Resident Expert Program
Meet and collaborate with our members and resident experts
CEO at ABWEB
Expertise: Web Strategy, UX/UI, SaaS, e-Commerce, Web & Mobile, Online Ads, Social Media, Management & Business Angel
A Serial Web Entrepreneur and an Experienced Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the internet industry since 1996. Proficient in almost all the Internet fields like Web Strategy, Social Media, Online Advertising, Lead Generation, Web Design, Mobile Applications, SaaS, AR/VR, Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Being an experienced Business Angel and Crypto Investor, provided Web consultation for brands in the Middle East and Africa.
Elias Sarhan Hanna
CEO at Casa Social DMCC
Expertise: Digital and Social Media
With more than 10 years of experience in multinational advertising agencies, Elias started to put knowledge into action. Founder of Casa Social, he earned success immediately after offering the clients more than what they expect from an agency and took their business to the next level. Casa Social aims to support startups and entrepreneurs who need help with their digital and social media marketing.
Regional Manager Middle East & Africa at Daxium
Expertise: International Business
With a Business background, Tom manages Daxium Middle East & Africa office since 2016. With high motivation and will, today he managed to create a group of eight people in Dubai and more than 40 worldwide. His company aims to support Retail and Services companies to digitalize all their heavy field team manual reporting (paper, WhatsApp, email…) through a very simple mobile application linked to BI tool for powerful and real-time analytics. Their users are sales reps, merchandisers, educators, retail managers, auditors, technicians.
Founder at DotZero
Expertise: Startup Product Development
Farzal runs DotZero DMCC (in UAE) & over the past 15 years has worked with 50 early stage and high growth companies to scale their technology teams. He also runs a co-working place & a small open-ended Angel fund in Pakistan. Farzal went to school at UT Austin (Computer Science, Economics) and NYU (MS) in the early 2000s.
General Manager at Fresha
Expertise: Marketplace, Commercial Development, Team Management, Sales Process & Account Development
Adrian has a background in high growth environments, managing rapid development, dynamic competition, and process scaling within commercial teams.
Growth Manager at Insider
Expertise: Digital Marketing Optimization, Personalization, Converstion Rate Optimization, SaaS, B2B Sales, Business Development
Currently Digital Growth Manager for MENA region at Insider, the first integrated Growth Management Platform. Insider is a Sequoia-backed SaaS start-up that’s focused on providing solutions for online businesses and enterprise partners to grow their digital presence beyond marketers’ expectations, covering key growth metrics from Acquisition, Activation, Revenue, and Retention.
Global Alliance Director at InspireTech Gulf FZ
Expertise: Sales, Business Development, Product Development
Charles’s personal mantra is to put ideas into reality. He is a technology geek who can’t wait to try out the next gadget and loves fusing ready and future technology together to solve problems. Charles has developed and tested several products & services in the market. He leads his team on several development and love sharing his conviction for innovation with his team & customers. Through the years, he has developed valuable relationships with the customers & partners in the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region. Charles is currently based in the UAE, leading the Middle East subsidiary and spearheading the European and North Africa markets.
Mohammad El Saadi
CEO at Mamo Pay
Expertise: Fintech, Apps, Fundraising, Business Models (esp. subscriptions), VOD & Strategy
Currently, Co-Founder of Mamo Pay and Investment Committee Member at Dubai Angel Investors, Mohammad is an Ex-Google employee where he led Google Play for MENA/Turkey. He is also one of the Co-Founders of Tally and an MBA at Stanford. Worked with Ex-Booz & Company, he is an MS Electrical & Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech and studied BE Computer & Comms Engineering from The American University of Beirut.
Founder & CEO at ProTenders
Expertise: Business Strategy & Hacking, Product Road-map, Team Building
Karim Helal is a successful entrepreneur, who founded and managed a wide range of startups, ranging from Import/Exports to online web applications, and the latest being construction technology, ProTenders. Karim was raised in the UAE and later moved to Canada to pursue his career further, first earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnique, he started working as a Project Manager for Ericsson Canada and then studied Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship from HEC Montreal. Co-founder and CEO of the prominent construction tech platform ProTenders that was launched in the year 2011, Karim is responsible for setting the vision and direction of the platform while ensuring the viability of the business. Under Karim’s vision and direction, the SME quickly grew to be the most popular business intelligence and e-Tendering platform across the Middle East, with over 18,000 member companies, 60,000 listed projects, and over $35 Billion worth of bids processed.
