WAEL FAKHARANY

WAEL FAKHARANY

Digital Transformer, Disrupter, Business Executive & Public Speaker

Biography

Digital Transformer, Disrupter, Business Executive & Public Speaker

Wael left Careem in March 2017 where he spent 7 months as the Managing Director of Egypt and the Global Sr.VP for government relations. Formerly he was the Regional Managing Director of Google [x] in the Middle East and Africa. Google [x] is Google’s secretive scientific and innovation lab that aims to make the world a better place by applying technology to large problems in the world by developing radical solutions called ”Moon Shots”. Examples of the “Moon Shots” include Google’s driverless cars, Google Glass, Project Loon and Makani who are developing an energy Kite that generates energy at lower cost than conventional wind systems.

Before Joining Google [x], Wael was the Head of Agencies for Middle East and North Africa at Google as well as the Regional Director for Egypt & North Africa since January 2008. Prior to that he held several executive positions at IBM, 3Com Middle East & North Africa, Sun Microsystems, and Oracle, to name a few. He also successfully founded Wireless Dynamics, before exiting the company in November 2008. His experience extends for more than 27 years in the technology & innovation field.

He isamongst the top most influential and inspirational figures in the region with a merit clout that cuts across different audience. Wael is also considered one of the leading figures in the Middle East that pushes technology and innovation industries forward, transforming the lives of millions. He is an experienced business and corporate leader with a history of conceiving, delivering and leading profitable groups of businesses, projects and investments as well as maintaining sustained high growth in challenging sensitive contexts.

In addition to the above, Wael has the ability to discuss a myriad of topics and issues in depth in relation to the initiatives of the private sector in the development of start-ups and evolving the capabilities of entrepreneurs in the Arab region via the use of advanced technology whilst encouraging innovation, inspiring and pushing people out of their comfort zones.

All session by Laurence Francis