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Sultan Olayan

Director, Olayan Group, Saudi Arabia

Sultan Olayan joined the Middle East and North Africa private equity team of Olayan (OFC) in 2019 as an Associate Director. He was at Olayan Saudi Holdings Company (OSHCO) since late 2017 as a member of the management team. Before joining Olayan Group, Olayan worked at the private equity arm of Abu Dhabi-based Waha Capital. Olayan is a member of the Olayan Family Council as well as a member of the Steering Committee for the Suliman S. Olayan Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Olayan Group. He is also a member of various boards, including Iliad Partners, TIC, SCC, Education for Employment, Saudi Craft Company, Ba’a Foundation and Aurbis Capital. Olayan began his career at Credit Suisse's Investment Bank in Hong Kong as a Research Analyst. He holds a BA (Hons) in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University. He speaks Arabic, English, German and French.

Mohammad Salem Omaid

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, iBnk.ae, United Arab Emirates

Dr. (Prof) Mohammad Salem Omaid has a storied career as a banker. In his career span of over 17 years, Dr. Omaid handled diverse roles having rich & extensive experience in Finance & Accounting, Corporate Accounts, Trade Finance, Corporate Credit Financing, Operational Banking, Investment Banking and Retail Banking. His association with the banking industry & his pioneering contribution towards the reformation of the banking structure is worth mentioning. He has been the pillar of many innovational projects and digitizing the economy. Over the years, Dr. Omaid developed himself as a leader with calculated thinking coupled with business intelligence and a capacity to take decisions which are result oriented. He developed himself as a strategist with excellence in formulating, developing & implementing business plans and policies to ensure attainment of business goals and profitable sell-though.
Presently he is the founder & CEO of a start-up innovation in the UAE which is a B2B embedded digital marketplace platform and disruptive in nature, which will assist in breaking, disrupting, facilitating, widening & creating a new business chapter not only in the UAE but the entire MENA region and other emerging markets. It will also bring-in a transformation into the "brick & mortar" banking concept with the implementation of BaaS and many other innovative transformations into the e-commerce market.
Dr. Omaid’s expertise and knowledge for a sustainable growth earned him several international accreditations. He has been a motivational speaker on many occasions across the globe while attending various felicitation programs.
He is playing a great role in shaping the young minds in the country & globally by way of sponsoring sports, health-drives and education.

Efrat Peled

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Arison Investments, Israel

Efrat Peled is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Arison Investments, a privately owned investment company that delivers solid business and financial performance by investing in companies and projects with sustainability at their core. Peled is a Board Member of Bank Hapoalim and the real estate and infrastructure group Shikun & Binui, both traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. She also serves on the boards of the Ted Arison Family Foundation, Salt of the Earth and Miya, a global water efficiency company, as well as a Member on the Investment Committee for the Weizmann Global Endowment Management Trust and a Member of the Clinton Global Initiative LEAD group. A licensed CPA, Peled holds an MBA from the Kellogg-Recanati executive programme, and a BA in Accounting and Economics and a post-graduate diploma in Real Estate Appraisal and Management from Tel Aviv University. Peled was listed in Forbes “World's 100 Most Powerful Women” in 2009 and ranked as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune Magazine in 2011.

Paolo Petrocelli

Head, Dubai Opera, United Arab Emirates

An internationally recognised cultural leader who promotes cultural diversity, gender equality, and peace through music and arts, Petrocelli is the Founder and President of EMMA for Peace (Euro-Mediterranean Music Academy), one of the largest organisation for the promotion of music diplomacy globally. Currently he serves as the Head of Dubai Opera, the main performing arts center in the UAE. In 2022, he was selected by the think tank Friends of Europe among the 40 most influential young personalities in Europe.

