Dr. Khaldoon Tabaza is the Founder & Managing Director of iMENA Group. In the last 20 years, Khaldoon has founded, invested in, managed and advised many successful online, technology and media companies in the MENA region. This includes the first venture-backed online business in the Arab world, Arabia.com, which he founded in 1995.
In 2005, Khaldoon founded Riyada Ventures, a venture capital firm that was acquired in 2009 by the Abraaj Group -a $7.5 billion emerging markets private equity firm. At Riyada, Khaldoon started working with Adey Salamin, iMENA’s Founder & CEO.
Khaldoon was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. He is also a Kauffman Venture Fellow and a member of the Young Presidents Organization. He holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from The University of Jordan and has completed the Young Global Leaders Leadership and Policy education program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School.
Adey Salamin is the Founder of iMENA Group & CEO of OpenSooq.com. Having started his career as an entrepreneur and a corporate executive, he has moved on to become an investment professional with a focus on TMT in recent years. Adey has enjoyed an international career having held senior management positions in the US and Jordan.
Prior to iMENA, Adey was a VP at the Abraaj Group and a member of the investment team. He founded several companies in the region and provided strategic advisory projects to companies in the space of technology commercialization, market entry, deal sourcing, and structuring in Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Libya. Prior to that he previously worked at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers in New York and New Jersey.
Adey also served as a judge and mentor for the MIT Arab, OECD Mena 100, MSFT Imagine Cup, and the Wharton Arab business plan competitions.
He holds a Finance and Accounting Certificate from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.
Khalifa Al Shamsi was appointed as the Chief Digital Officer of Etisalat Group in 2012. Since joining Etisalat in 1993, Khalifa has held various key positions, including Senior Vice President of Technology Strategy, Senior Vice President of Marketing (consumer), and Chief Marketing Officer for Etisalat UAE. He serves on the Boards of Etisalat Afghanistan, E-Vision, and iMENA Group.
Khalifa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky, USA.
Sultan Khalid Al-Turki is the Chief Operating Officer of Al Nahla Group, a family business conglomerate working in the sectors of real estate, banking, trade and telecommunications. Sultan is also a Board member of Etihad Atheeb Telecommunications Co., Saudi Arabian Refineries Company, Evolvence Capital, Jeddah Holdings for Development Co., and Smile Telecommunications Co. Ltd.
Prior to joining AlNahla, Sultan was the Acting Head of Structured Finance at NCB, Saudi Arabia’s largest bank. During his investment banking career, Sultan attained the Credit Analyst Certification of Chase Manhattan Bank, New York.
Sultan holds an MBA degree from the International Institute of Management Development in Switzerland, and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, with honors, from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.
Nasir S. Alabdaly Alsharif is the CEO of AWJ Investments, he leads the development and management of a multi-asset-class portfolio across the globe covering highly competitive markets. Prior to joining AWJ, he served as a Senior Principal at INVESTCORP, Head of Private Wealth Management & Institutional Asset Management at GOLDMAN SACHS International, among other posts.
AlSharif’s entrepreneurial endeavors culminated in the founding of Anan Venture, Anan Iskan, Arena, and Tamaya Catering. AlSharif is also a board member and Deputy Chairman of Saudi Fisheries and several private businesses in the technology and energy sector.
Nasir holds a Bsc in Economics & Finance from Bentley University, Massachusetts and Certification from the Capital Market Authority (CMA), Saudi Arabia.
Wael Jamjoom is the President of Rotoub Investment & Development Holding Company. He is the Chairman of RPS-MENAT, Joudcom, Moja International Company for Food Services, and Al Rou’ya Al Motatawira, the President of the Board of Directors for Okaz Electronic Publishing Company, and the General Manager of Jamjoom Umra Services.
Wael is also a member of the Board of Directors of Tasheel Business Support, Naqel Express, Al Motabei Company, SOLEX, DMS, BeDigital, Safood International Catering, Jamjoom Production and Media, Click Grafix, Fikra Printing Press, STS, Holoul, and Ejada United.
Wael holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a specialization in Marketing from the American Intercontinental University in Los Angeles, California.
