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Walid El Gendy has started his career leading a technical support team with more than 20 members, and got the top ranked reward in Vodafone for consistently delivering high and solid results. He left the corporate life to chase his bigger dream as an entrepreneur. With more than 12 years of experience with startups founding and co-founding more than five startups he has gained a big network of connections and business development tools. His main passion is to cascade his knowledge and failures to other startups to make their life easier.

WALID EL-GENDY

Partner & Head of BD
at S[k]aleUp Ventures

A Digital Media Engineer & an Interdisciplinary Designer, Hala Gabr finds inspiration in a human’s state of ‘becoming’. Interests include concept, experience and system design aimed at developing projects in education, empowerment, behavioral change and tech. Recent work explores gender roles. With a curious eye, and an open heart, Hala is the experience designer and content curator of Vested Summit with a mission to bring more consciousness to the traditional tech story. Being ‘human’ is a miracle, honoring it is a mission of a conscious progressive becoming.

HALA GABR

Partner & VP
at S[k]aleUp Ventures

The visionary behind S[k]aleUp Ventures & Vested Summit. She’s a serial entrepreneur, a young Egyptian investor, a Silicon Valley vetteran globetrotter between San Francisco and Cairo who has a vision of building a more equitable, sustainable future for emerging world economies through exponential technologies by igniting the full power of its youth. She calls them “#conscioustechies” as she coined the term conscious tech. She founded Vested Summit - the world’s largest #conscioustech summit has now become a global sensation building bridges between worlds as it is hosted in Egypt and attended by tech influencers from over 25 countries and a community of over 50,000 #Conscioustechies globally. She’s also kick started the world’s largest #Conscioustech syndicate of $1B through her digital platform “Crowdwealth” harnessing the power of the crowd and their collective human consciousness in creating new wealth by doing good. Salma was previously the cofounder of PITME Labs accelerator focused on MENA based startups in Silicon Valley. She advised and supported more than 120 startups over the past 7 years who collectively raised $60M and are some of the leading MENA based startups today. Salma is a graduate of both the american university in cairo and hult international business school with degrees in Business & Computer Science and a lover of life and beauty <3

SALMA EL-HARIRY

Founder & CEO
at S[k]aleUp Ventures

Regional Vice President and Advisor to the Board at Y2X Life Sciences
Bahrain
Mohammed Ebrahim Al Fardan is #Bahraini national, #visionary, #innovative, #passionate, #persistent with #futuristic thinking, thinking through #principles & #values, Serial #Entrepreneur, and result oriented. He specialized in Computer Science, International #Business and #investments. Upon graduation he joined IBM, then Lexmark, #Microsoft and other top ICT multinational firms. Educated in #USA, #Canada and the #UK, attended many #professional trainings at Franklin Covey, IBM boarding college in UK, Arthur Andersen, Bachman in Boston and others. Native Arab, global expert, advisor and speaker in #ai #KnowledgeEconomy #Blockchain #FinTech and #digital #transformation . He is one of the early creators of the #ecosystem for #startups and #entrepreneurship in the Middle East region from 2007. created a platform to facilitate go to market for all international firms and startups to leverage on his experience saving them time, efforts and money. Hard worker and proactive, he created the concept design and study for the fully integrated #ICT #MENA hub in 2008, which he is still hoping to see the light.

MOHAMMED E. ALFARDAN

Executive VP & Managing Director, EMEA & North America at AirQueenGroup

Investment professional with experience in Investment Banking, advising mid- and large-cap companies in connection with restructuring, financing, M&A, and capital markets transactions.

Co-founded and managed FLOW Wellness Center, a mother-child wellness center dedicated to empowering mothers through offering a range of activities and workshops with an aim to stimulate physical, cognitive, and emotional development. The workshops offered cover a number of topics relating to family health, women’s wellness, and parenting.

Currently advise early-stage tech startups and manage an angel investor network.

