KiwiTech, a global ecosystem that's home to 500+ portfolio startups, 3000+ investors and 200+ mentors, is thrilled to host its first-ever KiwiSocial in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The event is part of KiwiTech's strategic expansion plan in the MENA region, aimed to bring together local entrepreneurs, investors and accelerators to discuss Saudi Arabia's booming startup ecosystem, gain insights and make connections.


Past Keynote Speaker

Abdullah AlTamimi

Eng. Abdullah Altamimi is the CEO of Tatweer Educational Technologies Company (TETCO). He has previously held a number of leadership roles in government and private sector, and has led several national digital transformation initiatives in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

He is an accomplished Senior Digital Business Transformation Chief Executive with over 24 years of demonstrated career success in developing and executing operational strategies to promote organizational growth and optimal utilization of emerging technologies. He provides practical solutions that engage Executive Management and diverse teams at all levels.

He has led operations for Technology and Digital Business Transformation for government entities and possesses in-depth knowledge and experience in Government Proposal Development, Competitive Bidding and Negotiations.

He has been recognized for taking on major initiatives, adapting to rapidly changing environments, and resolving mission critical issues to ensure bottom-line success.


Past Panelists

Ike Syed
Sr. Vice President

Ike Syed works at KiwiTech as Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Head of MENA Investments. His responsibilities include mentoring portfolio companies and guiding them around investor connections, growth strategies, international expansion, etc. In addition to leading a world-class team of technology and investment professionals, he also serves as Enterprise and SaaS entrepreneur-in-residence.

He started working in Saudi Arabia in 2011 as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman, where he advised both government ministries and private entities on critical strategic issues. From 2015 to 2016, he led business development and corporate venture capital activities at Saudi Telecom Company. He continues to coach startups across MENA on capital-raising, business development and revenue creation strategies.

Ubaidullah Siddiqui
Director Business Development - Commercial Sector

Ubaidullah Siddiqui is a Business Development & Strategy Expert, who has co-founded several startups including STE, ACTCO, and SBCS. With a decade long experience in marketing and business strategies, business development, project management, market research, and analysis, he has established his personal brand as a Mentor and a Public Speaker at marketing and branding events.

He has also been an integral part of the management and consulting team in multi-billion information and communication technology and real estate development projects including Smart City Development strategies and its business models.

Prior to entrepreneurship, he has worked in several multinational firms including Huawei, Saudi Binladin Group, and Berlitz International Inc.

Yousef Al-Yousefi
Founder & Managing Partner

Yousef is CEO at Joa Capital and Managing Partner at S3 Ventures, where he invests in early-stage ventures in Saudi Arabia in partnership with leading Saudi investors and corporations. Prior to that he was the founding managing director at RTF, Saudi Arabia’s first institutionally-backed venture capital fund. He started his career in the oil and gas, management consulting, and investment management industries working at multinationals such as Saudi Aramco, Schlumberger, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Passport Capital.

He holds a bachelors of science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

He sits on the board of Saudi Post, Saudi Airlines Catering Company and Saudi Automotive Services Company (SASCO) and previously served on the boards of Saudi Fransi Capital and the investment committee of Saudi Venture Capital Company.

Lateefa Alwaalan
Managing Director

An inventor and a serial entrepreneur, Lateefa started her first company at the age of 16. Currently, Lateefa is the Managing Director for Endeavor Saudi, which is part of Endeavor's global network. Being an Endeavor entrepreneur herself since 2014, she is driven by her believe of how Endeavor-supported high-potential companies can impact local economies positively. She earned her bachelor degree in computer science from King Saud University. In 2011, Lateefa earned a technology management MBA from University of Washington.

Her passion for women empowerment drove her to co-found CellA+ in 2012. A Saudi professional women's network, which has about 3000 members. Lateefa acted as president of the network during 2015. Before that, she started her first steps in Yatooq by manufacturing readymade Arabic coffee blends, and the first automated Arabic coffee machine.

Lateefa received Arabs Women Awards Entrepreneur of the year 2014, and in 2015 she received EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Saudi Arabia. Forbes Magazine listed Lateefa in the Kingdom's most innovative leaders consecutively from 2013 to 2015. Lateefa has also been appointed as board member to the Riyadh chamber of commerce.

Dr. Abeer Al-Humaimeedy
Digital Transformation Advisor

Dr. Abeer Al-Humaimeedy is an academic, a public speaker, and digital transformation advocate. Currently, Dr. Abeer is the General Director of Student Information Systems at the Ministry of Education and an advisor for Digital Transformation at different governmental institutions working on discovering the application of new systems based on emerging technologies. At the same time, Dr Abeer is an Assistant Professor of Software Engineering at the College of Computer and Information Sciences, King Saud University, supervising master students who are conducting research in the area of blockchain and artificial intelligence.

Dr Abeer is a board member of Tawasol charity for assistive technologies for people with disabilities and a board member of the research center of female campus at King Saud university. Dr Abeer also is a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Gulf Observatory for Artificial Intelligence in Education - Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States.

Prior to that, Dr Abeer worked as the emerging technologies advisor at the National Unit of Digital Transformation. And the vice head of the general administration of Innovation and Technologies at Entrepreneurship Institute at king Saud University.

Dr Abeer published many papers in the subject of emerging technologies and presented at different scientific conferences and seminars.

