Take a look at a selection of industry investors coming to Dubrovnik who will be attending and some be on stage at Techne Summit Dubrovnik 2020. Stay tuned as we announce more updates to the lineup!
Amr is an innovation mixologist, passionate about ideas, people, and businesses with the potential to positively impact the world. His most recent post was with Unilever as Global Innovation Director based in the UK and he has had an accomplished career with over 20 years of experience in the FMCG industry with multinational companies. He is a true global citizen with experience in developing and growing famous international brand franchises like Dove, Axe, Clear, Lipton, Clorox and Dettol across diverse markets like Egypt, GCC, Levant, India, Turkey, UK, USA, France, and Russia, many of which he has had an immersive working and living experience.
A consultant, design thinker, business coach, public speaker, trainer and mentor who over the past few years has been involved with a diverse range of corporate, governmental, entrepreneurial and developmental ecosystems which include; Nestle, Minlo, Ministry of Solidarity, Egypt Ventures Ministry of Investment, Creative Industry Summit, MIT Arab Forum for Refugees, Unilever Marketing Academy, Drosos, The American University in Cairo Centre For Entrepreneurship.
His areas of expertise cover; Innovation, Strategy, Branding, Advertising, Entrepreneurship, Consumer Insight & Research, Story Telling, Pricing Strategies, and Personal Branding.
Amr is the Campaigner ENTP personality: entrepreneurial, creative, intuitive, problem solver, enthusiast, change catalyst, abstract thinker, dot connector, challenger, inspirer, and motivator who is passionate about empowering people and businesses.
Tarek El Kady is a leading entrepreneur in his native Alexandria, Egypt. Born and raised in Alexandria, Tarek has worked in the U.S. as a part-time web designer before launching his first company called WebArchitect.
After a successful decade in this business, he launched Markade which focuses on marketing, advertising, and branding. Eventually, he started Cactus which is an event management and on-ground activation agency. Lastly formed KD Group which manages the operations of the three agencies and their clients which are local, regional, and global. Last year, Tarek shook up the technology world by hosting two episodes of Techne Summit in Alexandria (October 2015 & May 2016).
Techne Summit is a two-day international entrepreneurship technology event that acts as a platform including the main global players in the technology industry, namely: industry professionals as speakers, technology businesses, entrepreneurs and startups, investors, users, and media representatives. In December 2016, Tarek announced the launch of Alexandria Angels, the first Alexandria based Angel Network. Consisting of a select group of founding members, all experienced in business and enthusiastic about entrepreneurship in Alexandria, the newly established network seeks to invest in promising, high-growth startups in Alexandria and the Nile delta region from mid next year onwards. The announcement came during the opening of the Rise Up Summit, the leading entrepreneurship event in the Middle East and Africa. In February 2017, Tarek launched the first of its kind nation-wide roadshow to empower entrepreneurs all over Egypt Techne Drifts - Three drifts that are in the format of a roadshow which kick-started by Upper Egypt, as a one-day summit in three different cities Assiut, Sohag, and Aswan. Then Delta in three other cities Mansoura, Zagazig, and Tanta. The Canal Drift will soon follow on 15,16 March 2017 in Suez and Port-Said respectively.
Tarek is passionate about helping young people.
Practicing in the areas of start-up structuring, governance, pre-growth and growth venture finance; international trade agreements antidumping, subsidies, safeguards and countervailing measures; international business transactions; joint ventures; and competition laws. Angel investor: Invested in Nebras Technology, Abu Erdan Technology, Eventtus, Insanyah, and Nawah Scientific, among others. Member of the Cairo and Alexandria Angels Networks. Mentor at V-Lab - AUC; Imagine Cup - GUC; the Reactor Program - Innoventures; Gesr - Misr Elkheir; TIEC; and Flat-6- Labs. (Current board member of HEGTA.) Previously, chairman of the board of the Nahdet Elmahrousa NGO (2009 - 2016). And, member of the adjunct faculty, teaching business law. The school of management, the American University in Cairo (2014 - 2016).
Jacopo joined EBAN in 2015 as the association’s Director of Secretariat. He is responsible for managing the day to day operations of the organization, expanding the associations reach and influence, tracking issues of strategic importance to the early stage investing ecosystem and representing the association externally. Being the first contact point of the association, he is also looking after EBAN members’ interests and needs.
Jacopo holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Thanks to his education and his strong academic background both in marketing and in financial management, Jacopo has a successful track record with international work experiences.
Dr. Nicolas Rouhana is currently the General Manager of IM Capital, a $20M program funded under USAID MENA Investment Initiative, providing Matching Capital, Equity Guarantee, and Technical Assistance to early-stage businesses and investors in Lebanon. Between 2002 & 2015, Dr. Rouhana was the Executive Director of Berytech Technological Pole, a leading Technology Business Innovation & Incubation Center in Lebanon. He is currently Vice-President of Internet Society-Lebanon Chapter, board member of Berytech, and the current Chairman of Speed@BDD the first tech accelerator in Lebanon.
Nicolas has a Telecommunications Engineering degree from Saint-Joseph University in Beirut, a Ph.D. in Networking Systems from Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, and an EDP graduate from INSEAD, France.
Candace Johnson is a global infrastructure, network and innovation expert and entrepreneur. She is co-initiator of SES/ASTRA and SES Global, the world’s pre-eminent satellite group. She is also founding President of Europe Online Investments S.A. and founder of Loral Cyberstar-Teleport Europe. Ms. Johnson is also founding President of the VATM, the Association of Private Telecom Operators in Germany and founding President of the Global Telecom Women’s Network (GTWN).
Ms. Johnson is also President of Johnson Paradigm Ventures (JPV), partner in Sophia EuroLab. JPV is also a principal founding shareholder in London-based Ariadne Capital. She is currently a Member of the Board of SES, a publicly quoted company in France.
Ms. Johnson is a Member of the Supervisory Boards of Garage Canada, Iris Capital (Europe) and Inovent (Turkey). Ms. Johnson is founding Member and former President of the Sophia Business Angels, France as well as founding president of three multi-million Euro investment funds, Succès Europe, Croissance Europe and Innovation Europe.
