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.
Hamzah Nassif is the Head of Investments at iMENA Group, where he is responsible for strategic planning and implementing investment strategies. Prior to joining iMENA, Hamzah was a senior engineer at Qualcomm, and an associate at Ithmar Invest PSC, a MENA investment banking firm that provides financial advisory on M&A, restructurings, and capital raises to corporations, PE funds, and family businesses. Hamzah earned an MBA from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management, graduating in the top 5% of his class. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, summa cum laude, from Purdue University.
Khalidah Khazaleh is the Human Resources Director at iMENA Group, where she manages human resource needs across iMENA Group and its businesses. Prior to joining iMENA, she worked at Abu Shakra Trading Company, Maktoob Group, Bayt.com, Royal Jordanian, Jeeran.com and Arab Technical Group. Khalidah has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Jordan.
Ardash Karakashian is the Head of Business Intelligence at iMENA Group and iMENA’s online classifieds business OpenSooq. He is responsible for overseeing the development of the Business Intelligence portal at iMENA Group, in addition to the development of dashboards and reports to create a data-driven culture at the group level. Prior to joining iMENA, Ardash was an independent investor, and had worked in the field of sales at Argo International Corporation and AJB Hightech. Ardash graduated from the University of Jordan with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He passed all 3 levels of the CFA program and may be eligible for the CFA charter upon completion of the required work experience.
Anas Elayyan is the Head of Business Development at iMENA Group, and Head of Sales and Business Development of iMENA’s online classifieds business OpenSooq. He is responsible for sourcing partnerships and implementing growth strategies for iMENA Group and its businesses. Prior to joining iMENA, Anas worked as a financial analyst at Arab Advisors Group and in the treasury department of The Housing Bank. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from The University of Jordan, and has passed level 1 of the CFA program.
Issam is the Head of Technology at iMENA Group, where he is responsible for leading all aspects of technology development across iMENA Group and its businesses. Prior to joining iMENA, Issam worked at Danat eVentures and MTN Syria. He also co-founded Logta.com Platform, the first online mall in the Arab world. Issam holds a Bachelor’s degree in Informatics Engineering from Damascus University.
Aysha El-Shamayleh is the Head of Public Relations at iMENA Group. She is responsible for iMENA Group’s corporate communication. Prior to joining iMENA, Aysha worked at the Royal Hashemite Court, Venture Magazine, and held posts in the NGO sector. She had also founded creative writing workshop, WritersCell, and co-founded regional digital publisher, Project Pen. Aysha graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, cum laude, with a Bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
Mahmoud Hassan is the Head of Finance at iMENA Group, where he is responsible for general accounting and financial reporting functions for iMENA Group and its companies. Prior to joining iMENA, he worked at Zad Capital, Fahid Group and Ambico. Mahmoud graduated from the Applied Science University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
Yousef Bani Jaber is the Services Financial Controller at iMENA Group, where he oversees financial reporting in iMENA Group’s shared services unit. Prior to joining iMENA, Yousef worked at Dar Al Dawa Development & Investment Company and ARAMEX International Company. Yousef is currently completing a Master’s degree in Finance at the University of Jordan, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting Information Systems from Al-Balqa’ Applied University.
Joanne Bou Jawad is the Head of iMENA Group’s UAE office and Head of Product Development of iMENA’s online classifieds business OpenSooq. She oversees product development at OpenSooq, and is responsible for sourcing and implementing iMENA Group’s corporate development initiatives out of the UAE. Prior to joining iMENA, Joanne was the Head of Digital Strategy at Namshi.com, before which she was a Team Manager at Nokia Siemens Networks. Joanne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer and Communications Engineering from the American University of Beirut.
Khalid Alali is the Head of iMENA in Saudi Arabia where he leads strategic and operational initiatives for iMENAs portfolio companies. Prior to iMENA, Khalid built Saudi Arabia’s #1 online vertical classifieds portal-Lamudi. Preceding Lamudi, Khalid was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, the world’s leading management consultancy. At McKinsey Khalid gained cross-functional, multi-industry experience by serving the largest companies in the Middle East and South Asia.
