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Mentor's Corner

Mentorship sessions are hosted in STEP Start and STEP X areas for startups, founders, and entrepreneurs to participate in 1-on-1 sessions and group sessions focused on specific topics. Booking for mentorship sessions will open closer to event day.

Mentors

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Tarek Ghobar

Union

Tarek Ghobar

Union

A three time entrepreneur with a passion for startups. Tarek holds two degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Canada and the Netherlands while working on his first startup, IcySolutions. The latter a sports heath hardware company whos products were used by the likes of Manchester United, German National Team and several Olympic Teams. He later founded an e-health startup gamifying medical equipment training for hospitals and medical professionals. His last position before joining 1776 Startup Incubator in Dubai is working with Rocket Internet on their online food ordering startup Foodpanda, managing the Middle East and later Saudi Arabia in specific. At 1776 Tarek is the startup services manager working with the portfolio startups on growth and building their business model.

Georges Aoude

Derq

Georges Aoude

Derq

Dr. Georges Aoude is the CEO and co-founder of Derq, an MIT spin-off with a mission to eliminate road accidents for both conventional and autonomous vehicles using patented artificial intelligence and connected vehicle technology. Derq has been hailed in the media, including CNN, BBC, and TechCrunch as the leading advanced technology start-up in Dubai. In 2017, Derq was only Middle East start up to be selected to join the prestigious Techstars Mobility program in Detroit, and opened an office in Michigan to expand operations and business to the US market. See recent BBC (http://tiny.cc/DerqOnBBC) and CNN (http://tiny.cc/DerqOnCNN) coverage of Derq. Dr. Aoude holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from MIT, where he worked closely with NASA, US Navy, and Ford. Dr. Aoude is also an inventor and his patented work in connected and autonomous technologies has been featured in the press, including New York Times, Wired, and MIT News. His satellite research has also been tested and validated in the International Space Station in collaboration with NASA. Dr. Aoude has consulted governments and global companies in North America and the GCC for more than 10 years. His points of view are regularly published in key outlets including Harvard Business Review, Forbes and Brink. He is a board member of the Transportation Research Board and the MIT Arab Alumni Organization.

Daniel dos Reis

Dubai Silicon Oasis

Daniel dos Reis

Dubai Silicon Oasis

The Senior Portfolio Manager of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority managing the venture capital investment portfolio. Before he joined Dubai Silicon Oasis in 2015, Daniel worked for Etisalat Group in Saudi Arabia, where he setup and managed the Corporate Venture Capital unit of Etihad Etisalat. He led investments in companies like Anghami, Fetchr, Easy Taxi, Step Group and 360MEA. Daniel has 13 years of professional work experience in Management Consulting and Venture Capital. He describes himself as a Business Technologist who is both IT and Business savvy and enjoys working with innovative tech startups. He has earned a Diploma Degree in Business Administration from the University of Hamburg in 2004.

Irina Heaver

Fichtelegal

Irina Heaver

Fichtelegal

Partner and Head of Commercial at Fichte & Co. With over 14 years of experience, she specialises in the broad spectrum of commercial and corporate work including M&A, disposals, corporate restructurings and governance issues, as well as complex joint ventures and strategic alliances. Having spent over 12 years in-house in senior legal roles with multinationals in oil & gas, construction and maritime industries, Irina has developed a thorough expertise in the heavy industrial sector, such as energy, oil & gas, EPC and engineering, capital projects and infrastructure enterprises. Over the last 5 years, Irina started focusing on the emerging technology being introduced or developed alongside the traditional business models. She regularly advises in relation to all aspects of emerging businesses, including regulatory framework, intellectual property rights, funding matters, as well as general matters relating to contractual arrangements such as software and technology licensing, consultancy, and contracts in relation to supply and maintenance of hardware and equipment. Irina regularly advises telehealth, e-commerce, RegTech and FinTech companies, of various sizes starting from the concept stage and those that are already established market leaders across MENA Region. Irina is an Australian qualified lawyer and holds Juris Doctor and Master of Laws degrees from Monash University.

