The visionary behind S[k]aleUp Ventures & Vested Summit. She’s a serial entrepreneur, a young Egyptian investor, a Silicon Valley vettern 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



Finding a sense of balance in our "always-on culture" was tricky before the pandemic; now employers and employees find themselves at a breaking point with zoom fatigue, information overload, and remote work challenges. Unplugging is no longer a realistic option, as literally everything has moved online. It's time to explore new strategies for creating a realistic sense of balance. In this keynote, happiness expert Amy Blankson will present a new model for digital flourishing that helps individuals self-assess and strategize how to create a dynamic sense of balance in an otherwise unpredictable world.


FOUNDER @ Digital Wellness Institute

Audrey Tang is a Taiwanese free software programmer and Taiwan's Digital Minister, who has been described as one of the "ten greats of Taiwanese computing personalities



Engineer enrolled in the Professional Order of Perugia, an expert in BIM design and Health and Safety at Work and Environmental issues. He oversaw the design in BIM for pharmaceutical and XR Training procedures, both for the civil and architectural and MEPs parts. In 2016 he founded BIMaking Engineering, based in Perugia, Italy, specializing in BIM Management Systems and Training, in addition to Occupational Safety. Trained in the environmental sector, he has always been attentive to the aforementioned issues considering the integration of the ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, D.M. 81/08 and energy and sustainability management issues. Languages: Italian, English, French

Francesco Cappilli


Dr. Aref graduated from faculty of engineering Ain Shams university
in Cairo in 2002 with major in Electronics and communications. He
got his master’s from the same university in 2008 with major in
electronics. Between 2002 till 2008 he worked for a couple of
startups in Cairo, one of them SysDSOFT, which was acquired later by
Intel inc. in 2011.
In 2007 he joined Qimonda, the European memory chips provider in
in Munich, Germany. He was part of the team which is developing
next generation high speed graphics memories. In 2009 he joined the
technical university of Aachen as a research and teaching assistant.
He got his PhD with highest honors in 2015. He has more than 13
publications in renowned worldwide journals and technical
conferences. In 2015 he co-founded a startup company in Aachen in
Germany called Innsystec. With its own patented technology,
Innsystec was building a power efficient radio front-end modules for
5G massive-MIMO basestations

ahmed farouk

Senior designer, @ Apple.

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 & International Consultant

Margarita applies behavior design, wide-scale innovation, persuasive technology & the potential of technology to shift social behavior towards positive impact. She was the founding director of Astia, a tech incubator for women entrepreneurs where her portfolio companies raised $67 million in venture funding; venture partner for NewVista Capital, a seed fund focused on women and POC tech founders; Reuters Fellow at Stanford; Director of RI Labs for Ricoh Innovations; head, New Media at IDEO; Director for venture fund of funds Horsley Bridge Partners.

Margarita Quihuis

Executive Director @ peacex (Stanford's Peace Innovation Lab)

A seasoned Growth and Innovation Strategist helping organisations across industry sectors with Business and Cultural Transformation. Born in the UK, raised in the Middle East, and having lived and worked across Europe, LatAm and the US, his understanding of culture and its impact on business in a global marketplace stems from first hand experience. Adam received his MBA from IE Business School in Madrid and resides in Amsterdam.


Global Head of Strategy & Culture

Executive Chairman & CEO - Gemini Africa for Investment & Entrepreneurship - a Sawiris Owned Company. • Worldwide Project Management Consultant for 85 countries – Schlumberger International - USA. • Vice chairman, treasurer & Board member – Alfa Electronics Group, Al Mawwan technology, Clakett, Vestoss & Hekaytee, Banati foundation, Peace & Prosperity foundation. . Holding 2 masters degree from George Washington university & Ain Shams • Initiator & founder of Gemini Upfit flagship program in Egypt, Africa and the Middle East. • Initiator & founder of Gemini Uplift for Gouna Film Festival (Uplift4GFF), the first regional program of its kind to bridge between entrepreneurs and the entertainment industry. • International lecturer in project & risk management and entrepreneurship in Egypt, the Middle East, Europe and the Far East. • Adjunct faculty - Dubai school of government in cooperation with Harvard Kennedy school. . Motivational Speaker & lecturer . Speaker, judge & jury at several African, Arabic & International competitions and events. • Awarded the Oman navy forces trophy from the Omani Royal Navy. • Awarded the Schlumberger Worldwide Bronze Medal. • Awarded the shining armour by the Economic development and entrepreneurship association. • Awarded by Rotary Sheikh Zayed club.

