Star of the Turkish version of the television show Dragons’ Den, Chairman of the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF), Vice President of the European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds, and Early Stage Market Players (EBAN), President of the Business Angels Association of Turkey (TBAA), the World Entrepreneurship Forum Ambassador to Turkey and the Balkan countries, and President of Deulcom International. One of the top global speakers on entrepreneurship, innovation, and angel investment invited by former US President Obama to speak at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya. Recipient of the European Trade Association of Business Angels (EBAN) award for the Best Individual in Europe Globally Engaging with the Global Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in 2014 (Ireland), 2015 (Netherlands), 2016 (Portugal) and 2017 (Spain). The only entrepreneur to be granted a personal audience with former President Obama at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC.
The developer of the world-renowned entrepreneurship theory, the Altuntas Start-up Compass Theory, researched by Sheffield University and used in numerous MBA programs.
Advisory board member of the southeast Europe Research Council in Greece. Appointed as JCI Ambassador, following Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Profiled regularly by leading international media such as CNN International and Bloomberg. A co-author of Planet Entrepreneur:
The World Entrepreneurship Forum's Guide to Business Success Around the World, published by Wiley (2013). Author of Off the Bus, Into a Supercar! How I Became a Top TV Star and Celebrated Investor, published by Balboa Press (2014) and translated into Chinese, Croatian, Albanian, and Macedonian.
Angela Lee is an educator & entrepreneur.
She serves as Professor of Practice and Chief Innovation Officer at Columbia Business school where she teaches top-rated courses in venture capital and leadership. She was voted top three faculty by students in 2018. Angela started her career in product management and then was a strategy consultant at McKinsey. She has started 4 startups and is also the founder of 37 Angels, an investing network that has evaluated 12000+ startups, invested in 55, and activates new investors through a startup investment boot camp.
Angela has spoken at the White House and is regularly invited to advise decision-makers at the highest levels, including Prime Minister Trudeau. She is a sought-after expert on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, MSNBCand Fox Business. She was recognized by Inc. as one of 17 Inspiring Women to Watch in 2017, by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of 6 Innovative Women to Watch in 2015, and by Craine’s as a Notable Women in Tech in 2019. She serves on the boards of Fresco Education Fund and Cariclub.
Branko Drobnak is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, with a lifetime of experience with setting up and managing companies. With a degree in Economics from the Faculty of Economics in Maribor and a post-graduate course in Macroeconomic Development from the International Institute of Social Studies in Haag, he began his career working for the Slovenian government. After, he joined one of the largest Slovenian trading companies, and in 1992 he went into the financial world on his own and created a brokerage and asset management company, Potenza. As such, he was very involved in the privatization process and investment banking in Central Eastern Europe.
He is currently the president of Business Angels of Slovenia and is investing in his own portfolio of startups, all while being an active supporter of the startup ecosystem and a member of EBAN (European Business Angel Network). He invests primarily into new technology, biotech, fintech, green energy, and lately in blockchain startups, together with taking a more visible role within the Slovenian blockchain community as such.
Systems Analyst turned Tech Strategy Advisor, Public Speaker and Angel Investor, Harry ‘Tomi Davies (TD) is Collaborator-in-Chief at TechnoVision, co-founder of the Lagos Angel Network (LAN) and President of the African Business Angel Network (ABAN).
For nearly two decades after graduating from the University of Miami TD led the implementation of innovative technology-led transformation initiatives in the Oil & Gas, Retail, Information Technology and Telecommunications industries for influential global brands Elf Aquitaine, Marks & Spencer, Ernst & Young and Sapient across Europe, the United States and Southeast Asia.
In 2000 his focus shifted to Africa where he helped create the African Agriculture Technology Foundation (AATF), led the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative in Nigeria and delivered a World Bank pilot of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system (IPPIS) that uncovered over 20,000 ghost workers in the Nigerian Government payroll system. Leading these kinds of innovative initiatives in Africa using his goal-oriented approach to project delivery which consistently delivered effective results inspired his 2014 book “The African Project Manager”.
