Education Council, the Board of the National Center for Culture & Performing Arts/ King Hussein Foundation, Jordan University of Science and Technology, and the Jordan Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Mr. Nuqul also served on the Economic Consultative Council to HM King Abdullah II, and participated in developing the National Agenda as Chairman of the Employment Support and Vocational Training Theme.
He sits on the Boards of the Kuwaiti Jordanian Holding Co., Integrated Olive Products Co., Delta Insurance Co. and Universal Modern Industries Co.
Habib is a tech entrepreneur most recently founder of Yamli.com the leading startup in Arabic transliteration and smart search technologies. He is also the founder of YallaStartup a non-profit focused on early stage entrepreneurship in the MENA region. In 2009, the World Economic Forum recognized Habib as a Young Global Leader and the ArabianBusiness named him one of the top 30 influential Arabs under 30. He currently serves on the Global Agenda Council on innovation. During the July of 2006 war he started Relief Lebanon to support relief operations in Lebanon an effort that was picked by UNDP part of the “101 stories to tell”. Habib also co-founded INLET to link the Lebanese Diaspora back to budding entrepreneurs and startups in Lebanon. Habib is an advisor to several US and Middle Eastern startups and non-profits. He holds a Bachelor of Computer and Communication Engineering from the American University in Beirut and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Omar Razzaz is Chair of the Board of Trustees, King Abdullah II Fund for Development and Chair of the Jordan Strategy Forum. Until recently, he led the national team responsible for the preparation of the National Employment Strategy in (2011-2012). He was the Director General of Jordan’s Social Security Corporation (2006-2010). Prior to his return to Jordan, he served as Country Manager of the World Bank’s Lebanon Country Office (2002-2006). His World Bank experience covers areas of private sector development and infrastructure finance. His country experience includes Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Estonia, Belarus, Macedonia, South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire, Central Africa, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, Lebanon, and Jordan. Dr. Razzaz was Assistant Professor at MIT in the International Development Program and the Regional Planning Program. He holds a PhD from Harvard University in Planning with a minor in Economics, and a post-Doctorate from the Harvard Law School. He is a member of several boards of private and not for profit organizations. He has a number of publications in refereed journals.
Founder and Owner of International Beverage Consultancy Company (IBC) which was established in 2007 registered at the Chamber of Commerce in United Arab Emirates working in Jordan as a regional company. IBC is a global mechanical and electrical installation and commissioning of high technology filling lines and other innovative projects.
IBC managed to attain an exclusive joint venture agreement with one the leading German companies working in the field. Throughout the years the company managed to work successfully on over 200 projects worldwide. Identifying and promoting local talented engineers through building their capacity with special training programs conducted by highly skilled specialists at the headquarters in Germany.
Capitalizing on his former experience as the Operations Director – Middle East and North Africa- for Pepsi Cola International, he managed to work with his professional network to successfully put on the Jordanian economical map another multi-trading company. In 2000 he co-founded the Originalchem Group (OCG), another global company, working on chemical trading, logistics and solution provider for the food and beverage industry. OCG continued to grow in size and service to become one of the main providers in the industry.
If you are interested in an investment knock on my door.
I am the Assistant Investment Manager within Oasis500 with a strong background in business management and entrepreneurship. My role includes scouting for startups from all over the region and beyond.
Doing so mean I spend time evaluating and assessing potential investments in two wild and diverse areas; tech & creative industries.
Always available to mentor and train you on areas related to finance, fundraising, and business development. I will be closely helping you when preparing for your pitches and making sense in your financials to present a strong and valid argument for your future investors.
I am passionate about fostering an ecosystem for entrepreneurs and becoming one myself. My drive and work ethic enable me to take a creative and effective approach in achieving success. My interest in mobile applications and their increasing role in our everyday lives inspired me to launch AppsGuru, a platform that showcases apps and news in the mobile world.
A bit of logic mixed with strategy, fueled by vision, supported by growth measured by achievements and rotating around the excellence in people, and the most optimal organization structure is what I want to work on with the founders we bring onboard.
What inspires me is the study of quantitative methods, economics, playing chess, reading biographies, and the success of others. I believe leadership is about the ability to craft a “Strategy” for every different situation you might face.
I have a passion for entrepreneurship, and a conviction that we must never be content. Let us keep pushing for more innovation, more measured risk taking, and for the economics to work all around – to create a multiplier effect. Entrepreneurship does not just simply stop when a company is started up or when another troubled one is being revitalized; instead, I believe that it is a continuous journey to overcome the many limitations to achieve a vision that no one else sees but you – the entrepreneur.
I have been living in Amman since 2012, and this city keeps giving and is an exciting and enriching place to call home.
Amman is my lab for great ideas. Let us create scale together. So don’t get intimidated, don’t let ego lead you, and be humble. Getting complicated diversified teams into consensus, dealing with different cultures, backgrounds, mentalities, & challenges to any organization are gifts. Use them. They are your opportunities for success.
Dina Abu Nuwar, a mother of two children, received my Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Jordan University in Agricultural engineering. In 2005 I started my career with Zain Group, An international telecommunications group of companies, and carried out many positions, last of which was Data and Content Services Team Leader between 2007 and 2010 where I was in charge of the Rotana Project, a multimillion dollar project. Afterwards I held a Manager position for an Immigration office to the USA through investment at Masar Jadeed, and now I am the CEO’s Executive assistant and the HR Manager at Oasis500. I help Oasis500 companies follow up with our departments, as well as give them HR advice when needed.
Ahmad has built through the past 10 years a great experience in field operations and supply chains, as he established many start-ups specialized in food supply to Jordan Armed Forces, governmental tenders and confectionery import and distribution.
Ahmad earned his APICS CSCP designation (Certified Supply Chain Professional) as the most internationally recognized designation in this field, and recently, working as a supply chain consultant with a several reputable training and consultancy firms.