AstroLabs Leadership Team

Louis Lebbos

Louis Lebbos

Founding Partner

Louis is Founding Partner of AstroLabs, an organization on a mission to create a thriving tech ecosystem in MENA.

AstroLabs launched MENA’s only Google partnered tech hub, hosting tech entrepreneurs from across the world in Dubai and delivers classes focused on teaching digital skills through AstroLabs Academy.

Before starting AstroLabs, Louis co-founded Namshi, an e-commerce portal for the Middle East, where he led the marketing, onsite experience, and human resources teams. Before Namshi, Louis was a consultant at the Dubai office of McKinsey & Company, focusing on growth strategy projects. Previously, Louis was part of the general management development program at a US Fortune 200 multinational.

He is passionate about economic development, social enterprise, technology, and seeing people succeed beyond their expectations. Louis studied for his electrical engineering degree at North Carolina State University and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Muhammed Mekki

Muhammed Mekki

Founding Partner

Muhammed is a Founding Partner at AstroLabs, a startup hub and training academy for tech entrepreneurs scaling up in the Middle East. Muhammed caught the entrepreneurial bug while studying for his MBA at Stanford University and working with the founding team of a Silicon Valley tech startup. In 2011, he co-founded Dubai-based Namshi, built and managed the operations, and raised over $20 million in venture capital. He developed domain expertise in e-commerce.

Muhammed is a former McKinsey & Company consultant with clients across the GCC. He studied economics at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Fulbright Scholar with expertise in Islamic Finance. Muhammed is an avid traveler, having visited over 60 countries and is always looking for his next adventure.

Ahmad Abugosh

Ahmad Abugosh

Learning & Development Manager

Ahmad loves to learn and help others grow and reach their potential. He genuinely cares about making the world a better place, and facilitating others to do their part.

Ahmad graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering from the American University of Sharjah in 2011. Since then, he has worked at MBC, Namshi (Rocket Internet) and a digital agency in Dubai (where he worked on Analytics and BI setups for some of the largest organizations in the region). His professional expertise is in Analytics, Online Marketing, Web Development, and Business Intelligence.

Ahmad also has a passion for social entrepreneurship. He founded his own charity initiative, which now works with Flea 4 Charity (a Dubai based non-profit, which focuses on local volunteer work and donation drives for people in need).

By combining his technical knowledge and experience with his passion to contribute to the learning and development of others, Ahmad makes sure that AstroLabs course offerings are both technically relevant, and provide lasting real-world value for all who take them.

Zaen Hamid

Zaen Hamid

Head of Operations

As Head of Operations at AstroLabs, Zaen is passionate about technology and establishing a community of best-in-class entrepreneurs.

Previously an Associate at the Abraaj Group, he was part of the global energy infrastructure initiative focusing on greenfield project development in growth markets and managed a c. USD 3 billion utility asset in South Asia.

Further, Zaen has a diverse background in international banking, and graduated with an Hons. BA degree from the University of Toronto with a primary focus on US foreign policy in the Middle East.

Charles Viron

Charles Viron

Operations Coordinator

As Operations Coordinator, Charles is the first person to greet you at AstroLabs.

Charles (or “Chaz” as he’s known around the office) takes care of the day-to-day operations; he is the point person for the AstroLabs space, enquiries, calendars and administrative processes.

With an extensive background in administration and events, Charles is as detail-oriented, resourceful and organized as they come. He makes certain that every AstroLabs member receives an extraordinary experience from onboarding to work environment.