Haider Al Mosawi

Sirdab-lab

Haider Al Mosawi

Sirdab-lab

Haider Al-Mosawi is an educator, UX designer, and the cofounder of Sirdab Lab, a startup hub in the heart of Kuwait.

Mehrad Yaghmai

Power of Art

Mehrad Yaghmai

Power of Art

Managing Partner of Power of Art and serves as the Innovation Architect to Sahem, where in both capacities he works with entrepreneurs, startups, and corporate clients to launch innovative projects. As an entrepreneurial innovator, his participation within the startup ecosystem involves working with public and private entities to activate startup initiatives. He strategically invests and advises startups as well as mentors within various incubators and accelerators. For the past 5 years, he has worked with startups across various industries from SaaS & marketplaces to healthcare & education startups and is currently the Co-Host of Streams of Progress, interviewing the UAE’s innovative change makers and leaders.

Bilal Kasih

Mont 8

Bilal Kasih

Mont 8

Believer in less lack of action, more execution and mistakes. Recently founded mont8.com Graduated with BSBA in Management at the American University of Sharjah. Prior to joining AUS started a business at the age of 19 in Amman, Jordan called Kaseeh for Hotel & Restaurant Equipment and started Mont8.com in his 3rd year at University. Aiming to be more business savvy and learn on a daily basis.

Matthew Nobles

Dubai Personal Finance

Matthew Nobles

Dubai Personal Finance

Founder and Head Coach of Dubai Personal Finance, a mission-based social enterprise focused on raising the level of personal financial literacy for all residents of Dubai. He also acts as Financial Consultant at Power of Art, advising startups and entrepreneurs regarding their finances. He has ten years of corporate finance experience, working for GE on 4 continents and across several industries. For the last six years in Dubai, Matthew has been part of the team leading the drive for growth and market share capture across many product lines. In addition to his corporate experience, Matthew has a passion for social entrepreneurship and CSR. In this capacity, he has advised many startups to develop their business, financial, marketing and growth plans. He is also currently the Co-Host of Streams of Progress, interviewing the UAE’s innovative change makers and leaders.

Jos Dirkx

Build Brand Experience & DxBAcademy

Jos Dirkx

Build Brand Experience & DxBAcademy

An international public speaker, a marketing and communications advisor, an author and global coach. She is a two-time TEDx speaker and Managing Director of an award-winning creative communications consultancy based in Dubai, the UAE. She is the founder of the NGO Girls & Football South Africa and co-launched a mobile health app, mGirls, which delivered free healthcare information to 65,000 girls. Her upbringing in 12 countries and travel through 95 fuels her passion for creativity, cross-cultural communications, and arts-based storytelling, and led her to a new venture, the DxBAcademy, which focuses on reinspiring creativity for professional success. She is passionate about working with people in creative spaces to ensure personal and collaborative success. With a unique, global perspective, Jos's outlook transforms mindsets and creates space for change. https://www.publicspeakingindubai.com/

Ludmilla Figueiredo

Rule Number One

Ludmilla Figueiredo

Rule Number One

The founder of Rule Number One, an initiative to bridge growth and investment opportunities for startups and SMEs across markets. She is a member of the leadership team of Singularity University Global Summit in UAE. After winning 3 global entrepreneurship awards along with her team in Brazil, she was invited to launch the Endeavor Global's operations in the UAE, in 2011. Since then, she joined an international Equity Crowdfunding platform as Head of Business Development and was the former Business Director at Kharabeesh in Dubai. As mentor of several startup hubs including Startup Weekend, Coworking.ae and ADGM, she has a very cosmopolitan experience including emerging markets for over a decade. Certified in Harvard Business School, she has been appointed as a thought leader in events for Stanford Ventures Program and INSEAD Abu Dhabi.

