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Samer Obeidat, MGM
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Obeidat is a global serial entrepreneur, researcher, and an impactful investor. He has over a decade of experience in leading successful technology startups, business consulting and fintech. In 2013, Obeidat built the first online investment platform for spot precious metals deliverable contracts, and was involved, as of 2016, in the investment of over a US$ billion in the gold markets in the EMEA. In 2017, he founded Investifai, an artificial intelligence (AI) powered wealth management startup, producing higher risk-adjusted returns than most of the traditional investment managers.

Obeidat holds a BA degree in applied chemistry from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), and a masters’ degree in global management (MGM) from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC, Canada, where he conducted an empirical research that focuses on managing global multi-asset investment portfolios using machine learning models.

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Evan Steeg, PhD
Head of Client Solutions

Dr. Steeg is a Canadian entrepreneur with a MSc & PhD in Computer Science from University of Toronto, and a BA in Mathematics and Economics at Cornell University. He worked with renowned neural networks pioneer Dr. Geoffrey Hinton of Google fame. At DuPont, Queen’s University, Los Alamos National Labs, National Research Council (NRC) and Molecular Mining Corp, he built computational models for various applications, including drug development, farm profitability and factory process optimization, and helped in launching multimillion dollar public-private R&D partnerships in biologic drugs, vaccines, wheat genomics and industrial biomaterials.. Dr. Steeg has numerous publications and presentations on AI, machine learning and bioinformatics. He received patents in the US, Canada, and Australia for a novel, fast association mining algorithm. He Founded and led an AI / bioinformatics company, raising $13M and launching two software products globally and building a co-marketing alliance with IBM. As the National Research Council’s Foresight Director, he led a major technology foresight projects on Big Data & AI, exploring the key drivers, risks and highest-value applications.

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Hazem A. M. Awad, PhD
Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Awad received his PhD in Physics from the University of Strathclyde in 2013. He has performed various top management roles at Fuel Industries, Next Frontier Digital Investments (NFDI), Ascendancy, and MAS Holding. He has successfully exited multiple high-tech ventures, and has a deep network in both the Middle East, and Silicon Valley.

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Hanane Ouri
Board Member, Charity Affairs and Chief Training & Development Officer

Dr. Hanane Ouri is an entrepreneur, angel investor and a philanthropist who always seek adding value to society. During the last decade, Dr. Ouri invested in multiple ventures across different industries including healthcare, beauty and medical aesthetics, financial services, legal consulting and emerging technologies. Dr. Ouri is currently leading Stallion Mark Foundation which aims to combat child poverty in different regions including MENA by focusing on educational and technological success. Dr. Ouri is also a managing partner at Stallion Mark institute which offers specialized artifical intelligence training and development course and workshops across the MENA.

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Sevan Ulutas, CFA
Senior Fintech Consultant

Mr. Ulutas studied math, IT, financial engineering and proceeded to work in quantitative research area. His portfolio management experience began at the first and most active hedge fund of his country. During this period he received his CFA charter and managed portfolios of UHNW clients. Sevan was one of the members that designed SMART fund that became the biggest variable fund in Turkey. He leveraged his quant skills in derivatives trading and managing trading desks for top investment houses.

Sevan conducted research on performance and market timing of hedge funds. He delivered consultancy services to several startups and joined Investifai from a top investment house where he was a Managing Director.

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Daniel Shapiro, PhD
Head of R&D

Dr. Shapiro is a Canadian entrepreneur with a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Masters’ in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Ottawa. He has performed various top management and management consulting roles throughout his career. The focus of Daniel’s work has been deep learning artificial intelligence, including loan assessment tools, trading algorithms, fraud detection, and biological neural networks (Nuraleve).

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Mathieu Lemay
Head of Applied AI

Matt is a senior software and hardware developer with over a decade of experience in the start-up trenches, serving in a series of high-level roles in management and engineering. He has worked for multiple startups, and brings with him a wide ranging skillset ranging from PCB design to search and rescue management. His primary focus is on data science, developing machine learning models in the area of predictive analytics.

