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Speakers

Hear from inspiring panelists and speakers influencing the technology industry


Keynote Speakers

Danya Bashir Hobba is the first woman to manage business development for Saudi in Careem, author, and two-time Tedx speaker. Danya has worked with the Mohammed Bin Rashed School of Government on the Arab Social Media Report and is a two-time winner of the U.A.E Young Entrepreneurship Competition under HRH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid. She was featured in '20 Empowering Women to be followed on Twitter,’ by Community of Women’s Entrepreneurs, and named by CNN as an Agent of Change. In addition to her current role as a business development manager at Careem, the MENA region's leading ride-hailing company, Danya is working on a new personal project utilizing social media to create positive change in areas such as entrepreneurship, leadership, economics, and social awareness to those who are unable to engage in traditional learning process. One of her most favorite quotes is ''Today's successful leader has to do two things manage the present and invent the future''.   Danya directly reported to the CEO of Careem and work crossed functionally with the growth, engineering and business development team to ensure the success of Careem across UAE, Pakistan, Saudi & Egypt. Moreover, Danya currently advises for Coded Minds a tech company based in MENA & Pakistan focused on improving the education system by using technology and problem-solving skills.

Danya Bashir Hobba is the first woman to manage business development for Saudi in Careem, author, and two-time Tedx speaker. Danya has worked with the Mohammed Bin Rashed School of Government on the Arab Social Media Report and is a two-time winner of the U.A.E Young Entrepreneurship Competition under HRH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid. She was featured in '20 Empowering Women to be followed on Twitter,’ by Community of Women’s Entrepreneurs, and named by CNN as an Agent of Change. In addition to her current role as a business development manager at Careem, the MENA region's leading ride-hailing company, Danya is working on a new personal project utilizing social media to create positive change in areas such as entrepreneurship, leadership, economics, and social awareness to those who are unable to engage in traditional learning process. One of her most favorite quotes is ''Today's successful leader has to do two things manage the present and invent the future''.

Danya directly reported to the CEO of Careem and work crossed functionally with the growth, engineering and business development team to ensure the success of Careem across UAE, Pakistan, Saudi & Egypt. Moreover, Danya currently advises for Coded Minds a tech company based in MENA & Pakistan focused on improving the education system by using technology and problem-solving skills.

Danya Bashir

Head Of Business Development

Careem

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Sepideh (“Sepi”) Nasiri is an award winning serial Entrepreneur with 16 years of experience working in the Tech Industry, the Founder of Persian Women In Tech, the former Vice President at Women 2.0 and a life-time advocate for women, diversity and inclusion. Mrs. Nasiri started her career as a Co-founder and Managing Editor of a digital and print Los Angeles Magazine and later joined a number of successful startups in Silicon Valley.  In 2014, she was recognized by San Francisco Business Times/Journal “40under40” and Diversity Journal’s 2014 “Women Worth Watching”. Currently, Mrs. Nasiri advises early stage startups including at global initiatives such as WeMENA (a program by the World Bank) and mentors globally many female entrepreneurs and founders in technology serving as an advisor to initiatives such as TechWomen, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

Sepideh (“Sepi”) Nasiri is an award winning serial Entrepreneur with 16 years of experience working in the Tech Industry, the Founder of Persian Women In Tech, the former Vice President at Women 2.0 and a life-time advocate for women, diversity and inclusion. Mrs. Nasiri started her career as a Co-founder and Managing Editor of a digital and print Los Angeles Magazine and later joined a number of successful startups in Silicon Valley.

