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Mentors

Reem Yusuf

Reem Yusuf

Energy Consultant, The World Bank
Founder CEO, 3D4Good
Founder & CEO, Cloathe

Energy Consultant / The World Bank
Founder CEO // 3D4Good
Founder & CEO // Cloathe

Trey Goede

Trey Goede

Head of Portfolio and Investment Management - Aramco Entrepreneurship Ventures Co. Ltd.

Entrepreneur, Investor, Mentor, University Professor of Entrepreneurship

Igor Ovcharenko

Igor Ovcharenko

seedstars

Regional Manager for CEE & MENA

Impacting people's lives in emerging markets through technology & entrepreneurship

Sadeq Jaafar Ali

Sadeq Jaafar Ali

Software Developer, MCTS, MCPS, CWB Professional, CIW CI

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Conscientious and Professional IT developer with extensive experience in mobile technologies and familiar with web development atmosphere, A highly organized and efficient individual, whose thorough and precise approach to projects has yielded excellent results. A certified trainer that had conducted many courses and workshops in different training centers, and willing to keep improving myself and seeking more challenges.

Dr. Nazar ALBAHARNA

Dr. Nazar ALBAHARNA

Founder & Chairman

An academic, entrepreneur, and former Government Minister with considerable expertise in the areas of education, training, energy management and technology. Spearheads reforms in policy and strategy, influencing critical decisions at the highest level and developing mutually beneficial alliances internally and externally. Experienced in managing projects and change initiatives from the initial concept through to completion, with the organizational skills required to meet the most challenging deadlines and budgets.

Dr. Abdulmalik ALJABER

Dr. Abdulmalik ALJABER

Founder & Vice Chairman

A full time angel investor, believing that Arab Youth can contribute to global innovation. Invested in more than 20 start-ups and focused on building an innovation friendly Eco-system in MENA. I was leading the two most prominent telecom operators MENA. Managed to turn around the companies in term of profitability, commercial strategy, capacity building of the human cadre as well as introducing and running a very active CSR program with multi initiatives.

Mohamed ALTAWASH

Mohamed ALTAWASH

Founder & Managing Director

As an Entrepreneur with more than 15 years of accomplishment-laden experiences in the GCC and global investment in real estate and construction fields within the private sector as well as the public sector. Leveraging an ever-expanding portfolio of qualifications below specialities proved time and again flexibility in responding to changing market conditions and ability to "wear many hats" in the effort to meet and exceed corporate goals and challenges. Tasked with providing leadership through start-up, growth, and turnaround situations, repeatedly proved the ability to deliver strong and sustained results.

Dr.Nada Dhaif

Dr.Nada Dhaif

Owner

Owner, Dr.Nada Dhaif Dental Clinic

Owner, Dr.Nada Dhaif Dental Clinic

Anshul Srivastav

Anshul Srivastav

Union Insurance PSC

Chief Information Officer and Digital Officer

Anshul is been mentoring startups and management students from IIM Bangalore, Astro Labs Dubai, T Labs and other incubators since 2012. Startups mentored are in the tech space of analytics, mobility, tech based micro finance institution, healthcare tech and analytics, and tech based retail merchandising, logistics and mobile wallets spread across geographies from Singapore, Dubai and Middle East, India and Europe.

Abbas Hussain

Abbas Hussain

Digital Middle East

ICT in general with emphasis on educational technologies, surveillance and signage solutions.

Combined knowledge and skills built over thirty years while working in the fields of hardware engineering, systems design and business driven integrated systems.

Abdulrahim Abdullah Fakhroo

Abdulrahim Abdullah Fakhroo

SMEs Society

Deputy Chairman

Help startups, Entrepreneurs and small business to start with confidence and grow.

Faisal Al Bitar

Faisal Al Bitar

Oasis500

Assistant Investment Manager

Faisal is an Assistant Investment Manager at Oasis500, his main duties are scouting for startups, evaluating pitches and carrying out due diligence. He is responsible for building relationships with angel investors and venture funds to assist startups in raising follow-on-funding. In addition, he mentors and trains entrepreneurs on venture funding and pitch preparations. He participated in multiple events and regularly trains potential entrepreneurs in the field of technology at the Oasis500 training.

