MODERATOR: Christopher M. Schroeder, Internet Entrepreneur and Author, Startup Rising
Hala Fadel, Chair, MIT Enterprise Forum, Pan-Arab Region
Cody Friesen, Founder, Fluidic Energy and Zero Mass Labs
Hany Al-Sonbaty, Co-Founder, Sawari Ventures and Flat6Labs
A Middle East venture capital pioneer, Hany headed TMT Investments at EFG-Hermes Private Equity over a 12 year career. Prior to co-founding Sawari Ventures, he managed a portfolio of over $500 million, of which $200 million was in the TMT sector, including some of the region's first VC funds.
Hala is the chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of the pan-Arab region, an organization that promotes entrepreneurship and organizes among other things the MIT Arab startup competition. She is also an Angel investor in start-up companies in the Middle East and Europe, and has launched a co-working space in Beirut called Coworking+961.
Christopher M. Schroeder
Christopher M. Schroeder is a Washington D.C. and New York City based entrepreneur and venture investor. He co-founded HealthCentral.com, one of the nation's largest social and content platforms in health and wellness, backed by Sequoia Capital, Polaris Ventures, The Carlyle Group, Allen & Company and IAC Corporation. The company was sold to the health media publisher, Remedy Health, in January 2012 where Schroeder remained a board advisor.