adly thoma

Executive Chairman & CEO @ gemini africa

Results oriented & innovative executive with an impressive track record managing P&L, developing & leading business strategy and organization development capabilities. Track record in establishing & turning around businesses in FMCG, Consumer Electronics, IT & Telecom industries. History of success in developing robust marketing; direct & in-direct sales strategies that maximize profits and reduce cost. Successful deliverer of profitable growth, diversified knowledge of Corporate & Consumer markets. Strong leadership and communication skills; effective team builder.

Hossam Ezz

CEO @ Fawry

 Dan is the founder of Misu, an automatic mood tracker to help build awareness of how apps and websites impact your mood. Inspired by personal struggles with mental health, he set on a mission to address the root problems of the mental health crisis. He also does activism work to promote large products like Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram to reduce their harm to our well-being.

Dan Seider

Founder @ Misu

Cofounder @ Innovation Catalysts Institute


Cofounder @ Innovation Catalysts Institute

Live Your Passion – Creating Spaces for Greatness

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

I show you how!

Sandra Marya transformative advisory, business development, client services for individuals and business transformation. You get the essence from 15+ years experience in international business leadership & personal transformation.

Sandra Marya

FOUNDEr @ Guide n°1 in Leadership and Transformation

Mohab Anis is an Engineering Professor at the American University in Cairo, CEO at INNOVETY and Principal at IXL Center North Africa & Levant. Mohab loves helping companies build new business opportunities, and has consulted widely in the areas of innovation strategy. This includes auditing organizations’ innovation capabilities, intellectual property strategies, business planning, startup and SME operations to scale up, technology transfer, and go-to-market strategies. Mohab consulted 300+ businesses covering 10+ sectors in 15 countries mostly in MENA. He also spearheaded 20+ innovation and industrial strategies for 5 MENA governments.



Designer, Lecturer and Researcher, Sven-Anwar Bibi focusses on the interface between physical and digital within everyday life and various business contexts. During the past 10 years he consulted global organisations on how to create meaningful products and services within the context of digitisation and digital transformation. Sven-Anwar teaches within the context of design, strategy and user centred innovation.

Sven-Anwar Bibi

Principal Designer @ FUTURICE

Spiritually conscious, this Lightworker is awaken since 2017. Soul food is how I thrive, prayer and meditation is how I survive. Connected to higher realms of consciousness, I channel spirit messages and receive energy downloads which I use to deliver to collective and guide them in ascension process. I mostly connect with lightworkers, starseeds and twin flames. When not in 5D, I am social butterfly enjoying to meet people, create visual images, post stories, do journaling, experiment with sound & create from scratch as an intuitive energy reader. I believe we walk by faith not by sight. Love is my language, energy is my currency. I believe in many things, but foremost i believe in ONE Creator.

Zorana Berbatovic

Social media butterfly & lightworker

Liam is the co-founder and CMO of TimeDoctor.com, Staff.com and is a co-organizer of RunningRemote.com the largest conference on building remote teams. After working with remote employees for over 10 years, Liam works on furthering outsourcing and is passionate about how to gain insights into the inner workings of how people work. Liam has an undergraduate and graduate degree in Sociology from McGill University. He lives in Canada but travels 3-6 months out of the year due to his ability to work wherever and whenever he likes. He chooses a new place to travel a few times a year but usually spends time in Austin, Las Vegas and Ubud each year and loves to encourage others to work remotely on his travels. For more information on Liam you can visit his instagram to follow his travels @liamremote or youtube at youtube.com/runningremote, you can check out the projects he’s working on at Timedoctor.com, Staff.com and RunningRemote.com

