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Adel Saad

Founder and CEO. Deep experience in the world of Profession Soccer as a Licensed FIFA Agent and youth coach. He worked with Bob Bradley (former USMNT Head Coach) to build his initial pipeline in Egypt. He is the President and Owner of Kora Stars, a sports agency based in San Francisco with a focus on placing international players from Africa, MENA and North America.

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Alireza Moravej

I founded a digital health startup incubator and also I was mentor & advisor of more than 200 startups in healthcare and lifestyle area

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Francisco André Alves Moura

I’m a Brazilian trained lawyer, and currently a master’s candidate at UC Berkeley. Before going to the Masters, I worked with startups in Brazil, especially regarding governance matters, fundraising, and investment agreements. Nowadays, I’m also building relations with startups from the Silicon Valley and the Bay Area in general, having advised a fintech accelerated in the Berkeley Accelerator on their first institutional round with Brazilian VC Funds.

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Sandy Zinn

Sandy is an award-winning sports industry executive with extensive experience overseeing ball- and player-tracking technologies, data quality and analytics, and broadcast interfaces. A long-time recruiter and project manager, Sandy is a well-traveled, dynamic and motivated person with a passion for all sports, innovation and collaboration. Sandy started his own company, Zinn Sports Group, LLC, in February 2020, piggybacking off 25 years of running high-profile programs and building relationships at Major League Baseball and ESPN. His primary areas of focus are business development, strategy and operations. 

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Annie Haeger

Annie Haeger is a 2016 Olympic Athlete who has 7 years of Marketing/PR experience in both agency and in-house roles. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Boston College where after graduating, trained full-time as an athlete and worked for a Venture Capital firm in Chicago as a Junior Analyst. Since moving to Vancouver in 2017, she has worked as a Marketing Specialist at a Major League Soccer Team (Vancouver Whitecaps FC) and as a Digital Campaign Manager at Major Tom, a B2B, CGP and eCommerce based marketing agency. She now runs her own firm, specializing in helping small business define their brand identity, create digital sales funnels to attract qualified leads and craft strategic inbound marketing campaigns. Annie excels in in developing full funnel marketing strategies, lead generation and identifying opportunities for growth in crowded markets. She is certified in Facebook Ads, Google Ads, Google Analytics and HubSpot Inbound Marketing. 

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Benjamin Coleman

I’m an Australian Chartered Accountant with considerable experience working for leading financial investment firms across Australia, the UK and the Middle East. These firms include ADIA, Apollo, Citi and CBRE in various capacities. I also am a lifelong sports fan having played many sports including cricket, tennis, golf and soccer amongst others.

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Bijan Martin

Pleasure to meet you.
With a background in Finance, Marketing, Business Development, Technology and Venture Building, I look forward to talking to you about your potential concerns and questions, with a specific focus on the following topics:
– Online Marketing (SEO, SEA, Content Marketing)
– Sales and Business Development (setting up a sales process, hiring the right team, scaling fast)
– Technology (which stacks to use, technical support and resource management, scaling cost-effectively)
My previous experience include:
– Rocket Internet (Germany’s largest startup incubator)
– Hubert Burda Media (one of Germany’s largest media conglomerates)
– Intertec (a fast scaling product development company focusing on large web / mobile applications and solutions)
Feel free to reach out any time via Linkedin.
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Dr. Ayse Agar

Ayse is the Senior VP of Business Development and Strategy of Digiturk, the leading pay-TV service provider in Turkey owned by beIN Media Group. Prior to joining Digiturk, she held executive positions at Vodafone and Turk Telekom TTNet. She enjoys working in the converging world of information technology, telecommunications and media sectors, creating new products and building business models that fuel revenue growth. She also enjoys sharing her business acumen with entrepreneurs and students. She holds a graduate certificate in management science and engineering from Stanford University and an executive MBA from Koc University. She earned her master’s degree and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Purdue University. She received her B.S. degrees in electrical-electronics and mathematics from Bosphorous University. She is the inventor of 3 U.S. utility patents.

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Danyel Surrency Jones

Danyel Surrency Jones is a proclaimed “Vision Chaser”, business strategist and philanthropist, with two decades of executive leadership and sales & marketing experience. She is the Founder and Principal Business Strategist of Danyel Surrency Jones Consulting and the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of POWERHANDZ Inc., a global product tech company that designs innovative solutions for athletic training and rehabilitation. In 6 years, its core athletic training products have been sold to consumers in >86 countries, established a digital footprint with millions of youth and professional athletes, skills trainers and professional sports organizations. These milestones have captured the attention of major media outlets like Forbes, CNBC, Sports Illustrated, Essence and Bloomberg Business; positioning POWERHANDZ has one of the most innovative companies in multiple sports verticals, healthcare and technology.

