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Dr. Sulaiman Mirdad

Advisor to the Minister – CITC

Dr. Sulaiman Mirdad is Advisor to the Minister of communications and information technology for IT Industry Promotionthe. Mirdad was Deputy Governor for Information Technology at the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC). Prior to Joining CITC, Dr. Mirdad was VP for Technology at the Advanced Arabian Systems (Naseej) and Cofounder and Principal Engineer at InfoLibria, a provider of Internet solutions for content distribution and delivery products. With more than 20 years of experience in the field of IT, Dr. Mirdad coauthored a number of worldwide patents on content distribution and delivery while working at InfoLibria. For these achievements, he was awarded the King Abdulaziz Order of Merit (First Degree) in 2008 by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz.

Ziad AlYoussef

General Manager of Payment Systems - Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA)

Ziad Alyousef is currently General Manager of Payment Systems at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA). As the General Manager (SAMA), Ziad is responsible for all national payment systems in Saudi Arabia. The payment systems in operation today, consists of the Saudi Arabian Riyal Interbank Express (SARIE), which is the national RTGS, the Saudi Payments Network (mada), which is the national cards payment scheme connecting all of the ATMs through the banks and directly drives all POS terminals in the Kingdom and the national Electronic Bill Presentment and Payment system (SADAD). Ziad is responsible for developing and defining the national payments strategy and roadmap to guide the development and modernization of the Saudi Arabian payment systems. A key focus of the strategy is to support the Saudi Vision 2030 by facilitating new and varied types of commercial activity within the domestic economy through the build out and strengthening of existing payment systems and the timely adoption of emerging technological innovations. He is a firm believer in disruptive innovation whilst remaining true to the organizations’ core values. He is keen to foster competition and growth in financial services by supporting both small and large businesses that are developing products and services that could genuinely improve consumers experience and create new outcomes. Ziad holds an MBA degree from Al Faisal University in addition to attending executive education programs at Harvard Business School and INSEAD.

Sami AlHussayen

Vice Governor for Enterprises Support Consumer Protection Agency - Small and Medium Enterprises General Authority (SMEA)

Sami is the vise Governor at Small and Medium Enterprises General Authority. In the past, he worked as a CIO in TVTC and consultant to mutable government and private companies in Technology and Digital Transformation. Sami was the VP for Innovation and consultation, and launched Bahr, a future work platform. He is a serial entrepreneur who founded and co-founded multiple startups, such as Al Mawred for e-publishing, Rwaq to Open Education, Junnah for Diabetes prevention and Kasb as ecommerce for home-based business. He always enjoys mentoring startups and participating in committees to evaluate startups. Sami has a Bachelor Degree in Computer Engineering, Master's degree in Computer science and postgraduate research in information Security.

Waleed AlHarkan

VP Investment - Saudi Post

Mr. Waleed Hamad Al Harkan graduated from Computer Engineering College in King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 1996. Mr. Al Harkan has more than 21 years of experience, seventeen years of them are in executive positions. Mr. Al Harkan worked in several large firms such as Tawuniya Insurance, Saudi American General Electric, Saudi Telecom Company, Integrated Networks, Tejari SA and Advanced Educational Company. Currently, Mr. Al Harkan is the Vice President of Investment in Saudi Post, board member of Wasatah Capital and board member of Lebara Mobile (Etihad Jawraa for Telecommunication and Information Technology Company).

Bader Alghamdi

Director of Digital Sectors - National Digitization Unit (NDU)

Bader Alghamdi heads the Digital Sectors in the National Digitization Unit, a centre of excellence mandated to accelerate the digital transformation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in line with Saudi Vision 2030 goals. With more than 15 years of experience in the digital field, he is leading the digital transformation of the top domains in the country including: Health, Education, Smart Cities and Digital Commerce. Prior to that, Badr held multiple positions in Cisco systems, Oracle, IBM and Fujitsu. He holds a bachelor degree in Information Systems from King Saud University.

Abdullah AlSalih

Vice-Minister Advisor - Ministry of Commerce & Investment (MCI)

Abdullah I. AlSaleh is currently vice minister's Advisor in ministry of commerce and industry. Abdullah is responsible for e-commerce development initiative, related to National Transformation Program one of 2030 vision. He has a master degree in information system from King Saud University. Abdullah holds several certificates like Project Management Professional Certificate (PMP), in addition to attending executive education programs at MIT Business School and INSEAD. Al Saleh has more than 10 years of experience in executive positions, He was part of the team that contributed to King Saud University's achievement of the e-Government Achievement Award in 2010. Also was part of the team that contributed the Ministry of Commerce and Investment to achieve a number of local and regional awards, like the award of the best e-government service in the Gulf countries for the year 2015.

