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How Does Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and a Sustainable Private Sector Thrive in a Stateless Nation? A Conversation with Palestinian Delegates.
As Palestine continues to strive for full statehood, there are signs of growth in economic development throughout the region; change makers in the private sector, entrepreneurs, innovators and philanthropists are playing a major role in this unparalleled evolution. Prominent leaders of these sectors will be in Silicon Valley to share their vision, experiences, and perspectives for the future. As we know, continued economic progress is a key component and must be fostered but sustainable development and help to bring an end to the conflict in Palestine can only be realized in concert with advancement on all other political fronts. The speakers have all led mutual efforts for progressive change and witnessed the great lengths the Palestinian people have been through to survive in a difficult environment. Despite all, they and the people of Palestine, offer hope to the human spirit by never giving up on the possibility of progress for its future. TiE Silicon Valley is proud to host a delegation of senior Government and Business leaders from Palestine on Wednesday October 2nd, 2013 from 6 to 8.30pm. Come and attend this event to learn more about the opportunities in Palestine.
1) Sabri Saidam, Ph.D., DIC
Mr. Saidam is the Advisor to the Palestinian President on Telecommunications, Information Technology and Technical Education, Deputy Secretary of Fateh Council, and Former Minister of Telecom & IT.
Mr. Saidam led the telecom market liberalization in Palestine in 2006; introducing the second mobile phone operator in the region. He was instrumental in the introduction and ratification of the Palestine Telecom Regulatory Authority law. Dr. Saidam introduced several economic and educational initiatives, inclusive of e-Gov, the National Academic Network, Falastinyia (women’s participation in the ICT) and the Palestine Education Initiative. Additionally, Dr. Saidam launched .PS and its governing body, the Palestinian National Internet Naming Authority. Dr. Saidam founded the award winning Palestine Digital Library in 2004 and the Palestine e-Republic in 2007. Further, he co-founded the Internet Society Palestine Chapter, PC&Net4All (PCs & Internet connectivity to underserved citizens) and the Birzeit Innovation Group; innovation in technology.
2) Nafez Husseini
Mr. Husseini is the Vice President of ICT & Digital Business of the Greece based Consolidated Contractors Company (www.ccc.gr), a multi-billion dollar engineering group and the largest construction company in the Middle East. Mr. Hussein is very active in promoting knowledge-based economies; advancing economies toward greater dependence on knowledge, information and high skill levels, and increasing need for ready access to all of these by both the business and public sectors. Mr. Husseini has been a key founding member of the Palestine Education Initiative. He is a strong advocate and plays a leading role in the Palestinian private sector in transforming and building sustainable capacity of the local economy. As a parallel, Mr. Husseini believes economic development leads to the growth of innovation and advances the resiliency and contribution of SMEs (in conflict situations).
3) Zahi W. Khouri
Mr. Khouri is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Palestinian National Beverage Company (Coca-Cola /Cappy).
Mr. Khouri is an exceptionally skilled business executive in the Middle East and holds a number of senior Board memberships, including the Chairman of Jerusalem Development and Investment Co. (Jedico), the Palestine Tourism & Investment Company (PTIC), the Jacir Palace Intercontinental in Bethlehem, the Jerusalem Investment Tourism (JIT), and the Intram Investments Inc. in Orlando, Florida. Additionally, Mr. Khouri serves as Board Member of Palestine Development & Investment Co (Padico), the largest Palestinian holding company. Mr. Khouri was an Executive Board Member of the Olayan Group and CEO of the Olayan Saudi Holding Co. in Saudi Arabia and the USA for over 20 years.
4) Ammar Aker
Mr. Aker is the Palestine Telecom Group CEO and a member of Paltel Group’s Board of Directors. Notably, Paltel is the second largest employer in Palestine (after the Government). In his previous activities, he was the CEO of the Palestine Cellular Communications Co. Ltd., Jawwal, the first private leading cellular operator in Palestine. Mr. Aker is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of VTEL Middle East and Africa (MEA). He is a member of the Board of the Palestine Development and Investment Company (PADICO Holding), the largest investment holding company in the country. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Jericho Gate Investment, a project of PADICO Holding.
6:00 PM - Registration, Dinner & Networking
7:00 PM - Program
8:15 PM - Q & A
9:00 PM- Adjourn
For more information contact:
Kelsi Evans- [masked]