Ahmed El Alfi is a veteran investor & VC with over 25 years of entrepreneurial and TMT-related experience spanning across different regions Named as one of the most creative people in the world by Fast Company, Ahmed El Alfi has been an early stage/growth investor for the past 25 years, translating to extensive experience in funding, nurturing early-stage companies. El Alfi founded Hybrid Capital Partners in 1990, a private investment partnership. Hybrid Capital has funded, helped grow and exited several successful companies: among them are PC Mall, a USD 1bn rapid response supplier of technology services for businesses, governments and consumers; ATML, an owner and operator of over 1,000 ATMs; Banquet, an extreme sports portal, and community site; Internet Brands, a leading the operator of e-commerce and community websites; and The Genetics Institute a genetic diagnostic company. During 2006, he served as CEO of EFG-Hermes Private Equity (“EHPE”). From 2010 to present he founded Sawari Ventures, FLat6Labs, Nafham, and TATP (GrEEK Campus). Sawari Ventures aims to help transform the Egyptian and MENA region economies through the creation of sustainable, high impact businesses. In 2011, Sawari Ventures created and funded Flat6Labs, since then Flat6Labs has grown to become the MENA region's leading startup accelerator. Nafham is the top Arabic online video educational platform covering the Egyptian, Saudi and Syrian public school curriculums, Nafham currently gives free video lessons per day to over 1 million students monthly. In addition to Sawari Ventures' portfolio of investments, his current portfolio includes Triporati, an innovative online travel company; Pacific Toxicology, a leading Toxicology laboratory in the USA, as well as Zignal Labs a big data analysis company. Prior to becoming an early-stage investor in 1990, El Alfi was Senior Vice President of Jefferies & Company, where he worked for 10 years. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Waqf Endowment. He has also served on the Boards of Directors or Advisors of the Polytechnic School in Pasadena, Claremont Graduate School of Religion, as well as several for-profits corporate boards
In addition to his role as CEO of the non-bank financial institute, Walid Hassouna is also a non-executive board member of Tanmeyah microenterprises and EFG Hermes Leasing, both subsidiaries of EFG Hermes Finance. Vice Chairman of EFG-EV fintech accelerator, board member of Karm solar and Kazyon hard discount stores.
Prior to joining EFG Hermes in 2016, Walid Hassouna was General Manager and Head of Structured Finance and Investment Banking at Bank Audi, where he closed structured and project finance transactions in excess of USD 15 billion over a seventeen-year banking career that began at Misr International Bank. He also structured and executed several award-winning deals, in project finance and M&A within Egypt and GCC, in addition to several investment banking transactions. He has also been the Head of structured finance and syndication in Banque Misr where he successfully managed to top the league table of the MENA region in syndicated loans.
Walid is a Cairo-University B.B.A holder, where he graduated with highest honors. He also holds an MBA from J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University as well as Islamic Finance Qualification from CISI- UK.
Experienced Chairman with a demonstrated history of working in the venture capital and private equity industry. Skilled in Business Planning, Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, Asset Management, and Management. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a BSC Engineering focused in Architecture from Alexandria University.
Dr. Ayman Ismail is the Assistant Professor and Abdul Latif Jameel Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship at the American University in Cairo School of Business.
His research focuses on entrepreneurship venture capital and private equity in emerging markets economic development in the Middle East industrial strategy international technology diffusion and knowledge transfer to developing countries technology policy and innovation energy and food security and political economy of development. Dr. Ismail is a former Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University.
He received his PhD in International Economic Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also holds a bachelor degree in engineering and an MBA from the American University in Cairo, and a master in city planning and geographic information systems from MIT.
He is also a co-founder and Managing Partner in Enovio, a management & strategy consulting firm operating in the US and the Middle East. Prior to that, he was a consultant in McKinsey & Company Business Technology Office, based in New York for several years.
Dr. Ismail has advised senior management in leading Fortune 100 companies, fast-growing startups, government agencies, and non-profits on key organization, operations and technology issues. He has also consulted and conducted research for international organizations such as the World Bank and UNCTAD, as well as multiple US government agencies.