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Enri Chantal Strobel

“Enri Chantal Strobel is currently working as an Innovation Project Manager at GERMANTECH GmbH in Berlin, Germany GERMANTECH is “Germany’s ‘One Stop Collaboration Shop’ For European Startups” (Forbes) supports companies and society to shape the digital transformation actively and sustainably with the help of technology and entrepreneurship. GERMANTECH offers Innovation sourcing, executive education, company building, and consultancy.

As the former Founder and CEO of HorseAnalytics GmbH, she empowered equestrians to monitor and improve the health and training of horses by allowing them to make advanced data-driven decisions alongside their whole life cycle, fusing proven IoT applications and AI with cutting-edge equine science. For HorseAnalytics she has raised nearly one million euro and reached up to 11,000 monthly active users. She was invited as the first female founder of Germany to “South by Southwest Accelerator”, and her startup was under the top 10 sports tech start-ups worldwide invited by Qatar Development Bank and Startup Bootcamp to “Qatar Sportstech Accelerator”

Prior to that, she worked as a project lead for “Apartimentum”, “Germany’s most intelligent house” of XING-founder Lars Hinrichs, member of the Startup Europe Leaders Club of the European Commission and of the Supervisory board of Deutsche Telekom AG.

She received education by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology within the Sports Entrepreneurship Bootcamp Hoffenheim in partnership with WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, German Football League (DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga) and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Holds a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Management and Economics from Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen at Lake Constance

She is a Polo Player, horse enthusiast as well as a strong believer in technology, Social Busines and our responsibility towards protecting the biodiversity of our planet.”

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Fabio Puntillo

I am the General Manager of CONIFA, the international Confederation of Independent Football Associations, in charge of the business management (revenues generation) for the organization.
My previous engagements in sports management have been with IMG-Endeavor, Infront and the UAE FA. On behalf of IMG, I have licensed major sports programming from the 30,000 hours portfolio (TV and new media) and managed several sports events (football and tennis).
At MediaPartners (Infront Italy), I was the Head of Business Development for the new media department.
At the UAE Football Association Management Academy, I designed and delivered training programs for sports managers, players, international Summer and Winter camps, set up the UAE Football Schools League.
I have also held a career as a lecturer and International Programs Head at the University of Rome in International Business and Marketing with a focus on the entertainment and sports industry.
I hold an MBA from the University of Southern California and a DBA from the University of Rome.
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Fabricio Forchino

Fabricio is a Sports Dietitian within the Research and Scientific Support Department at Aspetar who has been working in the field of sports nutrition since 2003. During this time, he has worked extensively with high performance athletes, coaches and teams across a number of sports and from different countries.

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Fatimah Rahim

Fatimah Rahim is a recent graduate of a Juris Doctorate at Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Law School, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development. Studying law has been a long-established goal as there are two generations of lawyers in her family. She is the second oldest of 21 siblings and is used to wearing multiple hats simultaneously. After fulfillment of her full-time responsibilities as a business development consultant, Fatimah reads arduously to absorb knowledge and be prepared for her clients. During her time in Doha, Fatimah has clarified how she would like to contribute to the Qatar National Vision of 2030-especially as it pertains to the educational entrepreneurship and the start-up, SME company establishment and growth as well as the financial sector objectives for the country as a whole. Her 10 years of experience in education coupled with her affinity for business and innovation provides a unique perspective through an atypical American Muslim’s perspective. She moved to Qatar in 2013 in an unintended manner. During her evacuation from Syria, a Saudi company asked her to go to Qatar for the processing of her visa. During her transit time, Fatimah was able to explore the gems of Qatar and experience Qatari hospitality. The appeal of being in a progressive and innovative environment was too great to pass up and so she sought employment and settled in. She teaches and researches in the areas of Educational and Entrepreneurship Reform, Business Development and Organizational Improvement, Management Consulting and Administrative Practices and Protocols, Organizational Culture Strategy and Innovative Eco-System Growth: impact on Students, Educational Innovation, and Service Leadership in Educational Environments. Ms. Rahim obtained her initial degree at 16 in New York State, where she completed her AS in International Business Administration, which she followed with a BA (magna cum laude) in Applied Linguistics with a K-12 TESOL teaching qualification and honored in business applications. Her MS was completed in 2017 in Dubai and her Juris Doctorate was completed in 2019. She has extensive experience establishing company formation documents, strategy and supporting budding Entrepreneurs.

