MESA Mentors 


Abdul Mateen


Technical Director / Data Architect at Incorta Inc., designing advance data analytics solutions using the big data. Worked previously with Oracle as Principal Performance Engineer and other startups.



Lebanese and Palestinian, born and raised in Kuwait, Greece, and lebanon. Most cherished accomplishment is being the father of a 1 year old boy Ziad. (Call me Abu Ziad), Professionally, ex-Googler (11 years), ex-Congress (Senator Hilary Clinton), ex-researcher, teacher for Stanford, Stanford Alum. Vocationally, On the board of MEET- Middle East Entrepeneurs of Tomorrow, which also works to try to build future leaders that can lead to peace, mentors numerous people, angel investor and LP in several VC's.


Area9 Group

Dr. Khurram Jamil is President of Strategic Initiatives where he focuses on regional expansions, joint-ventures and partnerships, as well as oversees projects for all levels of education and training. Dr. Jamil’s entrepreneurial experience extends over 20 years. He has successfully led dozens of teams comprising of medical professionals and educational scientists, spearheaded large development and partnership efforts, and managed multi-million-dollar educational software development projects. After earning his medical degree at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark in 2002, Dr. Jamil chose to advance health care outside the clinical arena through the development of novel educational simulators at Laerdal Medical. These simulators were used in the U.S. Department of Defense for Combat Medic Training. Following this, revolutionary screen-based simulators were created for the American Heart Association (HeartCode ACLS & PALS) used by millions of providers. He co-founded Area9 in 2006 to evolve and expand these concepts beyond health care, while partnering with McGraw-Hill Education to deploy adaptive learning technology. Since then, more than 20 million students have used LearnSmart & SmartBook (property of McGraw-Hill Education – acquired in 2014). Dr. Jamil is a cultural bridge builder and is involved with various cultural & art organizations to support building creative and reflective societies. He is a board member at the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center for the Boston Public Library – a center than develops programs to inspire curiosity and learning among people of all ages by using cartographic materials to illuminate history, geography, world cultures, science, and contemporary issues. He is a member of the Guggenheim Museum’s Middle Eastern Art Circle and a board member of American Friends of SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark. He also recently joined the Education Council of the Center for Global Education (CGE) at Asia Society.



Strategy and Operations Manager on the In-Home Accessibility team focused on inclusion and belonging of hosts and guests with physical disabilities.



I'm an entrepreneur in the Leisure & Travel industry. I'm skilled in Hospitality & Tourism, Sales & Marketing, Revenue Management and I'm Multilingual. Every time I travel, I come back a new and improved version of myself. Travel taught me to be more flexible and to roll with the punches. I'm currently building Bondai to make group travel as easy as possible - so that more trips take place - more people become open-minded, curious and resilient - so that the world gets along a little better.


Sparkwork Software, Inc.

Co-Founder & CEO of Sparkwork Software, Inc. Former CEO of TimePlan Software & PM-International. Passionate about digital workplace design, employee experiene and change management. Raising seed round for Sparkwork.


Arteris IP

Dr. Khaled Labib is a hands-on executive, with a broad-based background in the engineering industry where he led large global teams to successfully plan, implement and productize chip designs using state-of-the-art methodologies and flows targeting markets such as SSD storage, CMOS image sensors, network security appliances, printers, set-top boxes and gaming consoles. Now VP Engineering @ Arteris



Ahmed is a Sr. Staff Program Manager with 12+ years of experience in engineering, marketing, and program management. He lectured in 25+ countries across the 6 continents, and he leads the data analytics products to predict defective patterns in IC chips at GlobalFoundries, CA. He’s a photographer, Aikido trainer, and diabetes advocate (working on a side project to empower children with diabetes)



Salma Zahr is the Regional Senior Portfolio Strategist at UBS based in San Francisco with 15+ years of investment, strategy and sales experience in the financial services industry from McKinsey & Co, Goldman Sachs, and Credit Suisse in New York and Dubai. She holds a BS in Computational Economics from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.


Dell Technologies

- VP of Sales Strategy at Dell Technologies Select, representing Dell Inc, VMware, Pivotal, RSA, Boomi, & SecureWorks and delivering transformation outcomes for the most complex customers in the world - Sr Director of Corporate Strategy for Dell, focused on GTM, Operational Excellence, & Product Strategy - OC&C Strategy Consultants, focused on Media, Information, Tech - Harvard graduate


Stanford University

I am currently a second-year MS&E student, working with Stanford AMENDS and the Social Impact team of BASES to bring together young entrepreneurial leaders in the MENA region. Having spent the last few summers in South and East Africa, I also hope to continue working with medium-sized businesses in emerging markets to build ethical and efficient business practices within these regions.



PhD 1999, Stanford EE. Director & Distinguished Engineer Cisco Systems, LSI/Avago Corporation, Huawei Technologies. Supported design & development of networking PHYs, and provided applications support, and test & characterization; managed teams across North America & Asia. Presently in early stage of exploring entreprenerial possibilities around the IoT, connected vehicle, and cloud services technologies.



As the Global Director of Energy and Sustainability - employed by the world’s largest Real Estate Services firm - on the Cisco account, Salah leads a high performing team of energy professionals to support Cisco vision towards sustainability goals. Salah’s provides technical leadership through the promotion of best practices and innovative solutions to enhance the energy performance of building services. He is responsible of developing energy efficiency projects and identify cost savings opportunities across the various cisco business theatres to allow the build environment to use energy more efficiently and intelligently.


Salusive Health

Waleed is the Co-Founder and CEO of Salusive Health, a 500 Startups Batch 23 Company. Salusive is a tech-enabled services platform that helps doctors at Sutter Health and other Bay Area Health Networks look after the health of their patients between visits. Prior to Salusive, Waleed won multiple sales awards over his 10+ years selling to hospitals and medical groups at Cisco Systems and Siemens Healthcare.



Software engineer.



UX Research | Social Impact | Airbnb


Sofia University




Mesmer Inc



Systems Architect. Data Scientist. Optimization Specialist. Most effective when deployed in high-paced, ambiguous, cross-disciplinary R&D environments. Most passionate about solving problems that are data heavy in nature.


Vitol Group

Innovative and forward thinking corporate tax consultant eager to learn, develop, restructure, and ultimately enhance current tax and accounting systems.


Innovation Saskatchewan


LyveBee, Inc.

I'm a product leader, advisor, university lecturer, consultant and coach specialized in innovation. My unique innovation framework seamlessly weaves together design thinking, jobs-to-be-done and Lean Startup practices into a practical and effective customer-centered methodology. I've had the pleasure of teaching and coaching hundreds of product teams, leaders, designers, and MBA students, who adopted and successfully applied the methodology. My passion is to enable individuals, teams and organizations to solve big, important problems. I'm driven by empowering others to do great things and leave a positive mark in the world.





Aly is an Egyptian citizen who obtained his Bachelor's of Electronic Engineering from Aston University in Birmingham, UK and started his career as a telecoms engineer with Research In Motion (BlackBerry) based out of the European Headquarters in London. Aly moved back to Egypt in 2012 to join the founding team at KarmSolar, as COO then Director of Business Development. In 2015 Aly moved to the Bay Area to obtain his MBA from the Stanford GSB. During his time at Stanford, Aly was immersed in the BioDesign Innovation Program, which triggered his interest in outpatient remote monitoring platforms, a passion that eventually lead to the founding of CloudCath. 18 months, later CloudCath is a team of 8 based in San Francisco with a clinically validated technology revolutionizing infectious disease out patient remote monitoring & data driven care



I have spent 26 years as a student of technology and leadership. During this journey I have gone from being a TCP/IP engineer to leading startup/global functional roles to subsidiary GM leadership. These experiences are spread across emerging and developed markets and engineering and business teams. I have thus become a business builder, digital enthusiast and passionate storyteller. I have squeezed clarity from chaos, painted visions and inspired/coached great teams. Successes include People Leadership – Managed global direct and indirect teams upto 1000 people, Culture builder/carrier Innovation – Founder (Microsoft Systems Management Server, Microsoft Speech Server, Norton 360, Phone Services Suite, Strategy Formulation – Speech Server was envisioned to combine voice and data silo for enterprises, Norton 360 included data backup in expanded security definition, eBay India focused on white spaces like refurbished, grey market goods ignored by Amazon and Flipkart Revenue Growth – Grew eBay India from under $200M in 2013 to nearly $500M GMV in 2016 External Communication – Significant experience communicating upto 100M consumers, Analysts, Media and Public Officials M&A – eBay India merger with Flipkart plus $500M investment (~$800M transaction), Invested $30M in Mobile payments company (Oxigen), eMemories acquisition by eCompanies