TD is Chairman of TextNigeria (Telecoms) and Non-Executive Director at MBO Capital (Private Equity) and Big Cabal Media (Media & Entertainment). He is a member of the Lagos State Science, Research & Innovation Council (LASRIC) and sits on the board of Laptops4Learning (L4L) Nigeria, the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) and the Global Business Angels Network (GBAN).
As a thought leader with increasing knowledge gained from nurturing entrepreneurs in a growing portfolio of tech-enabled early-stage business ventures originating from Africa, TD’s personal mission is “to help drive Africa’s development by supporting young entrepreneurs using innovation and technology to create social impact and economic value.”
TD can be reached at www.tomidavies.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook as TomiDee
Mustafa Shamseldin is Senior VP & CMO – Africa, Middle East & South Asia at PepsiCo.
He has more than 23 years of general management, sales, and marketing experience leading small and large scale enterprises covering more than 50 countries across four continents. He managed multi-billion dollar businesses, led some of the most valuable global brands and trademarks, created and launched numerous successful products and innovations, and built new brands from scratch.
In his role as CMO for the AMESA sector, he leads the development of PepsiCo’s total portfolio of foods and beverages across one of the company’s key geographies and future growth drivers, with responsibility for the marketing, insights and innovation functions. He is also a member of the PepsiCo’s Global Marketing Leadership Council. In 2020 he was recognized by Forbes magazine the Middle East as one of the top 50 most influential marketing and communications executives in the region.
Mustafa has been with PepsiCo since 2008 when he started as the Marketing Director for Pepsi Cola Egypt, before moving to different roles across the region including GCC Marketing Director, General Manager Saudi & Yemen Beverages, Vice President for Sales & New Business Development and Senior VP for foods in Asia, Middle East, and North Africa. Prior to PepsiCo,
Mustafa worked across the Middle East, Turkey and Africa region in different companies including Procter & Gamble, Henkel, and Americana Foods. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering from the American University in Cairo and has attended executive education and development programs at Wharton Business School and Cranfield School of Management.
His passions are social and economic development and the support for startups and small businesses, which he has fulfilled through mentorship, judging in major startup competitions, as well as contributing to key publications as a guest writer. Mustafa is currently based in Dubai, UAE.
Patrick Gouin is presently serving in his second year as the CEO of the Angel Capital Association. ACA is a professional society for accredited angel investors, North America's most prolific early-stage investment class. ACA represents 14,000+ member accredited angel investors, 260 angel groups, accredited platforms and family offices, and more than 20,000 entrepreneurial companies that are in ACA member investment portfolios. ACA focuses on knowledge sharing, best practices, and insights from top angels to ensure smarter investment decisions, connections to vetted angels that support deal flow and syndication processes, as well as representation to public policymakers to safeguard angel investor rights.
Before joining ACA, Mr. Gouhin spent 12 years as the Executive Director and CEO of the International Society of Automation (ISA). In this capacity, he was responsible for the operations of a seventy-year-old, professional technical society with more than 40,000 members and 400,000 customers worldwide. During his tenure at ISA, he provided leadership toward the creation of many new initiatives and companies including The Automation Federation, the Automation Standards Compliance Institute, a Globalization Initiative, Government Relations Program, the acquisition of a for-profit company, Automation.com, and a Work Force Development Program including a U.S. Dept. of Labor sponsored Competency Model for the profession of Automation.
Before joining ISA, Mr. Gouhin served as the Chief Operating Officer of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Mr. Gouhin spent 15 years with AIAA whereby his leadership contributions resulted in significant revenue growth and the successful management of 300+ project teams through the development and delivery of multiple products and services.
Mr. Gouhin also served as the first Vice President of Operations and Technology Transfer for the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) at Langley Research Center. This was a start-up resulting from a $69 million government contract award to build a world-class research and education institute. Gouin served as the Chief of Staff in managing day-to-day operations and issues associated with a 50-person start-up company after serving as the integration lead on the successful proposal.