Ms. Johnson is Member of the Board of Governors of EDHEC, France’s largest business school, the University of Haifa in Israel, Sabanci University in Istanbul Turkey, and a Senior Enterprise Fellow for the University of Essex. Ms. Johnson serves as a Member of the Advisory Board of KACST, Saudi Arabia.
Ms. Johnson has been decorated as Commander of the Luxembourg Order of Merit and Officer of the Couronne de la Chene as well as Officer of the Bundesverdienst Kreuz 1. Klasse (FRG). Ms. Johnson has also received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the World Communication Awards in 2002 and in 2012, Ms. Johnson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The International Alliance of Women in Washington D.C. Johnson holds Masters Degrees with Honors from the Sorbonne and Stanford Universities, a Bachelors Degree from Vassar College and her high-school degree from Punahou, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Keith Wallace is a Scotsman with a passion for entrepreneurs and deal-making.
Having founded the Dutch Investors Club (DeInvesteerdersClub) he put his vision of joint investments within the Netherlands and further afield into effect. With deals in Africa and Asia, as well as Europe, this small group of active investors has striven from the beginning to make an impact as well as financial returns. Working with the Hivos Foundation, he was part of the team that founded Hivos Impact Investments, where he sits in the investment team and manages the portfolio companies of the Hivos Food and Lifestyle Fund (Southern Africa) and the Hivos Mideast Creatives Fund (MENA).
Keith is also Global Ringmaster of getting In The Ring, an international entrepreneurial competition that takes place in over 100 countries and allows him to wear top hat and tails, even in the tropics.
Wlodek is an ex-investment banker, serial entrepreneur, and a hands-on investor with focus and deep tech, algorithmic & ML startups. When working with entrepreneurs he focuses on making sure that they address truly the deep pain warranting a disruptive change (and are not just a “nice to have”) and helps them answer seemingly simple but tough questions: who will buy it and why consistently over time?
After his banking career in the UK, US and Poland, he turned into entrepreneurship (co-founded several companies, led them to successful exits), worked with the founders on getting their companies best strategic partnerships (focusing on commercial opportunities), matching them with real smart money investors and helping them to exit (with industry players). He also co-founded VC funds (like Nomad Fund, where he was a Partner) and established a deep network of VCs and investors over two decades. Born in (communist) Poland, he spends most of his life in London; proud alumnus of the LSE.
Angela Lee is an educator & entrepreneur.
She serves as Professor of Practice and Chief Innovation Officer at Columbia Business school where she teaches top-rated courses in venture capital and leadership. She was voted top three faculty by students in 2018. Angela started her career in product management and then was a strategy consultant at McKinsey. She has started 4 startups and is also the founder of 37 Angels, an investing network that has evaluated 12000+ startups, invested in 55, and activates new investors through a startup investment boot camp.
Angela has spoken at the White House and is regularly invited to advise decision-makers at the highest levels, including Prime Minister Trudeau. She is a sought-after expert on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, MSNBCand Fox Business. She was recognized by Inc. as one of 17 Inspiring Women to Watch in 2017, by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of 6 Innovative Women to Watch in 2015, and by Craine’s as a Notable Women in Tech in 2019. She serves on the boards of Fresco Education Fund and Cariclub.
Driven by the power of entrepreneurship to tackle both personal and social challenges, Albert co-founded in 1986 and chairs Autoocupació, an independent NGO charity, helping thousands of start-ups and entrepreneurs to get born, to grow and to scale up.
During his career as a consultant, manager, advisor, early-stage investor, and coach, Albert has gathered profound knowledge of entrepreneurial skills.
Albert has been at the forefront of the angel investor movement in Spain and Europe, since its very beginning. In 2002, he founded BANC (Business Angels Network Catalunya) the first of its kind to operate in Catalunya. He fostered the creation of ESBAN Foundation (2006) to promote Angel investment activities, entrepreneurship and also lobbies the Spanish institutions to set up a legal and fiscal framework for the Business Angels.
Being an active participant in the most top-ranked international early-stage and entrepreneurial events, (recipient of the “2016 Early Stage Investor Game Changer" Award), Albert is a proud Board member of the EBAN (European Business Angels Network) since 2003.
Greg Campbell is President & CEO of Rainmaker, Inc. (www.rainmaker-inc.com), a Strategic Investment and Advisory Firm based in Dallas, TX. He is also Managing Director of Medingenii a healthcare-focused venture capital firm. Greg is a long- time entrepreneur, Angel investor, and real estate developer with a focus on building and investing in businesses that are disruptive, scalable, and noble in their purpose.
He has funded, operated, and advised ventures across a broad array of industries in the United States, Latin America, and West Africa. As a partner with Best Associates, a private merchant banking firm, Mr. Campbell originated and closed transactions creating Whitney International University System (renamed Ilumno) in South America currently serving 300,000 students in multiple degree programs. He was also associated with the formation of the New England College of Business and Finance, American College of Education, and Academic Partnerships.
Greg was a co-founder and Managing Partner of the North Texas Opportunity Fund, a private equity firm that invested institutional money in the minority and women-led middle-market companies. Mr. Campbell was the founder and CEO of HBCUsOnLine.com an educational technology business. He founded and was managing partner of Solomon Partners, a residential and mixed-use developer with projects in Texas.
Mr. Campbell has held senior marketing and corporate management positions with Pepsi-Cola, PepsiCo, Frito-Lay, and CPC International. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Corine is the Investment Manager at Insure and Match Capital Holding SAL (IM Capital) since April 2015. She supervises the matching & insurance capital process and manages the work of the analytical team. Corine is responsible for IM Capital operations, including deal sourcing, investment project evaluation and valuation, business models validation, value creation and mentoring in investments, and supervision of exits from investments.
Prior to joining IM Capital, and for more than 9 years, Ms. Kiame was a Director at SHUAA Capital psc Dubai, UAE, where her responsibilities included Product Development, Strategy and Project Management, and Operations. In 2006 and 2007, Mrs. Kiame worked as an assistant fund manager on several regional funds representing USD 1 Billion in assets under management, covering fifteen Arab markets.
