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STEP X features the latest in future of transport and autonomous tech, smart cities, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, and more. Telcos, city planners, automotive companies, and startups gather to discuss what life will look like by 2050.

What We Cover

Future transportation
Discussing the evolution of MaaS, autonomous vehicles and electric vehicles, and regulatory framework to encourage new transportation models.
Smart Cities & IoT
Debating building up existing infrastructure versus building out new cities. The shift to connected lifestyles and its level of effectiveness to suit people of all abilities across all nations.
Decision making and Artificial intelligence
Debating decision making through artificial intelligence, how much should humans let AI decide for them, and the socio-economic and socio-political impact of AI.
Regulation & Security
Discussing the excessive need for cyber security in smart cities as our lives transform by the data we generate, and the requirements from stakeholders to enhance security.
 

2020 Speakers

Robert
Scoble

Infinite Retina

Robert
Scoble

Infinite Retina

ROBERT SCOBLE: Infinite Retina Chief Strategy Officer | Spatial Computing Researcher | Expert on Augmented and Virtual Reality | Top Five Technology Blogger Robert Scoble is among the world’s best-known technology strategists. He is also a keynote speaker and most passionate about Virtual and Augmented Reality and how they will change and disrupt business. Based on his many meetings with tech pioneers and thinkers, he is always looking for early changes in patterns that foretell lasting trends. Three such trends have resulted in his three books. Siri was launched in his house. He did the first live video from inside the first Tesla (Elon Musk gave him a ride before he gave his best friend a ride). He has the first video of a Google self-driving car up on YouTube. He was first to show the world many companies and technologies, like those, and Flipboard, Pandora, Instagram, and thousands of others. Scoble is best known for his blog, Scobleizer, and associated social media accounts, like Scobleizer on Twitter, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technology strategist at Microsoft. He later worked for Fast Company as a video blogger and then Rackspace promoting breakthrough technology and startups and representing its brand to millions. Founded by Irena Cronin and Robert Scoble in October 2018, Infinite Retina, LLC, is the first strategy firm dedicated to helping big brands develop and implement spatial computing strategies (virtual and augmented reality, along with other computing that humans, robots, or virtual beings can move through). They believe that a decade from today the center of digital commerce and life will have migrated from today’s handsets to tomorrow’s VR and AR headsets — or smart glasses, as they might be called. Robert wants to help brands understand, plan, and implement strategies to make this vital transformation. Robert is working with Irena on a new book, “Infinite Retina,” which will be published in Spring 2020. It will focus on several industries that will radically change in the 2020s due to Spatial Computing. In addition, Robert has interviewed thousands of tech company founders, and his previous three books, written with Forbes author Shel Israel, have predicted three decade-long trends: “Naked Conversations” predicted how businesses would use social media before Facebook became popular. “Age of Context” predicted how wearable and mobile technology would bring new kinds of software. His most recent book, “The Fourth Transformation,” predicts how augmented and virtual reality will change every business. As a globally in demand keynote speaker Robert delivers a rocket ride through the future of technology, and shows you how your business is about to be disrupted by a perfect storm of technology changes. Spatial Computing, whether we call it mixed reality, augmented reality, or virtual reality, will join with autonomous vehicles, crypto currencies, new kinds of artificial intelligence and voice first systems, like Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa, along with other deep infrastructure changes from new kinds of cloud architectures to 5G to radically change what we think of computing and, even, what it means to be human.

Mr.
Samer
Obeidat

Stallion.AI

Mr.
Samer
Obeidat

Stallion.AI

Mr. Obeidat is a global serial entrepreneur, researcher, and an impactful investor. He has over a decade of experience in leading successful technology startups, business consulting and fintech. In 2013, Obeidat built the first online investment platform for spot precious metals deliverable contracts, and was involved, as of 2016, in the investment of over a US$ billion in the gold markets in the EMEA. In 2017, he founded Investifai, an artificial intelligence (AI) powered wealth management startup, producing higher risk-adjusted returns than most of the traditional investment managers. Obeidat holds a BA degree in applied chemistry from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), and a masters’ degree in global management (MGM) from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC, Canada, where he conducted an empirical research that focuses on managing global multi-asset investment portfolios using machine learning models.

