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President European Association of Virtual reality and Augmented Reality (EuroVR)
Dr. Marco Sacco
Dr. Marco Sacco, senior researcher at Institute of Industrial Technology and Automation of the National Research Council (ITIA-CNR) and head of division Enterprise Engineering and Virtual Application (25 researchers).
President of European Association for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality and Member of the board AITEM (Italian Association for Mechanical Technology) with responsibility for Virtual and Digital Manufacturing.
Responsible of the three Virtual Lab of ITIA-CNR (Milan, Lecco and Bari) created for transfer the AR/VR technologies to the Italian industries through active collaboration on research and industrial projects.
Main research sectors are: Virtual and Augmented Reality, Simulation. Semantic Web and Ontologies:
Coordinator of 4 EU projects and manager for ITIA-CNR of 30+ research projects among them some international with Chinese, Canadian and Brazilian partners. The projects (National and European) are both in the Manufacturing (Factory of the Future) as well as in Health/Well-being and AAL sectors.
He has more than 100 publications, including papers in academic journals and conference proceedings on the following topics: Virtual & Augmented Reality, Applied Robotic, Semantic Web & Ontology, Simulation and Training.
CEO Mediclinic Middle East & Al Noor Hospitals Group - Mediclinic Middle East & Al Noor Hospitals Group
After joining South Africa’s private hospital group Medi-Clinic in 1993, he progressed through a series of roles including that of HR manager and hospital director, before being appointed as CEO in 2009.
EHL is a joint venture between Medi-Clinic, the Dubai-based Varkey Group and General Electric. The firm was formerly known as Welcare World, but became EHL following a 2006 deal that saw Medi-Clinic acquire a 49 percent stake.
Today, the group operates a string of healthcare facilities, including The City Hospital and Welcare Hospital in Dubai.
Medi-Clinic is one of the world’s largest private hospital groups with extensive interests in South Africa, Namibia, Switzerland and Dubai.
Hadley holds a MBA from the University of Liverpool, and a BCOM from the University of South Africa.
This, coupled with his broad experience within the multifaceted private sector, has given him an in-depth understanding of the healthcare industry. He is widely regarded as a prominent player in the Gulf’s healthcare sector.
Chief Executive Officer, SOCIALEYEZ
Fadl Al Tarzi
Fadl Al Tarzi co-founded SOCIALEYEZ under the News Group umbrella and successfully grew the company from two people to over 120 across multiple countries; today SOCIALEYEZ is recognized as a leading digital engagement agency in the MENA region working with Fortune 500 organizations as well government organizations. In his capacity as CEO of SOCIALEYEZ, Fadl has helped clients build and execute some of the most successful digital engagement strategies. Fadl has given multiple briefings focused on counter-terrorism and Middle East politics based on social media analysis to high profile audiences at DNI, Open Source Center, National Press Club and CENTCOM where over 20 countries attended. Fadl has over 10 years of experience in information-intensive related businesses; he has been an entrepreneur and actively engaged in IT & Media related businesses since the age of 18 starting some of the earliest dotcoms in the MENA region. In his early career, Fadl worked with major corporations such as Microsoft and IBM. Prior to News Group, Fadl was based in Washington DC as CEO of COLTEC, one of the world’s leading Arabic Natural Language Processing (NLP) software companies. Fadl has a BBA from the American University in Cairo, in addition to multiple diplomas in Management from George Washington University as well as Middlesex University. Fadl is recognized as a leading expert in social media and a frequent speaker at conferences around the MENA region. He is the only Middle East based member of the Association of Measurement & Effective Communications’ (AMEC) social media committee.
Regional Director Bayt.com
Suha is the Regional Director at Bayt.com. She joined Bayt.com in 2001 and was one of the pioneering members of this homegrown Middle Eastern start-up.
Suha served as HR Director of Bayt.com from 2009 until 2014. She was responsible for all aspects of employee relations, including operational management and wellness. She played a major role in creating and nurturing the corporate culture at Bayt, for which Bayt has won numerous awards for Outstanding Corporate Culture, most notably being voted a Great Places to Work for 5 consecutive years from 2010 to 2015.
Currently as Regional Director, her role is to continue to grow the business across the various vertical platforms including advertising. Suha remains involved in the day-to-day operations of Bayt.com and is an enthusiastic advocate of values-led HR and employee-motivation practices. She has been a member of the Executive Board at Bayt.com since 2011.
Suha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Analytical Chemistry from McGill University and a postgraduate degree in HVAC Engineering.