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Francisco Miguel Sousa

Scaling business experience in 9 Countries of EMEA and South America. Dedicated the last years leading business growth International based TechFood and e-Commerce companies. Lead by bringing together multi-cultural team, training, orientating and challenging them to provide the best market service and help people make better decisions and heading it’s operations.

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Gertruda Fon Narcco

As the UX Expert I combine an intelligent compilation of cold analysis and a well-tailored sharp taste of art. My main focus is to help with development of a product delivery strategy, user expertise and a proper communication strategy to the end-audience, in other words helping a product to be bold enough to speak for itself. On the other hand, I help to maintain a healthy atmosphere on a team in order to avoid burnout when rushing to complete certain challenging tasks, as well as help people develop their strong interpersonal skills, appropriate communication skills, while being that motivation sidekick, and as a matter of fact, reaching a goal that has been set on behalf of assisting with obtaining promising connections.

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Garrett Klugh

Garrett Klugh is the COO of Falk Ventures, the venture capital arm for the family office of legendary sports agent, David Falk. Garrett is also the co-founder of Huddle Sports Partners, a high-touch sport-tech advisory firm. Garrett formerly served as the Managing Director of STAR Angel Network, providing professional athletes access to early-stage investment opportunities. Prior to STAR, Garrett worked for the US Olympic Committee during the Beijing and London Olympic and Paralympic Games. A six-time US National Rowing Team member, World Champion, and Olympian (2004), Garrett holds an MBA from George Washington University and an undergraduate degree from San Diego State University.

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Giorgi Khubua

I’m a a SportsTech / FitTech entrepreneur since 2017. I founded SOLOS in 2017 in Munich – a digital fitness mirror that measures the movements from distance and shows on the mirror surface if the users are training right or wrong. SOLOS raised high six-digit investment, won ISPO & FIBO (3x nominee) awards, participated in 4 accelerators, and applied for several patents. I gained experience in the areas of FitTech / SportsTech, B2B and B2B2C, Software-Hardware product development, go-to-market strategy, MVP, financing, and M&A, product-market-fit, Business Development and cooperation with large corporations. Furthermore, I have a broad network in the fitness industry as well as the startup/investor ecosystem of UnternehmerTUM, ESA BIC, and Telefonica Open Innovation Hub – Wayra. I’m based in Munich and looking forward to supporting the entrepreneurs and shape the future of sports technology. 

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Hadi Attaran

Graduated in Electrical Engineering and MBA (Strategy). Founded two company one is for R&D services another for IoT.

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John Peters

John is a results-focused business development executive, operating in the active lifestyle, youth sports/fitness technology industries. John is the founder of BPT Works, an advisory and angel network who helps entrepreneurs and companies in the following areas: youth sports, venture capital, private equity, sporting goods, fitness and sports technology companies, and retail.

John has been immersed in innovations driving the fitness and sports industries forward, largely due to launching the Sports Technology Marketplace for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2014. John is an advisor to several sports technology accelerators, angel groups, venture capital funds and startups. John also created the SFIA Startup Challenge in 2016 – an international pitch contest that has attracted 300+ companies to apply and in just 3 years, the 16 companies who have been selected as finalists, have raised $135M+ in venture funding. John is a frequent keynote speaker on innovation and trends in fitness, technology and youth sports. John also was responsible for launching the ‘Future of Sports’ event franchise for UBS Group on Wall Street.

John recently launched the Sport Lifestyle Podcast with a focus on the industry, featuring influencers driving the sports, footwear, fashion, retail and sports tech markets forward.

In 2016, John was named a 40 Under 40 by Sporting Goods Business, an annual award that has featured industry leaders such as Kevin Plank, Sarah Robb O’Hagan, Josh Luber and many other industry executives.

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Hamed Bahmanpour

Over 10 years of experience in manufacturing, quality, and advance material processing. Co-founded a start up in the field of smart wearable medical devices. Hamed has knowledge and experience in various stages of product life cycle from early concept design up to mass production and manufacturing optimization for increased efficiency.

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Hamit Kanuni Kuralkan

I have been working on product development and manufacturing for the past 10 years. Having founded and scaled a startup myself, I have been through the same challenges any startup goes through. Now I have been working with startups to help develop their initial run and scaling roadmaps as well as organize mold making and manufacturing through my company’s in-house services.

