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.