Thanks to Salvo Mizzi from Telecom Italia project “Capitale digitale” we will have the pleasure to host a very special conference in Rome next 13th October 6-8pm at the nice location of Opificio Telecom, Fondazione RomaEuropa Via dei Magazzini Generali 20/A.
This meeting -the second one of the cycle “Città digitale”- is named “Oriente.com” and will feature 3 very interesting names of the emerging vibrant scene of Arab web 2.0. Have a look at their bios:
– Laith Zraikat, the co-founder and chief product officer of the Arabic web portal Jeeran .
Laith started Jeeran with his friends during their college years to make it the largest online community for user-generated-content in the Arab world.
Now, with more than 10 years of experience in the online space, Laith serves as Director of Innovation, overseeing the design and development of innovative web services which propel Jeeran’s community of around 1.5 million registered users and 7 million unique visitors a month. Jeeran is now a growing family of 50 smart and dedicated individuals who thrive on the challenges they face. The Jeeran network has grown over the years and spans millions of pages of purely user-generated-content.Jeeran has also successfully launched two sister sites and is an early investor in the number one Arab comedy portal. A self taught technologist and entrepreneur, Laith has never had a job but enjoys creating jobs while pursuing his dream of building Jeeran into a major player in the global web space. Laith holds a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Jordan. Enjoys coding, design, hiking, cycling, and reading. Plans to one day fly a commercial jet and own an island.
– Nadine Toukan, co-founder of Creative Jordan (Urdun Mubdi3)
Nadine produced on the multi-award winning feature film, Captain Abu Raed, and developed the capacity building division for the Royal Film Commission where she curated programs for emerging Arab filmmakers with Sundance Institute, USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, and the AM Qattan Foundation. She curated the first corporate social responsibility forum for the mayor of Amman, and piloted the mobile film experience for the Arab Children Congress. She is currently working on the launch of a slew of Jordanian content channels for the International Emmy Award winning company Arab Telemedia Group. She is also the co-founder and tribe leader at UrdunMubdi3, and along with her partner, economist Yusuf Mansur, they are producing a multiplatform show on entrepreneurship and creative industry companies in Jordan. She mantains a blog http://www.arabianmonkeytales.com and a very active Twitter profile @nadinetoukan.
– Habib Haddad – co-founder Yamli.com
Habib is an entrepreneur and recently co-founder of Yamli.com, a startup focused on empowering the Arabic language on the web. Today, he drives Yamli’s vision and product strategy. The World Economic Forum recognized him as a Young Global Leader in 2009, he is also part of the 2009 “Thirty under 30” list by Arabian Business. Prior to Yamli he co-founded INLET (International Network of Lebanese Entrepreneurs and Technologists), to promote entrepreneurship in the Arab world. During the July of 2006 war he founded Relief Lebanon to support relief operations. His past work experiences also include AMD and Mok3 a Boston startup out of the MIT. Habib advises several young entrepreneurs and startups from the MENA region and often speaks about early stage development and entrepreneurship. He holds a Bachelor of Computer and Communication Engineering from the American University in Beirut and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
I’m very proud to be the coordinator and the host of such a meeting and I’m looking forward to welcoming Laith, Nadine and Habib in my home town. A big thanks to Salvo and Gilda from Telecom Italia to have made this possible. It was a lot of hard work, even in terms of logistics and particularly the visa issue. I hope this meeting will help our local community to understand the Arab world better and to start thinking about it as a vibrant place, plenty of young talented people, creativity and business opportunities.
See you in Rome on 13th, inshallah🙂