Hisham Elhaddad is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at HOF Capital, where he focuses on machine learning, robotics and enterprise software.
He is a lead investor in Mach Music, a mobile value-added services company in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Serving on the board, he helped facilitate the firm’s expansion into 9 Latin American countries.
In collaboration with Onsi Sawiris and Fady Yacoub, Hisham co-founded Energal, a sustainable energy company tackling transmission and distribution inefficiencies in emerging markets.
Hisham previously worked at Entrepreneur's Roundtable Accelerator (ERA), an early stage fund and technology accelerator in New York. He helped source new investment opportunities and advised portfolio companies on growth and fundraising strategies.
Earlier in his career, he led the export department of a family-owned food processing firm in Egypt, where he also sits on the board. During his tenure, he led the department’s growth to $65m in annual revenues, up 14% YoY.
Prior to that, he was a data analyst at Switch SuperNap, which builds and operates the highest-rated colocation data centers in the world.
Hisham holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Boston University. He is fluent in English, German, and Arabic, with a working proficiency in French.
Onsi Sawiris is a Co-founder and Managing Partner at HOF Capital, where he focuses on cloud-based technologies, and enterprise SaaS.
Onsi currently sits on the boards of: ItaliaOnline (BIT:IOL) (Italy), Voltaire Capital (UK), Digital World Capital (UK), Mach Music (US), Energal (Egypt), World Capital Services (UK), and is a Board Observer at Orascom TMT Investments (Luxembourg, Egypt, UK).
Prior to HOF Capital, Onsi worked in TMT-focused M&A at Arma Partners, a specialist technology investment bank, overseeing the $36m sale of web hosting service providers Verio and Site5 to industry leader Endurance International Group. Onsi also co-founded Energal, a hyperlocal sustainable energy company tackling distribution inefficiencies in emerging markets. Earlier, Onsi worked at Switch Supernap, a designer and operator of ultra-advanced data centers; Digital World Capital, a telecom-focused alternative investment management firm; UBS, a global investment bank; and INQ Mobile, a developer of mobile handsets and software.
As a Board Director of Mach Music, a Latin America-focused mobile value-added services company, Onsi closely oversaw the successful joint venture between Mach Music and ARPU+, a mobile value-added services company servicing the MENA region. In 2015, Onsi joined the board of Italiaonline after the successful reverse merger between Libero’s internet subsidiary ItaliaOnline and Italian telephone directories publisher Seat Pagine Gialle, participating in the successful board approval in January 2016.
Onsi holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is fluent in English, German and Arabic with a working proficiency in French.
David Teten is a Managing Partner with HOF Capital and writes regularly at teten.com. He has particular interest in fintech, technology-enabled services, analytics, artificial intelligence, sales/recruiting technology, SaaS, and international startups.
David was previously a Partner for six years with ff Venture Capital, one of the best-performing seed- and early-stage venture capital firms in the U.S. Previously, David advised clients such as Goldman Sachs Special Situations Group, Icahn Enterprises, LLR Partners ($1.4b fund), Birch Hill Equity Partners (C$2B fund), and other institutional investors.
David is Founder of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York, the largest angel group on the East Coast. David was formerly Founder of Navon Partners, a software startup which identified private companies for investment using public data sources, and Acting CEO of Vertical Key, a SaaS business for managing large-scale events. He was previously a Managing Director with Evalueserve, a 2,500-person global research and analytics company, and Founder and CEO of Circle of Experts, an investment research firm acquired by Evalueserve. David was formerly Founder and CEO of GoldNames, an Israel-based investment bank in the internet domain name asset class. He worked with Bear Stearns’ Investment Banking division in their technology/defense mergers and acquisitions team. David holds a Harvard MBA (Second Year Honors) and a Yale BA (Distinction in the major).
David is co-founder of PEVCTech, an online community focused on helping private equity and venture capital funds make better investments through technology. David has led or co-led studies on such topics as innovation in the investing industry (DisruptInvesting.com); on how investors originate investments in private companies (#1 all time most-read study in the Journal of Private Equity); and on how VCs create portfolio company value.
Fady Yacoub is a Co-founder and Managing Partner at HOF Capital, where he focuses on blockchain, education, media and energy.