Principal Marketing Strategist at HubSpot and former Head of Growth at HubSpot Labs
Sam Mallikarjunan is a Principal Marketing Strategist at HubSpot and former Head of Growth at HubSpot Labs, the somewhat-secret experimental arm of the world’s #1 Sales & Marketing platform. Sam teaches Advanced Digital Marketing at the Harvard Division of Continuing Education, and is the co-author of the book “How To Sell Better Than Amazon” (which, thanks to the publisher, is ironically available for purchase on Amazon).
Founder & VR Filmmaker GigaWorks
Karim Philippe Saad
“Karim Philippe Saad was born in Beirut, Lebanon and he is now been living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates since 2007.
Karim is holder of a bachelor degree in Communication Arts from the renowned Saint Joseph University in Beirut. He then went to Paris to undergo many specialized studies in 16mm film editing, sound & image.
He made his debut in Lebanon in the TV production industry where he was mainly responsible for the production of TV shows, commercials & promotional films.
His love for strong visuals helped him go further in his career and in 2013, Karim started exploring virtual reality filmmaking, which was a turning point in his professional life.
In 2014 Karim established Giga Works in Dubai, his virtual reality (VR) film studio, offering 360º content capture and storytelling, VR experience, and customized GigaBox cardboards.
Karim created and produced the first VR experience for marketing use in the Middle East for Rainbow Milk.
He produced the local and international award winning VR experience for “Wild Wadi Water Park” – Jumeirah Group.
Karim’s work also involved production of short documentaries and VR experiences for DP World, DEWA, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, Strata, Etihad Rail and Dubai Design District; as well as user experiences for Mercedes Benz Middle East, Dodge North America, Columbia and Ski Dubai.
Karim has been invited as guest speaker at the MENA Cristal and ITCfest; had numerous interviews with Al Arabiya News TV Channel and MIT Technology review.
His work and biography were published in several articles, to name a few, Arabian Business, Communicate, Gulf News and many more where he was referred to as a “Leader in his field”.
When not glued in his office, Karim loves to escape in his Defender and capture nature from it’s most minute details to it’s 360º splendor.
Managing Consultant-EMEA, Lux Research
Jaideep Raje is a Managing Consultant-EMEA at Lux Research. Jaideep has advised a wide selection of entities, from Global 1000 corporations to start-ups to financial institutions and regulatory bodies, on effectively harnessing science-driven innovation in the physical and life sciences for strategic advantage. These projects have spanned several energy and environmental technologies, including photovoltaics, alternative power and energy storage, water, waste, sustainability, and green buildings, as well as nanotechnology.
Jaideep works with senior executives, entrepreneurs, and decision-makers in several emerging clean technology and nanotechnology areas. He was a co-author for Lux Research’s “The Cleantech Report,” a reference study on emerging energy and environmental technologies, as well as many other Lux Research reports. Jaideep has also been interviewed as a subject matter expert by media sources like Bloomberg, NPR, Financial Times, and Red Herring.
Jaideep joined the Lux Research team after working on cutting-edge nanotechnology problems at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), where he was involved with research in molecular engineering of nanomaterials for biotherapeutic applications. During his stint at UCSB, he also acquired a Certificate in Technology Management under UCSB’s Graduate Program in Management Practice.
Jaideep holds an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from UCSB and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology, University of Mumbai (formerly known as U.D.C.T., Mumbai).
Business Development & Partnership Manager - StartersHub
StartersHub is a world-class entrepreneurship platform acting as a catalyst in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. StartersHub offers startups everything they need, including funding, mentorship, networking and strategic partnership support and an inspiring work place at the heart of the business.
In addition to accepting applications all year round from any technology field, StartersHub will also run industry specific programs with strategic partners in Financial Technologies, Gaming, Life Sciences, Internet of Things and Big Data. StartersHub is the place where ideas are enabled and nurtured.
Incubation Manager at DTEC Tech Startup Incubator, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority - Government of Dubai
Sirine Fadoul is Incubation Manager at DTEC Tech Startup Incubator, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority – Government of Dubai – in charge of the Investment Selection and Incubation Program working closely with tech entrepreneurs on their strategic and operational plans. She sits on the advisory board of several tech startups in Dubai and MENA.
Sirine was awarded Mentor of the Year 2016 by Arabian Business Awards.
