Ayah Bdeir, Engineer, Artist

Ayah Bdeir is an engineer and interactive artist who does not believe in boundaries set by disciplines or cultures. Bdeir holds a masters from the MIT Media Lab and undergraduate degrees in Computer Engineering and sociology from the American University of Beirut. Her first solo show Identities in Motion” occurred in September of 2009 at the Peacock Visual Arts gallery in Scotland, and her work has been exhibited at numerous venues including the New Museum, Ars Electronica, Badcuyp and Location one gallery in New york.

Since 2008, Ayah has been awarded a fellowship at Eyebeam art and technology center and taught graduate classes at NYU and Parsons. She has lectured extensively and taught numerous workshops to get non-engineers, and particularly young girls and women interested in producing art using science and technology. In 2010 Ayah was a mentor in the regional reality tv-show Stars of Science promoting science and technology innovation in the Middle East

Today, Ayah is a fellow with Creative Commons for her work, including spearheading the first Open Hardware definition and co-chairing the Open Hardware Summit at the New York Hall of Science in September of 2010. Ayah is the founder of littleBits, an award winning kit of pre-assembled circuits made easy by tiny magnets. Ayah lives and works between Beirut and New York.

Ayman Chalhoub, Global Product Lead for Growth Markets, Music, Nokia

Ayman has worked for Nokia since the summer of 2006 holding various positions in Music and the Middle East & Africa Markets. Currently Ayman works on the Music Product team with a focus on defining Nokia’s Music Proposition for Growth Markets. Ayman has been a
key contributor to launching Nokia’s Music initiatives in several global markets including the Middle East launch of Ovi Music Unlimited in eleven markets.

Prior to joining Nokia, Ayman spent two years at Siemens Middle East and Africa, in the home entertainment and communications business. Earlier to that Ayman took part in launching a start-up offering smart home systems and installations in Saudi Arabia.

Chris Messina, Open Web Advocate

Chris Messina is a well-known advocate of the open web, starting as a leader of the community marketing of the launch of the popular Firefox web browser in 2004. He is a board member of the OpenID and Open Web Foundations, and plays an instrumental role in advancing OAuth and safer online computing. A frequent speaker at technology conferences such as Web 2.0 Expo and SXSW, he has been quoted in The New York Times, Business Week, LA Times, Washington Post, ReadWriteWeb, and Wired. In 2008, Chris received the Google Open Source Award recognizing his community work on initiatives like microformats. He also co-founded the coworking and BarCamp communities, and is credited with introducing hashtags on Twitter. He currently works at Google as an Open Web Advocate and resides in San Francisco.

Joichi Ito, CEO, Creative Commons

Joichi Ito is the CEO of Creative Commons. He is a co-founder and board member of Digital Garage. He is on the board of CCC and Tucows. He is a Senior Visiting Researcher of Keio Research Institute at Shonan Fujisawa Campus in Japan. He is the Chairman of Six Apart Japan the weblog software company. He is on board of a number of non-profit organizations including The Mozilla Foundation, WITNESS and Global Voices. He has created numerous Internet companies including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan and was an early stage investor in Twitter, Six Apart, Technorati, Flickr, SocialText, Dopplr, Last.fm, Rupture, Kongregate and other Internet companies. He maintains a weblog where he regularly shares his thoughts with the online community.

Ito was listed by Time Magazine as a member of the “Cyber-Elite” in 1997. Ito was listed as one of the 50 “Stars of Asia” by BusinessWeek and commended by the Japanese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in 2000. He was selected by the World Economic Forum in 2001 as one of the “Global Leaders for Tomorrow”, chosen by Newsweek as a member of the “Leaders of The Pack” in 2005, and listed by Vanity Fair as a member of “The Next Establishment” in 2007. Ito was also named by Businessweek as one of the 25 Most Influential People on the Web in 2008.

Sacha Tueni, Business Development Manager, Facebook

Excited to work on rolling out Facebook on every phone and every carrier in the world – I’m also a crowd-sourcing advocate, telecom addict, former 160 chars best practice manager, ex Red Bull marketer and world citizen :).

Walid Wannous, Creative Director, Koein

Co-founder and creative director of Koein the most awarded web and interactive agency in the region and design instructor at one of the top universities in Lebanon. With more than 10 years of experience in interface design; Walid has been creating winning interactive solutions for websites and applications and offering web design consultancy for major corporations in the MENA region.

Ziad W. Aly, Founder and CEO of ALZWAD

Ziad is currently the Founder & CEO of ALZWAD a company specialized in providing Telecom and Mobile Services.
ALZWAD has developed a unique Ad-Funded infotainment and Communications Mobile Portal “ME” – www.me3almobile.com has major partnership deals with Mobinil, Rotana, Americana, and many other interesting service and content providers. Ziad is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of extensive experience in Business Development and Senior Management in the fields of IT, Fashion Retailing, Catering & Restaurants, Logistics & Transportation and Telecommunication. During these years he has founded and participated in the management of innovative concepts like Club Executive, a fashion retailing chain, L’escapade Café at the Cairo World Trade Center and Protech, an IBM business partner, later became NOKIA agent and member of RAYA holding. Managed a turnaround operation for Aramex Egypt. And finally, as a member of the senior executives team, actively participated in setting and implementing the policies and strategies that lead Vodafone Egypt to become one of the model companies in Egypt and the Middle East.

Surprise Speakers

We will have a number of surprise speakers sharing key insights on entrepreneurship. Stay tuned. You will be impressed!