Partner & Director, Orion360
Neal is a partner and Director at Orion360. He also holds the CTO and PMO roles at Orion360. He has over 13 years of prior experience in multinational companies in the areas of IT and Business Services. Neal is a PMP certified Project Manager and is the company’s expert on Business Transformation in the Supply Chain sector and also leads the Going Digital Service. Neal possesses in-depth technology and business expertise with executive and hands on experience in leading IT operations and initiatives for Procter & Gamble (70b dollar multinational corporation). He also has the proven ability to create measurable value to the business through Information Technology and Business Transformation. Neal led multiple large-scale business transformation initiatives and has diverse skills in different areas of business, including but not limited to Business Analysis, Interactive Marketing, Customer & Commercial Solutions, Supply Network Solutions, SAP implementations and organization building. Neal has a strong international network with the proven ability to build, manage and influence highly energized, focused teams, on-ground and remotely. Neal studied and worked in the United States for several years and later graduated from the American University in Cairo with a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science and a minor in Electronics.
Managing Director, Spacetoon International
Amer Bitar is a visionary entrepreneur working on different
initiatives in the Arab world to help young Arab population to improve their
future through building localized media content. He works with different
institutions in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East providing
leading and strategically international and regional expansion.
Amer has got more than 18 years of experience in management and business consulting that covers international business development, media management as well as project management.
Amer, is currently a candidate of Doctorate of Business Administration at Bradford University in the UK. His study focuses on leadership in family owned and managed firms in the MENA region. Amer holds an Executive MBA from Uninversité du Québec à Montréal – Canada and he did post-graduate studies in international business management at McGill University – Canada and he has a BS of Economics from Damascus University.
Ahmed Ellaithy is a Technology strategy, Intellectual Property, Licensing, and product development specialist and currently managing the newly established Technology Transfer Office at AUC.
Investment Officer, IFC
Intrapreneur, Vodafone Egypt
Mohammed is an intrapreneur at Vodafone Egypt, where he is responsible for driving innovation and exploring new frontiers in the Internet space. His areas of focus are overhauling the end-to-end user experience, managing the Internet products portfolio, and nurturing the developer ecosystem. He launched and manages Vodafone Ventures, a startup fund created to boost the local Internet industry and to enable young entrepreneurs to realize their dreams. Previously, Mohammed launched Vodafone's mobile Internet, and grew it to 6 million users by launching data plans, smartphones, social networking products, and content services. On paper, Mohammed is a computer engineer, and has acquired 10 years of local Internet industry knowhow from a previous life.
Vice President & Area Manager Egypt and Sudan, Projacs International
Mr. Osman has over 14 years of experience in project management and contract administration. He has worked on commercial buildings, office buildings, hotel projects as well as infrastructure projects. Mr. Osman has extensive knowledge of starting up projects and successfully managing both the design and construction phases. Mr. Osman heads Projacs’ Operations in Egypt and Sudan supporting public and private clients on large mixed use developments and specialized buildings. Mr. Osman provides expertise for public private partnerships, build operate and transfer (BOT) schemes, feasibility studies and due diligence. He also has extensive business development experience and has working experience in Egypt, Sudan, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Kenya, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE as well as the United Kingdom. Mr. Osman is a fond believer that SMEs are the backbone of developing Egypt’s economy in the near future and will support SMEs and Entrepreneurs working in the fields of Real Estate, Retail, Construction, Transportation as well as Infrastructure.
CEO & Founder of Extreme Solution
Sherif is the CEO & Founder of Extreme Solution,a Leading Mobile Messaging & VAS Provider in Egypt for the Past eleven years. He is additionally the Founder of AppaDeus LLC ,a US based Technology Startup Developing Mobile Games & Social Apps for the iOS & Android Platforms, and is a member of the Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG Council,) helping leading companies and investment firms learn more about current business issues. Sherif holds a Diploma in Mobile Communications from the Telecoms Academy in London and a BSc of Information Technology and Communication from the AASTMT.
Strategy & Management Consultant
Hanan Samieh graduated from Faculty of Engineering, Communication & Electronics section, Ain Shams University. She also got a MBA with a major in Marketing from Masstricht School of Management in Netherlands. She has published a paper on knowledge management in international journals like IEEE magazine, Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences, and Knowledge Management Journal. She is a business consultant specialized in strategy and business development, budget planning, process engineering, and enterprise risk management. She consults regularly with executives in ICT industry to help developing the industry in Egypt. She has extensive professional experience in IT and Telecom industries in several functions including software engineering, mobile network development and operation, project management, financial planning and modeling, process engineering, enterprise risk management, and strategy and business development.