Adam
Durant

Satavia

Adam
Durant

Satavia

Dr. Adam Durant is CEO and Founder of Satavia. Satavia’s vision is to make aviation smarter by simplifying decision-making for greener, next-generation aviation. Prior to founding SATAVIA, Dr. Durant worked as a professional atmosphere and climate scientist, and held posts at the University of Cambridge and the Norwegian Institute for Air Research.

Daniel
Gamber

BYTON

Daniel
Gamber

BYTON

Daniel Gamber is an entrepreneurial and result-driven executive contributing to the development of smart and electric mobility initiatives over the past decade. – Daniel’s passion for user-centric business models, shared mobility, and electric vehicles has led him to join BYTON in 2017. As the director of Business Development and Strategy, Daniel is currently leading strategic projects and partnerships for the global start-up. Based out of Silicon Valley, Daniel helps to establish a unique auto-tech ecosystem for the company. BYTON is building all new premium electric vehicles engineered around an immersive digital infotainment system. – Prior to BYTON, between 2010 and 2017, Daniel Gamber was employed in a series of positions at BMW Group in Germany, USA, China and Sweden. He was critically involved in leading the BMW i Project Management Office for the global launch of the first all-electric BMW i3 and plug-in hybrid BMW i8. Daniel’s positions in product management and corporate strategy have provided him with a track record of successfully leading complex matrix organizations and projects from vision to implementation. – Daniel Gamber holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim. He is a passionate skier, trail runner and traveller.

Liz
Madaras

poliloop

Liz
Madaras

poliloop

Liz, a bioengineer, has worked at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Sanofi and abroad in a joint project of the Ankara Medical University (Turkey), Duke (USA) and Istituzione Nazionale di Santina (Italy) as a researcher, at Gedeon Richter plc. as an analyst. As part of her work she has worked with genetically modified microbial cells and animal cell lines. Additionally for her work she uses bioinformatics and computational chemistry to study and model proteins. She is fluent in 4 languages and can order food in 3 more. As a side hussle she has been selling knives since her late teenage years.

Fodhil
Benturquia

Okadoc

Fodhil
Benturquia

Okadoc

Fodhil Benturquia is the Founder & CEO of Okadoc, the GCC’s leading healthtech startup with the mission to improve the healthcare experience for all. Under his leadership, Okadoc was named 2019 Arabian Business Start-up of the Year, Healthcare Innovator of the Year at the 2019 Entrepreneur Magazine’s Agility Awards and International Healthtech Start-up of the Year by CV Magazine. He was named among the GCC’s top 100 inspiring leaders of 2019 by Arabian Business magazine and listed in the same magazine’s 40 top entrepreneurs and business leaders under 40. Fodhil is a veteran of the technology ecosystem in the region having co-founded MarkaVIP in 2010 and later joining the core team of Souq.com where he launched the Deal of the Day and rose to become the company’s head of Saudi Arabia, Souq.com’s largest market. In 2015, Fodhil was appointed Group CEO of Noon.com where he built the company from the ground-up to become one of the largest e-commerce players in the region. After a frustrating personal experience booking a doctor’s appointment, Fodhil founded Okadoc with a vision to leverage technology to simplify and improve the broken patient experience while at the same time improving operational efficiency for healthcare providers. Okadoc is the region’s first instant online appointment booking platform that seamlessly connects healthcare providers and doctors with their patients. Patients can use Okadoc to find in-network (insurance) doctors across any location, specialty, language spoken, or gender and view real-time availabilities, instantly book appointments, receive reminders, reschedule, cancel or even request earlier availability. For healthcare providers, Okadoc provides both a 24/7 intelligent medical calendar system and a fully interoperable solution that integrates with most hospital information systems. Okadoc helps doctors, clinics, and hospitals reduce ‘no-shows’, optimize their bookings, attract and engage new patients.

