Chairman, Board for Es’hailSat – Qatar Satellite Company
Consistently named as one of the most powerful women in the Arab world, Dr. Hessa Al Jaber is the 3rd Qatari woman to assume a ministerial position in the State of Qatar. Appointed as the first ever Minister of Information and Communications, Dr. Hessa has initiated and led ICT strategies and programs that gave rise to the modernization in Qatar’s telecom and IT infrastructure. She has been instrumental in the establishment of enterprises in the fields of satellite communications, fiber optics, IT services and assistive technology.
Her enormous contribution includes also initiating programs that are focused on empowering women and youth. She has played a key role in the creation of the Mada (Qatar’s Assistive Technology Center), a non-profit organization that connects people with disabilities to the world of Information and Communication Technology.
Side by side with her pursuit for a better and strong ICT sector in Qatar, Dr. Hessa is also working on technology innovation that will help overcome the obstacles in current healthcare, education, and environment, and achieve long-term sustainability. She is also focusing in using technology innovation to tackle the most pressing challenges in MENA’s healthcare to have a meaningful impact.
At present, she serves as Chairman of the Board for Es’hailSat – Qatar Satellite Company and Malomatia, a member of governing Boards in Qatar University, American School of Doha, Qatar Financial Markets Authority, Qatar Museum Authority, and Volkswagen AG, to name a few.
Dr. Hessa holds a Degree in Bachelor of Science (Engineering) from Kuwait University, and Master’s Degree and Ph.D in Computer Science from George Washington University, Washington, DC.
Mr Saraf is the Founder, Vice Chairman and member of the Compensation Committee of Samena Capital. He is also the Investment Manager and Director of the Samena Special Situations Funds and Samena Limestone Holdings.
Prior to founding Samena Capital, he was a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Abraaj Capital, which grew to become one of the largest global private equity firms managing in excess of US$6 billion. During his tenure at Abraaj Capital he was involved in several landmark private equity and block purchase transactions such as the buyout of Aramex, EFG Hermes, Egyptian Fertilizer Company, Arabtec, ONIC, SAOG Oman, Amwal Capital (Qatar) and he also pioneered and managed the special situations funds.
In June 2014, he led the acquisition of a significant stake in RAK Ceramics PSC, a company listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange and one of the world’s largest ceramics manufacturers with annual revenues of approximately US$1 billion.
Mr Saraf holds numerous directorship and leadership positions across Samena’s portfolio companies. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Executive Committee of RAK Ceramics, where previously he was the Chairman of the Audit Committee and Member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee. Mr Saraf is also a Board Member of RAK Logistics (previously Alliance Global Logistics). In July 2016, Mr Saraf became a Member of the Board of Directors for Mahindra Two Wheelers Limited, India and in August 2016, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Tejas Networks, India.
He has previously held numerous directorships including Aramex Holdings, Abraaj Capital, Commercial Bank of Oman SAOG, EFG Hermes and Amwal Capital (Qatar). In 1998, Mr. Saraf founded Oriel Investment Company, which emerged as one of the leading regional corporate finance firms. While at Oriel Investment Company, he became one of the largest founding shareholders of US-based E-Ink Corporation, the world's leading developer and provider of electronic paper and displays. In September 2013, Asian Investor listed Mr Saraf as one of Asia’s 25 most influential people in Private Equity.
Mr Saraf is actively involved with the ‘Little Dreams Foundation’, a not-for-profit initiative with Phil and Orianne Collins and is a Director on the Board. He is also on the World Advisory Board of WorldView, a Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Project that aims to improve UK public understanding and awareness. In 2015, he founded the ‘Shirish Saraf Scholarship’ at Charterhouse House School, providing an education for underprivileged children with all around excellence. In 2016, Mr. Saraf established the Samena Foundation an initiative set up to facilitate global charitable and benevolent causes.
Mr Saraf was educated at Charterhouse (England) and the London School of Economics
CTO-Evangelist, New Frontiers Development and Engineering, CISCO
Monique Morrow is the CTO of New Frontiers Engineering at Cisco. Focused on the intersection between economics, technology, and research, she is defining mechanisms and marketplace scenarios for cloud federation constructs to include security. She was previously Cisco’s Chief Technology Officer of Services.
Monique has a track record of co-innovating with customers, developing solutions that have transcended the globe from North America, Europe and Asia. Under Cisco’s Office of the CTO, both as an individual contributor and manager, Monique built a strong leadership team in Asia-Pacific.
Some of her other achievements and accolades include, listed among Top Ten Influential IT Women in Europe in 2014, one of 6 Global Achievers recognized for the ITU and UN Women GEM-TECH Award in 2014wa award, listed among top 50 most inspiring women in Europe for 2016.
Monique has also been published in IEEE and other journals, co-authored six books and speaks frequently at conferences. Her specialities include Networking technology; Grid, cloud computing, Intercloud-Federation &Internet of Things among others.
Alaina Percival is CEO of Women Who Code, a global nonprofit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. Under Alaina’s leadership, Women Who Code has grown to serve more than 80,000 women in 20 countries and 60 cities across the globe. This thriving movement offers more than 1,000 free technical and leadership events, per year.
In addition to her role at Women Who Code, Percival is an accomplished tech speaker, appearing at WSJ.d Live, Belfast Technology Conference, Grace Hopper, Columbia University’s Social Enterprise, MIT’s Venture Capital and Innovation Conference and more. Alaina has been interviewed by Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Wired, and other publications across the globe to share her expertise on best practices for increasing diversity in tech.
Prior to Women Who Code, Alaina worked at PUMA's headquarters in Germany, as well as Riviera Partners and Snip.it, acquired by Yahoo. Alaina is also a CodePath Advisor.
Pankaj Jain is a Partner at 500 Startups, a seed fund and accelerator program based in
Mountain View, Ca. and focuses on investing in early stage startups across India and South
Asia. Pankaj has led investments in over forty companies at 500 Startups.
After getting his B.S. from NYU’s Stern School of Business, Pankaj spent over 12 years in the
Financial industry at large financial firms like JP Morgan and hedge funds such as Long-Term
Capital Management (LTCM) and GlobeOp Financial Services.
At Long-Term Capital Management (LTCM), Jain served in various roles including enterprise
mortgage risk management and application development from.
From there, Pankaj went on to become one of the founding employees of GlobeOp Financial
Services in late 1999, where he headed the firm’s trade management and pricing infrastructure
group along with customer service.
In 2007, Pankaj’s adventures in India began, where he started a technology company building
an employment marketplace for the under-served. In 2008, Pankaj became a co-founder at the
HeadStart Network Foundation and the led the efforts in Delhi. In late 2010, he began the job of
founding Startup Weekend Startup Weekend in India.
In early 2012, Pankaj began consulting with TLabs, an Indian accelerator, where he helped pick
startups to bring into the program and invest in.
Joyce Hunter is the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Policy and Planning for the Department of Agriculture. Ms. Hunter establishes the policy framework and oversees the Departments technology planning initiatives and lay the track for the future. In addition to policy and technology planning, Ms. Hunter and her team is responsible for Enterprise Architecture, Capitol Planning, IT Governance, FOIA, Privacy, Records Management, IT Workforce Planning and the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA).
With over 30 years’ experience in the information technology industry, Ms. Hunter has demonstrated a strong ability to build and sustain relationships with public/private stakeholders, develop and lead innovative projects and inter-agency initiatives. Ms. Hunter previously served as the CEO of Vulcan Enterprises, an IT service and strategic planning consulting organization, where she provided executive advisory services, industry and federal business intelligence, policy evaluation and analysis, business development support, business IT alignment and strategic business consulting.
