Come over and engage in the lively fireside chat with our guests:


Dr. Khalid M. Al-Ali



Dr. Al-Ali brings deep experience and expertise to his roles in various organizations, having spent much of his career in Silicon Valley. He is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Senseta, the world leader in mission-critical data fusion and analytics solutions. He is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Silicon Valley Space Business Roundtable (SVSBR). He was the Executive Director of the University of California Office for NASA Partnerships (UCONP) and the University Affiliated Research Center (UARC).

He was the Science Advisor for the Office of the Center Director at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) and was the principal investigator, project lead, and program visionary at NASA ARC and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL), on key projects involving advanced aircraft and spacecraft technologies, intelligent avionics, novel power systems, planetary rovers and robots, spacecraft, and intelligent exploratory vehicles for Lunar, Martian, and Antarctic missions.  He was the Director of Research at Carnegie Mellon University – Silicon Valley Campus and founded the Carnegie Mellon Innovations Lab (CMIL). Dr. Al-Ali was in charge of developing Qatar Foundation’s Qatar Science and Technology Park Project (QSTP). He was the advisor to the Board of Directors of Qatar Foundation and was a founding member of both Qatar’s Information Technology and Communication Committee and the Steering Committee of the Information Technology and Communication Project.

Dr. Al-Ali is the principal inventor of U.S. and worldwide-patented technologies, along with a multitude of disclosed inventions not yet patented.  He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. For more, please visit his LinkedIn profile.


Joy Ajlouny


Joy Ajlouny is an e-commerce industry professional whose influence in business and entrepreneurship has spanned the globe.

Joy is the co-founder of Fetchr, a Silicon-Valley backed technology company based in Dubai aimed at solving the “no-address” problem hindering growth in emerging markets. Fetchr uses patented technology allowing people to use their mobile phone’s GPS location as their address. Fetchr is the first start-up in the Middle East to be funded by one of the top venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, raising over 11 million dollars in funding. Joy, on behalf of Fetchr, was on the cover of Forbes Magazine in the Middle East, which named Fetchr #1 startup in the region. Prior to Fetchr, Joy founded Bonfaire, an e-commerce discovery platform for luxury footwear and accessories. Bonfaire was acquired in 2013 by fashion e-commerce giant Moda Operandi, owned by LVMH and Condé Nast to name a few.

While only 2.7% of venture capital funding has been raised by women, Joy has successfully raised funds for two startups from the most prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firms. This puts her in the top 1% of female entrepreneurs. Joy is passionate about using technology to solve persistent issues in emerging markets, as well as empowering women entrepreneurs to break out of traditional roles, especially in the Middle East.

Moderated by

Dr Maher Hakim

Managing Director – QSTP


Tuesday, 7th of February, 2017
QSTP – Technology Building No.1 (TECH 1)

6pm to 8pm