Jamil
Fursan
Asfour

Abu Dhabi Investment Office

Jamil
Fursan
Asfour

Abu Dhabi Investment Office

Jamil brings more than 20 years of experience working for fortune 500 companies including Apple, IBM, HPE, and E&Y in the US, China and the Middle East. Throughout his career, Jamil identified gaps stalling innovation, organizational integration and growth pre and post M&A deals. He also developed sustainable long-term partnerships globally. Jamil’s recent work experience focused on shaping the ubiquitous computing service offering while concentrating on privacy and security policies. He has carried out several executive positions, managing special and secret projects during his time at Apple and more than 20 M&A Mega deals. Jamil holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, a Diploma in Management and Leadership from MIT and a Master’s Degree of Business Administration from The University of Oxford.

Stuart
William
Auld

A.L.I. Technologies Inc

Stuart
William
Auld

A.L.I. Technologies Inc

Stuart hails from the Blue Mountains of Australia and is now working as the marketing manager at A.L.I. Technologies Inc., an air-mobility startup based in Tokyo, Japan. They are involved in various different industries, including industrial and racing drones, cloud-based computing power sharing, and flying vehicles. Stuart shares the company’s belief that the future is, and always has been, up.

Dr.
Ahmad
Khwileh

Google MENA

Dr.
Ahmad
Khwileh

Google MENA

Dr. Ahmad Khwileh is a Solutions Lead, AI & Data science at Google MENA HQs in Dubai. He leads the newly established Machine Learning group on a mission to transform the marketing and ads ecosystem in the MENA region using AI technologies. Dr.Khwileh has over 12 years of experience, 7 of them spent working at Search and Publisher Quality teams at Google developing world-largest AI solutions to protect Google ads and search results from fraud and spammy content. He holds a PhD in Information Retrieval and Artificial Intelligence from Dublin City University in Ireland, Masters and Bachelors degrees in Computer Science from Yarmouk University in Jordan. Dr.Khwileh is actively conducting part-time research and reviewing for many scientific journals specialized in areas including Arabic Natural language processing, Information Retrieval and Data Science. His research contributions were published in multiple top tier peer-reviewed conferences and AI Journals such as the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research and others.

Nizar
fakih

STEP Group

Nizar
fakih

STEP Group

Nizar is the Co-Founder of STEP Group, the company behind MENA’s largest and most exciting tech event, STEP Conference. He has been a main part in growing it to its current size, launching content platforms StepFeed and YallaFeed, and has recently focused his interests on growing STEP’s startup and events programming services. He has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, mentored dozens of startups and delivered multiple workshops on leadership and entrepreneurship. Nizar studied Engineering at the American University of Beirut and holds an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid. He has lived in 6 different countries, speaks 5 different languages and is intrigued by all ideas that drive the modern world: political, social, economical and cultural. He spends a lot of time traveling, following sports, watching movies, and reading about almost anything he bumps into.

Amadou
Diallo

DHL

Amadou
Diallo

DHL

Since June 2017 Amadou Diallo is CEO of DHL Global Forwarding Middle East & Africa. He is the founder of Saloodo! GmbH. He was previously CEO DHL Freight, CEO Africa and South Asia Pacific DHL Global Forwarding and prior to this Chief Financial Officer of Deutsche Post DHL Logistics Divisions and Managing Director for the integration of Exel and DHL. Mr. Diallo has more than 25 years of experience in the tourism, banking, express and logistics industries. He is Senegalese and is fluent in several languages including English, German, French, Fulani, Wolof and Spanish. Mr. Diallo is Chairman of Amref in Germany and in the boards of Welthungerhilfe, Africa 2.0, Schiller International University …

Mia
Jafari

Intelak

Mia
Jafari

Intelak

Mia believes entrepreneurship is at the heart of economic growth and collaboration between corporates and startups create a cultural of innovation that is critical for building a sustainable future. Mia leads the Intelak incubation program and the plethora of events and activities Intelak runs and designs and leads workshops in creative thinking, resilience and lean design. Mia is passionate about creativity, human-centred design, art of hosting and building strategic partnerships that bring about the future of business forward.