I bring more than 10 years of experience in product development and manufacturing. An approach that would support a technology that pushes boundaries with a manufacturing approach that would do the same in mechanical performance. Every industry has its challenges, sports tech particularly require high performance considering its primary purpose is to push what is humanly possible.

 

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Henrique Ortigao

“UEFA B C License Football Coach
BSc in Sports Science, MSc in Sports Management
Worked for 5 years as a Sports Scientist at SL Benfica (PT) and for the past 5 years have been doing sales for Catapult in regions such as LATAM and EMEA”

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Hemant Dua

An accomplished Sports & Media management professional with 20 plus years of experience. The hands-on approach has helped me understand the critical aspects of the sports and media industry. My exposure to global markets and sensitivity towards human relations has helped me successfully manage relationships with key decision-makers and lead large teams. I have been successful in turning around businesses and have demonstrated revenue growth, year after year.

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Inga Stasiulionyte

“Olympian, Founders coach, Sports Business Consultant

Years of experience in being a competitive Olympic athlete, working as a business analyst, and building startups provided me a great understanding of the challenges and needs in the strive for self-realization on and off the field.

For the past decade, I used sports as a performance lab to test new technologies and techniques to develop Olympian mindset training programs. I work with professionals in the most demanding positions and institutions focusing on innovations. My clients include surgeons from Brigham And Women’s Hospital, managers and executives at Oracle, LinkedIn, Kayak, Yesware, HubSpot, Hall Capital, Akamai, and others. I prepared athletes to become European Champions, Olympians, National Record Holders, and the top marks in the world owners.

I lead a startup Ofounders.com that specializes in mind coaching that helps startup founders, teams, and professional athletes achieve superior results by using Olympic-standard mindset development techniques. I am also part of the Performance Coaches team as an Elite Coach at valorperform.com.

Since 2016 I was a coach for the MIT Entrepreneurship Bootcamps help all around the world. I also organized and headed the 1st MIT Sports Entrepreneurship Bootcamp with cooperation of WHU and sponsored by Bundesliga in 2019.

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Ian Seltzer

Ian Seltzer is currently the lead for Business Development at Pierce Yates Ventures, where he has developed eSports, media, entertainment, sports betting and AI verticals for early-stage investment. Previously, he led Content & Business Development for Rogue Sports, one of the top-ranked eSports teams in the world. He has worked at Hulu, Vuguru (Michael Eisner’s digital studio), and Paramount Digital Entertainment covering content creation, licensing, distribution and digital marketing. While there he developed, licensed and launched 30 original titles for TV, film and the web in over 110 countries worldwide. Ian graduated with a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently earned an MS with Merit in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics with a research focus on monetizing streaming media content in the U.S.

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Ida Bjerga

Digital strategy, branding, and design for sports and outdoors.

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Indica Amarasinghe

Indica has been working with startups in different roles for the past 5 years. During this time, he has headed a government tech incubator where 30 plus startups and idea stage teams were incubated. During this period, he was instrumental in launching new training and technology enablement programmes for the startups.

He is a certified lean startup coach and is actively involved in coaching and mentoring startups with the incubators and accelerators in Qatar. Indica is closely connected to the local angel investor network and has been a judge and mentor for many local, regional and global startup initiatives. For the past 20 years he has been working in the technology industry in both Sri Lanka and Qatar. His last assignment was with the Ministry of Transport and Communications for 8 years, where he was part of many national programs related to technology, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Indica currently works for the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy. He is part of a team that drives the Challenge 22 program, which is an startup innovation programme that opens the door for entrepreneurs and innovators to explore solutions that directly enhance and address the challenges related to mega events, and bring benefits to Qatar and the wider region. 

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Ishveen Anand

Ishveen Anand is the founder and CEO of OpenSponsorship is the largest Sports Sponsorship marketplace, covering over 150 sports and 6,000 professional athletes, teams and events. Having completed over 3,000 deals, OpenSponsorship provides brands with its software-enabled sponsorship tools that are powered by AI, Google Analytics, IBM Watson, Shopify integrations, APIs and ROI tracking. Ishveen, is a British native who graduated from Oxford University, she was on the Forbes 30 Under 30 2015 Sports List, and has been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, Fortune, NASDAQ Private Business, Sports Business Daily, SportsTechie Elle, ISPO and other publicans. Prior to starting OpenSponsorship, she was a sports agent working with top teams and federations such as Mumbai Indians, Tottenham Hotspur, ICC, FIH and brands such as Hero MotoCorp, Mastercard and Castrol.

