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Angel Rising 2019: Looking East – The New Digital Silk Road & The Future of the Global Technology Order

Angel Rising intends to elevate a new class of Angel Investors by demystifying startup investing and facilitating conversation among community members and industry leaders, ultimately enabling more investors to fuel greater innovation in the UAE and beyond.


This year’s Angel Rising will examine the global implications of the emergence of new markets and technologies from India, China and Africa, and what this means for early stage tech investors. We have a great group of speakers, each of which will have significant floor time to delve deep into the subjects they are discussing.


1:00 – 1:05 pm


Ramesh Jagannathan, Managing Director, startAD at NYU Abu Dhabi

1:05 – 1:15 pm

Opening Remarks

H.E. Abdallah Alshamsi, Assistant Undersecretary UAE Ministry of Economy & Head of UAE Executive Team for the Global Innovation Index

Introduction by John Tate, CEO, Tamkeen

1:15 – 1:45 pm

China: The New Emerging Markets’ Technology Kingmaker

Winston Ma, CEO, China Silkroad Investment & Development

Ken Miller, President & CEO, Ken Miller Capital

1:45 – 2:15 pm

The Rise of India: Insulated Megamarket or Global Player?

Vani Kola, Managing Director, Kalaari Capital

Anshuman Bapna, Chief Product Officer. Goibibo, Makemytrip Group

Moderator: Harjiv Singh, Founder & CEO, BrainGain

2:15 – 3:00 pm

The UAE: What’s Happening in Our Backyard?

Moderator, Caroline Faraj, VP – Arabic Services, CNN

Eyad Latif, Counsel, Latham & Watkins

Martin Tidestrom, Business Development Director, ADGM

Suren Shetty, Chief Information Officer, UAE Exchange

3:00 – 3:15 pm Break

3:15 – 3:45 pm

Fireside Chat: The Emerging Africa Tech Sector: Whose Rules Apply?

Pule Taukubong, Founding Partner at CRE Venture Capital

Moderator: Tammer Qaddumi, Partner at VentureSouq

3:45 – 4:15 pm

Fireside Chat: Has the World Finally Caught Up with Silicon Valley’s Playbook?

Jillian Manus,Managing Partner, Structure Capital

Moderator: Sonia Weymuller, Partner at VentureSouq

Close of Speaker Sessions




4:30-5:30 pm

Workshop 1: Everything Legal

Facilitated by: Latham & Watkins LLP

Eyad Latif, Counsel, Latham & Watkins

Brian Meenagh, Partner, Latham & Watkins

Who Should Attend: Investors and Startup Founders

Startup Pitches 1&2


Investor Facilitator

Jillian Manus

5:30 – 6:30 pm

Workshop 2: Closing the Gap

An Open Dialogue Between Startups and Investors

Facilitated by: Abu Dhabi Global Markets

Who Should Attend: Investors and startup founders

Startup Pitches 3&4


Investor Facilitator

Vani Kola



  • H.E. Abdallah Alshamsi

    H.E. Abdallah Alshamsi

    Assistant Undersecretary at UAE Ministry of Economy & Head of UAE Executive Team for the Global Innovation Index

  • Ma Wenyan

    Ma Wenyan

    Chief Executive Officer at China Silkroad Investment & Development

  • Ken Miller

    Ken Miller

    President & CEO at Ken Miller Capital, LLC

  • Jillian Manus

    Jillian Manus

    Managing Partner at Structure Capital

  • Pule Taukobong

    Pule Taukobong

    Founding Partner at CRE Venture Capital

  • Vani Kola

    Vani Kola

    Managing Director at Kalaari Capital

  • Anshuman Bapna

    Anshuman Bapna

    Chief Product Officer at Goibibo, Makemytrip Group

  • Harjiv Sing

    Harjiv Sing

    Founder & CEO at BrainGain Global

  • John Tate

    John Tate

    CEO at Tamkeen

  • Ramesh Jagannathan

    Ramesh Jagannathan

    Managing Director of startAD

  • Caroline Faraj

    Caroline Faraj

    CNN VP, Arabic Services

  • Brian Meenagh

    Brian Meenagh

    Partner at Latham & Watkins llp, Dubai

  • Suren Shetty

    Suren Shetty

    Chief Information Officer at UAE Exchange

  • Eyad Latif

    Eyad Latif

    Counsel at Latham & Watkins llp, Dubai

  • Martin Tidestrom

    Martin Tidestrom

    Director of Business Development at ADGM

Event Details

Date: March 23, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue: New York University Abu Dhabi
Organizer Name: startAD & VentureSouq
Address: A6 Conference Center Room 008 Saadiyat Island , Abu Dhabi