Speaker Lineup

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Luke Nosek

Luke Nosek is notable for being a co-founder of PayPal and famous VC firm Founders Fund. His venture capital career was influenced heavily by the connections he made as one of the first employees at PayPal, the online payment company bought by eBay in 2002 for $1.5 billion. Nosek followed fellow PayPal mafioso Peter Thiel to Founders Fund, where his two biggest investments to date have been in companies founded by former PayPal employees. He was the first institutional investor in Elon Musk's SpaceX, a company whose progress, Nosek says, is "critical to the human race." Nosek was also the first backer of PayPal COO David Sacks' Geni, which later spun out Yammer (acquired by Microsoft in June 2012 for $1.2 billion). While at PayPal, he served as vice president of marketing and strategy, creating the company's "instant transfer" product.

Susan Colby 

Co-founder of Imagine Worldwide. Imagine will empower every child, everywhere to build the literacy and numeracy skills they need to achieve their full potential. More than 250 million children and youth worldwide do not have access to school. And hundreds of millions more go to school but never learn to read or write. Imagine will demonstrate that children, with personalized technology in their hands, can become literate and numerate with little to no adult instruction.


Prior to founding Imagine, Susan was a partner in McKinsey & Company’s San Francisco office leading the firm’s North American Education Practice, where she worked with clients in the social, public, and private sectors. Previously, Susan was the Chief Executive Officer at Stupski Foundation. She was also a founding partner of the Bridgespan Group and led their work in K-12 education and philanthropic strategy for more than a decade.  Susan also served as Co-President of the Sustainable Development Sector at Monsanto where she developed and led economically, environmentally and socially viable businesses in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Earlier in her career, in her first stint at McKinsey, Susan worked in a variety of industries and co-founded the North American Environment Practice.


Susan is a co-author of several major articles on strategy, philanthropy and education, including “Galvanizing Philanthropy” (Harvard Business Review) and “Zeroing in on Impact” (Stanford Social Innovation Review). She has addressed major convenings on topics of strategy, philanthropy, gender, and education. Susan is a Pahara-Aspen Fellow (Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education). She currently serves on the board of CODE2040 and the advisory board for the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford. She is a Lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business and Graduate School of Education. Susan began her career at Bain & Company.


Susan earned an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and a BA from American University

Steve Ciensinki 

Stephen Ciesinski is president of SRI International (www.sri.com), 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

Robert Siegel

Robert Siegel researches strategy and innovation in both large and small companies, as well as the opportunities and challenges that technological change brings to these firms. Additionally, Robert teaches product management and product development best practices and methods, as well as entrepreneurial finance over the life-cycle of growing companies


Robert Siegel is a Lecturer in Management and has led primary research and written cases on Google, Charles Schwab, Daimler, AB InBev, Box, Stripe, General Electric, AngelList, 23andMe, CODE2040, Lending Club, Tableau, PayPal, SurveyMonkey, Medium, Autodesk, Minted, Zuora, Axel Springer and Starbucks (La Boulange), amongst others.

He is also a partner at XSeed Capital, and his investment areas include business operations where computational technologies automate/improve company performance, mobile solutions for firms of all sizes, and software systems that shape both business and consumer behaviors.


He sits on the Board of Directors of Foxeye Robotics, Avochato, and Cape, and he led XSeed’s investments in Sparta Science, Zooz (acquired by PayU of Naspers - NPN), Hive, Lex Machina (acquired by LexisNexis of the RELX Group - RELX), CirroSecure (acquired by Palo Alto Networks - PANW), Disco, The League, Trove, Teapot (acquired by Stripe), Smart Coffee Technology, Pixlee and SIPX (acquired by ProQuest). He also supports other portfolio companies such as Citrine Informatics.


Robert is on the Board of SmartDrive Systems, is a Member of the Supervisory Board of TTTech Auto AG, and is Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board for TTTech Computertechnik AG in Vienna, Austria. He is a Member of the Industry Advisory Boards for Here Technologies and Tulco, and is the Co-President Emeritus of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, an alumni association that fosters relationships to strengthen the Stanford startup community. Robert has co-authored several articles for the Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, is a Wall Street Journal Startup Guru, and is a frequent contributor to Fortune, TechCrunch, VentureBeat and Forbes.

Prior to joining XSeed, Robert was General Manager of the Video and Software Solutions division for GE Security, with annual revenues of $350 million. Robert was previously Executive Vice President of Pixim, Inc., a fabless semiconductor firm specializing in image sensors and processors (acquired by Sony). Before Pixim, Robert was Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Weave Innovations Inc. (acquired by Kodak), a network services developer that invented the world’s first digital picture frame, and delivered photos and other digital media to PCs and internet / mobile devices.


