Ken Singer has been the Managing Director of the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley since 2012. Ken is the co-creator of the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship Education and is the inventor of the game-based Challenge Lab course now taught in several universities around the world. Challenge Lab courses engage local industry leaders and corporations in spinning out student- led startups such as Lily (a camera-enabled drone for extreme sports enthusiasts) and Eko (a medical device for African and Asian markets). Ken is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has been a guest lecturer at Tech de Monterrey (Mexico), Pontificia Universidad de Catolica (Chile), Tallinn Tech University (Estonia), Kaunas Technical University (Lithuania), Aalto University (Finland), Tsinghua University (China), UFMG (Brasil) and numerous Grandes Ecole in Paris. He works with governments and universities to foster entrepreneurship education and consults with corporations on product and innovation management. Ken is also the co- founder of the Applied Innovation Institute, a nonprofit that sponsors student competitions around the world, including the Arab Mobile App Challenge now in its 3rd year.
Chris Burry serves as a Senior Vice President of US Market Access Center. Previously, Mr. Burry served as a Founding Member of Avanade. Prior to Avanade, he served as a Senior Executive of Andersen Consulting and a Senior Technology Consultant of EDS. He oversaw numerous large-scale projects for clients in the energy, financial services, healthcare and government sectors. He served as a Columnist of Operating Systems and Infrastructure at ComputerWorld Magazine and an Adviser of Research Division at IDC (publisher of a number of technology magazines) on cloud computing and the future of technology.
He served as a Regular Speaker of Industry Conferences at Microsoft and IDC. He serves as a Director of US Market Access Center. Mr. Burry holds a Degree in Political Science (with honors) from Swarthmore College.
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 and 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. His clients have included dozens of startups from Silicon Valley, Europe, and Asia; as well as Fortune 500 Clients including, Adobe, American Express, Cisco, Citrix, HP, Hitachi, Microsoft, Palm, and VMware.
Stephen Torres is an Industry Fellow and Lecturer for the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology at UC Berkeley. Stephen recently was CEO for clean tech startup MyDomino, which focused on consumer climate change solutions. He previously founded two clean tech companies that were both acquired. He started solar data and analytics company PV Solar Report in 2011, and in 2013 he founded solar customer acquisition platform Sunible. Stephen graduated from UC Berkeley and has an MBA from Cornell University.
Ravi Belani is a Co-Founder of Alchemist Accelerator and serves as its Managing Partner, Managing Director, and Partner. Mr. Belani serves as an Advisor of MightyHive. He teaches entrepreneurship at Stanford University. He served as an Associate of Draper Fisher Jurvetson until 2010. He has experiences with New Ventures and Established Firms. He served in product management with Zaplet. As a Management Consultant of McKinsey, he served with Fortune 500 hi tech and biotech companies on a range of strategic issues, including market attractiveness assessments, pricing, channel strategy, and new product development processes. He serves as a Director of AdaptiveAds, Inc. He serves as Director of Personiva, Inc. He served as a Director of Redux, Inc. He served as Director at Vizu Corporation. As a Board Fellow of Harvard, Mr. Belani served the Global Board of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs). He also served in product management with Extensity as a Mayfield Fellow. He has also completed internships in the Strategy and Emerging Technology group of Medtronic and in Equity Research of Bridgewater Associates. He was a Kauffman Fellow of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Mr. Belani holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. with Distinction and M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University where he was Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi graduate.
I have an undergraduate degree in IT and an MBA in Marketing, and I’ve worked with Google for the last 6 years in varying roles such as strategy, sales and product marketing. I currently lead marketing initiatives for Google Maps globally. Along with my core role, I’ve been deeply involved in Google’s non-profit initiatives in Ghana and India. In late 2014, I spent 6 weeks consulting with a tech entrepreneurship incubator in Accra, Ghana and giving digital literacy training to students at the Ghana Institute of Fashion Technology. I’m also an angel investor and advisor in a Fin-Tech startup in India focused on microsavings for the bottom of the pyramid. I was also an entrepreneur before I started at Google, and have successfully exited from my engineering business in India manufacturing circuit breakers for consumer appliances and currently own a restaurant in Pune.
For the last year, I’ve been involved in Avasant Foundation’s entrepreneurship and digital literacy projects in Africa and the Caribbean. I’ve contributed in a large way to the digital literacy curriculum that is being taught to over 1200 underprivileged youth in these regions.