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Jorim Holtey-Weber

Jorim is passionate about sports and people. He has an MSc in Sports Sciences and an MSc in Talent Development and Creativity. Already before getting certified as a Sports Psychologist, he got interested in entrepreneurship and founded a language school. Nowadays, Jorim coaches, mentors, and consults on topics such as leadership, communication, and mental health.
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Jose Dominguez

Jose Dominguez (EMBA, MsC) has developed his professional career within the Sports industry, with a special focus on Media, Marketing, Digital, Broadcast and Business Development. Currently, he is the Business Service Manager at Olympic Channel (OTT platform of the International Olympic Committee), where he supports Stakeholders in different areas. Other previous experiences include Broadcasting Manager at the International Paralympic Committee and Marketing & TV supervisor for the European Handball Federation. Also, he has developed an academic profile being a lecturer at MEMOS degree (https://memos.degree/), publishing articles in reputed journals and participating in international events related to Media and Digital.
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Jeff Seltzer

Jeff Seltzer, Managing Partner of Pierce Yates Ventures, has nearly 40 years of experience developing new businesses and products across the global capital markets as well as advising entrepreneurs, corporations and governments.

Pierce Yates provides early-stage funding and advice to emerging companies with a focus on the FinTech and SportsTech verticals. Jeff is on the board of directors/advisory boards of Kasisto, Rogue Sports, New York Angels, GameCo, Motus, ResonanceX and REDD Intelligence. He is also a Mentor at the Barclays/Fintech Accelerator, Startup Bootcamp Fintech and Cyber, Qatar Sports Tech and Parallel 18.

Jeff has extensive experience in the sports business. He is one of the first investors in GameCo (an innovator in esports which is bringing the world’s first skill-based video game gambling machines to the casino floor), Sports Technologies (one of the first websites dedicated to fantasy sports), Rogue Sports (competing globally in multiple esports games), Tifosy (a specialized platform connecting sports teams and investors globally), KonekTV (a commercial streaming platform bringing sports betting analytics and esports to sports bars) and Motus (a leader in advanced biomechanical analysis and wearable technology for athletes at all levels).

He has served as chairman of governmental economic development agencies and as a director of a sports commission in the New York area and has been involved in efforts to acquire professional sports franchises. As deputy chairman of CIBC World Markets Corp., he created CIBC’s sports co-branding programs with Wayne Gretzky, the New York Rangers and the Women’s Sports Foundation.

He is an active alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania where he is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Penn Libraries and the Advisory Boards of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative and the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business.

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Lise COSIMI

A sports broadcast & media industry professional with over 25 years experience in the sector worldwide. Throughout my career I have worked for some of the biggest names in the industry whether it be for TV channels such as Eurosport, international sports federations such as UEFA, FIFA, IAAF, football clubs such as Paris Saint Germain. I have covered the last 6 FIFA World Cups (full cycles) for Host Broadcasters like TVRS98 and HBS. I have also covered numerous multisports events like SEA Games and Asian Games including the 2006 Doha Asian Games. In Qatar, I have also audited the AL KAAS Doha TV channel and delivered training.
I am now heading my own company and offer audit, consultancy, training, coaching and other turnkey assistance services to worldwide clients (Sports federations, Clubs, media, Local Organizing Committes, governments, etc.)
I am an IBC (Amsterdam) Council member, SVG Europe Advisory Board Member &
SVG Europe Women -External Head of the Advisory Board.”

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Miguel Ramos

Former semi-professional tennis player, U12 and U14 national champion in Portugal. 8 years in Sports Marketing & Talent management with experience on commercial deals, sponsorships, activations, sports events and social media for athletes in football, tennis, athletics, surfing, esports and Olympics. Great network in those sports and with brands activating in sports. 5 years experience in strategy consulting. Projects in P&L maximization for retail gas stations focusing on operations and sales, and on innovation funds from Europe. 7 years experience in finance controlling. Budgeting, controlling and keeping focus.

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Mohammed Seedat

Helping startups with their marketing strategy. Connect and build relationships with customers.

