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Hussam Hammo

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Tamatem Inc., Jordan

Hussam Hammo is the CEO and Founder of Tamatem Games, a leading mobile games publisher in the MENA region. The company boast 150 million game downloads, with 3 million monthly active users and over 50 published games. Tamatem collaborates with international game developers worldwide to provide the best mobile games and entertainment to Arabic-speaking individuals.

Hussam, a seasoned entrepreneur with more than 17 years of experience, embarked on his venture with Tamatem in 2013. His vision was to develop games that authentically reflected the native language and rich culture of the Arab region. Being an avid gamer himself, Hussam keenly observed the glaring absence of Arabic content in the mobile gaming industry. To bridge this gap, Hussam created Tamatem Games to develop easy-to-understand games that resonated with audiences. Hussam is part of the Entrepreneurs Organization EO and Endeavor Global network.

Before Tamatem, Hussam had extensive work experience. He kicked off his career in 2006 as a product manager at, an interactive user-based portal for Arab online users. Following his time at d1g, Hussam moved on to become a product manager at an Arabic internet portal and online platform. Hussam co-founded one of Maktoob’s most popular products was the first ever all-Arabic social network with over 1 million users. Maktoob was acquired by Yahoo for $175 million in 2009.

After the acquisition, Hussam chose to quit working as a full-time employee and pursue his dreams of becoming an entrepreneur. In 2009, he co-founded Wizards Productions, a game studio that developed online browser-based games. Although the company had a successful track record, the prematurity of the industry in the region led Hussam to eventually close down the studio and focus on a different strategy for mobile games.

Despite the closing of Wizards Productions, Hussam continued to believe in the Arabic mobile games market and was persistent in creating content that was relevant to a region of 400 million native Arabic speakers. In 2013, Hussam’s idea of publishing and localizing international mobile games in the Arabic-speaking market was seen as a potential success by California-based accelerator ‘500 Startups’ and Tamatem received its first acceleration opportunity to be sent to Silicon Valley and began its journey of publishing the best Arabic mobile games.

Hussain Hanbazazah

Director, Community Services, Aramco, Saudi Arabia

With a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master's Degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Hussain has held several significant leadership roles within Aramco and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the past 14 years. An engineer by training, he has an innate ability to adapt, build inclusive networks, and lead people from a variety of professions and backgrounds; from engineers to power operators to communications professionals to arts, cultural and museum curators, demonstrating that he is talented, diverse and highly well-respected no matter the situation he is faced with. Hussain currently serves as the Director of the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Between 2021 and 2022, he was selected by the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Culture to lead the Saudi Pavilion project as Commissioner-General during the World Expo 2020 held in Dubai. He was the Kingdom's Expo 2020 chief diplomat, promoting the country's rich history, heritage, and culture. Very importantly, he played a crucial role in fostering a better understanding of the Kingdom and the qualities of our people. In addition to his roles at Ithra and the World Expo in Dubai, Hussain has provided trusted thought leadership throughout his career at Aramco. He has served as Aramco's Head of Media Relations and has held many leadership and technical roles within the operations and electrical power system business.

Assaf Harlap

Member of the Board, Colmobil Group, Israel

Assaf is a serial entrepreneur, impact investor, and owner of Colmobil Corp, Israel's largest car importer, distributor and retailer ($3.5B sales).

He is currently leading his family business through the next stage of its business growth while leading the charge in redefining Israel's stakeholder capitalism and investing in promising, early-stage entrepreneurs. Assaf has recently launched Future Mobility Israel - a think tank + policy lobby group with a vision to turn Israel into one of the global leaders of implementing and leveraging the transportation revolution.

Assaf is the co-founder of MEET, an educational program for outstanding Israeli and Palestinian high school students, in affiliation with MIT. MEET's program has been hailed by President Barak Obama as one of the best examples of how innovation is reshaping the Middle East.

Previously, Assaf served as the Founder and CEO of an online used car marketplace and as VP of Business Development at Colmobil Corp. Between 2010-2012, Assaf led the relaunch of the smart car in Israel.

Assaf is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS 2015) at the University of London in Japanese studies and received an MBA from Harvard business school (2010). He was selected by the World Economic Forum to become a young global leader in 2015.

Assaf lives in Tel Aviv with his wife Shelly and four daughters, Zoe, Amelia, Eleanor and Naomi

Abdulsalam Haykal

Chief Executive Officer, Haykal Group, United Arab Emirates

Abdulsalam Haykal is CEO of Haykal Group, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Haykal Group invests in various sectors and includes the following operating companies:

- Transtek Systems: enterprise software in assets lifecycle management, inventory, and maintenance.

- Majarra: publisher of the Majarra app, which offers high quality Arabic content including the Arabic editions of Harvard Business Review, MIT Technology Review, Popular Science, Fortune, among others.

- Manhom: the main source on professionals and companies in the Middle East.

Lableb: Arabic-language NLP and AI-based products.