Dr. Ismail has a broad multidisciplinary experience in economic development, business strategy, city planning and technology based on professional practice and academic research.
Dr. Ismail is a co-founder and member the Board of Directors of Nahdet El-Mahrousa, a leading NGO incubating social entrepreneurs and social ventures targeting economic and social development issues in Egypt. He is also an Endeavor VentureCorps Mentor, advising entrepreneurs.
Khaled Ismail is the Willard W. Brown Chair at the American University in Cairo (AUC) for the academic year 2014-2015. He is also the head of the African Academic Association on Entrepreneurship. Ismail is the Founder and Chairman of KIangel, an angel investment fund focused on investing in early-stage startups in the Middle East. The fund has invested in 11 companies since 2011 and is still growing. Ismail is a serial entrepreneur who has started 7 companies in Egypt since 1992. His latest company, SySDSoft, which is a technology company focused on the design of wireless communication system modems, was acquired by Intel in March 2011. Ismail became thereafter and until January 2014 the Managing Director of Intel Mobile Communications. Ismail was the Chairman of Endeavor Egypt between 2011 and 2014, board member of Orascom Telecom (2004-2011) and board member of the IT Industry Development Authority (2009-2012). Between 2005 and 2007, Ismail was the Senior Advisor of the Egyptian Minister of CIT, responsible for Technology Development. Between 1997 and 2000, Ismail was the Managing Director of Gemma, a company specialized in Ceramic manufacturing, which he managed to take public in 1998. Ismail was with IBMs TJ Watson Research Center in NY. He is the recipient of the IBM Invention Achievement Award and the IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award in 1997 and 1995, respectively. Ismail received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1989. He has been an IEEE Fellow since 1997 and has published over 160 papers in international journals, and is the holder of 22 US patents. He was the recipient of the Eta Kappa Nu Best Young Electrical Engineer in the US award in 1994, and the Shuman Award for the Young Arab Engineer in 1995.
· Member of the entrepreneurship & innovation committee - The American Chamber of Commerce.
· Adjunct faculty - Dubai school of government in cooperation with Harvard Kennedy school.
Karima is heading the commercial side of Falak Startups, from the Accelerator’s Business Development, Investor Relations to Marketing and PR. Having an extensive background in Market Research and Business Development, she was able to establish a focused commercial strategy for Falak Startups, revolving around success stories and thought leadership.
Karima is also the great force behind building and maintaining many strategic partnerships with industry leaders in respective sectors; Novartis, CIB, GB Auto and Schneider Electric to name a few.
Prior to Falak, Karima came from business intelligence and strategy background working with big corporates in Egypt and France, such as Orascom Holding and Danone France.
Karima holds a BSc. in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo and a Masters in Market Research and Marketing from Science Po, Paris.
Tamer is an innovation expert who has 25 years of experience in the technology domain, he had led Orange Lab programs for
broadband, mobile and multimedia in EMEA region for 6 years starting 2008. His team had succeeded to reach world class
recognition with two products awards best new services in Africa Com 2011 and 2013.
He had initiated the development of completely new products during his career and many of them are still serving globally. That
includes Internet EveryWhere which is a low cost internet broadband solution for rural areas where no 3G/4G is available and the
cost is below $100 per connection serving 50 people at least.
Tamer is an entrepreneur, co-founded 3 startups in the last 5 year(Ogra,Asly and BioBusiness) and he managed many business
incubation programs for the government including Bedaya Center/Ministry of Investment and ASRT Intilac program (Ministry of
Tamer started the first specialized incubation program in Egypt with EBNI incubator for IoT in 2015 and with support from Ministry
of Information Technology and Telecommunication.
During his career in incubation management he had mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs and more than 200 startups.
Tamer is a biomedical engineer who worked for the government in Egypt and he has an international working experience with Sprint
telecommunication in USA and Orange in France where he worked for more than 10 years.
He is known for managing innovation and leading creation of new products and services in different technology domains.
