Board of Directors

Steve Adelman

Steve Adelman

Managing Director at Nexus Partners

Steve Adelman is the founder and Managing Director of Nexus Partners, a Silicon Valley-based consultancy that works with clients on innovation, customer discovery, market entry, strategic partnerships, and revenue growth. He is an expert on Lean Startup; he has been a mentor for Steve Blank’s Lean LaunchPad course at UC Berkeley and Stanford University, and has led Lean Startup sessions for Citrix’s Corporate Accelerator and the Wharton School of Business. Steve has worked with high technology and financial services companies and entrepreneurs for over twenty years.  Steve holds a BS in computer science from Columbia University (with honors) and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Lama Sha'sha'a

Lama Sha'sha'a

Co-founder and Chairperson of IRA-International Robotics Academy

Lama Sha’sha’a cofounder and chairperson of IRA- International Robotics Academy. Lama previously worked in the Ministry of Labour appointed by Prime Ministry in October 2002 in the PMU- Program Management Unit to work with H.E. Minister of Labour on The National Strategy of Poverty and Unemployment. Lama holds her Master’s Degree in International Trade with the focus on Business Development from Jordan Institute of Diplomacy and also B.A. in Political Science from University of Jordan. Lama is a mother of four children and while watching her kids she learnt that children enjoy learning by doing and can be motivated and engaged in learning when they understand their competencies and strengths. She also observed that children develop themselves more when they learn in an environment that allows creativity, team building, analytical thinking and problem solving and this what IRA was founded for. IRA specialises in STEM and Robotics and built a program that targets students from 6-16 years old. IRA’s team believes in students’ potentials to innovate and invent solutions. The program offers support to schools with professionally trained engineers, along with STEM and Robotics Curriculum that was developed as applications on educational concepts. Several modules of hands-on activities were developed according to international standard curriculum of Math and Science, moreover they emphasis on interdisciplinary approach. Lama has been recently selected at the GES2016- Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 that has been hosted by President Obama at Stanford University in Silicon Valley where she got the opportunity to participate in Deloitte “The Innovation Salon”, The announcement of: 100 years of AI-Artificial Intelligence, Hackathon: Empowering Women through technology.

Luke Kowalski

Luke Kowalski

VP, Corporate Architecture Group, Oracle

Luke Kowalski is a VP in the corporate architecture group at Oracle. He helps with technology policy, industry standards, community, security, and government affairs. He also works on M&A integration planning with internal counsel and corporate development. He is in charge of a few corporate controls and approvals, including accessibility, interoperability, and external presence.

Before going to Oracle, he worked for various startups in technical, design, and business roles, as well as for Netscape’s Server and E commerce divisions. He holds several patents and professional certifications, serves as an ISO representative for US through ANSI and lectures frequently at conferences and universities. His educational background includes advanced degrees from UTA, Pratt Institute, and Columbia University.

Henry Keenan

Henry Keenan

Executive Director, Startup With Purpose

Henry recently graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Middle Eastern Studies with minors in History and Industrial Engineering.  Henry’s experience in Jordan and the Middle East stems from having graduated from high school at King’s Academy in 2014.  In 2016 Henry founded the Startup With Purpose Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on enhancing entrepreneurial opportunities for underserved and underutilized talent pools, primarily in the Middle East.  The Foundation has thus far graduated over 200 participants in its first year of operation.  In addition to his nonprofit work, Henry has assisted in analyzing investment opportunities for DASH Ventures, a Jordanian venture capital firm and he currently works as a pharmaceutical sales consultant for the MENA region.  Henry has additional fundraising experience as the Treasurer of the UC Berkeley Sailing Team, tripling the team’s annual budget through an extensive fundraising campaign.  Henry speaks English and Spanish fluently, and is proficient in Arabic, Italian and Latin.