Enabling people to build something from scratch and seeing it soar and prosper. Identifying unique challenges, creating insights and opportunities for meaningful connections, and elevating the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the region.
Deepak Ahuja is seasoned Banker turned Entrepreneur with business interests in Education & Edutech, Insurance Tech and Private Equity space. Deepak is also Managing partner in Asia's #1 Startup Incubator & VC. Passionate Golfer & avid Bollywood follower, Deepak is prominent speaker at various events in UAE.
Hala is the Founder and CEO of Hala Bou Alwan (HBA) Consultancy firm specialised in Governance, Compliance, CSR, AI & Financial and Cyber crimes’ advisory and training. In addition to this, Hala is the Co- Founder of H.A.D Consultants specialised in self - empowerment events adhering to key UN Sustainability Developments Goals . She is a lawyer, member of the Lebanese Lawyers’ Bar Association who holds a Masters degree ELLM in International Business Law from Boston University USA & Dual Master Degrees LLM specialised in Artificial intelligence & Law from Universite La Sagesse, Lebanon.
Alper Celen is the founder of ENHANCE VENTURES, a venture studio for online vertical marketplaces in the Middle East , North Africa, Pakistan, and Turkey. Enhance’s portfolio includes JOI GIFTS, CLEVR, BLUE TERRA among others. Previous to Enhance, Alper was the founder of FOODONCLICK.com in Saudi Arabia (acquired by DELIVERYHERO in 2015).
Alper is an active high-tech startup investor and advisor. His portfolio includes BUGLANCE, MUBI, ZENSION, and TAGVANCE. Alper sits on the boards of BUGLANCE and ZAJIL EXPRESS, and on the advisory boards of GLOBAL STARTUP STUDIO NETWORK and HASHED HEALTH.
Samer has more than 20+ years of experience in start-ups across a variety of industries spanning entertainment, F&B, e-commerce, media, and healthcare in Canada, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Singapore. In his current role heading CE-Creates, Samer’s responsible for conceiving, incubating, and growing innovative and sustainable start-ups in various industries.
Hachem supports high impact start-ups with global strategic partnerships and growth expansion, in the areas of smart-cities, financial inclusion and information transformation. Hachem’s experience is deeply rooted in technology and corporate/start-up open-innovation. He is a global citizen, who lived across the globe, enjoys “making things better” and “making something new”.