Uncovering the DNA of Angels

Uncovering the DNA of Angels

Finding and attracting the right investors remains a challenge for many entrepreneurs, especially for early-stage companies testing out nascent business models. The moderator will lead the panelists into a discussion to uncover the motivations of angel investors, and what is their investment process, from deal sourcing to impact measurement. Panelists will share tips on how to approach them, what they are looking for and how to get them to consider funding your venture.


Imad Ayoub
CEO, Cyberia Group

CEO, OgerSystems

Imad is the CEO of Cyberia Group a leading regional Internet Services company in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon & Jordan. He is also the CEO of OgerSystems a leading Systems Integrator in Saudi Arabia. As an angel investor and mentor Imad helps several successful startups including Rubicon, Gate2Play, Maysalward, Loyal3, RedTroops, BeFunky, Grou.ps and others. Imad was a Member of the Board of Trustees at the King Hussein Foundation and the Chairman of Tamweelcom, and is currently a board member at Electronic Health Services International (EHSI) in Amman and PinPay in Beirut. In 1996 Imad launched Global One, Jordan’s first Internet Service Provider where he was CEO till 2003, Global One successfully exited to Orange Jordan. Prior to that Imad was a co-founder of NETS the first to offer email and BBS services, NETS successfully exited to Batelco Jordan. Imad started his career in the Silicon Valley at American Microsystems Inc. (AMI) and National Semiconductors (now Texas Instruments). Imad has a B.A. and M.A. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University, USA.

Karim Hussein
CEO, D-Kimia Diagnostic Solutions

Karim Hussein is CEO and co-founder of D-Kimia Diagnostic Solutions, developing fast, affordable, and accurate medical diagnostics using nano-technology. Hussein serves on the board of D-Kimia, Integreight, Medivo, and Simplex Arabia and is an Endeavor Network mentor. Previously, Hussein was SVP, Products and Engineering at WebMD, Inc., directing product management, technology strategy and engineering. Prior to WebMD, Karim was co-founder and CTO of Riskclick, Inc., a software firm specializing in commercial insurance applications. He also was a senior associate at Booz Allen & Hamilton where he was a member of the Global e-Commerce team.

Hussein received his PhD in Information Systems from MIT and a dual BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He has over 40 publications and a patent for his work on distributed computing. He is an avid squash and soccer player and works to promote US-Arab cultural understanding through Alwan for the Arts.

Chantalle Dumonceaux
Co-Founder, WOMENA

Chantalle Dumonceaux worked in Zurich and New York with startups and angel groups, where she has been involved in all facets of the angel investment process. Upon seeing what a positive impact angel investing makes on society, women, and entrepreneurship, and because of her interest in the Middle East, she decided to co-found WOMENA. She oversees investments, operations, and strategy. She received her Bachelors in Economics from Columbia University, having transferred from the American University of Paris.


Didem Altop
Managing Director, Endeavor Turkey

Didem Altop is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Endeavor Turkey, part of a global non-profit organization supporting high-impact entrepreneurship in emerging markets as a catalyst for economic development.

Prior to joining Endeavor, Didem served as the Co-Founder & Managing Partner of ECOM Consulting & Project Finance, a boutique consulting company involved in non-profit capacity building, business and social entrepreneurship. She has worked with Turkey’s leading holding companies to promote and design Corporate Social Responsibility strategies and has also worked with Turkey’s leading non-profit organizations on various capacity-building campaigns. Didem currently serves as a founding board member of ASHOKA Turkey. Her former board roles include: The Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TUSEV), the Corporate Volunteer Council of Turkey (OSGD) and Junior Achievement Education Foundation in Turkey (GBEV).

Prior to shifting her career focus to CSR and the non-profit sector, Didem worked in management consulting and emerging market business development for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems, Shared Medical Services (SMS), MCI Communications and Electronic Data Systems (EDS). Didem has also worked for The World Bank on trade reform and privatization policy for Algeria, Morocco and Turkey.

Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Development Economics from The Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Science in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University with a concentration in strategic planning and entrepreneurship.

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