Liam Martin

Co-Founder @ Running Remote - Time Doctor

Sherine Abdelbaki is a business professional in business advisory in entrepreneurship, sustainability and project management. She founded BEAUTY OF LIFE, a project for holistic personal well-being to help people find joy in everyday life by adding simple steps and incremental changes. She also organises ART ROUTES group art exhibitions to expose new talent to the art scene. Sherine serves as board member of a listed company in agri-chemicals as well as a Community Development NGO, and continues to mentor young startups. Previously worked as ILO Consultant; Adviser to Egypt’s Minister of Investment; Senior Economic and Trade Adviser to Netherlands Embassy in Cairo; Associate at Citibank, among others. Holds Master’s in Entrepreneurship from the UK, Diploma in Marketing Communications and Bachelor’s in Business Administration from The AUC. Enjoys painting, photography and travel.



Dr. Gino Yu received his BS and PhD at the University of California at Berkeley in 1987 and 1993 respectively. After receiving is PhD, he taught at the University of Southern California and worked to establish multimedia initiatives including the Integrated Media Systems Center. From 1995 to 1997, he taught at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he helped to establish the Center for Enhanced Learning Technologies. In 1999, he established the Multimedia Innovation Centre (http://www.mic.polyu.edu.hk) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), a leading edge think tank and research centre on digital entertainment. He is currently an Associate Professor and Director of Digital Entertainment and Game Development in the School of Design at PolyU where he oversees Mlab. His main area research interests involve the application of media technologies to cultivate creativity and promote enlightened consciousness.

Gino Yu

Director of Digital Entertainment & Game Development @ Hong Kong PolyU

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.



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.



Rasha is the head of Business Support and Entrepreneurship at the Technology Innovation and entrepreneurship Center (TIEC), ITIDA. Rasha has built extensive networks and assets in the global entrepreneurial marketplace. An entrepreneur herself is currently on board her company; AGTA packaging. Prior to her position in government, Rasha worked in the construction management as the regional manager of HartMannEgypt. Rasha joined TIEC at its inception, heading the Entrepreneurship department and developing business support programs for startups, SMEs and entrepreneurs in ICT such as the Accelerator program, Egypt Mobile Monday Chapter. Rasha was part of the team that compiled the ICT2020 strategy for Egypt in 2013. She was also part of the team that launched the first innovation portal for Egypt in Arabic, egyptinnovate.com. She is currently heading the policy advocacy program with a focus on policies for entrepreneurial education. Rasha runs uniquely designed policy hacking workshops where innovative policy solutions to entrepreneurship problems may be developed. Her design has won first place globally in 2017 by the Global Entrepreneurship Network. Rasha participates in local and international conferences as a speaker and trainer at various leading universities on entrepreneurship, developing entrepreneurial environments, business modeling and validation, and role of government. She works closely with international entities like the EIB, ALECSA, ANIMA, ESCWA, the UNDP and the CMI on entrepreneurship and innovation projects for the MENA and the EuroMED region. Rasha has worked with and consulted with various European commission projects as part of FP7 and H2020. Her consultancy work includes developing the MENA innovation index, developing KPIs for Technology Parks and developing innovation diagnostic tools for SMEs in these regions and entrepreneurship policy design Rasha loves to help other entrepreneurs, women and youth reach for the stars, regularly mentoring them. Rasha holds a Masters in Civil Engineering from Alexandria University, a Masters in Management of Technology from Nile University and a DBA in youth entrepreneurship in developing countries from the University of Switzerland.

