First Time in the Region
Executive Director UAE Independent Climate Change Accelerators United Arab Emirates
Co-Founder & COO The Sandbox France
Borget is the Co-founder and COO of The Sandbox decentralized Metaverse, a
virtual world where players can create, play, own, govern and monetize their
experiences using NFTs & SAND, the main utility token of the
platform. Sebastien also became the President of the Blockchain Game
Alliance in 2020, a non-profit organization of 300 key members of the industry.
He was recently named #4 in the Top #100 2022 most influential people in crypto
by CoinTelegraph https://cointelegraph.com/top-people-in-crypto-and-blockchain/sebastien-borget. The Sandbox has been featured in TIME100 Top 100 most
influential companies of 2022 by Times magazine https://time.com/collection/time100-companies-2022/6159401/the-sandbox/
Performer Sensorium XR Switzerland
Senior Journalist & Presenter BBC’s ‘Out of the Shadows’ United States of America
Suzanne Kianpour is the
presenter of BBC's 'Out of the Shadows' and can be found reporting and
anchoring on BBC World News and BBC World Service and writing for BBC Online.
She is the creator and host of Women Building Peace on the BBC World Service in
collaboration with the Georgetown Institute of Women Peace and Security. Her
guests have included former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, US
Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas Greenfield, Council of Europe Commissioner
for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic and Paula Gaviria, former Presidential Advisor
on Human Rights in Colombia. Her documentary 'America's Place in the World'
featured exclusive sit down interviews with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, among others. Kianpour is Emmy
nominated and awarded as a successful alum under 40 by her alma mater Emory
University, profiled as a person to watch in Washington Life magazine’s “Power
Issue” at only 28 and listed as one of DC’s most influential leaders under 40
for several years in a row. She is also on the advisory board of WCOIN –
Women’s Crypto Organizing & Investment Network, a member of Council on
Foreign Relations, the Meridian International Center’s Rising Leaders Council
and on the board of the Friends of the American University in Afghanistan.Born
and raised in Atlanta, Georgia with a Persian and Sicilian background, she’s
fluent in written and verbal Farsi, conversational in Spanish, basic
proficiency in Italian and French and began learning Arabic while based in
Lebanon for the BBC. She’s a graduate of Emory University – where she studied
abroad at Oxford University – and attended Georgetown University post-grad.
CPO & GM Room 3D, a @TMRW Foundation Company Germany
SVP – Digital Industries Huawei Middle East United Arab Emirates
CEO and Managing Director Selfdrive.ae United Arab Emirates
Selfdrive.ae is the largest car rental
subscription platform in UAE.
Making it the region's first car rental & leasing platform to
offer cars direct from the dealerships.
From the concept that stated from a one-desk workstation, Soham has
led Selfdrive.ae to several milestone & has achieved 2 million days of
reservation, Expanded its operations in 6 countries in GCC & the platform
manages assets worth of 500 million US dollars.
Software Architect Digital Dubai Authority United Arab Emirates
Creative Director Decentraland Spain
Software Engineer Digital Dubai Authority United Arab Emirates
Group VP, Tap Payments
Soliman Aldukhil is a Group VP at Tap Payments, working closely with the Group CEO to drive greater collaboration and implement strategies to scale the company further. After graduating from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia, he started his career in the banking industry focusing on accelerating digital transformation and providing a seamless service across banks like the Saudi Investment Bank, Bank Saudi Fransi, and Bank Albilad. He then moved to Saudi Payments, the national payment operator of the local scheme ‘mada’, and was involved in developing the digital payment ecosystem in Saudi Arabia. Soliman enjoys new challenges and is a deep believer in “There are no limits other than the limits that you put on yourself” which is precisely the mentality he brings in everything he does within his role.
Founder SUN ZU Lab
Managing Partner Legal Circle (AE)
Founder Crypto Oasis
Co-Founder and CEO BluePhin Technologies United Arab Emirates
a Business Designer at The Greenhouse, Founder of BluePhin Technologies,
Co-founder of Airtap, Startup Advisor and Speaker, and a UNGC Youth Ambassador.
She is a passionate, self-taught techie and social entrepreneur whose mission
is to create more impact-led tech startups. Throughout her unique journey
building innovative solutions, Simran has been featured in several publications
including Entrepreneur ME, CNN, Dubai Eye; recognized as a Bloomberg New
Economy Catalyst 2021 and has won the Sharjah EF Pitch Competition as well as
the Unilever Young Entrepreneur Award.
VP Technology Talabat United Arab Emirates
Director In5 (AE)
Global Head - Startup Program Freshworks India
Soumitra has over 10 years of experience in
building various GTM and partnership engines across leading SaaS, media,
manufacturing and ITES companies. In the last three years he has helped build
the Startup program at Freshworks by building deep engagements with a global
network of VC, Incubator & Accelerator partners.