Laith Zraikat

Arzan Capital

Laith Zraikat

Arzan Capital

Founded his first startup in 1997 to bring more people and businesses in Jordan onto the World Wide Web. As Co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Jeeran, Laith served many roles while shaping and executing the company’s product vision, and growing its user base from a handful of friends to nearly 7M users. As Jeeran matured, he decided to leave in 2012 and pursue his true passion, working with startups. Since then he has advised and mentored many startups in product and technical areas. A self taught technologist and a geek at heart, Laith enjoys working closely with passionate developers and designers on new and bold ideas. In December of 2015 Laith decided to join a Venture Capital firm and work with startup from the other side of the table. As a VC he works on identifying promising early stage teams and companies, and enjoys working closely with them on solving product and technical challenges. He still codes almost daily, and speaks fluent Arabic, English, Objective-C, PHP, C#, JavaScript, SQL, CSS, HTML, and a little bit of Python. Laith holds a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Jordan.

Abed Agha

Vinelab

Abed Agha

Vinelab

Has more than 18 years of multi-disciplinary experience in technology, media, and financial services having worked with leading institutions in MENA, South-East Asia and the US. Abed is the founder and CEO at Vinelab, the leading digital media company that enables brands to acquire and influence regional audiences through a multitude of influential figures across popular culture. By leading a tech and digital-first institution, Abed has acquired exceptional understanding of the underlying changes that social media has brought to shift the balance of power between the mass, corporations and cultural elite. Prior to Vinelab, Abed lead Mubasher Financial Group’s transformation that pushed the FinTech firm to top equity trading volumes and market share in the UAE consistently despite thefinancial crisis of 2008. Prior to that, Abed spent a few years within the financial services sector across the globe with firms such as Standard Chartered Bank and Capital Credit and invested in multiple technology firms that enabled him to witness the digital economy’s early development. Abed is currently a board advisor at the Beirut Arab University’s school of Maths and Computer Science, in addition to advising a multitude of digital startups in the MENA region. He holds a BSc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

Marie Therese

Flat 6 Labs

Marie Therese

Flat 6 Labs

Started her career in commercial banking, joining HSBC Bank Egypt in 2004. She joined Beltone Financial in 2008 as a portfolio manager. Marie-Therese then moved to NBK Capital as a fund manager to manage equity mutual funds and discretionary portfolios in the range of USD 1 billion. She was also part of the business development and fundraising team at NBK Capital, assisting the team to increase AUMs from USD 45m in 2011 to around USD 1bn in 2015. Marie-Therese joined Flat6Labs in November, 2017 as Managing Partner for the Cairo Fund. She received her Bachelor in Economics from Cairo University in 2003 and Master’s Degree in Financial Economics from the University of Warwick, England in 2007.

Lina Hediah

ConsenSys

Lina Hediah

ConsenSys

In 2017 Lina joined ConsenSys, the largest Ethereum blockchain technology firms globally, as Executive Director of the Dubai office. Lina oversees strategy and enterprise professional services for the Middle East and North Africa. In March 2017 ConsenSys was appointed as the Blockchain City Advisor. Lina plays a pivotal role in this mandate, working closely with government entities to help them build their blockchain strategy, use case ideation, technical analysis and enable them to issue RFPs. Lina also acted as a juror on the judging committee for the 2017 World Virtual GovHack organized by the United Arab Emirates government. Lina is a seasoned technology leader with over 20 years of experience as a technologist, advisor, and executive. Throughout her career as an information technology professional, Lina has witnessed several disruptive technologies. From the Egyptian Stock Exchange to EastNets, a leading global provider of compliance and payments solutions for the financial services industry, she had the chance to put new technologies to the test, and share the success with teams she worked with. A Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Lina has been extensive experience to various markets from the US to Egypt to the United Arab Emirates.

Ibrahim Parwaz

Sage

Ibrahim Parwaz

Sage

Strategic Sales Manager, Ibrahim has joined Sage after working for 5 years in Middle East Media. He has worked with the biggest Media Group in the Middle East heading up their Business and Technology publications for SME and Channel industries. At Sage he leads the Startup segment with a key focus on Cloud and Sage One.