Corine holds a Masters in Finance from Paris IX Dauphine in Paris, an Executive Education Certification from Harvard Business School with emphasis on Private Equity and Venture Capital, an Executive Certification from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with emphasis on Venture Mentorship, is a member of the Lebanese League for Women in Business, and a member Seeders LWAF Business Angels group and Rising Tide Europe 3.
- Investor, Entrepreneur, and Executive Coach with a passion for innovation.
- Moroccan Business Angels Network’s President.
- VC investment director for 4 years.
- International career in telecom services in Morocco, France, and West Africa for 14 years.
- Technical manager for 3 years in leading agro-industries industries in Casablanca, Morocco.
- Horizon Morocco Partners’ since 2017.
- Founder & coach at incubators for startup and new Investors in private equity.
Samir IDRISSI KASSIMY has an ENGINEER’s EER’s degree from Ecole Centrale de Paris (Paris, France).
My background comprehends entrepreneurship, academic and research sector. Personal fields of interests are entrepreneurship & innovation, education, technology & cyber security, international economy, EU, NATO and media.
I hold PhD degree from UDG-FIEFB-PhD Studies “International Economy” and MSci degree from “Entrepreneurial Economy” Postgraduate Studies.
In 2006. I have co-founded MSI INVEST Ltd. as family company through which we have been executing entrepreneurial ideas and projects. Company has been involved in several sectors. It also owns and operates hotel Laguna in Montenegro (www.hotel-laguna.me)
Since 2007 I have been working at the UDG – Faculty for International Economy, Finance and Business as a Teaching Fellow. In 2013 I have started the position of the Vice-Dean at the UDG – Faculty for Sports Management (www.udg.edu.me).
I have also co-founded of MEBAN (Montenegrin Business Angels Network) and since 2016 I am WBAF (World Business Angels Investment Forum) High Commissioner for Montenegro as well as WBAF Business School Faculty member and WBAF Global Startup Committee Board member. My previous experience also includes capital market trading and since 2005 I hold a licences of broker, dealer and investment manager (issued by Securities Commission of Montenegro).
I have been working at the Institute for Strategic Studies and Prognoses since 2005 and I was involved in and led numerous national and European projects. I have been the Executive Director of Centre for European Education and Studies (an ECSA World member) from 2006-2018. In addition and due to the negotiation process with the EU I have been member of the two Working Groups. My publishing includes papers in international journals and publications such are „Entrepreneurial Economy“, „MONET“, „Economy and Security“, Annual reviews of IDN – Centre for Economic Research, World Business Dialogue and etc.
From March 2018 till June 2019 I acted as the President of the Council of RTCG (Radio and Television of Montenegro - national public broadcaster). The second mandate has started in July 2019.
During 2006-2009 I acted as Vice President of the Board of Euro-Atlantic Club of Montenegro.
I am a member of Society of Economists and Managers of Montenegro as well as World Entrepreneurship Forum.
Eli oversees the U.S. State Dept. Global Innovation through Science & Technology Investors Mobilization Program, or GIST Investors. To date, he has assisted with training, supporting and launching new angel networks in Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt, Vietnam, Mexico, and Colombia. He also serves as a Board Member on the Angel Capital Association, Capital Advisor to the Stanford Latino Business Action Network, and US Senator Representative for the World Business Angel Forum.
Hichem Ben Fadhl is a fintech entrepreneur and blockchain specialist, currently CEO of Ajyal Capital, a tunisian venture capital firm, lecturer in Network Economics at the Ecole Polytechnique de Tunisie and Advisor to several international institutions.
Previously, he held several positions: Advisor to the Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation, Advisor to the Minister of Digital Economy, Member of the Board of Directors of the National Agricultural Bank, General Manager, International Maghreb Merchant Bank, Co-founder and General Manager of CDC Gestion, State owned PE firm, General Manager of Tunisia Information Technology Fund, Co-founder and COO of Banque Zitouna, Manager in the Financial Services department at Bain & Company Dubai, Manager in the Capital Markets department at Accenture Paris.
Hichem is also active in civil society, member of the Tunisian Association of Capital Investors, Co-founder of Carthage Business Angels and member of the Cryptocurrency Commission at the Central Bank of Tunisia.
Heath works on the identification and development of new opportunities and initiatives to support our strategic program goals, with a particular focus on our global and federal funders and partners. As part of this role, he leads the Global Innovation in Science and Technology (GIST) initiative on behalf of the U.S. Department of State and advises the National Science Foundation’s Industry & University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) program. Prior to joining VentureWell, Heath spent nearly 20 years working in the global startup, innovation, and entrepreneurship field. Most recently, he was Executive Director for the Southwest I-Corps Node at the University of Texas at Austin. Heath holds a BBA from St. Edwards University, an MS in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin, is a Certified NSF I-Corps instructor and maintains a PMP designation.
Shmuel Ben-Tovim is the Managing Director of Ben-Tovim Consultants Ltd., an Israeli boutique investment banking firm, founded in 1991. He also serves as the President The Fintech Community of Israel - City TLV and a Founding Board Member of the Israel Smart Cities Institute (ISCI).
Shmuel’s career has encompassed both the private and public sectors. Among his previous positions: Assistant Director General of the Bank Leumi Group, President of International Communications Ltd., Israel’s Consul & Trade Commissioner to the USA based in New York, Mayor of Kfar Shmaryahu, Minister for Economic Affairs at the Israeli Embassy in London, Chief Economic Adviser to the Minister of Industry, Trade & Tourism.
He has served as non-executive director in leading Israeli corporations, including Bezeq Ltd., Israel Chemicals Ltd. and The Jerusalem Economic Corporation Ltd. He was a board member of the Tel-Aviv Chamber of Commerce and the Israel Export Institute.
Among his other interests Shmuel is the Chairman of the Israel-Malta Chamber of Commerce, and the Chairman of the International Committee of the Israel Directors’ Union.
Shmuel holds an MBA from the Hebrew University. He loves music and writes regularly opera reviews for the international website playstosee.com.
