TechWadi’s sold-out December 15 event brought together 100+ technology leaders and entrepreneurs from the Bay Area and beyond. During the mixer, we celebrated our accomplishments in 2010 and looked forward to a bright 2011. We also heard from our mentors and members about progress in many fascinating initiatives, including:
- The upcoming first event of 2011 – a Silicon Valley mixer welcoming a distinguished delegation of MENA startups to the Bay Area on January 11, 2011
- The imminent launch of a PlugandPlay incubator in Cairo, and plans to expand soon in the Levant;
- The most promising startups we are currently mentoring, and the opportunities for our members to directly engage
- The roadmap for 2011 including geographic expansion in the Maghreb and Saudi Arabia, and the partnership with the World Bank to provide grants and internships.
To those that could not attend, please join us in January and register early!
|Ossama Hassanein. Chairman, Rising Tide Fund
Ossama is an entrepreneur, mentor and venture capitalist. Over the last 35 years, he has managed over $1 billion in 14 international technology funds and spearheaded the mezzanine financing of 80+ IT companies. In the last 15, he co-founded or chaired 6 leading-edge startups, with combined value at exit of $2.2B. He is currently chairman of BDNA, Echovox and Zong, as well as TechWadi and the Egyptian American Society. Ossama received his B.Sc. in electrical engineering from the University of Alexandria, his MBA, M.Sc. and PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of British Columbia, and Ph.D. in Business Administration from California Coast University.
|Habib Lahlouh. Founder & CEO, Lahlouh Inc.
Habib is Chairman of the Board, CEO and Co-Founder of Lahlouh, Inc., a full service marketing, printing and fulfillment house. Building on the lessons Habib and his brothers learned from working for their father in Syria, they built Lahlouh, Inc. into one of the largest companies in the Northwest, employing over 300 professionals. Habib is also President and Co-Founder of the Syrian American Association of Northern California as well as a Board Member of Kalima Foundation, a non-profit based in Syria that owns both a hospital and a senior center.
|Bassel Ojjeh. Founder & CEO, nPario
Bassel has an impressive track record of successful startups amid a career dedicated to harnessing the power of data for improved business performance and increased revenue.Prior to founding nPario, he served as Sr Vice President of the Strategic Data Solutions division at Yahoo. Bassel joined Yahoo as a result of Yahoo’s acquisition of his previous venture, the DMX Group, a business intelligence and data mining company. Prior to DMX, Bassel co-founded and served as Chief Operating Officer of digiMine (now Audience Science). Before founding digiMine, Bassel was Group Program Manager in the Internet Business Server division at Microsoft. He started his career in Fox Software, establishing the company as a leading global software development provider, later acquired by Microsoft for $1.5 billion.
|Lia Lazar. Investment Banking Consultant, BDNA Corp.
Lia is an expert in financial analysis, corporate finance, and M&A transactions. She currently works as an independent investment banking advisor to BDNA Corp. and its venture capital investors and volunteers considerable time to help MENA-based startups. Previously, Lia worked with Citi Group’s Palo Alto offices in the technology investment banking group. Lia holds a BS in Economics, Finance, and Accounting from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
|Roham Gharegozlou. Associate, Rising Tide Fund
Based in San Francisco, Roham is at the front-line of Rising Tide’s initiatives, reaching out to startups, coordinating mentorship activities, and helping entrepreneurs turn their dreams into successful businesses. When not Skyping with startups, Roham enjoys participating in Silicon Valley’s many entrepreneurship-focused events or working on behalf of TechWadi, a leading entrepreneurship-focused NGO building bridges between Silicon Valley and MENA region. Prior to Rising Tide, Roham worked with Newbury Ventures in Redwood Shores as well as Prime Co. in Dubai, UAE. He holds a B.A. in Economics and dual B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biological Sciences from Stanford University.