Founder and Chief Commercial Officer DealShare India
MEA Cybersecurity Officer Schneider Electric
CEO World Crypto Council
MD, Saudi Arabia, Tap Payments
Sultan Alonazi is the Managing Director of the KSA office for Tap Payments, the leading paytech company revolutionizing online payments across MENA. After graduating from King Abdulaziz University, he has had over 24 years of experience in helping build and scale several successful companies in KSA and across MENA. With a wide range of experience in fintech, economics, marketing, and sales, his professional experience has revolved around banking, fintech, and government authorities with previous roles such as CEO of Geidea and other senior executive positions in Riyad Bank, SABB, STCpay, and Ministry of Justice. He is excited by the opportunity to participate in the journey toward realizing Saudi Arabia’s vision to become a cashless economy with Tap Payments.
General Manager (GCC) geidea United Arab Emirates
In his current role, Sailesh oversees Geidea’s operations, strategic partnerships as well as business development.
With over two decades of extensive experience in merchant services and commercial payments across Asia Pacific and Middle East, his technical expertise spans areas such as Strategic Business Development, E-Commerce & Digital, Corporate, Marketing & Sales Strategy, P&L and Revenue Management, Strategic Partnerships & Negotiation as well as Conceptualizing and designing new products.
Prior to Geidea, Sailesh worked in a variety of senior-level positions at leading payment service providers and financial institutions including Paytabs, Wirecard, ADCB and American Express. He is a holder of a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Delhi.
Vice President Sales – MEA, Settlemint
Sunath is the Vice President Sales - MEA for Settlemint Blockchain Ltd, Dubai. Sunath is extremely passionate about Web 3 technologies, how it can positively transform businesses and governments. Sunath got over 17 years industry experience in multiple continents (North America, Europe, Middle East & APAC), with previous companies such as Oracle, DXC, Wipro. A perpetual learner holding an MBA from University of Birmingham UK and Executive Education on Strategy & Sales from Harvard Business School. He also hold Masters & Bachelors in Computer Science.
Senior Investment Associate, Cypher Capital
CEO & Board Member, Davensi Group
CEO e& enterprise
Founder & CEO Iristel
Principal DFIR Analyst Group IB
Qiskit Advocate and Founder of Quantumgrad, Research Software Engineer, IBM Quantum Computing ambassador IBM United States of America
Data Science Leader Walmart Global Tech United States of America
Chief Sustainability Officer - Middle East & Africa Microsoft United Arab Emirates
Director Spectrum Services TDRA UAE United Arab Emirates
Co-Founder & CEO Proes
Team Leader of Metaverse Content Team SK Telecom
Director - Centre of Future Studies University of Dubai (UAE)
First Emirati to participate in an International space program; Responsible to develop the UAE national smart ID card project; Has co-authored the book Digital Nation: How the UAE is building a future based on tech innovation; Lead assessor for the Dubai Government Excellence Program (DGEP)
Chief Innovation Officer Aditya Birla Group India
SVP & CMO Avaya
Deputy CEO & Art Director Sensorium Galaxy Metaverse
Tityanko is Art Director and Deputy CEO for Art and Marketing at Sensorium
Corporation. With over 15 years of experience in the international
entertainment industry, Sasha is behind the marvelous virtual creations and
product marketing campaigns of Sensorium Galaxy — a next-generation social
metaverse developed in collaboration with the world’s top artists, producers,
and media companies. With a proven record for representing some of top artists,
including leading pop singer, Eurovision awarded Dima Bilan and the
internationally renowned band t.A.T.u., Sasha plays a vital role in finding the
right content partners and negotiating their participation at Sensorium Galaxy.
She also coordinates creative efforts with international agencies such as Hi
Scream and The Night League, Ibiza, closely involved in the development of
virtual worlds PRISM and MOTION.
Before life at Sensorium Corporation, Sasha
worked for well-known record labels EMI Music and Interscope / Universal Music
to bring chart-topping artists from the United States, United Kingdom, Japan,
and Latin America. Apart from her success in the world of entertainment, Sasha
has solid experience in marketing and public relations roles. She served as a
Public Relations Director at Krasny Kvadrat TV production studio (Channel One,
TV) — a full-scale media holding producing music and television content for a
global audience of 250+ million viewers. Before that, Sasha also led marketing
and PR for the Mikhail Gorbachev Prize and the Gorby 80 in the United Kingdom.
The world-acclaimed award ceremony and charity gala counted with the
participation of key celebrities.
Partner Redstone VC Denmark
Chief Digital & Strategy Officer Tonomus Saudi Arabia
Co-founder & VP Engineering Zoho Corporation (ManageEngine) India
Business Acceleration Head Google
CEO and Founder Xpence
Catalyst, Moderator, Speaker, TV Host, Head of Sustainability and Global Partnerships "Planet IX/Nibiru Studios & The Planet Nine Foundation" Sweden
Partner, Network and Operations Nuwa Capital United Arab Emirates
Managing Partner IvyCap Ventures Singapore
CEO Dubai Future District Fund United Arab Emirates
Founder & CEO, Neti Soft
Founder & CEO Wazoku
Managing Editor & Senior HostManaging Editor & Senior Host Real Vision
Head of Compliance & AML LyoPay
Regional Director MENAT Crimson Education
Founder & CEO Vurse
Principal Secretary, MSME - Department, Govt. Of Odisha Startup Odisha India
Chief Marketing Officer, Crypto.com
s CMO of Crypto.com, Steve has led the industry’s push into sports marketing with breakthrough partnerships including Formula One, UFC, renaming LA’s most iconic venue to Crypto.com Arena, and signing world-class brand ambassadors including Matt Damon and LeBron James. Steven was recently recognized among Forbes’ 50 Most Entrepreneurial CMOs. Steve began his career at ABC Television before joining HBO, where his work as a producer earned him industry recognition with four Emmy Award nominations & two Emmy Awards. From 2010-2017 Steve drove growth and led business for R/GA and then Twitter throughout APAC & MENA. Steven often appears at industry events having served as a juror and speaker at Cannes Lions, SXSW, Spikes Asia, Festival of Media, Dubai Lynx among others.
