Driven by founders of young, ground-breaking businesses providing global solutions as well as niche products & services, this committee works hard to position Capital Club as the space of entrepreneur innovation & conversation.

Committee Objectives

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.

Committee members

Deepak Ahuja

(Committee Co-Chair) Chief Revenue Officer - SEHTEQ

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 Bou Alwan

(Committee Co-chair) Founder & CEO - Hala Bou Alwan Consultancy

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. 

Roberto Croci

Director at N2 Technology

MANAGING DIRECTOR OFMICROSOFTFOR STARTUPSIN THE MIDDLE EASTAND AFRICA REGION With over20 years’ experience working for the likes of Microsoft and Google, Roberto Croci’s passion lies in innovation, startups and PEOPLE. Relationship driven, he has bridged the gap between corporates and startups across more than 20 countries, helping them develop real solutions that solve real world problems. A leading innovator in developing ecosystems where startups thrive, Roberto’s expertise and candid approach have kept him in demand with major tech companies throughout his career. In his current role as the Managing Director of Microsoft for Startups, Roberto is building Microsoft’s new division from scratch, including spearheading its expansion and innovation strategy, with the vision to foster a collaborative startup ecosystem to create a better, brighter future for people around the world. Connecting the dots between startups, government agencies and private sector organizations, Roberto helps organizations adopt the innovation mindset and leverage the technology and nimbleness that startups provide. With an ability to cut through the noise, he works directly with startup founders and encourages them to “think differently” and to “be more curious. Roberto is passionate about mentoring young people, helping them develop an entrepreneurial mindset to search for solutions to problems they see in their community, country, or across the globe. He regularly speaks at prominent universities, including Abu Dhabi University and Zayed University, as well as within local school systems, such as the GEMS schools. His vision is to inspire 1 million students and entrepreneurs to build homegrown tech startups that evolve to become global Unicorns. An in-demand international speaker, Roberto speaks about authentic and creative leadership, employee engagement, mental health, innovation and digital transformation, funding and startups. In his personal world, Roberto enjoys reading hardcover books, hiking, running, and spending time with his family. He has summited K2, the second highest mountain in the world. He enjoys building relationships with passionate, driven people from all sectors, cultures, and walks of life.

Nigel Sillitoe

CEO and Founder, Insight Discovery

Nigel manages Insight Discovery, a multiple award-winning consultancy which advises companies on strategic communications, personal branding and market intelligence Insight Discovery was voted Best Consultancy Firm (Middle East) for seven consecutive years, latest award was in 2021, by Global Investor, part of Euromoney. During both 2018 and 2019 Nigel was voted one of the most influential executives in the offshore financial services industry, courtesy of a UK trade publication Nigel lives in Dubai, UAE, went to Oxford Brookes University and is married with two teenage daughters

Content Library

Entrepreneur - Committee Introduction

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Highlights from Minister of Entrepreneurship

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Guide: Term Sheets For Early Stage Investment

MEMBERS ONLY ACCESS : Understanding Term Sheets for early stage investment

Insights: The Impact of AI in Society

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Building a bridge between the private sector and the government

  The UAE Minister of Economy, H.E Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri outlines how the Capital Club Dubai is bridging the gap between the private sector and the government by providing a...