Thomas heads VC4A’s investor services, connecting a global network of early stage investors actively investing in sub 2 million enterprises and has more than 10 years of experience in emerging markets. Working closely with affiliate angel investing networks, he is always looking for syndication opportunities and supporting fundraising campaigns. He also executes the annual Venture Finance in Africa report, which provides detailed information on the progress of pan-African early-stage high-potential growth ventures. Thomas earned his MSc in International Business with a specialization in Entrepreneurship and SME Management at Maastricht University and a bachelor's degree in International Business from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
Strategic manager expert in startups. He has the objective of connecting investors with the most scalable entrepreneurial projects. More than 10 years of experience and 30 financing operations.
She works actively with other networks in Latin America and Europe via XCALA and BAE. Currently she co-authors every year the AEBAN Report on Business Angels in Spain. Other recently publications include several academic case studies: Accelerator Models for Social Entrepreneurship: Three Practical Cases, The Private Equity Cycle in Europe: Management and Acquisition, as well as public policy for the development of private investment. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Oviedo, an MA in European Public Policy from London South Bank University, and an Executive Managemente Program from IESE Business School. Before joining the IESE Network, she worked for the Inter-American Development Bank and the Centre for European Policy Studies. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Xcala, the initiative to develop angel investment in Latin America
Angelo Dalli is a serial entrepreneur with involvement in a number of companies in the Technology, Entertainment and Gaming industries. Since the late nineties he has distinguished himself for his ability to combine deep technical ability (he holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science) with commercial acumen. Through his innovative disposition, ability to build and lead teams, he has secured over 21 investments into his ideas from EU funds, Private Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists, propelling his companies into the international domain. Angelo is the President and co-founder of the Malta Business Angel Network, and his angel venture fund is a fully accredited member of EBAN, the European Business Angel Network. Angelo is also invested in the London based Seedrs, the leading European crowdfunding site with over 280 investments, and is regulated by the UK FCA. Angelo has been involved in number of successful exits including IPOs. He has been honoured in 2014 as Malta’s Top Entrepreneur and in 2019 with the Chairman’s Award for Long Term Contribution to Entrepreneurship. In his role in Research & Development, he has authored over 23 conference papers in Europe and the US focusing on the application of AI, Natural Language Processing and Search Engine technology to a number of industry verticals and domains. Angelo has also represented Malta in various international events and one of his first international achievements was to win a bronze medal at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in 1995. Angelo’s profile is a realization of the mantra he works by ‘To create scaleable, repeatable technology businesses that lead by innovation’.
Stetner launched first company when he was 20. He is owner of various businesses in media & entertainment industry (Kreator TV, Kreator Film New York), hospitality industry and others. Stetner is an active angel investor with wide portfolio of investments in startup companies around the world. He made a world breakthrough with acquisition of Formula 1™ media rights for Croatia in 2011. when he alone negotiated, and signed a contract with Bernie Ecclestone beating huge multinational companies. At 29 years old then, he thus became world’s youngest private F1™ rights holder. As he later said – Formula 1™ and the contacts and friendships he made there were his true breakthrough and lifetime value.
Stetner has huge premium sports and television experience. He worked and he is working with the biggest names in the industry like Formula 1™, Volvo Ocean Race™, MotoGP™, Eurosport and others. He leads multiple media projects for more than 10 years. He built a numerous media projects and TV stations from the scratch. Motorsports is his big love. He founded Kreator Racing Team in 2012 to help young drivers to compete at the World stage. Kreator Racing made great results in Formula Renault, Karting and Motocross. Team holds more than 9 national Championships titles and is one of the most successful motorsports teams in Croatia.
From 2011 he is active in the National Car & Carting Federation (member of FIA) first as a Board member and from 2017 as a Deputy President. He is President at Croatian Business Angels Network (CRANE) and from the 2016 he is President of the Central-Eastern Europe Committee formed by EBAN – European Business Angels Network. From 2015. he was appointed by Croatian President Grabar-Kitarović to her Economic Council. Stetner is an adventurer who has traveled through many countries of the world like Ivory Coast, Liberia, DR Congo, Panama, Bhutan. So far he has visited more than 70 countries. He has a Pilot License (PPL) and he is a skipper. High level & cross-cultural negotiation skills (Southern Europe, North America, UK and Middle-East), driving success, inspiring prospects as well as partners and achieving challenging commercial objectives. Regular speaker at financial industry events, namely at UAB conferences, on hot topics of the day including retail banking, credit risk management, marketing, customer loyalty, cross-cultural management, as well as a multitude of training modules delivered in workshop and seminar formats in English, Arabic and French. Fluent (native) in French, English & Arabic, business fluency in Spanish, conversational level in Italian, eternal beginner in Aramaic.
Christine’s experience ranges from the World Bank in Washington D.C to the World Economic Forum in Geneva as well as her own ventures and Non-Profit Organizations. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of Southern California, a Master’s Degree in International Development from the American University and an MBA from Columbia University. She is passionate about Start-Ups, Cultural heritage and baking.
Investor & Mentor helping startups, ..., well, ... start up! International business development consultant. Lecturer on inter-cultural management and business ethics in classroom and blended learning formats. What is it that you have that you were not given? Time to give back to innovative startups based out of Sophia Antipolis - the French "Silicon Valley".
12 countries, 30 years of entrepreneurship, with flair and proven record of identifying new market opportunities, driving strong and profitable development/growth for innovative B to B products - mostly from the Silicon Valley, gaining in record time up to 85% market share and establishing durable market recognition. An avid aficionado of dealing effectively with cultural differences, successfully matching corporate cultures that live and die by quarterly results with cultures where time is not governed by man’s actions! Cross-pollinating experience in a variety of industries including Payment Industry, Credit Risk Management, Loyalty Programs & Platforms, Retail Banking, Events Organization, Hospitality, Media and Telecommunications.
