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Speakers

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Steve Arhancet Team Liquid
Steve
Arhancet
Co-CEO and Owner
Sam Cooke Esports Insider & WFH League
Sam
Cooke
Co-Founder

Co-founder and Managing Director of Esports Insider, the leading global B2B esports industry news platform, agency, events and media company.

Sam is also Co-founder of the WFH League, the 'corporate' esports league where it's companies vs companies.

He's also an advisor to mobile esports service provider Gamerpro and investment fund Rewired. He has spoken at events including the World Gaming Executive Summit, the Asia Licensing Conference, Esports BAR Cannes, Samsung KX, PGC and more.

Majed Al Suwaidi Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City, and Dubai Production City
Majed
Al Suwaidi
Managing Director

Majed Al Suwaidi is Managing Director of Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City, and Dubai Production City.

He provides strategic direction and ensures steady growth of three media-focused business districts, home to more than 3,000 companies 34,000 professionals. As the Managing Director of this integrated creative ecosystem which is home to many Fortune 500 companies from around the world, entrepreneurs and startups alike, he plays a key role in positioning Dubai as an international media hub.

Prior to this role, Al Suwaidi was Managing Director of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource City. Under his leadership, the integrated ICT hub became a strategic partner of the Smart Dubai initiative that is driving Dubai’s transformation into one of the smartest cities in the world.

In a previous role as Director of Business Development for Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource City, he was part of the team that launched in5, an enabling platform for tech, media and design entrepreneurs.

He has also served as Director of Commercial Operations and Director of Sales at Dubai Internet City and prior to that gained invaluable experience with Dubai International Financial Centre and Emirates Airlines.

Amongst his other responsibilities, Al Suwaidi is a Board Member for Young Arab Leaders.

He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from American University in Dubai and an MBA in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

Faze FaZe Clan
VIRUS
First Saudi FaZe Clan member, #FaZe5 Challenge Winner
Chris Smith BIG Esports
Chris
Smith
Director

Global gaming PR, marketing & business development agency. We are getting hands-on, working with global clients in influencer marketing (NVIDIA, AMD, Unikrn, ASUS, GIGABYTE & more) and have a strong focus on long-term business development initiatives with companies. We like to get our hands dirty and build then execute strategies for people. I personally have one of the largest followings for a games content creator on LinkedIn (B2B) content and it is one of our main lines of business (direct ads + business inbound enquiries).

Nazeel Juvale Miral
Nazeel
Juvale
Acting Head of Strategy and Innovation

Nazeel leads Strategy and Innovation at Miral - an Abu Dhabi entity mandated to drive the development of the emirate’s leisure, entertainment and tourism proposition.

As Abu Dhabi's curator of experiences, Miral develops and manages iconic leisure and entertainment assets including Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi, Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island and the Etihad Arena, and markets, sells and integrates the end to end experience and customer journey across destinations including Yas Island.

As part of this mandate, Nazeel helps to drive the gaming and esports strategy at Miral, with a focus on developing Yas Island as a regional hub for gaming and esports experiences.

Aravind Swaminathan Calyx
Aravind
Swaminathan
Co-Founder / Business Development Director

I'm someone you'd call a Dubai boy, lived in Dubai my entire life. Been an avid gamer since I was 3. Been in and around the esports scene since 2010. Played multiple tournaments in DOTA2, CS 1.6, CS Source, CSGO and Overwatch. Played with and against since of the top players from the region. In University (BITS Pilani Dubai Campus) started to run esports tournaments; started as Intra University, then Inter University and eventually for UAE. Started the University gaming club (Guild) as well.

Towards the end of my 4th year (Computer Engineering) started a company with friends.

We named the company Calyx(calyx.gg), a tournament organizer and Esports production company based in UAE and operating throughout the MENA.

Kate Edwards Geogrify / Global Game Jam
Kate
Edwards
CEO / Executive Director

Kate Edwards is the Executive Director of the Global Game Jam, and the CEO and principal consultant of Geogrify, a consultancy which pioneered content culturalization. She is also the former Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) from 2012 to 2017. In addition to being an award-winning advocate who serves in several advisory roles, she is a geographer, writer, and corporate strategist. Following 13 years at Microsoft, she has consulted on many game and non-game projects for BioWare, Google, Amazon, Facebook, LEGO, and many other companies. Fortune magazine named her as one of the "10 most powerful women" in the game industry in 2013 and in 2014 was named by GamesIndustry.biz as one of their six People of the Year. She was most recently honored with the Ambassador Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards at GDC 2020. She is also profiled in the December 2018 publication Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play.

