Date March 20, 2019, 9:30 am

Location White & Case LLP

1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NYSee Map

The ABANA US-MENA Tech Summit is focused on a broad range of investors including SWFs, VCs, family offices, and technology-driven entrepreneurs from the MENA region. The Summit is held in partnership with HOF Capital, White & Case, TechWadi, Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of New York (HBSAANY), Harvard Arab Alumni Association (HAAA) and the Middle East Venture Capital Association (MEVCA).

You can view video coverage from the 2019 ABANA US-MENA Tech Summit Startup Showcase:

Startup Pitch: Cheetay
Startup Pitch: All Compliance Services (ACS)
Startup Pitch: Legacy


The Summit will include a Startup Showcase with some of the highest-potential early-stage companies in the MENA-US community.  Our Selection Committee consists of HBS Alumni Angels of NY representatives and our organizational committee. We will choose the Showcase Companies  based on only one criterion: on a risk-adjusted basis, which applying company has the highest probability of producing maximum returns for its next round of investors?  


  • CEO (and optionally other management) can present at the Summit March 20th in NYC
  • Company has demoable product, is already incorporated in the US, and at least 2 team members are already working full-time on the company.
  • At least one member of senior management has significant ties to the MENA region, AND/OR the MENA region is a significant and short-term target market.  We are particularly focused on founders who speak Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, and/or Turkish, and are seeking to partner with organizations from those affinity groups.  

There is no requirement at all that anyone on the team have any connections to Harvard or any of our other affiliated university organizations.  

Before applying, we recommend reading Please Don’t Pitch A Venture Capitalist Without This Checklist and How To Present So People will Hear








Online registrations are now closed for this event. Contact ABANA at 1 212 599 3030 or [email protected] for last-minute registrations or questions.

9:30 AM

Registration & Breakfast

10:15 AM

Welcoming Remarks

Raymond Azar, Partner, White & Case
Mahmoud Mamdani, Chair, ABANA and Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Abbas F. (“Eddy”) Zuaiter, Vice-Chair, ABANA and Co-Founder & Managing Member of Zuaiter Capital Holdings, LLC

10:30 AM

VC Series Panel: The Promise of Bold New Technologies

Ramy Adeeb, General Partner, 1984 Ventures
Raed Al Masri, Partner, Transform VC
Lucy Wang, Principal, 11.2 Capital
Karim Fattal, COO, HOF Capital
Namek Zu'bi, Founder & Managing Partner, Silicon Badia

11:30 AM

Fireside Chat

12:15 PM

Lunch & Networking Break

1:15 PM

Showcase Pitches

Managed by HBS Alumni Angels of Greater New York. Six selected startups  will deliver presentations to investors.

  • 1:30 pm - 1:45 pm: Introductory remarks: Sharjeel Kashmir, Board Member & Screening Co-Chair, HBS Alumni Angels of Greater New York
  • 1:45 pm - 2:00 pm: Ceek Women's Health, Fahti Khosrow
  • 2:00 pm - 2:15 pm: Helena, Mark Ziade (2016 ABANA Fellow)
  • 2:15 pm - 2:30 pm: Cheetay, Majid Khan
  • 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm: Fitnescity, Laila Zemrani
  • 2:45 pm - 3:00 pm:  All Compliance Services (ACS), Kareem Nakshbendi
  • 3:00 pm - 3:10 pm: Legacy, Khaled Kteily

3:10 PM

Coffee Break

3:30 PM

Toolbox Sessions

  • FinTech Finance: New and Emerging Ways to Finance FinTech Companies with Prat Vallabhaneni, Partner at White & Case, Global Banking and Financial Institutions Advisory
  • Case Study: Bahrain's Evolving Tech Scene with Toni Azar, Director at FinTech Consortium

4:30 PM

Keynote Speaker

Noor Sweid, General Partner at Global Ventures

5:10 PM

Closing Remarks

Abbas F. (“Eddy”) Zuaiter, Vice-Chair, ABANA  and Co-Founder & Managing Member of Zuaiter Capital Holdings, LLC

5:15 PM



Mahmoud Mamdani

Mahmoud Mamdani 1

Vice Chairman & Managing Director
Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley

Sharjeel Kashmir

Board Member & Co-Chair of the Screening Committee
HBS Alumni Angels of Greater New York