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Mazin Al Naamani

Mazin serves as Portfolio Impact Lead at IDO Investments. Prior to that, Mazin was at Oman’s largest sovereign wealth fund, State General Reserve Fund, where he worked on sourcing, analysing and closing deals in the Private Equity department, as well as develop the local angle for PE deals. Mazin also occupies the role of Non-Executive Director at Oman Energy Development, a greenfield renewable energy developer and IPP in the Sultanate. Mazin is a Harvard Business School (USA) accredited Private Equity & Venture Capital professional and hold a Bachelor of Business degree from Bond University (Australia) and a Master of Science degree in International Business & Entrepreneurship from Kingston Business School (London, UK), where he also developed an internationalisation strategy for a MedTech startup, and mentored founders with their business. In addition to his professional memberships, Mazin is a Global Shaper, an initiative by the World Economic Forum which recognises young leaders who catalyse projects of high value in their communities to create a global shared value.

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Monèm Jemni

Professor Monèm Jemni is a well-established and one of the world leading authorities in Sport and Exercise Science with 23 years career between France, the USA, Qatar, Germany and mostly in the UK. He undertook cutting edge research and published over 150 manuscripts including original research, textbooks and conference abstracts. Active member in several scientific and academic societies. He acted and still a reviewer and a mentor for several projects such: Challenge 22, The Stars of Science TV show, EU tempus and Horizon programs.

He is currently a consultant and tutor at the University of Cambridge, UK and Chair of the ISAFA (International Science And Football Association www.isafa.info). He is fervent to provide quality-controlled programs that socially and academically impact individuals and key stakeholders. Expert in planning, budgeting, negotiating and leading of small to big international projects from conception to deliveries.

Monèm was the Chair of the Qatar Olympic Committee Sport Science Program based at Qatar University from 2014-18. He was also the Director of the Sport Science with Professional Football Coaching BSc Degree at the University of Greenwich, London (2008-12).

He is a specialist in the optimisation of human health and performance, using a cross-disciplinary projects that engage local government, exercise scientists, nutritionists, health specialists and the fitness industry. He provided services to Olympic Winners and professional football clubs in the UK, such as Arsenal FC, Charlton Athletic, West Ham United, Crystal Palace and Gillingham FC. 

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Motasem El bawab

I like to call myself a globetrotter, I moved from country to country in my youth which taught me English, French, Portuguese, Arabic, and Spanish. I picked up a basketball at the age 6 while playing against my older brother Mazen, and my passion was cemented at 12 when I played three years at the Wehda Club in Tripoli, Libya. Later I pursued careers in both basketball and marketing, including playing for the Flamengo Basketball Club in Rio de Janeiro and graduating with honors from the John Molson School of Business.

Some of my previous work included projects for the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), I led the daily content distribution strategy for social media and delivery of video content for broadcasters. Currently, I am working as the digital projects manager for the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) leading the creation of new digital products and event-specific products.”

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Muhammad Jafar Ali

Working in various capacities for the last 8 years to innovate Sports Tech, rehabilitation and wellness through wearable. Partially involved in a green initiative towards zero carbon footprint future cities and energy management systems. To achieve this, innovations and startups are the future and Data Science is the wisdom behind it.

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Nick Randall

Nick is the Regional Director for CSM Live based in Qatar, where he leads a team that delivers projects in country, regionally and globally across the sporting and events environment.

With 15 years of experience of specifically branding, signage and wayfinding, Nick has worked worldwide on some of the world’s largest sporting events. These include Olympic Games, FIFA Football World Cups, FIBA Basketball World Cups and multiple other multi-venue, multi-sport type projects. His experience is focused on delivery, project streamlining and efficiencies, integration of technology into final deliveries and team management.

Regularly liaising with Federations, Governing Bodies and Local Organising Committees alike, means he has a strong understanding of pitching services, responding to tender and procurement processes as well as developing long term relationships.

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Oz Arie

I am a media, communication and marketing professional with 12 years of experience. Skilled in Digital Marketing Strategy, eCommerce and Media Relations. Data-driven and analytical with a multi-channel approach who has acquisition, retention, and scalability on the mind and user experience at heart.

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Oscar Omegna

I’m the co-founder of SavvyBI & L.O.L C & C . I was an adviser for INCSUB, and founded and exited a few little projects

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Peter Lazou

For the last 25 years, I have been venture building and investing in early-stage startups and scale-ups, whilst also advising startups at various levels as well as mentoring across various accelerator and incubator programs. My passion is building new meaningful and enduring technology companies and over the years I have designed groundbreaking & award-winning technologies in FinTech, Automotive, IoT/Wearables, with three successful company exits.