Demet
Karaali

Mercedes Benz Cars & Vans Turkey

Demet
Karaali

Mercedes Benz Cars & Vans Turkey

Joining Mercedes-Benz Turkey in 2002, Dr. Demet Karaali has held a series of increasingly expanding positions, including the CEO& President Assistant, Head of IT for sales, aftersales and retail and CIO of Mercedes-Benz Cars and Vans Turkey. Since 2010, Dr. Demet Karaali has been a leader in information technology management with a focus on the digitalization. As CIO of Mercedes-Benz Cars and Vans Turkey, Karaali manages all IT aspects of sales, aftersales, marketing and retail in MB Cars, Vans Turkey and providing various IT services throughout Istanbul to global Daimler locations. Karaali provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment throughout the company. Under her leadership, IT in Turkey has consistently earned recognition and awards for achievements. Karaali received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Technical University of Istanbul and completed her Phd at the same university in Industrial Engineering. She has completed numerous executive leadership and management training programs during her career.

Leila
Serhan

Microsft FZE

Leila
Serhan

Microsft FZE

Leila Serhan is currently the Regional Director for Public Sector for Microsoft Corporation in the Gulf region covering UAE, Kuwait, Oman, and Bahrain. Prior to that, her experience spanned across Emerging Markets in the MENA region, leading global sales, marketing and services for more than 16 years with Microsoft, focused on developing the company’s in-country presence and strategy in countries like Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Lebanon, Jordan, Pakistan. Prior to joining Microsoft, Leila held different positions with one of the leading telecom operators in Lebanon. In October 2016, she became the President of the Women in IT association in Lebanon. She is a speaker in many forums and conferences, specially focused on Women empowerment, Diversity and Inclusion, and Women in STEM. Leila holds a degree in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut.

Karl
Feilder

Neutral Fuels LLC

Karl
Feilder

Neutral Fuels LLC

In 2011, Karl pioneered commercial biofuel productionin the Middle East when hecommissioned the UAE’sfirst cleantechbiofuelrefinery in Dubai. Today, it’sthe largest group of cleantech fuel facilities in the GCC,and Karl’s direct actions to mitigate climate change haveresulted in over 12 million tonnes of CO2 savings. Eachfacility uses local waste cooking oils and transformsthem into a clean, green ultra-sustainable fuel which canrun in any diesel engine without any modifications. LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Contact (+971)[email protected] to book Karl for your next event. Over the past five years, Karl has pioneered the use of Internet of Things (IoT) sensors tooptimise waste and fuel management, saving time and money for customers. Adding to the manyaccolades Karl and Neutral Fuels have won.Neutral Fuels was recently awarded a place on the Mohammed bin Rashid InnovationFund Accelerator (MBRIFA). It is one of just seven companies chosen from hundreds ofapplications representing 29 countries. Karl has built and sold five companies (the first to Microsoftand the last to DHL) and led two more to their Initial Public Offering (IPO). Karl is now preparing theNeutral Fuels group of companies for an IPO on the London AIM stock market in 2024, and coachingother start-ups at Hult International Business School. Recognised by the World Economic Forum as aTechnology Pioneer, Karl holds an MBA, a B.Eng. (Hons) in Industrial Engineering and Germanlanguage, and is writing his PhD thesis on “Psychological profiling of start-up teams.” He is aninternational conference speaker, and the lead vocalist for Dubai based classic rock band Sandstörm.