Prior to her joining USDA, Ms. Hunter’s career had been dedicated to addressing the increasingly complex demands on the federal and commercial health community with Lawson Software, Apptis and the consulting division of Computer Science Corporation (CSC). She previously served over 10 years with Lotus Development Corporation, rising to the level of Major Account Executive and Global Account Manager. Ms. Hunter earned a BA from Villanova University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, has a certificate in Emotional Intelligence, is a Wharton Fellow and has been selected by the editors of FedScoop to be included in this year's annual list of "D.C.’s Top 50 Women in Technology”.
Tatyana is the founder and CEO of Open Health Network, the startup in a Big Data/Healthcare space. She is a mentor at 500Startups and Richard Branson Entrepreneurs Centre and serves on boards for private companies. She also is licensee and organizer of highly notable TEDxBayAreaconferences, she is a frequent speaker at US and International conferences on innovation, entrepreneurship, digital health.
Tatyana has been featured in the White House blog , spoke at the United Nations, presented at the first White House Demo Day hosted by the President Obama. Tatyana has been recognized as one of the top 10 Influential Women in Healthcare IT in 2015. Tatyana was USSR chess champion, played in the same team with Gary Kasparov, she loves to cook and kayak.
Director, TechWomen Institute of International Education
Arezoo Miot is a leader in international mentorship, exchange, and scholarship programming, having led international program activities for nearly eight years at the Institute of International Education (IIE). Currently, Arezoo serves as Director of Techwomen, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State implemented by IIE, which bring together emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from across the globe with their counterparts in the Bay Area. Arezoo’s work emphasizes women’s leadership and harnesses the power of technology to promote social empowerment and positive change, particularly in the developing world. She studied international affairs at The George Washington University and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy.
Executive Director, Global Membership & Emerging Markets, Catalyst
Executive Director, Global Membership & Emerging Markets :-
Emily Wakeling oversees Catalyst’s global corporate membership and emerging market strategy.With over 800 corporate members, Wakeling’s top priority is the recruitment and development of Catalyst member organizations to ensure positive change aligned withCatalyst’s mission of expanding opportunities for women and business. Inspired by helping women in the workplace throughout the globe, she works to establish Catalyst presence in new regions to magnifyreach and impact. She speaks frequently about Catalyst topics including mentorship/sponsorship, men as diversity champions, and inclusive leadership to a variety of audiences.
Prior to joining Catalyst, Ms. Wakeling worked at the National Organization for Women’s New York City Chapter organizing actions towards winning women’s economic equality, ensuring women’s healthcare access, and ending violence against women. She received her BA in Women’s Studies and Sociology from Principia College and her MA in Women’s Studies from the City of New York Graduate Center.She resides Greenwich, CT where she and her husband are raising their two young children.
Author, Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum – Abu Dhabi Hub
Author of ‘JustReadIt’, Global Shaper at theWorldEconomicForum – Abu Dhabi Hub, andMember of the US – UAE PublicAffairsCommittee -AMCHAM Abu Dhabi, Omar Al Busaidy is a UAE national with over 13 years’ experience in the UAE’s corporate environment and holds a B.Sc. in Marketing from the American University in Dubai. He is currently pursuing his post-graduate studies in Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University.
A published author of ‘Just Read It’, an entrepreneurial guide to self-development, Omar also serves as Managing Partner in his own Gentleman’s Salon enterprise.
Since 2010 Omar has been invited to mentor students on entrepreneurship and leadership at several universities across Abu Dhabi and Dubai and has also worked with organisations such as AISEC, Khalifa Fund and Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development.
He has also appeared as a keynote speaker and panellist at several events and conferences organized by many prestigious organizations including TedXyouthAlAin, 37th World Diamond Congress, Harvard Business Club, DP World and many more.
Omar has worked in both the public and private sector in prestigious organisations such as the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, National Bank of Dubai and serving as commercial attaché at the British Embassy.
Senior Director, Global STEM Initiatives, Discovery Education
Cindy Moss, Senior Director of Global STEM Initiatives for Discovery Education, is charged with supporting school districts in their work to develop and deploy student initiatives to drive science, technology, engineering and math achievement nationwide.
A nationally respected thought leader in STEM education and reform, Dr. Moss brings over 31 years experience in district leadership, classroom instruction and inquiry based learning to her work as a champion for STEM engagement and career & workforce readiness.
Dr. Moss is a sought-after speaker on the topic of student engagement through STEM and was selected by the National Science Foundation to serve on the federal commission, which created the “National Action Plan for Addressing the Critical Needs of the US Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education System.” In 2012, Dr. Moss was recognized as one of the top “100 Women in STEM”, in 2015 was selected by Diversity Matters as 1 of 100 Women of Diversity in STEM and in 2016 was selected by the Charlotte Business Journal of 1 of the top 25 business women in Charlotte.
Prior to joining Discovery Education, Dr. Moss served 10 years as Director of PreK-12 STEM Education for the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system, the 17th largest district in the US. Dr. Moss moved into this role after 21 years as a classroom teacher, where she received numerous awards for excellence including RadioShack’s National Teaching Award and the Milken National Educator Award.
President and Chief Investment Officer, UCLA Investment Company
Mr. Pulavarti serves as President and Chief Investment Officer of the UCLA Investment Company, which manages the endowment assets of UCLA.
Previously, Mr. Pulavarti served as President and Chief Investment Officer of Spider Management Company, which managed the endowment assets of the University of Richmond and 23 other entities.
Among his previous positions, Mr. Pulavarti served as Director of Global Investment Strategy for Citigroup Pension Investments; Director of Investments for Johns Hopkins University; Portfolio Manager for Lockheed Martin Investment Management Company, and Senior Analyst of Fixed Income and Sovereign Debt for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Kemal Farid is a technology investor and twenty-five-year veteran of the oil and gas industry where he founded and lead software, electronics, and services businesses in exploration, drilling and production.
He is a Managing Director of BlueVine Ventures, a multistage venture capital firm, headquartered in Silicon Valley, focusing on partnering with entrepreneurs scaling their enterprises globally. He previously founded Merrick Systems and grew it into a top firm in technology for the energy industry. Kemal was awarded Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011.
Kemal serves on several profit and non-profit boards including leadership positions in the Society of Petroleum Engineers and at the University of Houston. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an Entrepreneurship Masters from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Alaina Sloo is an angel investor and a Partner in The Angels’ Forum, a long-time Silicon Valley angel investing group. Her focus is on building successful companies and technologies that transform the way people live, work, and think through new ways of seeing information.
She has more than two decades of experience in consumer and enterprise technology. Alaina began her Silicon Valley career in pioneering start-ups like General Magic, WebTV, and Danger. As an investor, she works actively with portfolio companies to help them understand their markets and improve product-market fit and communications.
She is also an avid advocate of building and mentoring a more diverse community of investors and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and around the world. Alaina holds a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College and a master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington.
Warrior for Diversity in the Workplace and Best Selling Author
The pioneer of Social Business evangelism, Sandy Carter is the go to leader for startups and enterprises on social business strategies. Sandy is a best-selling author publishing 3 books on Social Media, including “Get Bold”, translated into 9 languages. She is recognized by Forbes as a 2016 Digital Influencer, 2016 C-Suite Social Media Legend, Forbes Global Top 40 Social Marketing Masters, Top Growth Hackers, Top 10 in Social Media, Top 50 Social Business Influencers, 10 Most Powerful Women in Tech, and Women of M2M for Internet of Things (IoT), and B2B News Network’s 2015 B2B Influencer.
