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

Terry
Mo

OMD

Terry
Mo

OMD

Terry’s 12-year career has spanned from client-side, academia and agency. He has spent the last 6 years with OMD as a performance specialist, leading the performance team in Brisbane, Australia, before moving to Dubai in 2016 where he currently leads the OMD Dubai performance team. His ethos around performance marketing revolves around ethical data collection and an audience-first approach to planning and measurement – using evolving consumer expectations as a north star to develop interactions with businesses and drive long-term revenue growth.

Tania
Mykhailiuk

Bayzat

Tania
Mykhailiuk

Bayzat

“Born and raised in Ukraine, Tania embarked on her professional journey with the world’s largest youth-run organization AIESEC. She worked alongside hundreds of thousands of millennials to make the world a better place. After 7 years of successful projects and various roles across the globe, Tania was elected as the Global President of AIESEC International. This journey brought her to over 50 countries empowering young leaders to become change agents in their society. After AIESEC, Tania wanted to embed herself in the business side of corporations. She took on various roles in sales, operations & business transformation. These experiences gave her great exposure and understanding of how companies are run. In her previous role as a transformation manager, her biggest project was to facilitate the merger between two drastically different companies. Tania was challenged with the task of connecting two companies from different industries, cultures & processes into one company. She greatly enjoyed the challenge and after completion, she took on the role as SVP of Organizational Development & Culture at Bayzat – a technology company which provides insurance and HR solutions. Tania’s expertise lies in empowering diverse teams to recognize and maximize their potential as members of the organization. She is passionate about personal development, training, cross-cultural management. “

Faten
Saliba

Lebanese American University

Faten
Saliba

Lebanese American University

“Faten Saliba is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Lebanese American University and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. Her research area focuses on policy evaluation related to labour market and development issues. She relies on micro econometric techniques to empirically assess the effectiveness of existing regulations/schemes. Her current work focuses on technology and the future of work, happiness and labour productivity and youth unemployment in the MENA region. She is the Founder of Success & Co, a startup that aims to empower Arab youth by providing them with technical guidance and tools to achieve their goals. Success & Co equip youth with the necessary tools to attain higher level of education or join the labour market. She has earned her PhD in Economics from the University of Manchester, in addition to two certificates from Harvard Division of Continuing Education on Leadership Skills as well Artificial Intelligence in Business. She has more than 6 years of policy work experience in international organisations such as the International Labour Organisation in Geneva, International Monetary Fund in Washington DC and Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia in Beirut. “

Fodhil
Benturquia

Okadoc

Fodhil
Benturquia

Okadoc

“I have spent much of my career in executive and entrepreneurial positions, championing the cause of digital innovation in MENA. As the Founder and CEO of Okadoc, along with a team of an equally passionate team, we are in a mission to improve the Healthcare Experience for All. I started my e-commerce journey by co-founding MarkaVIP.com, which became one of the largest private online shopping platforms. I then moved on to Souq, where I held multiple leadership roles, helping drive the company from a fledgling startup to a scaled-up e-commerce platform which attracted the attention of the world’s biggest e-commerce player and that was eventually acquired by Amazon.com for US$600million. In 2015, I accepted an offer to become the Group CEO of Noon.com. The US$1bn joint venture involving key Dubai captains of industry and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund where we managed to take the company from cradle to one of the largest regional e-commerce players. “

Sherif
Elhannawy

Plug and Play

Sherif
Elhannawy

Plug and Play

“Sherif is an Investor at Plug and Play MENA seeking investment opportunities into early-stage technology companies from across the region that can benefit from Plug and Play’s global network. He also leads the sourcing of global technology companies for Plug and Play’s Fintech and Travel & Hospitality Corporate Innovation Platforms in Abu Dhabi. Sherif holds degrees from The University of Edinburgh in Engineering and from UCL in Project and Enterprise Management. “

James
Kevan

SwissGulf Partners

James
Kevan

SwissGulf Partners

James is the founder of SwissGulf Partners a Technology Recruitment group who provide 150+ Outsourced technology experts globally

Tarek
Kabrit

Seez app

Tarek
Kabrit

Seez app

Following an international career in investment management, private equity and M&A, at Deutsche Bank, Abraaj Capital, Wamda, and Booz & Co, Tarek co-founded and became CEO of Seez, an AI-powered car shopping app. He is also a Venture Partner with Al Faisaliah Group in KSA focusing on their VC activities. Tarek holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MsC in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics.