Craig Smith

Craig Smith

Dhahran Techno Valley

Chief Executive Officer

I am a relentless optimist, working with inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs to turn bright ideas into real and tangible assets. An Intellectual Property professional with deep experience in copyright, patent and trademark protection, advancing both private interests and public good. My passion is helping inventors in emerging economies to bridge the gap between their ideas and real market opportunities. I advocate global innovation ecosystems and share Silicon Valley’s successes and failures with entrepreneurs from ASEAN nations and the Middle East. I focus on Conventional Energy, Renewable Energy, Water Management, IT and Cyber Security - building partnerships, collaborations and licensing programs for corporate use and public benefit. Universal values drive my embrace of progressive technology development: human rights; equal economic opportunities; gender equality; child protection from human trafficking; clean available drinking water. My global network is at the core of what I do. Creating and fostering relationships – and giving back – is a cornerstone of conducting business today. Reach out if you want to talk renewable energy, IP strategies, eradicating human trafficking or sustainable development in growth markets across Asia.

Bilal Munir MALIK

Bilal Munir MALIK

Oracle

Trusted Advisor

Arabic speaking experienced business manager with a global mindset and a burning ambition to lead. Born and raised up in the Middle East (KSA). Basic qualification as Engineer, Post Graduate in Management & with experience of more than 15 years primarily in Business Development, Account Management, Consultative Selling and Customer Advocacy, Excellence and Care. Entrepreneurially minded team player who is passionate about selling world-class solutions. I use instincts, influence and expertise to build powerful relationships and drive revenue. Have developed a good understanding of Professional and Innovative Services and Solutions while working with and representing major market leaders like Oracle, Amadeus, SAP, IBM, Orange Business Services (SITA Equant – France Telecom). Selling Complex Solutions in areas including Business Applications/Software, Cloud, Infrastructure, Contact Centers, Saas, Analytics, Consultancy, Mobility, CRM/CX and Outsourcing related to Banking & FSI, Public, Higher Education and Research, Telco, Automotive, Travel, Transport and Tourism and lately O & G Industries. Interests: Digital Transformations. Customer Delight and Advocacy.

Suzanne White

Suzanne White

Oasis Training Center

Managing Director

Managing Director, Oasis Training Center

Ashu Karol

Ashu Karol

Aramex

Supply Chain Manager, Trainer and Leadership Coach

While handling multiple positions the job profile summary was to : Work with the customer management teams and manage the overall customer cycle to sustain business growth and ensure proper application of CRM policies and procedure and the corporate CRM initiatives. Ensure excellent customer service is provided to customers by meeting set standards to achieve highest satisfaction of customers and develop, train and coach employees.

Chandanpreet Kaur

Chandanpreet Kaur

BIBF

Lecturer & Consultant

Marketing professional & passionate result oriented CIM training specialist

Gamal Magdy

Gamal Magdy

Microsoft

Faculty of Computers and Information Science

Technical Evangelist at Microsoft, Certified Usability Analyst

Dr. Herman

Dr. Herman

A.A., B.A., B.Msc., M.A., M.Msc., Mpsy.D., Reverend

Global Change Agent | Disruptive Services Consultant (Influence) | Metaphysician | Instructor | Author

Dr. HermanSJr. is a Global Change Agent from the USA who uses the disruptive services of psychological influence for businesses & individuals (laypeople, consultants, teachers, police agents, government & military personnel, athletes, artists, musicians, entertainers, students, etc.) to break & reset their entire thinking foundation so they perform at maximum potential. This new mindset allows them to see things they could never see before that were holding them back due to limited mentality. Dr. HermanSJr. accomplishes this using the principle of Interconnectivity.

Fetooh Al Zayani

Fetooh Al Zayani

self employed

Independent Advisor and Consultant - Insurance and Reinsurance

Fetooh's career spans 35 years in executive management, Underwriting and business development in the regional and international insurance and re-insurance industry. This includes leading roles at regulatory & development authorities in the GCC region. In 2006, Fetooh was invited by the Qatar government to join the QFC as a founding member and MD to develop the commercial strategy for the insurance & reinsurance sector. In addition to promoting the center in the international market, Fetooh was also instrumental in developing, leading and executing some of the QFCA's major initiatives such as the reinsurance web-based platform 'Qatarlyst' and Qatar Finance & Business Academy (QFBA). She also launched 'MultaQa' which became the premier industry event in the region. From 2003 to 2006, Fetooh was the Head of Business Development for insurance and reinsurance at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC); where she was one of the founding team members responsible for developing the insurance and reinsurance commercial and marketing strategy. She also played a major role in positioning the DIFC on the international insurance & reinsurance map. Prior to that, Fetooh spent 22 years in the Arab Insurance Group (ARIG) where she was managing the largest international aerospace reinsurance portfolio in the MENA region from 1994 to 2002. In 2009 Fetooh was voted in the top 10 of most influential professionals in the GCC who made an impact on the evolution of the regional insurance and reinsurance market. In January 2010, Fetooh was presented with the “Outstanding Contribution” award for driving innovation and promotion of the Gulf insurance market onto the global stage at the Gulf Insurance Review Awards. Fetooh is currently acting as advisor and board member for a number of international and regional companies, higher educational establishments and government authorities. She is also the International Insurance Society’s (IIS) Ambassador for Bahrain Specialties: 1) Expertise in insurance and reinsurance both regional and international. 2) Knowledge on how to set up insurance and reinsurance companies and liasing with GCC regulators.

