2021 SPEAKER LINE-UP

More Speakers Will be Announced Soon

Reem

Dukkan Media

Reem

Dukkan Media

Reem is a Dubai-based Canadian media executive, business woman, podcast and livestream host, executive producer, public speaker and cultural innovator. Her work in the Middle East is focused on building cultural understanding, producing ground-breaking content and redefining the landscape of the Arab Digital Generation through entrepreneurship, technology and media. She is best known for co-hosting the Dukkan Show, the Middle East’s leading Society and Culture podcast and is an Executive Producer regional podcasts: Switch/Flicks, The MenaBytes Drop and Legal- ish.

Noora
S.
Al
Askar

Nutribox

Noora
S.
Al
Askar

Nutribox

Noora Al Askar is a US licensed Nutritionist, turned Health & Wellness tech entrepreneur. She is the founder & CEO of Nutribox, the award winning weightloss and wellness app that empowers, motivates and guides you to become the healthiest version of yourself. At the age of 23, fresh from postgrad studies in the UK, she built the Nutrition Clinic at one of the leading private hospitals in Kuwait from scratch, got it accredited, and turning it into one of the highest operating profit centers, while changing thousands of lives in the process. She later co-founded an urban juice apothecary, and got selected to join an elite program called Thukhur, with 30 young Kuwaities to be part of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation program at Cornell University in New York. Fast forward late 2016, inspired by her patients at the hospital, she decided to resign from her corporate job of 7 years, and enter the techpreneurial world to build Nutribox. Her journey has been an enriching, and dynamic fast paced learning curve.

Yahya
Aqel

Aumet Inc

Yahya
Aqel

Aumet Inc

Serial entrepreneur, established 4 startups all of them in health tech, 2 successful exits, one acquisition, and currently running Aumet.com

Emily
Oberman

Pentagram Design

Emily
Oberman

Pentagram Design

Emily Oberman is an award winning multidisciplinary designer whose work encompasses strategy, brand identity, motion graphics, publications, packaging, advertising, and websites. Her work is unique in that it blurs the line between promotion and design—often using language and humor to make an emotional connection for brands both global and local. Her clients include Warner Bros. Entertainment, Warner Records, and Fisher-Price, Rotten Tomatoes, Saturday Night Live, DC, J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts, Ready Player One, League of Legends, The Wing, COTE Korean Steakhouse and Netflix’s Queue digital magazine / platform. Before joining Pentagram, she worked at the legendary design studio M&Co., working with Tibor Kalman. Emily then co-founded Number Seventeen with Bonnie Siegler in 1993. A graduate of Cooper Union, Emily’s work has been recognized by the AIGA, TDC, ADC, CA, among other acronyms. In 2004, she was awarded Copper Union’s Augustus Saint-Gaudens Award. In 2016 she was one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business. She has served on the national board of AIGA and as president of its NY chapter. She has taught at Yale, Cooper Union, Parsons and The New School.

Siobhan
McDade

Jungle Creations

Siobhan
McDade

Jungle Creations

As Jungle Creations’ Brand Development Director, Siobhan leads the brand strategy for the company’s portfolio of media brands, which have over 125 million followers across social platforms, employing new approaches to content, partnerships and platforms.

Rami
Deeb

Talkwalker

Rami
Deeb

Talkwalker

Rami is a seasoned marketing professional with vast experience in the MENA region for the past 10 years. As MEA Marketing Executive, Rami manages Talkwalkers digital marketing efforts for the MEA market, specifically engaging with thought leaders, events, content distribution, and cross-industry partnerships. He had previously worked at Wamda and MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab where he spearheaded all community-building initiatives and communications efforts. His background includes media studies and television broadcasting. He is naturally inquisitive and constantly looking to disrupt the status quo.