Samia
Hasan

Unwind the Grind

Samia
Hasan

Unwind the Grind

Samia is the founder of Unwind The Grind, a career development platform for millennials empowering them to excel in their careers. She works with organizations internationally enabling them to motivate and retain their workforce and build their leadership capabilities. Samia started her career with P&G brand management growing some of their billion dollar brands for almost a decade until she discovered ‘people development’ as her calling. Samia skillfully blends her 13+ years of marketing and coaching expertise to craft engaging experiences via employee engagement consulting, talent development, executive coaching, career coaching, community and corporate events, writing, training and speaking. She has been working with Millennials/Gen Z as an ICF and Gallup certified Strengths coach, with more than 500 hours of coaching and consulting experience in the Middle East & Africa region, including high profile Government and Embassy projects. As a budding thought leader, Samia writes about career and startup topics pertaining millennials as a regular contributor at Huffington Post, Thomson Reuters and Entrepreneur ME.

Lia
Wadih

SE Factory

Lia
Wadih

SE Factory

“Lia Wadih, Product Lead and Business Development Specialist at SE Factory (SEF), primarily focuses on driving SE Factory’s mission to help talented youth access training and good jobs while helping companies hire more efficiently. Lia leads on the outreach strategy of SE Factory mainly by building partnerships with companies in Lebanon, the Middle East and beyond while ensuring and maintaining successful hiring process. With overall accountability for SE Factory’s clients, Lia supports in driving profitability, quality and growth to SEF’s programs by identifying and nurturing a portfolio of key organizational relationships and leading on new product developments to leverage existing resources and offerings according to the needs of custom clients. Lia’s experience has been accrued in different multinational initiatives in the entrepreneurship sector such as Elevate Impact Accelerator (funded by UNICEF), Seedstars, and several startups, handling partnerships and strategic alliances, product development, content creation, logistics and events management, and process mapping and improvement. Lia holds a BEng in Industrial Engineering and a minor in Business from the Lebanese American University.”

Khadija
Al-Jabri

referebility.com

Khadija
Al-Jabri

referebility.com

Khadija Al Jabri – Co-Founder of Referbility.com, a talent crowdsourcing platform that effectively enables the public to match employers with great talent. She is a member of Dubai Future Foundation and an Advisor for the Future Design & Acceleration team, which is focused on providing a purpose-driven and collaborative ecosystem that the government, multi-nationals & startups can leverage on by creating a “safe space” for innovation. She is a seasoned strategist & marketing professional with over 16 years of experience in both the government & private sector. Khadija is now in the works of launching her second startup in 2020 – PlayMaker, an integrated platform that is focused on shifting perceptions, provides solutions & influences change on socially stigmatized topics. She has earned degrees & qualifications in e-Commerce, Strategic Marketing, innovation & and is now pursuing a path that will certify her as a practitioner in Social Development.Due to her experiences with multiple organizations & sectors in the UAE, it has fueled her passion for mobilizing early adoption models, leading on change management projects and is an advocate of enabling opportunities of co-creation.Khadija considers herself very fortunate for having had the opportunity to continuously evolve through-out her career as she embodies a sense of wanting better for her country & the generations to come.After having contributed to the corporate space for many years, her debut into the start-up world is recent. She supports her ambitions for life-long learning and “remaining relevant” the only way she knows how: “by stepping into the field, rolling up your sleeves & getting your hands dirty!”A “civil servant” at heart, focusing on the bigger scheme of things is one of Khadija’s greatest fortes and always positions herself in roles that require her to be a catalyst & influencer for sustainable and impactful change.

Nathalie
Helen
Spree

True Search

Nathalie
Helen
Spree

True Search

Nathalie is a Partner with True Search, leading their expansion into the Middle East with the opening of the Dubai office. She is passionate about strengthening the tech ecosystem in the region, ensuring that we continue to attract the best talent from around the world. She has extensive experience of leadership recruiting in the tech scene in Dubai over the past 11 years, having previously headed the people functions at Property Finder and Dubizzle. This intimate local knowledge continues to play a key part in her ability to entice and re-locate talent to the region. Nathalie works with VCs and portfolio companies within the tech industry that are in a high growth phase, advising and partnering on all things people related. She is also a mentor at Wamda X.

Pascale
Salamani

IBM

Pascale
Salamani

IBM

“Pascale has 22 years of work experience out of which 5 in the Banking Industry and 17 in consulting services. Pascale has worked for Logica CMG in Paris, Deloitte in Middle East and IBM for the past 12 years in Dubai. Pascale has been engaged on multiple accounts in the region driving business development, program management and project delivery for Digital Strategy and iX across Banking, Government, Healthcare, Industrial and Retail industries. Pascale has enabled clients to set up and launch their innovation Labs for infusing emerging technologies and industry trend in their most innovative ideas and concepts while building and executing their digital transformation journeys. All this with a high focus on enabling clients to establish the right innovation culture while optimizing their employee engagement and empowerment and their customers user experience. “

Sohaib
Hasan

Career Advisor

Sohaib
Hasan

Career Advisor

Sohaib Hasan is an active LinkedIn strategist and networker with over 315,000+ followers who is also well connected globally with LinkedIn top influencers and he is never out of sight helping the professionals in their careers and supporting individuals/companies to brand themselves on LinkedIn. Sohaib has recently received the award in Dubai for “The Most Successful Youth Influencer” due to his determined efforts and continuous investment in developing the youth and providing career consultation.