MARIAM KAMEL

Manager, AUC Angels at AUC Venture Lab

Dr. Mohamed Sameh graduated from the University of Ain Shams in Cairo in 2002 before studying at the University of Perugia in Italy and the College of Europe in Belgium. He holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering and multiple post-graduate degrees in Economics, Finance, and Business Administration. Dr. Sameh is a former staff of the European Investment Bank, and a development aid practitioner for 15 years. He provided advisory services in Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Serbia and Montenegro. Dr. Sameh is also co-founder of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF) and is the secretary of ECRF-Europe. He has been engaged in the promotion of rule of law since 2008 and established extensive network within the European Parliament and the European Commission in Brussels. Dr. Sameh is fluent in Arabic, English, French and Italian and has fair command of Russian and Luxembourgish

MOHAMED SAMEH

Economist and International Consultant

Investment Officer at Cairo Angels
Cairo, Egypt

ABDELERAHMAN EDRIS

Investment Officer
at Cairo Angels

Emad is responsible for the overall management of CVentures. He has more than 20 years of experience in Banking, Finance and Private Equity.Prior to CVentures, Emad led Deal Structuring and Execution for CIB’s Direct Investment Group. During his 12-year tenure in Private Equity, Emad successfully completed more than 30 private equity transactions with combined valuations in excess of US$500 Million, and managed portfolios in a wide range of financial and non-financial industries including Leasing, Factoring, Mortgage, Investment Banking, Brokerage, Asset Management, Consumer Finance, Telecom, Retail, Power, Food and Textiles. Additionally, Emad has also represented CIB on a number of portfolio company Boards and Executive Committees throughout his career.Emad holds a BComm in Accounting from Cairo University, as well as an MBA from the Maastricht School of Management.Emad is a CVentures Board and Investment Committee Member.

EMAD FOAUD

Managing Director
at CVentures

Investor and developer of new businesses with 20 years’ experience spanning thirty two countries in Africa gained through a number of successful tech start-ups and organisations.

Specialties: Industry leadership, business innovation, investing in start-ups, mentoring entrepreneurs, business development, team formation, building businesses, community building, strategy development and project management.

ERIC OSIAKWAN

Managing Partner
at Chanzo Capital

Mona Rabie is a new civilization architect from Egypt/Canada and founder of Together/Ma3ba3d – a movement for planetary co-creation coming out of Egypt/Africa, Mother of Civilization. For the past 10 years, she has been co-developing and prototyping new processes and technologies to facilitate large-scale co-creation of breakthrough innovations and communities. She weaves together knowledge/expertise of social alchemy, bio-mimicry, quantum reality-creation, systems/simulation design, gamification, currency/economy/governance design, holographic technologies, ancient wisdom, and universal spirituality for holistic design of new civilization systems. She currently runs the ‘Together Temple’ based in Maadi, Cairo where she is hosting a co-creative community and Togethers’ first quest ‘Lotus Rising’.

MONA RABIE

Founder of Ma3ba3d/Together, New Civilization Architect

Zone of genius: Speaking, Teaching & Motivating.

Zone of expertise: User-Centered Research & Design

I LOVE research, especially 1:1 interviews and the powerful usability test. I can measure how users really feel about your product. Give me 5 days and I'll get you started on what features you actually need and what your users will love about them.

I also facilitate workshops on Empathy, User Experience and Mindfulness & Self-Compassion. My strength is helping teams first connect with themselves then with each other. For more information and to schedule a call

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My passion is people. My hobby is people and my work is people.

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SHERIN WAFAAI

Public Speaker: Connection & Compassion | UX Researcher, PDEng

Alex started his career building high performance financial software at Goldman Sachs, subsequently transitioning into evaluation and research of blockchain technology in 2016, when he helped found CoinFund and remained there for four years as a partner. In 2019, Alex decided to invest in impact and other non-financial uses of blockchain technology, as well as expand into other frontier innovations, such as AI. Currently, Alex is a GP at A100x, an AngelList rolling fund deploying capital into technology companies outside of cryptofinance ecosystems.

ALEKSANDER BULKIN

General Partner
at A100X

Tech investor, startups builder and history geek - you learn, you grow.

WALID MANSOUR

Founder and CEO at Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)

Principal at El-Shawarby, Attorneys-at-Law
Egypt

LOAY EL SHAWARBY

Principal at El-Shawarby, Attorneys-at-Law

Aboudi is an investment associate at DASH Ventures who has experience investing in early-stage startups in MENA, Canada, the U.K, and the U.S. He studied entrepreneurship at Babson College.

ABOUDI EL QATTAN

Investment Associate
at DASH VENTURES

As an entrepreneur and business builder. Prior to joining Sawari Ventures as a Principal; I co-founded startups and worked closely with entrepreneurs in several different countries across 8 industries.