Fady syndicated an SPV that invested into Alibaba (NYSE:BABA)
Fady worked previously at Digital World Capital, a technology-focused hedge fund, helping the firm to expand its investment portfolio in Asia, including a sizeable investment in Baidu, the world’s second largest online search engine. Along with Hisham, Fady also invented the drümm device, an IoT-enhanced wearable that allows for haptic communication, after participating successfully in Switch SuperNap’s technology accelerator in Nevada.
Earlier in his career, Fady held multiple positions at El Tholathia Corp Egypt (ETC). He led El-Tholathia Corp’s (ETC Egypt) industrial development team in deploying a new home appliances factory in the Sudan for an $8m initial cost. Through ETC’s real estate development arm, he also facilitated the purchase of and subsequently led the development team for ~400,000 m2 on Egypt's North Coast, a project initially valued at ~$60m.
Fady holds dual Bachelor's degrees in Business Administration & Psychology from the University of Southern California. Fady is fluent in French, Arabic and English, with a working proficiency in German.
Prior to joining HOF Capital, Victor spent 4 years as a technology investment banker, helping early- and growth-stage VC-backed companies raise funding and achieve successful exits via M&A.
His transaction experience includes Raydiance’s $20m growth round led by Samsung Ventures; ManageIQ’s $112m exit to Red Hat; Arkeia’s $18m exit to Western Digital; Generix’s divestiture of its GCE ERP business to Aurea; NTT’s divestiture of Verio to Endurance International Group; and Mobile Travel Technologies’ €70m exit to Travelport.
In his most recent role with Magister Advisors, a specialist technology investment bank based in London, Victor sourced several growth-stage technology clients including the leading emerging markets-focused mobile carrier billing technology provider. He also co-authored one of the most widely read reports on the Bitcoin / Blockchain industry, called “the most comprehensive report to date” by Business Insider. Victor helped establish the NYC headquarters for Arma Partners (a London-based technology investment bank) and the European headquarters for AGC Partners (a Boston-based technology investment bank).
Earlier in his career, Victor also gained valuable operational and management experience as the Operations Manager for Sears Holdings’ flagship store in the North San Francisco District, where he led 150 employees. Victor earned a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular & Cell Biology with a Minor in Nutritional Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, and conducted biomedical / genetic research at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Prior to joining HOF Capital, Karim worked for Flats Boston, where he advised on buy-side and sell-side real estate transactions, managed client investment portfolios, suggested potential acquisitions, and developed 5-year strategies for investments in the Boston area. He worked on the sourcing, acquisition, and development of a $40m vacant lot into a mixed-use building.
Previously, Karim worked for the Volkswagen Group, where he analyzed the Egyptian market, formulated a regional business development strategy, and proposed importing the Audi A1 model to compete with BMW and Mercedes. Decision to move forward with the strategy was green-lit by Audi management.
Earlier in his career, Karim helped streamline operations and head quality control in a textile manufacturing company in Egypt, which exports products to the UK, France, and Greece.
Karim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance with a Minor in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University. Karim is fluent in English, Arabic and French.
Paul Quigley is an analyst at HOF Capital. In addition to traditional VC analyst duties, his responsibilities include building out HOF’s technology stack, which is used to source deals and test investment hypotheses.
He previously was a Software Engineer at Addepar, a technology startup providing financial insights to wealth managers ($800bn+ tracked on platform). Prior to that he was a Forward Deployed Engineer at Palantir ($20bn market cap, third largest US startup), working with a prominent hedge fund client. In addition he worked at BlazeMeter, an Israeli testing-as-a-service startup (acq’d by CA Technologies) doing digital marketing for them.
Paul researched motor control in the human brain at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab, co-authoring two papers accepted to international conferences. He also researched novel uses for unmanned aerial vehicles at Lightspeed Venture Partners.
Paul has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a focus in Artificial Intelligence from Stanford University.
Anne-Sophie ("Annie") worked at Objective Solutions International, a global executive search firm specialized in Finance and Technology. Her role included the sourcing of senior-level candidates from Senior Associate to Partner level, followed by first-step screening, coaching, salary negotiation and deal closing. She also spent time researching potential new client companies, business lines, and core competitors within the financial services, consulting, and tech industry marketplaces.