Noorh Mohammed Alkredees

Noorh Mohammed Alkredees

Royal Commission Jubail

Female Industrial Devlopment Supervisor

• Supervisor at the Industrial development center (Female Branch) for business incubators from 2012 till now • Springboard certified trainer license. • Certified trainer license from the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation and from oxford institute for training and development. • Advisor in businesses from 2013 - and UNIDO – Bahrain 2015 by provide practical consulting and development and planning analytically regularly in the area of Entrepreneurship for a lot of business women from the year 2012. • Provide a lot of worksheets in some of the Conferences at the local, Gulf and international. • Supervisor of voluntary cooperative program of training and rehabilitation for hire at all managerial skills and job performance with high efficiency in Jubail, including trainees from with special needs from the year 2010 – 2016 with a lot of organization.

Pakiza Abdulrahman

Pakiza Abdulrahman

Zain Bahrain

Manager, Sustainability & Social Responsibility

ILM Level 7 Coaching, Mentorship experience with MITEF Startup Competition 2015, 2017, Mentorship experience with SeedStars GCC

Gordon Stewart

Gordon Stewart

Bahrain Airport Company

Chief Officer at Bahrain Airport Company - Finance, ICT, HR, Procurement, Business Process Excellence, Warehouse

Senior Executive and Board Member with over twenty years’ experience; in Transportation, Engineering, and Manufacturing sectors. International experience in Bahrain, Canada, Germany, China, Singapore, Russia & Europe. Specialties: P&L Accountability, Strategy, Capital & Business Projects, Risk Management Key Skills – The ability to restructure and reorganise your business to deliver results and increased value by ensuring • there is a clear company vision and strategy defined and communicated • strategy is actually implemented; through Portfolio, Programme & Project Management • businesses performance is clearly measured through companywide KPI’s • organisations Leadership and Culture is aligned and developed to support all of the above • Critical Business processes and correctly managed through the appropriate Quality Management Systems • ownership and accountability is clearly defined throughout the business

Mike Stanford

Mike Stanford

Batelco Bahrain

Head of Product Management, Product Marketing and Marketing Communications for Fixed and Mobile in the Consumer and Enterprise Telecom segments

Strategic, customer-focused Marketing and Operations Executive with over 17 years of leadership experience in telecommunications with both large-scale and entrepreneurial organizations. Decisive leader who builds high-achieving teams through mentoring and empowerment. Extensive experience with customer marketing. Strong track record of success in strategic planning and implementing integrated social, mass, direct and online marketing campaigns to increase brand awareness, establish brand differentiation and accelerate revenue growth. LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES • Brand Development & Positioning • Customer & Consumer Focus • High Achieving Teams & People Development • Executive & Board Relationships • Business Start-up • Entrepreneurial Spirit OPERATIONAL COMPETENCIES • Emerging Technology Marketing in B2C & B2B • Multimedia Advertising & Promotion • Product Ideation, Development & Launch • Pricing & Product Configuration • Distribution Channel Merchandising & Promotion • Customer Loyalty & Retention

Ahmed Yousif Alsayegh

Ahmed Yousif Alsayegh

Infonas WLL

Manager, Projects and Administration

* Flexible, ambitious, and enthusiastic project manager *Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Establishing rapport with individuals at all organizational levels and with diverse backgrounds *strong team leading and management skills, ensuring delivery of projects within constrains *Strong research skills, to aid with the creation of solutions for complex problems *Insight in strategic management

Nour Halabi

Nour Halabi

TURN8

Investor

Investor at TURN8

Jassim Alharoon

Jassim Alharoon

Ra'ed Ventures

Financial Auditor

Established and educated Finance professional with a keen desire to continue professional development in Financial Support and Consulting. Holds a track record in maximizing the performance of financial operations, with emphasis on strategy formulation, policy and process development, cost reduction, and profitability improvement. Commands expertise in reporting, providing strategic insight, and supporting senior stakeholders throughout the process of improving the integrity of financial operations.

