The founder of Startups Without Borders, Valentina is a journalist with a Masters in peace studies, Human Rights, and EU policies. She has been involved in the Middle East's entrepreneurial landscape since 2013, having launched Egypt’s largest platform on entrepreneurship - Startup Scene Middle East - in 2017. She has given workshops and keynote speeches at conferences in Egypt, Palestine, Russia, Norway and Italy, including Lean Startup Nights Cairo, Egypt's RiseUp Summit, and Rome Startup Weekend. You can read some of her stories here and here.
A filmmaker, tech-savvy practitioner and entrepreneur, Leena co-founded Cinema in Cairo 360 to make 360/VR video and audio content. An avid storyteller, Leena has conceptualized, produced, filmed, and edited short films for clients including Lean Startup Nights, Entreprenelle, and Oxfam. She is currently creating and directing an online TV show called Hawadeet, which tells the stories of different people, their struggles, hopes and dreams. You can watch her live coverage videos here.
Hadeel is SWB’s Content and Social Media Lead. An English literature graduate, Hadeel is a Cairo-based communications practitioner, whose experience started off when she was very young, interning as a journalist for Daily News Egypt and Egypt Today. In 2014, she began delving into the cultural scene, working in a regional PR agency, and later on a local contemporary arts institution, where she would strike unique partnerships that helped increase the outreach to new audiences. This year, she joined Startups without Borders to connect creatively adapting entrepreneurs on the move to the resources that qualify them to grow their businesses and create the change they wish they bring to the world.