Haykal serves on the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut. He is a member of the UAE government's Arabic Language Advisory Council, and of the Advisory Board of the Institute on AI and Humanities at New York University Abu Dhabi. He was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and received the Arab Thought Foundation's Innovation Award. Haykal is a graduate of the American University of Beirut and SOAS, University of London.

Leila Hoteit

Managing Director and Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group, United Arab Emirates

Leila is a Managing Director & Senior Partner at BCG, based in the Middle East. She is specialized in human capital topics and is a member of the global leadership teams of both the public sector and social impact practices of BCG. She has over 20 years of strategy and operations experience acquired through projects in the Middle East and Europe.
Leila also has extensive experience in social development and culture, and works with policymakers, regulatory authorities, and key public-sector entities on policy development, strategic planning, organizational development, and governance.

Kamel A. Husseini

Chief Strategic Engagements and Investor Relations Officer, Bank of Palestine, Palestinian Territories

Mr. Husseini is currently Chief Strategic Engagements & Relations Officer at the Bank of Palestine (BoP); the largest National Bank operating in Palestine, with 74 local branches in the West Bank and Gaza; and international representative offices in Dubai, UAE with intent to expand further in the region: Levant, GCC, North Africa.
Mr. Husseini was the Managing Director for the Portland Trust in Ramallah, Palestine, a UK based Action Tank working on Economic Development. At the Portland Trust he helped implement a main initiative for creating growth in jobs and GDP assisted by Mckinsey Worldwide, in addition to a Spatial Economic Vision for Gaza 2050 as part of a Global Palestine Vision with AECOM (July 2013-January 2016).
Mr. Husseini is also the founder of Ellam Tam. The company was established on January 1st, 2000, as the first Communications and Public Relations Company in Palestine. Mr. Husseini was Head of International Relations and Private Sector Development at Orient House (1991-1998), the headquarters of the Palestinian team to Middle East Peace Process in Jerusalem. His duties also focused on attracting funds and investments towards East Jerusalem Projects in addition to managing international relations for the Palestinian Team to the Middle East Peace Process.
Mr. Husseini was with the former Arthur Andersen MENA as an Economic Financial consultant for 3 years (1997-2000), working on a dedicated basis as Business Advisor for the Bethlehem 2000 Project. In April 2006 Mr. Husseini was the first CEO for the first Palestine Investment Conference to be held in Bethlehem. His previous career positions (2006-2010) also included; VP for Corporate, Investors and International Affairs for the Paltel Group.
Mr. Husseini received a BA/BS Degree in Finance and International Relations in 1988, and MBA Degree in International Business in 1990 from the American University in Washington D.C., U.S.A. He has attended the Global Leadership Executive Education Program at the Harvard Kennedy School in Boston Spring of 2011 and the Lee Quan Yu school of public Policy in Singapore in 2012. He is a YGL alumni 2007 and was the founder curator of the Ramallah Hub for the Global Shapers Community in Palestine, a community of the World Economic Forum.

Khadija Idrissi Janati

President, I-AFRIKA, Morocco

Khadija is a Moroccan Entrepreneur, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Expert.
Khadija is the President of I-AFRIKA, a non-profit organization, network of African entrepreneurs with a common objective of positively impact Africa. In 2016, she has launched Africa Trade and Investment Summit – Ifrane Forum, an annual event gathering economic and political operators from all over Africa, to reflect on the future of the Continent and create opportunities for the development of intra-Africa trade and South-South economic cooperation.
Since 2009, Khadija has created several companies in media and communications sector. Currently, she is the CEO of Tea And Koffee, a PR firm operating on both Moroccan and African levels.
Khadija is very active in promoting women entrepreneurship and Economic empowerment. She is the National President of ESPOD, a Moroccan leading NGO working since 1990 in promoting women economic empowerment through vocational training en entrepreneurship. She has also served as board member of the Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Morocco.
Khadija is involved in number of national and international organizations working for women economic empowerment, such as Vital Voices Global Global Leadership Network, and is alumna of the Women of the Mediterranean (WOMED) Program by the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Paris). She has also run for Moroccan local elections in 2015.
In September 2014, Khadija was received by President Barack Obama in recognition of her outstanding contribution to civil society work in Morocco and the region.
Khadija speaks often in the local media about women empowerment, entrepreneurship and social development.
Khadija is 41, she is married and mother of two girls, and passionate about photography and running.