Deborah
Magid

IBM

Deborah
Magid

IBM

Deborah Magid, Director of Strategy in IBM Ventures, is based in Silicon Valley and represents IBM’s $40 B software business. Deborah shares insights about emerging markets, technologies and business models with venture firms and entrepreneurs around the world. Deborah is responsible for fueling IBM’s ecosystem in strategic areas related to high growth businesses, including Analytics, AI, Cloud, Security, Blockchain and IoT; and contributes to filling out IBM’s product portfolio through M&A. Deborah is a frequent spokesperson on topics ranging from how startups can achieve success, women in technology and trends and disruptions in investing. She is a board advisor of Silicon Valley Forum and on the NVCA’s Corporate Venture Advisory Board.

Leila
Hamadeh

Finyal Media

Leila
Hamadeh

Finyal Media

Leila is Co-Founder and CEO of Finyal Media, an award-winning podcast network producing content that helps young people reconnect with the Arab world. Finyal Media are the creators of hit Arabic podcast series 1001 Nights, Juha and The Basement, among others. Leila has 15 years’ experience working in media and telecoms across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. She started her career in London at Fremantle and subsequently worked as a management consultant and in-house strategy expert for large media-focused companies including OSN, Etisalat and Value Partners, before joining Finyal Media. Leila holds a BA from Oxford University and an MBA from London Business School.

Kareem
Elsirafy

Modus Capital

Kareem
Elsirafy

Modus Capital

Kareem Elsirafy is a seasoned entrepreneur and investor with extensive strategic and operating experience in early-stage tech. Having dedicated over two decades of his career toward technological solutions for business and social complications, Kareem believes in the power of technology to drive positive returns for social impact and business initiatives. Kareem is a United States Marine Corps veteran and holds multiple degrees from Columbia University including BA’s in Political Science, Economics and Middle Eastern Studies, and an Executive MBA in Technology Management from Columbia as well.

Kelsey
Warner

The National

Kelsey
Warner

The National

Kelsey Warner is the Future Editor at The National where she oversees coverage of what innovations and trends are reshaping society. She also co-hosts the weekly Business Extra podcast. Her reporting has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, Forbes Middle East and MSN. Prior to becoming a journalist, Kelsey led a Boston-based non-profit that supplied emergency funding to families facing homelessness. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School.

Eduardo
W.
Jorgensen

MEDICSEN

Eduardo
W.
Jorgensen

MEDICSEN

Eduardo has a medical background and he is currently the CEO at Medicsen, having obtained the recognition of institutions as MIT, Forbes or the Spanish government. His path was oriented towards Neurosurgery when he decided to focus on technological innovation for healthcare with the goal of improving quality of life for millions of patients. He is a passionate and creative problem solver that has persevered through the initial phases of creating businesses and validating technological assets until market entry.

Hebah
Fisher

Kerning Cultures Company

Hebah
Fisher

Kerning Cultures Company

Hebah Fisher is a serial entrepreneur and journalist. She’s the CEO and cofounder of Kerning Cultures, the award-winning Dubai-based network behind Arabic and English podcasts that regularly top the podcast charts across the Middle East. Kerning Cultures’ stories have appeared on Radiolab, This American Life, Gimlet Media, and NPR. Kerning Cultures is also the first venture-backed podcast company in the Middle East.

Firas
Mghames

FEER MCQUEEN

Firas
Mghames

FEER MCQUEEN

As a young and creative leader with an energy that keeps him challenging the status quo and inspiring change, Firas Mghames had a vision of joining creatives, writers, filmmakers, animators, engineers, architects, and business consultants, all under one roof. A decade ago, this vision was translated into a vivid reality with the international hybrid creative agency FEER McQUEEN. As Managing Director of FEER McQUEEN, Firas has gotten a head start in the realm of digital transformation with an all new take on everything related to branding, design, advertising, animation, technology and all that goes with it. Firas holds a B.S. in Computer Graphics & Animation and a M.A. in Design from Notre Dame University. He has worked with a myriad of clients, including Swatch, Bank Audi, BBAC Bank, Total, and Danone.

