Professional Profile

My bio and CV are shown below, also you can reach a variety of my business topics through the side menu to the right.

 

SUMMARY       

I hold an MBA in strategic management from the University of North Texas, and in my corporate life have worked in senior HR and strategic roles with such notable organizations as Unilever, the International Monetary Fund, and Emirates Airline (a period totaling over 14 years). Currently I’m a serial entrepreneur and investor, with a diversified portfolio of technology startups including innovative web platforms and mobile apps. I am passionate about enabling and supporting the entrepreneurship culture in the GCC, and have co-founded the platform eleva8or.com which offers many investment-preparation tools & connections for startups. Over the last 5 years I held several engagements as a mentor, speaker, judge, consultant, panelist, lecturer and coach in this field. As a global digital nomad, I’ve visited 83 countries to date and lived/worked in several of them.

I am pleased to offer various types of support and consultancy in my areas of expertise, namely entrepreneurship and human resources. If you are starting up a new tech business, building teams or simply exploring new career options, I’d be happy to assist! For a list of services specific to startups and small business please visit this page, or click to book consulting or mentorship sessions.

 

 حاصل على ماجستير ادارة الاعمال من الولايات المتحدة ، وقضيت اغلب حياتي العملية في مناصب استراتيجية بمجال ادارة الموارد البشرية في العديد من الشركات العالمية المعروفة مثل يونيليفر ، بنك الجزيرة ، صندوق النقد الدولي وطيران الامارات (لفترة اجمالية تجتاز 14 عاما). وانا الان أعمل كمستشار ومستثمر في ريادة الاعمال بمجال التقنيات الحديثة مثل المنصات الالكترونية والتطبيقات. أهتم بدعم منظومة ريادة الأعمال في منطقة الخليج ، وقد قمت باطلاق منصة اليفيتور والتي تساعد على تجهيز المشاريع الناشئة لمرحلة تلقي الاستثمار وكذلك تعمل على توصيلهم مع شبكات المستثمرين حول العالم. خلال الاعوام الخمس الماضية ، قمت بالارشاد والتدريب والتحكيم في عدة فعاليات ومؤتمرات بهذا المجال ، وقد زرت 82 دولة بترحالي حول العالم حتى الان. ل

يسعدني تقديم العديد من خدمات الدعم والاستشارات في مجالات خبرتي وهي ريادة الأعمال والموارد البشرية. اذا كنت في طور تأسيس مشروع تقني ناشئ ، بناء فرق العمل او مجرد البحث عن خيارات عملية مختلفة فيشرفني مساعدتكم! لرؤية قائمة الخدمات التي نقدمها للمشاريع الناشئة والصغيرة ، الرجاء زيارة هذه الصفحة. ولحجز الجلسات الارشادية الرجاء الضغط هنا

 

 

CAREER HISTORY                            [View Full Resume]

Present Period (2014-now): focusing on tech startups & consulting

Co-founder & COO                             Eleva8or (virtual accelerator platform for startups) 

MD & Lead Consultant                     AKCS (own company providing small business services)

Co-founder on various apps and web platforms (details here)

Past Period (2000-2013): various senior roles in corporate HR management

Regional HR Manager                        Emirates Airline – Dubai, UAE

HR Business Partner                          IMF – Washington, DC

Career Development Mgr                  Bank Al-Jazira – Jeddah, KSA

HR Communications Mgr                 Unilever Arabia – Jeddah, KSA

 

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATES

Innovation & Entrepreneurship      Stanford University

MBA, Strategic Management            University of North Texas

BS, Industrial Engineering                Arizona State University

GPHR Certification                              HRCI Institute

 

ENGAGEMENTS & ACTIVITIES                

Community Host at Impact Hub Dubai, Spring 2014

Speaker & Mentor at HackaMena event, In5 Accelerator (Feb 2015)

Session Speaker at SME World Summit in Dubai (Mar 2015)

Panel judge & Mentor at AngelHack events in the UAE (2015)

Panel judge & Mentor at Turn8 incubator Dubai (multiple occasions)

Mentor at Rowad Bahrain (multiple occasions)

Keynote Speaker at StartupGrind event at Hult University (Feb 2016)

Main stage presenter/MC ArabNet 2016 (May 2016)

Admissions panel judge at ShjSEEN incubator program (May 2016)

Live interview on Al-Hurra TV channel (June 2016)

Speaker and mentor at Startup Saudi Arabia conference (Nov 2017)

Finalist mentor at MIT-EF competition (Feb 2018)

Speaker and judge at SEED Bootcamp Jeddah (Mar 2018)

Mentor at Seedstars World Competition (Sept 2018)

Panel speaker at AppzWorld Conference (Oct 2018)

Workshop presenter at Biban / SMEA Conference (Oct 2018)

Mentor at Blossom MENA Accelerator Program (Dec 2018)

Mentor/Trainer at AIM Startup Roadshow (Jan 2019)

Keynote speaker at University of Jeddah Entrepreneurship Symposium (Feb 2019)

Workshop lecturer at Startups House incubator program (throughout 2019)

Workshop lecturer at MBS College, KAEC (March 2019)

Workshop speaker at Step Conference Riyadh (April 2019)

[More details and event photos here]

[videos of my talks and workshops]

 

SKILLS & EXPERTISE

Startup idea generation & validation

Market and competitive strategies

Creating technology prototypes

Developing mobile apps & web platforms

Search engine and social media ads

Startup valuation & equity distribution

Traction monitoring & due-diligence

Preparing & pitching to investors

HR planning & recruitment

Team building & talent management

 

REFERENCE LINKS

Latest updates from my current business (eleva8or)

Other technology projects I am involved with

My LinkedIn page

Blogs I currently manage

Interesting Books I have read

My career growth eBook

Global events & activities I participated in

Business & consulting services I offer

Getting in touch with me

 

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