26
September
9:00 am — 6:00 pm
Cowell Theater
Fort Mason

San Francisco, 94109 United States
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We’re  excited to announce that the TechWadi Annual Forum in collaboration with The MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab will be held on September 26, 2015 at Cowell Theater (Fort Mason) in San Francisco!

This year’s Annual Forum will take place at the iconic Fort Mason, with sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay. Join us on September 26th for an action-packed day of keynote speakers, panels, and fireside chats with Silicon Valley leaders and tech stars from the TechWadi community. Topics will include:

  • Investing in MENA (panel)
  • Arab Success Stories from Silicon Valley (panel)
  • Challenges Facing MENA Start-ups (panel)
  • MENA’s Tech Media Landscape (panel)
  • Big Data (Keynote: Ussama Fayyad)
  • The Future is Bright for MENA (Keynote: Dave McClure)
  • Techonomic Development: Job Creation & Economic Opportunity via Tech for the Developing World (panel)
  • Iran’s Rising Tech Ecosystem & Implications for the Broader MENA Region (panel)

As well as pitches from 9 visiting start-ups from the MENA region via MIT Enterprise Forum – Pan Arab Competition.

Event Schedule:

8:15 – 8:45

Check-In & Registration (coffee and pastries served)

9:00

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Rana El Kaliouby (CSO, Affectiva & Co-Chair, TechWadi)

9:30

Arab Success Stories in Silicon Valley
Louay Eldada (CEO & Founder, Quanergy) & Omar Tawakol (CEO, BlueKai)

10:10

MIT Startup Pitches

10:25

The Future is Bright for MENA
Dave McClure, (Founding Partner, 500 Startups)

10:55

Fueling Investments in MENA

Ahmed Alfi (Chairman & Founder, Sawari Ventures), Hala Fadel (Partner, Leap Ventures), Fadi Ghandour (Managing Partner, Wamda Capital),  moderated by Elie Habib (Venture Partner, MEVP), with a brief introduction from Dr. Ossama Hassanein (Chairman, Rising Tide Fund & TechWadi Board of Directors)

11:50

Fireside Chat: Growing A MENA Marketplace 

Ronaldo Mouchawar (CEO & Founder, Souq.com), hosted by Ramy Adeeb, (Former Senior Director of Product Management, Yahoo!)

12:15

Fireside Chat: Business Leadership for Scale

Reyad Fezzani (CEO, Regenerate), hosted by  by Sharif El-Badawi  (Partner Lead VCs & Startups, Google & TechWadi Board of Directors)

12:45

Lunch Break

1:45

Fireside Chat: From Acquisition to the Next Big Unicorn

Ali Diab, (CEO, Collective Health), hosted by Mehdi Alhassani (Internal Operations, Palantir)

2:10

Challenges Facing MENA Startups: Stories From the Field
Amr Shady (Founder/CEO, Reveel Inc. & Chairman, TA Telecom), Hiba Mansour (CEO, Sajilny), Karim Samakie (BizDev Advisor, Sajilni & Former Investment Manager, Oasis500), Jawad Nabulsi (Founder & CEO, Nebny), Moderated by Zafer Younis (Venture Partner, 500 Startups & Founder, The Online Project)

2:50

MIT Startup Pitches

3:05

Rising Tech Ecosystems: Iran Booming Tech Sector & Impact on the the MENA Region
Chris Schroeder (Advisor & Venture Investor), Yasi Baiani (Senior Product Manager, Fitbit),  Zohre Elahian (‎Managing Director at Global Catalyst Foundation & Co-founder, iBridges), Hala Fadel, (Partner, Leap Ventures)

3:50

Tech Media: Innovation, Impact, and Growth
Rama Chakaki (Founder, BarakaBits & TechWadi Board Member), Peri Abou-Zeid (Co-founder, MoviePigs & Qabila Media Productions), Anna Stillwell (Major Gifts Officer, Wikipedia)

4:30

MIT Startup Pitches

4:45

Techonomic Development: Stability, Education, and Growth for the Developing World
Mohammad Gawdat (VP of Business Innovation, Google X & Co-Chair, TechWadi), Salwa Muhammad (Director of Student Services, Udacity), Sherif Kamel (Former Founding Dean, American University Cairo, School of Business),  Moderated by Rania Succar (Director of Brand Solutions – North America, Google & Founder, Jusoor)

5:30

Closing Remarks

Speakers:

 Dave McClure

Founding Partner, 500 Startups

 Hala Fadel

Partner, Leap Ventures

Louay-Eldada

Louay Eldada

CEO & Founder, Quanergy

 Yasi Baiani

Senior Product Manager, Fitbit

 Mo Gawdat

Vice President of Business Innovation, Google [X]

Omar-Tawakol

Omar Tawakol

CEO, BlueKai

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 Ossama Hassanein

Chairman, Rising Tide Fund

 Sharif El-Badawi

Partner Lead VCs & Startups, Google

 Rana El Kaliouby

Co-Founder & CSO, Affectiva

Perihan Abou-Zeid

Co-founder, MoviePigs & Qabila Media Productions

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 Sherif Kamel

Founding Dean (Former), American University Cairo, School of Business

 Anna Stillwell

Major Gifts Officer, Wikimedia

 Christopher Shroeder

Advisor & Venture Investor

 Zafer Younis

Venture Partner, 500 Startups

 Karim Samakie

BizDev Advisor, Sajilni

 Ali Diab

CEO, Collective Health

 Rama Chakaki

Founder, BarakaBits

 Bern Shen

Health/Tech Investor

 Ronaldo Mouchawar

CEO, Souq.com

 Ahmed El Alfi

Chairman & Founder, Sawari Ventures

 Rania Succar

Director of Brand Solutions – North America, Google

 Fadi Ghandour

Managing Partner, Wamda Capital

 Ramy Adeeb

Senior Director of Product Management (Former), Yahoo!

 Reyad Fezzani

President & CEO, Regenerate Power

 Medhi Alhassani

Internal Operations, Palantir

 Zohre Elahian

Managing Director, Global Catalyst Foundation

 Elie Habib

Venture Partner, MEVP

 Jawad Nabulsi

Founder and CEO, Nebny Foundation

Hiba Mansour

Founder & CEO, Sajilni

Salwa Muhammad

Director of Student Services, Udacity

Amr Shady

Founder & CEO, Reveel Inc.

In partnership with MIT Arab Startup Competition, the following MENA startups ready for global growth will be coming to Silicon Valley to participate, pitch and network with the TechWadi community. Participating Startups include: Altibbi (Jordan), Energy 24 (Lebanon), Kamakalima (Lebanon), Reveel (Egypt), ScreenDY (Morocco), Skyjunxion (Lebanon), Uturn (KSA), Wally (UAE), and Alotech (Turkey).

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General Admission

$199
General Admission – 9/26 Forum (+TechWadi Annual Membership)

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