He holds many prestigious awards in telecommunication, entrepreneurship and innovation like
AfricaCom best new product 2011 (Internet for All)
AfricaCom best new service 2013 (Internet Everywhwere)
Abu Dhabi SME summit runner-up startup 2013 (ASLY)
GIST-I top ten startups 2012 (ASLY)
Alexandria TechneSummit runner up award – 2016 (Qoudra)
He is currently leading the Entrepreneurship and Employment Educational programs for Wadhwani Foundation in Egypt, this
program had educated more than 2000 students in 2019/2020 and succeeded in transforming more that 80% to entrepreneurs.
GLOBAL SVP NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT & INNOVATION at MASTERCARD
20 yrs in Innovation / ProductDevelopment, Marketing, Digital, Tech Startups & Across North America, Europe, Russia, Middle East & Africa
Fintech, Banking, FMCG, Media & Entertainment
Unilever, Citi, Twofour54, MasterCard
Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Central Michigan / Arab Academy, Alex University
Shadi is CEO & Co-founder of EMBER Medical, a telemedicine company developing solutions to enable healthcare access in emerging markets. Shadi hold degrees from Alexandria university, Iowa State university and UCSB.
Rania Ayman is the founder and managing director of Entreprenelle which is a mission-driven enterprise that strives to bridge the gender gap economically by educating, training and linking women to all the resources possible impacting more than 50,000 women. At the age of 23, She found her self concerned with socioeconomic gender rights focusing on the right to an adequate standard of living based on the SDG 8 of “ Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all “ that's when she started her Initiative “ Entrerenelle “ in Cairo serving most of Egypt and been chosen to represent Egypt and speak in many international conferences as The Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India, Social Enterprise World Forum in the United Kingdom and African Youth Conference in Kenya. Awarded as “ Best Female Entrepreneur “ by YE!, Featured as one of the most active influential “ 25 under 25 Entrepreneurs “ by Startup Scene, Women Entrepreneurship Network board member, Global Institute for Women's Empowerment member, UN Women Gender innovation Agora member, CEFP Alumni & Injaz Alumni. Fearless risk-taker by nature, with more than 6 years Experience in Social development and corporates social value with a degree in Business Administration and further studies in Gender. Most passionate about Traveling, reading and civic work.
Trainer in PIONEERS for training solutions.
Professional Trainer with 7 years of experience who co-worked with ( Greek campus AUC - Save the children – GIZ
Plan international - Masr El-Kheir foundation – ITIDA - Microsoft CSR – Ministry of Youth – Ministry of Information and Communication)
Entrepreneurship Mentor with GIZ (2WIN Project) to support young entrepreneurs in Upper Egypt.
Entrepreneurship Trainer with (TIEC InnovEgypt program - INJAZ Egypt – Eyouth) who delivered 100+ hours for youth in Upper Egypt.
Entrepreneurship Coach in YEN project which launched in Sohag (Powered by SEED project/USAID).
Mini MBA in Entrepreneurship
Student in Entrepreneurship scholarship in GUC.
Delivered training, workshops for 21,000+ youth till now from all over Egypt.
Ahmed Magdy El-Gohary, I'm a professional certified trainer and a career coach, certified by the American university in Cairo and the Information Technology Institute ,I managed to help hundreds of college graduates to set up career development plans then hunt their dream jobs, I worked with most of the Egyptian prestigious NGOs, like Future protectors Association and Education for Employment, escorting them to develop the employability skills of several students’ activities in various Egyptian universities, as a result of my 15+ years of experience in multinational and local companies in different areas, starting from retail sales in the telecommunication sector, followed by business process outsourcing in an industry leader in international services, and finally in HR consultancy and training management in a medical equipment market leader, then in an executive position in a successful foods and beverages startup company. I attended loads of events with the world gurus, and actually worked with many of them, starting by Tony Buzan, Brian Tracy,Ram Charan, Micheal Porter, Stephen Covey, Philip Kotler, Kostas Markieds, Dave Ulrich, Stephan Schiphman, Roger Martin, John Riker, Edward De Bono, and more...