Rashid Sultan

Rashid Sultan is the founder and partner of Messilah Ventures. He is also the owner of Pet Land, Kuwait’s premier pet boarding facility.

Previously, Rashid led the turnaround of both Wendy’s Middle East and Costa Coffee Kuwait for Alghanim Industries. Prior to that Rashid held several roles at The Sultan Center, including running their portfolio of convenience stores and being responsible for their expansion into new territories and formats.

Rashid started his career in New York, in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs. Rashid holds an MBA from London Business School, where he concentrated his studies on the need for Venture Capital in the GCC, and received his undergraduate degree in Economics from The University of Chicago.

Mona AlMukhaizeem

Mona Al-Mukhaizeem is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Sirdab Lab, a Kuwait-based startup hub and entrepreneurial network that provides a platform to educate and help aspiring entrepreneurs through different stages of the startup journey.

Mona worked in Transaction Advisory Services at Ernst & Young and as an Investment Manager at Global Investment House. In 2012, she helped launch Alchemist Accelerator, a venture-backed business accelerator in Silicon Valley, and was a consultant at Naxuri Capital, a seed fund investing firm. She specializes in seed funding, private equity, and venture capital.

She has an MBA from Hult International Business School, San Francisco and a BSc in Industrial Engineering from Kuwait University.

Majd Afaghani

Majd spent the last year consulting for Kuwait University’s College of Business Administration in identifying elements of the entrepreneurial ecosystem and developing strategies to nurture them in coordination with public and private sector entities.

Prior to that Majd was an Investment & Acceleration Officer at Oasis500, the leading seed investment company and business accelerator in the Tech and Creative Industry spaces based in Amman, Jordan. At Oasis, Majd assisted in the acceleration of 50+ startups and participated in the investment decision of 25 startups.

Majd has a Business degree from Florida International University.