Tim Knowles is the Head of Merger and Acquisitions at Etisalat and is responsible for leading and executing M&A and Business Development initiatives across the footprint of 17 countries. Since he joined Etisalat he successfully closed the acquisition of Maroc Telecom, the sale of the Atlantique Telecom portfolio, the financial restructuring and subsequent sale of Zantel in Tanzania, the sale of Canar in Sudan, and the SHL restructuring of EMTS Nigeria.
Tim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Politics Nottingham University and a Masters in Management from the ESSEC Business School in Paris. He speaks fluent French and has lived and worked extensively in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Maher is Vice President – Head of Private Equity & Corporate Development at Olayan Financing Company, where he is responsible for managing the company’s private equity investments and advising its operating companies on mergers and acquisitions. Olayan Financing Company, part of The Olayan Group, manages the group’s investments and businesses in the MENA region.
Prior to joining OFC, Maher was Managing Director – Head of Principal Investments at Shuaa Capital, managing proprietary investments and overseeing key operating subsidiaries. Before that, he was a Senior Associate at Booz & Co. (now Strategy&).
Maher holds a Masters in Finance from London Business School, an MBA from the Lebanese American University and a Bachelor of Science from St. Mary’s University.
Saygin Yalcin is the Founder & CEO of SellAnyCar.com. Prior to founding SellAnyCar.com, Saygin founded Sukar.com. Saygin is an Advisory Board Member and Academic Lecturer of Entrepreneurship and E-Commerce at the Canadian University of Dubai. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Economics from Wissenschaftliche Hochschule für Unternehmensführung – Otto-Beisheim.
Khalil Shadid is the Founder & Managing Partner of Reserveout. Prior to founding ReserveOut, Khalil worked at Cisco systems for 8 years. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering and a minor in Economics.
Alex Nicholas is a Founding Partner of JRD Group, an internet company based in Dubai, UAE operating JustProperty.com and PropSpace real estate SaaS. He co-founded JRD Group in 2009 together with Founding Partner Siddharth Singh. A self-taught coder, Alex developed an interest in technology while working as a management consultant at Accenture’s public sector practice. He is passionate about leveraging the power of technology to revolutionize the real estate experience for professionals and consumers. Alex has a profound appreciation for design and considers form as much a part of function as function itself, championing the adage that ‘simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’. Under his vision and leadership, JustProperty delivers a rich experience and essential information to the millions of individuals in the Middle East. Alex is overseeing the expansion of the Group’s products in the MENA region and imminently further afield. Alex holds an M.A. from Oxford University and has previously worked in marketing and communications at the International Tennis Federation.
Siddharth Singh is a Founding Partner of JRD Group, an internet company based in Dubai, UAE operating JustProperty.com and PropSpace real estate SaaS. He caught the entrepreneurial bug while studying sciences at Edinburgh University and as a result moved on to completing his BSc Degree in Computer Science at Brunel University. A keen technologist, Siddharth has always been interested in using technology to bring simplicity, speed and sophistication to solving everyday problems. Siddharth co-founded JRD Group with Alex Nicholas in 2009, seeking to innovate the online real estate sector when internet growth in the region was still in its infancy. He is passionate about leveraging the power of technology to revolutionize the real estate experience for professionals and consumers. Siddharth formerly worked as a management consultant for Aon Hewitt and Accenture and has also been a part of the Global Banking team with IBM in the UK. An avid sportsman at the varsity level, Siddharth even earned a cricket scholarship at Warwickshire CCC.
Dr. Mahmoud Fouz is the CEO of Easy Middle East. Prior to founding Easy, he was the Head of Onsite Marketing and Conversion Optimization at Lazada Group. Mahmoud finished his PhD in Theoretical Computer Science with highest honors from the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics in Germany.
Sirish Kumar is the Co-Founder & CFO of Telr. Prior to founding Telr, he was the Head of Finance for PayPal Southeast Asia, and had held leadership positions in Motorola, Nokia and Cargill across mature and emerging markets. Sirish holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor’s degree from Osmania University.
Danya Nusseir is the Chief Operating Officer at DIGITAL, where she is responsible for DIGITAL’s internal operations. Prior to joining DIGITAL, she was a Research Manager at Arab Advisors Group. Danya holds an MBA degree from Kingston University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Business Administration from The University of Kent.