Ali has more than 9 years of idustry and consulting experience. He led a variety of strategy, operations and organizational projects, including: developing and executing for a market entry strategies, strategic opportunity portfolio prioritization, developing operations manuals, developing organizational processes, and developing organizational roles and responsibilities.
His professional experience includes: • Planned and activated a key initiative of a semi government entity, in collaboration with key international stakeholders. This role included the supervision of an integrated social media campaign to support the initiative. • Developed the investment kit for an SAR 600 Million riyal plant, which was addressed to the governor of the Public Investment Fund. • Conducted operational diagnosis on a Facility Management company that led to an 11% improvement of the bottomline. • Developed the operations manual, marketing strategy, and the initial business model, for an initiative of a newly established semi-government entity. The engagement included adapting a completely new service to the Saudi market using global benchmarks along with local market insights. • Led an engagement to review the strategy of a Jeddah based branding firm. The strategic review included prioritizing the opportunities portfolio of the company with a focus on optimizing the learning curve of the company. • Led a stream in an exploration organization to redefine the methodology to prioritize upstream exploration opportunities to ensure a target based approach for prioritization. • Consulted with companies engaging in tight gas operations, gathered global tight gas raw data, and executed feasibility studies; resulted in Saudi Aramco's CEO, re-directing the tight gas strategy over the next ten years. • Won 1st prize at a three month Arab Oil Exploration Workshop, Egypt sponsored by Saudi Aramco and Petroleum Development Oman.
Jamal Al-Akkad after an exciting and challenging decade as an entrepreneur from 1980s to 1990s, he took different paths working on several interesting and challenging assignments. He decided to revert to entrepreneurship and is currently an investor in SMEs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), consultant and mentor in entrepreneurship, SMEs development and IP commercialisation he also delivers lectures in entrepreneurship and Ideation mind mapping. Jamal studied at King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals (Saudi Arabia), University of Liverpool and Durham University (UK) for his PhD.
Ahmed works with 500 Startups as Head of country operations in Saudi Arabia, investing in seed-stage startups and fundraising from investors. He received his MBA-Finance from Cornell University- Johnson Graduate School of Management
Aiman holds an MBA in strategic management from the University of North Texas, and in his corporate life has worked with such notable organizations as Unilever, the International Monetary Fund, and Emirates Airline. Currently he is a serial entrepreneur and investor, with a portfolio of startups including an innovative recruitment platform, an online entrepreneurship community, various creative media projects and social mobile apps.
Mr. Kabli also mentors and assists other entrepreneurs in the region. Aiman is passionate about enabling and supporting the entrepreneurship culture in the GCC, and has co-founded the platform eleva8or.com which offer many investment- preparation tools & connections for startups.
Speaker, SME World Summit 2015
Speaker & Mentor, HackaMENA 2015
Panel Judge, AngelHack 2015
Mentor & Judge at Turn8 Incubator in 2015
Panel Judge, ShjSEEN Incubator in 2016
Full-session video interview with StartupGrind
MC and main stage presenter, Arabnet Digital Summit 2016
Live talk on Al-Hurra TV channel
Speaker & Mentor at Startup Saudi Arabia conference, 2017
Workshop presenter at The Spot, 2018
Finalist mentor at MIT-EF competition in Jeddah, 2018
A career that has spanned many links up,down, and across the hi-tech food chain. I equally enjoy both the business and technical aspects of the work I do but the thing I enjoy most is unleashing the potential of people around me and seeing their success multiply. Specialties: VC, E-gov services, Corporate Strategy, Embedded and real-time software, DSP software, GSM, Networking, RTOS, and the Mobile Communications Market in general
Jassim Alharoon owned and managed small businesses for more than 5 years and is a financial professional. His are of interests include: problem solving, business development, financial planning and analysis
Osama is Head of Development and Strategic Alliances at Prince Mohammed bin Salman College for Business and Entrepreneurship. He is also a member of the steering committee of the Entrepreneurship Hub of King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC). Previously, he served as Head of Entrepreneurship & SME Development at KAEC. Prior to joining KAEC, Osama was founding VP of Strategy at Namaa Almunawara, a quasi-government organization that catalyzes the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Almadinah region.
Osama served as a judge in a number of business plan competitions and frequelty participates as a speaker and panelist in entrepreneurship conferences and events. He earned an MBA from Babson College. IHe also participated in executive education and professional development programs at Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management and Stanford University.
His publications include: Navigating Saudi Arabia's Entrepreneurship Ecosystem (author); The Role of Universities as Catalysts within Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (co-author); The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, Saudi Arabia's National Report (co-author)