Omar TawakolFounder and CEO at Voicea

Omar Tawakol is a leader in Silicon Valley and sees revenue in data. His intellectual blend of technologist, marketer and innovator are unique in a business that is mostly driven by marketing expertise.

Omar earned a Masters of Computer Science from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from MIT.

While at Stanford, he was a computer science researcher at both the Stanford Logic Group and HP Software Labs. Omar's research on context for computer agents was published in the American Association of Artificial Intelligence.

Omar is the co-founder and CEO of BlueKai, the industry's leading data activation system that supplies both Fortune 100 companies and leading publishers with solutions for managing and activating 1st and 3rd party data for creating highly effective customer and marketing campaigns.

Omar's previous roles include Chief Advertising Officer for Medio in the Mobile space and Chief Marketing Officer for early behavioral targeting leader Audience Science. Omar started his career in the data world at data integration leader Informatica.

His fresh take on technology in terms that every CMO can understand are regularly on display at events and resonates within some of the largest brands in the world.

Omar TawakolFounder and CEO at Voicea

Omar Tawakol is a leader in Silicon Valley and sees revenue in data. His intellectual blend of technologist, marketer and innovator are unique in a business that is mostly driven by marketing expertise.

Omar earned a Masters of Computer Science from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from MIT.

While at Stanford, he was a computer science researcher at both the Stanford Logic Group and HP Software Labs. Omar's research on context for computer agents was published in the American Association of Artificial Intelligence.

Omar is the co-founder and CEO of BlueKai, the industry's leading data activation system that supplies both Fortune 100 companies and leading publishers with solutions for managing and activating 1st and 3rd party data for creating highly effective customer and marketing campaigns.

Omar's previous roles include Chief Advertising Officer for Medio in the Mobile space and Chief Marketing Officer for early behavioral targeting leader Audience Science. Omar started his career in the data world at data integration leader Informatica.

His fresh take on technology in terms that every CMO can understand are regularly on display at events and resonates within some of the largest brands in the world.

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Ossama Hassanein, PhDChairman, Rising Tide Fund

Ossama is an entrepreneur, mentor, and venture capitalist. He has managed over $1 billion of international technology funds in diverse leadership roles including EVP of Berkeley International in San Francisco, Chairman of Technocom Ventures in Paris, President of Newbridge Networks Holding in Canada, Senior Managing Director of Newbury Ventures, and Chairman of the Rising Tide Fund in Silicon Valley. In the eighties, he led the mezzanine financing of 80+ Silicon Valley based IT companies that became spectacular successes. Combined market value today exceeds $200 billion.

He was chairman or co-founder of seven leading-edge high technology startups in the US, UK, France and Switzerland including ACC in Santa Barbara (acquired by Ericsson), Algety (acquired by Corvis), HighDeal (acquired by SAP), Highwave (Listed on Euronext), NetCentrex in Paris (acquired by Comverse), nCipher in Cambridge (listed on LSE), and Zong (acquired by eBay). Currently, he is chairman of Rising Tide, director of Bank of the West, and charter member of TechWadi and the C100 - Silicon-Valley based associations dedicated to mentoring and angel financing promising entrepreneurs.

He served on the Board of Advisors of Harvard Center for ME Studies and UCSF Department of Ophthalmology in San Francisco. He also served on the Board of Directors of Relief International - focusing his efforts on education, social entrepreneurship and women development in the Middle East.

Dr. Hassanein is the Willard Brown Distinguished Visiting Professor at AUC School of Business. He lectured on Management Science at Stanford, and on international business at UC Berkeley. He was also guest speaker on entrepreneurship in the White House, the State Department, the Commonwealth Club, MIT, Harvard University, and Qatar Computer Research Institute.

Specialties: new company formation, venture capital financing, corporate governance, international business expansion, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions.

Ossama Hassanein, PhDChairman, Rising Tide Fund

Ossama is an entrepreneur, mentor, and venture capitalist. He has managed over $1 billion of international technology funds in diverse leadership roles including EVP of Berkeley International in San Francisco, Chairman of Technocom Ventures in Paris, President of Newbridge Networks Holding in Canada, Senior Managing Director of Newbury Ventures, and Chairman of the Rising Tide Fund in Silicon Valley. In the eighties, he led the mezzanine financing of 80+ Silicon Valley based IT companies that became spectacular successes. Combined market value today exceeds $200 billion.

He was chairman or co-founder of seven leading-edge high technology startups in the US, UK, France and Switzerland including ACC in Santa Barbara (acquired by Ericsson), Algety (acquired by Corvis), HighDeal (acquired by SAP), Highwave (Listed on Euronext), NetCentrex in Paris (acquired by Comverse), nCipher in Cambridge (listed on LSE), and Zong (acquired by eBay). Currently, he is chairman of Rising Tide, director of Bank of the West, and charter member of TechWadi and the C100 - Silicon-Valley based associations dedicated to mentoring and angel financing promising entrepreneurs.

He served on the Board of Advisors of Harvard Center for ME Studies and UCSF Department of Ophthalmology in San Francisco. He also served on the Board of Directors of Relief International - focusing his efforts on education, social entrepreneurship and women development in the Middle East.

Dr. Hassanein is the Willard Brown Distinguished Visiting Professor at AUC School of Business. He lectured on Management Science at Stanford, and on international business at UC Berkeley. He was also guest speaker on entrepreneurship in the White House, the State Department, the Commonwealth Club, MIT, Harvard University, and Qatar Computer Research Institute.