Matthew
Salloway

GSI Ventures

Matthew
Salloway

GSI Ventures

Matthew Salloway is an international entrepreneur, venture capitalist, investor, and attorney. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of SIP Global Partners, an international performance venture fund focused on global technology companies and anchored by a top five telecommunications company. His experience also includes serving as the CEO of a top 50 Global family office, having a focus on venture capital and cross-border business development for portfolio company market expansion to the MENA region. He is also a successful film producer with some of his credits including: Lee Daniels’ The Butler, starring Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker; The Ides of March, starring George Clooney and Ryan Gosling; and War with Grandpa, starring Robert De Niro.

Salah
Mustafa

Wego

Salah
Mustafa

Wego

Salah Mustafa Vice President of Digital Marketing Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Wego Salah serves as the Vice President of digital marketing at Wego Middle East. He joined Wego in 2013. Salah has setup the marketing function in the MENA region and took the digital and user experience to the next level, establishing an elite position for Wego across the region. Salah has a solid background in marketing and has held key roles in Denver PPC and Yahoo prior to joining Wego Middle East.

Victoria
Mehran

Expert Dojo

Victoria
Mehran

Expert Dojo

Victoria is an Investment Associate at Expert Dojo she has over ten years of experience in investment, due diligence, financial analysis, strategic planning, and business development in various industries, including Sensor & Technology, Semiconductor, Oil & Gas, Asset Management, Private Equity, and Venture Capital Industries in the UK, US, and Europe. Since 2018, she has been investing, mentoring, and advising women entrepreneurs in their journeys. Additionally, she is an Advisor at Astia Angel Group, Women Network, 13 Ventures, and Green Hill Ventures.

Abdulmajeed
Alsukhan

Tamara

Abdulmajeed
Alsukhan

Tamara

Abdulmajeed Alsukhan is the CEO and co-founder of Tamara, Saudis first buy-now-pay-later service provider. Tamara launched in August 2020 to address the growing demand for more inclusive and flexible payment methods as online commerce surged in the Kingdom. The pandemic also gave Tamaras leadership an opportunity to explore new ways of building a global remote team with a unique corporate culture, which is why today the company employs over 50 top talents in four markets: Saudi, UAE, Vietnam, and Germany. Before launching Tamara, Abdulmajeed co-founded Habli in 2017, a Saudi-based logistics provider for grocery delivery, which was acquired in the same year by Nana Direct, where he joined as co-founder and helped lead the companies growth from less than 50 employees to over 170 in two years and raised over $27M in funding. Abdulmajeed has a B.A. in financial economics from California State University and M.A. in Economy Policy from Boston University.

Vanessa
Tierney

Abodoo in partnership with Yonderdesk

Vanessa
Tierney

Abodoo in partnership with Yonderdesk

Founder of Abodoo the first dynamic skills data intelligence company for countries globally to reboot local economies to drive job creation and the game changing virtual real estate technology Yonderdesk which is dramatically improving employee well being and workflow in this new world. Irish born Vanessa has spent the last 18 years working for Fortune 1000 and governments. Published author and co-author of Your Company with No Walls she has spent the last decade running successful remote companies from the UK and Ireland. Her mantra “when you finally find your life’s purpose that is when the real fun begins” Vanessa’s mission is simple…. through real time data intelligence and an engaged virtual work and learning place amazing outputs can be achieved in job creation, re-skilling, inclusivity and sustainability of our world.

Ross
Douglas

Autonomy

Ross
Douglas

Autonomy

Ross Douglas Bio Founder & CEO of the Autonomy & The Urban Mobility Company Autonomy Paris is an annual event that brings innovators, policy makers, press and public together in Paris once a year to experience and build future mobility solutions. Now in its 6th year, Autonomy has become the most important international gathering for the urban mobility community. In addition, the Urban Mobility Company focuses on content, publishing a weekly newsletter to 12 000 subscribers and host webinars in partnership with leading companies.

Faisal
Toukan

Ziina

Faisal
Toukan

Ziina

Faisal Toukan is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ziina. He has experience across consumer fintech, enterprise sales, blockchain, start-ups, and venture capital with a passion for bringing new technologies to market.

