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Our Judges

Mohammad Asfour

 

MENA Regional Head, World Green Building Council

A thrill seeking green global citizen; Mohammad, Chaired the WorldGBC MENA Network and the Jordan Green Building Council. He served as a Senior Adviser at the USAID Energy Sector Capacity Building Program and as the Environment, Water and Energy Sector Lead at the USAID Jordan Economic Development Program. Mohammad, was appointed as an adviser to the Board of Trustees at the Princess Sumaya University for Technology, founded the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship and worked on developing the concept behind El Hassan Science City. He also worked at the Jordan Investment Board and served as a consultant for the UNDP, UNIDO, and USAID 's AMIR Program. He was appointed as a regional advisor to OECD' s MENA Investment Program, chaired UNEP - SBCI's Advocacy Committee and was a founding board member at Al Shajarah NGO. Mohammad has continuously maintained a presence in the business world through a fourth generation diversified family business.

Mohammad received his BA in Business from the University of Jordan and his Masters in Positive Leadership and Strategy from the IE Business School in Madrid.

 

Omar Hamarneh

 

Executive Director of iPARK

Omar Hamarneh is currently Advisor to Her Royal Highness President of the Royal Scientific Society on issues of technology development as well as Executive Director of iPARK, a technology focused business Park that provides a complete package of support and services across the wide spectrum of entrepreneurship and Innovation sphere from pre-incubation and entrepreneurship training and development, technology business incubation and spinoffs, IP protection, transfer and commercialization and access to finance.

Previous to this Omar was Acting Deputy Secretary General of the Higher Council for Science and Technology of Jordan where he was responsible for Science and Technology policy, development of the National Innovation strategy, international cooperation including development and implementation of bilateral and multilateral agreements between Jordan and other nations including the Jordanian –US  S&T agreement, Jordan China agreement, and many others. While at the Higher Council, Omar helped establish the National Consortium for Technology and Incubation of Business which in partnership with 2 main universities, the Royal Scientific Society, the Government and private sector service providers was able to spearhead the concept of Business Incubation and culminated in the creation of incubation programs in 3 universities, the Royal Scientific Society and the beginning of IP policies in the universities.

Omar continues to advice on issues of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and related strategic matters and policies and has worked with many organizations including the World Bank, Infodev, the US commerce dept., various EU programs and more.

Today Omar also sits on the Board of Trustees of Prince Sumaya University for Technology, served on the advisory board of Talal abu Ghazaleh Graduate School of Business and continues to be personally active as a mentor and adviser to entrepreneurship programs, business plan competitions and other national and regional initiatives.

 

Yousef Wadi

 

Computer engineer & Serial Entrepreneur

Yousef Wadi is a computer engineer & a serial Entrepreneur focused on developing startups delivering high-tech solutions.  He has Co-Founded and Founded high-value startups that continue to grow to date. He is also currently an Advisor on the Information & Communication Technology Advisory Council chaired by the Prime Minister of Jordan.

Serene Duwayri

 

Senior Consultant and Project Manager - iPark Jordan's Technology incubator

Serene Duwayri was educated in Jordan, Italy, USA and UK. She has a Master’s of Business Administration from Lancaster University and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Jordan.

Serene has solid professional experience and in-depth knowledge in the fields of financial advisory, management and strategy consulting, and business development. Her work experience covers private, public and third sectors, on local, regional and international arenas.

Eyas Shuaibi

 

Associate Principal at CRA International

Eyas Shuaibi holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University, he is an entrepreneur with a passion for technology and investment management, worked with high profile clients and initiatives across the Middle East region and North America such as the Jordan Education Initiative (JEI) under the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Ministry of Hajj (Saudi Arabia), the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (Saudi Arabia), The Royal Scientific Society (Jordan), the Energy City of Qatar, and several technology startups in the US. Mandates were various and covered topics of strategic planning, program management, investment advisory, technology management, and restructuring.

 

Prior to establishing RAZORView, he served as Director with Estarta Solutions (Amman/Boston) Jordan. Latest accomplishment was creating the e-Government practice that handled the first wave of e-Services for the Government of Qatar, the e-Government of Jordan and the e-Government of “Medina” in Saudi Arabia.

He is an active in the advisory committee for the Royal Society for the Conversation of Nature (RSCN), the Think Tank on the Knowledge Industry in Jordan with SABEQ Program, and the Queen Rania Entrepreneurship Center (QREC) as a mentor for technology startups..

Jamil Khateeb

Innovation Consultant - German Jordanian University

Jamil Alkhatib, the founder of IBTECAR an Innovation & Technology Management Company. He is also manager of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program of the German Jordanian University. He has more than 19 years of work experience in innovation development and management. He started his career in 1998 the R&D department of Siemens ICT where he was responsible for the development of several telecom equipment. Later he moved to the Innovation Management field in 2006 where he become innovation consultant for several organizations and companies in the Middle East. 
His First Technology startup established in 2007 and focusing on Open Source hardware technologies. 
Currently he is running several Technology Innovation Programs such as Umniah IoT Innovation, Shoman foundation's Science based innovations award and the new technologies (AI, IoT, Industrie 4.0, etc.) of the German Jordanian University 

Jamil is a certified trainer and facilitator from several institutes that focus on entrepreneurship, innovation and technology transfer from organizations such as International Youth Foundation and Mowgli foundation. He conducted several innovation and ideation workshop specially for youth such as Microsoft interns in Jordan. 

Jamil holds Master’s degree in Technology and Innovation management and Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering. Jamil is a global operator having lived in 5 countries and interacted with more than 50 cities around the world. 

Alaa Suleiman

 

Co-Founder of Masmoo3 for audio knowledge

Ala'a Suleiman is a Jordanian entrepreneur, Arabic writer, and an active

social volunteer.

She graduated from Al-Balqa Applied University with a Bachelor’s degree in

Information Technology (IT) in 2002. She was hired as a computer teacher for deaf

students in Al Raja’a School, and then moved to work as a quality assurance for handheld

devices at one of the big companies in Amman.

 

Between 2004 and 2010, she simultaneously worked as a project coordinator

and a sound engineer in a number of sound recording and processing projects. In 2011

she co-founded Masmoo3, the first Arabic audiobooks company to produce and

publish high quality recordings and professionally narrated audiobooks.