Investors Day, BECO's signature event, is an invite-only conference gathering more than 250 investors under one roof for a day of learning on tech trends, networking, and value creation
Futurist and journalist, David Rowan has taken 120 flights in the past year to investigate the companies and entrepreneurs changing our world, recently spending time with the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter and countless other disruptive startups from Silicon Valley to Shenzhen, and MENA. David is Editor-at-large and founding Editor-in-chief of WIRED magazine (UK edition).
Rob is a founder of Shasta Ventures and a 22-year veteran of the Silicon Valley venture capital industry. His investments include Nest which was acquired by Google for $3.2 billion. Early in his career, Rob served as an engineer in the Astro Space division of Martin Marietta. Rob earned an MSME degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BSME degree from the University of Virginia. He also holds an MBA from the Wharton School.
Co-founder & CEO
Dr. Carlos is the founder and managing partner of SPiCE VC, a tokenized fund on the blockchain that invests in ICOs and the founder and CEO of Securitize, the largest security token issuance company in the world. Prior to that, he was Chief Innovation and Transformation officer at du in Dubai. Carlos holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Polytechnic University in Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, and postgraduate studies from Stanford University.
An investor and philantropist, Muhammed is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Q2Q Investment Partners, a pioneering Dubai based and regulated digital asset focused asset management firm. Founding member of the Global Blockchain Business Council, Muhammed has over 15 years of fund management experience, most recently as Head of Equities at Carmignac and as Partner at SAC Global Investors.
JITENDER KUMAR SHARMA
Jitender, is the co-founder of ZipGo, India's largest bus aggregator. ZipGo was launched in 2015 and has raised more than $50M from domestic and international investors. Prior to ZipGo, Jitender was the Co-founder & CEO of TaxiPixi, an app based cab aggregator. Jitender obtained his MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and his undergraduate degree in Chemical & Bio Engineering from NIT, India.
AREIJIE AL SHAKAR
Senior Vice President
Bahrain Development Bank & Fund Manager, Al Waha Venture Capital Fund of Funds
Areije Al Shakar is a Senior Vice President heading the Development Services Division and most recently leading the team of the Al Waha Venture Capital Fund of Funds as Fund Manager. She helped establish BDB’s Rowad Program. She holds a Master’s of Science in Public Policy and Management, from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and is a Certified Business Coach and Mentor, from the Chartered Management Institute, UK.
Mostafa is the Founder of Swvl, the Middle East's leading tech-enabled public transit growing to be one of the hottest startups in the Middle East in less than a year. Previously, Mostafa launched Careem in 8 cities across the Middle East in only 6 months. Part of Rocket Internet’s elite pack of Global Venture Development Managers, Mostafa co-managed carmudi.com.ph to be the #1 online vehicle marketplace in the Philippines. He was recently featured on Forbes cover as part of Arab's 30 under 30.
Clocktower Technology Ventures
Ben manages Clocktower Technology Ventures. He was previously Director, Investment Associate Program for Bridgewater Associates, and he began his career as a VC and private equity investor with Wasserstein Perella. He also co-founded Artivest fka Resonance Funds, as well as Waterfall Mobile. Ben holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in philosophy from Yale University.
Senior Investment Professional
Abdulla is a senior investment professional at Mubadala Ventures, Mubadala’s venture capital arm in San Francsico, CA where he is responsible for identifying key trends in technology, developing sector-focused investment theses, sourcing unique and contrarian opportunities, and building strong portfolio companies.Prior to the launch of Mubadala Ventures, Abdulla was the TMT portfolio manager at the public investments team at Mubadala Capital, running a long-short investment strategy across North America and Europe. Prior to that, he was a member of the Acquisitions unit, advising on M&A transactions globally across multiple industries for Mubadala. Abdulla has a Bachelors degree from Kingston University in London, and is a CFA Charterholder.
Co-founder & CEO
Amr is Co-founder and CEO of Aingel Corp., working with top Silicon Valley and international VCs to scale their deal flow sourcing and selection process. Amr has over 18 years of experience in building and scaling companies. A board member of Endeavor and TechWadi, he earned his MSc in Business Analytics from NYU. He graduated from Dalhousie University with a BSc in Electrical Engineering.
Chief Operating Officer
Alexey is the Chief Operating Officer at Busfor, the leading bus OTA and tickets distribution platform in Eastern Europe. In his current role Alexey leads global operations management, corporate development and fundraising initiatives. Prior to joining Busfor, Alexey was an active VC investor and a technology enthusiast. He is also a trained corporate finance professional and educated mathematician.
NADINE HACHACH HARAM
Dr. Nadine Hachach-Haram, BEM, the recipient of the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for 2018, is a surgeon, lecturer and clinical entrepreneur. Nadine drew on her passion for innovation, education and global surgery to co-found Proximie, an augmented reality platform aiming to improve access to expert care and to scale clinical expertise. Proximie has enjoyed significant success with early adoption by major medical institutions and device companies and has been covered by news agencies around the world.
Co-founder & CEO
Mudassir’s career in tech started with Silicon Valley before moving back to Pakistan where he co-founded DeviceAnywhere that was acquired by Keynote in 2008. He then joined management consulting firm McKinsey & Company in Dubai. In 2012, he left to form a new company with ex-McKinsey colleague Magnus Olsson that would improve lives. This became Careem, the region’s only tech unicorn. Mudassir holds an MS from Stanford University in Computer Science and a BA in economics and computer science from USC.
