Chair, IEEE Entrepreneurship + PartnerREDDS Capital
Founder & CEOAlectio United States of America
Founder of the world's first DataPrepOps platform designed specifically for Machine Learning
Moderator & CMOFluid Finance United Arab Emirates
A highly skilled media professional with significant experience in the fintech
and blockchain sectors. Has worked and managed teams internationally, broadcaster, conference moderator, interviewer, marketer, innovator, partnership builder and extensively networked around the globe.
featured as an industry analyst in CNBC, Bloomberg, and TRT world.
Alongside that, the video content from BeInCrypto is picked up by Yahoo
Finance and distributed weekly on the Yahoo Finance website.
Throughout her 5 years in crypto, she has an extensive list of PR contacts
and has covered over 42 events since 2018. She was the official MC of 4
events in 2021, including Draper Goren Holm events, BlockDown, and LA
Co-Founder and Co-CEOJumia United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
Jessy El Murr is a multilingual, independent digital
journalist and media consultant with over 18 years of international news
A seasoned field journalist and former BBC and Sky News
Arabia correspondent, El Murr has led the coverage of major international news
as well as executed several media consulting projects for government and
private entities across GCC countries.
An experienced public speaker, El Murr holds a Master’s
degree in Integrated Journalism from Emerson College in Boston, MA and a
Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the American University of Beirut. She is
fluent in Arabic, English and has an advanced knowledge in French.
Discipline Lead - School of CommunicationMurdoch University United Arab Emirates
First Emirati Air Traffic Control Officer
Assistant ProfessorDIDI Alumni
Founder,J & A Marisan
Product Marketing Director - Security Elastic
Founder & CIODigital Shadows, UK
Head of Government & Key Accounts SegmentsDu
Security Awareness Advocate for EMEAKnowBe4 (Ras Infotech)
Director, Business Solutions MarketingAcronis
Senior Product ManagerTrustwave (Ras Infotech)
Deputy ChairmanAzerbaijan State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations Azerbaijan
President - Cyber Security Austria,Vienna – Austria
Instructor Le Wagon United Arab Emirates
Founder & CEO Quotacom (UK)
Security Advisory Committee Chairman, Chairman,the National Cyber Safety Association of Korea, Social Security Intelligence Service, South Korea
General Manager MENA EastMastercard United Arab Emirates
General PartnerLaunch Africa Ventures & Five35 Ventures
Plessis is the co-Founder of Launch Africa Ventures
(the most prominent and active Seed stage VC in Africa) and Five35 Ventures (a leading Pan-African
female-focused VC fund in Africa). He has previously started and managed a VC
fund for a listed African investment bank as well as an impact fund called Abrazo Capital, investing in women in rural areas
in Africa. He has invested in over 150 start-ups across these funds.
Janade’s background is as an entrepreneur, investment banker and human
behavioural researcher with M&A/Corporate Finance, Management Consulting
and Development Finance experience. To date, Janade has travelled to 50 of the
54 African countries. He is an Executive Coach with the International Coaching
Federation (ICF), currently mentoring select entrepreneurs. Janade holds a
Master’s degree in Finance, Economics and Business Administration and a PhD in
Business Science researching the psychographic archetypes of African
CTF: Invested in over 150 African startups
through various funds, currently GP at 2 of Africa’s most prominent VCs. Former
entrepreneur, investment banker and human behavioural researcher and executive
CEOTonomus Saudi Arabia
Developer AdvocateIBM (USA)
Mainly focuses on the IBM Kubernetes Service and OpenShift trying to make companies and users have a successful onboarding to the Cloud Native ecosystem, represents IBM Cloud globally.
Co-founder & CEOMatrixport
Global Head of Business DevelopmentCoinstore
AuthorMen are From Mars, Women are from Venus & mentor United States of America
CEOYanolja Korea, Republic Of
AVS Cloud Solution ArchitectVMware
Co-Founder, CEO & Chief ChangemakerAHOY United Arab Emirates
Managing Director – GCCJanssen, the Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson United Arab Emirates
Founder & CEO,Holition
VP of Secure Communications Engineering, Secure Systems Research Center,Technology Innovation Institute (TII), UAE
Jean-Pierre Giacalone is Vice President of Secure Communications Engineering at the Secure Systems Research Center at the Technology Innovation Institute (TII), a cutting-edge UAE-based scientific research center. He is responsible for carrying out advanced research that makes communications in systems safer and more secure with a focus on improving resilience of cyber-physical and autonomous systems.
Giacalone is a systems technology leader and implementer with a career filled with innovations and technical achievements that have strengthened revenue and competitive advantage for Fortune 500 firms. He is a hands-on leader and dedicated doer who delivers technical vision by building as well as leading and mentoring collaborative advanced hardware and software development teams across the world.
Prior to joining TII, Giacalone worked as Expert in Software Architecture for Advanced Driving Assistance Systems at Renault, and as Principal Engineer and Architect within the Mobile Systems Technologies group at Intel, specialising in video systems.
In his earlier career, Giacalone spent 12 years at Texas Instruments and at Sensata Technologies in roles including Distinguished Member of Technical Staff. Previously, he engineered dedicated integrated circuits, among the largest conceived in the mid-80s, for the underwater defence domain.
Giacalone holds 19 patents and has published over 15 technical papers with hundreds of citations.
He has an engineering degree from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs en Electronique, Electrotechnique, Informatique et Hydraulique de Toulouse (ENSEEIHT) in France.
Founder & CEOformer Grab (Kuwait)
Founder & CEOAstral Tech (UK)
PartnerOctopus Ventures (UK)
SVP MarketingExpo City Dubai
, Business Architect for BlockchainDGC
Chief Business Development OfficerKITCO
John Dourekas is Kitco's Media Division Director and Kitco's Digital Metals Group Chief Business Development Officer. He is responsible for all aspects of Kitco Media, including its programming, the division's expanding digital properties, mobile applications, editorial units, online assets, marketing, and overall operations. He leads media content, digital metals products, asset tokenization, business development operations, new product development, marketing, and the technology platforms and functions of the company's advertising sales and strategy worldwide. Since joining Kitco in 2008, John has orchestrated multiple ambitious IT, media, marketing, and digital metals strategies. John is an expert in complex transformations; he has lead content creation and oversight of media and distribution, crafted revenue-generating marketing strategies, developed programming, and negotiated key partnerships. John leads the VaultChain™ Gold and Silver products development for Kitco, one of the first precious metals trading platforms using blockchain technology, and Kitco.Gold is one of the first stablecoins backed by physical gold. Prior to joining Kitco, John spent 15 years in technology consulting, advising a variety of top global telecom clients on new product development, innovation processes, start-up strategy, information technology, and business issues.
University ProfessorMiddlesex University
Startup Growth Lead -United Nations -International Trade Centre
Developer AdvocateAmazon Web Services
Designer & Chief DreamerDream Big
COOEverdome Czech Republic
Founder & Chairman BlockOn Capital
Founder & CEO Founder GrowValley
Founder & CEORaiinmaker?
FounderFuture Perfect Ventures
Chief Product OfficerLandmark Digital (UAE)
Head of Strategy and GrowthRackspace
Head of MENAGSMA
CEO Vulcan Forged
CEO – MENAAbhi