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Dr Manahel Thabet
President Economic Forum for Sustainable Development, President of the World IQ Foundation

Recently featured among the BBC’s 100 most inspirational women around the world. 

Dr Manahel Thabet is a global figure in the areas of Mind Abilities Enhancement. Being a gifted child and the winner of many international Awards in Mind Abilities, like Genius of the Year and Brain of the Year and gold medalist of the Global Mind Masters, all combined, encouraged her to pursue her passion for how the mind works and how to enhance its abilities. Being a mathematician, it was the numbers that attracted her to seek the rare knowledge of NeuroQuantology., a science that calculates the brain frequencies and the intersection of neuroscience and quantum mechanics.  . The combination of her two passions ” The Brain and The Numbers” enhanced her momentum to establish the first center of its kind and the largest for neurofeedback in the Middle East: the THINK HUB. The center is working under the collaboration of the IBCHN of Imperial College, The British Gifted Academy and many assessment centers around the world.

Dr Thabet is also the Founder and President of SmartTips Consultants, President (Middle East and North Africa/MENA) of The Brain Trust Foundation, President of the World IQ Foundation, Vice President of the World Intelligence Network (WIN), Deputy Director of the Institute for Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition and Vice Chancellor of The Gifted Academy.

Manahel Thabet, Ph.D., is ranked among the 30 Smartest people alive by SuperScholar, Genius of the Year 2013 by the World Genius Directory representing ASIA and Brain of the Year Award Winner 2015-2016.


Ger Graus
Global Director of Education, KidZania

“Ger Graus is Jean-Jacques Rousseau meets Willy Wonka.” – Alex Beard



He is a member of Bett’s Global Education Council, chairs Pakistan’s Beaconhouse School System’s Advisory Board, and, by invitation of Sheikh Hamadan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Price of Dubai, helps shape the future of education as a member of the Dubai Future Councils. In 2014, he was made an OBE for services to children. 

Dr Taghreed Alsaraj
CEO & Co-Founder, Upskillable 

Catalyst for innovation in education 



She is the co-founder and CEO of Upskillable; one of Saudi's most important technology industry startups. She was a part of the B20 Future Work and Education taskforce and is now the Editor in Chief of PC Magazine Middle East. She is actively involved in improving awareness of technological innovation in the GCC, and is a best-selling author. 

Krishnan Gopi 
Group Chief Disruption Officer, GEMS Education  
He won the “Digital Disruptive Leader” award at DIGITRANS 2018 & 2019.

A business-savvy Technologist with over two decades of international experience and proven track record of spearheading technology-led business transformation strategy & execution for Fortune 100 companies. He is passionate about disrupting organizations from within, and leading business turn-around strategies & technology leap-frogging journeys.

Dr Maya Dillon
VP, Growth & Innovation, Corsight AI 

A renowned PhD Astrophysicist, Data Scientist, and AI Specialist. 

Her career experience has been a vibrant mix of Academia, Entrepreneurial work with start-ups and multinational corporates. She has a passion for evangelising and working on impactful opportunities, bringing together multi-talented individuals and organisations to succeed in a cutting-edge missions. 

Shameema Parveen
Co-Founder & CEO Edutech Middle East / Edutech India

Named the company ‘Edutech’ in 1991, when the term was understood by few.

As the co-founder and CEO, Shameema Parveen plays a vital role in shaping Edutech as a pioneer in innovative learning approaches and solutions across academic and corporate learning environments. Shameema has led pioneering and successful learning implementation for clients across the Middle East and India.

Passionate about technology and learning, she continues to expand Edutech’s solutions to integrate future ready skills and learning methods with relevant and emerging technologies to prepare learners with future skills. An avid believer and follower of lifelong learning, a voracious reader, Shameema continuously deepens her expertise in new educational models and technologies. You can find her sharing her views on social media. You can find her on Twitter @shameemaparv and LinkedIn.

In her current role, apart from driving strategic growth of the organization, she is responsible for expanding Edutech’s solutions that increases student engagement with successful learning outcomes and meeting national strategies. Her areas of expertise are in both formal and informal learning environments spanning across themes as Digital Learning Environments, STEAM/Maker Education with an emphasis on Humanities, Creativity and Innovation in Learning.

