StartSmart Saudi Conference

A program under MIT Enterprise Forum Global, StartSmart Saudi Conference aims to encourage, motivate, and provide direction for local entrepreneurs to come up with successful social and commercial ideas and projects. This is done through a number of workshops and rich programs that are directly related to technology and innovation. The Conference will help enrich the entrepreneurs’ practical experience and add to their know-how, thus helping them take their project to advanced stages.

Local and international experienced speakers, discussing the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurship, technology, and digital innovation

Announcing the 9 winning team, 3 from each tracks at the MITEF Startup Competition.

Saudi Valley
An open platform for visitors and contestant to present ideas, startups & social entrepreneurship.


18th March 2017


Bay La Sun Hotel

7183 Juman St,

King Abdullah Economic City 23964


Telephone: +966 12 510 6400


Hala Fadel

Chair - MIT Enterprise Forum Pan-Arab Region

Antoinette Matthews

VP, Communication & Licensing - MIT Tech Review

Ahmed Hamdan

CEO - Unifonic

Dr. Maher Hakim

Managing Director - Qatar Science Technology Park

Abdulaziz AlLoughani

Vice Chairman - Kuwait National Fund for SME Development

Sofana Dahlan

Vice Governer - SME Authority

Ali Mutairi

Director, Corporate Communication - King Khaled Foundation

Emad Khasgari

General Manager - Badir

Sultan AlSharani

Chief HR Officer - Zain KSA

Dr. Louay ElDada

CEO & Co-Founder - Quanergy

Farooq Al Jerasy

CEO - AlMusafer

Dr. Jamal Akkad

Co-Cheif Advisor - Saudi Aramco Entreprenuership

Ahmad AlDabbagh

Alliances & Channels Leader - Oracle

Osama AlMubarak

Director General - Kafalah Program

Rayan Zahid

Regional Sales Director - Microsoft Arabia

Faisal Omran

Treasurer & CIO - Saudi Investment Bank

Fahd Al Rasheed

Vice Governer - Prince Mohammed Bin Salman College



Time (PM) Topic Speaker
4:30-4:40 Welcome Address
4:40-5:00 TR 10 Breakthrough Technologies Antoinette Matthews
Executive Director of MIT Enterprise Forum
5:00-5:15 Local Entrepreneur Case Study Ahmed Hamdan
CEO of Unifonic
5:15-5:35 Keynote: “How To Make The Best YOU” Dr. Maher Hakim
Managing Director, Qatar Science Technology Park
5:35-5:50 Regional Case Study AbdulAziz Loughani
Vice Chairman at Kuwait Nat’l Fund for SME Development and Prior Managing
5:50-6:10 Break
6:10-6:30 Panel Discussion: Social Entrepreneurship Moderator:Hala Fadel, Chair MIT EF Pan Arab
Featuring panelists from King Khaled Foundation, Zain, & Al Muhaidib Foundation.
6:30-6:45 Local Entrepreneur Case Study Farouq Al Jerasy
CEO of AlMusafer
6:45-7:00 International Case Study Dr. Louay Eldada
CEO and Co-Founder of Quanergy
7:00-7:20 Panel Discussion: Future of Entrepreneurship in KSA Moderator: Dr Jamal Akkad, Chief Advisor for Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Co.
Featuring panelists from Microsoft, Oracle, SEDCO, & Badir.
7:20-7:35 Spotlight on Prior Winners Last year MIT EF Saudi winners showcase
7:35-7:45 Keynote Speaker Community Jameel
7:45-7:50 MIT EF Saudi Short Film Recap of the program highlights
7:50-8:00 Strategic Partner Speech CEO of ZAIN
8:00-8:10 Patron Speech Sofana R. Dahlan
Vice Governor of Entrepreneurship Advancement
8:10-8:40 Announcement of Winners; Honoring Partners, Judges, & Guides Community Jameel
8:45-9:00 Saudi Valley Exhibition
9:00-10:00 Dinner

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