Ecosystem Arabia – Navigating the MENA region’s tech and innovation landscape


Amir Hegazi is a lifelong entrepreneur, with over 20 years of startup, tech, e-commerce, and digital media experience. He is the Managing Partner of intoMENA Group, a consulting firm that helps international companies do business into the MENA region. Amir was previously the Director of Marketplace at, the region’s largest e-commerce platform (recently acquired by He helped build Souq. com’s marketplace from the ground up to account for a sizable portion of overall sales volume. He is also one of the early pioneers of digital media in the region, having launched the largest online TV network in the Arab world at such companies as JumpTV and Talfazat. He is the Author of bestseller Startup Arabia, which was recognized as one of the top global startup books of 2019. Amir is Egyptian-American. He grew up in California and has been living and working in MENA since 2005.

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Amir Hegazi

On this episode, you’ll learn:

  1. How Omar expanded his tech conference business across the middle east through Tweetups, [9:18]
  2. What nearing peak oil means for the gulf coast’s sovereign wealth funds, [15:01]
  3. A deep dive on the Saudi Arabia tech and innovation landscape, [20:09]

Recorded in partnership with

PeaceTech Lab works to reduce violent conflict using technology, media, and data to accelerate and scale peacebuilding efforts. An independent nonprofit, the Lab brings together engineers and activists, MBAs and conflict experts, social scientists, data scientists, and other innovators to put the right tools in the right hands to build peace.

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