Rasha Tantawy

head of entrepreneurship @ TIEC

Ahmed Alashwah is a lecturer at Stanford University and the cofounder of The Flourishing Lab and Self Inner Transformation (SIT). Since the early 90's he has consulted on processes of conflict resolution and youth deradicalization. After his latest technology company was acquired, he embarked on a decade of intensive research into contemplative studies, neuroscience and psycholinguistics. He now teaches Leadership, and flourishing communication throughout the world.

ahmed el-ashwah

lecturer @ Stanford University

A seasoned CTO, CISO, Advisor and International speaker, with experience in Blockchain, DeFi, Asset Tokenization, Cyber Security, AI, IoT, 5G, Cloud Computing, Disaster Recovery, Bigdata, & Managed Services. Jorge is professional advisor in several innovative startups using disruptive technologies with focus on generating business value and enabling sustainability. He created the powerful framework A6 of security: Assess, Assess, Apply, Administer, Awareness & Agility. Jorge is a regular speaker at international conferences. Author of Book “La Face Cachée du Crédit”


Founder & CTO @ DeFiX Finance

Shehab brings in 17 years of experience as a social entrepreneur, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator and Speaker focusing on Leadership, Strategic planning, Conflict Resolution, Negotiation, Dialogue and Public Speaking. He is the founder of RESOLVE consulting and Cofounder of AL-SHEHAB Co., AL-SONBOLAH Textile, Newstar Textile, and AGRICYCLE for agricultural waste energy. He is also a senior consulting partner at IMPACT consulting and Moharram & partners for government relations. His social activities include being a co-founder and a former board member of Nahdet El-Mahrousa, The leading NGO incubating social entrepreneurs and social ventures targeting economic and social development issues in Egypt. He is also the Founding Curator of the Global Shapers Community- Cairo Hub, launched by the World Economic Forum in 2011, gathering key young leaders on one platform to work together. He teaches Leadership, Conflict and Negotiation. He currently Lectures at the American University in Cairo, Business school – School of Executive Education. He previously taught at the Institute for Peace Studies, the Canadian International College and at the Modern Sciences and Arts University. He was invited as a guest speaker in various reputable universities and institutions including George Mason University, American University in Washington, Northern Virginia Mediation Services in USA, Doha institute for graduate studies and the Institute for Peace Studies in Alexandria and Vienna University. Shehab holds a Masters degree in International Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and a Diploma in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Erasmus University in the Netherlands.


Founder @ RESOLVE Consulting

Dr. Jeffery A. Martin is a founder of the Transformative Technology space, serial entrepreneur and social scientist who researches personal transformation and the states of greatest human well-being. He spent the last 10 years conducting the largest international study on persistent non-symbolic experience (PNSE), or as it’s publicly known Fundamental Wellbeing, which includes the types of consciousness commonly known as: persistent awakening, enlightenment, nonduality, the peace that passeth understanding, unitive experience, and hundreds of others. More recently, he has used this research to make systems available to help people obtain profound psychological benefits in a rapid, secular, reliable, and safe way.


founder of the Transformative Technology space

Born in 1980, he is enrolled in the Register of Architects of Perugia. He lived worldwide for 12 years between Europe, Africa and Latin America before coming back to Italy in 2017. He covered many roles, from Project Manager to COO, from Architect to Business Developer. He holds a Master in International and Cooperation Development, and another in Architecture. His focus and attention are in the Sustainability, Smart Cities and Artificial Intelligence, related to the Construction industries.

lorenzo pierini


I’ve been working as an IT project manager, IT and operational consultant for 10 years. My specialization includes design, maintenance and optimization of the software process architecture, process automation requirements, process implementation monitoring and control, internal and external consulting, and process trainings. I’ve spent seven years in the "Incom" company - largest Ukrainian IT integrator – and 3 year as an internal consultant in Luxoft – biggest Ukrainian ODC. From April 2015 I started to participate as a volunteer in the reforms, joining the team of Ministery of Economic Development and Trade. Their inspiring examples convinced me, that I should act the same. So, starting from November 14th I’ve joined the amazing team of Prozorro as a CEO.
During this exciting 3,5 years, I managed to totally re-create a state owned enterprise, establishing a sustainable IT company, which managed to complete an outstanding system migration from Amazon data storage into Ukrainian one. I also significantly develop a procurement ecosystem and complete several outstanding projects in Prozorro: establishing risk based monitoring in public procurement, piloting an e-shop for a small procurement to involve SME, etc.
Today Prozorro is a sustainable and efficient IT company which develops and supports all public procurement in Ukraine. Our approaches and features are well recognized and rewarded on a global scale.