Associate Vice President – Solutions Cloud4C
Ethiopia expert JICA - Japanese International Cooperation Agency Ethiopia
CNCF Ambassador & Director of Technical Evangelism Civo India
Pre-Sales Engineer ControlUp
Senior Manager – Solution Engineering META Riverbed
CEO and Founder NetSol Technologies Ltd
Managing Director - METAP Zoom Video Communications
Director Solution Marketing, Carrier Business Group Huawei Middle East
GM of Cybersecurity and Data Governance, The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Saudi Arabia
Sultan has an extensive IT and Cybersecurity management experience locally and internationally. He is now leading all regulatory affairs regarding Cybersecurity and Data Governance in the ICT and Telecom sector in Saudi Arabia. Sultan has worked for many pioneer organizations such as Saudi Central Bank (SAMA), Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Boeing, Capital Market Authority (CMA), and Saudi Investment Bank (SAIB). Sultan has earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Information Systems from King Saud University, and his second M.Sc. in Engineering Management from Florida Tech. He holds distinguished leadership certifications from Harvard Business School, INSEAD, and London Business School.
Chief Strategy Officer, Massachusetts General Hospital; and Senior MD Center for Innovation in Digital HealthCare United States of America
CEO & Founder, Findexable
Simon is co-founder and CEO of findexable – the new digital platform for fintech insight and benchmarking, and home to the Global Fintech Index.
As AI and analytics re-shape business, findexable’s mission is to make it easier to gather, interpret and benchmark fintech activity and enable unmoderated, real-time insight.
Simon has two decades of experience producing financial intelligence content, research and events for global financial publishers including The Economist, Euromoney Institutional Investor and IFR (part of the Thomson Reuters Group), as well as boutique research publishers and media companies across Europe and the Middle East.
He was previously a director of banking events and publishing house VRL (now Global Data) before setting up Eurasia Insights, a regional communications and content creation business focussed on emerging Europe, the Middle East and Turkey.
In 2015 he joined MagnaCarta Communications to build the company’s research and analytics capabilities to help financial technology firms define their proposition and tell their story, before setting up Findexable in response to growing customer demand for an easier, more efficient means of gathering insight and analytics.
Senior Sales Director – MEA Rohde & Schwarz Middle East & Africa FZ-LLC
MC & Moderator TED speaker United States of America
Founder & CEO Myraa Technologies Singapore
Chief Business Officer- Middle East Lenskart
Creator FastAPI Germany
Head Geek SolarWinds
Entrepreneur and Angel Investor Assiduus
Director of Technology Museum of the Future
Head of Cyber Defense and Offensive Security, Information Security Habib Bank Limited Pakistan
Cybersecurity Program Manager Sweden Nordic Smart Government Sweden
In2iTy Lab Chief Data Scientist
Founder & CEO Sawwad
Ex - Global Chief AI Officer, IBM
Shantnoo has over 15 years of experience in the payments and crypto industry and worked with companies dealing in Remittances, SaaS, Open Banking, Crytpo Exchange and Crypto Payments. In 2016 he moved into cryptos to consult BitPesa and worked with the team to engineer one of the first regulated models between Bitcoins and traditional money. He launched the operations for one of the largest crypto exchanges; Huobi in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey. He is an Strategic Advisor to LBank, looking after growth, partnerships and operation activities globally. At present he is the founder of Encryptus, a leading Institutional Trading Desk which is bridging the gaps between Crypto <> Fiat.
HealthTech Ventures Plug and Play Tech Center United Arab Emirates
Deputy CTO Azul Systems (UK
Senior Director of AI Technology Centre & AI Nation Nvidia
Group CEO, Oman ICT Group ITHCA Group Oman
Director of International TechNation United Kingdom
Manager of Developer Advocacy Redis
Scientist & CTO Industrial Internet Consortium
Co-Founder and CEO Pure Harvest Smart Farms (AE)
Founder & CEO Sheesha Finance?
Founder XR Couture
Minister of IT and Telecom, Pakistan
Israel National Cyber Directorate
Partner - Public and Social Sector practice McKinsey & Company
Chief Transformation Officer King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC), KSA
President of Harvard Business School Club in the Gulf Region & Chairman, the Lootah Board of Directors
Student Mohammed Bin Zayed University of AI United Arab Emirates
UN Resident Coordinator Office
Vice President Sales Europe HTC Poland
Space journalist, The National
Partner Global Ventures United Arab Emirates