HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan
HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan is a leading advocate for science as a catalyst for change, She is a dedicated science enabler in the Arab World where so many challenges urgently require science-based solutions.
The Princess has worked for over a decade to help foster an environment for home-grown solutions to be found for pressing issues facing the region.
HRH is President of the Royal Scientific Society (RSS), Chair of the Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT), and Vice-Chair of the Jordan Museum.
In June 2017, the Director-General of UNESCO appointed HRH as UNESCO Special Envoy for Science for Peace, This unique honor recognizes HRH’s efforts to combine science and research with cultural heritage to foster peace, opportunity and prosperity.
Princess Sumaya was Chair of World Science Forum 2017, which was held in Jordan under the theme of ‘Science for Peace’. Under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II.
In August 2020, the Director General of UNESCO appointed HRH as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Science for Peace.
HRH joined the Board of the Amman Baccalaureate School in 2005. She believes strongly in the importance of creative education from the earliest stages to drive positive change in the region.
Master Of Ceremony
Dr Aljafari is the Director of the Intellectual Property Commercialization Office at iPARK, the Royal Scientific Society. He is a seasoned strategy, industry, investment, entrepreneurship, IP, innovation, and finance professional. With more than 20 years of experience in Innovation, her has engineered and successfully executed technological alliances across multiple sectors. Dr Aljafari is a member of numerous technical and advisory boards at academic and private institutions worldwide and is a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Expert in IP policy and management. Dr Aljafari has a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Nottingham University.
Day One Speakers
Ms Virginie Cossoul is responsible for the research and innovation and industrial cooperation portfolio for the MENA region (part of the Economic Section).
Ms. Virginie Cossoul is a lawyer and has been working at the European Commission for 13 years. Before her current position, she was posted at the EU Delegation to Lebanon
General Delegate of ANIMA Investment Network. He joined ANIMA in Marseille in 2006 to develop the network’sactivities in the field of support for innovation. He has since created and managed several major projects atANIMA on the promotion of investments and their impacts for the territories, on the development of the privatesector, the mobilization of talents from the Diaspora and the development of clusters.
Day Two Speakers
Hamzeh Shamaileh is the Country Director for Leaders International Jordan’s office. Hamzeh Shamaileh is heading Leaders international multiple project in Jordan; of which are EU funded JADE Project, ILO Sector’s Skills Gap project, Dutch Shiraka MSME development project. Mr. Shamaileh’s work focuses on supporting SMEs and entrepreneurs through upscaling the services provided to them by Business Development Service providers and incubators, in order to create sustainable growth across the private sector.
Panelist Day One
Mohammad Albattikhi is the founder and CEO of Bilforon, a mobile application for ordering home-cooked food from women who make it and sell it from their houses. Prior to founding Bilforon, he worked as the Acceleration Manager at Oasis500 and Director of Operations at Western Michigan University’s Business Accelerator. Mohammad has an MBA from Western Michigan University, where he worked as a Research and Teaching Assistant at the Marketing and Management departments. He focused his studies and research on entrepreneurship, business modeling and disruptive innovation.
John Mueller is a professor in the management department at St. Edward's University, John focuses his teaching on innovation and entrepreneurship (entrepreneurial finance). Prior to joining the faculty at St. Edward's, John held faculty positions at Fresno State and Western Michigan University. He completed his PhD in Entrepreneurship at the University of Louisville. John is a native of Austin, Texas, and he has lived in many interesting places around the world. He is a founder of GolfSolutions.com and SmartBond. In keeping with the entrepreneurial spirit, he works with Martin Mueller (son) on Pick'n Run and Widad Mueller (wife) on Rollin' Gelato, while also making investments in various startups.
Hanan Khader is a Jordanian serial entrepreneur, selected in 2013 by the U.S. Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs as a Leader in Technology at TechWomen organization. She represented Jordan in Silicon Valley. She is the founder and curriculum author of the program “Hello World Kids”, which aims to inspire and teach children how to program computer and mobile applications at a young age.
Fouad is the co-founder and business lead at Alpha Apps Inc., the creators of CashBasha. Fouad has served as a partner and manager at a number of forward thinking ventures between the United States and MENA region, particularly in Jordan. He has offered and led technical as well as strategic consulting efforts to top tier telecom, software & internet giants such as Google, Microsoft, Verizon & others. Fouad began his first proper venture during his university days and returned to the MENA region in 2009, with the hope of playing a part in capitalizing on growing opportunities within the tech and consumer online spaces.
Ranked the 8th most powerful Arab woman in government according to Forbes Middle East in 2015, she was the Head of the Jordanian delegation to the Arab China Trade Fair - Guest of Honor Country in 2015, in addition to being the Head of the Jordanian delegation to Jordan’s second WTO Trade Policy Review in 2015 and also she Head the Jordanian delegation to the Review on Jordan's Adherence to OECD Investment Committee and Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises in 2013.