Vasyl Zadvornyy


Mariam began her career in Investment Banking, advising mid- and large-cap companies in connection with restructuring, financing, M&A, and capital markets transactions. She co-founded and managed a family wellness center. She completed her Master's Degree in Public Administration and focused her thesis research on Social Enterprises in Egypt. In recent years, she has explored investment opportunities in Egypt's burgeoning startup scene, and currently manages AUC Angels, the first university-based angel investor network in the MENA region.



I create tools, technologies, and programs that enable people to understand their unique abilities and align them with what they do. I spent 21 years in India and 5 in Japan and Cambodia finding ways to weave traditional Eastern wisdom into solutions and systems that are socially, environmentally, and economically regenerative. I’m also the creator of the world’s largest Ayurvedic telemedicine center that has treated over 1.5M patients, over 8,000 daily.

Steven RudolpH

Founder-Director, Multiple Natures International

My purpose is to weave wellbeing, technology and science into new ground and practical possibilities for all of us. My mission is to empower humans to grow and expand by creating or curating new visions, opportunities, and tech enabled tools for all. I do this by investing in founders who build wellbeing tech through a global non-profit.


CEO & Founder of the Willow Group and the Executive Director and co-founder of the Transformative Technology Lab, Conference, and TT200 List

Doaa joined EY Dubai in 2019 with 10+ years background in Design Thinking, Product Design and Service Design. She attended two Master programs: Sustainable Development (Entrepreneurship concentration) at the American University in Cairo, and Product-Service System Design at Politecnico di Milano.

Having an experience in Design Thinking, Doaa led customer experience research and design in several engagements to support the development of customer-centric solutions. Now she was also part of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Innovation Fund team where she consults Startups of the Accelerator on creating an agile and customer-centric business.


Senior Consultant, Service Designer, in Business Transformation Consulting, ERNST YOUNG Dubai

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.


Managing Partner @ +VENTURES




Mohamed Okasha is the Managing partner of Disruptech Fintech-focused VC fund and Fawry’s co-Founder. With more than 25 years of experience in the corporate and retail sales, marketing and operations management of both IT and telecom Industries, Okasha co founded Fawry - the leading fintech company in Egypt - and took the company from inception till IPO and then to over 1B USD market cap.



Remote Work Advocate & the CEO at Remote-how - a platform powered by and for the community of leaders of distributed teams from 128 countries. Think of it as an online campus, where you get to meet and grow with top remote managers from all around the world.

Along with other fully-distributed companies like GitLab, Buffer, or InVision, Remote-how is at the forefront of the remote work revolution. It is the ultimate solution for remote education, recruitment, and international employment.

Iwo Szapar

Remote Work Advocate & CEO @ Remote-how

An entrepreneur who successfully Founded WeCodeForYou ltd UK, EU Dynamics Uganda, Avenue Industries Egypt, and Blocks fund Prague. Worked in Hewlett Packard Paris/Prague, Expedia, Socialbakers, and more

I have founded Blocks after working in the real estate industry for several years. Helping investors to find the right real estate opportunities according to their budgets and risk tolerance is a game that I have mastered.

I belong to an entrepreneurial family where everyone has his own business. I was so lucky to grow up around people who have been creating awesome things in different industries so I learned how to work in teams and drive creativity and innovation during the most complicated times.

ahmed EL-BARKY

CEO @ Blocks Investments

Since 2013 we have been working on developing practice management solutions for healthcare organizations through the use of latest technologies with a primary focus of enhancing the patient experience and process automation for all healthcare organizations including hospitals, medical centers and clinics. We were able to develop a full set of applications for managing clinics and outpatient clinics including reservation management, physicians’ schedules, electronic medical files, inventory management, billing and expenses management, quality surveys, patient CRMs, HR management, and more.