Kira Radinsky

Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Diagnostic Robotics, Israel

Dr. Kira Radinsky is the chairperson and CTO of Diagnostic Robotics, where the most advanced technologies in the field of artificial intelligence are harnessed to make healthcare better, cheaper, and more widely available.In the past, she co-founded SalesPredict, acquired by eBay in 2016, and served as eBay director of data science and IL chief scientist.One of the up-and-coming voices in the data science community, she is pioneering the field of medical data mining.Dr. Radinsky gained international recognition for her work at Microsoft Research, where she developed predictive algorithms that recognized the early warning signs of globally impactful events, including political riots and disease epidemics. In 2013, she was named to the MIT Technology Review’s 35 Young Innovators Under 35, in 2015 as Forbes 30 under 30 rising stars in enterprise technology, and in 2016 selected as "woman of the year" by Globes. She is a frequent presenter at global tech events, including TEDx, Wired, Strata Data Science, Techcrunch and academic conferences, and she publishes in the Harvard Business Review.Radinsky serves as a board member in: Israel Securities Authority, Maccabi Research Institute, and technology board of HSBC bank. Dr. Radinsky also serves as visiting professor at the Technion, Israel’s leading science and technology institute, where she focuses on the application of predictive data mining in medicine.

Ennis Rimawi

Founder and Managing Director, Catalyst MENA Clean Energy Fund, Jordan

Ennis Rimawi is the Founder and Managing Director of Catalyst's MENA Climate Funds. In 2016 Catalyst launched the MENA region's first renewable energy fund, and previously launched Catalyst Private Equity Fund I in 2006 the region's first energy and water technology venture capital fund. Ennis is also a Director of Millennium Energy Industries (www.meisolar.com). Over the past 18 years Ennis' focus has been on project development, technology business building, turnarounds, manufacturing, and investment structuring in the US and Arab region. He is the founder of ONEWORLD Software Solutions and led the subsequent merger and turnaround of Estarta Solutions, which is partially owned by Microsoft and Cisco. During this period Ennis led several private equity investment transactions from both the “sell side” and the “buy side”. Ennis is a Director of a leading non-profit Micro-Fund, Tamweelcom, and also a Director of Ajeej Capital and a Director at Relational.ai. Ennis is a member of the YPO, and YAL. Ennis is a graduate of MIT's Leaders for Manufacturing Fellows Program. BS in Eng. Systems ('91) MIT, a MS in Environmental Eng ('96) MIT, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management ('96).

Stav Shaffir

Member of the Knesset (2013-2020), Israel

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR | FORMER MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT | WORLD
ECONOMIC FORUM YOUNG GLOBAL LEADER | CHAIR OF SHIRA
ACADEMIC CENTERS | LEADER OF THE GREEN MOVEMENT ISRAEL
Stav Shaffir was the youngest woman ever elected as a member of
parliament in Israel, where she served for seven years. Previously she was one of the
leaders of the Israeli social movement that brought hundreds of thousands of Israelis
into the streets in the summer of 2011, and became Israel's biggest-ever protest. The
movement focused on housing, social services, equality and democracy. A year after the
protests, Shaffir ran for a position on the Labour party list, and got elected in a
nationwide primary. She became an MP at age 27 and a member of the Finance
Committee, where she led a reform for budgetary transparency, exposed the
government's secret money transfers, and fought to end corrupt usage of tax-payer
money.
Two years later, she won the second seat on her party list, and founded the
Transparency Committee of parliament, where she served as chairperson for four
years. In 2017 she became the chair of the OECD parliamentary committee for
transparency and anti-corruption. She also led the parliamentary collaboration for
sustainable cities and social justice.
In 2019, Israel entered a political turmoil of four consecutive elections leading to no
result. Shaffir realized that the only way to stop the attack on democratic institutions
would be to create a cross-party, democratic union between fractions on the center-left.
She fought to establish that union - and eventually gave up her own seat for it to be
built. The establishment of the Democratic Union paved the way for the diverse, unity
government Israel has today.
Today, Shaffir is focusing on social entrepreneurship. She is the founder of the Shira
Center; a unique program for young adults with autism and special needs. In Israel,
like in most countries, there are almost no opportunities for people with
developmental disabilities to continue to learn, work and receive therapy after they
finish high-school, and most remain fully dependent upon their families. Shaffir
created the Shira Centers in order to provide young adults with autism and special
needs an opportunity to be included in a university environment, while continuing to
study and work according to their desires and abilities. The Shira Centers are located
on university campuses and create ongoing collaboration between neurotypical and
special-needs students, aiming to increase empathy and leadership skills among
participants and the surrounding community. This groundbreaking model has quickly
gained traction among academic institutions around the world, and Shaffir is now
building a research institute for autism, music and the brain, in order to develop
therapeutic technologies for the broader special-needs community.
In addition, she works globally on creating collaborations to build new ideas on the
future of democracy, and is a regular contributor to Haaretz newspaper’s opinion page.
Numerous publications have recognized Shaffir for her outstanding work: Forbes’ 30
Under 30, Apolitical’s The World’s Most Influential Young People in Government for
2018, TheMarker and Calcalist Magazine’s 100 Influencers on the Israeli Economy,
Maariv’s 50 Most Influential Women. In 2017 she was selected as a Young Global
Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Bhavin Shah