In 2014, she was recognized by San Francisco Business Times/Journal “40under40” and Diversity Journal’s 2014 “Women Worth Watching”. Currently, Mrs. Nasiri advises early stage startups including at global initiatives such as WeMENA (a program by the World Bank) and mentors globally many female entrepreneurs and founders in technology serving as an advisor to initiatives such as TechWomen, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

Sepideh (Sepi) Nasiri

Founder & CEO

Persian Women in Tech (PWIT)

With her extensive knowledge on entrepreneurship in Turkey, Gülsüm Çıracı developed a number of projects from Young Entrepreneurship to Women in Entrepreneurship country-wide in collaboration with the World Bank. Through this project, Ms Çıracı met over 8.000 entrepreneurs either as a consultant or a mentor. Meanwhile, Ms Çıracı also helped implementation of a number of incubators at Anatolian part of Turkey including four incubators for women only for which she has been awarded. First of its kind in Turkey, “Idea of My Life” which was a project to provide seed investment and mentorship to young entrepreneurs was developed and executed by Ms Çıracı between 2007-2009. Ms Çıracı acted as Co-Founder and CEO of Startupbootcamp Istanbul in 2014-2015. Gülsüm Çıracı is Co-Founder of Istanbul Startup Angels, one of the leading angel investor networks in Turkey with its 27 investments to date. As of 2018, Ms Çıracı has established startupfon.com, early stage online investment platform.

With her extensive knowledge on entrepreneurship in Turkey, Gülsüm Çıracı developed a number of projects from Young Entrepreneurship to Women in Entrepreneurship country-wide in collaboration with the World Bank. Through this project, Ms Çıracı met over 8.000 entrepreneurs either as a consultant or a mentor. Meanwhile, Ms Çıracı also helped implementation of a number of incubators at Anatolian part of Turkey including four incubators for women only for which she has been awarded. First of its kind in Turkey, “Idea of My Life” which was a project to provide seed investment and mentorship to young entrepreneurs was developed and executed by Ms Çıracı between 2007-2009. Ms Çıracı acted as Co-Founder and CEO of Startupbootcamp Istanbul in 2014-2015. Gülsüm Çıracı is Co-Founder of Istanbul Startup Angels, one of the leading angel investor networks in Turkey with its 27 investments to date. As of 2018, Ms Çıracı has established startupfon.com, early stage online investment platform.

Gulsum Ciraci

Founding Partner

StartupFon

Nona Keyhani,  Associate (IP, Tech & Data), Reed Smith   Nona grew up in Sweden and came to the UK aged 9 with her family. In 2012, Nona graduated with a Masters in Law from UCL in London and upon completing law school, she commenced her training as a lawyer with the international law firm, Reed Smith LLP. During her training, Nona undertook two in-house secondments; the first with a global media and broadcasting organisation. She assisted on a variety of matters across the business, supporting the commercial and online businesses. Nona also completed an in-house of an investment bank headquartered in New York, before qualifying in 2018. Since qualification, Nona specialises in privacy, data protection and technology law. She advises clients across a diverse range of industry sectors and also works in Barclays Bank in Canary Wharf (which is London’s financial district) on her part time secondment.  Nona is a member of Persian Women in Tech London Chapter since last summer and helps organise monthly events in the city. She was one of the key member organising our one year anniversary at Google’s headquarters in London last year. She is also part of the planning committee for the inaugural Persian Women in Tech conference on 22 June 2019 in London. Nona assists with the legal and compliance issues which arise in respect of PWIT in the UK.

Nona Keyhani, Associate (IP, Tech & Data), Reed Smith

Nona grew up in Sweden and came to the UK aged 9 with her family. In 2012, Nona graduated with a Masters in Law from UCL in London and upon completing law school, she commenced her training as a lawyer with the international law firm, Reed Smith LLP. During her training, Nona undertook two in-house secondments; the first with a global media and broadcasting organisation. She assisted on a variety of matters across the business, supporting the commercial and online businesses. Nona also completed an in-house of an investment bank headquartered in New York, before qualifying in 2018. Since qualification, Nona specialises in privacy, data protection and technology law. She advises clients across a diverse range of industry sectors and also works in Barclays Bank in Canary Wharf (which is London’s financial district) on her part time secondment.

Nona is a member of Persian Women in Tech London Chapter since last summer and helps organise monthly events in the city. She was one of the key member organising our one year anniversary at Google’s headquarters in London last year. She is also part of the planning committee for the inaugural Persian Women in Tech conference on 22 June 2019 in London. Nona assists with the legal and compliance issues which arise in respect of PWIT in the UK.