Robert served in various management roles at Intel Corporation, including an executive position on their Corporate Business Development team, in which he invested capital in startups that were strategically aligned with Intel’s vision. 

Robert is the co-inventor of four patents and served as lead researcher for Andy Grove’s best-selling book, Only the Paranoid Survive.

Robert holds a BA from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University.  He is married with three children

John F. Powers 

John F. Powers was president and chief executive officer of the Stanford Management Company (SMC) since 2006.

Powers oversaw the investment of Stanford's $25 billion in endowment and trust assets and its expendable funds.

Powers was appointed to lead SMC in June 2006.  Since that time, the endowment has grown from $12 billion to $21.4 billion as of Aug. 31, 2014, the last day of Stanford's fiscal year. In the five years since the global financial crisis, the total merged investment pool managed by SMC has compounded at 13.1 percent annually, and the financial damage of the crisis has been fully repaired.

In addition to leading SMC, Powers has taught courses on finance and private equity in the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Before joining Stanford, Powers served in numerous capacities at Offit Hall Capital Management LLC and at Robertson Stephens Inc. Powers serves on the board of Makena Capital Management, LLC as well as the Investment Advisory Board of Google Inc. Powers holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University.


The Stanford Management Company was established in 1991 to manage Stanford's financial and real estate assets. SMC is a division of the university governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Stanford University Board of Trustees. SMC oversees more than $25 billion of endowment and trust assets, temporarily invested expendable funds and commercial real estate investments. The income generated from SMC's work supports Stanford's research and teaching, including student and faculty support, capital improvements and infrastructure, and operational funds

Raymond Levitt 

Dr. Ray Levitt joined Blackhorn Ventures in 2017 as an Operating Partner. Ray primarily focuses on bringing new investment opportunities to the team from his extensive network focused around the Built Environment. His deep expertise and connection to the Stanford ecosystem providesextensive access to high-quality investment opportunities. 

Ray is Kumagai Professor of Engineering Emeritus at Stanford University, currently on active duty at half-time. He served as Chair of Stanford’s Faculty Senate from 2012-13. Ray founded and directs Stanford’s Global Projects Center (GPC). In 2017, he launched a new GPC initiative to explore and create disruptive business opportunities arising from the collection, integration, and analysis of big data from multiple, public and private sources in emerging Digital Cities. Ray is a long-time member and the current President of the Farmers Investment Club, an angel investment group of 20 Stanford faculty, staff and affiliates.

Ray co-founded and served as a Director of Rackwise, Inc., until shortly before it became a public company in 2011. He co-founded and served as Chairman of Design Power, Inc., acquired by Bentley Systems in 2007. He founded and launched Vite Corporation and served as its initial CEO and Chairman; Vite’s SimVision Software was acquired by ePM, LLC in 2002.

From 2008-2014 Dr. Levitt served as a Commissioner of California’s Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission to channel private investment and expertise into California’s aging transportation infrastructure through public-private partnerships (PPP). He was elected a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2008 and was inducted into the National Academy of Construction in 2013

Tarek Asaad

Tarek started his career as an engineer at Lucent Technologies then as a software developer for SAQQARA Systems, an internet startup in Silicon Valley. He later became General Manager of CID Consulting where he led the company’s high growth, helping it to become one of the leading local consulting firms in Egypt.


Apart from his role at Algebra Ventures, Tarek is Managing Partner at Ideavelopers where he has been managing $50m of VC investments since 2009, including some of Egypt’s most prominent technology startups. Tarek is a director of Smart Card Applications, Siwareand IdealRatings. In this role, he was also responsible for the investment in Fawry, the leading bill payment and presentment company in Egypt, which realized a $100m exit in 2015.


Tarek holds a B.Sc. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Ain Shams University in Cairo and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Abdulrahman Tarabzouni

Abdulrahman Tarabzouni is the CEO and Managing Director of STV, the largest technology venture capital fund in the Middle East. STV aims to work with founders to back and scale the region’s most exciting and disruptive technology companies.


Prior to founding STV, Mr. Tarabzouni held various executive leadership roles at Google's California headquarters, where he headed the company's global efforts to build new businesses and partnerships for Android, Mobile, and Wireless Communications. Prior to that, Mr. Tarabzouni built and scaled Google’s Android and Play business across Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. 

His tenure with Google began in 2009 when he established and led Google’s business operations in emerging markets in the Middle East region. He directed Google’s strategy and investments to the region, grew its revenues, and drove strategic partnerships across emerging markets in the region.