Leadership in the creation and management of teams, shaping key partnerships, developing lasting relationships with customers at C levels. High level & cross-cultural negotiation skills (Southern Europe, North America, UK and Middle-East), driving success, inspiring prospects as well as partners and achieving challenging commercial objectives. Regular speaker at financial industry events, namely at UAB conferences, on hot topics of the day including retail banking, credit risk management, marketing, customer loyalty, cross-cultural management, as well as a multitude of training modules delivered in workshop and seminar formats in English, Arabic and French. Fluent (native) in French, English & Arabic, business fluency in Spanish, conversational level in Italian, eternal beginner in Aramaic
Dimitris has been the President of YES for Europe - European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs [2011-15], the Founder of the Hellenic Start-up Association , Board Member at EBAN - The European Business Angel Network [2014-17], 40-under-40 European Young Leader [2012-13], Marshall Memorial Fellow  and a Fellow of IHEIE/PSL . Received his Computer Science diploma from University of Crete  and his MBA from Athens University of Economics & Business . He was undergrad guest researcher at Computational Vision & Active Perception Laboratory of Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm  and member of the Networks & Telecommunications Research Group at the Institute of Computer Science, FORTH [1999, 2000]. In 2000, still an undergrad student, he co-founded Virtual Trip, one of the first tech startups in Greece [2000-2017].
- Introduced the "entrepreneurial ecosystem" startup acceleration model , realized by Starttech Ventures as "lean acceleration program" 
- Successfully exited from AbZorba Games, a social gaming startup where he was co-founder and investor and which was acquired by the NOVOMATIC Group. 
- Co-founded and invested in Epignosis, a scale-up in the area of SaaS LMS platforms 
- Co-founded and invested in Yodeck, a scale-up in the area of SaaS Digital Signage platforms 
- Co-founded and invested in four other B2B SaaS companies: Stackmasters, Pakia, DreamClass and Veturilo [2012-2017]
- Made angel investments in six other tech startups in Greece, Russia and Israel: Elorus, Psycholate, Outgage, Blueline, Mailburn, Wake-App [2014-2016]
- Championed the cause for youth and startup entrepreneurship in Greece, the EU & the G20 countries [2005-2018]
- Successfully completed 30+ EU-funded R&D projects [2002-2015]
- Delivered critical & complex software development & integration projects [2000-2015]
Emmanuel is the General Delegate of ANIMA Investment Network. He joined ANIMA in Marseille in 2006 to develop the network's activities in the field of the support for innovation. He was in charge of ANIMA's contribution to the European program Medibtikar (Euromed Innovation & Technology Program), in which he created three business angel networks in Morocco, Tunisia and Jordan. He has since created and managed several major projects at ANIMA on the promotion of investments and their impacts for the territories, on the development of the private sector, the mobilisation of talents from the Diaspora, the development of clusters, etc. He is in particular the architect of THE NEXT SOCIETY, an initiative launched by ANIMA and thirty Euromed partners in 2017 on the promotion of ecosystems supporting innovation.
Prior to ANIMA, Emmanuel spent 12 years in the telecom, internet and communication sector: consultant, director of studies, and marketing director of a pioneer operator of Internet telephony. He has also collaborated on several publishing projects with Le Nouvel Economiste, the African Development Bank and ANIMA. He holds a Master 1 in Management Sciences, and a Master 2 in Telecom and New Media Management from Paris IX Dauphine University
Giacomo Valentini has been Managing Director of Italian Angels for Growth since January 2019. From 2014 to 2018 he worked for Fondo Italiano d'Ingestimento Sgr Spa as Investment Manager of the venture capital fund area, participating in the construction of a portfolio of 14 funds for an overall commitment of approximately € 250 million. From 2010 to 2014 he worked in TTVenture, a Venture Capital fund (€ 64 million under management) managed by Quadrivio Capital Sgr Spa, where he participated in the selection and improvement of numerous venture capital operations in Italian start-ups. Giacomo Valentini graduated in Business Administration from Bocconi University also attending a Summer School at Harvard University in Cambridge (MA) and holds a Master's degree from SDA Bocconi in Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship.
Nashwa is an experienced development Specialist and social services professional with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. She is Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Humanitarian, Conflict Resolution, Facilitation, and Gender Mainstreaming. She has extensive experience working with international, national, and civil society organizations in Egypt and other countries in Africa and Middle East. She earned a Diploma that focuses on Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies from The American University in Cairo.
Habiba holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a minor in Economics from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University. She has a passion for development and gender studies and is working with USAID’s SEED on developing and supporting aspiring women entrepreneurs and businesswomen through increasing their access to several entrepreneurial services.
Founder of Neoko Venture Capital, I invest and advice high growth industries. Strong commercial background as executive in several multinational companies, such as Apple Retail Spain, General Electric, and Leroy Merlin. Entrepreneur, Executive, and Investor.
John Harbison is Chairman Emeritus of Tech Coast Angels – the largest Angel investor group, where he has led 14 deals and invested in over 60 startups. He is also an active investor in public companies and has realized returns from 100x – 1000x in five companies (Microsoft, Apple, Abbott Labs, Nucor, and McGraw-Hill).
He currently serves on the ACA Board, and has served as a Director on Boards of many early-stage companies -- John enjoys mentoring and helping these companies succeed. Previously he co-founded Next Autoworks – a disruptive new American car company backed by investors such as Kleiner Perkins and Google Ventures. Before that, he served as CEO of network security software SilentRunner Inc., and as President of Raytheon Commercial Ventures Inc. where he launched four businesses in two years leading to two successful exits and a third company which achieved $700 million in annual revenue within eight years.
Earlier in his career, he was a strategy consultant and partner at Booz•Allen Hamilton where he led the firm’s Aerospace/Defense Practice, it’s Strategic Alliances functional practice, and opened its Los Angeles office. He has a BA cum laude from Harvard College, an MS in accounting from NYU Stern, and an MBA from Harvard Business School with first-year honors.
John participated in the FundingPost event: Orange County VCs, Angels, Crypto, and ICOs Event on Thursday, October 11, 2018, in CA, Sponsored by McCarter & English, Crowded.com, ICOHolder.com, LDJ Capital.
