6/26/14 | The Tech Revolution in the Middle East – Challenges and Opportunities

A new generation raised on information technology is building significant enterprises from North Africa to Yemen. They are leveraging hyper successful ideas in areas like eCommerce which have worked well around the globe; they are solving daily problems and opportunities in health, education, recycling and new media; they are creating global enterprises with audiences one click away. Major global tech players — Google, Intel, Cisco, Microsoft, PayPal, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and most of the major mobile companies — have all moved in aggressively to not only market their services but invest in the building ecosystems.

Please join the Internet and Technology Network and Peace Action Network for GCC: The other revolution: consumer Internet in the Middle East and North Africa. This call will share amazing stories and show why the Middle East is not just a story of chaos and terrorism, but is open for significant opportunity.

By joining this call, you will get valuable take home such as:

Specific ideas of where and how to invest — both financially and operationally.
A framework on how technology is changing emerging growth market business and investment more broadly.
A rare look at a significant revolution in business and society in a central region of the globe.

About our Speaker:

Khaldoon Tabaza (YPO Jordan)is the Managing Director of iMENA Holdings, a consumer online businesses holding company focused on the Middle East and North Africa. He is also the Founder of Zad Capital, a venture capital platform focused on the Internet, technology, and media industries. In January, 2010, Abraaj Capital acquired Khaldoon’s pervious firm, Riyada Ventures, a venture capital firm that he established in 2005, which won the award for the best venture capital in MENA in 2008 and 2009. Throughout his career, Khaldoon has been involved in 60+ SME and Venture Capital engagements, including co-founding, managing, and advising SME firms and investment funds in Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, and United States. Sectors of expertise include technology, media, telecommunication, Internet, and healthcare. In 2006, he was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Khaldoon holds a Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery degree from the University of Jordan. He has also completed the Young Global Leaders Leadership and Policy education component at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. In 2010, he was selected as a Kauffman Venture Capital Fellow. He is a Jordan chapter YPO.