Shameema is a startup mentor, an advocate of women empowerment through entrepreneurship, co-leads TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Women program for TiE Dubai/MENA chapter and part of the Management Committee of TiE Women global. 

Jason Roos
CIO, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KSA)

25 years’ experience managing information systems & technology worldwide.


A technology leader with extensive experience in developing and leading technology and information management organizations. Specialties lie in corporate IT governance, technology management, and cyber security. His education includes an MBA from Texas A&M University and a diploma from the Defense Language Institute's school of Arabic. ​ 

Asude Altintas Guray
Twin, Co-Founder & CEO

Winner at World Economic Forum's Smart Toy AI Awards, Bett 2020 Awards, and Play for Change Awards. 



Co-Founder and CEO of Ed-Tech startup Twin Science & Robotics, Asude Altintas is aspiring to deliver holistic and humanitarian-centered STEM education to children around the world. After attending Stanford’s Social Entrepreneurship Program, Asude started her career at one of Turkey’s leading NGOs, YGA, initiating several high-impact social initiative projects. She was invited to speak at the United Nations to present YGA’s technology-based solutions as best practice examples from around the world. During her 5-year tenure as president, Asude guided YGA through several successful projects earning the NGO several awards including MIT Innovators Under 35, Forbes (2x), and GSMA (2x). Asude led and hosted a successful TV program for children on CNNTurk to increase interest in STEM fields. She co-founded Twin and is now a growing figure in the Ed-Tech sector and advocate for STEM education, especially for girls in underserved communities.

Rohan Roberts
Head of Future Learning, GEMS Education

One of World Government Summit’s individuals embodying the advanced skills of the future.


Rohan is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, innovator, EdTech advisor, and educational foresight consultant. He is the director of the Dubai Science Festival.  He is a serial entrepreneur and founder of several global organisations, described in the media as a Renaissance Man, a polymath, and a multi-potentialite. 

Barry Malkin
Chief Executive Officer, Carnegie Learning

Won Best Use of AI in Education, 2019 EdTech Breakthrough Awards. 


Senior executive with operational, investment, mergers & acquisitions and advisory experience in the educational services and consumer internet sectors. 

Gori  Yahaya
CEO, UpSkill Digital 

Serial entrepreneur in the digital learning landscape. 


Serial entrepreneur, Gori Yahaya, is the CEO and founder of UpSkill Digital, a leading organisation in the world of digital education and inclusion. He has over a decade of experience building and implementing award-winning digital learning and social impact programs for the likes of Google, Samsung, Lloyds Bank and BT. 

Ziad Matar
Executive Chairman, President, Founding Partner, Board Member,  HeyHotStaff,  TiE Dubai, Meditari, Potential.com

He is a wireless native, leader in emerging technologies and entrepreneurship, and a firm believer that the right talent powers innovative businesses.

As the founding partner of Meditari, a digital advisory network, Ziad’s expertise helps bridge between global innovation and local opportunities. He is a co-founder at Coconut, the leading social recruitment community for the hospitality world and a board member of Potential.com, a pioneering EdTech platform in the region, putting online learning at the service of impact and development programs.

Ziad is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Dubai Chapter of TiE, a global organization fostering entrepreneurship since 1992. Known for his strategic mindset, extensive regional network and driven personality, he remains at the forefront of change as a sought-after thought leader and true global citizen.

Ziad’s previous professional experience spans a sales and technology-focused stint at Ericsson, before he moved to Qualcomm and led strategic business development across the MEA region. Wearing many hats, Ziad is a globally recognized intellectual, professional moderator and host of the Wirelessly Yours podcast where he speaks with entrepreneurs and thought leaders about emerging technologies, business and design trends. He is driven to support and build the region’s innovation ecosystem as a true believer in the power of digital.

When he’s not out advancing the digital world through innovative solutions, Ziad is a casual photographer, an accidental athlete, and most importantly, unanimously appointed Chief BBQ Officer. The ultimate all-rounder.