Salma
Bader

Microsoft

Salma
Bader

Microsoft

Microsoft

Nicolas
Deflaux

Recvolt

Nicolas
Deflaux

Recvolt

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) / GENERAL MANAGER – An engaging, adaptable, results-focused and commercially-aware senior Executive with a strong international experience in establishing, leading, managing and developing businesses. As a business leader and influencer with a passion for entrepreneurship and Tech, I have founded and lead several other successful start-up initiatives driving forward business strategy, achieving high performance and exceeding expectations for companies in the EMEA Region.

Eleni
Kitra

Facebook

Eleni
Kitra

Facebook

“Regional Head of Financial Services and Automotive, Facebook Eleni has over 2 decades’ experience in Strategic Business Management, Business Development and Marketing roles in global companies. She has worked for Sony, Multichoice, Omnicom group, Facebook In 2007 she co-founded Spirit Up a digital creative agency and she has been member of the faculty of Middlesex university in Dubai Eleni has been a founding and board member of Digital Industry associations (IAB, EEDE), has been President and Jury member of Digital Awards along the years, and has been awarded for her work in Digital & Social Media She joined Facebook in April 2013 and in her current role she leads Strategic Business Development for Automotive and Financial Services for the MENAP region She is a global leader in supporting women in Tech, spearheading [email protected] for Facebook EMEA, a passionate mentor and gender equality ambassador Mother of two, Digital Communicator at heart, Social media advocate, “always on” for family and friends “

Ola
El
Khatib

SE Factory

Ola
El
Khatib

SE Factory

A Computer and Communication Engineer and mathematician from the American University of Beirut. Worked for 5 years in Murex Systems and 3 years at AUB as a Laboratory Engineer in the Computer Engineering. Currently, a technical instructor lead at SE Factory.

Yusuf
Saber

Bulkwhiz

Yusuf
Saber

Bulkwhiz

Co-founder and CTO at Bulkwhiz

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.

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

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.

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.

Harvey
Bennet

Searchie

Harvey
Bennet

Searchie

Rejected sandwich cutter. Successful entrepreneur. Leading a team of super smart PHDs, data scientists and software engineers to democratize automated candidate screening and shortlisting with video and AI technology. Harvey is the CSO at Searchie where he spends his time helping employers reduce their reliance on manual screening processes so that talent acquisition specialists can concentrate on developing the social contract between their best candidates and the company they’re interviewing at.

Issam
AlNajm

MATIC Services

Issam
AlNajm

MATIC Services

He began his journey in startups more than 9 years ago in Dubai, he occupied different tech roles in startups and in different stages starting from ideas to a platform handling million of transactions. Issam is the CTO of MATIC Services, a free SaaS-enabled marketplace for home cleaning services, he joined the team when it was just an idea and managed to build the apps and tech team and expand rapidly in the past 3 years. Before Matic Issam was the Head of Technology in iMENA where he helped building SellAnyCar, OpenSooq, ReserveOut, Okaz and other startups, and worked before in Logta Mall startup and MTN.

Nadine
Mezher

Sarwa

Nadine
Mezher

Sarwa

Nadine Mezher is the Co-founder and CMO of Sarwa, the first automated investment advisory platform in the region. Nadine co-founded Sarwa after years of consultancy in retail strategy and activations with a track record of successful projects delivered for clients ranging from government entities such as the Office of HH the Crown Prince of Dubai and large-scale companies such as OSN, Nestle… Prior to that, she worked for Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Government of Dubai in retail strategy and strategic alliances, as well as festivals development, where she led the management and development of citywide festivals and worked on the Dubai Retail Strategy. Nadine holds a Bachelor of Business Administration/Marketing from the American University of Beirut, as well as a degree in design from Esmod Paris.

Ammar
Akhtar

Finalrentals

Ammar
Akhtar

Finalrentals

Ammar Akhtar is the Founder and CEO of Finalrentals which is a car rental platform based and made in the UAE. He bootstrapped the company from $2000 in capital to 1.2 Million USD in revenue in less than 4 years. Winner of Poland Prize and Gulf Capital Meed Award for Digital Business of the year Finalrentals came a long way but Ammar says “it is just the beginning”.

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.

Exhibitors

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.