Prior to Google, Mr. Tarabzouni co-founded a number of technology ventures in the US and managed different tech consulting, banking, and design engagements at Oracle, Morgan Stanley, and Blueprint. 

Mr. Tarabzouni sits on a number of boards, and executive and investment committees. 

He was named by the MIT Technology Review as a TR35 Pan-Arab Innovator, listed on the 30 under 30 lists of Arabian Business and Gulf Business, and was the first recipient of the MIT ASO Science and Technology Achievement award. 

Mr. Tarabzouni attended MIT and received BSc and MEng degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a concentration in Economics.

Sariah Alderhali

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.

Chris Haroun 

Youssri brings over 25 years of experience in engineering, product management, marketing, and business development in a wide range of technologies to Newbury Ventures. He is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully cofounded, operated and exited several startups globally. Youssri is an angel investor and advisor to several startup companies. Prior to Newbury, Youssri cofounded and served as Chairman of IdealRatings, a global financial information provider for socially responsible investors.


Prior to IdealRatings, Youssri co-founded and served as CEO and Chairman of ITWorx, growing it to become the largest software services provider in the Middle East with 800+ professionals. ITWorx was acquired in 2007 by a private equity consortium. While at ITWorx, Youssri led the acquisition, scaling, and successful exits of Otlob.com and El3ab.com. Youssri was also co-founder and CTO of Swan Labs. As the original inventor, Youssri capitalized on the then nascent network optimization segment, leading Swan to acquisition by F5 Networks for $43 million, doubling investors’ money in less than 12 months. Youssri received his B.Sc. in electrical engineering from Cairo University and sits on the Boards of TechWadi and Endeavor Egypt

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Chris has sold more than 500,000 of his online business and personal development courses. He teaches full-time on Udemy.com. he is the author of the #1 best selling business course on Udemy.com called "An Entire MBA in 1 Course©," which has been purchased by more than 175,000 students in 11 languages in 196 countries. He is also the author of 39 additional courses on Udemy.com. 

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." Chris is also 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 according to Business Insider readers." Forbes called this book "1 of 6 books that all entrepreneurs must read right now."

Chris is an award winning business school professor, MBA graduate from Columbia University and former Goldman Sachs employee. He has raised/managed over $1bn in his career.

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Eric Bahn

Eric Bahn is a Co-Founder and General Partner at Hustle Fund, an early-stage venture capital firm based in San Francisco. Hustle Fund invests in software startups at the pre-seed and seed stages, making 100 investments out of its current fund.


Previous to Hustle Fund, Eric was an angel investor and partner at 500 Startups. And prior to becoming a professional investor, he spent over a decade as an operator (Facebook, Instagram) and entrepreneur (Beat The GMAT, The Hustle). Eric draws from his product and growth experience to advise his founders in scaling their own enterprises.


Eric is a native of Detroit, Michigan and first arrived to Silicon Valley to attend Stanford University (BA, MA), which launched his career into software and startups. Eric is happily married with two kids.

Hatim Zaghloul

Egyptian Canadian, is recognized as a visionary leader in the hi-tech community. In 1992, Dr.Zaghloul co-founded Wi-LAN Inc., and under his direction, the two technologies he co-invented with Dr. Michel Fattouche became the heart of many wireless communications standards: WiFi (IEEE802.11a/g/n), 3G (H and H+), LTE and 4G (WiMAX)

Marco Chisari 

Global head of semiconductor investment banking at Bank of America Merril Lynch. Chisari previously worked for Credit Suisse Group AG , where he was managing director in the technology M&A group. He focused primarily on the semiconductor, software and internet space. 

He was previously head of M&A for the technology group at Mubadala, an Abu Dhabi-based investment fund. Over the course of his career, Chisari worked on transactions for companies including Toshiba Memory and NXP Semiconductors NV

Dr. Ossama Hassanein 

Dr. Ossama Hassanein is an entrepreneur, mentor, and venture capitalist based in Silicon Valley. Over the last 35 years, he has managed over $1 billion of international technology funds in diverse leadership roles including Executive Vice President (EVP) of Berkeley International in San Francisco, Chairman of Technocom Ventures in Paris, President of Newbridge Networks Holding in Canada, Senior Managing Director of Newbury Ventures, and Chairman of the Rising Tide Fund in Silicon Valley. In the eighties, he led the mezzanine financing of 80+ Silicon Valley based IT companies that became spectacular successes including: Adaptec; Cirrus Logic; Atmel; PMC-Sierra; LSI Logic; Linear Technologies; and Oracle. Combined market value today exceeds $200 billion.