Transform VC

Raed has been founding and investing in software, digital, tech and telecom companies over the past 18 years across Canada and parts of the USA. Raed founded SkySurf Canada, the exclusive operator for inflight communications (WiFi and GSM), exiting to GoGo Inflight out of Chicago. Most recently, Raed helped found Mubadala Ventures, a new venture capital fund based in San Francisco, California. Mubadala Ventures is a $600m fund with the unique backing of and unique access to Mubadala and SoftBank Vision fund. The fund invests in both tech start-ups as well as other VC funds. Raed’s investments focus revolves around high impact, deep technologies such as AI, big data, robotics, material physics, FinTech, satellite & earth observations, energy delivery, among other enterprise-related opportunities. As an experienced entrepreneur, Raed understands the trials and tribulations of startup life. This unique perspective armed him with knowledge to pass on to the next generation of founders in which he is investing. Raed is a hands-on investor and prides himself on his ability to guide his portfolio companies to their ultimate goal using the lessons he's learned the hard way, to build several highly successful businesses. Raed holds an electrical engineering degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and an MBA from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Raed remains a resident Canadian as he continues to build bridges between Silicon Valley, the Middle East and Canada (specifically Toronto/Montreal) where he's been living for nearly 30 years.


IPL Media Inc

Co-inventor of WOFDM and MCDSSS. WOFDM is the foundation for the WiFi standards IEEE802.11a,g,n. MCDSSS is the foundation for the high speed part of CDMA2000 and the WiFi IEEE802.11a,g,n standards. Founded or co-founded many hi-tech companies. Published over 30 publications in engineering and physics journals.


Hustle Fund

Co-Founder & General Partner at Hustle Fund. Former Venture Partner/Entrepreneur in Residence at 500 Startups. Former Product Manager at Instagram. As a founder (exit in 2012), I have been featured in a variety of major media publications, including: The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Time Magazine, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, and Fast Company.


Haroun Education Ventures

Chris has sold more than 500,000 of his online business & self improvement courses in 12 languages in 196 countries and his courses have been profiled in Business Insider, NBC, Inc, Forbes, CNN, Entrepreneur & on other business news websites. Chris is the author of the #1 best selling online business course called "An Entire MBA in 1 Course" & 44 other courses. You can access coupons for his best selling courses at this address: He’s the author of the book "101 Crucial Lessons They Don't Teach You in Business School,"​ which Business Insider wrote is "the most popular book of 2016."​ Forbes called this book "1 of 6 books that all entrepreneurs must read right now."​ He is the founder & CEO of Haroun Education Ventures, an award winning business school professor, MBA graduate from Columbia University & former Goldman Sachs employee. He has raised/managed over $1bn in his career. He also has work experience at hedge fund giant Citadel, consulting firm Accenture & several firms that he has started, including an investment firm that had a venture capital investment in Facebook several years before the Facebook IPO. He is a frequent guest lecturer at several Bay Area MBA schools including Berkeley & Stanford. He also has an undergraduate degree with a major in Management Information Systems & International Business from McGill University where he is a McGill University Dobson Fellow (awarded for his work mentoring students with start up business models). He has founded several companies & serves on the boards of several Bay Area companies & charities, including & Providing Opportunities for Women. He lives in Hillsborough, California. According to Business Insider "Haroun is one of the highest rated professors on Udemy, so you can expect to be in good hands through the course of your education."​ He is passionate about education as he believes that all problems can be solved via education.



Youssri is a proven entrepreneur and investor who has successfully cofounded, operated and exited several startups globally, he brings over 25 years of experience in engineering, product management, marketing, and business development in a wide range of technologies to ITWorx.


XSeed Capital

I am a Partner at XSeed Capital and a Lecturer in Management at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. My investment areas include business operations where computational technologies automate/improve company performance, mobile solutions, and software systems that shape both business and consumer behaviors. I sit on the Board of Directors of Foxeye Robotics, Avochato and Cape, and I led XSeed’s investments in Sparta Science, Zooz (acquired by PayU of Naspers), Hive, Lex Machina (acquired by LexisNexis of RELX Group ), CirroSecure (acquired by Palo Alto Networks), Nova Credit, Growbot, The League, Nova, Teapot (acquired by Stripe), Smart Coffee Technology, Pixlee, and SIPX (acquired by ProQuest). At the Stanford Graduate School of Business I teach The Industrialist’s Dilemma, Systems Leadership, Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation, Strategies of Effective Product Management and Entrepreneurial Finance. I have led research and written cases on companies including Google, Charles Schwab, Daimler, AB InBev, Box, Stripe, General Electric, AngelList, 23andMe, CODE2040, Tableau, Lending Club, PayPal, SurveyMonkey, Medium, Autodesk, Minted, Zuora, Axel Springer, and Starbucks (La Boulange), amongst others. I am on the Board of SmartDrive Systems, am a Member of the Supervisory Board of TTTech Auto AG, and am Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board for TTTech Computertechnik AG. I am a Member of the Industry Advisory Boards for Here Technologies and Tulco, and am the Co-President Emeritus of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs. I am a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, am a Wall Street Journal Startup Guru, and write for Fortune, TechCrunch, VentureBeat and Forbes. I am the co-inventor of four patents and served as lead researcher for Andy Grove’s best-selling book, Only the Paranoid Survive. I hold a BA from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University.


SRI International

Stephen Ciesinski is president of SRI International (, one of the world’s leading independent research and development organizations. SRI performs client-sponsored R&D for government agencies, commercial businesses, and private foundations. Steve’s professional experience includes a number of industries and businesses: consumer products, semiconductor capital equipment, telecommunications, mobile/wireless, applications software, Web 2.0, open source, medical devices, and many others. As a corporate officer, board member, advisor and investor, he has participated in or managed numerous strategic events, including new business formation, major product launches, private financings, IPOs, M&A transactions and leveraged buy-outs. Over the course of his career Steve has held executive management positions with Applied Materials, the global manufacturer of semiconductor capital equipment; Octel Communications, the worldwide leader in voice-messaging products; Resumix, Inc., the inventor of Web-based personnel recruiting applications; and Laszlo Systems, a pioneer in Web 2.0 software and provider of complex Internet applications to Global 2000 and telecommunications service operators. He started his career at Procter & Gamble, was a consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, and also served as a venture partner with Earlybird Ventures. Steve is past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Union College and is a lifetime trustee. He is also past chairman of The President’s Cabinet at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), and has been on several advisory boards at Stanford University. Steve is an active angel investor, and assists several Silicon Valley-based private companies as advisor and board member. He is a graduate of Union College with a double major in Electrical Engineering and Modern Languages, and received an MBA from Stanford University. Steve resides in Los Altos Hills, California with his wife. They are founders of the Kalele Foundation, dedicated to providing character and self-esteem development experiences for disadvantaged children



Co-Founder PayPal- Co-Founder Founders Fund



Soumia Fares is currently a UX Researcher at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, she held research roles ranging from neuroscience labs to various startups and large companies alike, most recently at Microsoft where she led foundational research on communities. Her passion for design research is rooted in the thrill of diving into the unknown, getting lost and using creative methods to surface compelling insights and answers. She cares a lot about unblocking design teams and instilling inspiration as well a strong dose of humanity into what technologists build. She is especially drawn to interdisciplinary projects that involve social impact, justice/equality, accessibility, emerging markets and international field work.


Juniper Networks

An infrastructure technology artisan, spent the last two decades, tinkering with the same set of problems, from different perspectives. Diverse background in Software Development, QA, Consultancy, Marketing, Pre and Post-Sales enablement. Collaborator, articulate, creative, resourceful and consistently curious...Ideal for projects where quality of workmanship is expected.



