Mix N Mentor Dubai

Mix n Mentor Dubai is a full day event with a unique format, that forges deep long lasting connections between entrepreneurs and mentors.


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Event Overview

  • What is it?

    Mix N’ Mentor brings together promising entrepreneurs with top regional and global mentors. Thanks to its unique format and high profile delegates, 74% of past participants say they saw a direct improvement on their business.

  • Mentorship sessions

    At the core of the event are the mentorship sessions. Entrepreneurs will be matched with mentors based on profiles and needs. Various topics will be addressed throughout the sessions.

  • Workshops

    There will be a number of workshops all throughout the event, ranging from User Acquisition to Public Speaking.

  • Fireside Chat

    At the end of the day, the whole group comes together to reflect on learnings in a fun, collaborative and very casual setting.

  • Networking

    Mix N’ Mentor is designed to be a cosy event. No speeches or panels, it’s all about peer to peer learning and networking with high quality mentors. Entrepreneurs will build new connections and deepen old ones.


  1. 1

    9:00 - 9:45


  2. 2

    9:45 - 11:30

    Opening icebreakers

  3. 3

    11:30 - 12:45

    Second mentorship session

  4. 4

    12:45 - 14:00


  5. 5

    14:00 - 14:30

    Marketplace discussion panel

  6. 6

    14:30 - 16:30

    Marketplace & Workshops

  7. 7

    16:30 - 17:30

    Fireside Chat

  8. 8


    Event Ends









Mentors (29)

  • Abdo Chlala

    Head of Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics MENA

  • Abed Agha

    Managing Director at Vinelab

    Abed is the founder and Managing Director at Vinelab, a digital entertainment company based in the UAE and serving broadcast, music and sports entities in the MENA region with digital executions. Vinelab clients include MBC Group, Rotana Media Group, Sony Music, Nancy Ajram, Magida El Roumi, and others. Prior to Vinelab, Abed cofounded Rab3i TV, the first free-to-air interactive social network on TV and experienced 12 years spanning investments, media and telecoms across the US, South East Asia and the GCC.

  • Ali Nehme

    Chief Strategy Officer at Publicis Media

    Ali has over 14 years of technology and media experience under his belt, spanning across multiple industries with a focus on technology-driven marketing. Before acting as CSO for Publicis Media, he served as the Managing Director - Digital at MediaVest Group, where he managed to identify and seize opportunities to grow the digital media business across the region. Equipped with an aggressive strategy, he has set-up effective and innovative teams of around 25+ people across seven countries in less than two years, managing to achieve triple digit year-on-year revenue growth.

  • Alvaro Abella

    Managing Director at BECO Capital

  • Amir Farha

    Managing Partner at BECO Capital

    Amir is an entrepreneur, angel investor, startup advisor and mentor. He has invested in and co-founded a number of local businesses, including Toolman, a property maintenance business; Purple PR, a boutique PR company of which he successfully exited in 2012; and Tandem Partners, a startup and small business advisory firm in which he helped over 100 companies plan and grow their businesses. He has looked at early stage businesses from every angle, starting with a Swedish VC firm based in London, followed by a stint at what was the first seed capital fund in the MENA region, the Arab Business Angel Network (part of Dubai International Capital), before becoming an entrepreneur himself.

  • Ashraf Zeitoon

    Head of Policy - Middle East at Facebook

    Ashraf is a Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Specialist with extensive expertise in Regional & International Affairs, and has a passion for change in the Middle East. He specializes in Public Affairs, Policy, Strategic Communications, Digital Communications, Change Management, Corporate Communication, Public Relations, and Crisis Communications through Strategic and Policy Level Leadership in the Levant & GCC.

  • Fadi Ghandour

    Executive Chairman at Wamda

    Executive Chairman at Wamda Capital. Fadi is cofounder and executive chairman at Wamda and managing partner at Wamda Capital. He is deeply involved in supporting entrepreneurship in the region, holding advisory and board roles with MENA Venture Investments, Abraaj Capital, Endeavor Global, the Advisory Council of the MIT Media Lab and the American University of Beirut. He also founded Ruwwad for Development, a regional initiative which helps disadvantaged communities overcome marginalization. Fadi Ghandour founded ARAMEX and served for 30 years as the company’s CEO.

  • Fares Ghandour

    Investment Manager at MENA Venture Investments

      Fares also serves as Portfolio Manager at MENA Venture Investments, the region's largest seed-stage fund and previously ran the region's flagship mentorship event, Mix N' Mentor. Prior to that, Fares served as Investment Manager at MVI and has more than a dozen seed stage transactions executed including portfolio management and other operational support for key MVI companies. Fares holds a BA- International Relations from the University of Southern California.

  • Francis Barel

    Head of Business Development, MENA at PayPal

  • Hany Bayaa

    Director of Operations- Commercial & Marketing at GE Healthcare

    Hany is a masterful strategic leader with 15+ years of leadership success. He is proficient in understanding customers’ diverse business needs and translating those to directing, promoting, and coordinating operations in a manner that has optimized market share and savings during his span. Hany holds the credit of generating nearly $8 billion in sales during career.

  • Hussein Wehbe

    Regional Director at Aramex

    With more than 15 years of experience in the logistics and transportation solutions industry in the Middle East, Hussein drives business growth in the gulf region, which is one of the company's largest markets in terms of financial performance and contribution overseeing an operation of more than 4000 Employees. Hussein joined Aramex in 2001, and he has since risen through the ranks from early days in Junior Management to Country Management positions in different countries, and recently he was managing Aramex UAE before his latest appointment as the Regional Director. 

