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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)

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

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

Regional Leader GSI Greater China

SAP


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