Samer Bahaa Eldin AlkholY

COO & Co-Founder @ CHIPS

Farrag is a digital media evangelist, founded his first company Mega Media in 1994 to become Egypt’s leading multimedia service provider. His work extended to cover innovative use of technology in advertising, communication and cultural heritage documentation. He has received numerous advertising and content awards. In 2013 he co-founded Fifth Dimension–5d, a merger of 5 companies working in complementing aspects of digital and marketing domains to become a one stop digital marketing agency. Being the creative and innovation director of 5d, he introduced augmented reality applications, game development, hologram projection and Virtual Reality as well as many innovative digital installations. In 2016 he co-founded 5dVR, a company specialized in creating VR/AR content and experiences.

Maged FarraG

Creative and Managing Director @ 5D VR

Leisa Peterson is a Sedona-based author, business growth strategist, money expert, mindset coach and podcaster. She is an internationally recognized authority on bridging the gap between financial freedom and human potential.

Leisa has a unique ability to draw from many fields of study to create a synthesis of knowledge that helps people understand scarcity and prosperity in profoundly affecting ways. She’s had the great fortune of witnessing 1,000’s of money breakthroughs and financial healings as a result of the process she explores in her book, The Mindful Millionaire.

Leisa Peterson

Author and Business Strategist @ WEALTH CLINIC

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 new media

A Certified Soft Skills Coach, Image Consultant, an Empath. I help people maximise their strengths, by working on their areas of improvement concerning Appearance, Behaviour, Communication, Digital presence and Emotional Intelligence, and enabling them for wholistic success in their careers, personal & social life.

Vidha Sharma

Personal Development Professional

Kyane is an investor at Lateral Capital, a $50m NYC-based fund deploying patient, long term oriented equity and debt capital across Africa. After failing at building two businesses, Kyane moved to the venture capital industry starting with AfricInvest in Tunisia, then Loftyinc Capital in Nigeria. Prior to joining Lateral Capital, Kyane was consulting for venture firms such as Acuity Ventures, MAVA Ventures and ZedCrest Ventures while actively angel investing across the MENA region and Sub-saharan Africa.

Kyane Kassiri

Investor at Lateral Capital

Jed Emerson is an internationally recognized leader in the field of impact investing and conscious capital. He advises leading family offices and investment firms regarding how best to deploy capital to generate financial returns together with multiple forms of environmental and social value creation. He has authored/co-authored eight books and numerous papers, having held faculty appointments at Harvard, Stanford and Oxford business schools.

Jed EmersoN

Founder @ Blended Value Group

Ben is a founder & investor with experience in multiple industries. He is currently leading Nexus, and an active angel in the sports/esports, fintech, and education space.


Founder & Angel Investor

Mohamed Asfour

co-founder @ Weelo

As the Manager for Programs and Partnerships in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Alicia develops strategy and programs that find, train and support entrepreneurs solving problems in the region.

Prior to joining Village Capital, Alicia worked with Ashoka in Istanbul, Turkey, where she resided for many years, as well as other non-profit organizations in Washington DC. She is especially passionate about the ability for businesses to foster positive social change, mitigate violence and protect the environment.

Alicia holds a MA in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Sabanci University and a BA in International Studies from Susquehanna University.

Alicia Sornson

Manager, Programs & Partnerships @ MENA Village Capital

founder @ salizon

abou el-so'oud

founder @ salizon



founder @ ZEST

A hands on senior executive and advisor in the areas of investment, financial services, regulation, and corporate governance. Chairman of a real estate investment advisory company, board member of a large commercial bank, a leading education services company in addition to a number of private equity investment, venture capital and asset management firms.




Mohamed al-fardan

Regional Executive, MENA @ Favro

MIT, Stanford and Harvard fellow. He is an investor and developer of new businesses with 20 years’ experience spanning across 32 countries in Africa gained through a number of successful tech start-ups. Eric is a leading pioneer of internet in Africa having worked in multiple countries building internet service providers (“ISP”) and ICT businesses. Some of his successful exits include iBurst in South Africa, One2Net in Uganda, BusyInternet in Ghana, etc. Eric also founded and ran the Africa ISP Association for eight years, during which the ISP industry grew by almost 120%.