I started his career working at the forefront of policy making with one of the world’s most influential business designers at The Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity; working to redesign economic, innovation and entrepreneurship policies. I later joined global innovation strategy and design firm Fahrenheit 212 as a Senior Innovation Consultant. In 2016 I joined A15 to lead its investments and the venture development of portfolio companies including PayMob, Mumm and Shezlong as well as managing the exit of TPAY.

TAMER AZER

Partner
at shorooq partners

A lawyer who chose to become an entrepreneur. Passions are: improving life with technology humanely, AI, special effects, littérature and video games.

PIERRE MOISAN

Senior advisor
at CEIM

Bridging the gap between technology, product, and business.
Specialties: Internet Infrastructure/Systems Architecture,
Internet Scale Systems,
Virtualization Technology,
Distributed Systems,
Super Large Data Warehousing Systems,
Advanced Analytics and Data Mining,
Search (as in Web Search),
Application layer protocol design

AMR AWADALLAH

Founder/ex-CTO Cloudera, ex-VP Google Cloud & Yahoo

Alicia Identify and recruit high-potential companies to participate in geographically and sector-specific business development and investment programs. Conduct initial screening and due diligence on companies, provided investment recommendations. Evaluate and provide recommendations on investment trends in relevant markets and sectors. Plan and implement business development programs to support early-stage entrepreneurs. Engage a community of sector experts, investors, and strategic partners to support the participating ventures.

ALICIA SORNSON

Manager, Programs and Partnerships - MENA at Village Capital

Darren Wolfberg is a seasoned technology and finance professional having managed multiple institutional business lines a large multinational bank. In this capacity, Darren has been featured on Bloomberg, CNBC and Fox news, and internationally through various news venues in Canada, Australia and Japan. Darren combines this finance experience with startup experience founding and mentoring companies. Darren also has product development and corporate venture capital background at Sony. Darren has a BFA from the University of Michigan, an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and is also known for innovative form of art seen on Bubbleart.io.

DARREN WOLFBERG

CEO
at BCTriangle

Liudmyla received a bachelor degree in
social pedagogy from the Ukrainian Catholic
University, a masters degree in social work from the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and social sciences at the Pontifical University. T. Aquinas.
Liudmyla is leading the fundraising direction of Promprylad and is responsible for the implementation of the Social Impact Function of the project. Also, Liudmyla is coordinating the cooperation with the strategic partners.
For the past 6 years, Liudmyla has been working at Lviv Business School of Ukrainian Catholic University as an Academic Director, head of partnership and development projects and fundraisers.
Also, Liudmyla is a co-founder of Hair for share initiative.

Luda Kryzhanovska

Head of fundraising and impact investment at Promprylad.Renovation

India's first TEDx speaker on Mindfulness, World’s leading Mindfulness and EI expert, possessing over 25 years of leadership experience with a focus on Emotional Intelligence and Neuroscience.

Helping leaders in fostering wisdom through Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence and Neuroscience. Founder of Mindful Science Centre and Mindfulness India Summit.

Trains mindfulness experts and teachers in delivering Mindful leadership and effective decision making programmes across organisations and individuals.

MANISH BEHL

Founder - Mindful Science Centre & TEDx Speaker,

Ms. Ibrahim is a consulting director with extensive experience in designing and implementing legal and regulatory reform projects and currently provides technical advice to multilateral organizations on justice reform, digital transformation, business environment, Women Business and the Law, and commercial mediation. She sits as mediator and delivers various mediation training modalities, with publications in the topic. Her work draws on her previous experience as a Senior Private Sector Specialist with the World Bank Group and a lawyer in two leading law firms in Egypt.

FATMA IBRAHIM

Consulting Director

Sherine Abdelbaki is a business professional with over 20 years experience in business development advisory, project management. She recently founded Beauty of Life a holistic well-being platform and Art Routes for exhibitions and is board member of a trading company and a community development NGO.

Previously worked as ILO Consultant; Adviser to Egypt's Minister of
Investment; Senior Economic & Trade Adviser to Netherlands Embassy in Cairo; Associate at Citibank. Holds Master's in
Entrepreneurship, Diploma in Marketing Communications, Bachelor's in Business Administration. Enjoys travel,
photography and painting.

