Category: Interviews

Helping Fintech Flourish

The Central Bank of Jordan says it’s fast laying the groundwork for the creation of a cashless economy. By Dina al-Wakeel The Central Bank of Jordan  has issued several regulations in recent years to catch up with the ever-changing payment…

Entrepreneurship Envoy

America’s entrepreneurship ambassador believes startups hold the key to Jordan’s future prosperity. By Dina al-Wakeel Nina Vaca’s tech staffing company Pinnacle has been included on Inc. 5000’s list of fastest growing companies for over a decade now. It was also…

A Simpler Way to Sell

Zeid Husban is out to convince businesses to switch from traditional point-of-sale (POS) technology to POS Rocket, his cloud-based solution with a customizable interface. By Nada Atieh Cloud-based POS systems have been used by businesses in the United States and…

Young Blood

Recognizing the importance of millennials in shaping today’s business environment, Hikma Pharmaceuticals created a board that translates their ideas into action. By Dina Al-Wakeel  Lana Ghanem is the Managing Director of Hikma Ventures—the corporate venture capital arm of Hikma Pharmaceuticals—and head…

expedia

Tapping into Tourism

Like Microsoft and other major players in the global technology scene, Expedia has established a base in Jordan to serve its customers worldwide. By Dina al Wakeel Earleir this year, Expedia, the online hotel and flight-booking portal, announced it was…

Rasha al-Khateeb, Founder of MindShift Academy

Shifting Mindsets

Worried that Jordan’s education system was failing to fully prepare children for the demands of the modern world, Rasha al-Khateeb decided to launch MindShift Academy earlier this year. Rasha al-Khateeb is concerned Jordan’s youth risk being left behind if they…

Hala Zawati, CEO of the Jordan Strategy Forum

Jordan Strategy Forum: Working for Business

Five years since its creation, the Jordan Strategy Forum (JSF) is still advocating hard for Jordan’s business community. By Dina Al-Wakeel Established in the wake of the Arab Spring, the Jordan Strategy Forum helps the private sector engage in dialogue…

Merza Hussain Hasan, Regional Head of World Bank

Strong Support

The regional head of the World Bank says his organization stands ready to help Jordan meet its potential. As well as Jordan, Merza Hussain Hasan oversees World Bank projects in Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, the Maldives, Oman, Qatar,…

Ashraf Sabry, Fawry CEO

All Aboard Egypt’s E-payments Express

Whether it’s buying a bus fare or an airline ticket, Egypt’s first and biggest e-payment firm Fawry handles around 1.5 million transactions daily. Fawry CEO Ashraf Sabry told Venture how he planned to convince even more merchants and consumers to make…

DOT Jordan

Tech Training

The Digital Opportunities Trust, which is backed by the Ministry of ICT and the government of Canada, offers technology training programs to young Jordanians. The NGO’s President and CEO, Janet Longmore, hopes her newly reopened center in Sweileh, near Amman,…