December 8th 2019Dubai

MENA’s Exclusive
Tech Talent Summit


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About STEP Next

STEP Next is MENA’s exclusive tech talent summit designed to match the best talent with the top tech companies and startups.The first edition in December 8th, 2019 is expected to have more than 30 participating companies, talks, workshops, and activities, and more than 300 job seekers and working professionals looking to grow their professional lives and careers.

500+

Attendees

10+

Participating Tech Companies

20+

Participating Startups

100+

Opportunities

2019 Line-up

More Speakers Will Be Announced Soon

Akram
Assaf

Bayt.com

Akram
Assaf

Bayt.com

Akram Assaf, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Akram is responsible for directing technology strategy, software development, and product delivery at Bayt.com. Akram has extensive experience in managing technology development and innovation for a wide range of industries and business applications. Akram comes to Bayt.com from Oracle where he was responsible for a variety of consulting engagements serving large institutional customers. Akram started his career in Andersen Consulting where he consulted Middle Eastern governments and leading corporations on technology implementation in the fields of Finance and HR Systems. Akram is a graduate of Jordan University with a BSc in Computer Science.

Yusuf
Saber

Bulkwhiz

Yusuf
Saber

Bulkwhiz

Co-founder and CTO at Bulkwhiz

Amro
Rashad

iMile

Amro
Rashad

iMile

Amro is a seasoned senior Human Resources executive with over 2 decades of insightful experience within technology, telecom, and business services conglomerates. He has shaped high-performing cultures at major growth brands with technical business acumen, prolific communication, and robust learning & development programs. Works in partnership with senior management to orchestrate cultural development and organization change initiatives that address corporate goals and strategies Develops executable resourcing strategies and award-winning leadership development programs which motivate teams to exceed corporate objectives through various cycles. For the past 15 years, through various roles across the Middle East, Africa and the GCC , Amro has been providing oversight and leadership of Human Resources functions that include restructuring and rebuilding HR Functions, service delivery, operational effectiveness, business process review, continuous improvement activities, technology strategy and Learning & Development. Amro’s experience has been accrued in different multinational companies; he started his career in P&G in the finance department. Amro moved to Xerox as a sales executive, DHL as a Sales manager and Aramex as the HR Manager- Egypt in 2000. Ali Bin Ali Group as the Group Training & Employee Development Manager in 2003, then became the Group Human Resources & Training manager in 2005 . In 2008 he joined Vodafone as the Head of Resourcing & Learning. He then re-joined Aramex in 2010 as the Regional HR Manager-Africa,Global Training Director in 2015 , and became the HR Director for the GCC region in 2016. Amro is now the CHRO for iMile Delivery services

Clemens
Mielke

referbility.com

Clemens
Mielke

referbility.com

Clemens accidentally slipped into HR 10 years ago when the ‘Software Development’ course he wanted to take for his Bachelor’s was not available. After being an HR Generalist and consultant for the majority of his career, he eventually moved into the digital startup sphere. Aside from being a Founder at referbility.com, Clemens is currently studying for his Doctorate at the University of Liverpool.

Maher
Loubieh

Parity Finance

Maher
Loubieh

Parity Finance

• Co-founder, board member and Chief Strategy Officer at HalalaH Company, one of the fastest growing Fintech companies in Saudi Arabia aiming at becoming the first regional Neo-bank • Chairman of the Lebanese Chapter and a Co-lead of the Payment Vertical at the MENA FINTECH Association • Co-founder and board member at Parity Finance, the first ISA-based student education funding program in the region • A mentor for startups at the American University of Beirut (AUB), ESA Business School and IM Capital • An advisor to the AUB’s Growth Readiness Program, a leading program aiming at scaling regional SME’s • An investor in Seeders Angel Investing Fund • A visiting lecturer at multiple regional universities • Has 15 years of Investment Banking and Investment Management Experience and has a Capital Markets Certification from the Saudi Arabian Capital Market Authority • Holds an MBA from the University of Manchester in UK.

Ronit
Avni

Localized

Ronit
Avni

Localized

Ronit Avni is a tech and media entrepreneur and Peabody award-winning producer. Named a “”DC Power Woman in Tech,” she is founder and CEO of Localized, a career tech platform that connects college students and recent graduates in emerging markets to industry experts and employers looking for top talent. Previously, Ronit founded and led the media organization Just Vision. Her work has won dozens of prizes and was featured in every major news outlet and viewed by millions of people on TV, online, in top film festivals from Tribeca to the Berlinale and in influential settings from TED to the UN. Born in Montreal, Ronit was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. She sits on the jury of the Global Teacher Prize and the 100&Change Competition.

Sherif
Tawfik

Microsoft

Sherif
Tawfik

Microsoft

Sherif Tawfik is the Executive Director for Commercial Partners, Channel, Scale Business, and Start-ups, for Microsoft in the United Arab Emirates, primarily focused on driving Microsoft’s mission “to empower every person and every organization to achieve more”. Sherif is the Executive Director, Commercial Partners & Channel Business for Microsoft in the UAE, leading the Commercial Partners engagement, Strategic Alliances, Microsoft Channel Transformation, and B2B Start-ups growth strategies. He also leads the scale performance and Microsoft Cloud transformation strategies for the Small, Medium, and Corporates segment. Prior to this, Sherif was the Regional General Manager for Microsoft Bahrain and Oman, empowering a diverse audience of governments, enterprise, start-ups, partners, IT professionals, developers, and consumers in both countries.

WHAT GOES ON

TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

Talks and workshops focused on skills and training, industry insights, personal stories from guest speakers, and tips on job hunting and growth.

Talent Management

As a hiring company or a talent manager, join the talks and workshops, meet talented job seekers and learn from current working professionals in the tech field and startups.

Career Mentorship

Take part in 1-on-1 mentorship opportunities on your next steps in your career or current professional and personal growth.

EXHIBITION ZONES

The Exhibition Zones at STEP Next will include tech companies, tech startups, and recruitment firms looking to attract new talent and support their current talent pools to grow. 

Activities

Participate in job profile advice activities, curated match-making opportunities, mock interviews and more.

NETWORKING

The event format will include lounge areas, entertainment, and food for attendees to network and meet beyond the program agenda and exhibition.

 

Strategic Partner

Ecosystem Partners

Media Partners

in5 Tech

in5 is an enabling platform fostering innovation, and providing students, entrepreneurs and startups with access to a community of creative minds, facilitating the constant exchange of knowledge.