Mr. Gouhin has experience in corporate divestitures and acquisitions, business construction and relocation, strategic standardization management, business planning, project management, process mapping, and re-engineering, and serving as a company-wide change agent. He has served on the board of directors of multiple non-profits including the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE) where he is a past president.
He has a bachelor of science in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from The Ohio State University and a master’s in engineering management from George Washington University. He has also completed the executive development program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and the advanced management college of Stanford University. Mr. Gouhin is a Certified Association Executive or CAE.
Keith Wallace is a Scotsman with a passion for entrepreneurs and deal-making.
Having founded the Dutch Investors Club (DeInvesteerdersClub) he put his vision of joint investments within the Netherlands and further afield into effect. With deals in Africa and Asia, as well as Europe, this small group of active investors has striven from the beginning to make an impact as well as financial returns. Working with the Hivos Foundation, he was part of the team that founded Hivos Impact Investments, where he sits in the investment team and manages the portfolio companies of the Hivos Food and Lifestyle Fund (Southern Africa) and the Hivos Mideast Creatives Fund (MENA).
Keith is also Global Ringmaster of getting In The Ring, an international entrepreneurial competition that takes place in over 100 countries and allows him to wear top hat and tails, even in the tropics.
A visionary physician leader with a demonstrated history of instrumental roles in pioneering health care endeavors globally, Dr. Kohli is passionate about transforming health and care through digital innovation and is a champion for better access to quality care for every citizen, anywhere, anytime. He is known for expertise in complex healthcare “firsts”; digital health; informatics; clinical transformation; personal well-being and preventive health. Dr. Kohli has extensive work experience in a variety of international health care settings focusing on advancing health and care through the use of health information technology. He is a frequently invited speaker globally and has lectured extensively throughout Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, the US, Europe, and Australia. He serves as Managing Director of Beyond Horizon Health, a global digital health advisory and consulting firm. He is also a Co-founder and Partner, Infinite Care Holdings.
Mark is an educator, strategist, author, and entrepreneur.
He is a Professor at Hult International Business School, was a Research Fellow at the THNK School of Creative Leadership, and the author of “Scaling".
His work combines collective intelligence with AI, networks, complex systems, behavioral science, and neuroscience. His current focus is the challenge of how to teach 21st-century work-life skills to 100 million learners, kids, and adults, over the next five years - Previously Mark founded Imaginatik plc, a pioneer in crowdsourcing and collaborative problem solving for innovation.
The World Economic Forum nominated him a Technology Pioneer and a Young Global Leader. www.markturrell.com
As she describes herself, Hajdi Cenan is a non-tech person in the tech world, life-long learner, travel & wine lover, a believer in benefits of equality, and hater of writing short bios.
In her previous life, she was the Executive marketing director and Director of tourism publishing in Europapress holding (now Hanza Media) and COO of DRAP, the most-awarded digital marketing/tech/innovation agency in Croatia.
Currently, she is the co-founder and CEO of her newest venture, AI startup airt that enables banks to easily and quickly implement and use the power of artificial intelligence on their data. She is also one of the co-founders of PWN Zagreb, the association that promotes equality and gender-balanced leadership.
Nitin Dahad has been actively involved in technology and related industries over the last 35 years. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of a deep tech magazine, embedded.com, and a correspondent for international electronics industry publications, EE Times and EE Times Europe. He is also a board member for a regional economic development agency, the Hertfordshire LEP, and on the board of global growth startup incubator platform, Technoplat. As an entrepreneur, his track record includes taking microprocessor startup ARC International to Silicon Valley, USA, and guiding it through a billion-dollar flotation, and chairing a photonics company through its sale to a Chinese telecoms company. He also co-founded one of the first practical magazines for tech entrepreneurs in 2002, The Chilli; and also co-founded online global innovation magazine, The Next Silicon Valley. He was also a key technology ambassador for the British government and has served on the boards of UK universities.