Nona Keyhani

Privacy Lawyer

Reed Smith LLP (IP, Tech & Data)

Asma Bashir is a legal professional with over 20 years experience within the legal services industry. Asma started her career within one of the largest Law Firm’s in the world before she became an entrepreneur herself. She grew her business from a start up to a global business within 10 years offering services to multinational companies in over 160 countries. In 2014, Asma’s business was acquired by a US firm, after which she helped grow their business in five other regions including the US, Asia, Middle East and Europe. She worked on acquiring new companies and integrating them into the existing teams before she departed to set up a new entrepreneurial venture at Centuro Global. Asma now helps young founders grow their businesses and scale into other regions across the globe. Asma is part of the Mayor’s International Business Programme in London and a Senator with the World Business Angel Forum (G20 Summit). She also works with Tech London Advocates and the Royal Bank of Scotland/Natwest on various initiatives to help startups grow.

Asma Bashir is a legal professional with over 20 years experience within the legal services industry. Asma started her career within one of the largest Law Firm’s in the world before she became an entrepreneur herself. She grew her business from a start up to a global business within 10 years offering services to multinational companies in over 160 countries. In 2014, Asma’s business was acquired by a US firm, after which she helped grow their business in five other regions including the US, Asia, Middle East and Europe. She worked on acquiring new companies and integrating them into the existing teams before she departed to set up a new entrepreneurial venture at Centuro Global. Asma now helps young founders grow their businesses and scale into other regions across the globe. Asma is part of the Mayor’s International Business Programme in London and a Senator with the World Business Angel Forum (G20 Summit). She also works with Tech London Advocates and the Royal Bank of Scotland/Natwest on various initiatives to help startups grow.


Asma Bashir

Chairman

Centuro Global


After an education in Oslo, Paria spent 8 year with Varner-Gruppen, as buyer and managerial roles, before transferring to Floyd by Smith, spending the next decade leading their international expansion across the MENA region. Following the birth of her first child, Paria founded blowout&go order to fulfil a clear gap in the market for a professional yet affordable mobile hair styling service in Dubai. Under her leadership as CEO the group has expanded to be regarded as one of the leading beauty brands in the region. Her distinct style and personality has led Paria to become one of the most talked about social and cultural influencers in the region, regularly working in partnership with major brands to assist in their marketing campaigns. Her remit has now expanded as blowout&go goes global with its beauty tech platform bgX. A groundbreaking new service delivering professional salon stylists to the customers via a global partnership with Uber. It has launched in London, Paris and Dubai and will move to the US in 2018.

After an education in Oslo, Paria spent 8 year with Varner-Gruppen, as buyer and managerial roles, before transferring to Floyd by Smith, spending the next decade leading their international expansion across the MENA region. Following the birth of her first child, Paria founded blowout&go order to fulfil a clear gap in the market for a professional yet affordable mobile hair styling service in Dubai. Under her leadership as CEO the group has expanded to be regarded as one of the leading beauty brands in the region. Her distinct style and personality has led Paria to become one of the most talked about social and cultural influencers in the region, regularly working in partnership with major brands to assist in their marketing campaigns. Her remit has now expanded as blowout&go goes global with its beauty tech platform bgX. A groundbreaking new service delivering professional salon stylists to the customers via a global partnership with Uber. It has launched in London, Paris and Dubai and will move to the US in 2018.

