Founder and Chairperson, The Meera Kaul Foundation
The Managing Partner of Germanium Ventures is a serial entrepreneur with a track record of 4 multi-million dollar exits. She is also the founder of The Meera Kaul Foundation.
Meera was voted one of the Top 50 women in telecom space; Entrepreneur of the year 2013 and 2015, apart from being the Executive of the Year over consecutive years. Besides being an accomplished technology geek, Meera has a degree in International Taxation and Financial Law from TJSL, and is also an Alumni of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Julie Kantor is an ‘all-in’ roll-up your sleeves leader & serial entrepreneur. Whether in a board room with executives or working with collaborative teams, Julie instills excitement, inspires commitment, & demonstrates an unwavering drive to succeed.
Her newest venture and 5th start-up Twomentor, LLC builds on her 24 years in workforce development & building social impact movements. Twomentor works with companies and associations on building mentoring cultures to increase Millennial retention, diversity in the workforce and elevate women in STEM careers.
As a sought after speaker & connector, Julie is well networked to the national community of top business, academic, non-profit, & government leaders.
Tatyana is the founder and CEO of Open Health Network, the startup in a Big Data/Healthcare space. She is a mentor at 500Startups and Richard Branson Entrepreneurs Centre and serves on boards for private companies. She also is licensee and organizer of highly notable TEDxBayAreaconferences, she is a frequent speaker at US and International conferences on innovation, entrepreneurship, digital health.
Tatyana has been featured in the White House blog , spoke at the United Nations, presented at the first White House Demo Day hosted by the President Obama. Tatyana has been recognized as one of the top 10 Influential Women in Healthcare IT in 2015. Tatyana was USSR chess champion, played in the same team with Gary Kasparov, she loves to cook and kayak.
A board executive with experience in wireless and software technology, private equity, healthcare, and management consulting, Rohit is a computer science, economics, and mathematics graduate, going on to later finish his Ph.D. in economics.
Specializing in corporate finance, business development & business strategy including pricing and product/market entry, Rohit brings on-board expertise in M&A;/IPO’s, business development, sales, operations and strategy.
Rohit has been a VP of Savi where he played a key role in taking the company from $30MM to $100MM eventually leading to the sale of the company.
Ashish Panjabi is the Chief Operating Officer for UAE’s Jacky’s Group of Companies and is currently running Jacky’s Business Solutions, the group’s end-to-end solutions provider for major companies and organisations in the region seeking efficient and effective visitor management, banking and graphics solutions.
Under his leadership, Jacky’s Business Solutions has partnered with the leaders in the 3D printing landscape. The company is also a distributor of large format printers and industrial UV printing products; banking and queuing management solutions; as well as robotic and digital fabrication products.
Ashish also runs Jacky’s Retail LLC, which operates Samsung Brand Shops across the UAE. He is also a partner in Cutting Edge Solutions LLC, a company focused on supplying high quality finishing products for the printing, manufacturing and fabrication industries.
Prior to managing Jacky’s Business Solutions and Jacky’s Retail, Ashish has also managed various businesses within the Group from a multi-brand electronics retail chain, a mail order business, distribution businesses, a photographic solutions provider to an e-commerce business.
As a testament of his achievements, Ashish has a number of accolades under his belt, including the ‘Young Asian Achievers’ award in 2011 from Xponent Media, the ‘Retail Leadership Award’ from the Asian Retail Leadership Awards 2012 and the Young Business Achiever (Male) Award from Ahlan Masala in 2015.
Ashish is also serving as a Governance Director in the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) Governance Committee from 2014 until 2017, and a Director for the Middle East, Pakistan & Africa Regional Council from 2015 to 2017 in EO. Ashish has previously also held the position of President of the EO UAE Chapter and a Director for the EO Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional Council. In addition, he is presently the Chair for the UAE for Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards (GSEA), a worldwide competition that helps recognise the next generation of student entrepreneurs.
A resourceful speaker, Ashish has also been invited in several forums and exhibitions to speak on consumer retail industry, technology trends and consumer behaviour in the Middle East. Ashish holds a Bachelor in Science with specialisation in Finance, Investments and Economics from Babson College, USA. Ashish has also attended executive education programs at the London Business School, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and is a graduate from the EO Leadership Academy.
Government Cognitive Solutions Leader for MEA, IBM
Dima is Government Cognitive Solutions Leader for MEA at IBM. She is responsible for the Government industry solutions for Cognitive Business for the IMiddle East and Africa Region. Prior to that she was the Smarter Cities leader in the Middle East. As an executive business development, her role entails developing new markets, building new clientele with focus on Public Sector across various industries through building C-level relations and acting as an executive advisor and thought leader. With an overall of 20 years of experience in Management Consulting, 17 of which in IBM, Dima has been focusing on transformational government initiatives in the region.
Her recent publications include,
• Smarter cities point of view - Enterprise Channels MEA.
• Is Open Data the key to m-Government transformation in the Middle East? - ITP.net.
• Qatar M-Government - Al Sharq newspaper in Qatar.
• Smarter Cities: Instrumented, Interconnected, Intelligent - Arabian Computer News.
• Getting Smarter - Computer News: