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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Rising Tide of Entrepreneurship

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Session Description

In developed countries, SMEs produce 60-70% of jobs. However in MENA SMEs account for 30% of private sector employment and 4-16% of total employment. In 2010 we launched an initiative in Silicon Valley to help us meet those challenges. Our results exceeded expectations. Companies in our community have provided employment for 70K+ people, education for 25K students, and helped raise $1.2B in funding for promising initiatives. Meet some of the entrepreneurs that have made it happen.

When | Where

11:45 - 13:00 Wednesday, April 15 SBS, Seminar 2

Session leaders

  • Ossama Hassanein Delegate
    Chairman of the Board, TechWadi
    Dr. Ossama Hassanein is an entrepreneur, mentor, and venture capitalist. Over the last 30 years, he has managed $1 billion of international technology funds in diverse leadership roles including Chairman of Technocom Ventures in Paris, President of Newbridge Networks Holding in Ottawa, and Chairman of the Rising Tide Fund in Silicon Valley. He was chairman or cofounder of seven leading-edge digital communication startups in the US, UK, Switzerland and France whose combined market value at exit exceeded $2 billion. He currently serves on the board of Bank of the West in San Francisco, is chairman of TechWadi, and charter member of the C-100, both Silicon-Valley based associations dedicated to mentoring and financing MENA and Canadian entrepreneurs. Dr. Hassanein is the Willard Brown Distinguished Visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo School of Business. He lectured at Stanford University, the University of San Diego, University of Santa Clara and U.C. Berkeley.