Douja Ben Mahmoud Gharbi, more than 20 years of entrepreneurial experience. She has a long professional career as an entrepreneur and manager. Serial entrepreneur, she has created and managed several companies in various sectors: industry, services, and commerce. She has also been an expert on entrepreneurship, Counsellor, and mentor for more than 10 years. She’s lately co-founder and CEO of the accelerator RedStart Tunisia
Passionate and committed to economic development and entrepreneurship, Douja is very active on a voluntary basis within DAMYA-Tunisian Women Business Angels Network- that she cofounded, the CEDE Association -Centre e’Entrepreneuriat et de Développement Endogène- that she chairs, the international association FPAM- Finance Participative in Africa and the Mediterranean – where she is Vice-President, the network WBAF-World Business Angel Forum-, where she has been nominated as Senator for Tunisia since 2018 and member of the WBAF global women leaders Committee. Douja is also a founding member of CONNECT- Confédération des Entreprises Citoyennes de Tunisie- in charge of CSR, entrepreneurship, and employment projects.
Systems Analyst turned Tech Strategy Advisor, Public Speaker and Angel Investor, Harry ‘Tomi Davies (TD) is Collaborator-in-Chief at TechnoVision, co-founder of the Lagos Angel Network (LAN) and President of the African Business Angel Network (ABAN).
For nearly two decades after graduating from the University of Miami TD led the implementation of innovative technology-led transformation initiatives in the Oil & Gas, Retail, Information Technology and Telecommunications industries for influential global brands Elf Aquitaine, Marks & Spencer, Ernst & Young and Sapient across Europe, the United States and Southeast Asia.
In 2000 his focus shifted to Africa where he helped create the African Agriculture Technology Foundation (AATF), led the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative in Nigeria and delivered a World Bank pilot of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system (IPPIS) that uncovered over 20,000 ghost workers in the Nigerian Government payroll system. Leading these kinds of innovative initiatives in Africa using his goal-oriented approach to project delivery which consistently delivered effective results inspired his 2014 book “The African Project Manager”.
TD is Chairman of TextNigeria (Telecoms) and Non-Executive Director at MBO Capital (Private Equity) and Big Cabal Media (Media & Entertainment). He is a member of the Lagos State Science, Research & Innovation Council (LASRIC) and sits on the board of Laptops4Learning (L4L) Nigeria, the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) and the Global Business Angels Network (GBAN).
As a thought leader with increasing knowledge gained from nurturing entrepreneurs in a growing portfolio of tech-enabled early-stage business ventures originating from Africa, TD’s personal mission is “to help drive Africa’s development by supporting young entrepreneurs using innovation and technology to create social impact and economic value.”
TD can be reached at www.tomidavies.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook as TomiDee
Mr. Detelinov joined Riyad Capital in 2013 and is currently the Head of Private Equity Funds, overseeing among others the Riyad TAQNIA Fund (RTF), a technology VC fund focused on Seed and Series A opportunities. He brought to Riyad Capital a wealth of investing experience from North America and Europe.
From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Detelinov worked in the Technology Equity Research department at Merrill Lynch where he covered publicly-listed Enterprise Software companies. From 1998 to 2001, he worked at MWI & Partners, a Private Equity fund associated with Merrill Lynch. Following the completion of his MBA degree (Finance) from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 2003, Mr. Detelinov joined the Financial Sponsors Group of Merrill Lynch, where he assisted in the origination, diligence and deal execution global PE and VC firms in New York (for seven years) and in London (for three years). He is a CFA Charterholder.
Mehdi Alaoui is a serial tech entrepreneur, Startups evangelist, speaker, investor and mobile apps, advertising, innovation, startups... expert. He founded multiple startups (LaFactory.co, ScreeDy, Media Mobility, PubOnline, EMA Play & Meet) as well as Hack & Pitch NGO. Mehdi Alaoui graduated as an engineer from La Sorbonne, Paris, class of 2004. He also holds a master's degree in Information Systems from l’ESIAC, class of 2005. He worked in 30 countries, won several awards (MIT, Harvard…) for his innovative spirit and entrepreneurial achievements.
Branko Drobnak is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, with a lifetime of experience with setting up and managing companies. With a degree in Economics from the Faculty of Economics in Maribor and a post-graduate course in Macroeconomic Development from the International Institute of Social Studies in Haag, he began his career working for the Slovenian government. After, he joined one of the largest Slovenian trading companies, and in 1992 he went into the financial world on his own and created a brokerage and asset management company, Potenza. As such, he was very involved in the privatization process and investment banking in Central Eastern Europe.
He is currently the president of Business Angels of Slovenia and is investing in his own portfolio of startups, all while being an active supporter of the startup ecosystem and a member of EBAN (European Business Angel Network). He invests primarily into new technology, biotech, fintech, green energy, and lately in blockchain startups, together with taking a more visible role within the Slovenian blockchain community as such.
Patrick Gouin is presently serving in his second year as the CEO of the Angel Capital Association. ACA is a professional society for accredited angel investors, North America's most prolific early-stage investment class. ACA represents 14,000+ member accredited angel investors, 260 angel groups, accredited platforms and family offices, and more than 20,000 entrepreneurial companies that are in ACA member investment portfolios. ACA focuses on knowledge sharing, best practices, and insights from top angels to ensure smarter investment decisions, connections to vetted angels that support deal flow and syndication processes, as well as representation to public policymakers to safeguard angel investor rights.
Before joining ACA, Mr. Gouhin spent 12 years as the Executive Director and CEO of the International Society of Automation (ISA). In this capacity, he was responsible for the operations of a seventy-year-old, professional technical society with more than 40,000 members and 400,000 customers worldwide. During his tenure at ISA, he provided leadership toward the creation of many new initiatives and companies including The Automation Federation, the Automation Standards Compliance Institute, a Globalization Initiative, Government Relations Program, the acquisition of a for-profit company, Automation.com, and a Work Force Development Program including a U.S. Dept. of Labor sponsored Competency Model for the profession of Automation.
Before joining ISA, Mr. Gouhin served as the Chief Operating Officer of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Mr. Gouhin spent 15 years with AIAA whereby his leadership contributions resulted in significant revenue growth and the successful management of 300+ project teams through the development and delivery of multiple products and services.
Mr. Gouhin also served as the first Vice President of Operations and Technology Transfer for the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) at Langley Research Center. This was a start-up resulting from a $69 million government contract award to build a world-class research and education institute. Gouin served as the Chief of Staff in managing day-to-day operations and issues associated with a 50-person start-up company after serving as the integration lead on the successful proposal.