Simon is a London-born entrepreneur who co-founded the first web-based on-line auction platform (icollector.com) in 1995 as well as one of the first digital media agencies (CM Interactive). After a successful exit, he completed a part-time MBA, then co-founded several more companies, including one that had offices in Edinburgh and San Francisco. After several years travelling between Scotland and California, followed by a brief stint working as a consultant in London, he is back in Scotland pursuing opportunities within the Internet of Things sector. He hosts the IoT Edinburgh Meetup, is a founder of WEB3//IOT, and a co-founder of Nautilus Beam Ltd (chat app and text input for smartwatches)
Sweden - Founder & Managing Director at CANOPUS MEDICAL AB
After having several positions within the Swedish biotech industry, focusing on drug development and manufacturing of new drugs, Ali founded the first global and Sweden-based biobank Birka BioStorage in 2010. Birka is becoming the largest hub of biotech and pharma biobank retention samples in the world.
Ali continued to establish new ventures within Medtech, hygiene control and pharmaceutical manufacturing. He was the co-founder of Resanitec, the expert team company in hygiene and environmental control of critical facilities.
He was a co-founder of Insolidex, a CNC-metal milling laboratory, for the production of medical metal devices as implants and prosthesis.
Ali was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 and has since then been inspiring many entrepreneurs and startups. He is supporting and coaching many young people to start up and develop own business.
Ali was a co-founder of the Swedish Lebanese Chamber of Commerce 2014.
Angel Investor, Business Developer, and Strategist.
(His investment REKMOB acquired by ReklamStore in Q1-2016 and covered largely in media)
Ali is advising to for Estonian based tech-fund Bluecap Strategic Solutions for technology investments, which has 11 investments in US, Israel and Turkey. He is also holding an advisor role in fastest-growing Business Management company Opsago, and working directly with Private Equity’s in EMEA region.
As a professional speaker, he gave speeches in local and global events in Ireland, Germany, Egypt, UK, USA and Turkey on more then fifty events. He is still sharing his thoughts on e-businesses in his personal blog http://alibabaoglan.com/blog and on his Twitter account @alibabaoglan
Head of Division Digital Economy, Media, Creative Industries Berlin Government Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research
Cornel Pampu is Head of Division Digital Economy, Media, Creative Industries. Previous he worked as expert and in leading positions in different areas of telecommunications and electro mobility. His experience covers technical sales, training, strategic product development, product oriented research, setting up an innovation and research lab and management of a coordination office.
Brian Wong is the co-founder and CEO of Kiip (pronounced “keep”), a category-creating mobile rewards network that is redefining mobile advertising through an innovative platform that leverages “moments of achievement” in games and apps to simultaneously benefit users, developers and advertisers. Backed by Relay Ventures, Interpublic Group, Hummer Winblad, True Ventures, Digital Garage and others, the company has raised $15.4 million in funding to date.
Kiip has been named one of the world’s 50 Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company, listed by Forbes as one of the 4 Hot Online Ad Companies to Put on Your Watch List and included on the Dow Jones FasTech50 List. After skipping four K-12 grades, Brian received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia at age 18, and shortly after became one of the youngest people to ever receive venture capital funding.
He has been recognized with many awards for his accomplishments and leadership, including: the Top 20 Under 20 awards for all of Canada; Business Insider’s Top 25 Under 25 in Silicon Valley, 30 Under 30 in Advertising and 18 Most Important People in Mobile Advertising; Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in 2011 and 2012; Mashable’s Top 5 Entrepreneurs to Watch; iMedia 25; One of AdWeek’s Seven Would-be Mobile Titans; and the AdAge Creativity Top 50.
Before starting Kiip, Brian led key publisher and tech partnerships at the social news website Digg.com, where he accelerated the company’s mobile presence by launching the Digg Android mobile app.
Who am I? My name is David Henzel and I am a hungry, fast-moving entrepreneur and personal development geek.
I’ve bootstrapped a variety of business. Technology startups, e-commerce, even brick and mortar— Today I run a content delivery network called MaxCDN.
But business is only one part of my life. I also believe very strongly in giving back. After all, I wouldn’t be where I am now without the advice and thoughts of the people who came before me.
I’ve found that I’m happiest when I’m reaching out to driven individuals like yourself and helping you achieve your dreams the way I have.