  • Jonathan Labin

    Head of Middle East & Africa at Facebook

  • Khaled Talhouni

    Managing Partner at Wamda Capital

    Khaled is a career venture capitalist and currently Managing Partner at Wamda Capital. He started his career at Dubai International Capital where he supported the development of the MENA region’s first seed capital fund. Since then Khaled has assumed a number of venture capital and startup roles including heading investments and strategy at twofour54 in Abu Dhabi. Khaled has invested in and managed over 60 early stage transactions including Careem, Littlebits, Mumzworld, Insider and Luxury Closet.

  • Mansour Salameh

    Client Solutions Manager - Retail & E-Commerce, ME at Facebook

  • Mouayed Makhlouf

    Director, Middle East and North Africa, Internatio at IFC

  • Mudassir Sheikha

    Founder/MD at Careem

  • Nagi Salloum

    Founder at Loomni

  • Nicholas Wilson

    Solutions Manager at Facebook

  • Omar Soudodi

    Managing Director at Payfort

    Omar brings entrepreneurial innovation and extensive dotcom expertise to Payfort, coupled with strong management experience in the financial sector in the Middle East and the United States. Soudodi was previously the general manager of Souq.com Egypt, the largest online retailer in the Arab world where he oversaw the launch and the successful growth of the portal since 2009. Prior to that, Soudodi was behind the creation and launch of Accelarabia.com in 2006 where he founded the region’s first online mortgage aggregator, earning him regional recognition and nominations for multiple entrepreneurial awards. Before his entrepreneurial accomplishments in the Middle East, Omar spent 10 years building a successful banking career in the United States where he held several senior roles in commercial, international and private banking.

  • Patrick Thiriet

    Cheif Startegy Officer at Choueiri Group

    Based in Dubai, Patrick is the Chief Strategy Officer of Choueiri Group, a leading player in the MENA media landscape. He is in charge of developing the investment arm of the Group. Prior to joining Choueiri in 2014, Patrick had spent 20 years in banking. From 1994 until 2008, he worked for Societe Generale Private Banking, where he steered various acquisitions and organic development projects between Europe, Asia and North America, before opening the bank’s subsidiary in Dubai in 2007. In 2009, Patrick joined BNP Paribas Wealth Management, where he was promoted Head of Middle East and North Africa in 2011. He graduated from EDHEC (Ecole Des Hautes Etudes Commerciales Lille) in 1993, and holds an Executive MBA from INSEAD.

  • Prashant K Gulati

    Founder and Maker-in-Chief at The Assembly

  • Ronaldo Mouchawar

    CEO at Souq.com

    Ronaldo is the co-founder and CEO of souq.com, which has grown to be the largest online retailer and marketplace in the Arab world. He has accumulated 15 years of experience in technology, and business management. He served as a technical and systems consultant with EDS in the US. In 2000, he spearheaded a consulting company that managed numerous, web and e-commerce projects in the Arab world. In 2005, he launched souq.com the first online marketplace for the Arab world.

  • Samih Toukan

    Chairman at Jabbar Internet Group

    Samih also founded Maktoob.com Inc. In the year 2000, Mr. Toukan founded and became the Chief Executive Officer of Maktoob.com the world’s first Arabic email and largest Arab Online community with over 16 million users. Following the acquisition of Maktoob.com by Yahoo! he became the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jabbar Internet Group (Jabbar.com) a group comprising several leading Internet companies including souq.com, ikoo.com, cashu.com, sukar.com, cobone.com, joob.com and tahadi.com. He has several years of experience with Andersen Consulting in technology consulting, systems development and Internet services. He co-founded Business Optimization Consultants in 1994 and Maktoob in 2000.

  • Stephanie Holden

    Group Director, Strategy and Business Development at MBC Group

    Stephanie is the Group Director of Strategy and Business Development for MBC Group, before that she was Director of Business for the Middle East Broadcasting Company (MBC), specifically Al Arabiya and Middle East News. Before assuming her position at MBC in Dubai, UAE, Stephanie  was an Associate with McKinsey and Company (Dubai) where she worked with clients in the Middle East regarding education reform, healthcare reform, valuation and business plan development. During the Internet boom of the nineties, Stephanie worked as a Project Manager at Priceline.com and was responsible for International Implementation.

  • Summer Nasief

    Healthcare Director Middle East at Honeywell

  • Walid Faza

    Chief Operating Officer at Wamda

    As the investment principal, Walid is responsible for screening, structuring, and executing the investments as well as providing networking opportunities, strategic direction and ongoing management to these funds’ portfolio companies based in the Region. Walid is an advisor to many start-ups and serves on the Mentorship Network of Mowgli, Oasis500 and the Queen Rania Center of Entrepreneurship.

  • Will Hutson

    CEO & Founder at LMTD

    Having launched Disney Studios into social media years ago, Will now leads LMTD’s social media offering. His extensive experience in all forms of digital development, media & social makes it happen. Will is experienced in growth companies with focus in industry specific applied technologies and integrated marketing. He worked within Entertainment, Media, Research, Tech, and Advertising industries.

  • Yousef Tuqan

    Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Wamda Capital

  • Ziad Khammar

    Strategy and Development Director at DMS (Member of Choueiri Group)

    Strategy and Development Director at DMS (Member of Choueiri Group).  Ziad started his career in digital marketing and has built over 10 years of experience in the Middle East working in the digital marketing, media and business industries assisting various sized organizations in achieving their business goals through the web. Prior to being appointed as the Strategy and Development Director by DMS, Ziad led the fast expansion and growth of strong regional players such as Madison Digital, AME Info, and eworks Publicis.