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Ameer Sherif

Partner / VC Investor, Saudi Arabia

Ameer is a Partner with Khwarizmi Ventures, a $70m early stage VC fund investing across the MENA region. The fund has invested in more than 25 portfolio companies across many sectors including FinTech, Logistics, E-commerce, SaaS, Marketplaces, and more. Khwarizmi Ventures was the 2nd most active fund across all of MENA in Q1 2022.

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.

With significant growth and impact on the local online employment market, he grew the company to become one of Egypt’s fastest growing local tech companies. He raised a total of $10m in VC funding along the way and built a team of 300+ employees. Most investors in BasharSoft were first time investors in Egypt and the region, including 500 Startups, EBRD, VNV Global, and more.

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 and Information Technology Commission (CITC), 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 CITC 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.

Igor Shevchenko

Chairman, Successful Ukraine Party, Ukraine

Lawyer, politician, chairman of the Successful Ukraine political party, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine (2014-2015), presidential candidate (2019)

Experience: Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine; Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ukraine; Managing Partner, Shevchenko Didkovskiy and Partners, a law firm; Founder and President Emeritus, Ukrainian Bar Association; Founder, Forum of Young Ukrainian Leaders. Education: BA, School of International Law, Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University, Ukraine; LLM, University of Minnesota, US; studies at Yale and Harvard universities. Expertise and interests: politics, law, healthy lifestyle.

Yohei Shibasaki

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Fourth Valley Concierge Corporation, Japan

Graduate, Faculty of Foreign Studies, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. Formerly, 10 years with Sony Corporation, working with global leading companies such as Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, Lenovo, and Panasonic in more than 10 countries. 2007, Founder, Fourth Valley Concierge Corporation.Committee member of the Foreign Workers’ Employment Policy Survey Project, administered by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan.

Shruti Shibulal

Chief Executive Officer and Director, Tamara Leisure Experiences, India

Shruti Shibulal is CEO and Director of Tamara Leisure Experiences. She strives to make Tamara synonymous with responsible tourism by incorporating principles of sustainability into the development and operations of each of Tamara's properties and creating impactful employment within their respective communities. Tamara operates resorts and hotels in South India, and has interests in Germany as well.

Shruti is a Trustee of the Advaith Foundation and SD Foundation, organizations involved in providing educational opportunities and healthcare assistance to underprivileged sections of society. She is also a Trustee of WEP - Women's Education Project, which focuses on educating and uplifting young women from vulnerable backgrounds. Shruti is on the Governing Board of ATREE - Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment.

In 2019, Shruti launched SAATHIYA - a hospitality skilling program which enables young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to become employable within the restaurant and hotel industries. Focussing on industry-relevant skilling, building careers, and creating a community, SAATHIYA has already shown positive results in improving the lives and prospects of its graduates.

Kunihiko Shimada

Chief Executive Officer, KS International Strategies, Inc., Japan

BA (Hons) in Political Science, Amherst College; LLB (Hons), Doshisha Univ.; MA in International Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS. Negotiation strategist and negotiator on international issues, ranging from peace and security, energy, trade, to global environmental issues. Former UN mediator on peace and security issues and Former Special Advisor to the Minister of the Environment Japan (until March 2016). Currently, Founder and CEO, KS International Strategies; Partner, Sun Investment; lead negotiator and co-chair of many items within climate negotiations. Provides advice on energy and environmental policies and strategies; organizing events including concerts and fashion events; global affairs ranging from peace and security to environmental issues and energy policies. Expertise: negotiation strategies; peace and security issues; global climate change as well as other global environment issues; energy policies and strategies (multiple energy areas); coordination of events, including concerts, workshops; network building; leadership management; public speaking.

Daniel M. Shin

Managing Partner, KingsBay Capital, Republic of Korea

Daniel M. Shin is a venture capitalist, executive scholar, and luxury executive. Daniel has run KingsBay Capital, a cross-border venture capital firm based in San Francisco. Daniel also oversees corporate development at MCM, a German luxury brand, that operates in 40+ counties, and has taught at Korea University on adjunct basis. Daniel has served in various executive and board positions at private and public companies such as KT, Hanwha, CJ and Daesung Group. He also worked at Accenture as a summer business analyst. Daniel has published several books and is a frequent speaker on the subjects related to entrepreneurship and innovation. Daniel was nominated as Young Global Leader in 2016 by the World Economic Forum. He was also honored to become Yale World Fellow under the former president Richard Levin's legacy at Yale. Daniel received DBA from l'Université de Paris(IX)-Dauphine, Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL), MSc from Stern School of Business, New York University and BSc from Kelley School of Business, Indiana University at Bloomington. He completed post-graduate studies at Harvard, Oxford and Princeton University. Daniel resides in Seoul, Korea.

Sally Shin

Chief Strategy Officer, UnitedMasters, USA

Offers the community strong knowledge of tech and business news at the epicentre of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Currently, Executive Editor at NBC News, overseeing coverage of business, tech and media for the network. Prior to that, San Francisco Bureau Chief, leading coverage of gender diversity issues in the valley and helped launched CNBC's "Closing the Gap" series which highlights gender diversity issues in corporate America.

Taejun Shin

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Gojo & Company Inc., Japan

Taejun is the Founder and CEO of Gojo & Company, a start-up providing tech-enabled microfinance services through its operating companies in developing nations. Founded in 2014, Gojo operates in 5 countries, serving 1.2 million customers with 7,700 group employees as of March 2022.

Having graduated from Korea University and Waseda Graduate School of Finance, Taejun worked at Morgan Stanley and Unison Capital and had engaged in private equity investments for eight years. While working in the industry, he founded an NGO named Living in Peace in 2007. Living in Peace made the first microfinance investment fund in Japan's investment history in 2009 and has supported children in Japan living under the alternative care system. He played a pivotal role in reforming the local authority children's services in Japan.

Taejun has authored nine books about finance, child welfare, and innovation. He is the finisher of a 1648 km ultra-marathon and holds a Karate black belt and 6 Dan of Go (game). He loves playing drums and taking street photos of people in the world.

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.

Shou Zi Chew

Chief Executive Officer, TikTok, Singapore

Shouzi Chew is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TikTok where he is responsible for partnering with the company's management team to drive global growth and lead corporate governance. Shou has been a member of the TikTok family since its inception, first having led a team of ByteDance's early investors. Previously, Shou served as the Executive Director, President-International & SVP at Xiaomi Corp. In the past he held the position of Partner at DST Global (Mgmt). Shou received an undergraduate degree from University College London and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Mandla Sibeko

Founder, Seed Capital Ventures, South Africa

Mandla Sibeko set up his own investment business, Seed Capital Investments, through which he has various interests in the small business sector. Through this company, he has partaken in a number of related media, retail, property and e-procurement acquisitions, including becoming the owner of the Pick n Pay Family Supermarket in Kliptown, Soweto. He also holds a 40% stake in Icon SA, a partnership with a UK-based global stadium and City dressing company that branded the 2006 German FIFA World Cup. Mandla Sibeko ventured into the media industry by creating his own production company. In addition, Mr. Sibeko is a founding member of several investment initiatives focusing on the empowerment of young people, with key investments in food, retail, media and clothing industries. He also serves as a Non-Executive Director of Paarl Print and Paarl Print, Paarl Labs – the largest magazine and commercial printer in South Africa and part of Media 24 Group, Mandla serves as Director of the FNB Joburg Art Fair, the largest Art Fair in Africa.