Startup Weekend Bahrain
Thursday, November 15 - 17, 2018
Thursday, November 15 - 17, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm
Bahrain FinTech Bay
3rd floor, Arcapita
P.O. Box 11299
No Talk. All Action. Build a Startup in 54 Hours!
Thursday November 15th
Friday November 16th
Saturday November 17th
Previously, he was focusing on financial services with the Bahrain Economic Development Board, which is a dynamic public agency that is responsible for attracting inward investment into Bahrain, enhancing the investment climate and driving economic development. He focused on promoting Bahrain's financial services sector and attracting new investments into this sector. Successes include expanding existing companies and attracting new ones such as banks, asset & wealth managers, insurers, ancillary services providers and FinTechs.
Before joining the Bahrain Economic Development Board, he worked for Ernst & Young and SEI Investments in London.
He has a MSC from Imperial College London and a BSc from the University of Exeter (first class honors).
With 14 years experience in the telecom sector, Pakiza has lead the Corporate Sustainability and Social Responsibility department, responsible for the company’s strategic programs for community development, youth empowerment and environmental stewardshipOut of her formal role at the EDB, Pakiza is a Foodie – she is the founder of @PacosTacosBH a home food concept for Mexican Food since 2013. She enjoys playing table tennis & volunteers with INJAZ, AYADI, AIESEC.
Coaches and Mentors
Fawaz started the blockchain journey in 2016 after reading Blockchain Revolutions by Alex Tapscott. Astonished by what blockchain has to offer, Btech Blockchain Group was founded with the man puropose to conduct awareness sessions and trainings in blockchain development.
Ameen has been in the software business for more than 15 years, Ameen used to work in R&D in both Saudi Aramco and in Oblong Industries (US), his experience spans multiple technical disciplines ranging from artificial intelligence (AI), security and penetration testing, 3D programming and simulation, hardware design and programming, he’s the founder of the game development scene in Bahrain where he teaches the magic of game development and AI.
Ameen is also also a recognized international speaker who gave talks in big conferences like Amazon Web Services (AWS), MEGA game development conference and Dubai World Game Expo (DWGE), he also trains professionals in Bahrain's biggest financial institute: Bahrain Institute of Business and Finance (BIBF) where he teaches artificial intelligence, ethical hacking and blockchain, he's been training thousands of professionals in and off Bahrain.
Nadia’s expertise lies at the intersection of business and the social sciences. Prior to her current roles as consultant and lecturer, her work experience included working as an organizational change consultant with SHM Productions in London, as well as investment banking and business advisory roles at EY, Arab Banking Corporation, Samena Capital, and as a freelance consultant and trainer in Bahrain.
She completed her MBA as a Fulbright Scholar in the US specializing in Culture, Organizations and Social Innovation. She also holds an MPhil in International Development from the University of Cambridge, and a BSc in Economics and Political Science from the University of Birmingham.
As an entrepreneur, Moyez has founded, co-founded, developed and managed start-ups in the GCC and South America that provided technology-based solutions and consulting services. He was the founder of 21stCentury Skills, a pioneer in bringing technology-assisted learning to the Arabian Gulf regions. He also co-founded two Satellite-based telecommunications ventures, one of which, has evolved into a highly successful nation-wide wireless telecoms operator.
As a mentor, Moyez is actively involved with helping and inspiring Bahraini entrepreneurs in starting and developing their businesses by sharing his diverse experiences, knowledge, and wisdom.
Ali is Co-founder of Vibe Media, a design and media agency. Through it he has built extensive experience in leading creative projects, with a focus on helping SMEs and startups set goals and reach their fullest potential through digital media. His love for music is key to his creative output and it has inspired his passion for business and creative projects.
Ali is also co-founder and partner at Odisi wll. An events and experiences platform focused on both showcasing and creating unique experiences together with local partners to show a side of Bahrain that is rarely experienced.
He excelled in the elds of Marketing, Finance, Business Management, and Sales.
The entrepreneur had received the Bahrain Award for Entrepreneurship in November 2017.
Mohamed’s actions revolve around a well-articulated set of values; Innovation, Perseverance, & Bureaucracy all of which had and still are leaving a positive mark on the organizations he directs as well as his sta members.
“I always had passion for food. I am always a risk taker and I took the rst step towards achieving my dream”(April, 2018).
Khalifa is also the recipient of Bahrain’s Award for Entrepreneurship in 2016, by His Royal Highness the Crown Price of Bahrain, for his innovative start-up of the year. In addition to this, despite running a newly developed establishment for only a single year, he was placed 5th among 3700 business in the MENA region for the Intel business challenge.
Furthermore, Khalifa is the Treasurer and a Board Member of the ASEAN Bahrain Council (ABC) and a Member of the Technology Committee at the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI).
Throughout his professional journey, Khalifa has always carried a solid vision, to provide excellence through tailor-made, limitless and border-less services, that will bring experts, professionals and clients together.
Yazin joined Souq through the acquisition of his company, White Payments, in 2015. Before that Yazin worked at GE for 5 years, his last role being Global Finance Leader for GE Energy. Yazin enjoys coding and writing in his spare time, and has deep practical experience in the Financial Technology sector.
Empowering good by empowering good: Lana Founded GudJuju, a digital agency with a conscious providing development & IT consultancy to social good initiatives & companies with good CSR all over the globe. It also advises clients on how to make their businesses/ideas more social. GudJuju is powered by women, refugees both internally & externally displaced, and most recently are working to create online job opportunities differently abled individuals.
Education: Lana’s first business venture was when she was 13, she ran an after school tutoring service from her home. Lana is the Founder & Lead of Google Developer Group’s Manama chapter, through it, in just a few months they have accomplished almost 1000 attendees receiving free and hands-on and technical training in the latest technologies.
Women Empowerment: Lana is a Women Techmaker lead in Bahrain, this Google program provides Women community, resources and visibility to women in Tech at all stages of their careers.
Lana was mentioned as 1 of 100 Bahraini notable women who transformed Bahrain (1 of 10 in the Engineering & IT sector) in 2017 and listed as one of Bahrain's Most Influential Women Entrepreneurs in 2018.
Lana started working at 13 which has earned her an amazing 18 years of work experience (8.5 in Banking & Finance and the rest in Education & Technology). Lana also holds a BSc in Computer Science which she had achieved at the age of 19. Lana was the developer on the winning team of Startup weekend Bahrain 2014. She is an Ashoka ChangeMaker Exchange Alumni and also a Global Shaper which is an initiative under the World Economic Forum.
Esra Al Shammari
Esra received a Fulbright scholarship from the US Department of State to pursue her MSc in Data Science. Prior to moving back to Bahrain, she worked with startups in the US and Silicon Valley to layout the ground of their data analytics . She won the worldwide Teradata Data Challenge in 2017 after competing with 230 worldwide applicants and was one of the top 10 finalists in the Queen City Data Hackathon in Charlotte, USA.
Mohamed is a Regional AI Speaker who has delivered many workshops In Bahrain, Dubai and KSA. He is a Co-Organizer at Google Developer group Manama, and has collaborated with IEEE Polytehnic and Maker faire.
Ayesha regularly serves as an external examiner for graduating projects for the Department of Computer Science at the College of IT, UoB. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Bahrain.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
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