Khalid graduated in the top 10% of his Bachelor of Commerce program in Concordia University, Montreal.
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.
Elias Ghanem is the Co-Founder & CEO of Telr. Prior to founding Telr, he was the Managing Director of PayPal Middle East and North Africa and the Managing Director of PayPal South East Asia and India. Before joining PayPal, Elias has been a long-time senior executive at Visa Inc. He received his MBA from the University of Miami in the United States. Elias is a Business Science graduate of the “Institut de Preparation à l’Administration et la Gestion”, a Business School in France.
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.
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.
Aboud Yaqub is the Founder of iMENA Digital. Prior to joining iMENA Group, Aboud worked at the Monitor Group, Sallie Mae and BDBO Advisory. Aboud earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business where he was the valedictorian of his class.
Bashar Saleh is the Founder of iMENA Loyalty. Prior to founding iMENA Loyalty, Bashar worked at BlackRock and Merill Lynch. He also co-founded ReserveOut, iMENA Group’s online restaurant reservation platform. Bashar holds a Master of Engineering, and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer and Telecom Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Mahmoud Fouz is the CEO of Easy Taxi Middle East. Prior to founding Easy Taxi, 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.
Ayman Sharaiha is a Vice President at iMENA Group. He is responsible for sourcing and validating partnership opportunities for iMENA Group. Prior to joining iMENA, Ayman co-founded Clinical Fellows Inc., a global telehealth platform, based in Boston, and worked at Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Booz & Company and The Royal Hashemite Court. Ayman holds an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at The University of Pennsylvania, and an MPA from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. He graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
Noora Al Bashir is a Vice President at iMENA Group. She is responsible for implementing iMENA Group’s corporate development initiatives and investment strategies. Prior to joining iMENA, Noora was a financial analyst at Abraaj Group for 3 years. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, and had received training from Training The Street and Abraaj Academy.
Lina Fraij is a Talent Acquisitions Manager at iMENA Group, and a Human Resources Business Partner at iMENA’s online classifieds business OpenSooq. She is responsible for recruiting talent at iMENA Group and its businesses. Prior to joining iMENA, Lina worked at Sparta Technologies, iHorizons and Bayt.com. She holds a Master’s degree in political science from the University of Düsseldorf in Germany, and a Bachelor’s degree in Literature and Cultural Studies from The Hashemite University.
Mohammad Wafa is a Senior Managerial Accountant at iMENA Group, where he is responsible for collecting and analyzing iMENA businesses’ financial reports. Prior to joining iMENA, Mohammad worked at Dar Al Dawa Development & Investment Company, and Wael Sakkijha & Brothers Co. for Jewelers. Mohammad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Petra University.
Raed Abu Rajab is a Senior Accountant at iMENA Group, where he is responsible for the day-to-day accounting operations of iMENA’s businesses. Prior to joining iMENA, Raed worked at Wysada Trading, Abu Saad Engineering & Contracting, and United Business Applications. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the Applied Science University.
Abdallah Barjoud is a Senior Development Engineer at iMENA Group, where he is responsible for leading any iMENA Group projects involving iOS development. Prior to joining iMENA, Abdallah worked at Alpha-Apps FZ LLC. He holds a Bachlor’s degree in Information Technology from Damascus University.
Khaled Kasrawi is a Senior Android Developer at iMENA Group, where he is responsible for any iMENA Group projects that require Android development. Prior to joining iMENA, Khaled worked at Genie9, SP-APPS and Benu Technologies. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Princess Sumaya University.
Rizvi Iqubal is a PHP Developer at iMENA Group, where he works closely with the technical team to build websites and web applications. Prior to joining iMENA, he worked at TravelerVIP – RihlaPrime, Happiest Minds Technologies, and Greenlemon Internet Marketing & Web Solutions. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering from College of Engineering Chengannur.
