Mr. Jad Salame

Managing Partner , Phoenician VC , Lebanon

Jad is the co-founder and managing partner of Phoenician VC, an early-stage venture capital firm based in the MENA region. Since its inception in 2016, the firm primarily focuses on investing and partnering with exceptional entrepreneurs in fintech and other disruptive sectors. He led the buildup of a 20+ companies’ portfolio as part of the firm’s investment activities and realized three successful exits in the region so far. 

Jad has more than 15 years of experience in venture capital investing, consulting, and investment banking. Prior to co-founding Phoenician, he has worked across the globe including the GCC, Turkey, Levant, North Africa and SouthEast Asia, holding roles with McKinsey & Company, Booz & Co., and J.P. Morgan. 

During this time, he advised more than 15 financial institutions (SWFs, financial institutions, banks, regulators) on strategy design and execution, digitization, launching new ventures, international expansion, operating model and governance, mergers and acquisitions, and debt capital markets.  

Jad holds a Master’s Degree from ESCP Europe and a Bachelor’s Degree from the American University of Beirut.

The Conference Participants

H.E. Majed bin Abdullah Al-Hogail

Minister of Municipality and Rural Affairs and Housing , Saudi Arabia

H.E. Ayman Al-Sayari

Governor , Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) , Saudi Arabia

H.E. Mohammed Al-Jadaan

Minister of Finance , Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

H.E. Giancarlo Giorgetti

Minister of Economy and Finance , Italy

H.E. Mathias Cormann

Secretary-General Organization for Economic Co- operation and Development

H.E. Mohammed El-Kuwaiz

Chairman , Capital Market Authority (CMA) , Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

H.E. Faisal Al Ibrahim

Minister of Economy & Planning, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

H.E. Khalid Al-Falih

Minister of Investment of Saudi Arabia

H.E. Dr. Muhammad Al Jasser

Chairman , Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group , Saudi Arabia

H.E. Dr. Nabeel Koshak

CEO and Board Member , SVC , Saudi Arabia