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).