SHERNE ABDELBAKI

Founder Beauty of Life & Art Routes

I left Egypt in 2010 and I traveled to France for my studies. Since 2010 I did my Master Degree in Cross Cultural Marketing, Worked in HP, Started Digital Real Estate Shares Market Place and Now I’m Cofounder in WeCodeForYou Ltd which started 2+ Years ago and we are happy to open our Cairo branch since July 2021. I’m currently in between Prague and Cairo and I’m loving the journey.

Ahmed El Barky

Co-Founder Wecodeforyou Ltd

A telecome engineer by day and a film buff by night, with a passion in creating creative content for digital media platforms.

Mostafa El-Katatny

Communication and Computer Engineer

CEO of Invest in AM business platform, Economist at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Advisory Board Member at Helvetas Swiss Development Agency, Lecturer at the American University in Armenia

Hovsep Patvakanyan

CEO of Invest in AM

Shady is currently the CEO and Co-founder of an eCommerce startup Opio. He is an Executive Master of Business Administration holder from the American university in Cairo. He holds various certifications from leading business schools around the world. Shady joined his family’s business in 2005, and co-founded 6 companies along the past 10 years. Building on his experience in managing and growing family businesses and entrepreneurship he became an ICF certified coach and a member in intellect coaches to provide coaching, mentorship to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Shady Mokhtar

Cofounder and CEO at opio

Mr. Khalil El Bawab joined MC in November 2018 to spearhead the company transformation to a full-fledged investment bank.
He is currently the CEO & Managing Director of Misr Capital (MC); the Investment Banking arm of Banque Misr, the Second Largest bank in Egypt and the Chairman of Misr Capital Fixed Income Brokerage and a non-executive board member in BM Lease, Misr Digital Transformation.
Mr. Khalil El Bawab enjoys extensive experience of more than 22 years and massive network with the Banking and Investment banking industries.
MC currently have a footprint and active operations in AM; which became the largest AM in Egypt with AUMs surpassing EGP 25 Bln from just EGP 1.2 Bln before he joined, Private Equity, Fixed Income Brokerage, and Investment Banking activities.
Mr. El Bawab headed the Fixed Income Division at EFG-Hermes AM. He was the Managing Director of Hermes Fund Management and a key member of the Investment Committee overseeing the Fixed Income Investment Team. He spent more than 11 years at EFG Hermes.
During his reign at EFG-Hermes, the AUMs of the Fixed Income mandates grew more than seven folds reaching EGP 18bn (it was EGP 10bn when he left).
Since joining the firm in 2007, EFG Hermes AM has consistently outperformed market peers in the Egyptian market and has received several awards and distinctions from major local and international prominent institutions.
Prior to joining EFG-Hermes AM in May 2007; Mr. El Bawab held the position of the Assistant Chief Dealer at Arab Bank plc's Treasury & Capital Markets Department; where he worked since 1998 and was one of the leading primary dealers since its introduction in Egypt.
Mr. El Bawab is a CPM and pursued his MBA in Banking and Finance from Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands in 2008 with distinction and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration; Finance Concentration with high honors from the American University in Cairo in 1998.

Khalil El Bawab

CEO & Managing Director at misr capital

Timmy Mowafi is a British born Egyptian entrepreneur, writer, producer and co-founder of MO4 Network, a leading Middle Eastern creative agency and media network which includes CairoScene, CairoZoom, SceneNoise, SceneEats, ElFasla, StartUpScene, SceneTraveller and SceneHome.

In 2021 Mowafi founded NFTY Arabia a marketplace dedicated to empowering creatives across the region to showcase and sell their art as NFTs.

Timmy Mowafi

Founder NFTY Arabia

Rami is founder and chief futurist & disruptor at Abnewnormal AI Venture Studio, and Professor of Practice at the School of Social and Basic Sciences at ‎Al Hussein Technical University (HTU). Before joining HTU as faculty member and founding his venture studio he was the senior vice president and group chief innovation officer at Jordan Ahli Bank, and founding CEO of “Ahli FinTech” where he co-founded the 1st Bank fully owned financial technologies company and fintech accelerator in the middle east. Making him the first person to be approved by the central bank of Jordan for a c-level chief innovation officer role in a bank in Jordan.

Rami is a proud geek futurist, author, executive coach and advisor, sought-after speaker, strategist, investor, and executive. He travels extensively, addressing various topics, including breakthrough technologies, cross-industry innovation, and lean exponential business models.

