2018 Wharton MENA Conference in Partnership with ABANA


Date March 23, 2018, 8:15 am

Location White & Case LLP

1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NYSee Map

We are pleased to announce the 7th Annual Wharton Middle East and North Africa Conference in Partnership with ABANA.

The Wharton MENA Conference is the premier student-organized annual gathering of influential business and thought leaders from the MENA region.

Young, connected populations are driving entrepreneurship and economic growth with the support of reform-minded governments and an increasingly sophisticated investor base.

The conference will include a conversation on private equity, entrepreneurship, FinTech, and politics and business.

For any questions contact [email protected]



8:15 AM–9:00 AM Registration and Breakfast

9:00 AM–9:15 AM Opening Session

9:15 AM–10:00 AM VC Keynote
Walid Mansour - Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Middle East Venture Partners

10:00 AM–11:00 AM VC and Innovation Panel

11:00 AM–11:20 AM Coffee Break

11:20 AM–12:20 PM Tech Entrepreneurship Panel

12:20 PM–1:05 PM Sponsor Keynote
George Sarraf - Managing Director, Strategy&

12:30 PM–1:30 PM Lunch

1:30 PM–2:15 PM Government Keynote

2:15 PM–3:15 PM Public Policy and Business Panel

3:15 PM–3:30 PM Coffee Break

3:30 PM–4:30 PM FinTech Panel

4:30 PM–5:00 PM Closing Session

5:00 PM–6:30 PM Cocktail Reception



Dina Sherif

Dina Sherif is committed to building sustainable societies through the application of a more ‘conscious’ form of capitalism and she founded Ahead of the Curve (ATC) in 2012 to further that goal.More...


Fahad Alhussain

Fahad Alhussain is a serial businessperson and the CEO of Taqnia International Company, a PIF company focused on technology projects and VC. Previously, he led the biggest merger in the ISP industryMore...


George Sarraf

George Sarraf is a Partner and the Managing Director of Strategy& in the Middle East, and is part of the firm’s EMEA Core Leadership team. Previously, George led the energy, chemicals, andMore...


Heather Henyon

Heather Henyon has 18 years of experience in venture finance, entrepreneurship, emerging markets, angel investing, financial technology, crowdfunding, credit and impact investment. She is an activistMore...


Henri Asseily

Henri Asseily is a managing partner at Leap Ventures, a late-stage venture capital firm based in Beirut and Dubai. For the previous 20 years he was a serial entrepreneur focused on internet-relatedMore...


Nawaf Al Sahhaf

Al Sahhaf has worked in the Badir Program for Technology Incubators of King Abdulaziz City for Science Technology, for the past four years. In 2013, he became the BADIR CEO and restructured theMore...


Talal Tabbaa

Talal Tabbaa is the co-founder and business development lead at Jibrel Network, a blockchain platform for the tokenization of financial assets. Jibrel Network successfully conducted a 30 Million tokenMore...


Toni Azar

Toni has over 12 years of experience in Private Equity and Investment Advisory and is currently an Executive Director with the FinTech Consortium, a global FinTech ecosystem builder operating theMore...


Walid Mansour

Walid has more than 16 years of experience in Venture Capital, strategy, corporate finance and engineering within the digital, telecom, software and new media industries. Prior to joining MEVP inMore...