Bringing Saudi talent together

Coming soon - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 


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What is TechSaudiya?

​​Inspired by the leadership of H.R.E. Mohammad bin Salman, TechSaudiya aims to contribute to preparing Saudi Arabia's 2030 citizens to strengthen the Saudi Technology and Innovation nascent ecosystems and to create a community of talent that supports the Saudization of the ecosystems 



Technology is permeating every layer of our society, provoking changes that demand business innovation. Aligned with Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Plan, TechSaudiya is a platform for building digital tech talent in Saudi Arabia that supports the Saudization of the workforce.
TechSaudiya is a one-day initiative carefully designed to achieve a balance of soft skills, knowledge-based, formative discussion and experiential learning through keynotes, panels, workshops and hackathons. 


The initiative is led by a committee of academics, researchers and practitioners in partnership with a number of institutions and organizations supporting technology and business innovation in Saudi Arabia, working together to achieve Vision 2030. Knowledge partners include IBM, Taqnia, RedMX Arabia Saudita, DAA International. Success partners include GCC Blockchain Community, IEE Women in Engineering, ArabWIC, PNUEntre.


Why at PNU?

Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University is a landmark for Women education in Saudi Arabia as the largest women-only university in the world. With a student population of 52,308 ladies and 3,767 academic staff across 15 colleges, PNU graduates 50% of Saudi Arabia's female professionals every year. 


When and where?

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Dr Artemisa Jaramillo

Head of TechSaudiya Initiative


#digitaltransformation #technology #business #innovation

#startups #SMEs #MNCs


Meet the speakers

TechSaudiya's speakers come from Government, Industry and Academia, from MNCs, SMEs and startups, combining a wealth of knowledge and experience in technology and business innovation.

Dr. Kaoutar El Maghraoui is a research scientist at IBM Research AI organization where she is focusing on innovation at the intersection of systems and artificial intelligence. Kaoutar has extensive and deep expertise in HPC, systems software, Cloud computing and machine learning. Kaoutar holds a PhD. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA. She received several awards including the Robert McNaughton Award for best thesis in computer science, IBM’s Eminence and Excellence award for leadership in increasing Women’s presence in science and technology, and 2 IBM outstanding technical accomplishments. She is a senior member of ACM, IEEE Computer Society, and SWE. Kaoutar is the chair of the Arab Women in Computing organization and avid supporter of women in science and technology. ​

Dr Kaoutar El Maghraoui

IBM and ArabWiC

Has a Bachelor degree in mechanical
engineering from the American University of
He has work experience in SABIC and
Ma’aden in project management and business
development in deferent fields related to
petrochemical, mining and downstream
industries in Saudi Arabia.
He was appointed at the beginning of this
year as a senior manager in Local Content
Opportunity Identification & Feasibility to
lead “Nusaned” initiative to enable Saudi

Eng. Faisal A Addas​

Senior Manager, Local Content Opportunity
Identification & Feasibility.

Dr. Areej is a Principal Investigator in CCES atKACST and MIT, and a Principal Investigator in the Joint Centre of Excellence for Earth and Space Sciences at KACST and Caltech. Prior to joining the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), she was a Postdoc in MIT's Ideation Lab at the School of Engineering and served as the Vice Chair of KSU's Software Engineering Department, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at Prince Sultan University, Research Associate at the Universityof Texas, and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Kent's School of Engineering.

Dr Areej Al-Wabil

Principal Investigator in Centre for Complex Engineering Systems (CCES)


Susan Malaika

IBM NY and ArabWiC

Susan Malaika is Senior Technical Staff in IBM’s Digital Business Group and a member of the IBM Academy of Technology Leadership Team. Susan is responsible for data related technologies in IBM’s Open Tech group: increasing IBM’s adoption and contribution to open source as well as engagement with developers. Currently she is focused on Data Governance (via the ODPi consortium) and AI ecosystems. Susan was a founder of the JanusGraph project at the Linux Foundation, and she leads workshops, hackathons, and meetups and engages with universities globally - and in the MENA region. Susan also leads a tech community of a few hundred members in the New York area. 