In the last 25 years, he was chairman or co-founder of seven leading-edge high technology startups in the U.S., UK, France and Switzerland including ACC in Santa Barbara (routers, acquired by Ericsson), Algety in Lannion (soliton transmission, acquired by Corvis), HighDeal in Caen (rating engines, acquired by SAP), HighWave in Bretagne (fiber optic amplifiers, Listed on Euronext), NetCentrex in Paris (VoIP, acquired by Comverse), nCipher in Cambridge (encryption, listed on LSE), and Zong in Menlo Park (acquired by eBay). Currently, he is Director of Bank of the West in San Francisco and of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund in Dubai. He is a charter member of the C100, a Silicon-Valley based association dedicated to mentoring and angel financing Canadian entrepreneurs.



Dr. Hassanein is a President Cabinet member at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where he also serves on the Dean of Applied Sciences Board of Advisors. He is the Chairman of the UBC Silicon Valley advisory board for the Personalized Medicine Initiative. He has served on the Board of Advisors of Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies and of University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine. He served for six years as Chairman of TechWadi, focusing on mentoring, financing and business acceleration of leading Middle East and North Africa (MENA) entrepreneurs. He also served on the Board of Directors of Relief International, a non-profit, focusing his efforts on social entrepreneurship and women development in the Middle East. He was vice-chairman of the Board of PSD, an NGO focused on providing One Netbook per Child for up to 130,000 Palestinian and Syrian children in need of education.

Dr. Hassanein was the Willard Brown Distinguished Visiting Professor at AUC (American University in Cairo) School of Business, where he is also member of the Board of Advisors. He lectured on Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University and the University of San Diego, and on international business at University of California, Berkeley and Santa Clara University. He was also guest speaker on entrepreneurship in diverse venues including the White House, the State Department, the Commonwealth Club, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, and Qatar Computer Research Institute.

Raed A. Masri

Raed A.Masri has been founding and investing in software, digital, tech and telecom companies over the past 19 years across Canada and parts of the USA.


Raed was partially responsible for the introduction of new wireless telecom national policy in Canada, bringing new competition and giving Canadians more wireless options when Raed founded Jaguar Wireless, a qualified bidder in Canada’s national wireless auction with a last bid of $213m. Also, Raed was entirely responsible for bringing inflight internet across all of Canadian airspace when he founded SkySurf Canada, the exclusive telecom operator for inflight communications (Wi-Fi and GSM), exiting to GoGo Inflight, the world’s largest inflight wi-fi provider.

Raed became a VC and institutional LP when he co-founded Mubadala Ventures (MV) in San Francisco, California, where they invested in both tech start-ups as well as other VC funds.


Recently, Raed launched Transform VC, a Mubadala spin-out seed fund in the heart of Silicon Valley. The investments focus revolves around high impact, deep tech, impacting boring traditional industries such as energy delivery, manufacturing, agriculture, financial services, healthcare and others.


Raed holds an 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 the Toronto/Ottawa/Montreal corridor) where he's been living for nearly 30 years.

Omar Tawakol 

Omar Tawakol is Chief Executive Officer of Voicea. Prior to Voicea, Omar Tawakol was the founder and CEO of BlueKai which built the worlds largest consumer data marketplace and DMP. Oracle acquired BlueKai in 2014 & Omar served as the SVP & GM of the Oracle Data Cloud. Omar earned an MS in CS from Stanford (BS, MIT) where he researched and published work on AI agents.

Mohammad Musa 

Mohammad Musa started Deepen AI in January 2017 focusing on AI tools and infrastructure for the Autonomous Development & Robotics industries. 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.

Aly ElBadry

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

Alex Mehr

Alex Mehr, Ph.Dis an American serial entrepreneur and online marketer based in San Francisco, California. He is the co-founder and chief executive officer of MentorBox and founder of Zoosk.
Zoosk was sold to Spark Networks for $255 million in March 21, 2019.

Mehr graduated from Sharif University of Technology in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He then attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received his Ph.D and M.Sc in mechanical engineering.

In 2006, Mehr attended the Haas School of Business, but dropped out in 2008 to work on Zoosk.

Mehr co-founded Zoosk in 2007 and has served as an advisor to the company since December 2014. He served as the co-chief executive officer of Zoosk, Inc. from November 2007 to January 2013 and also served as its President from November 2007 to December 2014. He has been a Director of Zoosk, Inc. since April 2007.

