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THE LEADING TECH FESTIVAL FOR EMERGING MARKETS

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Wellness Track

Step Conference’s Wellness Track nurtures mind, body, and soul while exploring tech and lifestyle trends. Join influential speakers, including startup founders, NLP specialists, nutritionists, and coaches, for valuable insights on integrating wellbeing into modern lives. Experience transformative discussions on living well in the digital age.



What We Cover

Health
Healthtech, Data Analytics, digital care.
Femtech
Tracking apps, reproductive health management, AI in Femtech.
Fitness
Wellness-tracking wearables, mind-body connection, online workouts and personal training.
Lifestyle
Mental health, smart eating, sustainability, natural remedies.
 

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WELLNESS TRACK SPEAKERS

More Speakers Will Be Announced Soon

Alina Polyakova

Mamahood

Alina Polyakova

Mamahood

Founder of Mamahood, a seasoned entrepreneur and business development professional with over a decade of diverse industry experience.

Sophie Thomas

Growth Pod

Sophie Thomas

Growth Pod

Sophie Thomas is the ex-Corporate Strategy Leader, CIO and CHRO for the largest Professional Services Firm in the region. She left the corporate world 2 years ago to found the Growth Pod, which supports female and neurodivergent entrepreneurs launch and grow their passion and purpose driven businesses. She’s a mum of 3, and received her Autism, ADHD and Dyspraxia diagnosis at 40, at the same time as her then 7 year old son received his. Her diagnosis was instrumental in her change in professional direction, where she was walking the thin line between professional success and burnout. She’s passionate about her neurodiverse superpowers, advocating for accommodations and inclusion so that neurodiverse employees can belong and thrive, rather than fit in and strive.

Inas Shashieh

Takalam

Inas Shashieh

Takalam

Inas is a project management and leadership professional with over 20 years of experience. Inas has held senior executive roles in private and government entities in the UAE , as well as various USAID funded projects in Jordan serving local communities. As soon as Inas graduated with honors from Princes Sumaya University in Amman, she realized her passion for utilizing technology to enhance peoples’ life. Her determination to combine it with solid management and leadership led her to become a certified project management professional (PMP) turning ideas and plans into tangible projects.

Julie Nguyen

Crunchmoms

Julie Nguyen

Crunchmoms

Julie is the co-founder of Crunchmoms, the first and only private network in the Middle East for women at all stages of their careers and motherhood. Inspired by her transition into motherhood, she is balancing her greatest role as an entrepreneur and mother and is determined to redefine modern motherhood standards. She is the visionary and driving force behind the region’s most influential community and network for women and aims to inspire meaningful change in the workplace. Prior to Crunchmoms, Julie was a global innovation and marketing leader for a global engineering firm and held various senior positions. She was part of the core global team responsible for the company’s digital transformation and led the industry’s first mart city programs across the USA, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Julie graduated with a BA in Economics and Business Administration from UT Austin. Julie is currently based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and has lived between Austin, Texas, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Amsterdam, Netherlands. She is an active member and speaker within the startup community and passionate about empowering women and building a community of innovators, entrepreneurs, and marketers.

Ansoo Gupta

Pinstorm

Ansoo Gupta

Pinstorm

Ansoo Gupta is a thorough media and marketing professional having worked with television, radio, print and digital. She specialises in consumer insights, data driven marketing and community building. Along with Headstart, Ansoo helps in bridging the gap for startup founders in their zero-to-one journey, guiding them through idea validation, business plans, MVPs, seed funding and brand building. Ansoo is an ardent climate activist and believes in inclusive growth for the good of the planet.

Dr Sheen Gurrib

ProfessionElle Network

Dr Sheen Gurrib

ProfessionElle Network

Dr Sheen Gurrib completed MEng in Materials Science from University of Oxford and PhD in spinal research from University of Cambridge. Following her journey in science, she joined Oliver Wyman as a strategy consultant then transitioned to Chief Operations Officer of a media company, then a tech startup. She gave her first TedX talk on girls’ education in 2021, being the first girl from Mauritius to have gone to both Oxford and Cambridge. She is an adjunct lecturer at Middlesex University in Dubai and host of the women empowerment podcast Dream, Girl, which has become the largest English speaking podcast for and by women in the Middle East. She is an ambassador of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was one of the 50 most influential women of Dubai.

