Kareem ElsirafyManaging Partner, Modus Capital
Kareem Elsirafy is Managing Partner at Modus, a Venture Platform in MENA comprised of Venture Building, VC funds, and a Corporate Innovation arm. Modus builds, supports, and invests in impact-driven ideas and founders, providing more than just the financial investment needed to succeed.
Kareem leads a multi-disciplinary team consisting of international experts, spanning six countries and four continents with deep industry, investment, and entrepreneurship backgrounds to help startups turn innovative ideas into venture-backed businesses.
With almost two decades of experience in technological solutions for both commercial and social problems, Kareem is both a seasoned entrepreneur and investor with comprehensive experience in the development of early-stage tech.
While capital is crucial to driving an early-stage startup’s growth, Kareem’s mantra is that deploying operational, institutional, and financial capital is the key to creating a foundation for the development of exceptional entrepreneurs and high-impact innovation ecosystems in MENA and other emerging innovation ecosystems.
In 2011, Kareem co-founded Uniteus.com, a network care coordination SaaS platform that initially helped military veterans transition to civilian life. The platform expanded to the entire US Health and Human Services industry, raising $195M in total capital at a $1.65B valuation, making it a unicorn. Kareem also founded M1 Marketing Firm in 2007, which exited for 22x in 2009. He has held executive roles at various NYC-based companies, providing strategic advisory and execution for public institutions such as the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Departments of State, as well as private corporations such as Google, MetLife, IMG, Ally Bank, Pepsi, and Citibank.
Obediah AytonDirector, Dhabi Hold Co
Obediah is currently the Director of Dhabi Hold Co, which manages a portfolio of operational businesses internationally. Mr Ayton in the past has successfully completed over $500 Million of advisory and financial transactions across Europe, USA and MENA region as a former executive of a Family Office called Tennor Holding .
He has raised capital for The Bezos Family Foundation Anchored fund "Highpost Capital" together with Mark Bezos as General Partner.
Ryan AdamsManaging Partner, Raha Beach Ventures
Ryan Adams is a founder, investor, and senior technology executive who excels at defining the technology vision, strategy, and execution roadmap to develop and bring innovative offerings to market and position companies for accelerated commercial success. Ryan has a track record of building and scaling new businesses, directing multimillion-dollar projects, and forging trusted client relationships. He is a hands-on technical leader with an extensive background encompassing software engineering, cyber security, and big data analytics. He is also a passionate innovator directly responsible for creating valuable intellectual property and commercial software products achieving hundreds of millions (AED) in sales.
Victor KiriakosFounder and CEO, Dunes Ventures
Victor Kiriakos is the Founder and CEO of Dunes Ventures, a hybrid venture studio located in the UAE. Dunes Ventures supports founders, corporates, and governments in developing pioneering companies that create exponential impact. Prior to his entrepreneurial venture,
Victor served as GM-UAE at Careem, where he contributed significantly to scaling the company’s Super App proposition, pivoting its food business, and launching its subscription program.
Victor has over eight years of experience in investing, building, and scaling digital start-ups, and he has a proven track record as a venture capitalist. He has worked with Precinct Partners, Flat6Labs, and Intigral, where he acquired valuable insights into the world of entrepreneurship.