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Superb mentors and experts are available through the weekend to work with the teams. Many of the mentors acted as pitch coaches
Sami Alhelwah
Over 14 years of experience in technology-driven startups and business, including general management, business development, product development, business operations, financial management, executive management and strategy formulation. Mastered the intersection of technology, business and community and used that to co-found Matajer and Nana project which is an online grocery delivery platform built on the collaborative economy model.. Provide consultations for private and public sector
Sami is an Angel Investor and Advisor outside of work; he supports programs that empower the startup community and future generations of young entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia. He is Nana's Founder and CEO, an Angel Investor at Sadeem since 2014, and the CEO and Founder of EXA since 2002
Mohammed S Fadin
A Client Technical Professional for IBM cloud solutions Bluemix PaaS and DevOps practice.
Mohammed Fadin focuses on cloud adaption and enterprises software delivery lifecycle optimization and collaboration between IT teams by developing strategic Cloud & DevOps recommendations to clients. Mohammed Fadin had worked as a full-stack software developer for local companies and startups using cutting edge technologies.
Alanoud Alshaalan
Developer Ecosystem & Startups, Saudi Arabia
Alanoud is a developer’s ecosystem and startups, part of IBM Cloud Saudi Arabia. She believes in youth talent, making new technologies and helping communities by solving their day-to-day problems in an innovative way. As an IBMer dealing with multiple startups and developers, supporting them via IBM Global Entrepreneur program, Alanoud mentors and judges in many events such as the First cognitive hackathon at PNU and Computer Science and Information Technology Department graduation project Exhibition.
Shada Alaqeil
Project Administrator, IS Delivery / GTS
Shada joined IBM in 2015 as IT specialist under Telecommunication Business Operations for Mobily SO account. She holds a master’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Eastern Michigan University. Currently she works under GTS/ITS delivery team as a project administrator
 Mohammed A Alreedi
Senior Certified Technical Professional for Integration, Mobile and API Economy portfolio, Mohammed Alreedi is responsible for providing strategic business and technical advice and recommendations for IBM Integration, Mobile, APIs and Microservice Architecture. He studied Software Engineering in KSU (King Saud University), graduated in 2011 with an honor degree and best graduation project award (Smart Home System). Mohammed Alreedi has worked as a technical professional and consultant for over 5 years focusing on IBM Integration Portfolio for the biggest organizations in Saudi like Ministry of Interior, STC, Yesser and SADAD. He has worked with Ministry of Defense, MOI-NIC Absher and Yesser and Dubai Government. In his current role, Mohammed Alreedi is working with IBM Clients on Mega projects for Microservice Architecture, API Economy and Data Monetization like STC
Hanadi Wali
Hanadi is a Sales Operations Advisor at IBM Saudi. She got her MBA from Prince Sultan University, and her bachelor in Information Technology from King Saud University
Mohammed Alhasan
An Industrial engineer, interested in eCommerce, technology and entrepreneurship. Expert in eCommerce Since 2009. Served in eChances Entrepreneurial services for two years providing Business and technology solutions and consultancy for entrepreneurs for 2 years. Provided business advisory for 50+ start-ups as self-employer. Worked at ELM in PMO for 1 Year. Currently working as Business Development advisor at Badir Program for Technology incubations. Has been awarded in several Competitions such as 1st award Startup weekend Riyadh 2015,2nd Award Mubadir from Riyadh Chamber 2015, 1st award at Arabnet Ideatheon 2015 and 1st Award in GITR Mena in Digital Logistics
Hebah Almoaiqel
Hebah is a Software Engineering faculty member at King Saud University. She has an MSc in Software Engineering from University of York, United Kingdom, and BSc in Information Technology from King Saud University, KSA. Furthermore, she has an experience in Saudi market as Business Analyst and Project Manager. Hebah is interested in e-Learning, Service Orient Architecture, Project Management, Quality Assurance, Human-Computer-Interaction for the engineers. Also, she attended courses for Design Thinking and Project Management. She keeps learning new technologies then share it with others
Ghassan Alsafi