Kevin Mitchell College EsportsX
Kevin
Mitchell
CEO Founder

I am an educator and expert on scholastic and collegiate esports and gaming. My background is in several sectors of the entertainment business in music, film, TV, gaming and digital platforms. I advise the Chairman of Viacom/CBS and I operate an event and consultancy company that covers North and South America, India and Africa.

Maged Farrag 5dVR
Maged
Farrag
Creative and Managing Director

Farrag is a digital media evangelist, founded his first company Mega Media in 1994 to become Egypt’s leading multimedia service provider. His work extended to cover innovative use of technology in advertising, communication and cultural heritage documentation. He has received numerous advertising and content awards. In 2013 he co-founded Fifth Dimension–5d, a merger of 5 companies working in complementing aspects of digital and marketing domains to become a one stop digital marketing agency. Being the creative and innovation director of 5d, he introduced augmented reality applications, game development, hologram projection and Virtual Reality as well as many innovative digital installations. In 2016 he co-founded 5dVR, a company specialized in creating VR/AR content and experiences.

Michael Oscar Africacomicade
Michael
Oscar
Co-Founder

Oscar Michael Is a software Entrepreneur invested in building the next generation of creatives and solutions that would foster business growth and intelligence in Africa.

He has years of experience in Business Management, EdTech , Project management, and Community development.

He is currently working critically on the development of the African creative industry through Africacomicade.

Africacomicade is a platform for African creatives , celebrating their works and connecting them to opportunities for learning, collaboration and funding. It does this through various events and programs like its flagship Gamathon, which is a two weeks conference for African creatives to connect, learn and get access to relevant stakeholders.

Mohammad Abu-Alhaija Narenjo
Mohammad
Abu-Alhaija
Co-Founder & CEO

Narenjo is game developpement studio based in France, we focus on casual games, visual art and narrative.

Latest Game released is a puzzle game Genie Quest where player link, collect and play genies and aladdin stories based characters. Game is released on both Android and the Web.

Co Founder of Narenjo Studio with Vincent Schirmann, we united our efforts in the computer industry to bring up a new independant studio with fresh and colorful games.

Reed Trimble Bad Moon Talent
Reed
Trimble
Director of Partnerships

Bad Moon Talent is an LA based talent agency representing the best and brightest talent in esports, gaming, and content creation. We also do consulting work for multiple clients, our biggest being Guild esports, which we built out their entire esports strategy and execution along with bringing David Beckham into the fold.

As director of partnerships my responsibility is working with brands to activate in the gaming market. We have completed deals with over 40 different clients and brought in close to $300K in revenue for our talent in 2020.

My most interesting projects have been working with our client Lootmate to create custom in-game Fortnite worlds for brands like Soundcloud, Sony Music Air Jordan and more.

Ahmed Gamal Fouad SAE Institute Dubai
Ahmed
Gamal Fouad
Head of Department - Games Development

Ahmed Gamal is an experienced software engineer and games developer. He has published multiple games on different mobile platforms. Alongside founding a start-up for AR Games, Ahmed is also a games development and software architecture consultant for various educational gaming and simulation companies.

Ahmed is currently a Games Development lecturer in SAE Institute with an MSc in Games Development and a BSc in Computer Science, he brings together his knowledge of and love for games development to the classroom, inspiring students to constantly learn and channel their programming skills to develop their concepts. His areas of expertise include gameplay programming, XR development, software engineering, Unity3d, and game AI.

Andrew Cooke Fnatic
Andrew
Cooke
General Counsel

Andrew is a leading entertainment lawyer, specialising in music, sport and esports. He has supported in delivering live events to more than 8 million people, from sponsorship activations through to global football tournaments (and even Papal visits).

During his eight years as General Counsel and Head of Strategy for Flash Entertainment in Abu Dhabi, he and his team received awards (including ‘department of the year’ and ‘general counsel of the year’) from Legal500, Legal Week and the Asia-MENA In-House Community organisation. Andrew was also a board member at Ticketmaster Middle East Ltd.

He now heads the legal function at Fnatic, the leading team in esports and a pioneer in the pro gaming space.