Previously, Anne-Sophie worked at Tiqqle, an early stage tech startup focused on bringing hyperlocal chat software to the mobile space, where she was responsible for all marketing and brand strategy efforts. As the head of the New York City Marketing Division, she oversaw the team conducting a field test across Manhattan and the boroughs. Her role also encompassed launching a social media campaign, and hosting promotional events for potential investors throughout NYC.
Anne-Sophie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Economics, with a minor in Business Management, from Columbia University. She is fluent in English, German and French, with a working proficiency in Spanish. She is a native of Germany, and grew up in Monaco.
Samantha Feinstein (“Sammy”) is the Chief of Staff at HOF Capital.
Prior to working at HOF Capital, Samantha worked for The American Israel Public Affairs Committee where she worked as an Events Specialist, planning over 100 events per year all over the Northeast Region and assisting in the production of AIPAC’s Policy Conference, which is a four day conference attended by 18,000 delegates in Washington D.C.
Previously, Samantha was living in Israel working for a non-profit called the Ethiopian National Project where she worked with at-risk Ethiopian youth, providing them with emotional support, empowering them to become leaders within their community, and tutoring them in English.
Before moving to Israel, Samantha worked for a fashion company called MM&R where she helped launch and manage the e-commerce website for a new dress line called LABEL by Five Twelve. In addition, she strategized and implemented all marketing campaigns to promote the product and build awareness for the brand. This includes launching and running all their social media platforms.
Lastly, Samantha created a mistake-free messaging app called SureFire Messenger where she assisted on the front-end development work and conducted marketing research.
Samantha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Tulane University.
Neeraj works with early-stage tech companies and VCs to help guide operations, growth and expansion strategies.
He spent 3+ years at Uber helping them formulate their international expansion playbook as the Head of Expansion for India and Subcontinent. In this role, he led Uber's foray into India since they began operations in Bangalore in August of 2013; growing the business to 30+ markets, with over 300 employees in 2 years.
Prior to working on the India operation, Neeraj was an International Launcher at Uber; he started Uber's first markets in the Middle East and Africa, and has spent time working on the operations in Europe and North America.
Prior to Uber, Neeraj was an M&A consultant with PwC, and worked in the investment management industry in New York.
Philipp currently advises FTSE 100 companies on corporate strategy pertaining to early-stage investments and acquisitions.
He founded his first company at the age of 16, and after brief stints at McKinsey and J.P. Morgan, he started his career in tech entrepreneurship as VP of Corporate Finance at Rocket Internet. Thereafter, he co-founded Lendico, the world's first cross-border P2P lending platform.
Leaving Lendico in 2015, Philipp started to invest in and support young companies in Berlin and London, including Voya.ai and MVP Factory. In addition, he began advising large corporates on their digitalization and investment activities.
Philipp is a recipient of the Forbes 30 Under 30 award, studied Business Administration at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany, and is a Fellow of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
Neil has 10 years of startup experience.
Currently, he serves as a Board Director at Vicarious Surgical, a stealth startup which develops virtual reality software for minimally invasive surgery procedures. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Board at Torchlight, a company that is pioneering legal innovation in defense of human rights and the pursuit of social justice for vulnerable populations.
Neil also continues to be an active advisor to seed / Series A startups.
Formerly, he was an Associate at Fenwick & West (legal counsel to Facebook, Google, Uber, Apple, Whatsapp).
Varun Kapur has 10 years of investment banking and consulting experience. He currently manages corporate development at Auctus Fora (a Multi-Family Office) and Faber Capital, an investment bank in DIFC where he works closely with family offices & institutions to identify and structure co-investment opportunities. He has a keen focus on impact investing across emerging markets working on projects in Renewable Energy, Agriculture and Affordable Housing.
Previously, Varun worked at PwC where he advised Middle Eastern Governments on their long-term development strategies in addition to his family business in shipping and commodity trading.
Tom Wang is an Advisor to National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan, where he reviews NCKU’s high-tech incubator projects.
Previously, Tom was a Venture Partner with PTI Ventures, a Taiwanese VC firm, for more than 7 years, and was responsible for PTI Ventures’ investments in the US, including its investment in Rackable, which earned the firm a 36x return. Moreover, he served as a Board Director for a number of technology start-ups and contributed significantly to their Asian sales and business development.
