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 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.
Amira spent the last year exploring programs for Mefazec incubator. Her focus was in categorizing Kuwait’s startup ecosystem concerning developing approaches to raise awareness about the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kuwait to drive participation and understanding among the youth.
Preceding that Amira was a Marketing Officer at MMC Catering, a well-established food and Beverage company that is known for its franchises and locally created restaurant concepts. Amira assisted in the management of marketing outputs in terms of concept and franchise development, branding, and key market research.
Prior to that Amira was part of the startup that brought Kuwait its first large scale food festival.
Amira has a degree in Management from the University of Massachusetts.