Lorenzo JoorisCEO, 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.
Andreea DanilaFounding General Partner & Member of the Investment Committee, Global Millennial Capital
Andreea Danila is an award winning entrepreneur having been nominated as the top 10 business women of UAE by Global Brands Magazine. She is the Founder of Millennial Capital which is the first venture creation and management firm in the GCC region and an Executive Board Member of Millennial Beauty. An investment professional by training, she has more than a decade of fundraising and investment experience in emerging markets. She founded Millennial Capital in early 2016 with the specific remit to become a leading consumer tech focused venture capital firm in MENA region by investing into innovation, globalization and disruption with a key focus on social impact. The firm aims to become #1 female founded venture investor. Previously, she was with Ernst & Young Mergers and Acquisition division covering retail and consumer products where she advised on acquisitions, structuring, and divestments and market entry strategies for some of the largest consumer products companies for a cumulative project value of USD 600 million. Founded by Andreea, Global Millennial Capital is a specialist consumer focused venture capital investor in high growth and transformational ventures, with a glocal approach
Chris ThomasCo-Founder and Co-CEO, Eureeca
A Law graduate, Chris has over 20 years experience setting up and running businesses. He has delivered multiple successful exits, mainly in the FinTech/Finance space. He is an active Angel Investor in companies across the globe and provides mentorship and support, directly and through government initiatives to entrepreneurs worldwide. Along with his co-founder Sam Quawasmi, Chris launched Eureeca in Dubai in 2013, and it has since grown into a cross-continent platform, currently the most regulated platform, operating in the most markets, on the planet. Eureeca is a pioneer in the Equity Crowdfunding Industry and as such has built many tools and new products for the industry and works with multiple regulators globally to write new regulatory frameworks to enable to industry to grow. Eureeca, which is multi award winning during its 7 year journey, helps Entrepreneurs find investors and vice versa. From its offices in Dubai, London, Kuala Lumpur, and Amsterdam, Eureeca offers high-yield potential start up and growth company investment opportunities from the Middle East, Europe, and Southeast Asia to its investor network who range from casual and angel investors to institutional firms. Businesses raising funds can leverage this network for capital, strategic connections, and expansion into new markets.
Stefan HickmottCEO, Newfields Group ; Founder, Evarei
Stefan is an award-winning property technology expert, advisor and investment manager. He is the CEO and owner of Evarei – an asset management advisory firm in the UAE, with expertise spanning 25-years in private equity, investment advisory and management consulting, specializing in hospitality, leisure, real estate and, most recently, applications of digitalization, tokenization and blockchain within these sectors. Evarei was founded in 2015 by Stefan Hickmott following significant regional sentiment among major groups for disciplined, competent asset management services in the region. Stefan has considerable expertise as a principal in the direct investment space and has developed a successful track record in deploying capital into well-structured, risk-adjusted investment opportunities with clear growth and exit potential. He has, during his career, been instrumental in the investment and planning of a number of major hospitality and real estate development projects spanning the past 3 decades, having managed more than 500 advisory, planning, feasibility assessment, business valuation, asset management and investment projects covering a wide spectrum of real estate, hospitality and leisure businesses and operations totalling more than USD 25 billion in value.
Stelios LeftherisManaging Partner at Vestigos
Stelios Leftheris has 20 years' experience with banking multinationals, responsible for global information security programs and 3rd party security contract negotiations with FT100. He has tech and security audited or led auditing to over 1500 companies per year between 2012 to 2017 and has substantial experience in technology, cloud, digital transformation, fintech, IOT/sensor monitoring, AI/ML. He is a strategic tech adviser to start-up companies and leadership teams in the Middle East and EU. He has lived and worked in Greece, UK, UAE; BSc in Computer Science, held CISSP, CISM, CRISC, CoRM certifications. Vestigos offer a broad range of services to meet your needs such as validating your business concept, carrying out due diligence, identifying gaps and opportunities, helping you define an agile and lean operational approach to achieve quicker results with minimized cost, driving the creation of a state-of-the-art business plan that enhance your chances multiple fold to attract investors interest and funding.