Upcoming Event in Silicon Valley: Unlocking the Potential of the Arab Spring

Join us on January 16th, 2012 for TechWadi #TechSpring, a global forum focused on unlocking the potential of the Arab Spring and harnessing the power of technology and innovation to create sustainable economic growth. The event is hosted by Plug and Play Tech Center, located at 440 N Wolfe Road in Sunnyvale, California

We have an incredible line-up of 20+ speakers for your enjoyment including Silicon Valley leaders in tech, venture capital, and entrepreneurship. In addition, you will have an opportunity to listen to and interact with delegates from the Middle East visiting Silicon Valley as part of the High Tech Roadshow organized by NUSACC and IJMA3-USA.

Attendees may join us afterwards for a reception at the San Jose Tech Museum for a chance to get together while enjoying the very successful “Science Rediscovered” exhibition.


Special Guests from the MENA Region

Basem Rousan
Minister of Telecom and IT

Nicolas Sahnawi
Minister of Telecom

Mohammad Allawi
Minister of Communications

Salim Sultan A-Ruzaiqi
IT Authority of Oman

Imad Hoballah
Chairman and CEO
Telecom Authority Lebanon

Ali Nahle
Executive Director
Central Bank Lebanon

Our Distinguished Speakers

Mike Cassidy
Director of PM

Osama Bedier
VP of Payments

Mohsen Moazami
Vice President
Ali Diab
Ali Diab
Founder & CIO
Caturra Capital
Saeed Amidi
Founder & CEO
Plug and Play
Julie Hanna
Chair of the Board
George Akiki
George Akiki
Senior Director

Faisal Sohail
General Partner
CMEA Capital

Hesham Shawki
Partnership Officer
Orascom Telecom

Dr. Saad Shakir
Professor Emeritus
Stanford Medical

Nadim Maluf

Ossama Hassanein
Rising Tide Fund
Deena Shakir
Partnerships Liason
US Dept of State
Ford Tamer
VC and Serial Entrepreneur

Youssri Helmy
Founder & Chairman

Cathy Campbell
CRDF Global

Mona Mowafi
Research Fellow
Harvard University

Tarek El-Sadany
Egypt Post

Saad Khan
CMEA Capital

Nadia Roumani


This event is free  for members as long as supplies last.
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Special Event Partner: 

8:30 Registration and Coffee Service
9:00-9:20 Setting the Stage
9:20-10:20 Global Perspectives
Mohsen Moazami, VP Emerging Markets at Cisco
Osama Bedier, VP Payments at Google
Julie Hanna, Chair of the Board at KIVA
Networking Opportunity and Coffee Break
10:40-11:50 Secrets of Silicon Valley
Saeed Amidi, Founder & CEO of Plug and Play
Mike Cassidy, Director of Product at Google
Ali Diab, Founder & CIO of Caturra Capital
Nadim Maluf, CEO at Qnovo Corp.
Ford Tamer, Moderator
11:50-13:00 Cultivating an Entrepreneurship Ecosystem
– Key MENA Initiatives
Salim Sultan Al-Ruzaiqi, CEO at IT Authority of Oman
Tarek El-Sadany, CEO at TIEC and Egypt Post
Mona Mowafi, Research Fellow at Harvard University
Cathy Campbell, CEO at CRDF Global
13:00-14:30 Luncheon Keynote Addresses
Nicholas Sahnaoui, Minister of Telecomm of Lebanon
Mohammed Allawi, Minister of Communications of Iraq
14:30-15:45 Enabling and Empowering Entrepreneurs
Faisal Sohail, General Partner at CMEA Capital
Saad Shakir, Professor Emeritus at Stanford School of Medicine
Nadia Roumani, Director at AMCLI
Deena Shakir, Global Partnership Liaison at US Dept of State
15:45-17:00 The Funding Imperative – Accessing Venture Capital
Khaled Nasr, Partner at InterWest Partners
Youssri Helmy, Chairman at IdealRatings
George Akiki, Senior Director of Corp Affairs at Cisco
Hesham Shawki, Partnership Officer at Orascom Telecom
Saad Khan, Partner at CMEA Capital
17:00-17:30 Where do we go from here?
Ossama Hassanein, Chairman at Rising Tide Fund
Networking Opportunity and Coffee Break
18:30-20:30 San Jose Tech Museum – VIP Reception and Tour “Ingenious Innovations: Science Rediscovered”