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Ramzi AbdelJaber
  • Co-founder of MENAFN
  • Worked at McKinsey & Co. (Silicon Valley) and Andersen Consulting (Middle East)
  • Co-founded and led business and product development at a leading e-business start up in the Middle East
  • Served leading financial institutions including Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, American Express, Franklin Templeton, Wachovia, Pamukbank, and several ME-based institutions
  • Served several high-tech clients, including Ariba and Novell
  • Advises Global financial institutions on investment in ME and serves on Jordan’s e-government task force
  • Holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, B.Sc. (with highest distinction) from the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
Sawsan Dababneh
  • Co-founder and CEO of MENAFN
  • Co-founder and Chairwoman of a leading e-business development start up in Middle East [Integrated Business Solutions]
  • Responsible for a portfolio of banking applications at the Arab Bank Group (4th largest bank in Middle East) for 8 years
  • Led Andersen Consulting's effort to develop a multilingual, multi-branch, online banking system for Middle East customers
  • Served Arab Bank Group, Housing Bank, Union Bank of Jordan, Jordan National Bank and HSBC (Jordan)
  • Serves as the Chairwoman of a leading technology start up in Jordan
  • Holds B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of New Mexico
Omar Khudari
  • Co-founder of Ibtikar Venture Partners, LLC
  • Private equity investor making seed-stage and early stage investments in IT companies
  • Serves on the boards of Tune Inc., The Telluride Group, Highpoint Systems, DYS Analytics, and MENAFN
  • Omar was Chairman of Viaweb, Inc., from December 1996, until Viaweb was acquired by Yahoo! In June 1998
  • Prior to Viaweb, Omar was co-founder and President of Papyrus Design Group, a computer game publisher. He ran Papyrus from its inception in 1987, until it was acquired by Sierra On-Line in 1995
  • Omar has a B.S. in Philosophy from Harvard University
Hafsa Al Ulama
  • Partner at Dubai Ideas Oasis
  • A 10-year banking veteran at Citibank and First Gulf Bank. First UAE woman to head Citibank's retail branches in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.
  • Launched Citibank's call center in the UAE and introduced the Automated Voice Response banking system and 24-hour operation to the banking industry in the UAE. Holds a Masters in Management Information Systems from the London School of Economics and a B.Sc. from San Diego State University
Douglas Woodham
  • Former Managing Director at efinanceworks
  • Sits on boards of CashEdge, CoverageCorp.com, and MENAFN
  • Doug was a Founding Partner and East Coast Manager of McKinsey’s Business Technology Office. Under his leadership, the office grew to 350 professionals and became the 6th largest office in McKinsey
  • Prior to McKinsey, Doug was the Chief Information Officer and Vice President at Enron Capital (www.enron.com)
  • Doug received his Doctorate and Masters in Economics from the University of Michigan and his B.A. in Social Science Research from Syracuse University


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