Johan
Egnell

Mitigram

Johan
Egnell

Mitigram

Johan works for Mitigram, the worlds largest marketplace for Trade Finance. He is responsible for the business and growth in Asia, having previously worked as Head of Client Relations. Trade Finance is an overarching term covering all the various products and support that Banks can offer companies doing export and import. This type of financing and risk mitigration is key to enable smooth flows goods and services across borders. Exports and Importers of smaller size, and specifically from developing countries, have had difficulties accessing the facilities of banks – making it more difficult and sometimes impossible to conduct business. Mitigram democratizes Trade Finance by providing all exporters and importers with a channel to most of the worlds largest banks.

Matt
Sexton

Futerra

Matt
Sexton

Futerra

Matt was previously Sustainability Director at B&Q, where he ran the award-winning One Planet Home programme. He was also a member of the sustainability leadership team at Kingfisher that created the ground breaking Net Positive programme. His role at Futerra is to support businesses in creating sustainability visions, strategies and action plans that deliver their vision for positive change. With a wealth of experience, Matt is the cornerstone of our strategy team.

Romain
Diaz

Satgana

Romain
Diaz

Satgana

Romain is the Founder & CEO of Satgana, a global Venture Builder on a mission to launch and fund startups addressing the biggest social and environmental problems of our times. Previously, Romain was CEO & Co-Founder of Far Ventures, a pioneering Venture Studio on the African continent. He has 8 years of experience founding, building, investing into, advising and exiting a range of businesses, mostly through Venture Builders with a focus on emerging markets. He holds a MSc in Management from EM Lyon Business School.

Shaon
Talukder

Geotourist

Shaon
Talukder

Geotourist

CEO of multi-award winning, travel social media platform, Geotourist, hailed as the Future of Travel-Tech and featured in the current industry report, Future Trends, by Visit Britain and cited as Game Changing Technology by Euromonitor International. Their disruptive GPS-guided travel app connects places together and features accessible audio trails on a global map, curated by locals and experts in history, art and architecture and enables visitors to explore with confidence. Shaon is an experienced CEO with experience in design and innovation for the leisure, travel and tourism industry. Having been involved with some of the smallest and largest projects in the world, Shaon now shares unique insights and best practice in visitor experience and place-making strategies with destinations who wish to grow their micro and macro tourism economies through storytelling.Anywhere 2021 Speakers

Gary
Sheynkman

Leyden Ventures

Gary
Sheynkman

Leyden Ventures

Gary has held roles across product management, corporate development, and venture capital throughout his career. He currently runs Leyden Ventures, working across early stage venture and public sectors in Dubai. Gary has invested in over 3 dozen companies over the past 3 years and led the launch and day-to-day management of Techstars Dubai in Partnership with GINCO. Gary has served as an advisor to The Executive Office of the Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Holding, and Abu Dhabi Media Group. Prior to moving back to Dubai, Gary was the Video Technology Product Lead at VICE Media and Director of Ad-Ventures, the corporate venturing arm of Carrot Creative (acquired by VICE). Until April 2012 Gary was serving as Director of Corporate Development for Piksel, the video technology firm behind BBC iPlayer in the UK and ATT U-Verse in the US. Gary graduated from Kelley School of Business in the US.

Abdulrahman
Bajaber

CyberMe Studio

Abdulrahman
Bajaber

CyberMe Studio

Father, Founder, Board, and startup builder. CEO @ CyberME Studio

Ricardo
Santos

Heptasense

Ricardo
Santos

Heptasense

Ricardo is the co-founder and CEO at Heptasense, a video analytics software for surveillance cameras, featured in Wired and Forbes as one of the top AI startups in Europe. Previously, we was as a researcher in Data Science applied to Nanomedicine and Brain-Computer Interfaces, that lead to several awards, 1s place in hackathons and a patent.

Rajesh
Mehta

Entry-India/Mehta Software Services (P) Ltd.

Rajesh
Mehta

Entry-India/Mehta Software Services (P) Ltd.

