Held under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU)

  Jury members U-Start Competition


Mr. Anas Zeineddine

Executive Director | United Arab Emirates

Anas Zeineddine is the Executive Director of Krypto Labs, a global innovation hub with a unique ecosystem for funding ground-breaking startups. Anas is leading the effort in positioning Krypto Labs to be the go-to business innovation center in the region by establishing a unique entrepreneurial ecosystem. He is executing the vision of setting up a platform that will provide start-up support services to UAE based companies at Krypto Labs’ HQ, while setting up a virtual incubator program that [...]

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Mr. Essam Disi

Director of Strategy and Policy | United Arab Emirates

Essam Disi is the Director of Strategy and Policy at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Est. for SME Development (Dubai SME), a government agency under the Department of Economic Development (DED) – Government of Dubai - tasked with the development of Entrepreneurship and Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Dubai. In his present job, his main roles and responsibilities are to formulate long-term plans, strategies and policy support framework for SME development, in addition to executing strategic init [...]

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Mr. Ivano Iannelli

Chief Executive Officer | United Arab Emirates

Currently serving as the CEO of the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence, Ivano has been at the forefront of global conversations on sustainability and development economics for over two decades. He is a recognised expert in corporate transitions to low carbon, and regularly speaks at prominent events to challenge the status quo and spur businesses towards efficiency in resource use. He has previously served with the United Nations as a senior official, and with the UNOPR as Chief of Programmes [...]

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Ms. Karin Gabriel

Programs Lead | Austria

Karin Gabriel has a 10+ years of international experience in program development and execution, project management and marketing in both private sector and government organizations. After completing her Master’s in Business & Economics from the Johannes Kepler University in Austria, she joined Microsoft as a Channel Marketing and Readiness Manager. Her main responsibilities included the development of nation-wide new training programs for 1,000+ sales representatives as well as overseeing POS [...]

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Mr. Qussay Abdul Wahab

Enterprise Development Acting Senior Manager | United Arab Emirates

Qussay Abdul Wahab, 44 years old, an Iraqi-Canadian citizen with over 24 years of entrepreneurial experience in gastronomy, information technology, supply chain management and SME advisory. During his MBA studies, Qussay decided to join the corporate world and started with Injazat Data Systems, an IT outsourcing company, as a business consultant. A year and a half later, in 2008, he joined Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development as a business counselor assisting UAE Nationals to startup their ow [...]

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