COO at ProTenders
Expertise: Senior Executive, CFO, CXO, Senior Venture Development, Digital Finance & Investment Executive, M & A, Investment, Global Ventures, Growth, Strategic CFO
Karim has 15-years of experience in senior investment, finance and management roles in challenging frontier environments. An intuitive leader with acute business acumen and expertise in elaborating growth goals. His areas of expertise include the following: Venture Capital and Private Equity, Merger & Acquisitions, Strategic Planning and Implementation, Finance and Accounting, ERP and systems implementation, Venture Development, Leadership and General Management, Operations Management, Neuro-Linguistic Programming / Life Coaching, and Team Building.
Co-Founder & COO at Seez
Expertise: Growth Hacking, Data-science, Operations, Cooperates Sales, Leadership
Through high-school and University, Andrew started several small companies while working as a data scientist at Copenhagen business school. In his last year, he co-founded Seez which has now been running for 3 years and grown to 800k users at this moment.
CEO at Xergy Group Ltd
Expertise: Offshore Engineering, Practical Leadership, Growing Businesses
Colin Manson established international Oil and Gas consultancy Xodus Group Ltd in 2005 with private funding of $1.5M. As CEO of Xodus Group from 2005 to 2015, Colin spearheaded the global and capability growth of the Company to 750 staff and $200M turnover. He relocated to Dubai in 2012 when Xodus Group opened its branch in the Middle East forming Xodus DMCC. Colin delivered 15 times return to the initial investor and then a 4.5 times return to the 2nd round private equity investor. He obtained a degree in Chemical Engineering from Herriot Watt University. Most recently Colin founded Xergy Group, a technology startup developing a product (Proteus) that will revolutionize how oil companies operate on a daily basis and engage with freelancers – Uber engineering.
Director Business Development MENA at Deezer
Expertise: Business Development, Ad Sales, Operations
Rania leverages her extensive business development experience to build strategic relationships with key partners, establish fresh avenues for growth, and promote the Deezer brand across the region. Prior to joining Deezer, Rania was employed at Turner for a period of four years as Head Ad Sales in MENA. During her tenure, she successfully grew the overall Turner business in the Middle East, with a strong focus on innovation and product diversity. Earlier in her career, Rania holds senior management roles at Livingroom Communications and Leo Burnett in Dubai, where she forged partnerships with a broad range of clients and developed distinctive and relevant strategies and campaigns.
VP - Revenue at ProTenders
Expertise: New Acquisition, Customer Success, Sales, Advance Questioning, Negotiation, Objection Handling, Closing
Tarek is a highly proficient and dynamic business sales leader with over 14 years of experience in subscription-based businesses.
He specialises in business intelligence, market intelligence, information/data intelligence, commodities and technology services for the construction, oil & gas, transport, power and water sectors.
Tarek has worked in several multinational companies (MEED, S&P Global Platts ….) over the years and has helped develop and inspire their teams to deliver ahead of market revenue performance.
He has a proven record of exceeding revenue targets whilst managing budgets and spending effectively.
General Manager at Hyon
Expertise: Digital Marketing, UX Design, Creative Strategy
Co-Founder at Acquisit
Expertise: Data Analytics
Analytics Consultant at InfoTrust, LLC
Expertise: Data & Web Analytics
Leading delivery, support and consulting activities for complex enterprises in Digital Analytics Deployment, usage and best practices for Web and Mobile Applications, locally and globally
Director at KRDS Digital Middle East
Expertise: Market Research, Business Development
Multipotentialite is simply someone with many interests and creative pursuits. Director is just an easier position to make things change, and get the best out of people’s passions. 8 years in all aspects of Sales, Marketing, Consulting & Event management. Organizational and analytical skill, with high motivation to lead and enhance teamworking. Committed leader of business growth, profitability and performance, with an entreprenarial state of mind. Excellent inter and intra personal communication skills, with accurate adaptation to customer relations. Inspired by Mediterranean and Japanese business cultures, devoted to going beyond expectations, with accurate risk controls.
Co-Founder & CEO at Seez
Expertise: Private Equity, Financial Modelling
Consultant at The Knowledge Brokers
Expertise: Corporate Training, Coaching
Passionate Entrepreneur and live-long learner with 20 years of hands-on experience in the Corporate Training, TO, Consulting and Coaching Industry in over 30 countries.
Head of Middle East and Africa at Smartly.io
Expertise: Digital Marketing, Optimization