Co-founder and COO , The D. GmbH & Pala Innovation Hub
I am a results-driven serial entrepreneur adept at translating high-level strategy into field-level functional impact. In my work I focus on how we can optimize opportunities at the intersection of financial return and social value through innovative thinking and integrated partnerships between business, governments, and the non-profit sectors. I have worked with a number of international companies in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, and spent multiple years consulting the United Nations within social entrepreneurship in emerging economies with a special focus on the Euro-Med region. I have cofounded The D., a tech startup specializing in artificial intelligence and cyber security (awarded as Top 25 A.I startups in Europe to keep an eye on), Pala Innovation Hub, a community space to learn, explore and play with new technology, and HackaMENA, a tech community with 2000+ members. I hold a M.Sc in Economics & Business from Copenhagen Business School, a CEMS Master in International Management from the National University of Singapore, and a specialization in Cybersecurity: Technology, Application and Policy from MIT. Today I spend most of my time working on a project focusing on video-recognition and artificial intelligence. I am mainly interested in evolving technologies and how they can be applied to make us and our society better. In my spare time I advize and mentor startups within tech and business development, focusing on startups operating in developing economies and working with purpose-driven tech & social entrepreneurship. I truly believe that the best way to predict the future is to create it yourself – and I’m on the path of doing this !