I am genuinely passionate about supporting entrepreneurs in any way I can, creating stories that bring alive the power of tech startups and along my journey across 4 different continents, I have been privileged to have worked with some amazing and brilliant people. Joining Qatar SportTech as a mentor is a pleasure for me because it’s a sector I know extremely well from being involved in sports from a very young age but also as I have a very exciting tech startup in this space that will disrupt the status quo over time. However, it’s my collective experience and passion for building startups that excites me to be involved.

Technology is certainly impacting the world of sports and as mentioned before I have a tech startup in this space which is very exciting and will definitely disrupt the status quo over time. However the advances in technology have had a profound impact on sport such as analysis of sport performance and enabling coaches to greatly improve the quality of feedback to players/athletes, increasing accuracy in time measurements of sport performance, enabling referees, umpires and sport officials to make better decisions on rule infringements, improvements in the design of sport equipment and apparel as well as providing spectators with better viewing of sport performance. Sport is now a business with so much at stake!

Most and foremost is for them to know that I’m available at any time during their journey. They will definitely get to witness my passion, energy, and commitment for helping them get their ventures off the ground. My support will also be focused on helping them with understanding customer experience, design thinking, visual storytelling, the art of creative pitching, how to present themselves and understanding what investors really look for in founders, last but not least their vision meaning their future scalability.

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Rajesh D’Souza

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Robin Dohmen

As the former Head of Design at Startupbootcamp, Robin worked with more than 175 startups worldwide and is well known with the global SBC organisation. He’s helping startups within the program with their pitch and investor decks mostly.

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Roger Essoh

Entrepreneur, venture partner, CTO, startups advisor, and Open Source advocate since 1995.
With a strong and proven expertise in FinTech, GovTech, EdTech, AdTech, SportsTech, SaaS businesses, blockchain, open-source technologies, online video platform, and digital transformation.
24+ years’ experience in the IT & Consulting industry tailoring, designing, and building complex platforms, and solutions.
Several years’ experience as CEO/COO/CTO/Chief Business Officer/Chief Innovation Officer for startups and large companies.
Visionary, results-driven, strategic, and creative thinker with the ability to balance short-term operating needs with longer-term strategic imperatives.
Proven expertise in implementing complex technologies and driving innovation, operations, and business development for very large to middle size companies and early-stage startups.
OKR expert with management and an execution-style that consistently transforms teams (including remote) into high-performing squads.

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Peter Fitzboydon

Pete has spent almost 20 years working throughout the sports industry and has been a pioneer of SportsTech. Pete spent much of his career in football, holding the role of COO of the Football Foundation before leaving to become CEO of London Sport, which was set up in the afterglow of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to deliver a lasting community legacy. Much later he took the lead of UK’s largest leisure companies, Parkwood Leisure, increasing their turnover to over £100m. Pete has always been an advocate of SportsTech, having run a start-up (Upshot) before opening the UK’s first dedicated SportsTech Incubator (SportTech Hub) and instigating the sector’s move to Open Data (OpenActive), which is helping to make the sports industry easier to find and book online.

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Saorabh Sharma

MBA from Mannheim Business School in Germany and an undergraduate degree in Electronics and Telecommunication from Pt. R.S. University in India Owing to my extensive experience of working with different assets (clubs and tournaments) across countries and continents on a multitude of problems (commercial, marketing, financial, operational), I can support startups in understanding how different assets think, how can they pitch and navigate different stakeholder expectations. I can further support in terms of product improvement, shaping business models for assets, creating a promotional strategy to gain traction, all of which impact the funding prospectstechnology. Worked globally across Europe (Germany, Spain, UK, France, Sweden, Hungary, etc.) and Asia (India and China). 6 years of experience at Lagardère across sports (football, tennis, golf, eSports, etc.) and entertainment (concerts, festivals, family events, etc.) projects

Snapshot of responsibilities:

  • Commercial strategy development (product, pricing, KPIs definition, reporting framework, etc.) and implementation across projects ranging from ticketing, hospitality, and sponsorship, F&B, corporate events, etc.
  • Cross-channel marketing strategy development (product innovation, content, communication, and customer management) and implementation across projects ranging from fan engagement to digitalization to internationalization, etc.
  • Financial strategy development with CXO’s across topics ranging from long term business planning to due diligence to stadium financing to new business development etc.
  • Operational strategy development (event, F&B, facilities management, etc.) and implementation across stadiums such as Groupama arena (24,000 seats) in Germany, Anoeta Stadium (42,000 seats) in Spain, etc. and multifunctional arenas such as Friendsarena (65,000 seats) in Sweden
  • Driving innovation via strategic partnerships (LiveNation, PMY Capital, etc.) and customizing solutions for Lagardère universe by working closely with the product (sponsorship innovation), sales, digital incl. analytics, new sports (eSports) teams
Mentor

Sandeep Mehta

Sandeep comes with a rich background in tech and entrepreneurship. He was a founding team member at Boomerang Commerce (now commerceiq.ai) and has since mentored multiple startups and startup founders. His area of expertise lie in customer discovery, product market fit, financial modeling and Investor pitches. He is well connected in the Indian and European startup ecosystems.