Paria Ghorashi

Founder & Chief Creative Officer

Blowout & Go

"As a senior software engineer, Rana has global responsibility for the tech and entrepreneurship field. She is passionate about building new commercial tech companies that tackle the biggest social challenges in the developed world. Excited by technology, Rana is driven by the desire to use her skills, experience, and energy to have a personal impact on the social issues that really.    She used to be the Product Development and Women’s Inclusivity Manager at Mercy Corps in Gaza. Rana has global responsibility for the attraction, engagement, development, and experience of Mercy Corps most important asset - its people. She championed Mercy Corps’ mission ‘helping people build secure, productive and just communities.’ playing a critical role in enabling the organization ‘to commit to achieving demonstrable impact for stakeholders, using their feedback to innovate, learn and improve.’ With a growing employee base, Rana enabled Mercy Corps to scale, while working on the very elements that have made the organization so successful in gender equality to date.    Rana brings 8 years of people leadership experience across multiple industries, geographies, and scale of businesses. Prior to joining Mercy Corps, Rana served as Product Manager of Microsoft first lab in Palestine, a leader in the outsourcing industry in different Saudi Companies and GGateWay, a social enterprise that has a hybrid business model aiming to build ICT graduates capacity to employ them in outsourcing projects.    Rana has been working as a backend developer since 2010 and has experience in establishing two startups one for artificial intelligence software applications and the other for business organizations software environments. She established and led the Palestine Code Academy at Gaza Sky Geeks in partnership with Founders and Coders, she is also the founder of the first women-only coding club in the area.    As a youth programs’ lead, Rana’s passion is around culture. She has the opportunity to work alongside Angel Hack, Iridescent, PCRF and Christian Aid, all is non-profit youth empowerment and culture space. She is an advisor to a number of young girls, as well as a mentor to a number of startups in system analysis and product development.    Rana holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and an MBA from Islamic University of Gaza, Palestine. She is working now as a founder in the second mission of Zinc Ventures Limited to “Unlock new opportunities for people in hard-hit places by globalization and automation” exploring new markets to start her business in England. She is exploring new opportunities to give the women in minority communities in the UK access to tech jobs by upskilling them to be qualified data engineers."

"As a senior software engineer, Rana has global responsibility for the tech and entrepreneurship field. She is passionate about building new commercial tech companies that tackle the biggest social challenges in the developed world. Excited by technology, Rana is driven by the desire to use her skills, experience, and energy to have a personal impact on the social issues that really.

She used to be the Product Development and Women’s Inclusivity Manager at Mercy Corps in Gaza. Rana has global responsibility for the attraction, engagement, development, and experience of Mercy Corps most important asset - its people. She championed Mercy Corps’ mission ‘helping people build secure, productive and just communities.’ playing a critical role in enabling the organization ‘to commit to achieving demonstrable impact for stakeholders, using their feedback to innovate, learn and improve.’ With a growing employee base, Rana enabled Mercy Corps to scale, while working on the very elements that have made the organization so successful in gender equality to date.

Rana brings 8 years of people leadership experience across multiple industries, geographies, and scale of businesses. Prior to joining Mercy Corps, Rana served as Product Manager of Microsoft first lab in Palestine, a leader in the outsourcing industry in different Saudi Companies and GGateWay, a social enterprise that has a hybrid business model aiming to build ICT graduates capacity to employ them in outsourcing projects.

Rana has been working as a backend developer since 2010 and has experience in establishing two startups one for artificial intelligence software applications and the other for business organizations software environments. She established and led the Palestine Code Academy at Gaza Sky Geeks in partnership with Founders and Coders, she is also the founder of the first women-only coding club in the area.

As a youth programs’ lead, Rana’s passion is around culture. She has the opportunity to work alongside Angel Hack, Iridescent, PCRF and Christian Aid, all is non-profit youth empowerment and culture space. She is an advisor to a number of young girls, as well as a mentor to a number of startups in system analysis and product development.

Rana holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and an MBA from Islamic University of Gaza, Palestine. She is working now as a founder in the second mission of Zinc Ventures Limited to “Unlock new opportunities for people in hard-hit places by globalization and automation” exploring new markets to start her business in England. She is exploring new opportunities to give the women in minority communities in the UK access to tech jobs by upskilling them to be qualified data engineers."