Born in California to a Syrian father and a Palestinian Mother who both lived in Kuwait, Feras grew up in world of cultures in his own home. The exposure he gained through his diverse identity would build in him a strong belief in the common values of humanity that connect people. His life’s work has been geared toward building bridges of love, dialogue and opportunity – to find commonality in difference. Feras graduated from Al Bayan Bilingual High School. Abushaar served as president of the Class of 2013. He graduated in June of 2013 receiving the Principal and Citizens awards. As part of his undergraduate education, Feras pursued rigorous coursework in Corporate Law and Governance, International Law, and Microeconomics at the internationally renowned British academic institution. In 2013, at the age of 17, Feras F. Abushaar enrolled as an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley). He pursued a degree in Political Economy at International and Area Studies with a major concentration on the Legal Systems and Political Economy of the GCC in a Global Context.
Sara N AlAteeqi
Sara is a serial entrepreneur who started her career in corporate finance and private equity. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She started her entrepreneurship journey in college with one failed startup and one she exited in 2013. She has worked with startups helping them grow and scale across borders in the US, the Middle East and the UK. Launching a similar concept to Startups and Vino, Sara started Startup Supper Club in Chicago, connecting startups with investors. A partnership with Emma seemed inevitable as they combine their networks to help members of the collective synergies and grow together.
Entrepreneur, venture capitalist, mentor, author, speaker, board member, advisor, educator, partner, spouse, parent, and general enthusiast. Not always in that order.
I love to work with great entrepreneurs to build great companies.
Specialties: Seed stage and early stage emerging technology companies across information technology, energy tech, materials science, edtech, and fintech, among other sectors.
Philosophy: Successful entrepreneurs focus on the disciplined growth and development of their value proposition, strategy, team, operations, finance, sales and marketing.
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 coming 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.
Nour is the Co-Founder and general Manager at Marah (creating Arabic content for kids), she is enthusiastic about online media and making positive social impact. Nour received a Master of Business Entrepreneurship graduate from Princess Sumaya University for Technology in 2015. Nour has returned to Princess Sumaya University for Technology in Amman as a part time lecturer, and has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Graphics and Animation.
Founder of Imtiaz Middle East, professional services company specialized in developing organizational capabilities in the areas of applied innovation and entrepreneurship development. Dana’s key expertise is in program design and implementation, developing strategic partnerships, stakeholder management and large scale project management. Dana also spearheads the fundraising for all social programs and has been responsible for raising over USD1.5M in the last two years.
Due to active participation in the startup space, Dana is also acquiring expertise to become an angel investor, through making small investments and getting involved in growing startup companies. In 2010, Dana invested in Augmented Reality, and was responsible for raising USD1M seed money for an Australian based startup. Today, Dana spends 80% of her time focused on social, nonprofit work, she is launching the third cycle of the Arab Mobile Challenge, the largest mobile innovation platform of its kind. Dana is endorsed by the GSMA, this program aims to address issues of job creation through supporting established and aspiring entrepreneurs by providing informal entrepreneurial education and access not just to regional, but also global markets and networks to enable their success.
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.
Chris has worked in multiple roles around the startup scene for past several years both in Europe and in the US. He’s a passionate and driven connector and advisor, and over the last several years has worked in acceleration, VC, and startup/corporate collaboration. Chris views startups and technology as an essential element to breaking down the walls between cultures and opportunities that separate humanity.
Hazem Zureiqat is an experienced transportation professional based in Amman. He is a partner, board member, and Deputy Technical Director at Engicon, a regional multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm headquartered in Jordan. He is also the co-founder of Sowt (Arabic for “Voice), an Arabic-language podcasting platform. Hazem is considered among Jordan’s foremost experts on urban public transportation. He has co- authored policy studies on the Kingdom’s transport sector and writes regular columns in local media on matters related to public transportation.
A graduate of MIT and Macalester College, Hazem’s areas of expertise lie in transportation engineering, planning, modeling, and economics. He has previously worked at the Greater Amman Municipality as the Head of the Transportation Economics and Modeling Division.
Hazem is also a board advisor and former President of the MIT Arab Alumni Association and a founding member in both Taqaddam, a citizen-driven political, economic and social platform in Jordan, and Ma’an Nasel, a public transport advocacy campaign launched by Taqaddam
Mohammed Zeeshan is an entrepreneur in the education space, using technology to solve the problem of graduate unemployment in India. He co-founded “The Climber” when he was 19, and since then has led it to impact more than 40,000 students across India, and has been recognized by the United Nations in their Youth Solutions Report 2017.