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Board of Advisory

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Amr Abdel Reheem

Legal Advisor

Dedicated to establish creative ideas in the legal services market and be able to deal professionally with various challenges and undergoing a structural change in the legal service sector.

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Elizabeth Chaney

Technology Advisor

Elizabeth Chaney is a retired tax professional and avid educator with over 37 years of

experience. Retired in 2013, she was appointed by the federal Treasurer as a Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) member serving till 2016.

Ms. Chaney is currently working with the Detroit chapter of Black Girls CODE, Inc. to introduce females ages 7-17 to STEM careers. She has a BBA degree in Accounting; holds an MBA in Technology Management; and a Masters certificate in project management.

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Dr. Assem Sorour

Financial Advisor

Highly qualified senior finance & accounts management professional with nearly 25 years of experience across diverse organizations, exploring challenging senior managerial assignments with a reputed organization. 

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Dr. Anita DeFoe

Social Impact & Scaling Advisor

Dr. Anita DeFoe has more than 20 years of experience motivating, coaching, inspiring and transforming individuals and organizations. She has crafted and implemented myriad organizational and human capital programs aimed at assisting people of all ages to discover boundless unique strengths; to unleash their inner greatness.

Currently, Dr. DeFoe is President/CEO of Upshift Global and the Founder of the Circle of 99. Dr. Davis-DeFoe has authored over $500 million in grants which funded a range of development programs. 


Jeff  Wallace

Business Innovation Advisor

Jeff is a long-time Bay Area resident who works with global startup ecosystems, including governments, corporations & startup

accelerators/entrepreneurs, to help catalyze startup environments & create a bridge to Silicon Valley. He is an Adjunct Instructor at UC Berkeley and is co-founder of Silicon Valley in Your Pocket, a global virtual startup accelerator, serving 100s of companies across 23+ countries. He is co-founder & former President of Batchery, an incubator for seed stage startups. He is an active angel investor with equity positions in 150+ companies and an active advisor & investor at Berkeley SkyDeck. He is an Executive Board Member for the Rutgers Business School Road to Silicon Valley Program (RSVP). Previously, he worked at Cognizant & Brillio as founder & Global Head for Mobility & UX practices. He is a frequent keynote speaker at global tech & startup events. He holds a BA in Economics/Finance from Rutgers College & an MBA from UC Berkeley.

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Dima Battikhi

HR Advisor

Dima is the Managing Director of Qualified Arabs for Human Resource Development -Wakebb based in Amman. She has more than 18 years of experience in Human Resource Management in a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, telecom, education, utilities & NGOs.  


Mahmoud Darwish

Marketing Advisor

Mahmoud Darwish is the COO and Co-Founder of Influence Communications, one of the leading Marketing Communications companies in Egypt. With more than 15 years of experience in the Marketing Communications Industry, Darwish was one of the first waves of key industry players in the Public Relations field in Egypt.

Mr. Darwish is an also an Ex-Business Development Head for Consumer Loans at Commercial International bank (CIB) as well as an Ex- Public Relations Manager of Citi Bank Egypt.

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