IT Business Development Consultant of Ten-year experience with extensive subject matter expertise in IT Service Management (ITSM) and ITIL, methods, processes, strategic technology infrastructure planning and developing cost effective solutions to meet customer business requirements. ITIL OSA, SOA and PPO. ITIL Trainer. Assist in the early stages of the business start-up and development, which are classified as one of the most difficult stages. Stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of information and communications technology. Find investment opportunities in the sector of information and communications technology. Encourage and develop the information and communications technology industry in the Kingdom. Established the IT Service Management department in a leading airlines company. This significant accomplishment managed initiating Customer Demand Evaluation Committee and applying several ITIL Best Practice processes such as Service Level Management, Service Catalogue Management, Business Relationship Management, Service Portfolio Management, and Demand Management processes. Highly qualified MBA graduate with a unique combination of skills and capabilities acquired during studies and work experience. Able to demonstrate strong customer focus combined with a proven commitment to the achievement of targets and business objectives
Carlos Arturo Quiroga
Agile Coach, Mentor and Design Thinking practitioner, IBM Technical Solutions Architect with experience in different projects based on Object Oriented languages. Technical Knowledge in Cloud solutions, Omnichannel, Microservices and SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) solutions, experience developing and deploying Distribute Integrated Solutions, Worked developing and deploying applications in JEE Member of Open Group and active participant on Omnichannel project, with knowledge on TOGAF framework and ITAC program, previously observer on OASIS SOA Reference Model TC and OASIS SOA-RM Reference Architecture Subcommittee, and Fellow of CBDI Service Oriented Architecture Practice Portal
Basmah Alsunaidi
Financial advisor at Badir program for technology incubators specialized in startup funding and financial valuation. Owns a Bachelor’s degree in finance, and has two years of experience as a financial analyst and business analysts in FMCG industry and public sector development. Experienced in business analysis, financial planning, financial model development, budgeting, and investment evaluations. Offers coaching and training for startups ready for investments, in order to deliver pitch presentations to investors. Directs entrepreneurs to the most suitable channels for funding in accordance with the startups stage and needed amount
 Abdulrahman Alyahya
Bachelor in production  engineering. Developing business advisor in badir incubator for technology and member  in the committee of supporting Saudi inventors. Interested in developing modern business, marketing and finding solution
Reem Suliman Alkhalifa
Reem Alkhalifa is currently working as a software developer at the National Center for Cybersecurity Technology (C4C), King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). She graduated from Princess Nora bint Abdul Rahman University with bachelor's degree in Network and Telecommunication Systems. she started her professional experience as trainee at SmartLink company in the last semester of her undergraduate education. After graduation, She has worked as an IT Support Specialist at the Deanship of E-Learning and Distance Learning, King Saud University. She is keen on learning and exploring new and unique technologies. She is also interested in cyber security and network security related research topics. She has attended and completed several training programs in Penetration Testing, Reverse Engineering, Digital Forensics,Cryptography, Network Security, Web Application Security, Mobile Application Security and Wireless Ethical Hacking
Sita Almishari
Academic Researcher, National Center for Building and Construction-KACST. Interested in Building Technologies, Green Building, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Development & Innovation. M.S. Environmental Studies (Design, Planning & Policy). Member of KACST Women Program. Member of IEEE-Women in Engineering/Riyadh. Member of Saudi Green Building Forum/Riyadh Member, Saudi Green Building Forum
Abeer S. Al-Sumait
Academic researcher at the National Centre For Cyber Security Research in King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Specialized in Digital Forensic Analysis and Information Security Governance
Bayan Almuqhim
Researcher and Software Engineer at National Satellite Technology Center in KACST. She received her bachelor's degree in the field of Information Technology from King Saud University. Bayan has started her professional career in 2012 at Waseel Company as a software developer. Then she joined the National Guard Health Affairs Data Warehouse department. By 2015, she received her Master's degree in the field of Computer Science specializing in Machine Learning and Medical Decision Support Systems from King Saud University. She has been working at KACST since 2013 in a cross-functional team that delivers a high quality applications using cutting-edge technologies and Agile Scrum development process
Alanoud Bindrees
Researcher at The National Center for Cybersecurity in KACST. Alanoud's background is in Information Technology, and she isurrently pursuing an MSc degree in Computer Science​