Co-Founder & CEO of Onfleet, where we're building a modern, delightful last mile delivery platform.



Exceptional Sales Executive with a strong background in Solution Sales and building the foundations for for an over performing sales team. Extensive experience in helping scale startups with triple digit growth by recruiting top talent, building gotomarket, and strong execution of sales targets. Strong background managing in SMB, MMKT, Enterprise & Partner sales with global reach.




Palo Alto Capital Advisors

Silicon-valley based professional with hands-on operational experience in all phases of the entrepreneurial and company growth process, and a strategic perspective seasoned by experience. I have extensive experience as a bootstrapped and as a venture-backed entrepreneur, a venture capitalist (VC), and a fund investor. I am mentor to and angel investor in startups, some of which are noted below. Prior investments include Alteon Websystems (acquired by Northern Telecom) and Canesta (acquired by Microsoft), and recent investments include SoundFocus. Mentorship at accelerators that include TiE Launchpad and Blue Startups, and Charter Member at TiE and OPEN. As Advisor at Correlation Ventures, I can help companies that are raising a financing round to complete the round efficiently. I like to work with high-quality teams passionate about their mission, in either an operational or an Advisory/Board role. Speaker at investor and entrepreneurship conferences, and well-connected within the silicon valley investor and startup community.



I am an experienced marketing leader with a demonstrated history of building B2C and B2B healthcare brands. I thrive on combining both quantitative and qualitative sides of marketing to develop exceptional customer and brand experiences and business outcomes. Skilled in Digital Strategy, Paid Advertising, Social Media Marketing, Brand Strategy, Customer Acquisition, Integrated Marketing, and PR.


University of San Francisco

I work to enhance educational access and quality, and improve circumstances for children and families by coupling my background in development, operations, and strategic planning with my passion for education and human rights. Within the context of forcibly displaced populations, I am keen to understand the role of higher education in peace building and post-conflict reconstruction.



Product leader with experience in building multi-sided markets, monetization, machine learning, B2B/B2C, and enabling healthy ecosystems via brand safety / integrity & security. Excited by working on meaty product, strategy, or operations problems as well as leading strategic cross-functional product teams across the globe. Work cited in Techcrunch, VentureBeat, the Information, Stratechery, and other publications.


California Lawyers for the Arts


Group One trading

Trading Analyst at Group One Trading | Stanford B.S. Computer Science | Crown Prince's International Scholarship Program



Omeed is an executive coach and transformer. He's passionate about 1) enabling leaders and teams to drive sustainable value 2) coaching individuals and teams in pursuit of their "why" and 3) unlocking the magic that occurs when integrally aligning individual and collective pursuits.


Bridge Venture



Ten years of C++ development experience building scientific and complex products combined with solid academic records. Four years of project management with a successful track record of taking products from the whiteboard to production release. Solid technical foundation in algorithms and data structures, machine learning fundamentals and graph theory


INNOVATIONS Strategic Management Consulting

Highly effective senior executive with extensive leadership, strategy and innovation experience and proven track record across diverse industries and geographies leading businesses and working with governments and multinational organizations. Among others, successfully averted shutdown of an investment bank, revamped operations of a semi-government entity, led restructuring and organizational transformation of a global corporate and retail bank.





Experienced Board Member with a demonstrated history of working in the utilities industry. Skilled in Budgeting, Enterprise Risk Management, Internal Audit, Microsoft Excel, and Analytical Skills. Strong business development professional with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) focused in Accounting and InformationSystems from University of California, Los Angeles - The Anderson School of Management.


Global Innovation Catalyst LLC

As an Innovation Catalyst, I advise various governments on the needed transition from fossil based economies to sustainable innovation economies. In the past, as a global high-tech entrepreneur, I co-founded ten companies, had 6 exits, 3 of them were Unicorn IPOs with a total market cap of over $8B. For 15 yrs., I was Chairman of Global Catalyst Partners, a global VC firm ($350M under management) with investments in the U.S., Japan, China, India, Israel and Singapore. Underlying my vision for global philanthropy is the conviction that modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can be instrumental in dissolving barriers between nations and bridging the social and political differences among people. This vision was reflected in Schools-Online, a nonprofit he co-founded in 1996 to connect the world, one school at a time (6400 schools in 36 countries were provided with computers and access to the Internet) and merged with Relief International in 2003; Global Catalyst Foundation, co-founded in 2000 to improve lives through effective education and empowerment of the youth (with special emphasis on young women) using the leverage of ICT, and UN-GAID, a United Nations global forum that promotes ICT in developing countries where he served as Co-Chairman (2009-2011).



I'm fascinated by the invisible forces that shape our world of technology!



• Led 0 to 1 product lifecycle: idea, customer development, agile MVP, pilot, deployment, and up-sell • 10+ years of experience: product mgmt, technical program mgmt. 6 years at startup: 0 to $XXM Rev • Extensive experience building high performance teams, creating products, and delivering results • Entrepreneurial mindset, self-starter, continuous learner, problem-solver, and impact oriented • Technical & product expertise in applied AI at scale using deep learning and reinforcement learning • MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, PhD EE from Stanford University


Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

I am a Business and Technology Consultant with several years of experience in various industries. Currently part of the Boston Consulting Group as a Consultant, my main interests and areas of expertise lay around Analytics & Data Science, along with Retail and Consumer Goods. I am working on projects in various industries, with a particular focus on “Analytics” as part of BCG Gamma, which is the Data Science practice of the Boston Consulting Group. Previously, I have worked for Procter & Gamble where I had the opportunity to develop an expertise in Sales, Business Development, Go-to-Market Strategy, Category Management and Trade Marketing, before starting a Travel Technology Startup in Spain and Morocco. I am an alumnus of IE Business School & IE School of Human Sciences and Technology, where I earned a Master’s in Business Analytics and Big Data. I also hold a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Management Sciences – Concentration in Software Engineering – from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane. I previously attended Stanford University in Silicon Valley to study Technology Entrepreneurship and Roger Williams University for a certificate in Leadership and Civic Engagement. I am passionate about extracting insights from data and driving recommendations through analytics. My passion for data & analytics is not only driven by its unparalleled advantage in the business world, but also by its capacity to generate insights that impact the lives of many people around the world. I am fascinated by the role of exponential technologies to solve complex problems in different industries and across different geographies. I am also a member of the Global Shapers Community, which is part of the World Economic Forum. I am currently a co-Chair of its Global Advisory Council on Events and Funding, and I have previously served as the Curator of the Rabat Hub in Morocco as I have organized SHAPE Africa 2015 in Rabat.


Luminar Technologies

autonomous vehicle platform architect, engineering manager, gpu programming



Executive leader with reputation of delivering rapid and substantial change. Clearly defines mission and goals, aligns people and resources, and consistently achieves results that exceed expectations. Specialties: Semiconductor, 3D Printing, and Systems Design and Manufacturing. Leverages experience and network with high-technology partners and suppliers for short and long-term cost savings. Develops, trains, and empowers team members at every level to build “all-star” teams that consistently delivers highest results in providing value to organization, company, shareholder and investors.



My name is Karim El-Siginy and I’m half Austrian and half Egyptian. I am an entrepreneur with the passion to build high performance startups that bring value to society and to the individual. Combined with my computer science, my management and consulting skills, I continuously focus on contributing to a positive working environment and act as a role model with modern leadership approaches. I believe that people and culture are the key for success of any modern organization. With my new start-up, Storymate, my target is to build the first professional social media company based in Egypt using new storytelling techniques to bridge the gap between young talents and large enterprises. Young talents should be able to showcase their persona with existing social media technologies in order to create their own professional brand. I’m also a Senior Manager at Accenture, one of the global management and IT consulting firms, being focused on consulting clients in Health and Public Services with over 9 years of experience in IT Transformation, Digitalization, E-Government and Program Management. I also hold a Master’s Degree in Information Systems & Management and a MBA in Entrepreneurship & innovation.


Light Insights

Passionate, motivated leader with more than a decade of experience managing and influencing innovation at hyper growth technology companies Self starter with high emotional and social intelligence seeking professional happiness and the ability to leave behind an international impact


McKinsey & Company

Energetic and result-oriented Stanford graduate, skilled at developing business strategy and implementing large-scale transformations.