Ayman
Alashkar 

OVERWRITE.ai

Ayman
Alashkar 

OVERWRITE.ai

After 20 years’ experience working in real estate and with Artificial Intelligence, Ayman is the founder and CEO of property tech platform Overwrite.ai, and AI design and development AI studio OBOTO. An expert in custom made AI solutions for SMEs across industry, including FMCG, health, real estate and banking, Ayman is an expert in using Artificial General Intelligence and Artificial Special Intelligence to solve real world problems. The first of its kind, Overwrite.ai has disrupted the real estate marke t worldwide by using narrow AI to write property listings better than any human, saving Real Estate organizations a magnitude of time that was once spent on an everyday task. In 2008 Ayman was a pioneer in predictive modelling for property, completing his thesis on the infrastructure of urban planning, and heading up the UK wise research and advisory team at Colliers Real Estate, prior to becoming Head of Real Estate Wealth Management at Emirates NBD,handling assets over $2. 2US billion. Ayman was the Co Founder and Managing Partner of ARK Proventus, a real estate transaction platform and Board Member of Serenia Residences. A graduate of MIT, Artificial Intelligence for Business Strategy, with a bachelor in Maths and masters in Real Estate Investment and Development, Ayman is solution oriented, “numbers junkie.” He believes in owning your mistakes and failing fast. He is not afraid to share his failures along with his success and is an honest, raw voice in the UAE entrepreneurial landscape.

Irfan
Tansel

Al Masaood Automobiles

Irfan
Tansel

Al Masaood Automobiles

Irfan Tansel is a global citizen and the CEO of Al Masaood Group. After starting his career as an engine apprentice at the tender age of 15, Irfan has over 40 years’ experienc e working for family offices spanning across 3 continents. An entrepreneurial and visionary leader, Irfan is credited for his unique approach to company strategy, culture building within organizations and more recently, succeeding in a challenging market; this year Al Masaood gained global recognition for achieving 68% growth after re strategizing, repositioning on the automotive market and hiring a diverse workforce. An award winning CEO who is featured across publications including Forbes, CEO Middle East, Al Bawaba, Gulf News and Entrepreneur, Irfan speaks internationally and delivers motivational keynotes on preparing businesses for disruption, leadership, autonomous vehicles, transportation of the future and the green economy. Driven to build a legacy, Irfan has a competitive nature. And, after achieving his goals and reaching the peak of his career, Irfan is determined to inspire tomorrow’s leaders by sharing his career knowledge. When Irfan isn’t preparing for a future of disruption as autonomous vehicles and ridesharing comes into play, you can find him spending time with his family and playing golf

Charles
Blaschke

Taka Solutions

Charles
Blaschke

Taka Solutions

Founded Taka Solutions in 2013 to reduce the worlds energy consumption by 20% using fully-financed, paid-from-savings projects for smart buildings. Combining technology, finance and engineering by applying IoT, energy modeling and digital twins to save and predict Energy. Charles has raised 200m AED fund to invest in projects to so there is no investment from the customer to transform their assets to smart and low carbon buildings.

Pinaki
Laskar

Fisheyebox

Pinaki
Laskar

Fisheyebox

Pinaki Laskar, CEO & Founder, FishEyeBox. A disruptive Innovator & cognitive Technologist, has been founding brain for many disruptive AI solutions Ranging from Autonomous Car and ITS, AI-based Music and Retail. An expert and Distinguished Inventor in Artificial Intelligence and IOT with research in AI and Ethics. A thought leader and speaker at various conferences including ‘Make in India’, Mumbai, TIE – Bangalore, Sevan Startup Summit – Armenia, Neural Networks Conference – Finland, Artificial Intelligence International Conference – Barcelona, Cloud Expo, USA and many more with a work experience of two decades.

Joey
Bertschler

Cool Japan Holdings

Joey
Bertschler

Cool Japan Holdings

Joey Bertschler is an Austrian-Liechtenstein social blockchain entrepreneur. As CEO of Cool Japan Holdings he aims to make Japan carbon neutral by 2030, democratize AI with bitgrit Inc., and enable compliant and efficient capital-raising and transactions as VP of the Security Token Alliance, the industry’s most prominent think tank with over 100 partners. He started his entrepreneurial journey when he founded a media outlet at a very young age before entering the Blockchain space. Having visited over 20 countries, he built a genuinely cosmopolitan mindset.