Tarek El Kady is a leading entrepreneur in his native Alexandria, Egypt. Born and raised in Alexandria, Tarek has worked in the U.S. as a part-time web designer before launching his first company called WebArchitect.
After a successful decade in this business, he launched Markade which focuses on marketing, advertising, and branding. Eventually, he started Cactus which is an event management and on-ground activation agency. Lastly formed KD Group which manages the operations of the three agencies and their clients which are local, regional, and global. Last year, Tarek shook up the technology world by hosting two episodes of Techne Summit in Alexandria (October 2015 & May 2016).
Techne Summit is a two-day international entrepreneurship technology event that acts as a platform including the main global players in the technology industry, namely: industry professionals as speakers, technology businesses, entrepreneurs and startups, investors, users, and media representatives. In December 2016, Tarek announced the launch of Alexandria Angels, the first Alexandria based Angel Network. Consisting of a select group of founding members, all experienced in business and enthusiastic about entrepreneurship in Alexandria, the newly established network seeks to invest in promising, high-growth startups in Alexandria and the Nile delta region from mid next year onwards. The announcement came during the opening of the Rise Up Summit, the leading entrepreneurship event in the Middle East and Africa. In February 2017, Tarek launched the first of its kind nation-wide roadshow to empower entrepreneurs all over Egypt Techne Drifts - Three drifts that are in the format of a roadshow which kick-started by Upper Egypt, as a one-day summit in three different cities Assiut, Sohag, and Aswan. Then Delta in three other cities Mansoura, Zagazig, and Tanta. The Canal Drift will soon follow on 15,16 March 2017 in Suez and Port-Said respectively.
Tarek is passionate about helping young people.
Nina is the founder and Managing Director of Expandise, a consultancy focused on helping companies to develop their international strategy and launch new markets. She has launched companies into multiple countries across Europe and Asia, with active experience in over 50 markets. Nina is fascinated to learn the differences unique to individual markets and brings that knowledge to her clients. She is based in Berlin but regularly exploits her travel obsession to explore and discover new things about consumer behavior in other countries. Nina studied at the University of Cambridge in England and completed her Executive MBA at ESMT in Berlin, before embarking on Ph.D. studies in Amsterdam. She is currently researching the balance between scalability and localization during the expansion process.
Francesco leads Nomadic Minds, the world’s largest network of tech CEOs and top executives that now helps emerging startup ecosystems to thrive.
The people in the networks have collectively raised +$4BLN and generated +$20BLN in companies’ value, and they worked with The White House, the king of Morocco, King of Jordan, Albania, Colombia, etc..
Nomadic also connects the best seed-stage startups from emerging ecosystems with investors from the Valley to raise their Serie A.
Prior to that, he was a two-times where he headed sales and business development.
Since he returned to Croatia in 2014, Ante Lucic has been leading A-Link, a strategic HR and career management consultancy, with a special focus on the future of work and education. Ante invented "Talent Capital" & ex-ANTE methodology - a new HR paradigm aiming to diagnose, evaluate, and develop human capital as the essential asset of every organization. Ante has also been an active startup mentor and advocates who founded Cronnect.me - a platform that c(r)connects Croatian startups with potential investors from the Croatian Diaspora. Two years ago he started a program to teach entrepreneurship in elementary schools, trying to raise a new generation of entrepreneurial innovators in Croatia. As an entrepreneur, Ante remains committed to empower companies and individuals to develop, maintain, and grow the most important of all resources - the human resource, as well as to harness the most powerful of all types of capital - the talent capital, in order to ensure competitiveness and innovation.
An electrical engineer by education, Bozidar recently decided to step outside of his comfort zone and replace his 21 years of international C-level banking experience in payments processing with a CTO role in an international SaaS startup Oradian.
Director at Startup Grind Warsaw. Startup enthusiast, marketing, and communication expert. Serving companies from startups, SMEs to Fortune 500s in growth, international expansion, and other strategic decisions.