Mr. Gouhin has experience in corporate divestitures and acquisitions, business construction and relocation, strategic standardization management, business planning, project management, process mapping, and re-engineering, and serving as a company-wide change agent. He has served on the board of directors of multiple non-profits including the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE) where he is a past president.
He has a bachelor of science in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from The Ohio State University and a master’s in engineering management from George Washington University. He has also completed the executive development program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and the advanced management college of Stanford University. Mr. Gouhin is a Certified Association Executive or CAE.
Renata Brkic, Founding Partner of the Feelsgood Social Impact Venture Fund, has been appointed as High Commissioner for Croatia. High Commissioner Brkic represents Croatia in the Global Impact Investors Committee of the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum. Renata Brkci is a serial entrepreneur and impact investor as well as CEO and owner of a company that is active in licensing, consulting, and the organization of worldwide supply-chain operations for licensed products. She is deeply devoted to fostering social impact orientation in businesses that focus on science, women, education, and children. In her capacities as President of the General Assembly at ZEZ center and Head of the Social Impact Investment Hub Professor Balthazar, Renata is responsible for reviving the Professor Balthazar character as a unique, artistic, socially responsible brand. In this role, she is a TBAA award-winner for the best social impact investment in Southeast Europe. As founding partner of the Feelsgood Social Impact Venture Fund, she has been playing a leading role in the process of bringing the European Investment Fund (EIF) to the Fund as principal investor. As WBAF high commissioner and focal point for impact, she is active in promoting the European Investment Fund Social Impact Accelerator (EIF SIA) programs for social enterprises to impact investors. She is also a Qualified Angel Investor Certificate holder. She invests personally in wonderful ideas that do not necessarily have fast payback but that can change the world for the better and push the human race forward. Renata is also the mother of three
Sakis is an Entrepreneur Selection and Growth Manager at Endeavor Greece. He is focused mostly in high tech and high growth startups as he has over 8 years experience in sales and business development for tech companies and startups.
Prior to joining Endeavor, he was the CEO and Founder of PanelSensor, a powerful event tech platform that creates an engaging Q&A channel for all event stakeholders. He is always following the latest technology trends and learns even more as a host of Tech Talks Central where he gets to interview tech experts and thought leaders from various industries. He is also partner of Sales Explorers, a business development agency for the telecommunication industry.
He holds a BSc in Finance from University of Athens, a MSc in Computer Science from University Of Piraeus and has completed a 1-year specialisation programme in Big Data & Business Analytics from Athens University of Economics and Business.
Marcel DRIDJE Marcel Dridje is currently the SOPHIA BUSINESS ANGELS President / EBAN Board Member / Mentor at The Camp in Aix en Provence.
A seasoned European Sales senior Executive, Marcel has substantial field experience helping IT and Telecom startups in the US and EMEA. Marcel has a broad range of experience in all aspects of sales, marketing, communication, and management with direct experience with Fortune 500 enterprises (IBM, Nortel, Lucent, Cisco, EMC, ALU) and startups (Quantum, Andrew Networks, Pluris, Corvis, Ascend and Airespace). During the course of his career, he has held VP roles most notably as VP EMEA Corvis (first all-optical router) where he grew the team and business to outstanding success. Of French-Algerian and British origin, Marcel launched his career after completing a BSC in Electronics and Computer Science from Portsmouth Polytechnic UK and holds an M&A executive program credentials from INSEAD. Marcel most recently left CISCO after 35 years in IT and Telecom Sales to start his new venture as a Business Angel with SBA to help startups with seed money, VC connections, and Business development. A self-proclaimed Serial Entrepreneur, Marcel loves new Challenges in sharing his 30 years IT& Telecom experience with IT VC firms and new High-tech Start-Ups Ready to expand their Sales & Mktg success across EMEA, USA, and APAC.
Area of Expertise: • Seed money, VC connections to raise funds for startups. • Business Dev & GTM strategy • Channel & Alliances subject matter expert.
Anna Coll works in Management of Associations since 2008. She has been working for AEBAN for the past 9 years; during this period the Association has increased and consolidated as the Spanish Business Angels Central Association.
Promoting Female Entrepreneurship in Tunisia
Managing My communications & event logistics agency.
Freelancing as an international sales & marketing consultant in tourism.
Serial entrepreneur with software development background. More than 20 years of experience in software development (web, mobile, client/server, hardware).
A seasoned accounting and finance professional with over 15 years of Big 4 public accounting experience in the United States and in MENA. Currently living in Amman, Jordan, working as a freelance providing financial and accounting advisor to startups, non-for-profit and equity funds. Nisreen started her professional career in audit at Deloitte in Seattle, Washington working with some of the largest global companies to come out of the Pacific Northwest. After relocating with her family to Jordan in 2008, Nisreen’s career in public accounting saw her taking on leadership audit positions within EY’s Amman office and the wider MENA practice. Technically, Nisreen has extensive experience in researching and consulting on complex accounting issues in financial reporting under the U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as well as leading financial statement audits and agreed-upon procedures audits in accordance with the International Standards on Auditing (ISA). Nisreen is an expert on the accounting treatment of investment transactions, business combinations, and employee benefit plans (including stock-based compensation), assisting several clients (venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and start-ups) in restructurings and business acquisition transactions and facilitating client training and workshops on the latest developments in IFRS. Nisreen played a leading talent role, motivating, mentoring, and training the audit team members, building top-performing and diverse teams to serve a wide range of public sector and private sector clients to deliver quality service and build strong relationships with the clients. Leadership roles played by Nisreen during her career include being the Quality Enablement Leader for EY’s Amman, Iraq and Libya offices, Audit Transformation Leader for EY’s Jordan office, Office Training Leader for EY’s Jordan office, and EY Global Assurance Learning Technical Reviewer.