Raghida
Dergham

Beirut Institute

Raghida
Dergham

Beirut Institute

Raghida Dergham is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Beirut Institute and Columnist for The National. She served as Columnist, Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, and NY Bureau Chief for the London-based Al-Hayat for 28 years. Ms. Dergham was named one of the 100 Most Powerful Arab Women in 2011 and in 2016, and in 2017 she was named Arab Woman of the Year for her achievements in Journalism. In 2018, she was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in the Arab World.

Zohaib
Ali

Airlift

Zohaib
Ali

Airlift

In January 2019, he started Airlift Technologies, a smart-bus solution designed to cater to the mass transit market. Since then, Airlift has gone on to become a household brand, transporting hundreds of thousands of passengers weekly in Pakistan. Having raised the region’s largest Series A round (USD 12 Million) in record time. Zohaib’s day-to-day role at Airlift involves driving the business forward on its journey to become Asia’s largest mass-transit network.

Nadim
Taoubi

Natufia

Nadim
Taoubi

Natufia

Nadim is passionate about directly impacting peoples lives by giving them tangible and practical solutions to reconcile healthy living with sustainable growth. Nadim joined Natufia’s co founders to help realize this ambition as the Chief Operations Officer. At Natufia Labs, he oversees company’s corporate finance, strategic growth and business partnerships.

Jamil
Asfour

Abu Dhabi Investment Office

Jamil
Asfour

Abu Dhabi Investment Office

Jamil brings more than 20 years of experience working for fortune 500 companies including Apple, IBM, HPE, and E&Y in the US, China and the Middle East. Throughout his career, Jamil identified gaps stalling innovation, organizational integration and growth pre and post M&A deals. He also developed sustainable long-term partnerships globally. Jamil’s recent work experience focused on shaping the ubiquitous computing service offering while concentrating on privacy and security policies. He has carried out several executive positions, managing special and secret projects during his time at Apple and more than 20 M&A Mega deals. Jamil holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, a Diploma in Management and Leadership from MIT and a Master’s Degree of Business Administration from The University of Oxford.

Hans
Schreuder

enaible

Hans
Schreuder

enaible

Hans is co-founder of enaible and leads the business in the region. enaible is AI-powered Leadership: We enable leaders to become the best they can be, then better! We turn your underutilized system data into a normalized scoring and leadership recommendations to increase your productivity. Prior to enaible, Hans spent over 15 years as investment banker ans strategy consultant focused on telecom and emerging technologies, of which the past 10 years based out of Dubai. He is also an active angel investor, having backed 15 startups including Rasello, a leading analytics and communication platforms focused on healthcare NGOs across emerging markets, where he is non-executive Chairman. Hans is a graduate of Babson College.

Adah
Parris

The House of Griots

Adah
Parris

The House of Griots

Futurist, Storyteller and Cultural Strategist. A polymath and enthusiastic curator of people, patterns and stories. In 2019, Adah was recognised as one of TED Talks Global Emerging Innovators and was nominated by Google. In 2018, she was recognised as one of the UK’s Top 100 Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Leaders in Technology. Adah is a storyteller who empathetically subverts the status quo. She takes a philosophical approach to technology, hones her skills in pattern recognition and creates immersive storytelling and learning and development environments. Cultures in which her clients and audiences become critical thinkers, philosophers and immersive storytellers, problem-solvers. Innovators. With over 20 years experience in transforming cultures to nurture decentralised humanity-centred innovation environments. Adah has worked with businesses and individuals in advertising, education, entertainment, entrepreneurship, marketing, media and, technology start-ups. Her clients and partnerships have included Google, Unilever, Sainsbury’s, Oath, Ogilvy Labs, The British Council, The EU Council, The Tate Modern, the British Film Institute (BFI), The Union Chapel, Burning Man Camp: Playground, ArabNet Dubai, Innovate Finance, Wayra UK, The Friday Club, and Shambala Festival to name a few.

