A gathering of U.S. mentors and members from Jordan's technology ecosystem, in an event co-hosted by Accelerator and Endeavor
Jordan's King Abdullah II shows his support and enjoys a hands-on demo of an online game developed by Wizards Productions
500 Startups and Geeks-on-a-Plane let loose at the offices of Jeeran, an Accelerator portfolio company, in November 2012
The team at Accelerator portfolio company Hashdoc, which is developing a document sharing and discovery plaform
The talented team of game developer and Accelerator portfolio company Quirkat at their office in Amman
The team at Curlstone Entertainment celebrate the launch of Nashmi Man, an animated series revolving around a Jordanian superhero

Board

Michael Kidd

Position: 
Director

Michael Kidd is the Chief Operating Officer of Rasmala, which he joined in 2009 from Intaj, a MENA focused mid-cap private equity fund. Prior to that, he was Executive Director at CIBC and CIBC Capital Partners in London focusing on mid-cap private equity. He also worked at McKinsey & Co in the US. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Faisal Y. Janahi

Position: 
Director

Mr. Janahi is the CEO of Esterad Investment Company in Bahrain. He started his investment career in the Arab Insurance Group's investment department in 1985. He then joined the Bahrain Development Bank at its inception in 1992 as an Investment Executive Officer, and then joined Esterad as an Investment Manager in 1994. Mr. Janahi took over as the Deputy CEO in 2003, mainly heading the direct investment operations of the Company. Mr.

Hatim S. Zu'bi

Position: 
Director

Mr. Zu'bi held several professional positions during a career spanning over 60 years and is the Founder and Senior Member of Hatim S. Zu’bi & Partners, a leading law firm for the Middle East North Africa region based in Bahrain.

John D. Evans

Position: 
Director

Mr. Evans is an international expert in the telecommunications industry and a leader in technological innovation. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Evans Telecommunications Company, an investment, consulting, and operating company in the cable television and telecommunications industries. Mr. Evans was a co-founder of C-SPAN in 1977 and its Chairman in the early 1990s. He was previously President of Hauser Communications (HCI), which completed a landmark transaction in the sale of its cable properties to SBC Communications.

Subhi Benkhadra

Position: 
Director

Mr. Benkhadra is currently the Chief Executive of Baniyas Investment Company in Abu Dhabi. Previously, he served as the CEO of Esterad Investment Company, based in Bahrain. In the past he held positions as CEO and Managing Director of Investment Trust Limited, the Deputy Managing Director of Primecorp Investment Management, and the Head of Arab Capital Markets at the United Bank of Kuwait. He holds a B.Sc. in engineering from the University of Bath, and an MBA from City University Business School.

Henry Sweetbaum

Position: 
Director

Mr. Sweetbaum serves as the Strategic Advisor for Accelerator. He has served as the Chairman and CEO of several US and UK companies and as a non-executive director of public and private companies on both sides of the Atlantic. He is presently Managing Director of SP Capital LLC, and sits on the board of Innovent Advisor in Turkey.

Yusuf Alami

Position: 
Director

Mr. Alami is a board member and Chairman of the Executive Committee of CAPM Investment. He has spent over 30 years in corporate finance and global capital markets and has considerable experience in private placements and public offerings in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and the USA. Mr. Alami held a number of senior posts in large financial institutions in the UAE and worldwide, including the Abu Dhabi Investment Company and The National Investor in the UAE, KFTCIC in Kuwait, and First Boston in New York, London, and Athens.

Fawaz H. Zu'bi

Position: 
Founder and Chief Executive

Dr. Zu'bi founded Accelerator in 2004 with a vision to help build best-of-breed ventures in the information and communications technology value chain in the Arab world. Fawaz, who continues to be Accelerator's CEO, has been at the forefront of the Arab region’s technology development efforts over the past 15 years.

Marwan Al-Sayeh

Position: 
Chairman

 

Dr. Al-Sayeh is Managing Director of Al-Sayeh Project Development Consultancy, registered in Bahrain, which served as the exclusive consultant of Alcatel-Alsthom on telecom and electricity projects in Qatar, Kuwait, and Bahrain. Dr. Al-Sayeh was previously the regional director of the Gulf Region for Alcatel-Alsthom Group, based in Kuwait. Dr. Al-Sayeh also has substantial interests and investments in multiple sectors across the Middle Region. He is the Founder and Vice President of the French Bahraini Business Club.