Partner; Head, Middle East and North Africa, Forensic Risk Alliance Ltd, United Arab Emirates

I am a senior consulting professional and a trusted advisor to Boards of Directors, CXOs, Governments, and Regulators. I have served clients across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, America, and Europe.

My key areas of expertise are strategy development, business set-ups, transformations, M&A, restructuring, turnarounds, digital, complex regulatory matters, financial crime, public finance, and economic policies. I also have strong experience with financial performance improvement projects, balance sheet recapitalizations, Investor support, and cross-jurisdictional distress cases.

I mentor several Digital/FinTech start-ups in the region and have expertise in investing in venture, private and public markets. I hold an MBA and a Chemical Engineering degree and am an alumnus of Harvard Business School.

Shireen Shelleh

Partner and Managing Director, Center for Engineering and Planning, Palestinian Territories

Shireen is CEO of the Center for Engineering and Planning (CEP), a leading Palestinian engineering firm that’s based in Ramallah, Palestine. Under Shireen’s leadership, CEP has grown to have operations in Canada, UAE, Iraq, Libya, and Jordan. Shireen leads technical teams of national and international experts in spatial, strategic planning, and infrastructure development for urban and rural communities.

Shireen is also co-founder and board chairwoman of Shelleh Medical and Pharmaceutical Supplies. And although company recently established in 2017 that’s also based in Palestine, yet has already become the sole regional supplier of world renowned health products and medical supplies.

Shireen has been appointed on 2022 by Singapore Government as their honorary head of Singapore representative office in Palestine.

Shireen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Birzeit University in Palestine, and an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, USA. Shireen has been selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader of the Year 2016 (YGL). She is a board member of the Palestinian Business Women Forum (BWF), and a member of several other social and technical organizations.

Shireen is Partner and Managing Director of the Center for Engineering and Planning (CEP), a leading Palestinian engineering firm that’s based in Ramallah, Palestine. Under Shireen’s leadership, CEP has grown to have operations in Canada, UAE, Iraq, Libya, and Jordan. Shireen leads technical teams of national and international experts in spatial, strategic planning, and infrastructure development for urban and rural communities.

Shireen is also co-founder and CEO of Shelleh Medical and Pharmaceutical Supplies. And although company recently established in 2017 that’s also based in Palestine, yet has already become the sole regional supplier of world renowned health products and medical supplies.

Shireen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Birzeit University in Palestine, and an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, USA. Shireen has been selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader of the Year 2016 (YGL). She is a board member of the Palestinian Business Women Forum (BWF), and a member of several other social and technical organizations.

Contact Shireen at shireen@cep-palestine.com

Ameer Sherif

Founder and Chairman, Wuzzuf, Egypt

Ameer is a Partner with Khwarizmi Ventures, a $70m early stage VC fund investing across the MENA region.