Senior firmware engineer with 6+ years expertise on 8-bit and 32-bit ARM microcontroller: o Ecosystem (hal, bsp, examples, applications) development in C language (MISRA C compliant). o Effectively contributing in the peripheral definition, libraries specification/development & validation o Customers support in pre- and post-sales opportunities including developing custom firmware o Write application notes and software examples for STM32 Cortex microcontrollers Mastered peripherals: USB device & host (classes: Android Open Accessory, Audio (Out & In), MIDI, CDC, DFU), SPI/I2S audio, Cryptographic processor (symmetric/assymmetric), Timers (motor control), Analog to Digital Converter (ADC), Digital to Analog Converter (DAC), Inter-Integrated Circuit (I2C), Universal Synchronous Asynchronous Receiver Transmitter (USART), Analog comparators, operational amplifiers, STM32 “system architecture”: RCC, Flash, PWR, DMA, WDG, Interrupt controller (NVIC) Software tools: IAR EWARM, STVD (for STM8), Keil uVision, CodeBlocks, Visual Studio (VB/VC), STM32 ST-LINK Utility, Audacity (for audio), Beagle, CATC & USBlyzer (USB traffic sniffer), TeraTerm, Android Development Tools & eclipse, Tortoise SVN, Microsoft Visual Source Safe VSS, Adobe Framemaker, Visio Third Party Solutions: µC/OS-II, FreeRTOS, LWIP, FatFS, WinUSB, PDM lib, libusb, Audio Codecs (AAC, ALAC, FLAC, MP3) Hardware tools: USB analyzer (CATC, Beagle), I2C and SPI Aardvark analyzer, oscilloscope, signal generator



Product manager with 6+ years of strategy consulting experience in risk analysis, forecasting, probabilistic modeling, and in facilitating complex multi-stakeholder decisions in public and private sector organizations in the US, Middle East, and Europe. Both in public sector and private sector, (healthcare, oil & gas, electric utilities, and financial services) I have not only worked towards driving results, but also building capability and sharing best practices. I hold an MS in management science and engineering from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani-Dubai. _________________________________________________________ I feel most fulfilled in helping people- be it teaching, bringing clarity to tough situations, or even listening. I am very passionate about teaching and mentoring. Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of value to you, but do send me a message before adding me as a connection. Thank you! Specialties: Organizational Strategy, Organizational Change, Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Decision Analysis, Probabilisitic Financial Modeling, Big Data Analytics, Teaching, Project Management.


Goldman Sachs

Strategic marketing executive with proven track record in identifying, creating and expanding consumer business opportunities to drive increased profitability and customer engagement. Specialties: • Customer Acquisition via Digital and Direct Marketing • Big data • Digital Analytics • Customer Life-cycle Management involving Cross-sell • Customer Segmentation based on Analytics and Modeling • New Product Development based on rigorous Market Testing • Investment Decision Making (ROA, NPV, ROI)


Aliaa Corp



I have Strong background in software development. Through my career, I have developed various systems ranging from core infrastructure, and platforms to large-scale business applications.


Globaltronics S.A.E


UC Berkeley



SOFTWARE TEST ARCHITECT • Expert in designing test infrastructure and frameworks for improving business intelligence and faster delivery • Innovative, resourceful, result-drive Software Test Architect with expertise in testing embedded firmware, web and backend services, distributed systems, mobile and IoT devices • Proven record of high performance, recognized for proactively improving process and crisis management • Influential team leader with strong organizational skills


Hexion Inc.

Expertise in hardware and software domain due to cross EE/CS academic background. Focus and research in data science and machine learning. Have experience and passion for leadership and public speaking.


DCM Ventures

Early stage venture investor with a penchant for exploration, discovery, and impact. Former strategy & gov policy consultant. Engineer & quant at heart.


Axiom, Inc.

Highly motivated, creative, overenthusiastic and quick learning software/data engineer, with a competitive yet team player attitude. Achievements include highly recognised production code and open source contributions.



Using Computer Vision and AI to create a better future for everyone



Highly skilled in leading design and engineering teams through the product development process and forming a team culture that is highly productive yet accountable; experienced with both hardware products and software products. Skilled in conducting needfinding interview and translating customer needs into solution hypotheses, and subsequently iterating Expert in mechanical design and proven success in juggling many degrees of freedom; skilled in Design for Manufacturability I will attain professional success and play a part in shaping the world and the future of civilization by achieving significant and meaningful results at each stage. Do to learn. Bias for action. Results. Talk to think. Make it. Design Thinking. Empathy. Morals. Integrity.


Stanford University


XSeed Capital

Product leader with experience in finding product-market fit, scaling startups, and strategic product management. Been through what it's like going IPO, acquiring companies, being acquired, and going under. Venture investor looking for entrepreneurs with high energy, clarity of thought, and unstoppable momentum.


SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Mamdouh H. Nasr received his bachelor and master’s degrees in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Cairo University in 2011 and 2014, respectively. In 2014, he joined the PhD program in the department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. Mamdouh is pursuing his Ph.D. research at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory under supervision of Professor Sami Tantawi. His research focuses on the design and testing of new accelerator technologies for high gradient and high efficiency operation. Mamdouh is a recipient of the Siemann Graduate Fellowship in Physics at Stanford University for outstanding graduate students doing accelerator research. Mamdouh's research interests include high power devices, microwave circuits and devices, metamaterials, numerical methods in electromagnetics, bio-medical applications of electromagnetics, RF power harvesting, antennas and matching circuits.

Mohammed Yaçine


Experienced consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the tech industry. Stanford graduate. Tae Kwon Do black belt and champion. High school valedictorian.


Stanford University

Executive with 15+ years of experience in telecom and tech. Key expertise in strategy, marketing, partnerships, digital transformation and innovation. Currently a fellow at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Led the Strategy, Marketing and Innovation at Etisalat to transform the B2B business into a leader in digital solutions for government and enterprise, including mobility, cloud, cyber security, digital marketing, digital payments, Internet of Things and big data. Developed strategic partnerships to extend Etisalat’s information and communication technology enterprise solutions. Managed electronic business portfolio and up-selling of solutions to key government and enterprise accounts. BS in Electrical Engineering. MBA in General Management. Fellow at Stanford GSB. Fluent in English and Arabic, intermediate in French.




Penn State University

Dr. Abdou, CFA, CPA has accumulated quality experiences in the higher education industry, auditing, banking, investment management and Management and Financial Consulting. Dr. Abdou earned a PhD and M.S. in Financial Economics (Investments and Corporate Finance) from the University of New Orleans and a MBA from Eastern Illinois University. Dr. Abdou is currently exploring the blockchain technology and its effect on public accounting and financial services. The main theme of his conventional research focuses on Private equity and corporate governance.





After serving as corporate QA distinguished technical staff at the #1 automotive and networking chip maker, Dr. Amr Haggag joined Apple's System-on-Chip (SoC) advanced technology staff as QA directly responsible individual (DRI). He has >15yrs semiconductor industry experience spanning technology to product to field quality and reliability management and improvements including machine learning based QA, qualifying consumer, automotive and networking SoCs for handhelds, wearables, home theatre, engine management, ISO26262 safety, ADAS, enterprise switches/routers, data centers / cloud, trust security, base stations / cell towers and software defined networking/radio (SDN/SDR). He also served on the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) reliability committee as well as the management and technical committee of the IEEE premier conference on semiconductor reliability, IRPS. He has over 40 publications including several invited talks and tutorials in the semiconductor reliability field including a best paper on machine learning based QA. He received his PhD degree in 2002, his MS degree in 1999 and his BS degree in 1996 all from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign... Namaste...


500 Startups

I’m a philosopher building products and businesses that people love. I believe that transparency and incentive alignment are at the center of the most meaningful business model innovations that will define our future and create real value for all stakeholders. Floating between building FinTech, HRtech and CoffeeTech.


NKM Capital

Nurzhas Makishev is the founder of NKM Capital, an early stage venture capital firm with investments in over 30 leading technology companies including Lyft, Ripple, Cruise (acquired by GM), and Robinhood. Prior to NKM Capital, Nurzhas has spent over 13 years in the technology industry, as an investor, entrepreneur, product manager, engineer, and researcher. Nurzhas received an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, an MBA from the Wharton School, and a pair of Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and Computer Science and Engineering from MIT.