Samuel Bertram

Samuel Bertram

Samuel is the CEO and Co-founder of OnePointOne, Inc (OPO). OPO is developing robotically-automated technology to grow fresh food in cities around the world. By utilizing preexisting warehouse space, OPO can have complete control over the plant's environment. Therefore, OPO will provide a stable supply of delicious, pesticide-free food using 98% less water, 99% less land & 99% less shipping. OPO will also license this technology to numerous markets around the world. Samuel's background is in Robotics.

Bijay Baniya

3 x CEO. Passionate about digital workplace design, employee learning and change management. My current company, Sparkwork has now over 40K paying users including customers such as Postal Services Finland, R-kioski, Hotel Chancellor etc. We are looking for a seed capital to expand Sparkwork's US sales team and capture an underserved 100M market in 3-4 years.

3 x CEO. Passionate about digital workplace design, employee learning and change management. My current company, Sparkwork has now over 40K paying users including customers such as Postal Services Finland, R-kioski, Hotel Chancellor etc. We are looking for a seed capital to expand Sparkwork's US sales team and capture an underserved 100M market in 3-4 years.

Harry Rigs

Harry Rigs

Harry developed, built and operated the world's largest vertical farm. Having developed joint venture vertical farms in Dubai and Oman in conjunction with the $30BN SHARP corporation of Japan, Harry was also a founding member of a US vertical farm that served 300 supermarkets in the USA. With positions as CEO and CFO of growth businesses in the US, Asia and the GCC Harry brings business acumen developed working in 53 countries for global companies including IBM, Accenture, McKinsey and Boston Consulting Group.

Harry developed, built and operated the world's largest vertical farm. Having developed joint venture vertical farms in Dubai and Oman in conjunction with the $30BN SHARP corporation of Japan, Harry was also a founding member of a US vertical farm that served 300 supermarkets in the USA. With positions as CEO and CFO of growth businesses in the US, Asia and the GCC Harry brings business acumen developed working in 53 countries for global companies including IBM, Accenture, McKinsey and Boston Consulting Group.

Amr Hassan

Amr Hassan

Performance-driven technical leader passionate about creating seamless customer experiences to solve a user need and deepen the consumer-brand relationship. Efficient project manager developing solutions and implementing requirements to support growth of products at all organizational levels. Experienced across the full product life cycle, from launching products to collaborating with other teams and departments to maintain systems and build off product benefits. Strategically focused using data analysis, market research, and usability studies to inform key decisions and support solutions. Empathetic leader able to connect with team members to leverage their strengths and help them achieve success.

Performance-driven technical leader passionate about creating seamless customer experiences to solve a user need and deepen the consumer-brand relationship. Efficient project manager developing solutions and implementing requirements to support growth of products at all organizational levels. Experienced across the full product life cycle, from launching products to collaborating with other teams and departments to maintain systems and build off product benefits. Strategically focused using data analysis, market research, and usability studies to inform key decisions and support solutions. Empathetic leader able to connect with team members to leverage their strengths and help them achieve success.

Khurram Jamil

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.

Waleed Mohsen

Waleed Mohsen

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.

Noor Atari

Noor Atari

Noor Atari is a passionate, motivated leader with 15 years of experience managing and influencing innovation at hyper growth technology companies. He served as Director, GTM Sales Strategy at Salesforce, and went on to lead an international team as Head of Global App Strategies and Development at Google. As a consultant he has worked alongside top executives at the largest tech companies in Silicon Valley. He is a sought-after leader, offering actionable insights from big data methods and industry leading process optimization techniques for his clients. Noor’s unique combination of skills and experience has allowed him to lead the development of Account Spark, working in partnership with dozens of Salesforce executives and recruiting top industry professionals in data science and machine learning to transform the concept into a working reality.

Hussein Fahmy

Hussein Adel Fahmy is a consulting partner and entrepreneur with 10 years of expertise in the digital field in Europe. He led senior consultancy role in digital transformation and IT subject matter expertise for industry and services including insurance, finance and controlling, production, retail, and integrated business interfaces systems. He previously worked in research at the JKU Linz, consulting including IBM GBS Austria, then founded his own consulting startup. He is currently partnering with startups and policy makers in Egypt to help the promotion and growth of digital innovation especially in the area of public sector transformation and communication, education, and development. He has been awarded the certificate of recognition from President Abdelfattah Al Sisi and he is a member of the consulting board for the national association of Egyptian expats scientists and experts founded by the Ministry of Expatriates. He recently launched Storymate.me, a recruitment platform for creative talents using social media and AI to match for opportunities.

Sherif Khattab

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