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  • Meet the Initiators of Change | 50 Regional & International Speakers
  • Mingle and Connect | 500+ Exclusive Attendees & 20 Exhibitors
  • Have an Astounding Idea? Make It Happen at the Ideathon Competition
  • Looking to Grow Your Startup? Move Up at the Startup Demo Competition


The Kuwaiti eCommerce market was estimated at $1.26B in 2015 according to Payfort. Coupled with high GDP & a 91% Internet Penetration Rate, the opportunity for growth of online goods and service providers, as well as mobile transactions, is very high. ArabNet Kuwait will focus on trends and opportunities in eCommerce, Omnichannel Retail, Online Payments, Digital Banking and Business Transformation.


Social Media penetration in Kuwait is at 96% (one of the highest globally), while Kuwait leads in MENA, on platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram. Kuwait is also home to GCC’s most affluent online influencers. ArabNet Kuwait looks to highlight Social Media platforms and trends, Native and Programmatic Advertising and Video Content, through panel discussions, workshops and the OMD academy.


After the announcement of the $7B Kuwait National Fund for SMEs in 2013, the market has witnessed a surge in entrepreneurship support and institutions: funds, co-working spaces, angels and investors. This was further inspired by the acquisition of Kuwait's Talabat.com, which marks the largest regional exit since Yahoo! Maktoob in 2009. ArabNet Kuwait will host the leading investors and stakeholders driving digital entrepreneurship in Kuwait and MENA; the Startup Demo and Ideathon competitions; as well as workshops targeted towards startup founders to boost their business.

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Shikha Al-Zain Al-Sabah Undersecretary of State for Youth Affairs,
Abdulaziz B. Al Loughani Vice Chairman, The National Fund for SMEs Development
Abdulla Al-Ajmi CEO, KNET
Abdulla Elyas Co-founder, Careem
Abdullah AlZabin Founder and CEO, Lamba
Aby Thomas Editor in Chief, Entrepreneur Middle East
Ahmed Shabrawy Co-founder and CTO, Cequens
Andrew Hyde Director of New Programming, Techstars
Ayman Hamed Marketing Director, Americana Group
Benjamin Ampen Head of Revenue, MENA, Twitter
Bilal Z. Al Mourad Connect Director - Kuwait, Ipsos
Charles Saliba Founder and CEO, HR Works s.a.l.
Dany Farha Co-founder and CEO, BECO Capital
Dikdyuti Sen Chief Marketing Officer, Talabat.com
Dina el-Shenoufy Chief Investment Officer, Flat6Labs
Div Turakhia Founder and CEO, Media.net, Co-founder, Directi
Eisa Atawi Co-founder and Head of R&D Department, Ibtikar Technologies, CEO, MAU Games Studio
Elie Nasr Co-founder and Managing Partner, FOO
Essa Al Essa Chairman, Mefazec
Hasan J. Zainal Partner, Arzan Venture Capital
Hashim Bahbahani Co-founder and COO, Coded
Hassan Al-Mosawi Head of Communications - Vice Chairman's Office, Zain
Ihsan Jawad Managing Partner, Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)
Jasem Al Mutawa President, The Advance Technology Group
Jawad Abbassi Head of MENA, GSMA
Kaswara Al-Khatib Chairman and CEO, UTURN
Khalid Al-Zanki Product Launch Maven,
Lloyed Lobo Chief Growth Officer | Speakeasy.co, Co-founder | TractionConf.io and Boast Capital
Meherzad Dastoor ​Senior Manager | People Advisory Services, Ernst & Young
Mohammad Alhajeri Chief Investment Officer, Impulse International
Mohammad Jaffar Entrepreneur and Investor,
Mussaad Al-Razouki Chief Business Development Officer, Kuwait Life Sciences Company​ ​(KLSC)
Nael Halabi Executive Vice President - Kuwait, Publicis Media
Nagham Akileh Director of Social Media, OMD
Neda Al Dihani General Manager, Brilliant Lab Startup Accelerator Services
Numan Numan Managing Director, 212
Omar Sudoodi Managing Director, PayFort
Raghav Prasad General Manager, Gulf Countries, MasterCard
Reine Farhat Senior Editor at Wamda, Content Lead at Nuwait
Sharif El-Badawi Partner Lead - VCs and Startups, Google, Venture Partner, 500 Startups
Tammer Qaddumi Partner, VentureSouq
Tarek Amin CEO | Digital @ Adline Media Network, Founder | Dubai Angel Investors
Tro Taslakian General Manager, Kuwait, OMD
Vasukumar Nair Co Founder and COO, Afya
Walid Hadid Head of Analytics, UAE, OMD
Yaser Bishr Executive Director of Digital, Aljazeera Media Network
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