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Dr. Andreas Antonopoulos is the Rector of UNYP and teaches Entrepreneurship in its MBA Programs. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from University College London, UK. He has held a variety of senior and middle management appointments in leading telecom sector companies such as RHK, Lucent Technologies, Nortel Networks and British Telecom. He has served in a number of countries worldwide, including Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Greece, Hungary, the Philippines, Romania, Singapore, Spain, the UK and the US. He is fluent in 6 languages.
Dr. Antonopoulos co-founded and is presently sitting on the Board of Directors of Marathon Invest, an investment fund focusing in the CEE markets and of Viva Credit, an online financial services firm. He has had a total of six start-up engagements since 2001
Abdullah Al Dabbous
Abdullah Al Dabbous is the founder of the Myfatoorah- a Service Provider for online payment in Kuwait. He is a double major in Finance and Computer Information Systems from the Arizona State University. He completed his MBA program from INSEAD, Paris in 2013-2014. Prior to the start of Myfatoorah, he was a Senior Analyst at Ernst & Young, Kuwait, specializing in high-quality Valuations and Business Modelling solutions for both companies and individual assets. Between his BSc. and the MBA program, Al Dabbous dabbled in the Foreign Currency Exchange business. He founded the Myfatoorah company in 2015 which quickly became one of the leading online Business Payment Solution company in Kuwait. He is also a board member with in Boutiqaat, a market leader in online shopping and Yahal a platform specialized in kids product
Mohammed Jaffar (Mentor/Investor)
Mohammed is the Deputy Chairman & CEO of Faith Capital Holding, a Kuwait based venture capital fund which focuses on, e-commerce businesses, that have high growth potential for the future. In addition, he is also the CEO of JustClean, the GCC’s leading laundry technology company. Faith Capital was created by Mohammed in order to harness his previous experience and success to promote and fund a new generation of Internet entrepreneurs in the region. Before Faith Capital, Mohammed owned Talabat.com an online food delivery platform acquired in 2010. Under his leadership the company became a market leader throughout the GCC which was successfully sold in 2015 to Rocket Internet. Mohammed is currently the Vice-President of The Kuwait Olympic Committee and is also a board member of both Injaz-Kuwait and Nexgen Group Company. He also previously held the position of Deputy chairman of Danah Al Safat Foodstuff Company, a Kuwaiti listed company holding a prominent position as one of the leading companies in its field and was a board member of Al Safat Dhiafa Company, Kuwait National Fund for SME’s Development, Tujjar Events Management & Execution Company, Azzad Trading Group Company and was an executive committee member of Noon.com.
It is Mohammed’s goal to advance local entrepreneurs to compete successfully both regionally and on a global stage.
Abdullah Alkhanji (Mentor/Investor)
Abdullah Alkhanji is the founder of and Owner of Mini Delights, Roissant House Co, and Alkhanji real estate. He is a graduate Engineer from Oxford Univerity. He left his job as an Engineer in Kuwait Airways to achieve his dreams back in 2006.
Abdullah Alkhanji has a passion for entrepreneurships and likes to interact with people. His skill set includes Strategic Planning, Online Marketing and e-Commerce. Entrepreneurship is what drives him to communicate, help, guide and train others on Business Concepts.
Saleh Alrashidi (Mentor/Investor)
Saleh Alrashidi is has been involved in a variety of industries, ranging from Media, Publishing, Retail to Contracting. Currently he is the CEO of the MNC contracting company Emerge General Contracting. He is Managing Director of Injaz Publishing & Distribution from 2007. As a social worker, Saleh Alrashidi founded AlJalees; they raise awareness among the youth for “Reading” by creating book clubs movement in society. Saleh Alrashidi completed his BBA from the University of Toledo, Ohio USA. He completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Gulf University for Science And Technology in 2017. He had started by his professional career as a Financial Analyst in Zain Group in 2005. He is also a published author, having written books on How to Build A Great Team. His skill attributes include Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy and Planning, Start-ups and Retail, Business Development, Account Management, digital Marketing, Project Management and Investment.
Ashwaq Almudhaf (Mentor/Investor)
Owner of Dar DAMEC an engineering/architecture consulting firm since 2003. First woman to be elected to the board of directors of the Kuwaiti Society of Engineers 2007. One of three women appointed at the Municipal Council for the term 2009-2013. Owner of AlEmteyaz Food catering co.2007-ongoing. Kuwait sole distributor for The Systems By Stacy (U.S), 2019 ongoing.
Managing Partner : The Northern Quarter Food Co.(Home to several food concepts). Secretary of the Kuwait Association for the Protection of Industrial Properties.Member of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development-2019 ongoing. I am active in politics..may run for Parliament when the time is right.
Follow me on twitter and Instagram: @ashwaqalmudhaf
Dr. Saad Al-barrak (Advisor)
Saad al-Barrak is the Vice chairman at The National Fund for Small and Medium Enterprise Development. He also was Former CEO of Zain from 2002 until his resignation in 2010. During this time, he expanded Zain’s presence to make it the world’s third-biggest mobile operator in terms of subscribers. Al-Barrak has held several non-executive posts at other firms, including: vice-chairman of the Social Development Office of the Amiri Diwan in Kuwait; chairman of Egyptian Software Developer IT Soft; chairman of Arab Telecom; and non-executive director of the Arab Management Association in Cairo. He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in systems engineering from Ohio University in the US, as well as a doctorate in information systems and technology management from the UK’s University of London. Prior to joining Zain, Al-Barrak was managing director of International Turnkey Systems.
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Ridhya Albaghli has 15 years of experience in credit management, finance, investment sector and portfolio management in a range of investment companies and banks.He is the Former Chairman of United Catering Company – a Closed Joint Stock Company. He is currently the Executive Director and Partner of a Private Real Estate Development Company, House Living Hotel Management Company and Sources Technology for Oil Services. His key areas of interest include developing real estate, hospitality and hotel businesses.He graduated from Kuwait University Business Administration. He holds a CCM Certified Credit Analyst and Corporate Finance from the Institute of Banking Studies.
Haya Almanae (Mentor/Advisor)
Haya Al Mana is currently heading Sustainability & Innovation at Zain Kuwait. During her 11 years tenure at Zain, she has built a strong presence for the Zain brand value through community outreach programs, youth empowerment, and environmental sustainability initiatives. Her previous experience at Khazaen Venture Capital has also given her a 15-year experience and a foundation for building the Innovation unit, focusing on the entrepreneurship and innovation strategy and direction for Zain. She launched and runs the Zain Great Idea Accelerator for tech startups since 2010 and is currently heading Zain’s Innovation Center “ZINC” that entails entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship, tech startup programs, startup acceleration, creativity, innovation and more. She has coached thousands of youth, entrepreneurs and corporates around the region in communication, branding, strategy, entrepreneurship, innovation and more. She is also the co founder of Richards Coffee Company and Dorna.
Abdulrahman Alrashidi (Investor)
Abdulrahman Alrashidi is an entrepreneur, investor, and business owner. He is the Founder of TRIBE, TRIBE labs, holds a BA in MIS, and an MBA degree in Marketing from University of Toledo, Ohio, USA.
Since 2012 he has led over $12 million US dollars worth of Real-estate Development projects in Riyadh, Taif, Baku, Dubai, and Kuwait. His keen interest for investment in Real Estate can be seen as he has invested in TRIBE coworking space which is a mix of both real-estate and community based business. He founded Injaz Youth, a significant youth skill training initiative attracted over 3000 Kuwaiti students. He is also the Founder of the Saad Club, an annual summer club with over 2000 participants and 300 staff member functioning in 5 different locations each summer.