MENA Summit 2018

MENA Summit 2018

Motivating Venture Capital in the Era of MENA Technology and Innovation

Thursday, February 8, 2018 / 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The Middle East is an affluent region and home to very sophisticated investors, including sovereign wealth funds, large family offices, and venture capital. Yet, most successful regional startups raise the majority of their funding from international investors. While the ability to raise funds from international investors is validating the quality and maturity of growth and late stage startups in the region, there is insufficient funding available from investors in the home market.

In this panel, we will explore the underlying reasons for this gap and ways to foster a better regional investment ecosystem.


Saud Al Nowais

UAE Commercial Attache (Counselor), Embassy of the UAE, Trade & Commercial Office


Ron Cao

Founder and Managing Director, Sky9 Capital

Fadi Ghandour

Executive Chairman, Wamda Capital; Co-Founder and Vice Chairman, Aramex

Sumant Mandal

Managing Director, March Capital Partners; Co-Founder, The Hive

Abdulrahman Tarabzouni

CEO and Managing Director, STV

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