Samir Abdelkrim is the founder of StartupBRICS, the first French blog dedicated to startups news in emerging markets. He worked for six years as an expert in investments and startups, in more than ten MENA countries. During this period, he has helped form several networks of diaspora entrepreneurs around pro-startups initiatives in the Arab Mediterranean. He recently conceptualized and structured a diaspora initiative to mobilize highly qualified expats from Palestine, Lebanon, and Jordan. The project is now managed by a consortium of European and Mediterranean economic players and will be launched in 2014.