Emilio Escartin

Emilio Escartin

BDB

Head of Investments

• Reporting directly to the CEO and Board of Directors; • Professional 20+ years of experience in Venture Capital, Private Equity (Fundraising; Hunting and Sourcing; Valuation of businesses and portfolios; Structuring deals such as start-ups; capital growth and LBO's; Due Diligence processes; Negotiation and closing; Investments; Monitoring and Exits); • Deep knowledge of Professional Standards for the Private Equity and Venture Capital Industry (ILPA, IPEV, EVCA); • Taking part in the whole live cycle of a Private Equity Fund: Fundraising, Legal Structuring and Placement, Investing, Monitoring and Exits; • Having managed 4 Private Equity Funds (EBM PRINCIPIA FUND, EBN VACCARIA FUND, EBM ALISMA FUND and DIANA CAPITAL FUND I) for a total sum of $200mio; • Experience in structuring PPM and Investors Presentations of the Funds leading the pitch to prospective investors; • Experience in Startup businesses and SMEs; • Experience in Fair Market Valuations (i.e. IFRS 9 implementation, early adopting), through DCF, Market Multiples Comparable, Comparable Transactions; • Producing quarterly fund/investments reports for investors, with detailed industry, market trends, achievements, and financial analysis, financial forecasts and fund commentary (including NAV of each FUND); • Leading and supervising interdisciplinary teams of analysts & investment professionals to manage the portfolio companies; • Board Member of Directors in various large, SMEs and Startup companies; • Functioning as a mentor, including coaching, teaching and training investment professionals to develop a quality team; • Specialties: Investment Banking, Private Equity, Venture Capital, Fund Management, Equity Finance, Growth Capital Investment, Financial Advisory and Deal Structuring; • Strategic and Financial background provides relevant experience in focusing organizations towards value generation; • Knowledge of Principles of Islamic Banking and Finance (Shari’ah Compliant)

Ahmed Haji

Ahmed Haji

Batelco

Information Technology Specialist

Developer mainly, with a lot of interest in user experience design, and going toward leadership and management.

Ozan Sonmez

Ozan Sonmez

T-Jump Startup Hub in San Francisco

Managing Director

Supports Startups, Investors and Accelerators for a healthier ecosystem through various engagements and initiatives in Turkey, Middle East, South East Asia and Europe. Startup Advisor, Mentor, Juror and Program Developer, Instructor Angel Labs SF, * Global Startup Battle, MIT EF Pan Arab Startup Competition, GCC Startup Mena, Arab Mobile App Challenge, Intel Business Challenge MENA, Global Innovation Through Science and Technology (GIST) CRDF Global, MIT Enterprise Forum (MIT EF) Turkey * LeanStartup Machine Invited Speaker, Master of Ceremonies, Presenter, Connector. PreMoney Mena, Galata Business Angels 3rd Investor Meetup, Riseup Summit Egypt, STEP Conference Dubai, 6th Annual Saudi Technology Incubation Conference,Startup Istanbul International 2014. NBIA Annual Conference Boston. Unıversity Startup Judge & Mentor * King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Bootcamp * Startup Factory (Özyegin University) * HayalEt (Bogaziçi University) * Global Social Venture Competition (Koç University) * Social Enterprise Training (Kadir Has University) * Entrepreneurship Curriculum Building (Tubitak) Learns, Practices and Teaches * National Business Incubation Association Member and 1st Certified Business Incubation Manager in Turkey * Junior Chamber International (JCI) Trainer * Junior Achievement and Young Enterprise JA-YE Head Trainer. * SME and Entrepreneurship MBA Course Instructor * British Council Social Enterprise Trainer US State Department International Visitor Leaders Program on Social Change 2013 Participant. Always in the ecosystem of : Angel Investing, Venture Capital, Social Impact Investments, Universities, Value Added Business Networking, Entrepreneurs&SME’s, Business Model Generation, Sustainable Business Planning, Financial Planning & Investor Relations, United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), Responsible Investment (PRI) Had a clue about CSR, Environmental Social Sciences, Environmental Sustainability, Biogas&Composting, Climate Change.

Fadi Namah AlAwami

Fadi Namah AlAwami

Gulf Finance Corporation

Regional Business Development Manager

Accomplished and dedicated expert with a proven track record of developing and implementing innovative and strategic solutions to meet client needs and positively impact plans for growth and success. Effective communicator able to build cohesive and productive working relationships with all people. History of success with diverse responsibilities and managing multiple projects.