Star of the Turkish version of the television show Dragons’ Den, Chairman of the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF), Vice President of the European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds, and Early Stage Market Players (EBAN), President of the Business Angels Association of Turkey (TBAA), the World Entrepreneurship Forum Ambassador to Turkey and the Balkan countries, and President of Deulcom International. One of the top global speakers on entrepreneurship, innovation, and angel investment invited by former US President Obama to speak at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya. Recipient of the European Trade Association of Business Angels (EBAN) award for the Best Individual in Europe Globally Engaging with the Global Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in 2014 (Ireland), 2015 (Netherlands), 2016 (Portugal) and 2017 (Spain). The only entrepreneur to be granted a personal audience with former President Obama at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC.
The developer of the world-renowned entrepreneurship theory, the Altuntas Start-up Compass Theory, researched by Sheffield University and used in numerous MBA programs.
Advisory board member of the southeast Europe Research Council in Greece. Appointed as JCI Ambassador, following Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Profiled regularly by leading international media such as CNN International and Bloomberg. A co-author of Planet Entrepreneur:
The World Entrepreneurship Forum's Guide to Business Success Around the World, published by Wiley (2013). Author of Off the Bus, Into a Supercar! How I Became a Top TV Star and Celebrated Investor, published by Balboa Press (2014) and translated into Chinese, Croatian, Albanian, and Macedonian.
Raphaële Cohen is Innovation Project Manager at ANIMA Investment Network. She works on the EU-funded initiative THE NEXT SOCIETY, which aims to support innovation ecosystems in 7 countries of the South-Eastern Mediterranean region. In this role, she supervises two programs offering several services to entrepreneurs and cluster managers that help them access key markets, go international, develop new business partnerships and find investment. Previously, she worked in Morocco for four years on the sustainable development of creative industries in Africa and the Middle East with the underlying idea that art is an inspiration and an impetus for more equal societies. Her educational background associates International Affairs, Project Management and Social Sciences including an MA in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies from King’s College London, where she acquired in-depth, expert knowledge about political, social and economic issues in the Mediterranean region.
“Founder & Partner of Gestluz Consultores & of Matching Ventures. Board Member of EBAN - European Business Angel Network. Member of the Fiscal Council of 321 Crédito - Instituição Financeira de Crédito and Playshop, SA. Founder & Emeritus President of Invicta Angels – Porto Business Angels Association and Founder & Vice-President of FNABA – National Federation of Business Angels Associations, from 2007 to 2015. Executive Board Member of IFD – Instituição Financeira de Desenvolvimento, SA. from 2015 to 2017. Former Board member of several SME´s and private associations, and Consultant of Strategy, Business and Cities Competitiveness. Former Professor of Higher Education of Courses of Management, Commercial and Sales, and Financial Management. Master's degree in Design for Sustainability, Postgraduate Degree in Political Journalism, Undergraduate Degree in Economics.”
Rui Falcao is a professional angel investor, co-founder of COREangels the new professional angel network, and managing partner of REDangels, the leading angel group in Portugal comprising more than 65 angel investors from 10 countries. Coming initially from a software engineer background, Rui is a serial entrepreneur of the internet booming days, participating as entrepreneur and angel investor in more than 20 startups in technologies and communications sector. Rui has the complete experience of the entrepreneurial cycle going from the founding stage, validation, failure, growth and internationalization, and successful exits. Rui has received several awards during his career, regarding entrepreneurship and creativity. He was the founder and board member of professional associations such as multimedia, management, and business angels. His passion and effort are driven to develop a professional angel network brand and support gatekeepers and angel groups to become more professional, providing excellent angel experience and active engagement. Rui is the founder of ESA a non-profit association to help foreign students social adaptation. Rui has an extra life challenge to create thought and credibility about angel investing by doing a Ph.D. on Angel Perceived Investment Value.
Mr. Frad has extensive experience in corporate finance, asset management, financial & business restructuring, and valuations. Prior to joining United Gulf Bank in 2008, Mr. Frad acted as the head of the research department at a leading broker in Tunisia and led the listing of several companies in the Tunisian Stock Exchange. Mr. Frad holds a Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA) and an MBA from UQAM (Canada) and a Master's degree from the institute of higher commercial studies.
Stephanie Nour was most recently Wamda’s Director of Communications and Outreach, working on outreach and partnerships with multiple stakeholders in the MENA startup ecosystem. At Wamda, she focused on building the brand and community since joining in 2012 and led on projects such as the MIT Media Lab workshop Dubai, the American University of Beirut’s Reboot Beirut Hackathon, and the Crown Prince Court’s Minds on a Mission Design Thinking workshop. She has a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Creative Writing from the American University of Beirut. Previously, she worked on both the product and community fronts of converged communication media startup Telephone.com.
Prior to joining the SEAF Jordan Growth & Impact Fund, Ms. Haddadin was heading the Investment Banking arm of INVESTBANK and was earlier heading the Wealth Management department at INVESTBANK.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Haddadin was an auditor at Ernst & Young, in both Amman and Dubai. She was Vice President of Corporate Finance at Jordan Investment Trust (Jordinvest) and Head of Corporate Finance at Amwal Invest before joining INVESTBANK.
Ms. Haddadin has extensive experience in financial advisory, structuring, and placement serving clients in a variety of sectors.
Ms. Haddadin holds a BA in Accounting and Business Administration from Yarmouk University and is licensed by the Jordan Securities Commission as Financial Advisor, Investment Manager, and Issue Manager.
Marta-Patricia Aparicio y Montesinos has been the Founder and Managing Director of Keymon Ventures since 2017, from where she invests in startups and scale-ups around the world. She is also co-founder and Chairwomen of the Keymon Angels, Business Angel Network in Zagreb. She holds an International Master’s degree from IESE Business School and is a CFA Level II Candidate. She has over 15 years of early-stage equity experience as a Portfolio Supervisor, Investment Officer, LP, analyst, advisor, evaluator and mentor (220 entrepreneurs mentored and +3,000 start-up projects analyzed). Marta also works as Evaluator and Expert on Alternative Finance Instruments for the European Commission's HORIZON 2020 Program for innovative SMEs and is mentor at the EBRD Star Ventures Program. From 2009 to 2011 she was General Manager of IESE’s Business Angels Network and the Spanish Business Angels Networks Association (2009-10). Previously, she held a number of financial and general management positions in various multinationals.