Regional Sales Manager, Cisco
Ayman Elgohary is a balanced business leader with more than 16-years of experience he spent successfully in IT and Telecommunications fields. He has been working in different companies with exposure to multi-culture environments. During the first 9-years in his career, he worked as a technical engineer, in presales, in project management, and led business units in local Systems Integrators responsible for sales, presales and business development. In January 2004, he joined Cisco as a Territory Account Manager. In April 2006, he was promoted to be the Regional Sales Manager managing the Commercial business within Cisco in 10-countries (North Africa, Egypt and Levant). Ayman Elgohary has been awarded many awards by Cisco in the areas of sales excellence, partnership with different business departments within Cisco, and implementing new and innovative Go-To-Markets strategies and business models. His educational background is diversified as well. In 2005, he finished his MBA from Strathclyde Business School (SBS) in Glasgow, Scotland (one of the top 100 business schools in the world). Also, he has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) with specialization in Communications and Electronics from Ain Shams University, achieved in 1995.
Professor of Entrepreneurship, British University of Egypt
Commercial VP, OTVentures and Managing Director, Arpu+
In his role, Fadi is setting the strategic direction for OT Ventures commercial plans. He is also managing the commercial organization's implementation of value adding business opportunities. He is responsible to develop and direct all aspects of the company's commercial and business development policies, objectives and initiatives across all countries that OTVentures serves. Fadi received his Bachelor degree of Business Administration from the American University in Cairo. He started his career at LINKdotNET handling several positions leading him to head the LinkWireless division, which started the first Value Added Services back in 2001-2002. Fadi first joined Arpu+ in 2003 as Business Development Manager and a member of the team who inaugurated the company and played a major role in its success. He then launched Mobizone Italy, a subsidiary of Arpu+, in 2006. During his 3 years mission in Italy, he managed to build a strong entity capable of standing up in a very competitive market and act as Arpu+ hub in Europe. In 2009, Fadi has been appointed as a Managing Director for Arpu+. Through his vast experience in the telecom field, he had a different vision that supported him to establish new creative lines of products and services.
Founder, Ark Development
“I believe that Egypt can play an influential role in the International Software Industry and I am determined to prove this”. That was my motto when I got my first freelance job for a US client back in 1988. At that time, I was still a fresh engineering graduate paving my way in the Web development field, but realized that through cyberspace I could efficiently deliver work and meet clients’ demands regardless of their geographic location; whether they were in a room next to me or even on a different continent. Assisted by business marketing portals like www.elance.com, my job evolved and clients increased. Inspired by my motto, I was able in 2000 to achieve outstanding results especially for my US clients, but back then, I didn’t know that I was literary a “Technology Export Entrepreneur” who was technically working in the field of “Outsourcing”. Armed with experience and entrepreneurial spirit, I quit my job to open my software company; Ark Development was originally founded to give talented and dedicated developers in the MENA region a stake in the global information economy. My original team of two developers has now grown into a robust CMMI-ISO Certified group of 30 programmers who develop codes in many languages. Challenge has never been a barrier to us; on the contrary it is an incentive where we can prove our mettle and show the unique caliber of our service. That’s why international clients are awed and name us “Our web ninjas team in Cairo--We are regularly awed by the magic Egyptians achieve in their projects.” Our ultimate objective which is giving Egypt an influential role on the International level is our strongest asset giving us the energy and determination to move far beyond the normal call of duty.
Entrepreneurship Specialist, Egyptian Competitiveness Program (ECP)
Group Head of Digital, Adline Media
Principal, Sawari Ventures
With a Masters in Architecture Karim initially started his career as an architect and designer for a firm in Boston that specialized in Iraqi Reconstruction. Always a serial entrepreneur at heart with several involvements since his teen years like founding an architectural outsourcing company at nineteen, Karim has since founded and developed four tech companies. In his early twenties Karim left architecture and founded E Group Corp (www.egroupcorp.com) which reached more than $1 million in revenue with an approximate 25% EBITDA margin from an initial investment of $10,000 in its first year of operation. E Group went on to employee more than 350 people with offices in Boston, Manchester, England, Namur, Belgium and Cairo, Egypt. E Group went on to complete a non-exercised right to acquire a prestigious 15 year old marketing company in Manchester, England founded and led by a current English Member of Parliament. The company was generating $3 million in revenue and $500,000 in net profit annually and was to be acquired for a 21% stake in E Group Corp. allowing the company to push higher-end KPO, two-tier, and near shore solutions. The option was not exercised due to the economic climate of the time in Q4 2008. In 2010 together with two Belgian partners, and ex-MDs at Teleperformance, E Group established E Group Belgium SPRL in Namur.
Dr. Shereen Salah
CEO, AlJazeera for Medical Services (Jazmed)
Jazmed is an Egyptian company specializing in the provision of medical services.