Ihsan Jawad

STV

Ihsan Jawad

STV

Ihsan Jawad is an internet entrepreneur and VC partner based in Dubai. After founding Zawya.com and exiting to Thomson Reuters, Ihsan co-founded HoneyBee Tech Ventures, an incubator and venture capital firm set up to seed consumer based internet start-ups. He is a partner at STV, and most recently at Middle East Venture Partners L.P Before entering the internet space, Ihsan worked in investment banking first at Merrill Lynch and later with Schroeders (now Citigroup) in the City of London. Ihsan received a B.Sc. and Masters in Physics from Imperial College, London.

Birce Guler

Startupbootcamp SCALE

Birce Guler

Startupbootcamp SCALE

Throughout her career, Birce gained a diverse experience in management and marketing related roles, particularly in events and communication industry. Currently, Birce is part of Turkey’s leading early-stage technology seed fund company StartersHub, based in Istanbul. Previously she was part of Startup Istanbul that connects successful startups with corporates, angel investors and professionals. She is responsible for marketing and event management of StartersHub programs including Startupbootcamp Scale San Francisco and StartersHub XO.

Ambar Amleh

Ibtikar Fund

Ambar Amleh

Ibtikar Fund

Co-Founder and the Chief Operating Officer for Palestine’s newest startup investment fund, Ibtikar Fund, a fund that she championed and helped design, structure and fundraise. Ibtikar fills a critical funding gap faced by Palestinian entrepreneurs between seed and VC. For the past six years, Ambar has been directly involved in supporting Palestinian entrepreneurs. As the program manager for Palestine for a New Beginning (PNB), a Palestinian non-profit company focused on entrepreneurial development, Ambar grew PNB from an idea and a loose and small board leadership to an established Palestinian institution. Through PNB, Ambar organized the yearly Celebration of Innovation, a Palestine-wide competition of entrepreneurs, and the follow-up support to these entrepreneurs; as well as Global Entrepreneurship Week in Palestine. Ambar has an international MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Marketing degree from Arizona State University.

Tariq Qureishy

MAD Talks

Tariq Qureishy

MAD Talks

Founder/CEO of MAD Talks, Media Professional, Humanitarian and a Futurist. He has 25 years of experience in the Media world across 3 continents where he has held leadership positions in top global corporations: Dow Jones Market, The Times and Bloomberg Media. Tariq has started his own startup and previously mentored several startups regionally and internationally. In this interactive and though-provoking mentoring session, the mentees will get the opportunity to learn how to use storytelling in an innovative way to attract potential investors and partners for their future endeavours with their startups.

Noor Shawwa

Endeavor

Noor Shawwa

Endeavor

The Managing Director at Endeavor UAE, which he launched in December 2013 to help high-impact entrepreneurs scale up their businesses. Before joining Endeavor, Noor was the Head of Strategic Initiatives at Bayt.com, the Middle East’s largest job portal. At Bayt, Noor worked with the senior management team across functions to optimize the company’s processes and performance. Before Bayt, Noor was the Head of Content at Zawya.com, the Middle East’s first business and financial information provider, which was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2012. Noor played an integral role in Zawya’s growth by establishing its content to rival and beat international giants such as Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, and others. Before Zawya, Noor was a full time lecturer at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He lectured on Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy. Noor has an MBA degree and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Concordia University.

Asmaa Quorrich

Entrepreneur

Asmaa Quorrich

Entrepreneur

A Senior Marketing Executive with great passion for brand building and modern marketing. She has over 15 years of experience managing global brands/portfolios for renowned American Fortune 500 companies. After she finished her MBA as a Fulbright Scholar in Suffolk University in Boston, she spent 3 years in Procter & Gamble to polish her Marketing skills before she took over Pepsi Co portfolio in Morocco & Algeria and grew it twofold in less than 2 years. She then mover to Dubai where she completed a decade with PepsiCo assuming several Marketing and Commercial Leadership roles. Asmaa’s last Corporate Position was Chief Marketing Officer for KFC for Middle East, Africa and Pakistan region where her main focus was on establishing a Marketing & Product Development Organization that is focused on repositioning the KFC $1Bn brand in the region. Asmaa prefers challenging missions where she can build and transform brands. She is currently running he own consultancy and building her own business.