Rana Alqrenawi

M2 Founder

Zinc Ventures Limited

May Samali is passionate about investing in people and ideas that can change the world.  As Chief Operating Officer, New Ventures at High Resolves, May is responsible for building and spinning out a new technology platform for citizenship education across the US. She is also a Venture Partner at NextGen Venture Partners, a network-driven venture capital firm. May's primary areas of interest include venture financing, tech policy, social entrepreneurship and adaptive leadership. She is published on these topics in multiple outlets, including TechCrunch, Forbes, VentureBeat, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and San Francisco Chronicle. She is also a regular speaker at conferences and industry events. May holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and Bachelors of Laws and Economic & Social Sciences (First Class Honors & University Medal) from Sydney University. She is a John Monash Scholar and an Australian American Young Leadership Dialogue Fellow. She was a Gleitsman Leadership Fellow and a Social Enterprise Fellow at Harvard's Center for Public Leadership.  May has extensive experience advising startups across the US and Australia. She was formerly an investor at the Urban Innovation Fund, a venture capital firm investing in entrepreneurs shaping the future of cities. Prior to that, she was a Director at Tumml, an urban ventures accelerator in San Francisco. She has also worked as a strategy consultant at a boutique venture firm and as an attorney in Sydney.  In addition, May has worked for the President of the Court of Appeal of the New South Wales Supreme Court. She has also provided strategic advice to Australian governments on innovation and startup policy. May also has non-profit management experience. She serves as a Member of the Board of Advisors for Persian Women in Tech, an organization supporting Persian & MENA women in STEM. She was previously Deputy CEO at 180 Degrees Consulting, the world's largest volunteer consultancy.

May Samali is passionate about investing in people and ideas that can change the world.
As Chief Operating Officer, New Ventures at High Resolves, May is responsible for building and spinning out a new technology platform for citizenship education across the US. She is also a Venture Partner at NextGen Venture Partners, a network-driven venture capital firm. May's primary areas of interest include venture financing, tech policy, social entrepreneurship and adaptive leadership. She is published on these topics in multiple outlets, including TechCrunch, Forbes, VentureBeat, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and San Francisco Chronicle. She is also a regular speaker at conferences and industry events.
May holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and Bachelors of Laws and Economic & Social Sciences (First Class Honors & University Medal) from Sydney University. She is a John Monash Scholar and an Australian American Young Leadership Dialogue Fellow. She was a Gleitsman Leadership Fellow and a Social Enterprise Fellow at Harvard's Center for Public Leadership.
May has extensive experience advising startups across the US and Australia. She was formerly an investor at the Urban Innovation Fund, a venture capital firm investing in entrepreneurs shaping the future of cities. Prior to that, she was a Director at Tumml, an urban ventures accelerator in San Francisco. She has also worked as a strategy consultant at a boutique venture firm and as an attorney in Sydney.
In addition, May has worked for the President of the Court of Appeal of the New South Wales Supreme Court. She has also provided strategic advice to Australian governments on innovation and startup policy.
May also has non-profit management experience. She serves as a Member of the Board of Advisors for Persian Women in Tech, an organization supporting Persian & MENA women in STEM. She was previously Deputy CEO at 180 Degrees Consulting, the world's largest volunteer consultancy.

May Samali

COO, New Ventures

High Resolves

Nisreen Deeb is a computer scientist working as a System Analyst and a Social Entrepreneur and Co- Founder of many initatives to empower the youth and the women in STEAM. She has a 10 years of experience in the IT industry and currently managing the systems in the IT department of the second largest container carrier and cruise company in the world - MSC Lebanon. Nisreen is involved in encouraging young women to appreciate STEAM (i.e. science, technology, arts, and mathematics) and aspires to global reach through the power of technology, which is perceptible from her winning achievement in 2013 as a one of the top 5 TechWomen emerging leaders in Lebanon and spent five weeks in Silicon Valley. Techwomen experience allowed her to win the US department of states funding for her project which is about teaching programming for grade 4 students. The project was implemented in 2016/2017 academic year and tought 500 school students the basics of programming. The opportunity that Nisreen had in Silicon Valley encouraged her to come back to her nation and provide an environment for Lebanese students and women to achieve their full potential, and hence Co- Founding Girls Got IT initiative, Founding the Arab Women in Computing Lebanon Chapter, an active member in the LLWB STEM Committee, recently Co-Founding USALTECH (a community for TechWomen and TechGirls in Lebanon), in addition to organizing many hackathons and events in Lebanon.