Prior to joining PTI Ventures, he was President of Pulse Metric, a medical device company in San Diego, and President of Genoa Systems, a graphics card manufacturer in Silicon Valley. He has also served as a Vice President at Neo Solar Power (NSP), a solar cell manufacturer in Taiwan, a Senior Vice President at SiPix Imaging, an e-paper company in Silicon Valley, a Senior Vice President at Nortel Networks’ semiconductor unit in Shanghai, and President & Founder of Neo Group, a market research and consulting firm in Silicon Valley.
He holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, an MSEE degree from San Jose State University, and an MBA degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
Currently, Ben is the CEO and Founder of MagicTriplex and the former CTO and Chief Product Officer of Pay.com, the prepaid card subsidiary of SafeCharge (LSE:SCH).
Prior to Pay.com, Ben held various managerial and technical roles including positions as the CTO of Social Gaming at Playtech (LSE: PTEC) ($3bn mkt. cap), the Founder & CTO of SoWise (exit to Teddy Sagi in 2011), the CTO of GamesOS and the system architect at market.com.
Currently, Neha is the co-founder and CEO of DealIndex, a data-driven deal exchange for private companies and assets.
Prior to DealIndex, Neha founded and ran Vizibee, an aggregated quality mobile video platform; prior experience also includes 8 years in private equity and investment banking in London and Mumbai at Actis, Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers.
Neha holds a BA from St. Xavier College.
Naguib is the Executive Chairman of Orascom TMT Investments.
Previously, he founded Orascom Telecom Holdings and led it to become the leading regional telecom player until it merged with VimpelCom, creating the world’s 5th largest mobile telecom provider in April 2011. As part of the merger deal, Naguib spun off Orascom Telecom’s non-GSM operations and Egyptian-based telecom assets into Orascom TMT.
At international and regional levels, Naguib serves on a number of Boards, Committees, and Councils including the Advisory Committee to the NYSE Board of Directors, the International Advisory Board to the National Bank of Kuwait, the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, and the Arab Thought Foundation.
Naguib is also the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, industry awards, and civic honors, including the “Legion d’honneur,“ the highest award given by the French Republic for outstanding services rendered to France. In July 2011, he was awarded the Honor of Commander of the Order of the “Stella della Solidarietà Italiana” (Star of Italian Solidarity). In 2006, the prestigious “Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam” award was conferred upon him by General Pervez Musharref for services rendered to the people of Pakistan in the field of telecom, investments, and social sector work.
Naguib holds a diploma in Mechanical Engineering with a Masters in Technical Administration from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) and a Diploma from the German Evangelical School in Cairo.
Mark McConnell, a genuine serial entrepreneur, is a sought after speaker and mentor, sharing insights on a range of topics from doing business in China to growing successful start-ups. A prolific Angel Investor, Mark was named the 2003 and 2006 Canberra Young Entrepreneur of the Year and has been a member of the BRW Young Rich list since 2004.
Mark spent 10 years in the RAAF and the airlines in a range of senior operational roles, completing several degrees and running property development projects after hours.
During the past 20 years, Mark has been actively involved in the development and expansion of rapid growth businesses, and is the only entrepreneur to take three separate companies into the BRW Fast 100 List (and is currently working on a fourth and fifth). Mark founded and ran a series of private equity funds which managed >$800M of inbound investment into the Australian mining and property industries between 2007-2013, and has represented the Chinese Government on ASX mining boards, describing this work as an 'interesting cultural challenge'.
Mark recently co-founded New Harvest Investments (a diverse Agricultural Fund), currently serves on the board of an ASX-listed company (The Citadel Group), several private companies, sporting organisations and charities and is very passionate about the IT start-up economy, where he acts as an adviser to other budding entrepreneurs.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc), a Graduate Diploma of Logistics Management, a Graduate Diploma of Employment Relations, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD).
Wael is the Managing Director & Senior Vice President of Government Relations in Egypt at Careem (the Uber of the Middle East). He is also Regional Manager of Egypt & North Africa at Google. Prior to that he was the Regional Business Lead at Google X in Middle East and Africa. In this role, he focused on building businesses and partnership models to enable Google X’s innovation in those regions.