PropaGate Plus

Portfolio optimization, Strategy articulation, CIO, interim CFO, Exits/retirement planning, M&A and deals consulting, Di$ruptive thinking, experience, leadership, unit economics and competitive analysis, operational improvements, local insight, brainpower, skills, energy, courage AND network...Chief Exits Officer, funding, advisory, board member, sucession planning, family offices, economist, lecturer, interim manager, strategist, M&A advisor, performance management & improvement, privatisation, project finance, corporate finance and corporate govenance professional. Arabic, CPA, MBA in Energy (oil, gas, electricity) economics and financial risk management (from HEC Montreal) and national performance management. CFA and FRM with expertise and executive advisory experience in the UAE, GCC, Jordan and Canada.. into Trading, Technology, Healthcare, Education, Data, Secutity, Defence, Social Infrastructure, PPPs, and much more..Fintech, e-commerce, Apparel, F&B, real estate and mega projects..


Algebra Ventures

Fascinated by Ideas. Inspired by Starters. Frustrated from lack of law enforcement. In charge of some money. Looking for smart ppl.



Entrepreneurship, Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Product and Business Development that lead to social change.


Palo Alto Networks


Algebra Ventures

Tarek is Managing Partner at Algebra Ventures, the leading VC fund in Egypt.



Passionate leader and mentor with 11 years experience in the fields of marketing, digital strategy & training. An innovative, dynamic and highly energetic individual, with a passion for entrepreneurship. Driven, results-oriented and well networked, comfortable in handling key accounts whilst exceeding service expectations. Possessing an outstanding track record of understanding, defining and shaping clients' needs. Pro-active, creative and has a proven ability to improve processes and people by promoting best practices.


Deepen AI

Mohammad Musa started Deepen AI in January 2017 focusing on AI tools and infrastructure for the Autonomous Development industry. Mohammad used to lead product efforts for Google wide Initiatives to enable teams to build excellent products. He worked specifically on infrastructure products for tracking user centered metrics, bug management and user feedback loops. Prior to that, he was the head of Launch & Readiness at Google Apps for Work where he lead a cross functional team managing product launches, product roadmap, trusted tester and launch communications. Before Google, Mohammad worked in software engineering and technical sales positions in the video games and semiconductor industries in multiple startups



Working on something super cool


Founders Embassy

Sami Ramly is a Product Management Leader and an Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EIR) at Outpost Capital, the leading early-stage VC specializing in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, blockchain, and frontier tech startup investments. Previously, he led product management at Wevr, the renowned VR startup producing and distributing award-winning VR experiences (2 out of 10 Best VR of 2016 according to TechCrunch). Prior to heading Product on the Transport native VR network, Sami worked in 3D Printing & 3D Scanning at Microsoft, where he shipped Microsoft's first 3D Scan app for Windows 10. He also held several other roles in engineering, business and product management at startups and accelerators, including StartX. Sami is currently a Board Observer and Advisor for Virtuleap, a Mentor at Stanford, USC, SIGGRAPH, and VRARA, and a member of the select PTC Product Leaders group in Silicon Valley. He has spoken about Product Management and VR/AR at world-class industry conferences and podcasts, including the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), ACM SIGGRAPH, Products That Count, UC Berkeley, Chicago Booth, UCLA Anderson, Digital Hollywood and many others. He also sits on the Executive Board of Predictera, the Advisory Board of UCLAx's Product Management Program, the Advisory Board of USC Marshall's Entrepreneurs and Venture Association, and the Advisory Board of Rabbit Hole VR, Stanford's pioneering developer community, featured in Business Insider as a place where “the next big thing in VR could come”.


AiNGEL Corp.

Tech entrepreneur and data science engineer using AI to identify the next game-changing startups as Co-founder and CEO of AiNGEL Corp. Building, scaling and acquiring companies for the past 17 years. Started my first company at the age of 22, driving multi million dollars in annual revenue with $50,000 in early stage funding for TA Telecom, which has been recognized as a Deloitte Fast Technology 500 company, a Red Herring Global 100 and dubbed by the Financial Times as a “local hero.” Active member of the Endeavor network that promotes entrepreneurship in emerging markets, advises and mentors startups



ME with international experience and passion for tackling complicated problems with product solutions.




Lloyd Mousilli, LLC

Feras Mousilli is a founding partner of Lloyd & Mousilli and regularly advises business clients on a range of technology law issues. He specializes in counseling technology companies from start-ups in their early formation and development, through support of multi-billion dollar business operations of the largest companies in the world. Mr. Mousilli has served as Senior Corporate Counsel for both Apple Inc. and Dell Inc., where he counseled clients on product development and intellectual property matters, including advertising & marketing, copyright, and trademark strategies and risks. Prior to serving as corporate counsel, Mr. Mousilli practiced with DLA Piper in the intellectual property group, specializing in patent litigation as a registered U.S. Patent Attorney. Mr. Mousilli served on the board of the ACC Austin Chapter for a number of years, including as President-Elect and was a Guest Lecturer at the University of Texas School of Law. He is the proud recipient of the Judge Suzanne Covington Pro Bono Award from Volunteer Legal Services and serves on local boards of national civil rights organizations. He was named a 2010 Texas Rising Star among Texas Super Lawyers in Texas Monthly Magazine. Mr. Mousilli holds bachelor degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science, and a Masters in Computer Science Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law.


Very Good Security



Don’t ask people about their strategy. Look at what they do. –Professor Rob Burgelman My career choices have been driven by my motivation to build and grow businesses in an increasingly customer-centric world. In a career spanning almost 10 years, I am a "producer"; having demonstrated success in tough markets with product/program management expertise across supply chain, digital marketing, category management, and Ops (Design, Planning and Execution) • Product Managed +15 core tech products in one of the first eCommerce (click and mortar) portals in the Middle East from concept to a multi million dollar enterprise within 18 months. Wore multiple hats through this journey and successfully scaled the team from 9 to 70+. • Ownership of end-to-end planning processes and workflows to support Amazon’s build and manufacturing investment decisions. • Managed retail P&L with ~$100 million turnover. • Led the product development and category management for the largest private label (+$75 million) in the Middle East. (Worldwide sourcing)



Tamer Rashad is a business leader with 30 years of Wall Street and Fortune 100 executive management, investment and private banking, corporate strategy, and business development experience spanning across New York, London, Dubai and Silicon Valley. Tamer was Managing Director and President of Merrill Lynch (Middle East) based in Dubai and London. Before that, he served in several key leadership roles as Managing Director at Merrill Lynch Investment Banking in New York, including Head of Global Client Coverage, and the Office of the President. He also established LGT, Liechtenstein’s largest private bank, in the Middle East, and was its first CEO. He served as Head of Corporate Strategy at Countrywide Financial (now part of Bank of America), and American Airlines. He was also a Strategy Consultant at Accenture and Deloitte. Currently, Tamer is Founder & CEO of Humtap; and a co-founder, angel investor and a startup advisor. Tamer is a graduate of the London Business School, the University of Surrey. He is a UK Foreign & Commonwealth fellow and a UK Chevening scholar. He also attended executive programs at Wharton, INSEAD, NYU, and Stanford. In the not-for-profit space, Tamer serves on the board of Plan International USA for over ten years. Specialties: business strategy, M&A and corporate development, risk management, team building, strategic partnerships, innovation, boards, and philanthropy.


zk Capital

Mohamed Elkasstawi is the Founding Partner of zk Capital, a Research-Focused Blockchain Investment Firm spearheaded by a team of technical and industry experts. zk Capital focuses on investing in decentralized protocols and next-generation applications and their portfolio companies include bloXroute, Filecoin, Blockstack, Nervos , Thundercore, PROPS, Origin Protocol, Liquidity Network, RightMesh, and others. In addition to the fund, the firm offers blockchain advisory and consulting services to help accelerate the adoption of the technology. Before founding zk Capital, Kasstawi was an entrepreneur and spent 5 years in private equity. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from Northern Illinois University.