Naelah Alaqeel
An academic researcher at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. She holds a master's degree in Software Engineering, interested in Usability Engineering and Big Data Analysis. Naelah is working on the decision support systems (DSSs) development using Modeling and Simulation (M&S) techniques

Aljohara Alfayez
Research Specialist at the Center for Complex Engineering Systems at KACST and MIT. She received her bachelor’s degree in the field of Information technology from King Saud University Specializing in Web and Multimedia with first-class honors. Aljoharah has worked for three years in industry, where she worked at Cisco's sales department and Zain's finance department. Her research areas of interest include transportation and urban movement, computational social science and visualization

Jumana Almahmoud
Jumana is a researcher at the Center for Complex Engineering Systems at KACST and MIT. Her research is focused on Interaction design, usability issues, visualization and stakeholders modeling. Jumana received her degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in Human-Computer Interaction. During her graduate program, she worked as a user experience designer for Amazon in which she looked into ways to visualize complex product information to help shoppers make informed buying decisions using small viewpoints like mobile phones. As part of her assigned projects at the University of Michigan She also created interactive toys and tools to encourage the engagement of senses and social interactions

Shatha Sunbou
A MBA graduate from Prince Sultan University. Passionate about innovation and new ideas. Always seeking new challenges. I hope to be a positive contribution in my work and society. My main target is to continually develop myself and the sky is my limit. In love with IT and new ideas. I am a leader by nature, love teamwork and believe in the concept of “Sharing is caring”. I worked as an English for business trainer in IOB (Institution of Banking) to train non-business graduates to enter the investment and banking market. Then I was a lecturer of business and quality in PNU and Imam University. Currently, I am an operational supervisor in the Industrial Development Center at KACST, working in several projects in relation to innovation and technology development​
Modhi Binkulaib
Researcher and optomechanical engineer at National Satellite Technology Center, KACST. Android mobile application developer and trainer. Interested in astronomy, computing , and space technologies
Ashwag Alshathri
A researcher at the National Center for Robotics Technology and Intelligent Systems in KACST. She holds an MSc in Computer Science degree from King Saud University. She started her career as a trainer then a lecturer in the Computer Department at PNU. Later on, she joined Tatweer Company for educational services as a Quality Assurance Officer in Taweer's Software Engineering Department
Laila AlQahtani
Researcher, National Satellite Technology Centre – King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology
Ali Alotaibi
Lecturer, Software Eng Department – King Saud University​
Areej Alashjaee
 Entrepreneur/ Co- founder- Threads-n ​
Raghad Almousa
King Saud University- ArabWIC Ambassador
Asma Aldrees
King Khalid University- ArabWIC Ambassador​
Fahad N. Almoghaiseeb
Bachelor in Industrial Engineering and Master degree in Technology Innovation Management. I am currently working as business development advisor at Badir program for Technology Incubators. My special interests revolve around innovative business models for startups, project management, and business process improvements. I have been working in supply chain management, safety & security, project management for governmental projects, and business analysis
Dr. Artemisa Jaramillo
A Lecturer of Marketing and Digital Marketing at the Dublin City University at Princess Nora University. Dr. Jaramillo specializes in understanding how digital technologies shape today's societal behavioural patterns online and offline. Her main teaching areas are strategy, marketing, innovation, and digital marketing, where she has designed award-winning innovative, entrepreneurial and high-tech interdisciplinary industry-led projects (e.g. IBM, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency and the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee). Artemisa received a Bachelor in Business from UDLAP (Mexico), an MSc (International Management) and a PhD (Business) from DCU (Ireland). She has taught modules in digital consumer behaviour at DCU and digital marketing, digital planning and management and integrated marketing communications at Dublin Business School, at undergraduate, postgraduate and professional levels. Dr. Jaramillo has presented at various academic and industry international conferences. She has an active research agenda, which has been subject to awards and recognition from bodies such as the Irish Higher Education Authority
Ahmed Marzouk