Sandy has run several amazing businesses at IBM. In her last role as global Ecosystem leader for Startups and Accelerators, she was the chief evangelist, passionately helping enterprises and entrepreneurs increase productivity and creativity, while fostering a community of innovation. She’s a business maven, utilizing her influence and network to connect individuals and groups across the globe toward exciting new technological solutions.
At IBM, Sandy led the top digital site in the industry, developerWorks, and introduced Career Concierge for the developer community. Her expertise and influence has helped create countless new partnerships to drive joint development of client solutions and win-win scenarios for partners.
As a warrior for workforce diversity, Sandy is a board member of Girls in Tech and WITI (Women in Technology International). She is the founder of “Super Women’s Group,” the longest running and largest diversity group at IBM and she is founder of Million Female Founders. Her latest ebook “Geek Girls are Chic” was featured in USA Today
Sandy graduated Summa Cum Laude from Duke University receiving a degree in Bachelor of Applied Science. She received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University with an emphasis on innovation and marketing.
Sammy is the CEO of The RBR Group, a product and service innovation and commercialization company with Global Fortune 500 clients. Sammy’s 20+ years of experience span that of startup entrepreneur, investor, and corporate executive at Global Fortune 50 including Procter & Gamble and GE. His career has been in creating and monetizing opportunities in advanced Information Technology, software, analytics, design, and science to deliver products and services across various sectors, including Oil & Gas, E-Commerce, ERP, Banking, Finance, CPG, SmartGrid, and Electronics. His teams recognize him as an effective and inspiring communicator, dedicated mentor, and seasoned professional.
Sammy is advisor to the CEO of Riphah International University & RAK College of Dental Sciences. His other roles include Forbes Advisory Board on From Big Data to Big Advantage, previously on the Advisory Board of Saffron Technology (now Intel), and Chair of the OTC-d5.
Sammy received his Nuclear Engineering degree from Georgia Tech. He currently resides with his family in Silicon Valley.
Julie Kantor is an ‘all-in’ roll-up your sleeves leader & serial entrepreneur. Whether in a board room with executives or working with collaborative teams, Julie instills excitement, inspires commitment, & demonstrates an unwavering drive to succeed.
Her newest venture and 5th start-up Twomentor, LLC builds on her 24 years in workforce development & building social impact movements. Twomentor works with companies and associations on building mentoring cultures to increase Millennial retention, diversity in the workforce and elevate women in STEM careers.
As a sought after speaker & connector, Julie is well networked to the national community of top business, academic, non-profit, & government leaders.
Mireille Toulekima is the founder and managing partner of the independent oil and gas consulting company MT Energy Resources based in Perth (Australia). A petroleum engineer by background, Mrs Toulekima received her Bachelor of Sciences from ISERPA (InstitutSuperieur de Recherche en Production Automatisee) in France before having an accomplished international career of more than 20 years in upstream oil and gas in a range of management and technical assignments in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.
Mrs Toulekima is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineer (SPE), The Oil and Gas Council, the Global Women Petroleum Club, the Australian Institute of Management (AIM), the Australian Institute of company Directors (AICD) and Women On Board Australia (WOB). She is also a published author of technical books on the Oil & Gas Industry. A champion and advocate for diversity and women leadership and advancement in the energy sector, shehas been identified and recognized as a woman of influence in the oil and gas industry globally. A dedicated philanthropist, she is currently workingon an initiative called “Energy Angels Foundation” with the intentto reach out and sponsor under-privileged African girls to study subjects related to the Energy sector. The initiative will be officially launched in 2017.
With over 8 years of experience in technology and digital media, Shaima’s passion in the development of the MENA region lead her to numerous successes in her professional and voluntary career. Shaima is an ex-Yahoo employee and is currently working at Booking.com as a Strategic Partnership Manager. In her spare time, Shaima has managed the Girls in Tech Dubai chapter, given lectures at several prominent universities around the world in topics on growth hacking, marketing optimization and digital media, and mentored startups towards growth. In her TEDx talk titled “Breaking the Glass Ceiling: A Women in Tech’s Promise”, Shaima highlights her personal goal to increase women’s involvement in the industry and advocates a sustainable environment that can drive a path to success.
Mary Vincent is an experienced Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of a Health Tech Company. She was the keynote speaker at the 2015 Annual ITRI SIPO Semiconductor Taiwan Conference on the topic: 'IoT Wearable mHealth Technology Impacts on Smart Cities, Homes, Data and Security'. Mary serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at SK Telecom Americas Innopartners where she reviews deal flow of startup companies, mentors companies and sources potential companies for evaluation.
She was Co-Founder and Head of Product Engineering for a smart fabric wearable computing company, leading global wearable computing architecture innovation, integration, testing, quality and technical engagement, and her startup was accepted into the Intel Make it Wearable Semifinals. Her background includes work in Sun Microsystems Java Engineering, Data Center Energy Efficiency, and Mobile Health Application development with Stanford and Government Projects in Bhutan and Guatemala.
Planning & IT Security Section Head, Department of Municipality, Abudhabi
Irene Corpuz offers 26 years of expertise in the field of IT Operations, IT Security, Strategy, Project Management, and Quality && Excellence. She is currently the Head of IT Security Section at an Abu Dhabi Government Entity (the Western Region Municipality) and is an OWASP Middle East Advisory Board Member.
Irene has successfully run projects in Information Security, Strategy, EFQM & ISO in the UAE, Europe && the US. Her main responsibility in the Abu Dhabi Government entity where is works is to implement Governance, Risk and compliance particularly the ADSIC Information Security Standard and the ISO 27001, and the new upcoming federal mandate the NESA.
She participates as speaker and panelist in Information Security conferences Asia, Middle East & Europe.
Irene is a recipient of numerous international awards and recognition including the Stevie Awards. With her support to the Filipino Community in the UAE, she was hailed as 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the Globe 2016 by the Filipina Women’s Network, IT Professional of the Year by The Filipino Times, Illustrado’s 100 Influential Filipinos in the Gulf, Filipino Achiever in the UAE (2014). She also presented a business case in the London’s Ovum Industry Congress, which received an Innovation in Cyber Security Award for the Western Region Municipality.
Sabin Muzaffar has been in the media business for more than two decades. She has worked for as well as contributed numerous articles and interviews to renowned entities including UAE's ITP publication, Gulf News, Pakistan's The News International, Spider Internet magazine, SHE, TechJuice, SheThePeople – India’s video story-telling platform for women, US-based BBVA OPENMIND, England-based International Women’s Initiative to name but a few.
A staunch advocate of women's rights, she was also named UN Women's Empower Women Global champion for Women Economic Empowerment 2015-2016. She has also collaborated with the platform to launch the groundbreaking campaign #HERstory digital media campaign to chronicle inspiring women especially in the Middle East. The inaugural story for the campaign was written by her on the trailblazing Egyptian visionary Huda Shaarwai.
Sabin specializes in topics relating to education, technology as well as women economic emancipation and is currently the Executive Editor of Middle East’s premier digital publication celebrating visionary women – Ananke (www.anankemag.com). The platform not only highlights achievements of professional women, but also triggers debates on issues pertaining to gender parity, bridging the digital gender divide and pay gap, women’s health and education, impact of war and climate change on women and economic emancipation of women.
