CELEBRATING THE JOURNEY OF VENTURE CAPITAL AND THE FUTURE OF TECHNOLOGY

24 November 2016

DIFC Conference Centre

Dubai UAE

RYAN LESLIE

Founder & CEO
SuperPhone

 Ryan is a Harvard educated, Grammy nominated artist and multi-platinum producer who's collaborated with Kanye and Beyoncé. In 2013, he shifted gears to take on the role of architect and ultimate case study for his company Disruptive Multimedia’s intelligent messaging platform SuperPhone.


 

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HITESH OBEROI

CEO

Info Edge India Ltd

 As CEO of Info Edge India, Hitesh led the setup of India’s key internet properties. With an in-depth understanding of the Indian consumer internet domain, Info Edge is one of the few profitable internet companies in the country, and the premier online classifieds company in recruitment, matrimony, real estate, education and related services.

 

MUDASSIR SHEIKHA

Cofounder & CEO

Careem

 Mudassir’s name is synonymous with problem-solving. As co-founder and MD of Careem, the MENA region's largest ride hailing app, Mudassir is a passionate strategist and business builder. Mudassir was Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company in his past life, and before that spent a decade in the Silicon Valley building technology startups.

  

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TREVOR LOY

General Partner

Flywheel Ventures

 Trevor’s 20 years of experience serve him well, with exits and IPOs that would turn any investor green with envy; an aggregate total exceeding $1b. Trevor divides his time between Santa Fe and Silicon Valley, where he teaches a graduate course at Stanford called "Entrepreneurial Management and Finance": essentially VC.


 

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DEEPINDER GOYAL

Founder & CEO

Zomato

 As founder and CEO of Zomato, Deepinder’s first attempt at entrepreneurship was also his first success. A former Bain and Company consultant in New Delhi, today he has conquered a sector that few others have managed to do, capturing the imagination and screen time of eaters in India and beyond.

  

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AFFAN BUTT

Managing Director

CODE Advisors

 Affan joined CODE Advisors in 2012 after spending 10 years at UBS in London and San Francisco, most recently as MD & Co-Head of Technology & Business Services investment banking. Prior to UBS, Affan worked at CSFB in tech investment banking in Palo Alto and at H&Q in tech research in San Francisco. In addition to others, Affan led the sale of Talabat to Delivery Hero at $170m last year.

 

 

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VANI KOLA

Managing Director

Kalaari Capital

 From Silicon Valley entrepreneur to Bangalore venture capitalist, Vani is a veteran of the VC ecosystem. Passionate about facilitating the next generation of leaders, Vani is a visionary in her field and sought-out mentor. To date, Kalaari Capital has funded more than 50 companies in India, just what we at BECO aspire to achieve!

  

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BHAVISH AGGARWAL

Cofounder & CEO

Ola Cabs

 The gloves are off for taxi-hailing app Ola's co-founder and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal in his battle with Uber to win the urban transportation battle. One of the fastest growing businesses in India and valued at $5 billion, Ola became part of the global anti-Uber alliance, and has China's transportation powerhouse Didi Chuxing as one of its investors.

 

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PRASHANTH PRAKASH

Partner

Accel Partners

 Prashanth began investing in Indian technology start-ups as early as in 2004, much before they acquired global attention. As a key member of Accel’s India team, he focuses on consumer Internet services, online marketplaces and SaaS. He has led investments in BookMyShow, HolidayIQ, PropTiger and other early stage companies.

  

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ANTOINE JEBARA

CEO & Founder

Myki

 Antoine is a gifted individual with a unique mindset and outlook that shapes his vision of the future. Having launched myki on TechCrunch's prestigious Disrupt stage, his vision is to provide people a more secure life and eliminate hacking and cyber attacks. Today, from Lebanon, Antoine has built true innovation that will have global impact.

  

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TALAL BAYAA

CEO & Cofounder

Bayzat

 Talal has lived in the GCC since 1992 during which he has spent time in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Riyadh. Prior to taking his entrepreneurial lead forward in establishing Bayzat, Talal worked at SGI Advisory where he was responsible for identifying and structuring first-to-market Sharia compliant products. Before this, he was responsible for the private equity investments of a GCC-based family office.

 

 

MUSTAFA ALRAWI

Business Editor

The National

 Mustafa Alrawi is a journalist, writer and broadcaster with 17 years of experience covering business and financial news across the world. He has been living in the Middle East since 2003 and is currently The National’s Business Editor, based in Abu Dhabi. 

 

 

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PHOTO GALLERY

08:30          START YOUR ENGINES: REGISTRATION + BREAKFAST

 

 

09:00          "A NEW HOPE"

                       Opening remarks and welcome address

                          Antoine Massad - Chairman of the Board, BECO

                          Dany Farha - CEO, BECO

                          Pinaki Aich - Vice President Group Strategy, DIFC

 

 

09:30             "SHOW ME THE MONEY"

                          The evolution of the VC asset class

                          Trevor Loy - General Partner, Flywheel Ventures

 

 

10:20           "LES IS MORE"

                          Disrupting the music industry

                          Ryan Leslie - Founder & CEO, SuperPhone

 

 

 

 

11:00          ROCKET FUEL: COFFEE BREAK

 

 

11:1            TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE: CAREEM

 

 

11:30          “DAVIDS VS. GOLIATH”

                          How to win locally in a duel with a global giant

                          Mudassir Sheikha - Cofounder & CEO, Careem

                          Bhavish Aggarwal - Cofounder & CEO, Ola Cabs 

 

 

12:15          TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE: BAYZAT

 

 

12:30             "TO INFINITY AND BEYOND"

                          Info Edge and Zomato through launch, growth and evolution

                          Hitesh Oberoi - CEO, Info Edge

                          Deepinder Goyal - Founder & CEO, Zomato

 

 

 

13:05          PIT STOP: LUNCH

 

 

14:00          "A PARALLEL UNIVERSE"

                       A story of venture capital in India

                          Vani Kola - Managing Director, Kalaari Capital

                          Prashanth Prakash - Partner, Accel Partners

 

 

14:35          TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE: MYKI

 

 

14:55          "OFF THE RECORD"

                       Tech M&A in MENA

                          Affan Butt - Managing Director, CODE Advisors

 

 

15:25          "THE FINAL FRONTIER"

                       Closing Remarks + Predictions

Mesosphere Partner

 

 

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