Rachel McArthur

Digital Ink Media

Rachel McArthur

Digital Ink Media

Rachel McArthur is a UAE-based healthcare journalist, editor, and MC/moderator, with 15+ years of experience in digital, print and broadcast media. She is the founder and managing editor of Digital Ink Media, a publisher that curates exclusive custom content for some of the region’s best-known media outlets and brands. Rachel’s work has appeared in titles including HIMSS TV, PrecisionMed International magazine, The Washington Post, Thomson Reuters, Wamda, Arab News, Al Arabiya, Entrepreneur ME, and Zawya. With a qualification in medical journalism, Rachel has a keen interest in various areas of healthcare, including precision and personalised medicine, digital health and healthtech, and wellness and longevity. She is a member of the Medical Journalists’ Association (UK), and the Association of Health Care Journalists (USA). Rachel is fluent in English and Arabic.

Omar Gharaibeh

Talktime

Omar Gharaibeh

Talktime

Co-founder and CEO of TalkTime, a cutting-edge tech startup dedicated to transforming the landscape of mental health. Ex-Oliver Wyman | UCL & LSE

Dr Priyanka Sainani

Hygge

Dr Priyanka Sainani

Hygge

As a holistic physician deeply committed to sustainable health, Priyanka has dedicated her career to address to preventable lifestyle diseases. Her impactful journey includes co-founding Hygge, a social impact startup with a mission to alleviate the burden of preventable illnesses. Through this venture, She, alongside an incredible team has been a pioneer in establishing an ecosystem that promotes incentivized peer driven culture of wellness, encouraging individuals to adopt healthier lifestyles. Priyanka’s holistic approach not only encompasses traditional medical practices but also emphasizes the importance of mindful well-being. With a passion for merging healthcare and social impact, Priyanka and the team of Hygge is tirelessly committed to transformative healthcare solutions that prioritize sustainable well-being and proactive care.

Avneet Kohli

Encubay

Avneet Kohli

Encubay

Avneet Kohli is a Life and Business Vision Coach and the Co-Founder of StartUp Network Encubay. From a stellar reputation in the media and entertainment industry to starting her entrepreneurial journey at age 23, to overcoming burnout, Avneet’s diverse experiences led her into the world of coaching and startups. As a coach, she helps driven founders and professionals launch their dream ventures, build a memorable personal brand, and achieve their life and career goals faster. Additionally, Avneet is the Co-Founder of Encubay, a female-focused startup and angel network that helps women accelerate business growth by providing them access to mentorship, premium networking, and fundraising opportunities to scale up their ventures globally. She recently authored the Life Planner, a thinking system toolkit that helps ambitious minds achieve growth and tangible results in life and business.

ZAI MIZTIQ

STEP UP JOURNEY

ZAI MIZTIQ

STEP UP JOURNEY

Zai is a specialist in the field of empowerment, personal transformation, and visionary leadership. Despite an accident that gave her only a 5% chance of walking again, she persevered and became a source of inspiration for millions. Her unique blend of personal resilience and entrepreneurial acumen makes her a sought-after speaker. Mission: Empowering organizations and individuals to transcend limits, ignite ambition, and drive visionary change.

Jana Habson

My Conscious Mind Mental Health Center

Jana Habson

My Conscious Mind Mental Health Center

Jana Habson, the visionary founder of My Conscious Mind Mental Health Center in Dubai, boasts an eclectic academic journey. Armed with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology, she embarked on a compelling path that initially led her to earn a Bachelor’s in Actuarial Science. However, her pursuit of knowledge didn’t stop there. Jana is currently pursuing a doctorate in business administration. The captivating twist in her story lies in her transition from the world of business to psychology. Jana’s motivation for this shift is driven by her belief that nothing is more intriguing than unraveling the complexities of human behavior. Her profound fascination with the human mind and behavior propelled her to make this transformative career change, emphasizing her unwavering commitment to understanding and enhancing mental well-being.

Nada Lena Nasserdeen

Rise Up For You

Nada Lena Nasserdeen

Rise Up For You

Nada Lena is the founder and CEO of Rise Up For You, #1 Best Selling Author, and 2x TEDx Motivational Speaker. Nada has been featured on hundreds of podcasts and radio shows as well as a featured motivational and educational speaker globally. She’s spoken on platforms alongside the greats such as Tony Robbins, Les Brown, Marie Forleo, David Meltzer, and more! She can be seen and heard on Canada’s Global TV, Radio Canada, Amazon Prime TV, and Bloomberg as one of the only female co-hosts of The Office Hours, a talk show that interviews celebrities, athletes, and world-renowned entrepreneurs. Most recently she was featured on a billboard in Times Square New York for her work with corporations and leaders.