Social Business Strategist, Consultant, Coach and Chief Inspiration Officer
Lauren Klein holds a Bachelors of Arts from Michigan State University in Social Science with an International Studies and Latin America certificate. She is a mentor with a specialization in business strategy, community and change management with experience as a strategic member of corporate leadership teams. Skilled in grooming impactful leaders in today's fast-paced business environment. Background in breaking down cultural and communication silos while designing process improvements and driving policy decisions. Experienced in designing engaging communities, mentoring managers and leaders, leadership coaching, external speaking, presenting and facilitating. Lauren has a strong professional foundation with over 20 years of business experience with Fortune 500 and international corporations.
Lauren won the 2016 NCET Technology Advocate - Ecosystem Award and is a 2016 nominee for the Girl Scouts of Sierra Nevada Women of Leadership Award. She contributed a chapter to Lu Li’s #DearFemaleFounder book slated to publish in Q4 of 2016.
Lauren owns Girlmade and the Girl Empire conference in Reno, Nevada, USA.
Juwaeriah Abdussamad is a Systems Science Engineer, with a passion for social work. Her projects are directed towards technology befitting rural and community development. She has pursued a Masters in Systems Science Engineering from University of Ottawa, Canada and formal training in project management and design thinking. She is passionate about applying engineering principles to solve social system issues. By understanding the root cause of an issue as a system and designing effective problem solving strategies, recurring social dependencies can be dealt with to bring about sustainable solutions. She is the founder of “d9mix”, a social enterprise created to provide a space for redefining and assessing complex social problems using STEM technology and design thinking. Utilizing her engineering expertise in the area of general systems analysis and optimization, she helps undertake holistic approaches towards problem solving and decision making.
Currently, she is exploring the applications within applied linguistics and network analysis to engineer smart language learning environments. As an Arabic Language Advocate, her latest start up "Arabically" aims to be a global platform for providing affordable learning and inspirational solutions to women, especially non-native speakers of the Arabic language. She has worked as a Youth facilitator in Canada managing tutoring, mentoring and leadership workshops. Juwaeriah makes use of community events to relay and bring about awareness. In the future, she aspires to pursue a post graduate degree in social and engineering systems.
Head of the Computer Engineering, Middlesex University Dubai
Dr. Fehmida Hussain is currently the Head of the Computer Engineering and Informatics programs, under the School of Science and Technology at Middlesex University Dubai campus, London’s first and only university campus in the United Arab Emirates.
She has a DPhil in Informatics from the University of Sussex, UK, School of Informatics and a BS in computer Science from the University of Houston, U.S.A. Her professional experience of over 20 years comprises teaching, research and industry. She has worked in the IT industry for 6 years taking up various roles such as manager e-commerce services, IT Project manager and systems analyst. Bringing her, industry experience into academia, Dr. Hussain has been associated with academia for over 14 years.
Her research areas are cognitive modeling, health informatics, e-Learning, Cloud Computig and digital forensics in which she has published papers and presented at international conferences. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the UK and holds professional memberships with BCS, ACM and the Cognitive science society. She is actively involved in various community service activities where she is an active member of the Emirates digital Association for Women, UAE Open Source Forum and the Middle East ESD Forum.
I am a technical person passionate about technology, I have completed my BS degree in Computer Science with the highest GPA in the faculty of Art and Sciences from the Islamic University of Lebanon for over three years. This allows me to pursue my MS degree in Computer Science at the American University of Beirut (AUB). During my MS degree I was working as a teaching assistant at AUB where I assisted many computing, Web and networking courses.
I am working as a business analyst and senior software developer since more than 6 years in the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC and MSC Cruises) where I am responsible about the systems that handle all the shipping and cruises operations. My technical skills coupled with my business insights enable me to transform business needs and demands from ideas into defined solutions implemented with the latest technologies.
In 2013, I was selected as one of the top 5 Lebanese TechWomen emerging leaders where I had an internship and I attended workshops in the biggest companies in Silicon Valley (www.techwomen.org).
Leadership wise, I was a scout leader and trainee in the Lebanese scout federation for over six years, scouting has improved my leadership and communication skills in addition to the volunteerism passion.
In March 2015 I have been selected as a Chair for the ArabWIC (Arab Women in Computing) chapter in Lebanon. We launched the chapter in July 2015 and till now we are organizing workshops, hackathons, and events that encourage women to go more in the IT sector. Moreover, in 2015 I got selected to be as a Global Tech Leader from Lebanon.
In 2016 and as a TechWomen Alumna I have won the annual project funding by the US department of states where we will be teaching programming to students in the Lebanese schools.
Rania Hoteit is an entrepreneur, speaker, writer, social impact leader, startups advisor, mentor and panel judge. She is the CEO and Co-founder of ID4A Technologies, a San Francisco based Design Technology company. She holds an extensive experience across the fields of Environmental, Industrial Design and Product Development, User Experience and Design Strategy, Production Design, Architectural Design Systems and Technologies. Throughout her career, she worked in cross-disciplinary collaborations with leading global companies in Design, Technology, and Business Innovation such as Steelcase, GE, JPL, NASA, Walmart, Amtrak and many startup organizations. She also has numerous R&D collaborations on proprietary processes in advanced manufacturing technologies with privately held companies and innovation research laboratories.
In addition to her various business entrepreneurial activities, Rania is an active leader in social impact initiatives on equality, gender justice, women empowerment, and education. This year, Rania was recognized by The US Department of Education for collaborating on the CTE Makeover Challenge, and by The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s invitation to the Champions of Change for Making event and kickoff of the National Week of Making recognizing her significant contributions and leading efforts in technical education to empower, support, and inspire design and manufacturing, and for her company’s contributions to advance technology platforms that empower and expand the resources available for designers, architects, makers, inventors and entrepreneurs that foster the development of advanced manufacturing in the United States as the World. Rania was also honored by her nomination as “ChangeMaker” at The United State of Women Conference convened by The White House for her contributions to empower girls and women in education, business and technology and for her relentless efforts to make the world a more gender equitable place.
She’s recently spoke at the Wonder Women Tech Conference dedicated to highlight the women who paved the way for future generations within STEAM innovation and entrepreneurialism, and she was honored at the Flight 2 Freedom Summit with the "Ambassador of The Year" 2016 Award for her initiatives in social impact and business leadership supporting education, gender equality, and women empowerment in entrepreneurship.
A strong willed entrepreneur who has always been interested in bringing out the best in people, Gargi Banerjee Koul, is the driving force behind the fashion and styling marketplace -www.elanstreet.com. Prior to starting her entrepreneurial journey , she garnered 12 years of corporate experience and worked with HDFC Bank ( one of the largest and best managed private sector bank in india )in a senior management role in the treasury vertical. During the course of her tenor in Treasury sales , she successfully navigated the financial markets meltdown and went on to become one of the youngest regional head in her vertical . Her years in the volatile global financial markets have honed her risk taking abilities along with the attention to details that she exhibits in everything she does.
She's a GARP certified Financial Risk Manager ,holds a Masters in Business Management with specialization in finance and is an alumnus of Lady Sriram College,Delhi .
Presently, as the Founder and CEO of Elanstreet, she inspires her team to look beyond the obvious and explore untapped possibilities for making personalised styling services accessible for discerning consumers while finding ways to collaborate with partners in the styling ecosystem (including fashion brands and styling professionals).
Born and brought up in Kolkata,India, Gargi is an avid reader and values literature. Extremely passionate about her profession, she strongly believes that one should embrace and maintain their individuality and the same belief reflects in her work.As a person she believes that an individual is not defined by the roles they choose to play but rather it is important to reach in to discover hitherto undiscovered potential.