Spokesperson of Z-Wave Alliance
Dr. Christian Paetz
Christian Paetz was born in Chemnitz/East Germany in 1966. He attended a vocational training in electronics before studying Information Technology at the Universities of Dresden and Chemnitz. He received his Masters Degree in 1993 and his Doctors Degree in 1998.After leaving academics in 2000 he founded the company Peppercon AG, awarded as the best startup company in Saxony in that year. With the acquisition of Peppercon by Raritan Inc. New Jersey/USA Christian served the new mother company for several years in different international management positions. In 2012 he was appointed as Professor for Systems Reliability at Chemnitz University. Beside his scientific work he is publishing on different topics in the field of engineering, economics and entrepreneurship, holds 7 patents, serves as board member of several companies and as speaker of the Z-Wave Alliance.
Intelligent Systems Track
Dr. Fady Al Najjar
Dr. Fady received his MSc in Artificial Intelligence and his PhD in System Design Engineering at the University of Fukui, Japan in 2007 and 2010, respectively. Since 2010, Dr. Fady worked as a research scientist at Brain Science Institute (BSI), RIKEN, Japan. He conducted neuro-robotics study to understand the underlying mechanisms for embodied cognition and mind. From 2012, he started an interest in exploring the neural mechanisms of motor learning, adaptation, and recovery after brain injury from the sensory- and muscle-synergies perspectives. His research target is to propose an advance neuro-rehabilitation application for patients with brain injuries. Since 2016, he joined a three-year joint research group, including Nagoya University-Japan, and the University of Michigan-USA, to develop a bio-inspired prosthetic arm.
By 2016, Dr. Fady has two registered international patents in Rehabilitation system and Training methodology, published in more than 13 international journals, and presented in more than 40 international conferences.
Director of Business Development & Government Relations - Careem
Adib Samara has a BA in Political Science and a Masters in International Law and brings a unique combination of multinational and entrepreneurial experience, having worked across a variety of industries in various capacities. Adib is currently Director of Business Development & Government Relations at Careem UAE and he previously headed Business Development and Franchising at Laundrybox, a UAE-based startup. He was also on the Advisory Board of The Box Self Storage, Sales Advisor for SugarMoo Desserts, and Business Development Director at Salmontini Trading, where he established, structured and implemented the sales and distribution strategies for the brand. Prior to that, spent his career with Nestlé where he gained solid exposure to various regional assignments in different senior capacities, including Human Resources and Sales Development Management.
CEO BizWorld UAE
Helen Al Uzaizi
Helen Al Uzaizi is the Founder & CEO of MENA’s leading Kids Entrepreneurship Program, Future Entrepreneurs and BizWorld UAE.
With over 15 years of experience spanning marketing, community development, and entrepreneurship, she is a successful businesswoman and an active community member. She has been recognized for her leadership, business acumen, and contributions to various social and humanitarian causes.
Helen spent the first decade of her career in the marketing communications industry working on global brands such as LG Electronics, Porsche, Audi, EMAAR International, Royal Jordanian and Zain Telecom – before moving into community development and entrepreneurship. After her role as Jordan River Foundation’s International Relations and Fundraising Manager, Helen took on the role of CEO at the Mowgli Foundation during which time the foundation had successful expansion and was awarded the Mohammed Bin Rashid Award for Young Business Leaders.
Helen volunteers as a mentor supporting young, aspiring leaders and entrepreneurs globally and is very involved in the area of youth development. Helen also sits on the numerous Boards namely PACES, Oasis 500 Training, Lovin’ Dubai, Nakhweh.org
Helen is a Certified Marketing Executive (CME) who studied Law & Government at the University of Manchester (UK). She completed her Executive Education at Columbia University Business School (US).
Senior Executive - IBM Middle East and Africa
Juan Jose de la Torre
Juan Jose de la Torre (J.J.) is a Digital Hero, Design Evangelist and Digital Transformation expert. As IBM’s Digital Transformation Leader for Middle East and Africa, JJ helps IBM clients to embrace digital technologies to reinvent their operations and achieve a new customer experience.
A Media, Telco and Digital senior executive, JJ has almost two decades of experience across America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. His drive and expertise has led to him to hold senior positions with global multinationals including IBM, Orange, TeliaSonera, Etisalat and Booz & Company., combining a unique blend of corporate, consulting and entrepreneurial experience & expertise.
Founder of 3 companies, an angel investor in 14 ventures and a mentor for more than 120 startups, JJ has been an advisor to the UN and OECD in mobility and innovation subjects and has been featured by FT, WSJ, Forbes, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Entrepreneur among other major media publications as a digital disruptor, ventures and worldwide leader in digital transformation. With more than 45 thousand followers in Twitter, JJ is an active though leader in social media and a contributor to leading digital media.