Rami is a TEDx Speaker, and Innovation X speaker at NASA's cross-industry innovation summit, a mentor at 500 Startups, Unreasonable Future, and Startupbootcamp fintech, chairman at Arcoten, Octonius.com, member of the board at Al Raed Arabi School, and member of the advisory board of Think Barter Network, Fintech Galaxy, Roybi AI-Powered Robots, and WAKE International in San Francisco.

Rami founded his 1st startup at the age of 19, he holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Jordan, and completed the Venture Capital Executive Program at HAAS UC Berkeley, and "The Leading for the future", and "The Leading, Organizing for Action" Executive Programs at Harvard Kennedy School, and the Senior Executive Education Program at UC San Diego. Rami is a passionate advocate of the Lean Startup movement and is a regular judge, mentor & keynote speaker at the region's main innovation, entrepreneurship & technology events. He designed and produced several events and interventions in this space, including the THINKLEAN speaker series, LeanStartupProgram, BackToStartupBasics, and his popular innovation/futurist talks titled: The future of banking and banks, The future of telecom, The future of retail, The future of corporates, The Future of ....

Rami AlKarmi

Chief Disruptor @ AbNewNormal AI Venture Studio & Professor of Practice @ HTU

ElGameya is a Collaborative Lending and Saving solution based on the ROSCA Model. The app has an integrated marketplace avails BNPL in the format of Consumer Durable ROSCA with offers and exclusive discounts.

Ahmed Mahmoud Abdeen

Founder and CEO AT EL GAMEYA

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Tarek A. Elkady

Founder & Chairman at med angels

Tatiana is Senior Account Executive at Snapchat. She has 8 years of working in digital advertising industry. In her spare time she is exploring creative projects, investments and non-profit.

Tatiana Serganova

Senior Account Executive AT SNAP CHAT

Chris Georgen is co-founder and Chief Architect at Topl. Founded in 2017, Topl is building an impact technology economy that enables digital and sustainable transformation across value chains and empowers the monetization of impact verified on the Topl Blockchain. Chris works to make blockchain accessible across both Topl's product offering and in his frequent writings on the topic. He has given invited talks in more than a dozen countries and at the UN. Before starting Topl, he obtained degrees in Mathematics, Chemical Physics, and Philosophy from Rice University. During his time at university, Chris performed research resulting in 3 co-authored papers focused on emergent phenomena in complex systems.

Chris Georgen

Co-founder and Chief Architect AT TOPL.CO

Aaron leads growth at emerging market inclusive tech focused Catalyst Fund, is a general partner in Africa focused founder backed pre-seed fund Sherpa Ventures. He also co-founded Venture for Africa, a fellowship for talent on the continent and beyond to gain experience and build careers with early stage African startups.

His energy comes from building, scaling and investing in technology products in corporate and startup environments. He has co-founded both B2B & B2C businesses, in Africa - he has led seed stage equity investments in 30+ startups, driven the exit of 3 startups in Africa, he also sits on the board of of startups ranging from AgriTech to Transport and has worked with 100s more through partners like Visa, MTN, Airbus, Société Générale and the World Bank.

Prior to the Catalyst Fund, he was the Managing Director of MEST, Africa’s Largest Pre-Seed Incubator, and Managing Partner for Africa at Nest.vc, a Hong Kong based venture fund, which he joined after a career in financial services.

Aaron Fu

Investor at Catalyst Fund and Sherpa Ventures

Amber is a writer, researcher & creative producer with a background in cultural sociology. Amber loves to explore, listen and open her own and other people’s eyes to new ways of thinking, seeing and doing. She does so in projects such as VALUE magazine and 'Universum van de Waanzin.'

AMBER BLOOS

Editor VALUE Magazine

Melodie Michel is a journalist and globetrotter who never stops looking for new ways to have positive impacts on the world. She is one of the main editors of VALUE Magazine, a publication exploring avenues for a more sustainable and inclusive economy.

Melodie Michel

Editor AT company new heroes

Dr. Joel Palathinkal is a seasoned investor and entrepreneur affiliated with a global network of Single Family Offices, High Net Worth Investors, Endowments, and Venture Capitalists. He's the CEO of Sutton Capital and an LP / Mentor to emerging investment managers. Sutton Capital invests in opportunities focused on Fintech, Real Estate, B2B SaaS, Deep Tech, Space Exploration, Impact Investing, Cleantech, & Climate Change. Early in Joel’s career, he ran technology product innovation in Fintech, Artificial Intelligence, & for the Dept. of Defense. He completed his Ph.D in Modeling & Simulation while he was building flight simulators for the Defense Industry.