Eric Osiakwan


With a background in financial inclusion and innovation for development, I work towards more inclusive economies where everybody (in particular women and girls) has the tools required to live a fulfilling and meaningful life. I challenge myself and those I work with to apply a gender lens to everything they do.

Renée Hunter

Inclusive Innovation Expert

Stefanie is an experienced Lead Service Designer and Business Innovator with a strong track record in Organisational & Project Design. She has worked for more than 15 years in several leading positions for multiple industries like Media & Publishing, Health Care, Automotive & Science. Her passion is to empower people co-creating a resilient future through Social Learning and Organisational Design.

Stefanie Quade

Lead Service Designer

Nick Naraghi is an optimistic futurist, long-time teacher and lifelong learner. At Team Machine, he is helping to invent the future of knowledge sharing. He has started two companies himself, helped in the early stages with five, and was formerly the CEO of IDEA, a Boston-based venture accelerator (ventures raised >180M). Nick regularly mentors first-time entrepreneurs on how to find alignment with personal passion and stay hyperfocused on the things that matter on day zero of a new company.

Nick Naraghi

Co-founder and COO of Team Machine




Amr is an innovation mixologist, passionate about ideas, people and businesses with
the potential to positively impact the world. His most recent post was with Unilever as
Global Innovation Director based in the UK and he has had an accomplished career
with over 20 years of experience in the FMCG industry with multinational companies.
He is a true global citizen with experience in developing and growing famous
international brand franchises like Dove, Axe, Clear, Lipton, Clorox and Dettol across
diverse markets like Egypt, GCC, Levant, India, Turkey, UK, USA, France and Russia,
many of which he has had an immersive working and living experience.



Karim started his career working for large multinational companies where he realized that his passion lies in serving communities. He left and joined the Hult Prize as COO, where he helped design and run some of the largest accelerator programs in the world. He then set his sights on the Middle East, where he launched Changelabs, to help impact centered entrepreneurs succeed. Karim holds a BA in History from Boston College and an M.B.A from NYU’s Stern School of Business



With over 25 years experience in product development, startup entrepreneurship and consulting, Gordon works with startup founders through the MBRIF accelerator program as Coaching Director and is also a Founders Institute mentor.
As a serial entrepreneur, he has been a Founder, Product Manager, Chief Architect and CTO. Gordon is on the Advisory board of several startups. His hands-on "roll up the sleeves" startup advisor approach calls upon his many successes and failures in supporting entrepreneurs on their path to growth.


Director in ERNEST & YOUNG Technology Consulting | Coaching Director in Mohammed bin Rashid Innovation Fund

Serial Entrepreneur (CEO at ThePlanet / Mintrics). Partner at UnTap. Angel Investor. Board Member at Safarni.


CEO at ThePlanet / Mintrics & Angel Investor

• Master of science in Digital currency and blockchain - University of Nicosia.
• +22 years of solid knowledge and experience in software engineering, information security and cryptography, associated with +5 years of experience in blockchain development.
• 2019 - Founded Pravica.io to solve a huge problem in terms of digital communication privacy and security.
• Keynote speaker in different blockchain events regionally and globally.

mohamed abdou

Founder & CEO at Pravica 

Ali Saleh is an advisor for the German government in Egypt with GIZ through its project Promotion of Access to Financial Services for Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs) in Egypt (PAFSME) to Improve access to finance for young enterprises (startups), the project supports the development of risk capital investors such as angel investors and venture capital firms, which offer young entrepreneurs an alternative way of mixed financial and mentoring support.

Ali Saleh

Head of Young Enterprise Finance @GIZ







I have been naturally involved in movement,dance,mind development
and martial arts since young age. Accident brought me closer to healers journey ,especially through qi gong, studying chinese medicine - exploring secrets about
natural universal laws and how mind works. I took various courses of healing and
self development and then further merge it into original hollistic techniques useful in
daily Iife. I currently focus on spreading
awareness and coaching about importance of connection body-mind and how it can awaken
true potential, health and heart as a guide on each one’s unique life journey.

zuzana Marcová

holistic coach & Tao instructor

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