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Riad Hartani
Co-Founding Partner at Xona Partners

Profile

Riad has spent the past two decades designing and scaling-out foundational Internet technologies in high- and low-income countries, and is a renowned thought leader in the Future of the Internet and Smart Cities. He has lived, travelled and worked in over 100 countries, and contributed to the development of notable world-firsts in Mobile Internet technologies, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Networking, Cyber-security and Space Internet Solutions. Riad has advised some of the world’s top 10 technology corporations and top 10 global investment firms. 

He has co-founded and led teams in multiple technology startups and innovation labs, including Xona Partners (a global telecom, media, technology advisory firm) and iValley.co (a Fintech startup co-creation studio), including various Silicon Valley startups, with successful exits. Earlier, he held lead roles in R&D centers primarily in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Canada, the USA and France. Riad holds two Engineering degrees and a Master degree with highest distinction, was awarded a Doctorate in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) with highest honors from the University of Paris, was a post-doctoral fellow at University of California, Berkeley and completed the Executive Education in Business at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Agenda Sessions

  • Panel: What is the future of satellite broadband investment in Africa?

    14:10
  • Panel: Smart Cities – transforming a metropolis through digital infrastructure

    13:20