Dr Joel Palathinkal

CEO at Sutton Capital

Dr. Zorica Brankovic is a Research Professor and Director of the Center of Excellence for Green Technologies at the Institute for Multidisciplinary Research-University of Belgrade, Serbia. She is also co-founder and R&D Director at the B-Fresh Technologies ltd. She was visiting scientist in USA, Brazil, and Slovenia.
Zorica Brankovic was PI of many national and international scientific projects. She is author/co-author of more than 80 scientific papers published in international peer-reviewed journals and a reviewer for many journals publishing papers in materials science field.

Zorica Brankovic

R&D Director at B-Fresh Technologies Ltd. and Research Professor at University of Belgrade-Institute for Multidisciplinary Research

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.

Hasan Haider

Managing Partner at +Ventures

I am passionate about innovation, agriculture, foodtech, interesting people and creative thinking.

During my 25 years of experience in marketing and bizdev, I've worked as a mentor, consultant, manager, and entrepreneur, utilizing intuition, heart and mind, driving businesses and startups to reach their goals and success. Additionally, I have had amazing opportunities to foster gender equality and women empowerment, diversity of all kinds, and sustainability throughout the ecosystem.

As a co-founder of DANA Accelerator, I bring my passion, experience, and knowledge to this incredible project that provides opportunities to women throughout the MENA region, and fosters an innovation ecosystem that puts sustainability and diversity at the forefront.

Last (but most important of all), I'm a mother of 4 amazing kids. So in my few minutes of free time I enjoy being present and enjoying the moment:)

Shirley Shahar

Co founder at Dana Global

Founder and CEO of Next Decentrum, Creative Director of Crypto Pharaohs. He speaks and writes about web3, blockchain, and NFTs, and advises several startups including Ami Pro, Mobile Art School, and Traction Health.

Hussein Hallak

Founder & CEO at Next Decentrum

Lola is an Investment Associate at VentureSouq, a Venture Capital firm focused on global early-stage technology businesses based in Dubai. She focuses on global early-stage startups in the fields of FinTech, HealthTech, FoodTech and ClimateTech. She is also part of the team organising the pan-regional Conscious Investment Fellowship. Prior to this Lola completed internships in a variety of industries including investment banking, consulting, foundations and social enterprises. Lola holds a B.A. in Economics and Finance from New York University Abu Dhabi.

Lola Fernandez Flores

Investment Associate at venture souq

Tarek is a skilled company builder and team leader with a breadth of experience strengthening the relationships between investors, start-ups, and the business community. He is an entrepreneurial leader with the ability to manage a portfolio of companies and offer business and investment strategies to technology founders. 

tarek fouad

Head of Growth at Shorooq Partners

Hossam Ali is the co-founder and CEO of Fatura. Fatura is a digital B2B trade & financing platform that brings together retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers as well as financing entities. In less than 18 months since inception, Fatura has managed to acquire more than 60,000 FMCG retailers and 1,000 suppliers covering 22 governorates across Egypt. Fatura aims to become the Alibaba of the Middle East and Africa. Prior to Fatura, Hossam worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, the global consulting powerhouse, where he advised senior private and public sector clients across the region.

Hossam Ali

CEO AT FATURA B2B

Timmy Mowafi is a British born Egyptian entrepreneur, writer, producer and co-founder of MO4 Network, a leading Middle Eastern creative agency and media network which includes CairoScene, CairoZoom, SceneNoise, SceneEats, ElFasla, StartUpScene, SceneTraveller and SceneHome.

In 2021 Mowafi founded NFTY Arabia a marketplace dedicated to empowering creatives across the region to showcase and sell their art as NFTs.

Timmy Mowafi

Founder AT NFTY Arabia

A seasoned corporate finance professional turned entrepreneur. Siddiq has over 12 years of professional experience working in a variety of sectors mainly in Big 4. He is a CA and CFA charter holder. Siddiq is passionate about executing on big ideas. Siddiq founded Smart Crowd, MENA’s first regulated digital real estate platform in an attempt to make real estate accessible to the masses.