Rana El Chemaitelly, holds a BE in Mechanical Engineering 1993, AUB Penrose Award 1993, and Master's in Engineering Management 2008. In 2009 she launched her second venture The Little Engineer®, a Beirut-based Edutainment center geared towards engaging young minds in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through proven hands on learning activities to unleash their full potential in pre-engineering skills while highlighting robotics, renewable energies and latest technologies working in parallel on their leadership and presentation skills.
For her initiative and business plan, she was recognized as one of MENA's most promising entrepreneurs by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009. She was awarded the “Coup de Coeur Femme by “Medventures” for the Mediterranean in 2010, selected the woman entrepreneur by the American Embassy to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program “IVLP” 2011, won the Cartier Women Initiative for the MENA region in 2011 and the Green Mind Award in 2012. In 2013, The Little Engineer signed a strategic Partnership with Airbus Middle East to deliver regional workshop for youth.
In 2016, she strategically partnered with Airbus Foundation to spread her social programs on the global level. She is working hard to be a voice of change in the Arab World by investing in young minds, our future leaders, preparing them for the challenging future, while at the same time aiming high to empower woman in her community, country and around the world.
Technology Enterprise Business Solutions Manager at Vodafone
Veronica is the Technology Enterprise Business Solutions Manager at Vodafone Ghana leading a team of motivated deployment field engineers with a mandate to ensure they deliver efficient and reliable voice and data services to corporate clients. Her successful career growth is attributed to leadership, motivation, team empowerment, and ability to drive change.
Veronica’s passion is mentoring and coaching Africa’s young women to become future leaders and entrepreneurs as part of her advocacy for diversity and inclusion in Technology.
Outside of work, she fully supports community development projects. She is the founder of e-Inclusion Initiative that focuses on social entrepreneurship, youth education, and women empowerment with a vision to bridge gender inequality gap in ICT (STEM) Education in our communities. The initiative also seeks to advocate for women in various trades, especially agri-business, to embrace innovation and technology to build sustainable business ventures and have a positive impact on their livelihoods. e-Inclusion has partnered with organizations such as Vodafone Ghana Foundation to execute ICT training programs and build technology hubs in select communities.
Veronica holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering and Management from Coventry University (United Kingdom) and a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications Engineering from Ghana Technology University College. She is an Advisory Board Member and mentor of President Barrack Obama’s Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) – West Africa Regional Leadership Centre (RLC). Veronica is a Fellow of the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship Program on Leadership and Social-Entrepreneurship, a President Barrack Obama’s Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI).
Energy Professional; now specialising in Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS), a critical part of the lowest cost route to multi-sector decarbonisation according to Global & UK Climate Change bodies IPCC, IEA, ETI & CCC. Currently helping to take Teesside Collective Project (to reduce carbon emissions from heavy industry by 90%) to the next milestone. Was the Shell lead on UK Peterhead CCS Project during early stages. Previously worked in Dubai in Shell’s MENA Upstream Commercial New Business Development team and in Muscat in Petroleum Development Oman. Led Oil & Gas acquisitions and asset swaps at Shell and VP for Shell Capital, financing Oil & Gas start-ups. Enjoys meeting the complex challenges of creating mega-projects. Loves the complexities and joys of the Middle East.
Dr. Rana Farag is the CEO of TecSabio software solutions, an Egyptian based top notch software services provider for clients in Egypt, Spain and UAE. And the Co-founder of SoukCom.com the rising Industrial E-commerce Platform operating in MEA and LATAM. A startup that empowers manufacturers to promote their businesses, services and products, in addition to providing them with an e-commerce gateway to sell their products regionally and globally.
She has eight years of university-level teaching experience in Computer Sciences and Industrial Engineering, in both Spanish and Egyptian universities. Where she has taught different courses at graduate and under-graduate levels, as well as, supervised and appraised multiple Bachelor and Master’s Thesis.
She has published papers in different Artificial Intelligence research fields, the most important of which use AI techniques in fighting epidemiology in sub-Saharan Africa, improving vehicular stability in complicated maneuvers, tuning the performance of magnetorheological dampers and solving the uncertainties associated with strain-measuring systems. She has also conducted graduate level seminars and spoke in multiple International and European technical conferences in Spain, Italy and Hungary.
Dr. Rana holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Engineering from the German University in Cairo, a M.Sc. in Machines and Transportation Engineering where she was granted the “Award of Extraordinary Achievements” and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Carlos III of Madrid, Spain.
Alaa M. A. Alassady , earned MSc in gas and oil exploration and production from Herriot - Watt University, Scotland-UK, and ISE Institute Superior de la energia – Madrid – Spain 2008-2009 .he had worked with REPSOL , ENI , BP , North oil company (2002-up date) he has an extensive background in the petroleum and energy field.
On 2011 The major positions held by Mr. Alassady were: the manager of Iraqi crude oil exporting office in Turkey (ICOEO) by SOMO company and the general manager of EFCODB – IRAQ the 1st and the only Iraqi organization that dealing with oil and gas sector EFCODB now is widely known as a professional petroleum organization.
He is now As. Chief Engineer working in pipeline and oil movement dept. North Oil Company, Kirkuk- Iraq.
Mr. Alassady had participate on the ( the role of the private sector in energy policy program for Iraq ) in the USA from 10-31 of May 2014 and he is very interesting to put some notice to be presented to the Iraqi ministry of oil about initiating new roles in Iraqi oil policy with the assistance of Iraq Energy Institute IEI.
He had many researches on pipelines, oil production, solar energy, heavy oil, HSE, Iraqi potential and sustainable development, Global warming and environment issues and he had participated as a speaker on 24 international conferences.
He had more than 40 published paper and research.
Electrical Engineering Graduate Researcher Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabhi
Samia Mahil is an electrical engineering graduate researcher who has been working in the STEM+ field particularly designing and devising various solutions with the aim of contributing to improve the current practices governed inside schools and universities within UAE and GCC countries.
In December 2014 Samia has been appointed to lead the innovation hub which is an initiative by Al Bayt Mitwahid Association and Google. Innovation Hub was launched in Ras Al Khaimah on February 2015 to promote interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics through robotics, 3D printing, aerospace technologies, electronics, computer coding, programming and green energy, giving educators and students access to advance learning equipment and instruction modules. The opportunity had allowed Samia to initiate collaboration with various private and government organizations within Ras Al Khaimah and northern emirates and promote the culture of making, creating and inventing. In June 2015, she joined the Google Educator community as a UAE Google Educator Group Leader, the GEG community was established to help building the capacity of educators who will contribute to overall Google mission of driving progress in communities through encouraging access to open technology in education. In August 2015, she joined the Little Bits community as a Little Bits UAE Chapter Leader. Little Bits is a company that makes open source library for modular electronic, the objective is to empower the community to reinvent their world through DIY electronics, and be a part of a dynamic and diverse group of rock star educators who are changing the world.
In January 2016 she started working as a program manager of STEM solutions in which she made a large contribution in shaping some of the recent STEM strategies.
Saudi Aramco, the National Oil Company of Saudi Arabia
Dr. Masood Ahmad has over 25 years of experience in electric power industry. He has held senior level positions in integrated resource planning, performance management, transaction structuring, project development, market analysis and fuel procurement. He has played a key role in 20 plus projects worth over US $10 billion in the US, South America and Asia. His expertise include; utility planning, asset evaluation, utility regulation and global energy markets.