Co-Founder & CEO, Gemiza
Ms. Noha Mahmoud is a co-founder and CEO of Gemiza.net, an internet company providing consultation and mentorship for early stage entrepreneurs and SMEs in Business Development and Social Media Marketing. Prior to Gemiza, Ms. Noha worked as a Research Assistant at Nile University, Management of Technology Program. Noha is a graduate from the faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology at Helwan University & she has a Master degree in Management of Technology at Nile University.
Graduated from faculty of Civil Engineering, Ain Shams University in 1990, Ayman started his career as a civil engineer acquiring his first master in 1993. In the same year, he shifted his career to Information Technology. In 1995, he got his executive MBA in Information Technology Marketing. Having worked in different positions and gained wide experience in the field, Ayman started his first venture in 1999: otlob.com - a food home delivery portal. Otlob.com was totally acquired just six months after its launch. After the acquisition, Ayman Started IT-Blocks a Professional Software Services firm where multiple projects and businesses were created. Of these businesses are: Gates an IT Training Center, Corsat a brand of training management solutions, Sortak.com a website for printing photos online, Egybanners.com where you find all printed ads from all printed newspapers and magazines online, IT-Blocks Saudi Arabia and others.
I'd like to consider myself a free spirit, connector, motivator and consider determination and dedication as the primary keys to success. I've had a broad base of experience to draw on ranging from volunteerism, public awareness to working as an outreach officer at the United Nation and believe that such exposure was vital when I pursued my true passion, entrepreneurship. I've been heavily involved in the tech startup field in the Middle East for the past 4 years working on a spectrum of activities and initiatives related to entrepreneurship and innovation. I've worked as an apprentice at Sawari Ventures where I learned a great deal of practical knowledge in venturing new business and together we sparked the tech startup scene in Egypt. I am currently a Senior Marketing Manager at N2V my role is to interact directly with entrepreneurs and jointly transcending the difficulties of connecting the dots and discovering/strengthening synergies in the ecosystem. I help entrepreneurs grow themselves and their ideas into great businesses. I serve as a consigliere without displacing entrepreneurs, rolling up my sleeves to work through all the bits of building their businesses—strategy, recruiting, partnering, financing, leadership—the whole gamut. Their individual development is as important to me as the development of the business.
Business Development Manager, N2V.com
Partner BPO, Outsourcing Experts
Ahmed Zaky Allam
Ahmed Zaky Allam is a telecommunications engineer graduated from Ain Shams University, holding a Masters of Business Administration degree from Maastricht School of Management. Ahmed has been working in the mobile telecommunications industry for the last 12 years holding different management positions in operations, marketing and sales both in the network operators side and network manufacturers and solutions provider side. On the personal level Ahmed has a small family with 2 kids and is excited to participate as a mentor, as it will give him a great opportunity to practically transfer his knowledge and experience and truly participate in the developing of our beloved new Egypt.
Country Representative, Mercy Corps
Project Manager, Alstom
Data Center & Cloud Managing Director, OT Ventures
Global Operation & Strategy, Ericsson
Hossam Kandeel, born and raised in Egypt, earned his B.Sc. in Electronics & Communications year 1996 from Cairo University. He started working in the IT & Telecom industry with few multinational organizations mainly in service establishment & management (e.g. INTELSAT USA, Schlumberger, NEC, Motorola). After receiving his MBA year 2000 from Maastricht School of Management majoring in International Business, Hossam joined Ericsson in 2001 working with technical business development towards telecom operators. Afterwards, he led the technical sales team serving North Africa market off of Egypt. Hossam has been put through several leadership assessment programs in Egypt and abroad where he has been identified as an “Ericsson key contributor” and a “Rapid High Potential leader” Hossam then moved to Ericsson headquarters in Stockholm to drive global strategy execution and operational excellence for three years off of corporate strategy. Finally, Hossam has been leading since June 2010 Ericsson’s Strategy for Region Middle East, helping develop and execute on Ericsson’s five years top business priorities in the region.
Associate Director of Communications, AUC
Account Strategist, Google
IT Systems Consultant, HP
Resident Entrepreneur, GEP
ICT Consultant, World Bank
Waleed graduated from Cairo University Faculty of Engineering in 1996 with a major degree in electronics and electrical communication. Waleed also received his master degree in business with a major in finance from the American University in Cairo in 2008. In 2008, he started his own business (Oteena). Oteena became the number one supplier for all power retailers. In 2010, he started the online retail arm of Oteena (www.oteena.com,) which is now one of the pioneers in the Middle East.