Lee Daley
FRSA, Co-Founder, Chief Strategist, and Chairman, Hello Genius 

Lee was the global CEO of Red Cell Network for WPP, Chairman and CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi UK.

Chairman Lee is an expert in business strategy, brand and communications, marketing, and strategic alliances. He has 34 years of business experience and more than 25 years in global consumer and B2B brand experience. Lee was the Chairman & CEO Saatchi & Saatchi UK, Global Chief Strategy Officer of McCann-Erickson, CEO and Chief Strategy Officer of Red Cell Network (WPP). He has 10 years of experience in technology consulting and advisory with companies that include McLaren Technology Group, Ronoc Asia, Equidate, Boxed, and Global Logic.

Mike Bugembe
Founder, Lens.ai

The algorithms developed by Bugembe generated millions for charity. 


Mike is an award-winning big data evangelist, author and executive advisor. At JustGiving.com, Mike has transformed the organisation, establishing data & analytics as the lifeblood of the company. Mike was named by the Guardian as one of the top digital executives in the UK winning the award as the leading executive in the Big Data analytics space. 

Aly Madhavji 
Managing Partner, Blockchain Founders Fund 

Internationally acclaimed author, monthly columnist for leading blockchain magazine.

Aly currently consults organizations on emerging technologies such as INSEAD and the UN on solutions to alleviate poverty. Aly has served on advisory boards including the University of Toronto’s Governing Council, which manages a $2.5B budget. He is a mentor with Chinaccelerator, an elite accelerator program operated by the venture fund SOSV.

Jenna Ahn
CEO & Co-Founder, Millie Group

After a decade-long successful career in Data Science and AI, Jenna started MILLIE to better the future of our youth around the world.  Her work is recently recognized by Forbes Next 1000, Columbia Venture Competition, and more. 

Jenna Ahn is a co-founder and CEO of Millie, an edtech social enterprise that acts as a virtual guidance department, distributing content and connecting mentors with schools and students.  Millie was founded to fill in the gaps of career education and university prep for students.  The company works with 12,000 international schools and their 6 million students from around the world, and has pro bono students from nine countries. Jenna and her work at Millie were recently recognized by Forbes and selected as Forbes Next 1000 - upstart entrepreneurs redefining American Dreams.

Prior to founding Millie, Jenna worked in Fortune 100 firms, and built her reputation in the industry as a go- to-person for all things data science and emerging technology. She has led a variety of strategic initiatives in New York, London, and Singapore, most recently as VP of AI Research at J.P. Morgan. While she was still in college, she built her education consulting business from scratch (predecessor of Millie) making over $120k in annual revenue. 

Eric Abrams
Chief Inclusion Officer, Stanford Graduate School of Education

Eric is a creative and engaging thought leader building inclusive campus communities.


His passion for educational access, diversity, and inclusion has led him to some pretty interesting places - BerkeleyHaas, the Stanford GSE, 826 Valencia, the Making Waves Academy, and 826 National, among others - but his favorite thing remains connecting with smart people and working together toward shared goals.

Samer Al Moubayed
CEO, Furhat Robotics

CEO of one of the world's fastest-growing social robotics companies.




His passion for educational access, diversity, and inclusion has led him to some pretty interesting places - BerkeleyHaas, the Stanford GSE, 826 Valencia, the Making Waves Academy, and 826 National, among others - but his favorite thing remains connecting with smart people and working together toward shared goals.

Phil Baty
Chief Knowledge Officer, Times Higher Education

Described as “one of the most powerful commentators, and arguably policy actors, on higher education” in the 2016 book, Global University Rankings and the Mediatization of Higher Education.s.

Phil Baty is an international authority on university performance and strategy, with 25 years of experience in global higher education, including a decade (2009-2019) as Editor of the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings and its derivative analyses. He is an award-winning journalist and a sought-after speaker, commentator and consultant and he currently leads external affairs activities at THE, the trusted global data and insights partner for the higher education sector.

Phil was the creator of the THE World Academic Summit and he oversees the team that organises the summit and THE’s extensive series of global university leadership events and awards, which engage more than 30,000 senior university leaders, business executives and policymakers annually.