For the past five years, Dr. Ahmad has been with Saudi Aramco, the National Oil Company of Saudi Arabia and the largest single producer of oil and gas in the world. Currently, he is heading the planning and performance management division in the company’s power business. Before this role, he lead the commercial investment and management division for two years and oversaw the addition of $1 billion worth of generation assets.
Prior to joining Saudi Aramco, Dr. Ahmad spent about ten years at Dominion Resources (NYSE:D), one of the largest electric power utility companies in the US, based in Virginia. He held the position of director, integrated planning for three years where he was responsible for developing long term plans to provide the lowest cost electricity to the customers in Virginia and North Carolina. He also testified in State and Federal Regulatory Commissions. During his tenure, the company started its expansion into environmentally friendly wind power generation and started a major program to reduce overall electricity demand by using smart grid technologies. Dr. Ahmad also held responsibilities for transaction structuring and market analysis which culminated in the company buying 4,000 MW of power generation assets worth over $ 1 Billion and expand into LNG (liquefied Natural Gas) business.
Dr. Ahmad started his career with another large US utility, Sothern Company (NYSE:SO). At Southern Company, he was part of the team responsible for Company’s expansion outside of its traditional foot print in Southeastern United States. As manager of market analysis, he played a key role in developing and acquiring about 10,000 MW of power generation assets worth over $10 Billion in the US, Argentina, Brazil, Australia and Hong Kong. The company’s rapid growth culminated in an IPO of the division, as Mirant Corporation with market value of over $20 billion.
During his long career, Dr. Ahmad has also advised many Governments, The World Bank and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). With this diverse experience across the globe, he has developed a deep understanding of the complex relationship between energy, environment and regulation. He holds a Ph.D. in System Optimization from a top ranking US University, Georgia Institute of Technology.
Program Lead at the Womanity Foundation and OuiShare Connector
Asmaa is passionate about gender and very interested in the impact of social innovation enabled by digital technology in innovative and creative communities that emerge in societies.
After 4 years working as a consultant at PwC, Asmaa decided in 2013 to dedicate herself to entrepreneurs, cultural change makers and social change networks around the world, especially in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region; writing, speaking, organizing and facilitating conferences, programs, and workshops. Since then, her focus has been on creating synergies in the areas of collaborative innovation, entrepreneurship and social change between Europe and MENA, through organizations such as OuiShare, MitOst, SwitchMed or the Womanity Foundation.
Asmaa grew up in Morocco and spent 12 years in France studying and working in Paris, Lyon, New York and Istanbul, before starting a nomadic life in 2015 living and traveling between Berlin, Paris, Brazil, Bali, Morocco, Lebanon and other MENA countries.
President and CEO of NTT Innovation Institute Inc.
Nina Simosko serves as President and CEO of NTT Innovation Institute Inc. (NTT i3), the prestigious Silicon Valley-based innovation center for NTT Group, one of the world’s largest ICT companies. Focused on fostering strategic innovation, NTT i3 works with established enterprise companies interested in investigating new approaches to evolving into digitally-driven businesses. Likewise, it partners with early stage digitally-native businesses looking to expand their presence and challenger advantage.
Accelerating the movement of innovation from initial idea to marketplace implementation, NTT i3 combines access to the significant global infrastructure resources, investment fund, research knowledge, and trusted long-standing customer relationships of NTT Global with its own software startup expertise and deep enterprise relationships.
Previously, Ms. Simosko was responsible for leading the creation and execution of Nike Technology strategy, planning and operations world-wide. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President of SAP’s Global Premier Customer Network (PCN). At SAP, she led both the PCN Center of Excellence and SAP’s Global Executive Advisory Board. During her eight-year tenure, she was a part of SAP’s Global Ecosystem & Partner Group which was charged with continuing to build and enable an open ecosystem of software, service and technology partners together with SAP’s communities of innovation. Additionally, she served as the Global Chief Operating Officer for the worldwide Customer Education organization, responsible for driving more than half a billion euros in global education software and services revenue.
Currently, Ms. Simosko serves on the advisory boards of two early-to-mid stage technology companies: Reflektion and AppOrchid.
Jeanniey Mullen is an innovative marketing executive who thrives on delivering outstanding growth and engaging customer experiences. Her background in education fuels her passion and has played a prominent role throughout her career.
Jeanniey is currently the Global Marketing Leader for the Innovation Hub at Mercer. In this role Mullen employs creative ways to effectively launch disruptive products that will further the health, wealth and careers of 110 million people each day. Recently named Women Leader of the Year by the Internet Marketing Association, Jeanniey Mullen is chairwomen of the Women’s Leadership Group. Jeanniey is also an advisor for startups including Rebelmouse, the world’s social and viral content distribution platform.
Jeanniey has held executive and leadership level roles at Barnes and Noble, Zinio, Ogilvy and JCPenney. She has started five companies, written two books, and is a frequent keynote speaker.
Rahul is a founding Partner at Zensciences- a boutique marketing consulting firm, providing services and solutions in Strategy, Design, Storytelling and Digital. He leads go- to- market strategy engagements for clients in India, UK and US across 8 industries. Zensciences specializes in helping start-ups in their GTM and works with Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneur’s to help achieve their business goals. Zensciences has also incubated marketing accelerator to help promising early stage start-ups in their GTM journey’s.
In his previous role Rahul was Director Marketing at Wipro Limited responsible for a majority of Wipro’s Global Marketing effort.
“RAHUL SPEAKS FLUENT ‘DIGITAL’ AND HAS A KILLER STRATEGIC BENT OF MIND; IT PROBABLY RUNS IN HIS BLOOD”.
Kiran (www.f6s.com/kiranbhagotra) is setting up a cybersecurity company to make ‘big player’ (government and enterprise) cybersecurity (managed/‘turnkey’) solutions accessible, affordable and easy-to-use for small and medium businesses, in the UK and globally. By partnering with established names, she will tailor a range of packages that provide ‘best-fit’ between vendor solution and market segment.
Most recently she has worked for the UK government’s Cabinet Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office in cyber-crime, operational engagement (public/private) and strategic bi-/multi-lateral partnerships. This included the #WeProtect (Children Online) Summit in which 50+ countries attended, committed to a Statement of Action, new legislation and a new fund led by Unicef were launched. As well as a Ministerial (Letwin) Review of critical infrastructure’s resilience to coastal flooding. She has also made a difference bringing together and influencing the right people through careers in finance, industry and not-for-profits. Working for JPMorgan Chase, Cazenove, 3i, Lonmin and Brunswick Group amongst others, in Strategy/Business Development, Marketing, Operations and Fundraising/Investor Relations within Telecoms, Media and Technology; Resilience/Infrastructure; Mining/Oil and Gas; Investment Banking/Alternative Investments and Professional Services.
Kiran was commended for ‘Woman of the Year’ in the CyberSecurity Awards 2016 and is a finalist for ‘Personal Contribution to IT’ in the Computing Security Awards 2016. She has judged and mentored the CyberSecurity Challenge, Forbes #Under30 Summit’s hackathon and Chicago Booth Business School’s new venture competition. She has participated in international cybersecurity, war, emergency planning and economic games/simulations. She has spoken on gender diversity, cybersecurity, infrastructure, resilience, digital and data at international fora.
Zeina has over 12 years of experience in the Smart Buildings, Smart Cities and Internet Of Things technology space.
In IBM, Zeina is part of the Center of Competence specialized in analytics and cognitive. She focuses on the structuring of strategic and complex deals, addressing the business value of the technology proposed.