Watson IoT Technical Sales Leader, holding a Master's Degree of Business Administration. Ahmed has extensive experience in Enterprise Applications ranging from Asset Management, Facility Management, ERP as well as system management applications with more than 16 years of experience. Ahmed is currently supporting IBM Internet of Things business in Saudi and Egypt
Saleh Alawaji
Shada Alsalamah
An Assistant Professor at the College of Computer and Information Science, King Saud University, a Consultant for The Centre of Excellence in Information Assurance (CoEIA), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and CoEIA’s representative in the Female Chapter. In 2015, Shada received a PhD degree in healthcare information systems’ security and privacy, and an MSc degree in 2010 in Strategic Information Systems with Information Assurance from the School of Computer Science & Informatics at Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK. Believing in Albert Franklin’s saying: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn;” Shada plays an active role in supporting national and international cyber security- and programming-related competitions voluntarily to enforce learning objectives using hands-on experience. She is a registered and certified mentor/ proctor for a number of competitions including, but not limited to, IEEEXtreme 10.0, Cyber 9/12, Google’s Hash Code, and Hackathon competitions
The participants will meet, and even present to, amazing judges and sponsor 
The country technical leader for IBM Cloud in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Hany Abdelhamid is the country technical leader for IBM Cloud in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Throughout his career journey, Hany is focused on IBMer values; Dedication to every client's success, Innovation that matters—for his company and for the world and Trust and responsibility in all relationships. As a Master Certified IT Specialist, Hany is keen on professional affiliation by actively contributing in Open Group IT professional community, being board member and mentor in IBM IT professional certifications, technical career mentor and IT architect community in MEA. Hany led key customer engagements and drove best practices and technical recommendations in Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) for large-scale projects in Egypt and later in Saudi Arabia. Helped his clients in multiple areas including application infrastructure, integration, business process management, business rules management, integrated systems, and Cloud technologies. In his current role, Hany is demonstrating comprehensive technical thought leadership covering new cloud technologies in Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service
Mishal Alsaleh
An MIS Graduate from KFUPM, started as an organization development office at Al Safi Danone. then moved to Sales as a Trade Marketing Manager in KSA then GCC. After that, moved to Microsoft as a Channel Marketing Manager. then, moved to Oracle as an account Manager for Public Sector. in 2013 decided to work on personnel business and got the opportunity to partner up as a Managing Partner in AlEssa Print Press. By end of 2013 had the opportunity to join into the entrepreneurship support and incubation as a business developer along with the previous partnership. At the moment, Product Development & Services Team Leader in Badir while handling the partnership in AlEssa Print Press​
Dr. Amany Alshawi
Dr. Amany AlShawi, One of the leaders who established the National Center for Cybersecurity Technology (C4C), King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in late 2014. In 2015 she was appointed director of the Women Role-Enhancement Program in KACST. Prior to that, she held the position of women research division manager in the Electronics, Communication and Photonics Center (ECP) in KACST. She Holds a PhD in Information Technology from George Mason University and MS in Computer Information Systems from University of Miami. Prior to joining KACST, Dr. Amany had multiple positions in Prince Sultan University - College for women among them: assistant professor in the Computer and Information Sciences Department, Co-op training program coordinator, and Research Center Director. Her research interests include information security, educational technology, and cloud computing
Dr. Areej Alhugai
is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Information Systems at Al-Imam Mohammed ibn Saud Islamic University. She received her BSc. degree in Computing and Multimedia systems in 2003 from Leeds Metropolitan University, UK; MSc in Information Systems Management in 2008 from DeMontfort University; a PhD degree in Information Systems with the focus in Information Security from King Saud University, Saudi Arabia in 2016. She is a member of the Saudi Group for Information Assurance (Hemaya). She has published many research papers in information security management, human factor in information security, and information security change management
Dr. Mohammed Alhamid
HoD, Software Eng Department​​
Dr. Abir Benabid
Vice-Chair, Software Eng Department​