Jaichand Singh is a Senior Web Developer at iMENA Group, where he leads the team that builds websites and web applications using different programming languages. Prior to joining iMENA, he worked at Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Acts.info, and Aufait technologies. Jaichand holds a Master’s degree in Bioinformatics from Sikkim Manipal University, a Bachelor’s degree of IT from Manipal University, and Bachelor of Science from University of Calicut.
Danya Nusseir is the Head of Operations at iMENA Digital, where she is responsible for iMENA Digital’s internal operations. Prior to joining iMENA, 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.
Ali Zuaiter is the Accounts Director at iMENA Digital, where he is responsible for business development and managing iMENA Digital’s client relationships. Prior to joining iMENA, he worked at The Online Project, The University of Florida and the World Bank. Ali earned his Bachelor’s degree from University of Florida’s Warrington Business School.
Ali Abdulhadi is the Head of Social Media at iMENA Digital, where he is responsible for managing iMENA Digital’s Social Media department. Prior to joining iMENA, he worked at Wunderman, The Online Project, Elite Advertising and Relevant Ads. Ali holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of South Carolina Upstate.
Haitham Alhumsi is the Head of E-Commerce Optimization at iMENA Digital, where he is responsible for the strategy and execution of new initiatives and delivering high value assets. Prior to joining iMENA, Haitham founded HorsepowerCalculators.net, which sells automotive apps on web and mobile. He also worked at Telfaz11.tv, the Saudi Electric Company and provided consultation and development services to MyCloudKitchen.ch, AppMarillas, and BannerServant.com.
Haitham has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Electronics from Washington University in St. Louis.
Abedul-azez Kasaji is the Head of Product Management in Saudi at iMENA Digital, where he is responsible for managing iMENA Digital’s web and mobile development offerings. Prior to joining iMENA, Abedul-azez worked at N2V, Mallna and Jordan Technology Access. He was the Founder & CEO of Mallna. Abdel-azez is currently pursuing his MBA at the Talal Abu Ghazaleh Graduated College of Business. He holds a BA in Mechatronics Engineering from Al-Balqa’ Applied University.
Mohammad Abu Ein is the Head of UI / UX at iMENA Digital, where he manages the user experience and design department. Prior to joining iMENA, Mohammad was the Co-Founder and UI/UX Designer of BrandAVNU, a creative, web and digital marketing solutions company. He also worked at Dakwak, Wikikiwis, Entrance, Senay, Advize Grey and Arab Gate, and had co-founded Senjab, a creative digital design and development company. Mohammad holds a Bachlor’s degree in Graphic Design from Al-Ahliyya Amman University.
Zaki Nahhas is the Vice President of Business Development at iMENA Loyalty. Zaki is responsible for identifying and developing new business deals. Prior to joining iMENA, Zaki worked at Virtecha, D1G.com, ShooFeeTV, Globitel, Umniah, Orange and Zain. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Al-Ahliya Amman University.
Ahmad Khundaqji is the Vice President of Technical Development at iMENA Loyalty. Ahmad is responsible for the implementation and technical leadership of the iMENA Loyalty platform. Prior to joining iMENA, Ahmad worked at iHorizons, EastNets, e-Tech Systems and Mobile Interactive Technologies. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from The Hashemite University.
Amjad Darweesh is the Vice President of Client Implementation at iMENA Loyalty. Amjad is responsible for the overall planning, execution, ongoing management and reporting of client launch, implementation and deployment. Prior to joining iMENA, Amjad worked at SIT Mena, EMC Corporation, Bank Audi and DOTFORMATICS. He holds an MBA from Northeastern University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Information Systems.
Rawan Mubarak is a Product Manager at iMENA Loyalty. Rawan is responsible for managing the entire product life cycle, from strategic planning to tactical activities. Prior to joining iMENA, Rawan worked at Startappz, Mjalati Digital Publishing Company, Jordan River Foundation, and Primus. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Jordan.