Ameer is also the Co-founder and Chairman of BasharSoft, the company behind WUZZUF and FORASNA.com - Egypt's leading online employment platforms for white-collar professionals and blue-collar workers respectively. Collectively, both platforms impacted the lives of 6million+ job seekers in Egypt, and helped 50,000+ companies hire more than 750,000 people over the past years.

In 2019, he was selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur and named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He also sits on the board of Egytrans, a publicly listed logistics company.

In March 2021, he was selected as Board Member at ITIDA, the executive arm of the Ministry of ICT in Egypt, to help in setting strategies from for Egypt on digitisation, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Ameer holds a MSc degree in Computer Engineering and BSc in Electronic and Communications both from Cairo University. He also completed executive programs on Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and business leadership executive programs at Stanford, MIT, INSEAD, and HBS.

Naif Sheshah

Assistant Deputy Governor for Planning and Development; Chief Digital Officer, Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Saudi Arabia

Naif Sheshah, serves as the Assistant Deputy Governor for Planning and Development & Chief Digital Officer at the Communications, Space & Technology Commission (CST), In addition to his role as the Chief Transformational Office at the Saudi Space Commission. He also has a wealth of corporate strategy experience and a reputation for developing and implementing complex technology business process solutions in demanding environments. Prior to his current role, Naif was the General Manager of Planning and Development & Acting General Manager of Postal and Logistics Services. Particular highlights of his time at the CST include spearheading the formulation of the organizational strategy for the year 2019-2023, playing a prominent role to develop the Saudi ICT sector strategy, and leading a team that was twice awarded the EFQM’s certificate of Institutional Commitment to Excellence. A strategic thinker who combines extensive corporate experience, an entrepreneurial spirit, and unique academic insight, Naif’s career has crosscuts with multiple sectors such as healthcare, education, aviation, telecommunications, and petrochemicals industries, where in due time he has demonstrated a strong track record helping to steer forward-thinking businesses through periods of significant growth, change, and improvement. Naif Sheshah is a graduate of INSEAD’s Management Acceleration Program and holds a master’s degree in Business Process Management from the Queensland University of Technology, in addition to a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. He sits on the board at the National Information Technology Academy, and for several years acted as ambassador for ADAA, the Kingdom’s center of excellence for performance measurement.

Dina Shoman

Co-Founder, Verity, United Arab Emirates

Dina Shoman is the Co-founder of Verity, a UAE-based Fintech startup that provides a money management app and prepaid card to kids and teens ages 8 - 18, through which they learn to save, earn, spend, and give within a safe environment and controls that parents choose. This is Dina's 3rd financial literacy startup, having been Founder and CEO of Nahji, a financial education company in Amman, Jordan, and inherQuests, providing fun financial education products for girls K-5 in New York.

Dina served as Executive Vice President and Head of Branding at Arab Bank from 2006 to 2012, where she oversaw the bank's marketing, corporate communication, and sustainability departments. As a fourth generation member of one of the Arab world’s most prominent banking families, she was also a Member of the Board of Arab Bank plc, Arab Bank Switzerland, and Arab Bank Australia, and the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation, as well as a number of reputable NGOs in Jordan, such as the Jordan River Foundation and INJAZ.

Dina was born and raised in Jordan and educated in the United States, holding a BS in Finance and an MBA with a concentration in Change Management from Bentley University. She has been widely recognized for her leadership as both an executive and an agent of change. In 2012, she was selected as a Young Global Leader (YGL) as well as a Member of the Global Agenda Council on Values by the World Economic Forum (WEF). In May of that year, she ranked as the third most powerful Arab business woman by Forbes Middle East magazine. A calculated risk taker fueled by adventure, Dina was part of the From the Lowest Point to the Highest Point for Cancer (LH4Cancer) Everest Base Camp team, climbing 17,500 feet in April 2013, as well as the LH4Cancer African team, climbing to Mount Kilimanjaro?s high camp in 2014. Both teams raised over $1.4M for the King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF) in Jordan.