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Executive memberAbdul Malek Al Jaber

BSIA Fellow
Founder and Chairman of MENA Apps

Dr. Abdul Malek Al Jaber is the Founder and Chairman of MENA Apps, a regional accelerator in the MENA region specialized in investing in starts-ups and fast growing SME’s, provides qualified and selected entrepreneurs with an incubator like logistic support as well as coaching for start-ups and innovative ideas and caters for the best exposure for such start-ups and companies over all the MENA region.

Dr. Al Jaber chairs and board member in a group of companies and institutions, including serving as Chairman of Mind-Set, EduNation, Khan El Omdan and board member of Canada Arab z business Council.

He is also a leading Angle Investor overseeing more than 70+ investments in Start Ups in the region and playing an active role in the enhancement of entrepreneurship in the Arab Word.

Dr. Al Jaber is the former COO of Zain Group and CEO of Zain Jordan, where he was responsible for a double digit profit growth and for positioning the company as a key regional player in Mobile, Data and Content. Dr. Al Jaber led the deployment of the first and fastest nation-wide HSPA+ network in the region, the first Mobile Wallet and received the Life Time Achievement for his unique contributions to the advancement of the ICT industry in the MENA Region, in addition to his impactful contributions to community development through innovative CSR initiatives,

Prior to joining Zain, Dr. Al Jaber served as CEO and vice chairman of the board of the Paltel Group, from 2003 to 2009, where he was also responsible for profits growth from $15 million to $100 million in 2005. During his tenure, the Paltel Group became the first Palestinian company to adopt the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Practice and Reporting, as well as the first company in the country to form a corporate foundation.

Since 2010, Global Telecoms ranked Dr. Al Jaber on its annual Power 100 list for 3 consecutive years. In addition to this, he was also ranked number 21 in the top 50 most powerful people in the Media, Marketing and Advertising in June 2011.

Dr. Al Jaber founded and served as chairman of the Golden Wheat Mills Company, Middle East Payment Services, Palestine Industrial Estates Company, Wassel Logistics, Hadara, Dr. Al Jaber is also a founder of Al Rafah Bank, the first micro-finance bank in the region and served as Member of the Board of PADICO, PRICO, PalTrade, Cairo Amman Bank, Board of Trustees of Aal El Beit University and many other organizations.

Additionally, Dr. Al Jaber is a member the Investment Committee of Grand Challenge Canada, member of the Regional Board Of INJAZ and member of the Arab Business Council, The Arab Technology Forum, The World Prisident Organization, the Global Agenda Council.

Dr. Al Jaber is a graduate of Jordan University of Science and Technology, McGill University, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and the International School of Management in Paris. He attended Harvard President’s Seminar several times and holds a Doctor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration degree, as well as a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering. In 2001 he was awarded His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s “Best Arab Manager Award for Excellence in Management” in recognition of his status as the leading business executive in Palestine.