Specialties: new company formation, venture capital financing, corporate governance, international business expansion, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions.

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Osama BedierFounder & CEO at Poynt

Osama Bedier currently is the Founder & CEO at Poynt. Poynt is a developer of smart payment terminals and an open operating system that powers any payment terminal worldwide. Recently Poynt revived $100 million Series C funding.

He is a former Vice President of Payments at Google and head of Google Wallet.

He previously held the position of Vice President of the Platform & New Ventures at PayPal. Osama Joined eBay/PayPal in 2002 - since then, he has held multiple engineering and product development management responsibilities including next generation eBay re-Architecture, International Product development, Merchant Services Technology, and most recently all product development.

Prior to PayPal, Osama ran technology for CoolCast, Inc., served as Sr. Manager of eCommerce at Gatway and managed a web team at AT&T.

Osama BedierFounder & CEO at Poynt

Osama Bedier currently is the Founder & CEO at Poynt. Poynt is a developer of smart payment terminals and an open operating system that powers any payment terminal worldwide. Recently Poynt revived $100 million Series C funding.

He is a former Vice President of Payments at Google and head of Google Wallet.

He previously held the position of Vice President of the Platform & New Ventures at PayPal. Osama Joined eBay/PayPal in 2002 - since then, he has held multiple engineering and product development management responsibilities including next generation eBay re-Architecture, International Product development, Merchant Services Technology, and most recently all product development.

Prior to PayPal, Osama ran technology for CoolCast, Inc., served as Sr. Manager of eCommerce at Gatway and managed a web team at AT&T.

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Osama ElkadyCo-Founder & CEO at Incorta

Osama has more than 25 years of enterprise software experience. Prior to co-founding Incorta, he was Vice President of Oracle Applications Development. For two decades Osama developed and helped bring to market Oracle’s enterprise applications and business intelligence tools. He holds multiple patents related to data management and has invented new approaches to mobile strategy and information discovery.

Osama ElkadyCo-Founder & CEO at Incorta

Osama has more than 25 years of enterprise software experience. Prior to co-founding Incorta, he was Vice President of Oracle Applications Development. For two decades Osama developed and helped bring to market Oracle’s enterprise applications and business intelligence tools. He holds multiple patents related to data management and has invented new approaches to mobile strategy and information discovery.

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Ramzi RamseyDirector at SoftBank Investment Advisers

Ramzi joined SoftBank in 2018 and is currently an Investment Director at the Vision Fund. He focuses on investing in enterprise software companies and led the firm’s investment in Automation Anywhere. Prior to SoftBank, Ramzi was an investor at Technology Crossover Ventures covering the internet and software sectors. While here, Ramzi's investments included Zillow, SeatGeek, Varsity Tutors, Rover, and Avvo. Prior to Technology Crossover Ventures, Ramzi was an investor at TA Associates in their Technology Group; his investments here included Ion Trading, Wall Street Systems, and Financial Software Systems. Ramzi started his career at Citigroup as an Investment Banking Analyst in their M&A Group.

Outside of work, Ramzi co-founded ARABOH.com which served as an education e-commerce company selling Arabic children’s materials (digital + physical) prior to selling the business in 2014.

Ramzi received his B.S. in Business Administration (Finance and Entrepreneurship) from Carnegie Mellon University and graduated with university and college honors. He completed his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Ramzi RamseyDirector at SoftBank Investment Advisers

Ramzi joined SoftBank in 2018 and is currently an Investment Director at the Vision Fund. He focuses on investing in enterprise software companies and led the firm’s investment in Automation Anywhere. Prior to SoftBank, Ramzi was an investor at Technology Crossover Ventures covering the internet and software sectors. While here, Ramzi's investments included Zillow, SeatGeek, Varsity Tutors, Rover, and Avvo. Prior to Technology Crossover Ventures, Ramzi was an investor at TA Associates in their Technology Group; his investments here included Ion Trading, Wall Street Systems, and Financial Software Systems. Ramzi started his career at Citigroup as an Investment Banking Analyst in their M&A Group.

Outside of work, Ramzi co-founded ARABOH.com which served as an education e-commerce company selling Arabic children’s materials (digital + physical) prior to selling the business in 2014.

Ramzi received his B.S. in Business Administration (Finance and Entrepreneurship) from Carnegie Mellon University and graduated with university and college honors. He completed his MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Sami ShabanFounding Partner at SSJ Law Group, LLP

Sami is a founding partner of SSJ Law Group. His practice focuses on corporate counsel matters, specifically in the areas of corporate immigration and franchise law. Prior to SSJ, Sami spent over 10 years as a consultant to various fortune 500 companies. In his most recent experience he provided direct counsel and management support to the CEO of one of the world's largest hedge funds. His unique combination of business and legal experience provides clients with comprehensive counsel on corporate matters.

Sami ShabanFounding Partner at SSJ Law Group, LLP

Sami is a founding partner of SSJ Law Group. His practice focuses on corporate counsel matters, specifically in the areas of corporate immigration and franchise law. Prior to SSJ, Sami spent over 10 years as a consultant to various fortune 500 companies. In his most recent experience he provided direct counsel and management support to the CEO of one of the world's largest hedge funds. His unique combination of business and legal experience provides clients with comprehensive counsel on corporate matters.

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