Mix N Mentor Dubai

An engaging platform designed to encourage knowledge exchange and forge long-lasting connections between Dubai’s prominent entrepreneurs, VC’s, business leaders, and policymakers.

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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.

Mentors (11)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ludovic Tiberghien

    Head of Mergers & Acquisitions at Chalhoub Group

    Ludovic has over 15 years of international strategy and management experience with an extensive track record in successfully designing and implementing efficiency, growth and turnaround programs. He has thrived over 10 years in a consulting environment and has now specialized in the retail and luxury sectors, driving the corporate strategy agenda and now the mergers, acquisitions and corporate venturing ambitions of one of the largest luxury Group in the Middle East.

  • 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.

  • Sara Chemmaa

    Strategy & Business Development Manager at MBC Group Dubai

    Before joining MBC, Sara worked for 3 years at Mckinsey & Company in Dubai, where she covered projects with clients from the GCC regarding economic development in the MENA region, SME financing and development, labour policies, women participation in the workforce, and education reforms. Sara also worked as an investment associate with N2V in Amman and as an Analyst with Societe Generale in Dubai. Born and raised in Casablanca - Morocco, Sara went to France to pursue her higher Education. She earned her master’s degree in Finance and Economics from ESC. While at business school, Sara went on an 8 months exchange program in Hiroshima Japan.

  • 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.

  • Tarek Amin

    CEO | Digital at Adline

    Tarek is a successful serial entrepreneur & angel investor who founded CareerMidEast.com before the turn of the Millenium. In 2016, Tarek founded and became a permanent member of the Investment Committee of Dubai Angel Investors (DAI). His experience includes establishing Connect Ads, serving as managing partner & executive producer at Alkarma Edutainment, founding Zanad.tv, and currently CEO – Digital at Adline Media Network. He also serves as an advisor, strategist and mentor to startups and entrepreneurs around the world.

  • 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.

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