Rajesh Mehta is an International Business Leader & Columnist. He is a Leading Columnist at the Financial Express, The Daily Guardian & The American Bazaar.He is CEO of Mehta Software Services Private Limited & Founder of Entry-India. He has more than 20 years experience in areas like Market Entry, Innovation Consulting & Public Policy. He has been extensively working on US India Public Policy space .He has set up two dozen foreign companies in India & was earlier HR Head of Polaroid in India. He was President India of IndoScandic Organization based out of Sweden. He is on the Advisory Board of Infinite Sum Modelling & Red Fort Strategies. He is a Member of the Executive Committee at Centre For Trade, Promotion & Industry He was earlier Adviser to WASME(World Association of Small & Medium Enterprises). He has advised or helped international organizations like Tekes, Finnode, Finpro (Finland) JETRO, METI(Japan), APCO Worldwide and European Business Technology Center. He is a successful writer and has written compendiums & Reports on issues like Women Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Water, Atmanirbhar Bharat(Self Reliant India) & Skill Development. He has done MBA from Fore School of Management.

Zach
Finkelstein

Class 5 Global

Zach
Finkelstein

Class 5 Global

Zach Finkelstein is a Managing Partner at Class 5 Global. He has a background as a VC investor and operator focused on emerging markets. Zach was previously the VP of Corporate Development at Careem where he oversaw several acquisitions, divestments, and fundraising. Zach also played a role in the launch of several new markets and business units. Prior to that, Zach was at Lumia Capital where he focused on Lumia’s emerging market portfolio including such investments as Careem, CargoX, and Shedul. Previously, Zach worked at Citigroup and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Zach earned a BA magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania where he was an editor of the Journal of International relations as well as a board member of the Wharton Undergraduate Finance Club.

Gaurav
Dhar

Marshal Equipment and Trading Co. LLC

Gaurav
Dhar

Marshal Equipment and Trading Co. LLC

Gaurav Dhar CEO Marshal. Board Member MENA Fintech Association. Gaurav Dhar Second Generation FinTech Entrepreneur. Tech Investor. Advisor. Mentor. Gaurav Dhar is the Manager of the Payments Solution Provider Marshal Equipment. Gaurav has been working at Marshal for over 13 years now, handling the day to day business, delivering solutions, building long-term partnerships and payment ecosystems. He personally leads the charge on innovation, with a view to the future of payments both locally and globally via his network and clients around the world which include VC’s, incubators, accelerators, and start-ups. Marshal Equipment has clients in over 18 countries, with all of its IP developed in-house, based out of Dubai for the last 37 years. The company looks to cater to, foster and work with FinTech solution innovators locally and globally. Linkedin Profile:www.linkedin.com/in/GauravDhar133

Philip
Bahoshy

MAGNiTT

Philip
Bahoshy

MAGNiTT

Philip Bahoshy is the founder and CEO of MAGNiTT, is the largest investment data platform for the MENA startup ecosystem, be investors, entrepreneurs and corporates. Raised in the UK with Iraqi origins, Philip obtained an MBA from INSEAD in 2013 and a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics. During his time in Dubai, Philip worked at Oliver Wyman in the Financial Services practice for three years, followed by nearly three years at Barclays Wealth working as Chief of Staff to the CEO advising on strategic initiatives. Philip has lived in the UAE for more than twelve years and is passionate about developing the MENA startup ecosystem.

Hasan
Haider

plus VC

Hasan
Haider

plus VC

Hasan Haider has over 10 years of experience investing in MENA startups. Hasan is the Founder and Managing Partner of +VC, an early stage venture capital firm focused on the MENA region. Hasan was previously Managing Partner, MENA at 500 Startups and led the firms growth in the MENA Region over the last 5 years, turning 500 Startups into the most active VC fund in the MENA region, raising and deploying the 500 Falcons fund, building partnerships and running programs in the region to help build the regional ecosystem. Hasan has invested in more than 180 startups in the region over the course of the last 10 years. Prior to 500, Hasan was the co-founder and CEO of Tenmou, the first business angel’s organization in Bahrain and one of the first in the MENA region. Hasan’s work in developing angel investment in emerging markets through Tenmou has been picked up as a case study by the World Bank and was taught to Entrepreneurship Policy makers at Babson College. Previously, Hasan’s career was in finance and investment banking at Sico where he spent a number of years.