Dalal Saeb Iriqat

Associate Professor of Diplomacy, Arab American University-Palestine, Palestinian Territories

Iriqat, Dalal, Dr., is associate professor at the Arab American University Palestine. Dalal is a weekly columnist at AlQuds Newspaper since 2016. She served as VP for International Relations for AAUP 2018-2022. Previously served as senior advisor of strategic communications at PMO 2017-2018. Dalal’s research focus on Diplomacy, Nation Branding, Palestinian State Building, Coercive Diplomacy, Public Diplomacy, Soft Power, Mediation and Conflict Resolution. She is author of Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century, Diplomacy in the perspective of Peace Building, Limitations of Coercive Diplomacy, Diplomacy for Democracy post Oslo, The Double Lockdown: Palestine under Occupation and COVID-19. She served as the Senior Policy Consultant for writing the Human Development Report UNDP for Palestine in 2015. Dalal taught at the Faculty of Law and Public Administration at Birzeit University between 2011-12. Dalal was elected President of the Diplomatic Academy of London Students’ Association in 2003. She was also a member of the students’ council at the University of Jordan in 2001. Dalal is passionate about bringing change into the Palestinian society through education, she is passionate about improving Palestinian Diplomacy and better brand Palestine. Iriqat is a founding member Mediterranean Women Mediators Network MWMN, founder member for Palestine Experts for Education under Covid-19, Founding and Board member of the Policy and Conflict Resolution Studies Center PCRSC, board member of Lycée Franćais International of Ramallah, board member of Eco Peace Palestine and sits on the jury board of 3alArd initiative. Dalal IRIQAT has a PhD in Public Administration from Paris I Sorbonne 2011, A Masters degree in Diplomatic Studies from Westminster University in London 2004 and a Bachelor of Political Science from the University of Jordan 2003 and she continues to learn.
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Ayman Ismail

Associate Professor and Abdul Latif Jameel Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship, American University in Cairo, Egypt

Ayman Ismail is an international expert in entrepreneurship and economic development. He is currently the Abdul Latif Jameel Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor at the American University in Cairo (AUC) School of Business and the founding director of AUC Venture Lab and AUC Angels. He is a co-founder, angel investor or board member in several fast-growing startups in fintech, microfinance and logistics. Previously, he was a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, a consultant in McKinsey & Company’s New York office, and a co-founder and managing partner at Enovio Consulting. In 2012, he was selected as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum (WEF). He received his PhD in International Economic Development from MIT. He is also a co-founder and board member of Nahdet El-Mahrousa NGO, an Egyptian NGO supporting social entrepreneurs and community initiatives.

Badr Jafar

Chief Executive Officer, Crescent Enterprises, United Arab Emirates

Chief Executive Officer, Crescent Enterprises. Special Envoy for Business and Philanthropy, President, Crescent Petroleum. Chairman, Pearl Petroleum. Chairman, Gulftainer. Founder, Pearl Initiative.

Member: United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, UNESCO International Commission on the Futures of Education, UNFCCC COP28 Advisory Committee Member and Special Representative for Business & Philanthropy, Board of Advisors of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Global Advisory Council. Member of Board of Advisors: Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre (Sheraa), MIT Legatum Centre for Development and Entrepreneurship, Synergos Arab World Social Innovators, Gaza Sky Geeks. Board member, Endeavor UAE. Ex-Officio Chair, Young Presidents Organisation (YPO) Emirates. Member of Global Advisory Board: Cambridge University Judge Business School, American University of Beirut, American University of Sharjah. Founding Patron: Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at the University of Cambridge, Strategic Philanthropy Initiative at NYU Abu Dhabi. Member of the Advisory Board, Milken Institute for Strategic Philanthropy. World Economic Forum: Young Global Leader (2011), Family Business Community Co-Chair, New Economy and Society Stewardship Board; Digital Economy and New Value Creation Stewardship Board, EDISON Alliance Champion.

Majid Jafar

Chief Executive Officer, Crescent Petroleum, United Arab Emirates

BA and MEng in Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Cambridge University; MA (Hons) in International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS/University of London; MBA (Hons), Harvard Business School. Chief Executive Officer, Crescent Petroleum. Vice-Chairman, Crescent Group of companies. Managing Director of the Board, Dana Gas. Founder and Chair, Centre for Economic Growth at INSEAD Abu Dhabi; Co-Founder, LouLou Foundation. World Economic Forum: Steward, Global System on Energy; Global Precision Medicine Council; Family Business Community; Young Global Leaders; past founding Chair of Oil & Gas Independents and Middle East and North Africa Regional Business Council. Member of the Board: Queen Rania Foundation; Harvard Medical School; Arab Forum for Environment and Development; Kalimat Foundation; Iraq Energy Institute. Member, International Advisory Board: Atlantic Council; Chatham House; Prince's Trust International. Member: Bretton Woods Committee; IoD Mudara; GCC Board of Directors Institute; Young Presidents’ Organization.

Yasar Jarrar

Professor of Business and Global Society, Hult International Business School, United Arab Emirates

Formerly: Partner, Bain & Company (Public Sector Lead); Partner, PwC (ME Strategy Consulting Leader and Global Education Practice Leader); Executive Dean, Dubai School of Government; Consultant, governments of United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Jordan, Libya; Director, Government Performance Directorate, Prime Ministry of Jordan; Head of Policy and Strategy, Executive Office, Dubai Government. Fellow, John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Visiting Fellow, Centre for Business Performance, Cranfield School of Management, UK; researched and taught strategy, performance management, innovation and policy-making; also Strategy Adviser to the Director-General, Executive Office, Dubai.