Haya Al Qadi Galaxy Racer
Haya
Al Qadi
Marketing Manager

A marketer by day and gamer by night, I used to play Call of Duty professionally four years ago. However, due to lack of platforms available to further hone my skills as a female gamer, I limited my gameplay for leisure purposes. Today, I enjoy combining my industry knowledge of consumer behaviour with Esports and share first-hand experience regarding gaps in the market, the future of Esports, and ways to maintain the conversation about Esports.

Marti Romances Territory Studio
Marti
Romances
Creative Director, Co-Founder

The Art of Immersion: Interactive Design & the Gaming Experience. Marti can discuss combining story, design, and technology to create real-time UI, UX, Holographic, and VR capabilities in games for EA Sports, 2K, Monolith Games, Ghost Games, and Microsoft. Marti also designs in Hollywood for directors Ridley Scott, David Fincher, James Gray, and Alex Garland, bringing expertise from the silver screen into titles including Forza Motorsport (Microsoft) Avengers Game (Marvel) & Jurassic World VR Experience (Universal Pictures). Marti’s UI / UX graphics and motion design is featured in Ex Machina, Ad Astra, The Martian, Avengers, and Ready Player One. Marti was featured in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business and serves as an inspirational speaker at events such as Siggraph, Nike Immersion Labs, XDS, and Adobe MAX.

Nikhil Jayaram FaZe Clan
Nikhil
Jayaram
Senior Talent Manager
Ramon Alarcon Real Betis
Ramon
Alarcon
Business Director
Ahmad Abobakr Abdallah SAE Institute
Ahmad
Abobakr Abdallah
Senior Lecturer: Game Development

Ahmad started his career as a web backend developer but he quickly shifted his focus to game development. He spent most of his career also teaching aspiring game developers to kickstart their careers, while also working as a game developer himself, he co-founded a small indie game studio that managed to work on more than 20 projects and published Unity assets on the Unity asset store. He is currently teaching Game development for students pursuing a BSc in game development at SAE Creative Media institute.

Geriant Bungay Boss Bunny
G Bungay
CEO & Co-founder

Geraint ”G” Bungay, has implemented a transformation plan in 2019, capitalizing on 25+ years' experience in the games and entertainment industry, with international leading developers such as King (Candy Crush), etc. and multiple successful exits & turnarounds to mega corporations such as Yahoo!, GAME Group, etc.

JAN HORN SAE Institute
Jan
Horn
Managing Director

As a passionate Educational Management Director with a lifelong commitment towards education and people development, Jan has more than 25 years of experience in the education sector. Having gained experience in all levels of education from Primary to Tertiary, more than half of this time has been spent in senior management positions up to executive director level. An educator at heart, Jan believes in providing quality education and providing pathways of development and support to students through strong industry relationships and collaboration. He is currently the Managing Director for SAE: Creative Media Institute in the UAE.

Karim Ibrahim Robocom VR
Karim
Ibrahim
CEO

Karim has played a major role in developing the ecosystem of gaming in the region. From partnering with companies such as EMAAR Entertianment’s VR Park in Dubai Mall to acquiring IP’s from Hasbro’s Transformers and Discovery Media to develop innovative products and projects all over the region. Robocom VR's latest project is partnered with Al Barakah Holding to launch Pixel, in Al Qana - Abu Dhabi. Karim plans to introduce the world to Pixel, a VR LBE destination, the first Esports Academy in the region, and Tech Event Hall for gamers and tech enthusiasts, it is truly the first ever of its kind in the Middleeast.

LUKE WOOLEY Populous
Luke
Woolley
APAC Esports Lead

Luke is the Business Development Lead for Populous Architecture firm in Esports, he an extensive background in the world of live entertainment ranging from Musicals such as Billy Elliot, Concerts such as ACDC to travelling the world on ceremonies such as PyeongChang Winter Olympics.Over 7 years in Asia working around 80% of the countries creating live experiences and connecting brands with audiences. Now focusing attention of helping lift the Esports industry as well as how Architecture can play a more prominent role in the future of how we experience entertainment digitally in the metaverse.

Marc Ogihara Forevr
Marc
Ogihara
CEO & Founder

Forevr is a leading esport management company with a 360 approach to management rather than the agent/contract negotiation approach. At Forevr, we have a roster of some of the most prominent and biggest esport players and creators in the world and the company is growing at a fast pace.

Marco Villaroel Forevr
Marco
Villaroel
Creative Director & Partner

Forevr is a leading esport management company with a 360 approach to management rather than the agent/contract negotiation approach. At Forevr, we have a roster of some of the most prominent and biggest esport players and creators in the world and the company is growing at a fast pace.