Nisreen Deeb is a computer scientist working as a System Analyst and a Social Entrepreneur and Co- Founder of many initatives to empower the youth and the women in STEAM. She has a 10 years of experience in the IT industry and currently managing the systems in the IT department of the second largest container carrier and cruise company in the world - MSC Lebanon. Nisreen is involved in encouraging young women to appreciate STEAM (i.e. science, technology, arts, and mathematics) and aspires to global reach through the power of technology, which is perceptible from her winning achievement in 2013 as a one of the top 5 TechWomen emerging leaders in Lebanon and spent five weeks in Silicon Valley. Techwomen experience allowed her to win the US department of states funding for her project which is about teaching programming for grade 4 students. The project was implemented in 2016/2017 academic year and tought 500 school students the basics of programming. The opportunity that Nisreen had in Silicon Valley encouraged her to come back to her nation and provide an environment for Lebanese students and women to achieve their full potential, and hence Co- Founding Girls Got IT initiative, Founding the Arab Women in Computing Lebanon Chapter, an active member in the LLWB STEM Committee, recently Co-Founding USALTECH (a community for TechWomen and TechGirls in Lebanon), in addition to organizing many hackathons and events in Lebanon.

Nisreen Deeb

Co-Founder

Girls Got IT

Khashayar is a Director of GQR, an award-winning search specialist organisation uniting the most talented people from STEM backgrounds with pioneering organisations throughout Europe, the Americas, and Asia-Pacific.    After graduating from the University of Surrey with honours in Management, Khashayar joined GQR in London where he leads their EMEA practice and is responsible for GQR’s global growth strategy across the Banking & Finance, Life Science, Technology, and Energy & Engineering sectors.    Born in London to a third-generation Iranian family in the UK, he has maintained a passionate connection to Iran and the success of the community across the globe.    He is a Tech enthusiast having previously studying Software Design & Development and is now involved with some crowdsourcing platforms focusing on technology start-ups.

Khashayar is a Director of GQR, an award-winning search specialist organisation uniting the most talented people from STEM backgrounds with pioneering organisations throughout Europe, the Americas, and Asia-Pacific.

After graduating from the University of Surrey with honours in Management, Khashayar joined GQR in London where he leads their EMEA practice and is responsible for GQR’s global growth strategy across the Banking & Finance, Life Science, Technology, and Energy & Engineering sectors.

Born in London to a third-generation Iranian family in the UK, he has maintained a passionate connection to Iran and the success of the community across the globe.

He is a Tech enthusiast having previously studying Software Design & Development and is now involved with some crowdsourcing platforms focusing on technology start-ups.

Khashayar shahmiri

Director

GQR Global Markets

Faranak Farahmand Pour  Currently Faranak lives in Dubai and works at SAP’s Global Strategic Initiatives, a high performing sales organization responsible for the strategy, structure and negotiation of highly complex partnership and opportunities.  Faranak joined GSI in 2015 initially located in The Netherlands focusing on SAP EMEA North region (Great Britain, Ireland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and the Baltic countries) and moved to Dubai in August 2016 focusing on SAP EMEA South region (Africa, Middle East, South Europe: Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey). Faranak is a key member of the GSI team successfully leading the strategy, structuring and negotiation of large complex opportunities with our customers in EMEA. Faranak has demonstrated the ability to engage with customers in various countries and cultures. Faranak is also the Chapter Lead for the SAP Business Women’s Network in the United Arab Emirates.  The business women’s network (BWN) is an employee-driven network at SAP to help women advance their careers and the company’s business. By sharing professional insights, best practices, education and experience, we help one another develop skills and career advancing opportunities to drive SAP’s  success. More information can be found on https://news.sap.com/2017/07/ten-years-business-womens-network-sap/ Between August 2013 and July 2015, Faranak headed the Legal Department for SAP in The Netherlands, managing all legal matters for SAP Nederland B.V. including drafting and negotiating agreements (software licensing, Cloud Services, Consulting Services, (IT) outsourcing, purchasing and sales). Prior to joining SAP, Faranak was part of the Legal Depart of Philips International B.V. providing legal support for the divisions of Philips IP&S, “Philips Corporate IT”, “Philips Forwarding and Distribution”, “Philips Group Purchasing” and “FINOPS”(Finance Operations) worldwide. Faranak has a Master of Law in International Business Law and a Bachelor of International & European Law from Tilburg University in The Netherlands, both graduated Cum Laude.