Omar Al-Shabaan
CEO & Co-Founder

Omar AlShabaan is the co-founder and CEO of The Space. He launched The Space as one of the first co-working space in KSA back in 2013, expanding it today to be one of the leading & fastest growing brand in the business with more than 11 locations owned or operated. Omar is an expert matter, advisor and consultant in the fields of entrepreneurship, innovation and business development.

Having worked in multiple private and governmental sectors for more than 18 years, Omar gained the experience to take on new projects and adapt to the fast changes of the business while leading a team to success and high quality of deliverables. Through his line of work, Omar helped enable many startups across Saudi Arabia and the region and empowered youth and entrepreneurs to establish their companies and go on to grow it into an entity that speaks to investors and grow in the MENA market. Omar holds an MBA and an Executive master degree in Corporate Communication from IE Business School.


Past Judges

Dr. Aljohara A. Algwaiz
Director of Entrepreneurship

Dr. Aljohara Algwaiz is the Director of Entrepreneurship at King Saud University’s Entrepreneurship Institute since 2019. Which includes supervising Khota incubator with more than 40+ startups graduated so far. She is also an Assistant Professor and a member of the Digital Innovation Unit in the College of Computer Informatics and Sciences (CCIS). Previously, she worked as the head of CCIS’s Business Center. She also worked as a Consultant in Mozon in 2019. In addition to working as an Information Analyst in the Ministry of Investment for 6 years.

Dr. Algwaiz holds a PhD and MSc degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Connecticut. She also has a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelors degree in Information Technology from King Saud University.

Ivo Detelinov
General Partner

Ivo Detelinov is a Riyadh-based General Partner at Oryx - an early stage VC fund focused on MENA and managed by London-based VC firm Hambro Perks. Oryx has a regional HQ in ADGM, Abu Dhabi and an office in Riyadh.

Previously, he was at Riyad Capital for 7 years heading the firm's PE and VC Funds business and managing Riyad TAQNIA Fund (RTF). Following the completion of an MBA degree (Finance) from New York University's Stern School of Business, Ivo joined the Financial Sponsors Group of Merrill Lynch, where he assisted in origination, diligence and deal execution global PE and VC firms in New York (for seven years) and in London (for three years).

Prior to attending graduate school, he worked at MWI & Partners, a growth PE fund associated with Merrill Lynch. Ivo started his professional career at the Technology Equity Research at Merrill Lynch, where he covered Enterprise Software companies. He is a CFA Charterholder.

Hatem Altariqi

Hatem is a cross-border strategic and venture capital investor with executive-level client relationship management. Currently, Hatem is Principal at SIP Global Partners, which is an international performance venture fund investing in global technology companies. SIP Global Partners is anchored by a top five global technology company. Prior to joining SIP Global Partners, He worked as Head of Venture Capital Investment at Riyadh Valley Company where he was responsible of identifying and negotiating profitable opportunities, and build business cases that will strategically aid government bodies and private companies, along with managing a portfolio of 19 international venture capital investments in areas of healthcare & life sciences, information & communication technology and sustainable resources, and closing deals across USA, Europe, and Asia.

Upon completion of his Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from King Saud University, Hatem started his career with Saudi Industrial Development Fund where he was responsible of managing portfolio focused on sustainability, and green technology with total loan commitment exceeding SR 300 million.

Abdullah AlKhaldi

Abdullah is a partner at Seedra Ventures. Over the past 18 years he was a serial entrepreneur and angel investor in the technology space. He mentors and helps companies in Business Strategy, Operations Modeling, and Technology Assessment.

In addition to having an extensive business background having worked in Saudi Aramco, PwC, and SIDF, Abdullah has a knack for technology innovation and has a registered patent from USPTO Last Mile Logistics.

Abdullah has played an instrumental role in startups and large corporates to drive results and impact over the past 17+ years and is now putting his experience to support the startup community.

Ahmed Almaziad

Eng Ahmed Al-Maziad is currently the Founder and CEO of Human Capital Experts. From 2017 to 2019, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the newly-created General Culture Authority (GCA) of Saudi Arabia, with a remit to establish and build the entity that was responsible for the development and regulation of the cultural economy of the Kingdom, with a focus on film, visual arts, music, literature and theatre and performing arts. Prior to joining GCA, Eng Ahmad was Executive Vice President of Tharawat Holding Company, where he led corporate investment strategy and managed day-to-day operations of the organization.

He also spent 13 years at Saudi Telecom starting as a Policy Director and completing his tenure as General Manager of Strategy, including business development and innovation. He began his career with roles in engineering and management in Proctor & Gamble and Lucent Technologies. Eng Ahmad has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and an Executive MBA from King Fahad Petroleum and Engineering University.


Past Presenters

Eric Sanborn
Timothy Baynes
Founder & CEO
Mai Almutairi
Founder & CEO
Tania Al Jaroudy
Alaa Murad
Hadi Albinsaad
Founder & CEO
Saleh Isaac Alsaiari
Co-Founder & GM
Muhammad Sobih
Co-Founder & CEO

Best Pitch Award: SAR 100,000

(In-kind services)
Investment Strategy
Consulting Worth
SAR 25,000
Consulting Worth
SAR 25,000
UX Design
Consulting Worth
SAR 25,000
Marketing & SEO
Consulting Worth
SAR 25,000

The winner also gets a special invitation to pitch at three of KiwiTech's investor events

Past Partners

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