Marti Romances Territory Studio
Marti
Romances
Creative Director & Co-Founder

Marti Romances is creative director and co-founder of Territory Studio, San Francisco. Born and educated in Barcelona, Marti draws from a range of influences, disciplines, and perspectives to design breakout content for gaming, film, brand, and digital clients. A motion graphic designer and multi-media artist, Marti articulates stories in the most captivating ways, blending creativity with technology to realize compelling future-facing experiences. Marti’s technical virtuosity can be seen in fantasy, futuristic, and commercial projects. His visual and experiential motion GFX are featured in films such as Ad Astra, The Martian, Ex Machina, the Avengers franchise, Ready Player One, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Marti's willingness to experiment with bold ideas has also attracted gaming clients including EA Sports, 2K, Warner Bros. Games, and Microsoft, while brands seeking to implement Marti's design ethos into the architecture of their products include IBM, GM, Cadillac, Lincoln, and Huami. Marti also serves as an inspirational speaker, sharing his thoughts and experiences on design and creativity at events such as Siggraph, MWC, Nike Immersion Labs, XDS and OFFF

Meena George Geekay
Meena
George
Head of Esports

Meena George is the Head of Esports at Geekay Esports, has worked in the industry for the several years and was involved in projects as Head of Esports and worked on large projects like GITEX and Dubai International motor show as their offical esport partners. his main goal and ambition is to make sure that the MENA Region finally shows its potential to the world as a top player in the esports market.

Mohammed Alturkistani Be A Gamer
Mohammed
Alturkistani
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Omar Batterjee Saudi Esports Federation
Omar
Batterjee
Head of Communications, Marketing, and Partnerships

Omar is the Head of Communications, Marketing, and Partnerships at Saudi Esports, a member of the MEPRA Youth Board, and the winner of the 2020 MEPRA Dave Robinson Award for Outstanding Young Communicator of the Year (Agency). Previously a consultant at Hill+Knowlton Strategies Riyadh, he was the advisor to the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Sports and managed communication for a wide range of global sporting events such as the “Ruiz vs Joshua 2” World heavyweight title fight, the 2019 and 2018 Formula E Diriyah E-Prix, as well as client appearances at high-profile conferences such as Davos, The Future Investment Initiative, and MISK Global Form. Additionally, he managed projects for the Saudi E-sports Federation in H+K where he led the communication for the 2020 Gamers Without Borders online esports and gaming event.

Saeed Al Nofeli In5
Saeed
Alnofeli
Director

Saeed Alnofeli has been actively engaged in the innovation and entrepreneurial scene in the UAE for the past 15 years. As the Director at in5 Innovation Centers - in5, a business incubator and an enabling platform for entrepreneurs and startups, fostering innovation and helping innovative ideas reach the marketplace. Saeed has also previously worked as a Programs Manager at the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa) where he managed the Ideation, Pre-seed and Seed programs at Sheraa, which supported startups as they take their innovative tech businesses from idea to prototype to market. Saeed’s experience in the technology sector involves mega projects focused on commercial and military technologies. He has capitalized on his unique skillset, industry expertise, and network to become cofounder and CEO of the multi-award-winning tech startup Jamalytic, more famously known as the “Fitbit for camels.” Jamalytic - a hardware and software solution that manages the collection, analysis and interpretation of a race camel’s data to facilitate peak performance and enhance stamina – is revolutionizing the billion-dollar traditional camel-racing industry of the Arabian Gulf. Saeed holds a Master’s in Engineering Systems and Management, with a concentration in Technology Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Security and Networking Technologies from Zayed University.

Sultan Al Riyami Abu Dhabi Gaming
Sultan
Al Riyami
Head of Gaming and eSports

Sultan joined twofour54 in 2015 with the Strategy & Investments team, before transitioning to Gaming & eSports Operations in mid 2020. His goals are to turn Abu Dhabi into a global powerhouse in the gaming & eSports scene by building the foundation needed for companies to succeed, creating a world class competitive package for game developers to take advantage of, comparable to Montreal and Singapore. The end result being Abu Dhabi as the best in class media industry of the Arab World for game developers and eSports organizers. Sultan spend his free time either playing the latest releases on both PC and console, while also enthusiastically cheering on his favorite eSports teams when they’re live.

Waleed Singer Galaxy Racer
Waleed
Singer
Chief Marketing Officer
William Al Badeesh3 Garena
William
Al Badeesh
Publishing & Marketing Lead