Before joining IBM, Zeina has worked with Cisco for 8 years where she has played a major role in the delivery of strategic consultancy engagements focused on smart city master planning, project management and pre-sales support. Zeina has developed the smart city vision and smart services strategies for several major city developers and municipalities across the world (Korea, Barcelona, China, Qatar, Chicago, etc.)
Zeina’s professional experience includes engineering skills and experience in installation and configuration of smart building management systems.
Neeru is the Founder and Managing Director of the Marya Leadership Academy, an international coaching and training firm that supports entrepreneurs to launch and scale their businesses.
She is a certified coach with over 19 years’ experience as a coach, innovation facilitator and change agent.
Neeru is also the Adjunct Professor for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, at Murdoch University.
Across her career, she has supported over 400 Entrepreneurs, Executives, Students and Business Leaders with more than 2,000 hours of one-on-one and group coaching and Leadership Development Programs.
Neeru has designed and launched a social business incubator, as well as conceptualized a seed investment fund in India. She is proud to count 3 of her start-up clients as companies that have gone on to achieve successful IPOs in India.
Her signature startup coaching system for Entrepreneurs is currently running successfully in Dubai, including entrepreneurs from Dubai SME as well as with one of the leading Business Schools in the region. Neeru holds an MBA with Distinction from UK, and is a Certified Professional Executive Coach with Certifications from Coaches Training Institute, HOGAN and the International Coaches Federation.
Partner with the Advisory Services team with KPMG Lower Gulf Limited
Tasneem is a Partner with the Advisory Services team with KPMG Lower Gulf Limited. She has over 22 years of experience in Advisory and her key industry specialization includes Financial Services, Private Equity and Small and Medium Enterprise clients.
She previously headed a leading international consultancy company’s transformation team. Tasneem is a qualified chartered accountant and a certified fraud examiner.
Corporate Communications Manager for the Arabian Peninsula at Procter & Gamble
Alex Malouf is a marketing communications executive who has spent the last 14 years in the Middle East and lived across the region, in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and the United Arab Emirates. Named as the first Communications Innovator in the MENA region by the Holmes Report, Alex holds the position of corporate communications manager for the Arabian Peninsula at Procter & Gamble.
A journalist by training and with a cultural mix that is both European and Arabic, Alex Malouf’s expertise spans communications and media, public relations and marketing for both multinationals in the energy, technology and FMCG space as well as several Gulf-based government institutions. His experience includes corporate communications, media relations and outreach, content development, crisis/ reputation management, and digital and social media.
Alex serves on a number of not-for-profit boards, including the Middle East Public Relations Association, the International Association of Business Communicators EMENA Region and the Marketing Society as part of his efforts to promote the marcomms industry across the region.
Business Development Manager for Eagle Industries DWC, UAE
Lamis Al Kaati is a woman whose unyielding passion for humanitarian work and women empowerment has her recognized as a restless leader in her never-ending effort and commitment to civil rights, economic empowerment and social action. Her efforts are to demonstrate unity of all, regardless of political, religious and economic status.
Lamis Al Kaati career background and list of achievements is more than impressive. She has a degree in Engineering from McGill University; her specialty with the Material Handling Equipment within the port industry, and with the Ground Support Equipment within the aviation industry. She has gained her experience by working with global ports and airports service operators such as Cargotec Corporation.
Currently, Lamis Al Kaati is the Business Development Manager for Eagle Industries DWC, UAE.
She has volunteered her time for good cause, she is the Founder & Previous Chair of Syrian Ladies Society which was aimed to connect Syrian woman under one umbrella and woman empowerment, regardless of political views. Its success story demonstrates that women are able to work together and communicate by moving forward in a time were Syria political conflicts are at peak. She was an Ambassador for Woman’s News Agency and Initiated a campaign towards a secure media for woman
She was an ambassador for One Million Meals Campaign for Children inside Syria, and she is currently Middle East and GCC Director for Centre for Economic and Leadership Development. She has received an International Award for women advocacy for peace in the Middle East “Middle East Female Peace Champion Award 2015” - Amazon Awards 2015, Presented by H.H Sheik Juma Bin Maktoum Juma Al Maktoum
Lamis Al Kaati is a member of Emirates Business Woman Council and The Arab Business Woman Council.Supports Exhibitions that focus on Women feelings and journey. Lamis Supported three successful Exhibitions
CEO of Qamar Energy (Dubai) & Non-Resident Fellow for Energy at the Brookings Doha
Robin Mills, CEO of Qamar Energy (Dubai) and Non-Resident Fellow for Energy at the Brookings Doha Center, is an expert on Middle East energy strategy and economics.
He is the author of two books, The Myth of the Oil Crisis and Capturing Carbon, columnist on energy and environmental issues at The National, and comments widely on energy issues in the media, including the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Atlantic, CNN, BBC, Bloomberg, Sky News and others.
He worked for a decade for Shell, concentrating on new business development in the Middle East, followed by six years with Dubai Holding and the Emirates National Oil Company. He holds a first-class degree in Geology from the University of Cambridge, and speaks five languages including Arabic and Farsi.
Founder and Executive Director of the Digital Leadership Institute
Cheryl Miller is Founder and Executive Director of the Digital Leadership Institute (2014), a Brussels-based, international NGO promoting inclusive digital transfor-mation in strategic, innovative economic sectors. Cheryl is also CEO of Zen Digital Europe (2008), a leader in bespoke change strategies that leverage digital disruption to the advantage of startup and steady-state organizations.
Cheryl has a twenty-year track record leading international teams in the tech and ICT sector, mainly in business functions and most recently in the public policy arena. Her pioneering work in ESTEAM (entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, arts & mathematics) is recognized by the United Nations, European Parliament and European Commission, and Cheryl regularly speaks and writes on topics related to digital disruption and its impact on traditional and future industry and government, education, innovation, entrepreneurship and the workplace of the future. Cheryl also coaches, promotes and invests in early-stage enterprises.
Specific initiatives of the Digital Leadership Institute include the AdaAwards.com, g-Hive.org, inQube.eu, DigitalMuse.org, Girls Code Europe and Women2020.org. DLI held the Belgian chair of the European Centre for Women and Technology from 2011 to 2015, is an active contributor to the UN ITU Broadband Commission Working Group on Gender, and founding member of the European region body of the UNESCO Global Alliance on Gender and Media.
Cheryl has a degree in International Relations, Law & Organizations from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a Master of International Business Studies from the Moore School of Business. Besides her native English, Cheryl speaks, reads and writes Japanese, Dutch, French, Italian and Russian, to varying degrees.
Maryam Althani is an Emirati National and a Qualified Engineer and holds BS in Electrical Engineering from UAE University (1998) and has obtained an Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA) from Zayed University (2006).
Maryam is currently serving as Senior Specialist Distribution Power Assets at Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), a leading organization in Dubai and the main supply for electricity and Water to Dubai residents.
Maryam has also served reputed organizations in executive positions in Dubai, UAE namely:
- UAE University
- Dubai Aluminium Company Ltd ( DUBAL )
- Schneider Electric ( SE )
- Dubai International Financial Center ( DIFC )
- Dubai Cable Company (DUCAB)
Maryam is an eminent professional on various Boards local and international such as Emirates Science Club, Entrepreneurs Forum (Dubai), International Mensa and especially IEEE. In IEEE, she is the section chair of UAE section (2012-13). She formed the IEEE Women in Engineering Group (WIE) in UAE in 2003 and has coordinated the WIE in Region 8 (Europe, Africa and Middle East) during 2007-08 and the group achieved the best growth award across the globe. She was serving the WIE liaison for PES in 2010,2011 and 2012.