MENA Corporate Affairs, IBM
Business Development Manager, ITWorx Gulf
Mohamed has over 17 years of work experience, initially as a Senior Project Manager in SAKHR Software. In 2000, he became a Presales Manager at Raya Software before moving, in 2007, to his current role as Business Development Manager for ITWorx Gulf. Mohamed graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science (Hons) from Ain Shams University. He additionally holds an MSc in Business Information Technology from Middlesex University and a degree in International Marketing Communication from AUC.
Managing Director, Knowledge Academy
Managing Director, Sarmady (Vodafone)
Shady Eneim, an engineer by education, has 17 years of professional experience in the Telecoms and Internet industries across a number of organizations. He began his career in 1996 as an engineer and is now the Managing Director of Sarmady (a Digital Publishing and Marketing company acquired by Vodafone Egypt). Shady started his career at Telstra (in Australia) where he worked as an engineer working in the new products delivery area. He then moved onto Siemens Australia working in the International Support Unit where he had a number of assignments in Europe, Asia and Africa. Since 2000, Shady has been at Vodafone and has held a number of senior roles in Business Development, Marketing and Technology.
Employment Promotion Program, GIZ
Founder, Orion360 and Founder & Chairman, Misan Sports
Karim has 15 years experience with Procter & Gamble in the area of IT and Business Services. He has held assignments in Egypt, Turkey, Belgium, UAE and Saudi Arabia. He has a wide range of experiences such as leading SAP financial deployments in Russia, South Africa and Egypt; leading the global SAP Treasury Management design and deployment in Peru; and setting up of the EMEA Financial Services Center in Newcastle, UK. Karim was appointed IT manager for P&G Egypt and then IT and Business Services Manager for Middle East Africa. This new role included IT, Purchasing, Facilities Management, Employee and Financial Services. Most recently, Karim managed the Central Eastern Europe Middle East and Africa interactive marketing and then his last assignment was Global Decision Support Systems Associate Director working directly with global presidents to setup the global business scorecard system for the company. Following his passion, Karim founded Orion360 Business Services two years ago. Orion360 focuses on helping businesses grow by focusing on strategic cost reduction and business process outsourcing. Following this success the company started working in the digital space a few months ago building a pipeline of new initiatives. Karim is also founder and chairman of Misan Sports which is a leading company in sports management building sports academies, athlete management and sports marketing and sporting events management. Karim is a graduate of the American University in Cairo with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and a minor in Business Administration.
Country Manager, Interact Egypt
Fady Ramzy is an entrepreneur, a visionary and the country manager for Interact Egypt, the regional office of mother company based in Rome, Italy, specialized in online marketing innovations and communications services, mobile R&D, in addition to digital media delivery platforms over IP and mobile networks. Fady brings over 15 years of diverse experience in the world of digital/online media from different perspectives in different companies. He has been always a regional pioneer in the online field, he was the first to introduce the concept of DRM for audio/video in Egypt thus allowing his customers, Mazzika TV, to monetize their protected content. Later, he had a significant success story in managing portal development project of Egypt’s national airline, EgyptAir.com, thus launching the first e-ticket system in the history of Egyptian aviation. Fady’s professional certificates also include PMP (Project Management Professional) by PMI, Six sigma green belt by Quality America and internal auditor by Software Engineering Certification Center, Egypt.
Country Manager, Souq
Head of Innovation, R&D, Orange Labs
Operations & Support Manager, Giza Systems
Hatem has nearly 20 years of experience in the software and IT domain. He is currently Operations and Support Manager in the Consultancy and Integration Department of Giza Systems. His role involves quality control and consultancy for enterprise applications, mainly in telecom OSS/BSS. Before joining Giza Systems, Hatem worked in Sakhr Software as programmer/project manager in natural language processing. His career spans through the whole ALM including experience in different standards such as ISO900, CMMI, Six Sigma and eTom. Through the integration of his strong technical background in different market sectors, Hatem believes strongly in the need to understand business, communicate and negotiate to ensure the best possible outcomes for software projects.
Entrepreneur and Founder, ZAD Group
Entrepreneur and founder of ZAD Group. Certified master coach and change managment subject matter expert. A pharmacist by education and former senior executive with more than 17 years experience in multinationals,local companies, start-ups and civic societies in the Middle East. He started his career in sales with Janssen Pharmaceutica which is a leading European pharma company, At the time of Janssen acquired Cilag to form Janssen-Cilag. After the acquisition he was promoted to the business development department, then marketing since 1994. Amr joined Abbott as franchise manager to start up their business in Egypt in 2001, In April 2006 he was heading the commercial function as pharma division manager leading a team of senior, middle and junior managers to achieve headquarter’s goal. He grabbed extensive hands-on experience in virtually every stage of business with multinational approaches, large array of innovative business solutions due to work experience in various countries and segments.
Resident Doctor, Kasr El Ainy
Founder, Cloud 7 Labs