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David Brown
Senior Engineering Consultant

Brown has over 30 years of general, R&D and engineering management expertise in both start-up companies and large organizations. He is an established engineering veteran in the semiconductor, systems and software industries, having spent the last 15 years in leadership roles at early-stage technology companies; Magor as VP of Product Management, Neterion as VP of Engineering, LoBenn, as President and MKC Networks, as General Manager and COO. He has also held leadership positions over large engineering teams as General Manager at Cadence and CEO at West End Systems. Brown spent the bulk of his early career in semiconductor design, moving up the engineering ranks during Mitel's growth phase, ultimately leading the entire IC development team.

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Fatemeh Zabihollahy
Senior Deep Learning Engineer

Fatemeh Zabihollahy is currently a PhD candidate of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carleton University. She obtained her Masc. (2016) and BSc (2001) both in Biomedical Engineering from Carleton University, Canada and Shahid Beheshti University, Iran, respectively. She worked in medical devices industry as an R&D engineer for ten years. Her research interest is in the field of application of deep learning techniques for medical image analysis. Fatemeh is passionate about bringing intelligent technology to clinical practice for improved patient care. She developed some algorithm to provide physicians with products that integrate into their clinical workflow.

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Muhammad Rizwan, PhD
Senior Deep Learning Engineer

Dr. Rizwan is a computer scientist with a Ph.D. in the area of deep learning from Georgia Institute of Technology, a M.S. in Computer Engineering from Lahore university of Management & Sciences, and a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from National University of Sciences & Technology. He has over 10 years of diverse research experience and has several research publications to his credit.

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Mohamed Asni
Snr Machine Learning Developer

Mohamed is a software and hardware developer with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering with an option in Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of Ottawa. He has a passion for machine learning, data science, and entrepreneurship. Mohamed is currently an AI implementation specialist at Lemay.ai and a research assistant at the University of Ottawa, where he is focusing on machine learning solutions in the field of speech differentiation.

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Amr Salama
Machine Learning Developer

Amr Salama is an AI developer with over 16 years of professional experience. He has developed many real-life applications using Artificial Intelligence and machine learning technologies across different industries. Amr has a BA degree from Cairo University in the faculty of Computer and Information, and completed many intensive courses in AI and deep learning. His expertise includes Web Development, Desktop Applications Programming, Big Data and Data Analytics. He is also a skilled Data Scientist with experience in Data Visualization, Data Art, NLP and Computer Vision (OpenCV).

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DAVID MARTINEZ, MBA
HEAD OF BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE

Mr. Martinez is the Chief Operating Officer of Narrativa. Narrativa transforms data into human-sounding narratives using Artificial Intelligence.

He is an entrepreneur, consultant and investor with a unique combination of business management expertise and deep technological acumen. Previously, David has worked with Bain, Deloitte and Accenture and was the Chief Executive and Investment Officer of Finerd, an automated investment management firm applying state-of-the-art technology to asset and wealth management. His experience spans Europe, America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

He holds an MBA with distinction from INSEAD, Singapore; BSc's and an MSc in Computer Science and in Electronic Engineering from the University of Deusto, Spain; and a BSc in Economics from the University of London / London School of Economics, UK.

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Dr. Miodrag Bolic
Academic Advisor

Dr. Miodrag Bolic received his PhD degree in electrical engineering from Stony Brook University, USA, in 2004. Since 2004 he has been with the University of Ottawa, Canada where he is a professor with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Dr. Bolic’s current research includes biomedical signal processing, instrumentation and machine learning. He is a director of Computational Analysis, Acceleration and Applications Research Group (CARG) and Health Devices Research Groups. He published more than 80 journal papers.

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Mr. Abdelhamid Ghazouani
Executive Vice President in Banking Industry

International Expert in Banking Industry, Economy and Business Leadership. Has 35 Years Experience in Conventional & Islamic banking industry.

Having a strong analytical thinking , excellent group leadership ,expertise in writing and validating banks’ policies and procedures , Managing  Project Programs, strategical Business road maps.

Holder of Scottish Business Education Degree in Commercial Studies from Central college of Commerce Glasgow , UK.

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