Maryam has served as a Board Member of Dubai Quality Group, Dubai, and UAE during the years 2009-2010 and has been elevated to the position of Secretary General to Board of Directors for the years 2011-12. Dubai quality Group is a leading organization involved in spreading the message of Quality and Excellence for Dubai Business community. Maryam has represented Dubai Quality Group at meetings at the American Society of Quality (ASQ), USA in 2011and main speaker at ASQ conference in Celaya & Leon, Mexico in 2011and in Leon, Mexico in 2013.
Maryam is an expert skeet shooter as a hobby and is an avid global traveller and is active in social media – facebook with a number of followers to her professional activities.
General Manager for Software Professional Services (MEA), GE Power
Dr. El Chaar is the General Manager for Software Professional Services at GE Power Services Digital for Middle East and Africa Region (MEA). she leads a large team for the development, configuration, deployment and integration of all software solutions to meet customer needs.
Prior to this role, she was the product line manager leading energy efficiency initiatives and provided technical support for all GE uprate solutions for the Frame 7 heavy duty gas turbine. Dr. El Chaar also led the first Industrial Internet GE solution based on fuel savings, megawatt additions, performance improvements, and optimized plant outages.
Prior to joining GE, Dr. Lana held several teaching positions in highly respectable universities in the Middle East region; her research focused on power electronics and specifically on the rectification and power quality. In addition, her works has been mostly focused on renewable energy in general and photovoltaic and wind energy.
Dr. El Chaar has several publications and book chapters and served as the Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Education, Power Syst. & Apparatus Education.
Lana received her BSEE, MSEE and PhD from the university in Minnesota (U of M), USA in Electrical Engineering.
Portfolio Marketing Leader, Watson IOT IBM Middle East, Africa & Turkey
Asma Shabab is the Communications and Marketing Leader for Watson Internet of Things at IBM Middle East, Africa and Turkey where she explores the benefits of making ‘things’ talk to each other.
She is passionate about how Internet of Things is progressing citizen convenience and as a marketing leader, tries to investigate its impact on communications. Asma was previously the Territory Marketing Leader for the Enterprise and MidMarket portfolio at IBM Middle East. Before joining IBM, Asma was engaged in B2C communications as Director, Account Management and Business Development, at Corporate & Marketing Communications, CMC (an affiliate of Ketchum) one of the largest PR firms in Pakistan where she focused on public policy and corporate communications. During her tenure, CMC expanded into digital communications services and successfully executed campaigns for blue chip companies including P&G, Nestle and Microsoft.
Asma is a Fulbright Scholar and received her Master’s in Strategic Public Relations from the University of Southern California, USA. She has another Master’s in Business Administration from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA).
Shalini believes in the magic that happens at the intersection of entrepreneurship and technology. Her interests lie in understanding how these intersections can be empowered to create transformational solutions for different ecosystems. Her vast knowledge and experience gives her the unique perspective ability to operate in cross- disciplinary roles and industries, create inter-relations and develop creative solutions.
Over the last 8 years, Shalini has had a broad range of work experience ranging from being a Venture Capitalist, Startup Evangelist, Marketeer to being a Software Engineer.
Currently, the Principal at 500Startups, a global venture capital firm and accelerator based in Silicon Valley with US$250M under management, Shalini takes pride in being at the helm of affairs of the world's most active early-stage investors with a portfolio of over 1,500 companies across 50 countries. Prior to joining 500, she was working with INKtalks (previously in association with TED) where her roles involved promoting INK’s platform through collaborative programs and partner networks. Apart from these engagements, she was an “Entrepreneur in Residence” at GSF Global Accelerator Program, Mentor in Residence for IDEX Accelerator Program and a Program Manager at Kyron Accelerator Program
She holds an MBA from Liverpool Business School and is an Engineering Graduate from RVCE Bangalore. She is currently pursing a Master of Science (MS) program from London School of Economics (LSE).
Lev is head of Global City Lighthouse Team at Cisco, a thought and a do leader in city digitization developing complex business opportunities globally, delivering rapid prototyping of IoT industry solutions, and managing deployments of city-wide transformational projects. Lev’s focus is on building intelligent communities and infrastructures leveraging innovations in city governance, ecosystems, business models, smart regulation, and technology to drive city government, citizen, and private sector outcomes, such as improved quality of life of citizens, better business environment, and city economic, social, and environmental sustainability.
Lev has been in charge of 2015 IoT World Forum Smart City Experience Tours in Dubai, delivering the deployment of 21 customer-driven digital city solutions and supporting Dubai vision of becoming the smartest city in the world by 2017.
Prior to his current role, Lev led the Internet of Everything (IoE) market development in EMEAR Emerging Countries, in charge of planning and execution of digital city projects, building local business alliances, driving innovation partnerships, and IoE-related PR/GA coverage in the field.
Before the IoE Market Development role, Lev had been leader of Business Operations and Sales Finance Controller for Russia and CIS Region. Prior to joining Cisco, Lev had been engaged in global leadership positions in the US in finance at Avaya and IMA Headquarters and in management consulting with SBA.
Lev holds his MBA from the State University of Missouri, a Master’s degree in Industrial Economics from Bauman State Technical University and a Master’s degree in Public Finance from Higher School of Economics. Lev is a CPA from the state of Virginia, Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Certified Financial Manager (CFM).
Lev is married and has 4 children. His hobbies include tennis, golf, and reading.
My name is Aljawharah Alqahtani, I am an Saudi hard working woman who studied in Princess Nourah University and I always had a dream to start my own business. I majored in Network & Telecommunicating Engineer as my bachelor degree. In addition, I hold a diploma degree in smartphone’s maintenance for hardware " software. By that, I decided to start my own business in the same filed I majored and mastered in. So me and my partner founded a company called FIX TAG, it’s a project that provides electronic accessories & repairing services for computers, smart phones … etc.
It is ran by Saudi female engineers and employees. We started this project in the year 2013 slowing developing ourselves and company throughout the years. Now we also give online courses on learning basic repairing skills for smartphones and so much more. I have recently proudly become an ambassador in the localizing telecommunication sector of Saudi Arabia.
Monika Papadopoulou is the Chief Evangelist for Potential.com and Community Relations Manager for Hadafi, the Women's Entrepreneurship Program. In this role, she has been instrumental in building and maintaining a comprehensive ecosystem to support youth, women and entrepreneurs across the Middle East and Africa, working tirelessly to support, champion and inspire young people across the region to achieve their full potential through the power of entrepreneurship.
Monika is passionate about tackling the challenges facing women entrepreneurs throughout emerging markets, and through Hadafi, has played an instrumental role in empowering thousands of female entrepreneurs and professionals across the globe with the knowledge, support and resources they need to succeed.
Manager External Relations, Women Engineers Pakistan
Sayada Yusrah Shah has been on leading positions of many communities/clubs since the start of her career as a student. Stepping into the world of Engineering with the department of Mechanical Engineering, she has always managed to pull extracurricular and facultative posts side by side.
From campus ambassador to Manager External Relations Karachi, she has been able to carry out her responsibilities alongside her other duties efficiently. After securing a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pakistan’s top engineering institute i.e. National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Karachi, she soon started working as an Executive in the University’s Advancement Office.
She has been an active member of Women Engineers Pakistan since the days of her bachelors and has been working on many projects. She is currently the Manager External Relations Karachi and making immense efforts to take WEP new levels. As a Manager of External Relations, her current focus is to bring, as many professionals, both men and women, for practical implementation of the objectives of WEP.