Remember how awesome STEP 2019 was?! (Check out our coverage of Day 1 & Day 2). Well, what if we tell you it’s happening again, right next to you – just a causeway away from B-Town actually. You heard right, buckle up because STEP is coming to you in Riyadh on March 25th and it’s here do everything but disappoint you. Riyadh is going to be lit! Get your tickets here!
Held at the Seven Moons, located right next to Riyadh Park, STEP Saudi is going to be an awesome event, attracting more than 1500 attendees, showcasing 100 startups, 50+ companies & government entities participating, with 4 great conference tracks including STEP Start, STEP Digital, STEP X, and STEP Money. We’re also excited to announce that Startup MGZN is a media partner for STEP Saudi – we couldn’t miss out on the party!
But enough suspense, you’re here for the speakers as the title suggests, and we don’t want to keep you for long. Here are some of the awesome speakers that are going to be present at STEP Saudi:
- Khalil Al-Shafei – The CEO and Managing Director of Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Venture Co. “WA’ED”. Before Wa’ed, he joined Aramco Services Company (ASC), the U.S. subsidiary of Saudi Aramco in 2012 as the manage of the ASC Technical Services Department where he oversaw the company’s activities including North America venture capital, in addition to be responsible for engineering, information, technology, quality insurance, and inspection.
- Amal Dokhan – Director of the Babson Global Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, she is responsible for the strategic direction, tactical execution and operational oversight of the center. Amal previously managed She managed KAUST’s startup accelerator, which was funded by Saudi British Bank (SABB), and hosted 28 startup teams in its first edition. Amal also taught and co-designed a course in Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation, and previously managed an educational organization where she designed programs and innovative initiatives to be implemented by educators. She also ran her own business, organizing mega marketing events and offered commercial consultancy to large organizations.
- Abdulaziz Al-Jouf – Founder & CEO of PayTabs, a payment processing company he launched in 2014. Abdulaziz is considered a dynamic, passionate, focused and a hands-on natural leader, who is dedicated to supporting and mentoring young entrepreneurs. PayTabs has successfully raised a $20 million investment in 2017.
- Nasreen Alissa – An attorney and an entrepreneur, Nasreen set up her own boutique law firm “Nasreen Alissa Law Firm” in 2018 – making it the first law firm in Riyadh, that’s owned and led by a Saudi female. She previously worked as an attorney at Freshfields Bruckhause Deringer LLP in association with The Law Firm of Salah Al-Hejailan for five years. Nasreen also has two mobile applications: Knowyourights, made to educate Saudi women on their legal rights in courts and in family law matters, and Gulflink, a multimedia messaging app made for the Gulf.
- Ahmed Al-Bader – Founder & CEO of Sihatech, an online platform that allows patients to find and book doctors. Ahmed is also the Board member in Almoosa Specialist hospital, Chairperson of the strategy and investment committee in Almoosa healthcare group, Projects Committee Member in the Saudi National Projects Management (NPM). He was previously the advisor for King Abdul Aziz Centre for National Dialogue (KACND) and other private public and private institution.
- Mashal Waqar – Co-Founder and COO of The Tempest, an award-winning global media and technology company. Mashal was also featured on the Forbes’ Middle East 303 Under 30 and received the Young Leader of the Year award at the 19th WIL Economic Forum. She previously worked at RIT Dubai, and worked on a mental health project for the UNHRD, and she’s also a mentor at Sheraa (Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center) and Startup Weekend by Techstars.
- Ahmed Al-Zaini – Co-Founder and CEO of Foodics, one of the fast-growing food tech startups in the region. He’s also Co-Founder & Board Member of ALWANS, an Information Technology & Services company focused on investing in tech startups. Ahmed is considered a businessman by nature who’s developed businesses in Saudi across different industries.
- Adwa Al-Dakheel – Founder & CEO of Falak Business Hub, Adwa is a businesswoman, a stock analyst, a first place winner of 3 Capital Trading Market competitions, a professional guitarist, an author, a licensed pilot, an award-winning poet, a squash champion among other things. In a study done on the most influential Social Media figures in the Middle East, Adwa was ranked in the top three alongside Ahmed Alshugairi and Thunayan Khalid.
Of course, there are so many awesome speakers that you can check out here.
Are you as excited as we are for STEP Saudi? Make sure you get your tickets before they run out!