Susan Malaika
IBM NY and ArabWiC

An inspiring leader and a passionate serial entrepreneur dreaming of developing the smart lifestyle market in the Middle East, Faisal is a KFUPM engineer, and started his professionalcareer with Cisco systems where he learned how to be innovative and lead changes. With a proven record of building successful businesses, being recognized by FORBES and ENDEAVOR in the Kingdom he has successfully built / managed amazing technologybrands in IOT and smart buildings such as SmartSpac, LinkersIOT, LEIN Technology, and Helping TAQNIA to lead the Robotics and Smart Systems market in GCC.

Faisal Alkhaldi

Taqnia Robotics & Smart Systems

Dr Taghreed A. Alsudais


Bertrand Rioux is a Senior Research Associate at KAPSARC, where he develops economic models of regulated energy markets, including the KAPSARC Energy Model (KEM). He iscurrently working on the restructuring and liberalization of electricity markets in Saudi Arabia in collaboration with the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC). Bertrand is completing his secondMSc in Digital Currency and Finance provided by the University of Nicosia Blockchain Initiative. Bertrand also works on the disintermediation of artistic talent management and media production services on the AtoA platform hosted by

Bertrand Rioux

Senior Research Associate


Head of TechSauidya, Dr Artemisa Jaramillo is the current programme director of Marketing, Innovation and Technology-Digital (MINTD) in DCU at PNU. She is also founder of the GCC Blockchain Community, the biggest network on technology and blockchain in Saudi Arabia, and president of the Mexican Talent Network in Saudi Arabia RedGlobalMX.


Passionate about advancing youth and women education to achieve financial inclusion, Dr Artemisa Jaramillo holds a PhD in Digital Consumer Behaviour. With 9 years of international business experience in America, Europe and the Middle East, she has also lectured in Technology, Business Innovation and Digital Marketing for over 6 years, and won teaching awards throughout 

Dr Artemisa Jaramillo

Head of TechSaudiya

DCU at PNU, Blockchain, RexMXArabia

Ali Almussa is the Co-founder and CEO of Stellar Motors, The Middle East's first Autonomous Electric Vehicle Startup providing Electronic Land Carriages and Logistical fleet solutions.

A Saudi technology entrepreneur with leadership experience in multiple software companies. An active advocate for driverless technology, and the future of transportation. Saudi Aramco and Penn State University alumnus.

Ali Almussa

Co-founder and CEO of Stellar Motors, Middle East's first Autonomous Electric Vehicle Company

Abdullah Bin Kadasa is a Communication and Media specialist, holding a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from King Saud University and a master's degree in International Media from the American University at Washington D.C. He worked at Arabian Printing and Publishing House as a Printing and Publishing Director, moving to be the Marketing and Sales Director. From his love for sharing knowledge, he became an academic lecturer at the College of Media and Communication in IMAMU. In mid 2016, Abdullah found a great opportunity in mobile applications and e-commerce business, therefore founded his company, Deem Technology, a company engaged in the development of mobile applications and investments.

Abdullah Bin Kadasa
CEO Deem Technology

Eng. Talal Alhashim is a Business Development Specialist at the Home of Innovation, SABIC’s growth initiative, with a Bachelors in Material Science Engineering from Swansea University, and a Masters in Engineering Management from the George Washington University. 
In parallel to his daily job, Talal is the proud President of Mubadara GCC, a non-profit organization that raises awareness and enables youth in the field of entrepreneurship. Talal’s mission and passion in life is influenced by his ambition to make a positive impact in life, for he believes that it’s a true investment to pursue.

Eng. Talal Alhashim​

SABIC Home of Innovation

Norah Alghamdi completed a Bachelor of Computer Science at Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia. She completed a Master of Computer Science and her Ph.D from the Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering at La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia.


Norah is now an assistant professor at Princess Norah bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


Her areas of interest are databases, query processing and optimization, e-health, health informatics, big data and data analytics.