San Francisco State University

Abeer AlJarrah is a an assistant professor in the Computer Science department at San Francisco State University. She obtained her PhD from University of North Carolina-Charlotte in 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Mohamed Shehab. Her research interests span the broad area of systems security, with efforts addressing security challenges in mobile applications and web applications in particular. Her work in mobile applications security has led to several publications in venues like ARES, IEEE COMPSAC and ACM SIGSAC. She was also involved several research projects that address challenges in computer science education. Abeer earned her M.Sc. in Management Information Systems and B.Sc. in Computer Science from Jordan. She is a proud alumna of Jubilee School. Abeer is also a member of several organization such as IEEE, ACM, Computing Research Association- Women (CRA-W), Women in CyberSecurity (WiCys), Women in Science & Engineering (WISE)



Bringing project management, data analytics, process improvement, and business strategy to build collaborative and continuously optimized environments. An engineer's mind with a musician's heart; driven by challenges, inspired by ideals.



New venture in progress Specialties: Hardware-Software co-design. Distributed AI platform design. Heterogeneous integration. Ultra Low-power electronics design.


Saudico Electronic Systems

Mr. Al-Kabbani has thirty one years of experience working in the field of systems engineering and analysis, which include scientific and business application design, using different application development tools across multiple computing platforms. During the last 19years, Mr. Al-Kabbani’s focus shifted towards managerial activities. He has been an active member of the Saudi-French Business Council since 2004.



IC Design - CAD Engineering specialist, with focus on Design for Manufacturing (DFM) and Physical Design Verification methodologies. Domain experience in IC fabrication process simulations, manufacturability analysis, and yield enhancement techniques .



Experience with global companies in system design, business operations, and product marketing.



Technology industry executive and entrepreneur with 20+ years of achievement in general management, marketing and business/corporate development roles in startup and growth-stage technology companies. Proven track record in the development and deployment of intelligent software, data analytics, machine learning and other high technology products and solutions. Operating experience in large vertical markets including automotive/transportation, energy/cleantech, industrial products, semiconductors, electronics and medical devices. Top marketing executive at 5 technology companies. Specialized in defining corporate/product strategy, bringing new technologies to market, developing innovative business models, and driving market adoption. Strong business development and deal making experience. Closed more than 25 large business development, partnership, IP licensing, and funding deals. Strong leadership and management skills. Built large high-performing, multi-functional, and globally distributed teams. Strong advisory and consulting experience in the corporate, venture capital and government agency domains. Extensive background in venture capital process including deal sourcing, due diligence, funding, and portfolio management. MBA from Stanford University, M.S.E. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan (emphasis in artificial intelligence and VLSI design), and B.E. in Electrical Engineering.


Dana Group

Experienced Board Member with a demonstrated history of working in the mechanical or industrial engineering/healthcare industry. Skilled in Investor Relations, Business Planning, Operations Management, Medical Devices, and International Business. Strong business development professional with a MBA and PMP (Certificate in Public Management and Social Innovation) from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. A qualified doctor (MBBS) from JNMCH, AMU


Stanford University

Bushra Bataineh is a PhD candidate in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Stanford University. Her research, under Professor Raymond Levitt and Professor Jenna Davis, is on innovative project delivery mechanisms for infrastructure worldwide. Bushra has worked in private equity focusing on water and energy projects, transaction advisory focusing on social and transportation infrastructure, and project development focusing on water, biofuels, and agribusiness.


Hitachi Vantara

Expense Management | Financial Analysis | Forecasting & Budgeting | Reporting | Tableau Dashboards | Process Improvement | Stakeholder Partnership | Metrics Analysis | Headcount | Cost Savings | KPIs | Annual Operating Plan | Variance Analysis | Month & Quarter end Close | Procurement | R&O | FP&A | Excel Modelling | Project Management (PMP) | Accruals | Month-end Close


Francesca is a global investment management executive currently at Northern Trust. She has worked throughout the Americas, EMEA and Asia in various strategy, distribution and investment roles. She is focused on geopolitical, macroeconomic and investment strategy. Her passion is working across borders to encourage collaboration between investment managers, academics and international institutions. She is an alumna of Bowdoin College and Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is also a consultant for SEED the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies


George Mason University

A passionate, self-directed and impact oriented IT professional specializing in network security and a background in system administration. After finishing a bachelor's degree in IT in 2014, he has experienced managing several environments by working at Ticketmaster and Google.


Stanford University





I like to design and build complex systems that can be used by millions. I am a Technology Entrepreneur, an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and a Visual and Interaction Designer. Specialties: Technology, Entrepreneurship, Design Thinking.



Experienced in image processing, image analysis, computer vision, code static analysis, OCR, OMR, 2D/3D barcode readers, watermarking, encryption, CMOS design, static timing analysis, circuit simulation, C++, Java, algorithms, data structures, Linux, Windows, and teaching. Over 50 issued patents.


Firebolt Ventures



Core areas of expertise: Global payments partnerships, product management / development / launch, and high-volume payment operations management. Throughout my career, I have managed multiple aspects of payments businesses, leveraging both strategic vision and operational excellence principles to drive growth. I offer a unique blend of qualities that aid in business planning, strategy analysis, project management and operational process improvement. As a team leader, I coach the importance of data-driven decision-making. My direct and honest approach enables my team members to take accountability for their goals which helps to expand their overall technical knowledge and leadership development. I can simplify and communicate complex messages that resonate with a diverse audience at all levels of the organization.



Mergers and acquisitions, even the most logical deals, are complex and challenging but also exciting. Each deal is unique and different. That’s why I love the field. Start-ups share the same characteristics: complex, challenging and exciting. That’s why I love them as well. Each of the M&A facets and startup stages have their own unique challenges, and each takes a diverse team to get the best results. It’s a lot of work and can be a grind but also fulfilling when the team reaches a goal. For the above reasons, in my career, I’ve worked on 50+ deals and IPOs that cover five continents from pre-IPO start-ups backed by leading VCs to Fortune 50 companies. Recently, I was fortunate to advise Equinix, the global leader in interconnectivity, with their last 10+ acquisitions with a total deal value of US$10 billion. Isn’t that exciting? With PWC, I took the challenge to lead and develop the PWC corporate finance practice. With hard work and a bit of luck, we were the first among the “Big Four” to close an investment banking deal in the Middle East. We managed the full deal from sourcing to execution. On the side, I love helping early-stage startups and watching them grow. It's fulfilling! If you need help with your startup, drop me a note on I might be grinding through a deal, but I will make sure to connect you with the right folks. Funny but true, 98% of the people I know mispronounce or misspell my name as Amar, Amir or Arm. My name is AMR, three letters, no vowels. It means a long life! I am from the land of the pharaohs, Egypt.


RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)


Ministry of Finance of Egypt



An experienced product development, business strategist and operations professional with over 15 years in the Technology industry coupled with 2 years in Management Consulting. Diverse technical and business expertise with proven track record managing new products from concept to launch. Comfortable working in ambiguous environment with imperfect and incomplete data to make best judgement and structure execution. Supporting strategic customer engagements to develop technical partnerships and working with senior executives to enable access to new disruptive markets.



Investor + Entrepreneur


US Capital Global

Investment Banking | Alternative Investments | Digital Assets | Blockchain | Science


SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Data Converters: Pipeline ADCs, SAR ADCs, ... Digitally Assisted Analog Mixed Signal systems and circuits Analog and SC circuits RF synthesizer circuits PLLs for clock generation and synthesizer applications ... Technologies: 180 nm CMOS, 130 nm CMOS, 90 nm CMOS, 40 nm CMOS, 14 nm FinFET



Curious person with a knack for clarity, focus, and empathy.