Franck Boissinot

shared-CMO

Franck Boissinot

shared-CMO

Franck Boissinot is currently creating a marketing platform for SMEs and start-ups, shared-CMO. With 4 partners, each of them being a former Chief Marketing officer for more than 15 years, they will be weekly operational marketing advisors, and will bring an efficient experience to the mid-market companies, for an affordable cost. Till February 2018, he worked in different positions in retail for the past 18 years and was the Vice President of Marketing & e-commerce for Carrefour UAE. In his former role, he was responsible of the development and execution of Carrefour’s marketing and digital strategy. Two of his major achievements were the launch of Carrefour’s e-commerce in 2011 and loyalty program in 2013. Another main responsibility was to ensure that Carrefour’s digital and social communications activities were effectively aligned with the omni- channel marketing directions. In addition to loyalty, advertising and customer insights, Mr. Boissinot also managed the customer care and services department. Before joining Majid Al Futtaim Retail in 2006, he held various positions as sourcing, Sales Development and Pricing Manager at Carrefour Turkey and Hyperstar Iran. Mr. Boissinot holds a master’s Degree in business, Retail Management, and Marketing; and a bachelor’s in economics & Business Operations, both from the University of Rennes in France.

Shane Shin

Shorooq

Shane Shin

Shorooq

Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Shorooq Investments, Shane works on leading investment decisions in both private equity and venture capital platforms. Shane has built his career as an investment professional, investment banker and entrepreneur in the US. He used to work at Lazard, UBS, Alpine Investors and GlobalFoundries – wholly owned subsidiary by Mubadala – and was invited to join the Mubadala Capital’s Venture Capital team prior to founding Shorooq. Shane concentrated in Finance and Mandarin at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with Summa Cum Laude, Joseph Wharton Scholar and Benjamin Franklin Scholar Honors. Shane is born and grew up in South Korea and has studied and worked in the US, Canada and China prior to settling down in UAE.

Support Legal Lab

Mentorship sessions focused on legal are hosted in STEP Start area for startups, founders, and entrepreneurs to participate in 1-on-1 sessions with Support Legal. Booking for mentorship sessions will open closer to event day.

2018 Legal Mentors

Booking for mentorships is now open for attendees

Hannah McKinlay

Support Legal

Hannah McKinlay

Support Legal

Hannah McKinlay is Principal and Head of Knowledge Management at Support Legal. Hannah was driven to join Support Legal as she identified with our mission to bring transparency to the legal profession and, by doing so, truly partner with businesses to propel them forward. She is eager to see rapid adoption of innovative technologies and working practices in the legal industry. With over a decade in top tier firms in New Zealand and the UAE (Russell McVeagh and Linklaters), Hannah's expertise includes advising clients in the Middle East, north Africa, India and Australasia across a broad range of corporate advisory and commercial arrangements, joint ventures, public and private M&A, corporate governance, regulatory and debt and equity securities matters. A third-generation lawyer, Hannah believes the survival of her species lies in finding new ways of delivering legal services. Being a proud Kiwi, the “can do” attitude is in her DNA: she is programmed to be innovative, economical and practical. As the architect leading Support Legal’s knowledge team, Hannah is committed to ensuring that Support Legal's consultants and clients are empowered to maximise their performance and deliver results. Her work helps clients navigate the essential legal and regulatory requirements for their businesses to launch, grow and succeed. Hannah is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Commerce (Management and Finance) and Laws from the University of Otago, Dunedin.