Riaz Naqvi

Hill & Knowlton

Riaz Naqvi

Hill & Knowlton

Riaz is a senior editor at Hill&Knowlton, working on the Visa, Ford, and ADNOC Distribution accounts across the Corporate & Brand and Energy & Industrials practices to help clients shape the stories they want to tell their stakeholders. In addition to his day-to-day clients, Riaz has supported the TECOM, Disney, PwC, and Department of Culture & Tourism accounts. He has drafted op-eds, sector- and topic-led features on behalf of client C-Suite leaders; interviewed board-level management for internal communications purposes; designed agendas for client conferences; assisted in the development of messaging houses; and created content on-ground at events. He has also designed and delivered narrative and storytelling workshops for internal training and to clients. Riaz regularly represents H&K as a panel moderator at high-level conferences, including Step, Fast Company Middle East’s Impact Council, Green Goals and World-Changing Ideas summits, and NextTech by MIT Sloan Middle East. He joined H&K from ITP, where he was commercial editor with Arabian Business and CEO Magazine. A trained journalist, Riaz liaised with editorial, client and sales teams to produce branded written, video, and audio thought leadership across digital and print. Prior to this, as a sub-editor and staff writer at Gulf News, he contributed to hundreds of reports spanning B2B/B2C tech, lifestyle, healthcare, fitness, education, culture and business topics. Riaz has interviewed individuals from different walks of life – from executive chefs to e-commerce leaders, ambassadors, fintech CEOs, best-selling authors, surgeons, product design chiefs, video game developers, VR experts and fitness gurus. In 2015, he helped conceptualize and launch #GNTECH, Gulf News’ consumer tech platform. 

Christine Flynn

Align Consulting Group

Christine Flynn

Align Consulting Group

With more than 15 years of experience in healthcare and corporate wellness Christine has a demonstrated history of successfully working in both the private and public sector healthcare industries across Ireland, the UK and the UAE. Christine has a Physiotherapy frontline background with a BSc (Physio) degree from University College Dublin as well as a Masters in Sport and Exercise Medicine from Trinity College Dublin and digital health qualifications from Imperial College London. She has vast experience working in the field of corporate health, injury diagnosis, rehabilitation, sports medicine and well-being. In recent years her focus has been on corporate health assisting many companies across different industries to improve their employees health and output by ensuring their ergonomic needs are met from a functional and compliance perspective. Christine also works closely with a number of health tech start ups assisting with clinical content and output as well as business development due to her established connections across many sectors in the region.

Sandrine Atallah

Metle Metlik

Sandrine Atallah

Metle Metlik

Dr Sandrine Atallah is a consultant in sexual medicine, a certified psychosexologist and a hypnotherapist. Along with her private medical practice in sexology and hypnosis in Beirut at La Clinique du Levant and at AUBMC, she teaches Human Sexuality at several Lebanese universities. Member (Past Secretary General) of the Middle East Society of Sexual Medicine (MESSM), she was the chairman of its Public Awareness Committee. Member at large of the ISSM (International Society for Sexual Medicine), she is also a board member of the Société Francophone de Médecine Sexuelle (SFMS). Actively working on promoting sexual health in the Middle East, she has participated in the development of the MESSM public information website. Among her social media activities, she was the chair of the ISSM Communication Committee. She was the social media editor of the MESSM and the social media coeditor of the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Dedicated to spreading sexual awareness, she is the editor and the host of ‘Hakeh Sareeh, a podcast show produced by Hakawati, an Arabic podcasting platform. She co-founded Metle Metlik alongside Dr. Gael Abou Ghannam, a pioneering digital platform dedicated to the educational empowerment and support of Arab women in their sexual and reproductive health. She is the editor and host of ‘Sexual Health’ Web videos for several Web TV and educational websites along with her own YouTube channel. She co-edited and co-hosted ‘Lezim Taaref’, a TV Show for LBCI, Lebanon. She is a regular guest/speaker at local and international conferences and seminars related to sexual medicine, sexual health and sexual awareness.

Hussam Mohsineh

Alaan TV

Hussam Mohsineh

Alaan TV

Hussam is a serial entrepreneur and a tech communities leader. For over a decade, his focus was set on developing high-impact capacity-building initiatives and programs aiming to enable the region youth, developers, and startup founders. Currently, leading the learning transformation with Al Aan TV [pan-arab media network] to empower learners across our region in advancing their skills across the industry and beyond. Prior to this role, he led the Microsoft Reactor across the Middle East & Africa, the developers and founders hub, and the home to Microsoft for Startups. Hussam is widely-recognized by governments, and leading organizations locally and internationally. Listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 list for his regional contributions to Education, and named a YAL Changemaker by Young Arab Leaders among many other recognitions.

