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Ramez El-Serafy 

Ramez El-Serafy

Ramez El-Serafy has been actively involved in the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem in the MENA region and has played a significant role in supporting and mentoring startups.

He is the CEO of Flat6Labs, a leading seed and early-stage venture capital firm in the MENA region and has over 16 years of experience in technology, investments, entrepreneurship, and management. Before joining Flat6Labs, Ramez was responsible for building and managing the mobile app business at Sarmady, a Vodafone company.

Ramez is a board member of the Global Accelerator Network and a mentor at several startup accelerators and incubators. As CEO of Flat6Labs, Ramez has led the firm’s expansion into new markets, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Tunisia, Bahrain, Lebanon, and Jordan and has helped to grow the firm’s portfolio.

Ramez is a passionate advocate for entrepreneurship and innovation in the MENA region. He believes that startups have the potential to create jobs, drive economic growth, and solve some of the region’s most pressing challenges.


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Arunma (AEEM) Oteh

Arunma (AEEM) Oteh

Arunma Oteh is a trailblazing economist and leader who has made significant contributions to the financial sector in Nigeria and around the world.

She is a role model for women and girls everywhere, and she is making a positive impact in Africa and beyond. Oteh previously served as the Treasurer and Vice President of the World Bank from 2015 to 2018. She began her career in the private sector, working as a consultant for the Harvard Institute for International Development and Centre Point Investments Limited of Nigeria.

She joined the African Development Bank (AfDB) in 1992, where she held various senior positions, including Group Treasurer and Group Vice President.
In 2010, Oteh was appointed Director General of the SEC, Nigeria. In this role, she was responsible for regulating the country’s capital markets. She played a key role in rebuilding the Nigerian capital markets after the global financial crisis.

In 2015, Oteh was appointed Treasurer and Vice President of the World Bank. In this role, she was responsible for managing the World Bank’s debt portfolio and assets. She also played a leading role in the development of the World Bank’s financial instruments and policies.
Oteh is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), the Africa Investor Capital Market Personality of the Year, and the New African Woman Award in Finance and Banking.

She is a passionate advocate for financial inclusion and economic development in Africa and a strong believer in the power of women to transform their communities and countries. 

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In her early career, Byanyima was involved in political activism and later served as a Member of Parliament in Uganda. Her passion for global equity and social progress led her to helm Oxfam International, a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.

In 2019, Winnie took on the pivotal role of Executive Director at UNAIDS, where her efforts are transforming the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Her vision is also helping to break down barriers, reduce stigma, and ensure access to vital treatment for all.

Winnie’s tireless advocacy for gender equality has inspired countless individuals worldwide, and her work serves as a beacon of hope for women and girls, reaffirming that every voice matters and every dream is achievable.

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