J.J. holds an MBA from INSEAD, a Masters from La Salle and an Industrial Engineer degree from Adolfo Ibanez. A former professional DJ, J.J. enjoys travelling and adventure sports. He currently lives in Dubai with his wife Maria and his two sons.
Business & Social Entrepreneur, Co-Founder REM People
Bülent PEKER is the co-founder of a “new generation research and technology company” named as REM People which conducts research activities that collect any market data that can be the source for effective decision making and taking action in sales and marketing processes and convert them into valuable information. Throughout the processes of collecting data from the market, analyzing the data and converting them into information by the help of reports, REM People uses state-of-the-art technologies.
He’s been in entrepreneurship society since he was 22 years old and it’s been going on for about 15 years. Besides being in technology and startup ecosystem he was previously involved in education, consulting, international trade and interactive technologies sectors as a founder and a managing partner.
Aside from professional issues, Bülent has been involved in many public and social issues and actively participated in the managements of some national and international NGO’s and lobbies. He’s still very passionate in many social and political issues as an activist in the subjects of “human rights, animal rights, protecting nature and people’s equality”.
He’s also the youngest person who received “Üzeyir Garih Individual Leadership Award” when he was 22 years old.
CEO Cazza Construction Technologies
Chris began coding websites at the age of 13, and by 17 had already left school to run an app development company. Now at 19, with bigger dreams of changing the world, Chris co-founded Cazza to revolutionize the construction industry.
Cazza is developing new construction automation technologies and materials to make construction faster, cheaper, and more environmentally friendly. Their technologies include the use of 3D printing, using radio controlled minitanks to automatically 3D print houses onsite.
Entrepreneur and Inventor
Playbrush was founded in 2014 by Paul Varga, Matthäus Ittner and Tolulope Ogunsina. Inspired by Paul’s godchild and being bad brushers ourselves, we strongly believe that brushing teeth is fundamentally broken and gamification is the key to changing oral hygiene forever.
Mashable named us one the best children’s gadgets from CES 2016, we are Seed-funded by top-tier European investors and supported by University College London and various renowned dentists in the UK and Austria. We have launched Playbrush in December 2015 and kids all over the world are now starting to enjoy toothbrushing.
My name is Mostafa Belkhayate and I am the creator of the Belkhayate Gravity Center indicator. At the time when I started working on it, I saw this long jump picture. It occurred to me that instead of trying to find which direction the price will go, it is easier and more natural to calculate what line its gravity center has to follow.
It took me and my partner a while to develop that into what the indicator is today, but it was all worth it. The revolutionary idea made me 3 times World Trading Champion and helped me build a successful career as a Professional Fund Manager.
No trader could succeed by simply copying the methods of other. The key is to continuously improve our own trading method.
By becoming Belkhayate Club member, you will have the opportunity to profit from the experience of a successful trader and his research team. You will adapt your trading approach to the reality of today’s markets, increasingly under the control of trading algorithms. The time of rigid trading methods has gone.
Let’s challenge the world’s most powerful traders : the Algotraders !
Ali Atalık is the co-founder of the leading Social TV Plaform Noluyo in Turkey. After spending more than 8 years in Eczacıbaşı Group, one the leading conglomerates in Turkey, Ali co-founded Noluyo, the first Social TV platform in Turkey, in 2015. Since then Ali is acting as the managing partner and head of business development for the start-up. The platform was launched in mid 2015 and has currently more than 200.000 subscribers and is considered to be the leading platform for TV content in Turkey.
In addition to Noluyo, Ali also lead the team to build Komodor, a smart TV Guide app which is considered to be a spin-off of Noluyo. Launched in November 2016, Komodor is also considered to be the leading TV Guide App for Turkey.
Ali is also a digital strategist and mainly advises companies for their cross platform digital strategies, second screen technologies and viewer engagement. Ali is in the digital advisory board of Eczacıbaşı Group.
1975-1977 Attended Plano Sr. High School, Plano Texas
1977-1982 Attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas 1977-1982 studied Biochemistr
1981 Scored in the top 15% in the US on the MCAT ( medical entrance test to become an MD)
1982 established Sky Blue Industries, designing and manufacturing chemicals.
1982 established Sky Blue Pools and general contracted 1,000,000.00$ pool complex contracts.
1989 invented Oil Spill Eater (OSE), and was able to substantiate OSE II through testing at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, as well as through Exxon research and development in Florham Park New Jersey.
1990 developed Oil Spill Eater II ( OSE II)
1991 January, established Oil Spill Eater International Corporation, and became Chairman and CEO
1991 Worked with the US EPA, NOAA and NETAC a group from the University of Pittsburg to develop protocols to test bioremediation products in the US.
