Oct 02,2015

The 3rd TechWadi Annual Forum was held in collaboration with The MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab on September 26, 2015 at Cowell Theater (Fort Mason) in San Francisco, with sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay. Over 350+ community members convened for what was an action-packed day of keynote speakers, panels, and fireside chats focused on the growth of MENA’s tech ecosystem, and how the diaspora can best support its entrepreneurs.

Sessions included:

  • Welcome & Opening Remarks
  • Arab Success Stories in Silicon Valley
  • Fueling Investments in MENA
  • Growing A MENA Marketplace
  • Business Leadership for Scale
  • From Acquisition to the Next Big Unicorn
  • Challenges Facing MENA Startups: Stories From the Field Rising Tech Ecosystems: Iran Booming Tech Sector & Impact on the the MENA Region Tech Media: Innovation, Impact, and Growth
  • Closing Keynote: Is Formal Education Obsolete?

Featured speakers:

 Dave McClure

Founding Partner, 500 Startups

 Hala Fadel

Partner, Leap Ventures


Louay Eldada

CEO & Founder, Quanergy

 Yasi Baiani

Senior Product Manager, Fitbit

 Mo Gawdat

Vice President of Business Innovation, Google [X]


Omar Tawakol

CEO, BlueKai

GM, Oracle Data Cloud, Oracle

 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


 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.

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