Data-minded strategist and storyteller with a passion for foreign and Middle East affairs, econometrics, and innovation


Transform VC

Raed has been founding and investing in software, digital, tech and telecom companies over the past 18 years across Canada and parts of the USA. Raed founded SkySurf Canada, the exclusive operator for inflight communications (WiFi and GSM), exiting to GoGo Inflight out of Chicago. Most recently, Raed helped found Mubadala Ventures, a new venture capital fund based in San Francisco, California. Mubadala Ventures is a $600m fund with the unique backing of and unique access to Mubadala and SoftBank Vision fund. The fund invests in both tech start-ups as well as other VC funds. Raed’s investments focus revolves around high impact, deep technologies such as AI, big data, robotics, material physics, FinTech, satellite & earth observations, energy delivery, among other enterprise-related opportunities. As an experienced entrepreneur, Raed understands the trials and tribulations of startup life. This unique perspective armed him with knowledge to pass on to the next generation of founders in which he is investing. Raed is a hands-on investor and prides himself on his ability to guide his portfolio companies to their ultimate goal using the lessons he's learned the hard way, to build several highly successful businesses. Raed holds an electrical engineering degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and an MBA from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Raed remains a resident Canadian as he continues to build bridges between Silicon Valley, the Middle East and Canada (specifically Toronto/Montreal) where he's been living for nearly 30 years. Current areas of focus & expertise - Vertically applied artificial intelligence - Energy transfer - wireless energy, electric cars infrastructure, battery technologies and functionally: - Capital raising - Strategic /Tactical Planning - Product Management - Business models/financial models/valuations - Finance - Mergers & Acquisitions - Building bridges between Canada, the Middle East, and Silicon Valley


Stealth Mode

Adel ElDayasty has extensive 20 years of experience in managing businesses, complex projects & manufacturing plants of diversified metal products, with the will & motivation he successfully cooperated in three start up venues; his goal is to keep on learning & networking to extend his companies' scope of work to new partners & projects; accordingly increasing its profitability and social impact.



I am passionate about developing products that leverage Machine Learning and AI to solve problems. My professional experience has taught me about managing complex projects involving cross-functional teams and multiple stakeholders. In addition, as joint-degree candidate at Stanford doing an an MBA and MS in Electrical Engineering, I gained a deeper technical understanding of ML and AI, and built a strong foundation in business strategy, sales, and product development.




Nozom Group

Adel ElDayasty has extensive 20 years of experience in managing businesses, complex projects & manufacturing plants of diversified metal products, with the will & motivation he successfully cooperated in three start up venues; his goal is to keep on learning & networking to extend his companies' scope of work to new partners & projects; accordingly increasing its profitability and social impact.



An idea leads to a great product if implemented correctly. It’s not easy to do, but I have the skills to help you with the process. I have been working in with tech startups for 10 years. So, I know how to work in a dynamic environment and cross-functional teams.


Interlace Ventures

Vincent is a fast growing operations and financial management specialist, a non-conventional executive with a creative spark. After establishing the investment capacity for Bleu Capital (2015 - 2018), he co-founded and manage Interlace Ventures, an early stage VC fund dedicated to commerce technology. He has 4 years of experience as a CFO at the largest western-food importer in China, 3 years of Audit/TS Deloitte Shanghai, 1 year business manager in Southern China for Entre-Prises, and 3 years of Audit at Deloitte Paris.


Smith School of Business at Queen's University

Helping startups to grow and scale their ventures



I'm a firm believer in the power of AI-Driven Automation and the positive effect it'll bring to the world by boosting the human ability to tackle problems that are "Beyond Human Capacity". At Seeloz, we're tackling one of these huge problems, namely that of waste across the food & healthcare supply chains, which happen to be 30% in developed countries. Throughout my career, I was fortunate to develop a strong expertise in building large-scale ML/AI software platforms tackling several complex applications including user modeling & targeting, computational advertising & supply chain optimization. Since 2007, I had the pleasure to work with some of the best data scientists and software engineers in the Silicon Valley and the world at Google Research & Yahoo! Research, and now at Seeloz. My true passion lies in solving complex business problems at the enterprise space through Vertical-Specific AI-Driven solutions (aka, Vertical AI) that are seamlessly embedded in the daily workflows of the target audience.


Engoders Inc.

Currently, Atman is focusing on the creation of innovative Educational Material that assist human in going from imagination to ideation to implementation. With my new team, we have been helping large SAP and IT customers to leverage IT and accelerate their move to success. Now we want to leverage the 21 years IT/SAP Practice experience and the insights gained into the empowerment of the people who make the teams who make the businesses through a new bread of DIY based education and new way of imagining their role as thinkers and doers! We continue to support our existing and new customers in the deployment and management of large IT Infrastructure and Business Solutions SAP( Solution Manager 7.2,,HANA, Business Suite and S/4 HANA). Developing and delivering Consulting, Training,Teaching on various OS Platforms (Windows, Unix/Linux), IT/SAP solutions and their deployment. Atman, prehistoric experience include working as an educator at the University of Algiers, San Jose State University(Computer Architecture, Programming ) and U.C Santa-Cruz while working for SUN(1992-1996). At UCSC, atman developed and delivered Teaching curriculum on IT, EC/Web Security, Robotics, and STIC (Space Time Independent Computing) for 10 years.In 1997 Atman joined SAP where he worked as an Instructor and Consultant until 2001. From 2002-2014, Atman ran Computers Cosmos, a Consulting and knowledge transfer US and Internationally practice based in Silicon Valley, which later merged with Engoders. Whether it is Math, Science, Inventonomy, or IT challenges, Atman, and his team at Engoders, still enjoys simplifying complex problems and creating the non-existent but needed solutions and making them fun to learn and apply for the future success of humanity! If you have challenging problems you want to understand, automate, deploy, secure or audit? A scientific challenge you want to explain to your audience? Let's synergize!


Bank of America Merrill Lynch



Energetic and Reliable leader skilled at working with a diverse group of people in a fast paced environment. Strong Organization, Communication and Relationship-building skills. A motivated self- starter and fast learner, able to quickly grasp issues and attend to details. Creative, resourceful and flexible, able to adapt to changing priorities and maintain positive attitude and strong work ethics with a passion for new technologies. Outstanding operations and project management support to executive offices. Clear and logical communicator, able to establish rapport with both clients and colleagues and motivate individual to achieve organizational objectives with high standards of performance. An Expert in juggling multiple projects and achieving on time completion.



Wael Doukmak is the founder and CEO of Rillet. Rillet takes the innovative approach of delivering safe and purposeful video content to young children while maintaining a healthy level of engagement between kids and parents. Rillet recognizes that no two kids are the same and serves to deliver the right content at the right time to the right child, making each child’s experience relevant and germane to that child’s needs. Wael is also the Founder of, an e-commerce platform that showcases products that are designed, manufactured or inspired by Arabs, or in the Arab world, to the world. Previously, Wael was at Ooredoo in Qatar where he started a new business unit responsible for leading the transformation of the telecom operator. Wael’s team at Ooredoo actively designed smart ICT solutions mapped to business objectives across all industry verticals, mega projects and smart cities. Wael has served on the Board of The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, The Federation of Internet Solutions Providers of the Americas and many others. In 1999, Wael was nominated by the Athens Georgia Chamber of Commerce for the Small Business Person of the Year award. He has also been featured as a speaker and has participated in panel discussions on the topics of kids’ entertainment and education, smart cities, entrepreneurship and digital transformation. SPECIALTIES: Revenue Growth, IoT, Smart Cities, Innovation, Telco, 5G, Digital Transformation, Entrepreneurship, Turnarounds, Strategic Partnerships, Start Ups & Turn Around Enthusiast, Strategic Product Development, Managed Services, Business Modeling, B2B, B&C, Business Development, Go To Market (GTM)



Strategy advisor and operating executive serving principal investors, shareholders, academic institutions and global companies with over 12 years of Management and Strategy Consulting Experience I spent the past five years after finishing my MBA working with startups in Egypt: assuming leadership roles in companies, advising entrepreneurs, and consulting key players in the ecosystem in. Before joining Uber, I lead the Egypt operations of Infomineo, a regional business research company, where I grew the office from 12 to 36 members, diversified client portfolio, and established processes and operations to fuel the growth. Before that, I was an Associate Consultant the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Dubai office where I advised senior business leaders and government officials on corporate and national strategies. Prior to BCG, I worked as Senior Corporate communication Executive at Raya Holding, a major IT and Telecom company in Egypt, and as Consultant in LOGIC Management Consulting in Egypt. I hold a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, class of 2012, and a Bachelor of Arts with summa cum laude from the American University in Cairo (AUC) with a double major in Business Administration & Journalism and Mass Communication. I am also a recipient of the El-Mahallawy family award for the most distinguished student in community service.