1992 Developed a relationship with all 5 branches of the US military to supply OSE II domestically and Globally to over 200 bases.
1996 April, Presented for the US EPA at their Regional Response Team Baton Rouge Louisiana.
1997 Established the first distributor for OSE II the Kachi Co, who remain distributors today.
1999 Presnetd OSE II in New Orleans Louisiana to the US Coast Guard for emergency response spills in the US.
a presenter for the International conference on science and technology , where the paper was published under ISBN 9780976885344
2012 wrote the emergency response plan for the use of bioremediation for pipelines
2012 Contributing science writer for Russian and Oil Gas Journal Vol No3
2013 Contributing science writer for Russian and Oil Gas Journal Vol No6
2013 Contributing science writer for Russian and Oil Gas Journal Vol No10
2013 wrote the Global response plan for Bioremediation for emergency response
2014 June 9th a presenter once again for the American Academy of Science for the International conference on science and technology, ISBN is waiting confirmation.
2016 June 7th a presenter once again for the American Academy of Science for the International conference on science and technology, ISBN is waiting confirmation.
2016 July 12 Steven Pedigo CEO OSEI Corporation to present to EPA RRT 9 on Tuesday July 12, 2016
2016 August, developed and presented to NOAA the experimental design protocol to test and substantiate the effectiveness of Bioremediation in particular OSE II in open ocean environments
OSEI under the direction of Steven Pedigo has progressed from a start up company to a global brand that now spans over 100 countries with distributors in 87 countries. OSE II has become the world most utilized means to address spills on soil, concrete, fresh and salt water, including the most sensitive clean ups, ground water as well. OSEI has grown to be able to handle multi million cubic meter clean ups, while also being able to turn a 550,000 liter spills into non issue limiting natural damages, while reducing clean up costs, in a few weeks.
Head of Islamic Finance - Middle East & Africa Norton Rose Group
Mohammed Paracha is a banking lawyer based in Dubai and is also the Head of our Islamic finance practice for the Middle East and Africa.
Mohammed specialises in Islamic financial and banking transactions and has a broad range of transactional experience. Mohammed’s main area of skills is with cross-border transactions where he advises clients across a broad range of asset classes and industry sectors.
His transactions are predominantly asset related involving real estate, ships, aircraft and project assets or complex structured transactions in new markets where tax, legal and Shariah principles need to be navigated in order to deliver optimum returns to Islamic investors.
Mohammed advised the sponsors TAV Havalimanlari Holding A.S, Saudi Oger Limited and Al Rajhi Holdings (the TIBAH Consortium) on the financing and construction of the US$1.2 billion expansion of Madinah Airport in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is the first full PPP (Public Private Partnership) project in Saudi Arabia and one of the largest infrastructure projects in the Middle East in 2012.
Mohammed trained and qualified with our practice and gained international recognition for his work as the sole legal member of the Bank of England’s committee on Islamic finance where he assisted the UK Government in establishing London as an international Islamic finance hub.
Mohammed is recognised as a key individual by Chambers & Partners Legal Directory 2013, which comments ‘”He has a very good knowledge base, and is very intuitive and thoughtful in dealing with the Islamic banks and scholars.” Mohammed was also the exclusive winner of the ILO Client Choice Awards 2012 by International Law Office in the area of Islamic finance.
Mohammed is a regular speaker at conferences and has appeared on various news media talking about Islamic finance and related topical issues.
Nathan Beckord helps startups get the two things they need most; time and money. How you ask? His company Foundersuite makes startup life suck less by reducing and streamlining corporate administrative tasks. That makes you, the founder more productive. Nathan like pitching deals, solving problems and getting things done. He has worked with early stage Internet, B2B software, mobile, and consumer product startups, and has skills in launching and growing in platforms, markets, and networks. he has also worked with several cool crowdfunding companies, such as Kickstarter and Appbackr. Other notable clients include Clicker, Zerply, LaunchRock and Autonet Mobile. He is currently on the Advisory Boards of five startups. Earlier in his career, he started two companies, an early web catalog provider and a clinical trial software company. Nathan worked in finance and investment banking,and was involved in three technology IPOs and nearly 40 acquisitions. Aside from startups, his passion is sailing, and he has logged more than 10,000 coastal and offshore nautical miles with his longest sail of a 22-day non-stop Pacific Ocean crossing to French Polynesia. Currently, he races on a Knarr team in the San Francisco Bay.