Haider Alabdulaal is a corporate planning and strategy consultant at the Ministry of Energy-Saudi Arabia, with a focus on policies and strategic decision support. Haidar started his career at Landmark Software before joining Saudi Aramco, where he assumed several positions in different key upstream departments within the Upstream Business Line. Later, he shifted to the public sector by joining the Ministry of Economy and Planning-Center for Strategic Development. Haider holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Engineering (Honor), from Colorado School of Mines and an M.S. from Texas A&M University. Furthermore, Haidar obtained executive education from Babson College in finance and earned his valedictorian MBA from MBSC where he scaled his family business and co-founded a legal service startup (Qantooni); a digital legal service that provides quick, affordable, innovative, and reliable legal solutions and services in Saudi Arabia.
I spent the past nine years investing in my professional development and gaining leadership and commercial experience. Now, I would like to spend my next career journey in helping a growth-focused Saudi business grow and achieve remarkable success. I seek a leadership role in shaping the venture strategy, internally by working on people, organization and capability building as well as externally on competitive and market-winning analyses and actions. I started my career, in 2010, in HR strategy and planning at the corporate-level for Saudi Aramco, where I gained analytical skills and experience. I then had the opportunity to work across many organization/people management departments in Aramco. Later, I lead analyses and advisory work for the company and its board on workforce compensation, benefits and other HR financial obligations and programs, for the company core business, as well as for JVs, affiliates, and M&As;. The two-year intensive MBA program at Harvard gave me deep understanding and skills across many business areas, especially in strategy and competitive analysis, leadership and global markets dynamics. In 2017, I decided to accelerate my career development and growth and gain accountability and decision making experience and exposure. I joined Careem, as a GM, in a leadership position with P&L and team responsibility. A year ago, I found an opportunity in Sarahah (sarahah.com), the internet startup, to help build a Saudi global internet venture with hundreds of millions of users. I focused on building the business. As a partner responsible for all commercial, financial and organizational work, I gained firsthand experience in starting a business and overcoming its challenges. I am eager to take on a leadership role to shape the strategy of a growth-focused Saudi business and support it to grow and achieve remarkable success.
Abdullah is very passionate to influence business & people’s transformation to greater by capitalizing on his diversified business experience across different multinational organizations globally to support SME’s on identifying areas of improvements, development opportunities & applying best practices that supports their business’s growth & sustainability. Being a Certified Gallup Coach, Abdullah provide different engagement & talent development consultations to support SME’s on providing an engaged working culture that ultimately results on having engaged customers.
Hussein Attar is on his way to becoming a Saudi serial entrepreneur. He has founded Sawerly, an online photographer booking website, which received recognition in several events and contests ( Red Herring Top 100 Asia Tech companies, Arabnet Riyadh, Get in the Ring MITEF Pan Arab Region, Webit Global Congress, Fikra TV, Oqal Angel Investment Network, MENA Angel Investor Conference, Istanbul Startup, Startup Weekend Jeddah, and Jeddah Youth Conference ). He was also selected as one of the top 30 under 30 entrepreneurs in KSA by destination magazine. He has also founded Mktaby, a serviced office company that provides office solutions for entrepreneurs and startups. Hussein took over operation of Attar Software Engineering and transformed it to one of the leading IT providers that specializes in in-house ERP software development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Hussein graduated from University of Waterloo in Canada in Bachelor of Computer Science with Software Engineering Option with honors. He continued in the same university in Master in Management Engineering with focus on Management of Technology. Hussein is a public speaker for Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia and was selected for many TV interviews and events to share his experience and tips for future entrepreneurs. He volunteers regularly in events that support knowledge sharing and helping startups. He organizes with a team to annually do TEDxJeddah in his home town Jeddah. He is part of Tomouh’s team, a organization that enables achievers to achieve more than they ever thought possible throughout the arab region.