Before joining Google X, Wael was Google’s Head of Agencies for the Middle East and North Africa as well as the Regional Manager of Google Egypt and North Africa.
Wael’s career spans 25+ years in the technology industry, and includes previous roles at 3Com, Oracle, and IBM.
He is considered one of the leading figures in the Middle East and Africa with regards to technology and innovation.
Wael holds a B.Sc. in Computer & Communications Engineering with Distinction from Ain Shams University in Egypt.
Khaled currently holds the position of CEO & Co-Founder of Accelero Capital, a TMT-focused investment management group, bringing with him a wealth of experience in both telecom and IT coupled with strong management and entrepreneurial expertise.
Prior to Accelero Capital, Khaled served as Group President & COO of VimpelCom, Group Executive Chairman of Orascom Telecom Holdings (OTH), and Chairman of Wind Italy.
Khaled joined Wind Italy in 2005, heading the Fixed Line and Portal Business Unit before being promoted to COO of the company. He played a key role in restructuring the company’s organization, resulting in the successful turnaround of Wind from a continuously loss making company to a leading mobile, fixed line and broadband integrated operator in Europe within a 3-year time span. As COO of Wind Italy, Khaled played a pivotal role in the merger of VimpelCom with Wind Telecom for a total consideration of $25.7bn to create the world’s 5th largest mobile telecom carrier. Khaled ran 10 operations across the globe through OTH and Wind Italy and 22 operations across the globe through VimpelCom.
Before joining Wind Italy, Khaled was the Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO of LINKdotNET, one of the largest private Internet service providers in the Middle East. In 2001, following successful negotiations, Microsoft chose to partner with LDN to launch MSN Arabia, the Middle East’s first global Internet portal, bringing the full Internet experience of MSN to users in the region.
Khaled currently serves as a Board Member of various telecom and IT companies, including Orascom TMT; SUPERNAP International, the developer of the world-renowned SUPERNAP data centers; Joyent, a global provider of cloud computing software and services; Orange Egypt, the Egyptian mobile telecom subsidiary of France Telecom-Orange; DADA, an international leader in professional online services; and ItaliaOnline, the leading Internet platform and email service in Italy. He is also a Board Member of Orascom Construction, a company listed on NASDAQ Dubai and the Egyptian Stock Exchange.
Khaled was previously a member of the GSMA board. Khaled is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Computer Science and Engineering Department of the American University in Cairo.
Khaled holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the American University in Cairo.
Ben Dattner is an executive coach and organizational development consultant. He has helped a wide variety of corporate and non-profit leaders, teams, departments and organizations become more successful by developing and utilizing a better understanding of the impact of individual psychology and group dynamics on all aspects of their performance. His executive coaching and consulting services enable organizations to achieve higher returns on their human capital investments by making better hiring and staffing decisions, enhancing the professional capabilities of executives, managers and employees, configuring teams more effectively, and improving communication and collaboration.
Ben received a BA in Psychology from Harvard College, and his MA and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from New York University, where he was a MacCracken Fellow. His doctoral dissertation analyzed the relationship between narcissism and fairness in the workplace, and his masters thesis examined the impact of trust on negotiation. Before graduate school, Ben worked at Republic National Bank of New York for three years, first as a Management Trainee and then as Assistant to the CEO. After graduate school, Ben was Director of Human Resources at Blink.com before founding Dattner Consulting.
Ben is an Adjunct Professor at New York University where he teaches Organizational Development in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology MA Program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and has taught Strategic Career Management in the Executive MBA Program at Stern Business School. Ben is also an Adjunct Coach at the Center for Creative Leadership and part of the Hogan Coaching Network with advanced accreditation by Hogan Assessment Systems. Ben is a member of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, The Society of Consulting Psychology, and the Metro New York Applied Psychology Association.
A frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, Ben is frequently quoted in the press, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Business Week, Inc Magazine, Crain’s New York Business, The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, HR Magazine, and The Globe and Mail. Ben has also been interviewed on CNBC and CNN and has served as the Workplace Consultant on Morning Edition on National Public Radio. Ben is the author of Credit and Blame at Work: How better assessment can improve individual, team and organizational performance, published by Simon & Schuster.