Valia Investments

Riley Rodgers is a Principal with Valia Ventures, an early stage Venture Capital firm focused on Seed and Series A investments in extraordinary founders. Prior to Valia, Riley was an Associate at Arctaris Capital Partners and a founder of Crash Alert. Riley has mentored hundreds of start-ups over the last five years as a volunteer for SCORE, MIT Enterprise Forum, and MassChallenge. He is also a board member and mentor for several non-profits.


Plug and Play



An entrepreneur with expertise in technical and functional business services consulting and client orientation for 10 years in different verticals and industries. With a MSc. in Information Management and MBA with focus on project management, I am seeking to contribute and leverage the interaction between IT, businesses and organizations on the executive level.



Dr. Sepehr Hejazi Moghadam has broad experience leading key components of strategic human capital plans in the public and government sectors. He has led the design of human capital policies, programs, and practices; and managed the implementation of highly effective, performance-based systems. Throughout his experience he has displayed strong acumen in areas of research methods, data analytics, emerging technologies, business development, program management, high-level negotiation and partnership strategy, data visualizations, performance reporting and education policy. Sepehr received a PhD from Columbia University and an MA from Stanford University. Specialties include: Program management; stakeholder engagement and relationship management; public-private partnerships; workshop development and delivery; urban education; product management; strategic planning, social media campaigns; and operations troubleshooting; statistical Modeling; analytics and optimization; HR strategy and transformation; Business process optimization; Human capital management; Functional requirements; Data visualization; Report production; Accountability; Research methods (quantitative and qualitative); Branding and identity.



Passionate about sustainability. 6+ years of experience in product development (design & manufacturing) and energy engineering (traditional & renewables).



Leading LinkedIn cloud management team [Nuage]. The team provides the manageability platform for all LinkedIn AI/data infrastructure as well as a gateway to all LinkedIn applications.


Direct Health Delivery

A Southern California Plastic & Reconstructive surgeon for 30+ years. Now 2 year leading a healthcare startup at the intersection of healthcare delivery, payments & insurance




Blockchain Investor

Fawaz is a founding partner of a leading crypto-asset fund in the Middle East, focused on accelerating developer adoption for some of the leading blockchain and distributed ledger protocols. Previously, he was a Project Lead at Props by YouNow after working on Wall Street. Fawaz graduated with a B.S. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University.



Currently I am the senior most technical engineer and founding member of Intel's Autonomous Driving Group. I have been working in all aspects of autonomous driving for several years now including hardware architecture, software development, sensor research and vehicle builds. Building business around new technologies that can transform the world is my passion.


World Bank Group

Senior L&D Professional with 15+ years of experience and a proven track record in leading strategic transformational initiatives, designing and implementing succession, leadership and talent development programs. Support top executives in achieving their visions and strategies by translating them into actionable value-added initiatives. Quality-focused, motivated achiever, multi-lingual, and an articulate communicator with excellent verbal and written skills.





A Johns Hopkins-educated, regulatory, medical, scientific clinical writer, and manager, with M.D./M.P.H. degrees, and more than 28 years of experience in the Biotech, Medical Device and BioPharma industries, for many clients, with demonstrated expertise in writing scientific articles, manuscripts, FDA reports, eCTDs, INDs, PSURs, CSRs, IBs, case studies, clinical summaries, scientific books, posters, reference manuals, investigator brochures, medical presentations, operations and maintenance guides, marketing literature, and education courses. I'm an expert in documenting highly-complex, multi-arm, basket studies. Clients include: Abbott, Analysis Group, Applied Bio, BioMarin, Celera, Cidara, Galderma, GSK, InClin, Medivector, Merck, Nektar, Novartis, Johnson & Johnson, Penumbra, Pfizer, Puma, Roche, Siemens, Taiho Therapeutic Areas: Cardiology, CNS, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Healthy Patient Studies, Hematology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Maxillofacial Surgery, Nephrology/Urology, Neurology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Pediatrics/Neonatology, Pharmacology/Toxicology, Plastic Surgery, Psychiatry, Psychology, Pulmonary/Respiratory, Rheumatology, Trauma/Emergency Medicine, Vascular Diseases, Vascular Surgery. A deadline and quality-driven technical writer, manager, published author and editor with more than 26 years of technical communications, marketing communications, training, and instructional design experience. Sample clients include: Apple, Cisco, Adobe, Symantec, HP. Specialties: User experience, information design, technical writing, writing, editing, marketing communications, web copy, project management, Wiki, XML, DITA, FrameMaker, ITSM, ITIL, ERP, healthcare, IT. All of my medical and technical writing experience has been as an employee of the International Consulting Group Inc., working on multiple projects in parallel, on an as-needed, or part-time, basis, thus the overlapping dates.


Wells Fargo

Venture investing and innovation executive. Used to do advanced technology product development before switching to financial services and, subsequently, venture investing. Now I invest in and partner with startups. Experienced in strategic corporate venture investing and innovation across Silicon Valley, New York/East Coast, and Southeast Asia/Singapore. Particular focus on Fintech and Enterprise IT (Cyber Security, Enterprise Big Data Analytics, A.I/M.L, and Cloud/Infrastructure technologies). Previously, I spent several years driving a corporate incubator function in APAC in which I incubated innovation ideas along a disciplined stage-gate model from conceptualization, to prototyping, to handing over to business units for deployment. Earlier in my career, I spent several years in the technology industry in various roles across the value chain, from semiconductor chip design to product engineering and system-level integration, at both F500 and emerging tech startups. Specialties: Strategic Venture Investing, Technology Product Development, Corporate Innovation Labs, Commercialization of emerging tech



Graduate of The George Washington University School of Business concentrating in International Business, with a minor in Sustainability. I had the privilege of engaging across the globe in emerging markets including China, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia. My diverse background has contributed to a globally-focused business mindset. I have enjoyed developing my professional and personal skills through speaking about youth engagement with multilateral institutions at the United Nations, direct involvement with Forbes 30 Under 30, Delta Sigma Pi Professional Fraternity, Student Sustainability Committee (Co-Chair), Student Senate (Secretary), and GW Polo Club. Passions: - Sustainability - Entrepreneurship - I have the passion to perform and desire make this world a more sustainable place, economically and socially.





An internationally recognized Augmented Reality expert and a serial tech entrepreneur with 22 years of experience in the Tech field. Her latest venture, Augmania, is a new concept in grabbing consumer attention and converting it into a purchase behaviour. It’s a Storytelling solution that uses AR and Machine Learning to allow marketers to integrate digital assets into a new media that can be published on the web. In addition, Rania is a BMW Stiftung responsible leader for the MENA region, working to achieve a peaceful, fair and sustainable future to advance the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. Her love to empower women in tech and mentor made it possible for her to be the Egyptian facilitator for the international “she made it project” and the mentor at Taking IT global in Canada. Moreover, she is also a Mowgli entrepreneur and a member of the Steering Committee for the first Egyptian Innovation Cluster. Finally, Rania is a Public Speaker and proud mother of a young entrepreneur.



A Fulbright Alumnus. An engineer focusing on firmware, bring-up, embedded and low level software development. Aside of my day job, I'm also enrolled part-time in a Udacity self-driving car engineer nanodegree where I seek to expand my knowledge on topics like machine learning, computer vision and robotics. As a former startup founder and a mentor at some incubators/accelerators in the MENA region, I am also interested in women empowerment through entrepreneurship and supporting entrepreneurs and startups in MENA region in general.


Boston Consulting Group (BCG)



My career thus far has taken me from technical sales at Philips, to design engineer, to design manager and to product management, marketing & business development at SUN Microsystems and now at Oracle. Technologist with over 17 years of deep product management, product marketing, business development, engineering and consulting expertise. Extensive international experience, with a global network of relationships. Solid track record of driving products from conception to launch, growing revenue and sales (revenues ranging from $10s of millions to multi-billion $s), creating 1,000's of advocates, sustaining a profitable customer base and devising end of life strategies. Specialties: Hardware & Software engineering, Product Marketing, Customer Advocacy, Professional services, Product development, Field readiness/training, pre-sales support, Partnering and channel development, Press and analyst relations, Cloud, SaaS, IaaS, PaaS technologies, products and providers