Dr. Norah Alghamdi
Deborah has worked in the aviation sector for 18 years, with a background in the ground handling section, focusing on training, safety and compliance in operations, front of house and ramp department.  A proven record of accomplishment of developing effective professional relationships and influencing GM’s and Senior Leaders.  Deborah is passionate about developing training and performance strategies to shape strong team ethos and cultivate a positive just culture within organisations to meet business expectations. Deborah relocated to Riyadh in May 2016 to assume said role.
Deborah Kearns

DAA International

Haiyan is the founder and CEO of iCryptonia, a Fintech startup specialized in crypto assets fund management. He has 21 years of experience in delivering business-critical ITtransformation and consulting projects. He worked with international firms such as Logica/CGI, SAP, Devoteam, Atos and UNDP. He works with DXC (a US firm) advisingregional clients on new emerging technologies. His Blockchain experience encompasses both technology and business. He won many related awards in the industry such as the blockchain hackathon in Riyadh sponsored by KACST, and IBM.
Haiyan Alsaiyed
Founder and CEO

Hanen Karamti completed a Bachelor of Computer Science and Multimedia at ISIMS (High Institute of Computer Science and Multimedia of Sfax) University, Tunisia. She completed a Master of Computer Science and Multimedia at the same University. She obtained her PhD degree from the Computer Science from the national engineering school of sfax (University of Sfax, Tunisia), in cooperation with the university of La Rochelle (France) and the university of Hanoi (Vietnam).

H.Karamti is now an assistant professor at Princess Norah bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Her areas of interest are information retrieval, multimedia systems, Image retrieval, health informatics, big data and data analytics.

Dr. Hanen Karamti


 Norah Alnashwan is a Certified Application Developer in IBM Saudi.


Nourah is highly experienced in cloud and mobile application development. 

Nora AlNashwan


Hadeel Alrabiah is a passionate marketing specialist at Zan Branding Agency. Zan conveys branding to the next level. Internationally Certified Trainer and tech-savvy, Hadeel is an entrepreneur awarded as Best Student Company in the Arab world.


Hadeel is currently studying her undergraduate degree in Marketing, Innovation and Technology- Digital (MINTD) at Dublin City University at Princess Nourah University

Hadeel Alrabiah
Zan Branding Agency

Alya Sairafi



Alya Sairafi is a branding associate at Careem. With a degree in marketing and a minor in public administration from the University of Sharjah, Alya joined Careem last year as a city marketer, taking care of marketing activities in her home city of Khobar. Now, Alya is part of the KSA branding team at Careem. Women empowerment and the introduction of female Careem captains this coming summer are two of the main topics she is currently working on.

Alya Sairafi

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Main Stage


Registry and networking


Welcome Address. Host Partner

TechSaudiya: Technology and business innovation as drivers of financial inclusion for the youth and the women in Saudi Arabia​

TechSaudiya: The brand


Keynote 1


Keynote 2 

Thinking Out-of-the-Box: Science and Engineering Outreach, Policy and Research as Leadership Pathways



Have you ever imagine how Saudi Tech will look like in 2030? Watch our mini-documentary series discussing the following topics:

a) The connected home

b) Smart shops

c) The hyper-connected human


Panel 1: Blockchain


Keynote 3

The making of a Succesful Tech Enterprise in Saudi Arabia


Keynote 4. Moving Towards the Trend (Investing in Mobile Apps)


Panel 2. Developing Saudi Arabia'sTech Ecosystem


Keynote 5. Gender Inclusiveness in Science, Tech and Innovation


Keynote 6. Artificial Intelligence: Headlights Into the Future and Existing Challenges


ArabWiC Worldwide Update


11:20 - 12:30


Artificial Intelligence and IBM Watson



Advancing your career - leadership, consulting and innovative skills for a 21rst Century Woman

Intro to Data Science


Our partners

​Meet the companies, startups, professional organisations, universities and governmental institutions supporting the TechSaudiya initiative.

Thanks for your commitment towards empowering Saudis to achieve financial inclusion through education, science and technology.

Host partner

Knowledge partner

Digital media partner

Media partner

Branding partner

Consulting partner

Transport partner

Success partner


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Why should you be a sponsor?

Reach – a potential audience of 52, 308 young women

Engage with innovators, researchers, marketers, entrepreneurs, and business leaders

Advance - contribute to- women's education in KSA

Change - Be part of the first women-led initiative in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to educate Saudi women on the latest trends in tech & how it is shaping #SaudiArabia 's business landscape 

Highlight and showcase your expertise in technology.


TechSaudiya social responsibility brings together Saudi female students, faculty and practitioners together - This is a mixed event and all the Riyadh community is welcomed