Marina Maljurić, Program Director, MEKST conference.
Marina’s career as an event manager at conferences in the field of tourism, hotel industry, and digital marketing has started during her graduate studies of Management and business in tourism. After graduation, her work continued in the same direction and led her to the position of program director of conferences that gather from 200 to 1100 participants. The biggest one is the MEKST conference taking place every year in Novi Sad with more than 1000 participants from 15 European countries. Working as a manager for the promotion and development of tourism products at the Tourism organization of the City of Novi Sad helped her gain more experience in marketing and promotion. Founder of NGO Kulturizam, whose purpose is to improve the local communities across the territory of Vojvodina, by organizing different types of events to promote tourist values of Vojvodina and Serbia. Passionate about work bringing you a sense that what you are doing matters.
- Head of Digital Transformation - Gemini Holding.
- Worldwide Project Management Consultant – Schlumberger International, Houston, USA.
- Vice-chairman & board member - Al Mawwan technology.
- Vice-chairman & board member - Al Nayzek cosmetics.
- Board member – Alfa Electronics S.A.E.
- Entrepreneurship life mentor, Jury & examiner, and Project Management lecturer for postgraduates – The American University in Cairo (AUC).
- Member of the entrepreneurship & innovation committee - The American Chamber of Commerce.
- Partner with GIZ, ICT Cairo, RiseUp, ECES to support the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Egypt & Africa.
- Project management & Risk management consultant, advisor & instructor within the Middle East, North Africa, Europe & the Far East.
- External examiner, judge & jury at many African & Arabic competitions and initiatives.
- Partner with many start-ups & entrepreneurs all over Africa.
- 20+ years of business management experience at Gemini Enterprises Africa, Orascom Group, Schlumberger, Orange & Lucent Technologies in the fields of Entrepreneurship, Oil & Gas, Telecom, and Development in addition to IT management.
Practicing in the areas of start-up structuring, governance, pre-growth and growth venture finance; international trade agreements antidumping, subsidies, safeguards and countervailing measures; international business transactions; joint ventures; and competition laws. Angel investor: Invested in Nebras Technology, Abu Erdan Technology, Eventtus, Insanyah, and Nawah Scientific, among others. Member of the Cairo and Alexandria Angels Networks. Mentor at V-Lab - AUC; Imagine Cup - GUC; the Reactor Program - Innoventures; Gesr - Misr Elkheir; TIEC; and Flat-6- Labs. (Current board member of HEGTA.) Previously, chairman of the board of the Nahdet Elmahrousa NGO (2009 - 2016). And, member of the adjunct faculty, teaching business law. The school of management, the American University in Cairo (2014 - 2016).
Techne Summit is an international multi-industry focused investment & entrepreneurship event, that aims to impact multiple sectors and stakeholders of the startup communities in the Mediterranean region through showcasing different technologies and their application in each industry.
The event kick-started in Alexandria, Egypt In 2015 and in 2019 has attracted more than 9000 attendees, 185 speakers, 450 startups, and 130 investors, all from more than 35 countries.
The event in Dubrovnik is under the Patronage of the City of Dubrovnik.
"For me this has been quite an extraordinary event. I go to similar events in other locations around the world and something really special happens when you get a combination of investors, entrepreneurs and supporting organizations coming together. It couldn`t happen when you speak to them individually but it does happen when they come together in a setting like this. The whole thing for me has been incredibly successful."
Investor | Author | Chairman
"Techne Summit Dubrovnik is a great place to meet entrepreneurs, investors and startup ecosystem stakeholders from all over the Mediterranean region."
Founder Startup Zagreb, Croatia
"From Antiquity the Mediterranean has been the place for a different cultures meet and today it`s not just culture that`s meeting its business angels and entrepreneurs. In Dubrovnik we have seen people from different cultures come together and maintain that they will invest with each other and in each other. I couldn`t be happier, hope to see you here next year."
Portfolio Manager Hivos Impact Investments, Netherlands