Under the Patronage of

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

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Basil Mofta

General Partner
Global Ventures

Basil Moftah is a general partner with Global Ventures, a Dubai-based, growth-stage venture capital firm. Previously, Basil was the President of Intellectual Property & Science (IP&S) division at Thomson Reuters. Basil repositioned IP&S as a platform business by integrating its content and technology into a single micro-services architecture. He then prepared the business for sale to Onex PE in Canada. Prior to this position, Basil managed emerging markets for Reuters, a $600M business spanning Latam, Middle East & Africa, Russia, India and China. He successfully grew the business organically and with strategic acquisitions, including buying Zawya in the Middle East. Basil started his career at Reuters in the Venture Capital group and was part of the team that took it private. A highly successful fund, it invested in Netscape, Yahoo, Verisign, Webex, and many other successful companies. During his time in emerging markets and based in Dubai, Basil was a founding advisor for Reach Mentoring – a successful program focusing on high-potential woman executives in the Middle East. He was also a sponsor for a cross industry initiative on financial transparency with the Middle East Investor Relations Society. He was also the executive sponsor in 2014 and 2015 at Thomson Reuters for diversity in the workplace programs. Basil holds bachelors’ degree in Mechanical Engineering from American University in Cairo as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Sessions of the speaker

25-MAR-2020

25-MAR-2020

15:30 – 17:00

- Start-up funding cycles and understanding investors requirement.
- Identifying and penetrating the target market.
- Perfecting your Pitch Deck.
- Challenges to acquire funding for your startup.
- What are the keywords investors are looking for in a startup / entrepreneurs?
- What do investors see in startups/entrepreneurs?  
- Do investors invest in idea or founders? 

15:30 – 15:35

Introduction

Speakers:
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Douglas van den Berghe
Vice President Advisory
Conway, Inc.

15:35 – 15:55

Keynote Address

Speakers:
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Amine Housni
Co-Founder and Head of Middle East
Blueground Middle East

15:55 – 16:55

Panel Discussion: Investors: perspective towards investing in Startup / Entrepreneurs

Speakers:
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Andrea Hojdu-Howe
Partner, Head of Capital
Antler
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Basil Mofta
General Partner
Global Ventures
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Ana Barjasic
Founder
Connectology
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Sandile Shabangu
Founder and CEO
Startup Mzansi Foundation NPC
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Sufyan Al-Issa
Regional Head of Operations for Middle East and North Africa
International Finance Corporation (IFC) – World Bank Group
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Tushar Singhvi
Director, CE-Ventures (Crescent Enterprises)

15:55 – 16:00

25-MAR-2020

15:55 – 16:55

Panel Discussion: Investors: perspective towards investing in Startup / Entrepreneurs

Speakers:
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Andrea Hojdu-Howe
Partner, Head of Capital
Antler
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Basil Mofta
General Partner
Global Ventures
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Ana Barjasic
Founder
Connectology
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Sandile Shabangu
Founder and CEO
Startup Mzansi Foundation NPC
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Sufyan Al-Issa
Regional Head of Operations for Middle East and North Africa
International Finance Corporation (IFC) – World Bank Group
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Tushar Singhvi
Director, CE-Ventures (Crescent Enterprises)