Dina El-Shenoufy has over ten years of financial services experience managing venture capital and investment portfolios in the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to joining Flat6Labs, from 2009-2011, Dina worked as a Senior Analyst for Al-Ahly Capital Holding, where she was responsible for managing the Oil and Gas portfolio valued at over USD 200 mn, as well as representing the company on the board of Egypt’s biggest producer of essential mineral oils, AMOC. Before that, she held the position of Portfolio Manager at Beltone Asset Management, where she co-managed the MENA regional portfolio, acquiring great insight into the GCC, Levant and North African markets and business habits.
Emile is a Founder and Managing Partner of Silicon Badia focusing on investments in the Middle East region. Previously Managing Partner of IV Holdings, the early-stage investment arm of Accelerator Technology Holdings, Emile is currently a director of several regional online and digital media companies. He was selected as a member of the Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum in 2006, and in 2012 was selected a Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
As CEO of Propeller Tambi heads the day to day operations and leads the Propeller team. Prior to Propeller, Tambi founded and led several technology startups, building teams and products that deliver tangible value to their customers. He is passionate about software craftsmanship and user experience that deliver products that are agile customer centric and scalable. He is an active member of the local tech and UX design community working to elevate the technical talent base in Jordan.
Elia is currently a New Category Manager at Fine Hygeinic Holding and an owner at Nuqul Group. In addition to his role at Nuqul Group, Elia is also a cofounder of a fully integrated laundry service startup, WashyWash, a founding partner of an F&B Investment Club and a Board Member at Elia Nuqul Foundation. Elia is also a Scout Investor in Beyond Capital's program where he seeks and sources the most noteworthy early-stage companies as investment deals.
Tamer Al-Salah is the Managing Director of BeyondCapital. Prior to joining BeyondCapital, Tamer held several positions within the entrepreneurial and SME support space in Jordan, where his most recent position was Projects Specialist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a leading international financial institution, where he managed advisory projects to over 70 SMEs across Jordan. Tamer embarked on his career journey as a member of the Search and Selection team at Endeavor Jordan, and later promoted to Entrepreneur Services and Growth Manager.
Panelist Day Two
Laith Al-Qasem is the CEO of the Innovative Startups and SMEs Fund. Al-Qasem has over 25 years of business and development experience. He identified, invested in and was involved in 19 startup companies, several of which have become paragons of success.
Senior executive with 25+ years of experience in information technology, human capital development and workplace performance, strategy execution, project management, and entrepreneurship.
Prior to his current position as the CEO of int@j, Nidal held several leading positions in various private sector organizations including the Strategic Center for Organizational Performance Improvement – SCOPI, Optimiza Academy - a subsidiary of Optimiza Group - that provides IT, Consulting Outsourcing and Training with offices in Jordan and the region and BT Applied Technology
Tamara Abdel-Jaber is a co-founder and the chief executive officer at Palma Consulting. She is responsible for strategy, project oversight, performance management and business development. She currently serves as the elected Chair of the Global Institute of Certified Management Consultants. Tamara is also a founding member of Girls in Tech – Jordan Chapter and served as its chair. Additionally, Tamara serves on the board of the Business and Professional Women Association in Jordan
Dr. Rabadi is the former Minister of Planning and International Cooperation (MoPIC). He was member of the Government of Jordan which led the country during the COVID 19 crisis. He served as the governor of the World Bank, the European Bank for Restructuring and Development (EBRD), the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) among other Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs).
Aline Bussmann is the Co-Director of cewas, a Swiss NGO cewas that supports the development and implementation of innovative, entrepreneurial solutions in the water, sanitation, waste and agricultural sector. Since 2013, cewas has built with partners a community of environmental start-ups and enterprises in Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq.
Mary is the Founder of 17 Ventures, a MENA-based impact investment and advisory firm focused on advancing UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Mary is a General Partner in the SEAF Jordan Growth and Impact Fund and a Managing Director for the SEAF Globally Displaced Peoples’ Fund. Prior to this Mary spent 15 years as a social entrepreneur and was chosen as ‘Jordan’s Top Businesswoman’ in 2019, as well as being chosen as one of Forbes’ Most Powerful Arab Women for several years.
Mahmoud is a renewable energy entrepreneur and consultant, he established Taqetna company; Renewable Energy Company specialized in commercializing his invention; Reyah (Arabic word for Wind (.Accredit Professional by the International Accreditation OrganizationThis certification proves as recognition for the individuals as a leader in the practice of their specialized field of engineeringMahmoud concluded the year 2016 by overseeing the implementation of more than 210 solar and renewable energy projects in Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
Shada El Sharif
Shada is a recognized thought leader on climate change, green economy, and sustainable development in Jordan and the region. She is also an advisor to the Government of Jordan on Sustainable Development and Green Recovery, and a Senior Advisor to the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD) for the project to establish Jordan’s National Center for Innovation (NCI).
Ennis Rimawi, founder and Managing Director of Catalyst Investment Management (CIM), an energy/water/technology fund manager and developer since 2006, based in Amman, Jordan. CIM has sponsored two specialized MENA region private equity funds, one being energy/water venture capital (SME focused), the other focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency.