MARCH 31, 2015 | DUBAI
Justin Kan is an internet entrepreneur. He is best known for founding Kiko, the first AJAX web calendar; Justin.tv, a live video streaming platform; Socialcam, a mobile video sharing app (acquired for $60mm by Autodesk in 2012); Twitch, a video game streaming platform; and Exec, an on demand maid service (acquired by Handybook in 2014). He is currently a partner at the seed fund Y Combinator. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in Physics and Philosophy.
Chip Yates, from Yates Electrospace Corporation, is an internationally recognized speaker, television personality, and electric vehicle pioneer with 18 world records in battery-powered vehicles of his own design. His current challenge, Flight of the Century, is a bold plan to cross the Atlantic Ocean along Charles Lindbergh’s historic route in an all-electric airplane that is recharged midair. He’s survived 5 emergency landings in the process of becoming the first human in history to break the 200 MPH barrier in an electric airplane. He is unique in the world in that he has designed, built and then piloted his own world record setting vehicles at speeds in excess of 200 MPH and then used his experiences to inspire audiences to embrace failure, risk and innovation.
Jeremiah Owyang is the Founder of Crowd Companies, which focuses on how large companies tap the collaborative economy, maker movement, and customer collaboration. He focuses on how disruptive technologies —such as social media, the collaborative economy, and interactive marketing—impact the relevance of corporations to customers today and in the future. He is well recognized by both the tech industry and the media for his grounded approach to deriving astute insights through rigorous research.
His site, “Web Strategy” is one of the premier blogs on how corporations connect with their customers using Web technologies. Jeremiah is frequently quoted in top-tier publications, and currently writes for Fast Company. Previously, Jeremiah was a founding partner at the Altimeter Group, worked at Forrester and at Hitachi, where he launched the company’s first social program. He was featured in the “Who’s Who” in the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and his Twitter feed was named one of the top feeds by Time.
Fadi Ghandour is Chairman and Managing Partner at Wamda Capital. Founder and Vice Chairman of Aramex, Fadi is also Co-Founder of Mena Venture Investments, the leading seed stage tech investment company, and is a founding investor in Maktoob.com, and sits on the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut, and the Advisory Council of the MIT Media Lab, and the Board of Abraaj Group. Fadi is passionate about social entrepreneurship where he founded and chairs, Ruwwad for Development, and entrepreneurs-led youth empowerment organization.
Felix Petersen is a serial entrepreneur and investor from Berlin, Germany.
He’s founded and sold two companies: Plazes, a pioneering Geo-spacial company (sold to Nokia in 2008) and Amen an opinion sharing app (sold to Tape.tv in 2013)
He´s been a motor for the Berlin startup and tech scene since it’s humble beginnings and has been credited widely for helping to put Berlin on the map.
He wrote the first cheque to Soundcloud and continues to be an active angel and advisor to companies like Auxy, Readmill (exited to DropBox), Dataminr and Retention Grid.
Petersen has had numerous appearances in publications like Wired, the New York Times and many others as well as being a frequent speaker.
David Passiak is Head of Innovation and Research for dubizzle, where he is helping to shape a new paradigm of thinking around the collaborative and sharing economy. He is also author of Disruption Revolution and Red Bull to Buddha. Prior to joining dubizzle, David led sales and marketing for prominent NYC startups (Visible Technologies, Spongecell), social media agencies (M80 WPP), and was a Ph.D. student in the Department of Religion at Princeton. A practitioner of vipassana or insight meditation for 20 years, David enjoys traveling throughout Southeast Asia and India. He is currently writing a book on mindful leadership, researching a book on innovation in the UAE, and planning a follow-up to his last book called Beyond Disruption.
Gen Sadakane was born and raised in Germany, studied visual communication and philosophy. He worked as a Designer and Creative Director at TBWA, McCann, Jung von Matt, DDB and Leo Burnett and won more than 100 international Awards, among others Cannes Gold for Bosch and Volkswagen. Gen is co-founder and pretends to be the Eye of EyeEm.
Ralph hails from a family of industrialists. From a very young age, he was surrounded by entrepreneurship and family businesses spreading around the region in several sectors of the industry.
A true pioneer in the region, Ralph R. Debbas is the founder of W Motors S.A.L, a company that was launched in 2012 in Beirut, Lebanon, as the first Arabian Manufacturer of High Performance Luxury Sports Cars. January 2013 witnessed the World Premiere of W Motors’ first revolutionary model, the “Lykan HyperSport” at the International Qatar Motor Show.
Sara Hamdan has been the main contributor from the Middle East for The International New York Times since 2010. Sara grew up in Greece, studied in the States and now works in Dubai as a freelance writer for The International New York Times, Rolling Stone and regional publications. She speaks Arabic, Greek and Italian.
Ronaldo Mouchawar holds a Master’s degree in Digital Communications and a Bachelor degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.
He has accumulative 15 years of experience in technology, and business management. He served as a technical and systems consultant with EDS in the US. In 2000, he spearheaded a consulting company that managed numerous, web and e-commerce projects in the Arab world. In 2005, he launched souq.com the first auction site for the Arab world.
Today Ronaldo is the CEO of souq.com, which has grown to be the, Souq.com is the largest online shopping mall in the Arab world.
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