Siddiq Farid

Director / Founder AT SMART CROWD

A statistician with over a decade of experience in modelling risk in financial services. Now, a climate tech founder with a mission to change climate risk modelling beyond financial sector.

Kamil Kluza

CPO/Co-Founder AT CLIMATE X

I am a team member of NOVU AI in Germany. We are researching and developing AI tools to support Radiologists detect cancer faster and more efficient.

Before NOVU I have been working in the healthcare sector and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETHZ).

Dr. Sherief Emam

Founder & CEO AT NOVU AI

Associate at Oryx Impact, a fund focused on impact investing in Africa within the areas of economic development and job creation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and female empowerment. Previously Social Consultant for NGOs in East Africa, consulting them on improving their SOPs and become more self-sustainable, and Business Development Manager for the IT and Biotech industries in Germany and Taiwan. Timothy holds an MBA from Esade and a BSc in Information System from TU Munich. Born in Germany, grew up in Argentina and having worked and/or studied across five continents, Timothy is a multicultural, multilingual and global citizen.

Timothy Llewellyn-Davies

aSSOCIATE AT ORYX IMPACT

Jacques is the Founder & CEO of Axis Pay, an Egyptian fintech working on increasing access to financial inclusion by building digital products to help increase accessibility to payments, money transfers, savings, and credit. Prior to founding Axis Pay, Jacques co-founded Raseedy - Egypt's first independent mobile wallet.

Jacques Marco

Founder & CEO at axis app

Sahar Gamal:
A seeker on her path to discover self and god’s presence in all essence of life. She is a certified Sound Therapist, Reiki Practitioner, Vedic Astrologer and Hatha Yoga Teacher. She has an experience in teaching Yoga, guiding Meditation, leading and organizing sacred Shamanic Cacao & Blue Lotus Healing Ceremonies and Women healing circles. She offers individual and group sessions. She is currently studying Akashic records and Numerology.

Sahar Gamal

Sound Therapist, Yoga Teacher & Holistic Healer

I help YOU break your chains that are holding you from BEING 🔥FIRE🔥Free.Independent.Radiant.Empowered Through; Rewiring the brain, into breaking the chains, and building new habits so you Transform Mind. Body. Soul connection

Zina Fayyad

The F.I.R.E Mentor

Engineer Akmal El-Tobgy

Specializes in Bioenergetics, the science and study of The electromagnetic and Energetic systems and it’s influence on health and wellness living.

20 years in Canada graduated Medical Engineering and Masters in Transpersonal Psychology.

18 Years in Asia, between China and Thailand Studied Traditional Chinese Medicine and Developing Wellness centres and Ecco-wellness Resorts.

Founder and CEO, Light Mandalas, Wellness Technology R&D and manufacturing company in Thailand and Mandala Group company Developing Bennu Wellness Centres Brand in Egypt

Akmal Tobgy

CEO AT LIGHT MANDALAS

Youssri is an entrepreneur and investor who has successfully founded, operated, and exited several startups globally. He has over 30 years of experience in engineering, product management, marketing, and business development in a wide range of technologies. Before Si-Ware, Youssri founded ITWorx in 1994 with Wael Amin, where they incubated and spun off LaserStorm (MBO), FileWay (exited), Otlob.com (sold to Orascom), and NetCelera/SwanLabs (sold to F5). After exiting ITWorx in 2007, he cofounded IdealRatings, Roboworx, and Eonite Perception (sold to Intel).Youssri earned his Bachelor of Science degree in electronics and telecommunications engineering from Cairo University. He is an active member of the technology community in Egypt and in Silicon Valley where he resides with his family.

Youssri Helmy

Chief Executive Officer At is-ware

Dirk Kunze holds a Master’s degree in political science from the Free University Berlin, Germany. He worked many years for the German Bundestag (Parliament) in Bonn and subsequently in Berlin. He also researched on and at parliaments worldwide and published on parliamentary traditions. From 2009 to 2012 he was seconded by the Parliamentary Group of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) to Brussels, Belgium to liaise with the European Union. From 2012 to 2019 he lived and worked in Cairo, Egypt and Beirut, Lebanon where he reviewed and communicated on current political developments in the MENA region. Since 2019 he heads the FNF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in Amman, Jordan.

Dirk Kunze

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