Baher
Al-Hakim

Medicus AI

Baher
Al-Hakim

Medicus AI

Dr Baher Al Hakim is a dentist by study and a serial entrepreneur by practise, with 14 years experience in a broad spectrum of disciplines including product & technology, business, sales and marketing. Since June 2015, he is the CEO of Medicus AI, applying the latest technologies & trends in AI, mobile and design into redefining the state of healthcare. Before Medicus, he founded several startups, including CloudAppers digital agency in 2008, napkin startup studio in 2012, and Wally, a smart personal finance app that became no. 1 finance app in 22 countries.

Jihad
Tayara

Evoteq

Jihad
Tayara

Evoteq

Jihad Tayara is the Chief Executive Officer of EVOTEQ, a UAE-based solutions provider that champions technological innovations and digital transformation across the region. In his role, Jihad is driving EVOTEQ’s vision to be the region’s premier technological innovations and digital transformation partner. Leveraging on his expertise, Jihad is spearheading the development of disruptive technological solutions that increase efficiency, support business growth, and fuel digital innovation. Under his leadership, EVOTEQ has undertaken several large-scale projects, including the award-winning implementation of the region’s first fully AI-integrated Office of the Future, delivering the largest municipal digital transformation project in the region and deploying Sharjah’s first blockchain platform.Prior to EVOTEQ, Jihad held senior leadership positions in du, Motorola Networks and Investcom.

Ayman
Sharaiha

Altibbi

Ayman
Sharaiha

Altibbi

Ayman is a Co-Founder at Altibbi, the leading Middle East digital health platform. His domain covers Operations, Marketing, Business Development & Business Intelligence to assist the company’s growth. Prior to his Co-Founder role at Altibbi, Ayman was a Vice President at IMENA Group, an internet investor and operator. His area of focus was corporate development, which revolved around fund raising on the investment side; strategy, business intelligence and monetization on the operations side. Ayman also founded his own telehealth company in the US. The company aimed at bridging the gap of healthcare quality between the US and the rest of the world through its global telehealth platform. Ayman holds an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, Spanish proficiently and enjoys playing squash regularly.

Haris
Aghadi

Meddy

Haris
Aghadi

Meddy

Haris is the Founder & CEO of Meddy. He is a consumer internet addict with a passion for building products that solve real problems. He has a special interest in content-focused products that help people make better decisions. Haris has a strong background in product management, SEO and startups. He rants about them on Twitter. He occasionally writes guest posts for Entrepreneur MiddleEast magazine to inspire entrepreneurship in the region. Haris is currently running Meddy – a doctor discovery platform in GCC aimed at helping people in the region make informed health decisions. He Launched Meddy out of a course project at CMU, recruited 2 other co-founders and went from an idea to a public beta in 6 weeks. It’s currently the largest online healthcare platform in Qatar & UAE. It’s been extensively covered in major news outlets like Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Entrepreneur, ArabianBusiness, etc.

Karl
Jeanbart

Derq Inc.

Karl
Jeanbart

Derq Inc.

Karl Jeanbart is COO and co-founder of Derq, an award-winning MIT-spinoff with a mission to eliminate road accidents and save lives. Derq was founded in Dubai in 2016, in 2017 was selected to join the prestigious Techstars Mobility accelerator in Detroit, and in 2019 won best AI startup at SXSW. A former management consultant with Oliver Wyman, Karl advised ministers and senior executives on strategy and organizational matters in regulated industries, financial services and public sector. Karl also has previous engineering experience with major EPC firms, Utilities and Fortune 500 companies. Karl holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from McGill University with focuses on Finance and Entrepreneurship and graduate studies in Business Analytics applied to Energy. He is also a registered Professional Engineer with the Order of Engineers in Quebec, Canada.

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