Maha Adham is a Chartered Management Institute Member (UK), with a first class academic track record from the UK’s leading universities, including an MSc and MBA. Ms Adham brings a background of management consultancy and strategy management from an array of industries across the UK and SA. She specialises in operational excellence including total quality management, project management, business health assessment, businesses development and process mapping. Ms Adham is the founder of Projenda - a business oriented agenda - serving as an enabler to assist entrepreneurs in fine tuning their start-up ideas and tracking progress over the years. Ms Adham aims to spread awareness regarding the importance of building organic and ethical sustainable businesses with high standards, as she is a firm believer of its important impact in our ecosystem.
Maha Adham is a member of the Charted Management Institute, she has experience in multiple industries across the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.
Maha specializes in quality management, business development and project management, strategic management direction and leadership.
Moreover, with a Consulting Services background, providing advice in various industries to assist companies in raising their efficiency, process management and productivity, thereby enhancing profit margins and reducing costs.
Ms. Adham brings a first class academic background from the UK, including an MBA. Her performance demonstrates ability to exceed expectations, reliability and commitment.
Hanouf is the Entrepreneurs Selection and Growth Manager at Endeavor Saudi, where She identifies, helps selecting high-impact entrepreneurs and supports them to scale up their business. She has around 10 years of experience working in the Information Technology & Business Consulting with multinational flagship companies. Prior to joining Endeavor in 2016, Hanouf spent 2 years at Pearson Education in the United States where she was the Lead Quality Assurance Consultant for Pearson’s mega projects. She started her career at Oracle Saudi Arabia where she was the first Saudi female to join the technology consulting team. In 2009 she has been appointed as the Leader of Oracle Women Leadership program (OWL) and also has been responsible for coaching and mentoring new hires and junior staff. Hanouf received her MBA in Entrepreneurship from Suffolk University in Boston, USA. And her BSc of Computer Information Systems from Prince Sultan University in Riyadh.
Rakan is an Entrepreneurship Development expert, and activist in Saudi Arabia since 2006. He has experiences in business developing, coaching and consulting. He recently joined 500 Startups as Venture Partner to the 500 Falcons micro fund for MENA.
Prior to that, he was the founding Managing Director of the Saudi Affiliate of Endeavor, a global nonprofit that’s leading a High-Impact Entrepreneurship movement around the world. In 3 years, Endeavor Saudi Arabia grew today to more than US$ 100M in revenue from US$ 47M when selected, and thus created more than 467 new quality jobs to the Kingdom.
Since 2013, Rakan has been heading the Investment Committee at Oqal Angel Investors Group, which attracted more than 150 deals to the group’s investors, 15 of which received investments with a total of US$ 4M. He is a board member of a government fund and has been a judge in many entrepreneurship and startup competitions, like Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, ArabNet and Startup Weekends.
Rakan holds an M.B.A. majoring in Entrepreneurship, an HRM from the University of Queensland, Australia and a BS in Industrial Systems Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia.
Bader is the Managing Director of Endeavor Saudi Arabia, he is coming from diversified disciplines as he was heading the SME development and debt financing division at the Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Center (WA’ED), where he worked directly with more than 200 startups companies in their business development stage, credit evaluation and approval while managing a portfolio exceeding USD 50 MM. He comes from a technical background that involved IT governance, database design, geophysical technologies. Besides his 10 years’ corporate experience, he had advised and invested in various local and international ventures in field such as motion pictures, streaming services, broadcasting technologies and SaaS. His voluntary contribution toward the local entrepreneurial eco system was vital where he has established a mentorship platform that is targeted to bring out corporations’ experts to help startups overcoming their business difficulties, also he put together the blue prints of an ICT university based incubator and acceleration program that was able to deliver successful ventures. Bader is holding a degree in Geophysics from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and MBA from London Business School.
Laoi Nassem is an entrepreneur, fashion designer, and business executive. Hi is well-known for founding "Lomar," which has become a pioneer in the Saudi men's apparel market. He's been locally, regionally and globally recognized for his inspiring entrepreneurial endeavor.