Michael is the founder and CEO of Property Finder Group. In 2005 he moved to Dubai from his native Switzerland after completing a Bachelor and MBA in Finance from HEC Lausanne. He identified a gap in the property advertising space and launched the first real estate classified in the Middle East, in print and online. Prior to founding the company, Michael began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Geneva. As well as running Property Finder Group, Michael also invests in startup technology companies in direct or through Merro, an investment vehicle he co-founded with two partners (www.merro.co).
MAZIN AL SHANBARI
Saudi Public Investment Fund
Mazin comes from a Banking background, where he spent 7 years between NCB in Jeddah and Banco Santander in Boston Massachusetts. Mazin holds a bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University, and an MBA from Babson College with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Finance. He returned to Saudi in October of 2013 after his two year stint with Banco Santander aiming to start a career in venture capital, but with the industry being so nascent, there was not many opportunities. That's when he was introduced to and joined Takamol Holding, which was investigating the VC industry and its impact on job creation
Elie is the co-founder of Anghami, the leading music streaming service in the Middle East. Since its launch in late 2012, Anghami has reached over 75 million users, streaming a billion track each month. At Anghami, Elie runs the operations and product development, spending most of his time working between clouds, streams and pixels. Elie was selected as Lebanon Top Innovator in 2018 by Forbes, Endeavor High-Impact Entrepreneur in 2013 and Lebanon Top Entrepreneur in 2012 and 2013.
The Twenty Minute VC
Harry is the Founder of The Twenty Minute VC, the world's largest media asset in venture capital podcast with over 100m downloads in 190 countries and guests from over 200VCs including the likes of Sequoia, Founders Fund, Y Combinator, Benchmark and Index. Harry is also the Founding Partner of Stride.VC, alongside former Accel GP, Fred Destin. Stride is one of London's leading early-stage funds supporting founders who have the ability to transform industries. Prior to Stride, Harry was an Entepreneur-In-Residence at Atomico, one of Europe's largest funds, founded by Skype founder, Niklas Zennstrom.
Fred is the founder of Stride.VC, a seed-stage fund focused based in London UK, which he started with Harry Stebbings, a.k.a. the Twenty Minute VC. Prior to Stride, Fred was a General Partner at Accel and Accomplice (f.k.a. Atlas Venture). Of 17 investments he led, 10 have exited and 4 are active value drivers, including 3 companies in excess of $1BN in value (Zoopla, Deliveroo and Pillpack). His portfolio has a total enterprise value of more than $9BN and he has returned over $500M to investors.
Jacob is a Partner at Shasta Ventures, he focuses on investments in the Emerging Platforms sector which includes Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, Computer Vision and Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality. He believes there is a convergence happening bringing together the physical and digital worlds. There is an unprecedented increase in the utility and functionality of the camera with applications built “on top of” the camera and powered by AI and advanced computer vision to understand what is going on in our physical world. He is also interested in new categories, like Esports, Digital Assets and Blockchain which are being driven by “digital natives,” an emerging consumer type whose every aspect of how they work and live is digitally driven.
DR. JEZRI MOHIDEEN
Global Chief Digital Officer
Jez is leading the commercially driven digitization strategy for Nomura. He is currently involved in a number of initiatives like efficient use of AI/ML in the business, overall data strategy, opportunities in digital assets, engaging and running the Fintech effort. Prior to that he was a partner at Brevan Howard Asset management and spent over 3yrs building the newly formed AI and data science group. Jezri spent over 15yrs in a number of senior roles in some of the premier investment banks (UK & Japan). Jezri spent his early years in academia and gained a PhD in Process Systems Engineering from Imperial College, specializing in the area of dynamic optimisation.
08:30 Start Your Engines: Registration & Breakfast
09:15 BECO Welcomes You
09:25 Introductory Presentation
David Rowan - Founding Editor-in-chief, WIRED UK
09:45 Reinventing Public Transport in EMs
Mostafa Kandil - Co-founder, Swvl
Jitender Kumar Sharma - Co-founder & CEO, ZipGo
Alexey Zhestkov - COO, Busfor
Moderated by: Dany Farha - Managing Partner, BECO
10:30 Investing in New Age Technologies
Rob Coneybeer - Partner, Shasta Ventures
11:05 Rocket Fuel: Coffee Break
11:30 MENA to the World: AIngel
Amr Shady - Co-founder & CEO, AIngel
11:45 The Bitcoin Highway: Are Institutions Finally Arriving?
Carlos Domingo - Founder & Managing Partner, SPiCE VC
Ben Savage - Partner, Clocktower Technology Ventures
Dr. Jezri Mohideen - Global Chief Digital Officer, Nomura
Moderated by: Muhammed Yesilhark - CIO, Q2Q Capital
12:20 Rise of the Digitial Native: the opportunity in
ESports and Digital Assets
Jacob Mullins - Partner, Shasta Ventures
Moderated by: Amir Farha - Managing Partner, BECO
12:45 Pit Stop: Lunch
13:40 MENA to the World: Proximie
Nadine Hachach Haram - Co-founder, Proximie
13:55 Sovereign Wealth Funds Investing in the Region. Finally.
Areije Al Shakari - Senior VP, Al Waha Venture Capital Fund of Funds
Mazin Al Shanbari - Director, Saudi Public Investment Fund
Abdulla Albanna - Senior Investment Professional, Mubadala Ventures
Moderated by: Yousef Hammad - Managing Partner, BECO
14:40 The Giants Behind The Region's Tech Scene
Mudassir Sheikha - Co-founder & CEO, Careem
Michael Lahyani - CEO, Property Finder
Elie Habib - Co-founder, Anghami
Moderated by: Dany Farha - Managing Partner, BECO
15:25 The 20 Minutes VC Out of Dubai!
Harry Stebbings - Founder, Stride VC
Fred Destin - Founder, Stride VC
16:00 BECO Thanks You