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Start-Up Forward | The New Millenia of Entrepreneurship


9:30 AM 🇦🇪


12:00 PM 🇦🇪

Start-Up Forward | The New Millenia of Entrepreneurship

Join us for an enlightening business panel session that delves into the dynamic startup world—discussing activation opportunities in fintech and preparing for future trends to elevate this growing market.

We invite you to share insight with Dariush Soudi, Founder of Arena Capital, Lorenzo Jooris, CEO of Creative Zone, Aya Sadder, CEO Bolt Consultancy, and Obediah Ayton, Director of Dhabi Holding Co. As well as strategic business leadership keynote session delivered by Dr. Corrie John Block, Forbes Coaches Council. It is an event with many aspects of learning, networking and thriving through the startup ecosystem.


Lorenzo Jooris

Lorenzo Jooris

CEO, Creative Zone

Lorenzo Jooris is the CEO of Creative Zone, Dubai’s leading business advisory firm. Mr Jooris holds extensive and diverse experience in the Middle Eastern and South Asian business markets and retains an expert opinion on the regions’ SMEs and startup culture. He was the founder of One World Communications, a full-fledged multi-media powerhouse advising governments around the world in branding and communication strategies. He, later on, started LEADERS Middle East Magazine in the UAE and formulated ‘Leaders without Borders’ an initiative that promotes young social entrepreneurs’ development and Power Women of Arabia Debate. In 2018, he joined Arton Capital as the Vice President of global growth and strategy where he oversaw the international expansion of the company and was in charge of sales, marketing and events worldwide. Lorenzo is a firm believer in giving back to the community, and within Creative Zone he has spearheaded significant initiatives to help and support promising startups and entrepreneurs. He is also the author of “Recipes for a Better World” and serves as an advisor to the James Michel Foundation.


Aya Sadder

CEO, Bolt Consultancy

Dariush Soudi

Founder, Arena Capital

Dariush Soudi has 4 decades of experience as a global sales leader, entrepreneur and international keynote speaker. Founder & CEO for Arena Capital Dubai. Dariush holds great passion in supporting businesses to grow to an international scale and has worked in various industries . He helps upscale business by supporting platforms to heighten Sales and marketing hence increasing profitability As founder for Gladiator Mastery, Dariush has cultivated a movement of over 2 million individuals determined to succeed, by sharing his unique strategies and techniques. He is an author conducts various interactive session programs , seminars and events A truly phenomenal entrepreneur

Dr. Corrie Block

Forbes Coaches Council

Dr. Corrie John Block is driven by a profound passion for guiding individuals towards discovering meaning in their professional lives. Recognized as the "UAE's Top Business Coach" by reputable entities, Dr. Block has accumulated over 25 years of experience as a business strategist, leadership expert, and Executive Coach, working with more than 150 companies globally. His expertise extends to strategic consulting for influential organizations such as Microsoft, the Council of Europe, the UN, SERCO, and the World Bank. Dr. Block's commitment to meaningful work is evident in his diverse roles as a practitioner, academic, award-winning innovator, accomplished author, and sought-after international speaker.

Mohammad Al Blooshi

CEO, DIFC Innovation Hub

Mohammad Al Blooshi is a prominent figure within the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), renowned as the preeminent financial hub for the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. As a key member of the DIFC Authority, Mohammad plays a pivotal role in advancing the vision of positioning the DIFC as a global business hub for technology. With a specialized focus on FinTech and Innovation, he contributes significantly to the growth of the DIFC by overseeing and developing strategic initiatives that align with Dubai's vision of becoming a leading global business destination. Mohammad's expertise extends to business development, and he is a driving force behind the DIFC's comprehensive FinTech and venture capital environment.

Obediah Ayton

Director, 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.


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