Lee McMahon

Support Legal

Lee McMahon

Support Legal

Lee McMahon is Co-Founder & Principal of Support Legal, a new legal services platform for entrepreneurs and emerging companies that is leading the innovation of the legal sector in the Middle East & Africa region. Lee co-founded Support Legal having understood first hand the disconnect in the legal profession between the way lawyers billed for their services and the way the client wanted to be billed. Having gained both top tier experience (King & Wood Mallesons and Herbert Smith Freehills) and blue chip commercial experience across five continents, including as a General Counsel, he also saw how innovation and technology could revolutionise the industry for all involved. Impatient at how slowly the legal world was embracing these opportunities, he’s happy to be off the clock, helping companies achieve their goals without draining their precious resources. Lee is the mastermind who has brought together the technology that enables Support Legal, creating a lean model that works efficiently for both the team and their clients. Clients of all sizes can benefit from his breadth of commercial experience, including heading the legal function of a UK publicly-traded mining company. Lee’s enthusiasm, expertise and ardent support for his clients, make him a loyal partner for legal and business matters. And should you ever get stuck in a coal mine, he's been down plenty of those, too, and would be happy to assist. In 2016, Lee gained a nomination for General Counsel of the Year at the Corporate Counsel Middle East awards. Lee is licensed to practice law in Australia. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business (Management), a Bachelor of Laws and a graduate certificate in legal practice from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Patrick Rogers

Support Legal

Patrick Rogers

Support Legal

Patrick Rogers is a Co-Founder and Principal of Support Legal, a disruptive legal services platform dedicated to entrepreneurs and emerging companies that is leading the innovation of the legal sector across the Middle East and Africa. Having honed his skills at DLA Piper and Jones Day, two of the world’s largest law firms, Patrick has extensive experience in guiding clients through the maze of legal issues they face every day. He is unwavering in his belief that the legal industry needs to be driven in a fresh and innovative direction in order to maintain its relevancy. Patrick believes entrepreneurs are the engines of every economy, driving positive growth, not only in their respective sectors, but the world as a whole. He is passionate about using his unique skill set to support entrepreneurs and the companies they are building through the innovative legal services platform that Support Legal has developed.  Patrick has worked on a wide array of transactions in over 40 countries, from venture capital financings and private equity deals to franchising and IP-related matters. Acting as director and advisor to a number of high growth companies, Patrick also serves as a Venture Corps Mentor with the Endeavor organisation, a global non-profit organisation that aims to catalyse economic growth in emerging countries. He was also selected as a member of the founding mentor team of the Dubai chapter of 1776, a global incubator and seed fund helping start-ups transform industries that impact millions of lives every day: education, energy & sustainability, health, transportation and cities.  Patrick is licensed to practice law in England and Wales and Canada. He holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia and a J.D. from Western University and has lived and worked in Toronto, Hong Kong, London and Dubai, where he currently resides with his family.

Ahmed Arif

Support Legal

Ahmed Arif

Support Legal

Ahmed Arif is a Principal at Support Legal, a NewLaw provider of world class legal advice, delivered by expert lawyers with more than 10 years' experience gained at the world's top firms, at an accessible, fixed price point and deployed using cutting-edge legal technology. Ahmed spent over 10 years with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Dubai, specialising in mergers & acquisitions and advising on some of the largest transactions in the region. Whilst there, he was also involved in, and is passionate about, deploying new legal technology to help lawyers work in the way that clients want, not the way that lawyers are used to. Advising both strategic and financial investors across the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and south east Asia, he has been involved with a number of precedent-setting deals. These include the first bank merger in Abu Dhabi, the first bank disposal in Jordan, one of the largest technology investments in the region and the first acquisitions by international private equity houses into the region. He also spent almost a year on secondment to HSBC’s Global Group mergers & acquisitions function. Having co-founded his own Dubai-based startup in 2015, Ahmed is keenly aware of the challenges faced by business owners in the region. He believes Support Legal is the perfect platform to combine his international and regional legal expertise with his determination to deliver innovation in the legal profession to the benefit of growing businesses. Ahmed holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Westminster and a Master of Laws (LLM) from the American University in Cairo. Ahmed is admitted to the New York Bar (NY, USA).

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