Faranak Farahmand Pour

Currently Faranak lives in Dubai and works at SAP’s Global Strategic Initiatives, a high performing sales organization responsible for the strategy, structure and negotiation of highly complex partnership and opportunities.

Faranak joined GSI in 2015 initially located in The Netherlands focusing on SAP EMEA North region (Great Britain, Ireland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and the Baltic countries) and moved to Dubai in August 2016 focusing on SAP EMEA South region (Africa, Middle East, South Europe: Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey). Faranak is a key member of the GSI team successfully leading the strategy, structuring and negotiation of large complex opportunities with our customers in EMEA. Faranak has demonstrated the ability to engage with customers in various countries and cultures. Faranak is also the Chapter Lead for the SAP Business Women’s Network in the United Arab Emirates.

The business women’s network (BWN) is an employee-driven network at SAP to help women advance their careers and the company’s business. By sharing professional insights, best practices, education and experience, we help one another develop skills and career advancing opportunities to drive SAP’s

success. More information can be found on https://news.sap.com/2017/07/ten-years-business-womens-network-sap/ Between August 2013 and July 2015, Faranak headed the Legal Department for SAP in The Netherlands, managing all legal matters for SAP Nederland B.V. including drafting and negotiating agreements (software licensing, Cloud Services, Consulting Services, (IT) outsourcing, purchasing and sales). Prior to joining SAP, Faranak was part of the Legal Depart of Philips International B.V. providing legal support for the divisions of Philips IP&S, “Philips Corporate IT”, “Philips Forwarding and Distribution”, “Philips Group Purchasing” and “FINOPS”(Finance Operations) worldwide. Faranak has a Master of Law in International Business Law and a Bachelor of International & European Law from Tilburg University in The Netherlands, both graduated Cum Laude.

Faranak Farahmand Pour

Global Strategic Initiatives

SAP

Mahtab is an entrepreneur and music/arts enthusiast currently working on transforming how we can interact with the digital world through every day objects. Her previous project VRSUS is a creative application for capturing live music in Virtual Reality and re-creating the concert experience. Her other projects have involved pipelines for machine learning, concert recommendation tools, integrations for online advertising and various small web projects. She studied Systems Design and HCI in the context of music. Her MA thesis presented methods and studies used in mapping live performance (human) gestures to sound in digital musical instruments.

Mahtab is an entrepreneur and music/arts enthusiast currently working on transforming how we can interact with the digital world through every day objects. Her previous project VRSUS is a creative application for capturing live music in Virtual Reality and re-creating the concert experience. Her other projects have involved pipelines for machine learning, concert recommendation tools, integrations for online advertising and various small web projects. She studied Systems Design and HCI in the context of music. Her MA thesis presented methods and studies used in mapping live performance (human) gestures to sound in digital musical instruments.

Mahtab Ghamsari

AI Scientist

Hypersurfaces, Mogees LTD.

Xanyar is a Founding Partner at Griffon Capital, a frontier market focused Asset Management, Venture Capital and Investment Banking group. Xanyar graduated with an MBA from London Business School. Prior to Griffon Capital, Xanyar spent 8 years as a Director in the Telecom and Technology investment banking team of Deutsche Bank in London advising some of the largest tech players in EMEA. Before that, Xanyar founded Tehran Computer, a leading provider of computer telephony solutions in the Middle East. Xanyar is also an active angel investor in tech companies in the MENA region.

Xanyar is a Founding Partner at Griffon Capital, a frontier market focused Asset Management, Venture Capital and Investment Banking group. Xanyar graduated with an MBA from London Business School. Prior to Griffon Capital, Xanyar spent 8 years as a Director in the Telecom and Technology investment banking team of Deutsche Bank in London advising some of the largest tech players in EMEA. Before that, Xanyar founded Tehran Computer, a leading provider of computer telephony solutions in the Middle East. Xanyar is also an active angel investor in tech companies in the MENA region.

Xanyar Kamangar

Founding Partner

Griffon Capital

 

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