Raed AlFayez

General Manager of Internet Services - CITC

Raed I. Al-Fayez is the General Manager of Internet services in CITC. Raed has more than 19 years of experience in DNS, domain names, Internet services and security. He was one of the first Saudi engineers who participated to introduce Internet in Saudi Arabia in 1998. Author/coauthor of many research papers on Arabic domain names and DNS security. Raed has a Master degree in Information Systems from from King Saud University in 2006.

Mazen Darrab

Managing Director - ZID

Mazen AlDarrab, specialized in E-commerce and E-marketing and enabling companies to foster their work by maximizing the power of technology and e-business. Practically, Mazen founded and managed : E-Commerce SEA (2009-2012) and e-commerce company specialized in building e-commerce retail in Arabian region. Moreover, he is on the board of several startups and angel investor in several startups in Saudi and in the valley. Academically, Mazen holds a Master Degree in E-commerce from The University of Western Australian and a Bachelor in computer science from King Saud University in Riyadh.

Talal A. Ajina

Country Head - PayTabs

Talal A Ajina is the Country Head of PayTabs, which provides Simple and Trusted payments in Saudi Arabia, and other GCC countries. Mr.Ajina have helped several entrepreneurs to establish their businesses in different fields. Worked as an Advisor in e-commerce, digital marketing, as well as in e-health. His specific interest is into developing the acceptance rate of the fintech solutions in Saudi Arabia, and GCC countries by Businesses, and Consumers. Through providing services/products/solutions that fits into a local culture that had an unpleasant experience and/or a limited access to the available payment schemes in the country. He is also into increasing the adaptation of e-commerce’s best practices in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and GCC. As the region is showing an enormous potential on the digital transformation for the local brands, and a higher penetration rate of the internet users year after year. With educational background in Security Science, and Information Technology from Australia.

Rashid AlBallaa

Managing Director - National Technology Group (NTG)

Rashid AlBallaa is the Managing Director of National Technology Group (NTG), one of MENA’s largest ICT conglomerates and key provider of Financial Technology and Services. NTG has over 3000 employees, US$ 700 million revenues and 20+ subsidiaries and JVs in the MENA region. Previously, Rashid Founded and managed N2V, an internet holding company that is Disrupting Digital Arabia and stimulating the growth of internet industry in Arabia. N2V started and invested in many successful online ventures in Arabia in ecommerce, epayments, mobile apps, and content platforms. Prior to N2V, Rashid Founded and managed Mubasher Financial Services (MFS), MENA’s first STP e-brokerage company and the only provider of DMA to many frontier equity markets. Rashid holds a B.Sc. in Computer science with honors from King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has been recognized and awarded by multiple entities and Magazines such as Forbes and CEO Magazine, and is a regular speaker in tens of conferences and events in the region and a board member in many companies and government committees.

Ahmed Marie

Country Manager - Aramex

Ahmed Marie is a Country Manager at Aramex, one of the leading logistics and transportation solutions providers and the first Arab based company to go public on the NASDAQ exchange. The company now trades on the Dubai Financial Market. And is a pioneer in ecommerce logistics fulfillment in emerging markets. Ahmed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the Hashemite University in Jordan, and a Masters of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the Old Dominion University in Virginia. Since joining Aramex in 2003 as a “Management Trainee”, he assumed several capacities including Regional operations Manager for the GCC, and Country Manager for Aramex in Riyadh. Throughout his tenure at Aramex, he has been involved in building the company’s infrastructure, operational procedures and grow its footprint in the region. Ahmed has worked closely with ecommerce clients and helped facilitate their supply chain and logistics solutions the region.

Muhammad Arrabi

CEO - EcommerceSea

Muhammad is the CEO of EcommerceSea, a pioneering fashion ecommerce startup in Saudi, and operator of Vanilla.sa, the Home for Modern Saudi Fashion and Beauty. Previously he was an executive and investment team member at N2V Ventures in Saudi. He spent 13 years in US, working at Microsoft and Silicon Valley startups (Nusym, Cobalt) – gaining both global startup and enterprise experience. Muhammad holds an MS from Colorado State University, top of class BSc from U Arkansas, winner of multiple international Programming competitions, and the Google Award for Best Online Business Plan QRCE competition in 2008.

Iyad Aldalooj

GM - Careem

Iyad is a passionate entrepreneur and a business leader with sharp analytical skills. Iyad completed his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln U.S.A, and an MBA in Marketing at Bellevue University U.S.A. He is currently doing a fellowship of entrepreneurship with the Kauffman Foundation. He started his entrepreneurial journey in his first year in College and was a member of the entrepreneurship organization. While in college, Iyad founded PasuTech, which was an e-commerce company for home improvement products based in the United States. PasuTech was rebranded to Fairshop and grew to make over $2.4 million in annual sales and had a team of 11. Iyad was also a co-founding member of several startups in the U.S including; iteOmaha, and BuyNow Worldwide. He also helped with the establishment of Expat Inc. In his free time, Iyad enjoys traveling and hiking. His personal goal is to plant the Saudi flag on Mount Kilimanjaro.