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Sara Daniel

Startup and technology specialist, Sara’s expertise lies in private company transactions and growth strategies. Sara is currently advising family-offices and financial institutions on private technology investments. Previously, as investment manager at Leap Ventures (a venture capital firm investing in Europe and the Middle East), she oversaw the entire investment process of two funds and worked on transactions from deal sourcing to portfolio management. Prior to that Sara worked as associate director at Endeavor, where she handled the selection and services program for high-impact businesses.

Mentor

Sergio Cervantes

Mentor

Siddharth Deshmukh

A seasoned business leader with 16+ yrs of progressive experience in leveraging solution consulting & program management to Fortune 1000 clients, in the FMCG, Hi-Tech, Sports & Media vertical. Experienced with tech-startups across Sports, Healthcare, Hospitality & Media verticals. Have assisted over 80 technology startups with go-to-market strategy & thriving operational efficiency.

While my Head is in Technology, my Heart is in Sports… Sport is an integral part of my life. From being a competitive athlete to a game-changer in #SportsBusiness. Continuously working on building “Sport-as-a-Brand” through Talent Representation, Brand Marketing & Positioning Strategy, Commercialisation of Sports using Fan Engagement, Smart Connected Arena & Sports Development & CSR.

Sports is my greatest teacher, and it has taught me one important thing: “You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get…”

Working on “CxO-as-a-Service” model in Sportertainment, Technology & Management Consulting areas towards Brand Marketing, Business Strategy & CSR

Champions keep playing until they get it right.. and hence More I Play… More I Learn!!!

Mentor

Webster Tai

Hands-on creative entrepreneur, specializing in the field of UX, branding, and building digital business models; with experiences in Australia, Cambodia, Qatar, South Korea and Singapore.

Through a broad strategic and art direction background, I have developed innovative, cost effective and compelling user experiences—from strategy to content, design and execution.

My ultimate aspiration as a designer is to use the idea of branding to create engaging and meaningful experiences to tell stories that are relevant in tomorrow’s context.

Lets chat about about strategy, innovation, and design!

Mentor

Tom Sears

A sports industry professional with over 25 years experience in the sector worldwide. I have held CEO and senior roles in the UK, Australasia, Africa and Europe with professional clubs, NGBs, international venues and provincial associations. I am now Managing Director of Kinsey Sears, an executive search organisation specializing in the sports industry worldwide. I am also Chair of the Professional Body of Sports Leadership – the membership body for professionals in the sports industry providing professional develop and individual support.

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Tauqeer Hassan

Tauqeer has over 6 years of experience in investment and finance roles across the private and public equity markets. He has been based in Doha for the past 2 years where he works in investing and advising technology startups. Given his VC background, Tauqeer likes to help startups craft pitches that make VCs want to invest and also help young companies through the process of fundraising.

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Siddhesh Surve

I am a finance graduate who works in sports!  I currently work at Rajasthan Royals, a leading franchise in the Indian Premier League. Previously, I worked as an investment & strategy consultant at Matter, where I led the development and execution of India market entry and growth strategies for marquee global corporations in media, entertainment and sports sectors. Prior to Matter, I worked at Firstenergy in the US. I was a member of the regulated commodity sourcing group and my role was focused on implementing AI tools to improve our load consumption forecast. I have a masters degree in finance from Villanova University. 

Mentor

Ramzi Hasan

Certified from Australia as Business Coach, Ramzi work with Executives and startups around the world to help take their Business and leadership, life to the next level. Ramzi will equip you with practical and strategic approaches to empower yourself and those around you. Chatting with the right person at the right time can make all the difference.

Mentor

Zied Abbas

A former professional athlete, coach, and senior management into my current role as a techncial and scientific expert with Qatar Swimming Association. A PhD level in sport science and masters in sport and facility management. Strong networking, people management, and communication skills.