Pooja Monga

The PLM Ecosystem

Pooja Monga

The PLM Ecosystem

Pooja Monga has a conscious change management firm where she uses neuroscience based interventions to create positive behavioural change in the organisations. She has developed a series of change management programs that develop organisation capability from the inside out. Her firm’s core focus is in the holistic development of a team where the employees are engaged, have a positive wellbeing and are performing at an optimal capacity.

Deborah Henning

Deborah Henning LLC

Deborah Henning

Deborah Henning LLC

Deborah Henning is a business strategist with 18 years experience building brands and bringing them to stable profitability. Her mission is to help business owners thrive through balance not drive to burnout. With her 360 approach, she brings in all elements of mindset, health and business building, to support entrepreneurs to build the business of their dreams as well as the ideal life they want to live.

Laura Jane Silverman

LSE Generate

Laura Jane Silverman

LSE Generate

Director for Entrepreneurship for the London School of Economics, managing a community of innovators who can engage with our programme, seek mentorship, funding and a home where they can be equipped to go out and solve some of society’s most pressing problems. Prior to LSE she ran her own careers and recruitment consultancy focussed on climate change and before that I worked in TV. She is passionate about parent-tech, and any innovation that clearly contributes to a better tomorrow.

Lubna Forzley

Stories

Lubna Forzley

Stories

Lubna is the CEO & Founder of Stories, a coaching portal that supports founders and corporate leaders tell the world the right stories and most importantly shift the stories they tell themselves. Under her leadership, Stories was just named ‘Most Innovative Mental Health Tech’ for 2023 by Mentl. She is a board member for griefstories.org, an ICF accredited (PCC) coach and a member of Gabor Mate’s Compassionate Inquiry Community. Lubna has coached leaders in Fortune500 organizations and in the following organisations: CocaCola, Google, American Express, BP, Bayer, Square, BASF, Whiteboard Advisors, US Department of Airforce, Federal Aviation Administration, DaVita, and CVC Health Corporation. Lubna is also a speaker, having spoken in and moderated large conferences, including TEDx,and Euromoney Conferences. Through her talks, she has shared the stage with ministers, leading entrepreneurs, and global innovators, including Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple. She has moderated workshops for Fortune 500 companies and has also spoken in many podcasts around the world. She is also the author of the book ‘Enhancing Business Community Relations’ published by the United Nations Development Program and is currently working on her next book ‘Crack The Egg’. She has also been featured in various books including Something to Believe In: Creating Trust and Hope in Organisations: Stories of Transparency, Accountability and Governance’ She is a contributor in Entrepreneur magazine and has been featured in various newspapers. She has worked for more than 20 years in leadership and / or consulting roles within International blue-chip organizations and across various industries, including e-commerce, banking, FMCG, and human development. She served on executive committees in Global firms, including Coca-Cola, the UNDP, and BNP Paribas. Finally, she is a proud mum and an advocate for Women in Leadership positions. As a change agent, she uses her voice to uplift other women.

Stefania Brunori

Building Memorable Brands

Stefania Brunori

Building Memorable Brands

Stefania Brunori is a Marketing Specialist, Personal Branding Expert and Business Coach with over 20 years international experience in managerial positions. Having worked in Europe and the Middle East, her core areas of expertise are Personal Branding, Brand Strategy, Digital/Social Media and Integrated Marketing Practice, developing and implementing solid strategies and marketing campaigns to facilitate companies and individuals expand beyond their limits. Originally from Europe, she has been working in the UAE for 13 years, both for multinational companies such as Teka and Nokia and Middle East leaders & SME corporations with regional reach. Her entrepreneurial career started in 2015, when she conceptualized and launched the Middle East’s most complete website for Yoga & Meditation. Since then, she’s been working with Start-Ups, SMEs and Social Impact Entrepreneurs to enable their growth with the best practices of success. She provides Personal Branding & Business Coaching sessions and workshops too, where she brings together her expertise in Brand Strategy, Coaching and Growth Mindset techniques. She is also a Females Entrepreneur Mentor at the United Nations, table moderator and recently delivered a keynote speech at TED talks.

Emine Yilmaz Butun

Acceleratemea

Emine Yilmaz Butun

Acceleratemea

Emine is a distinguished senior executive with a proven track record in Finance and Strategy Management, Strategy Execution, and investor relations. Her expertise extends to Go-To-Market, Product Launching, Marketing, Communications, and Business Development. A visionary change leader and entrepreneur, Emine crafts and leads innovative business strategies, motivating teams for organizational success. Holding a Master’s degree in Auditing and Finance from Istanbul University, she is pursuing further education in Innovation in Healthcare at Harvard University. Seamlessly merging multinational big corporate matrix companies with domestic firm culture, Emine’s core values include Persistence, Integrity, Honesty, and Trust. She is a formidable advocate for DEI, creating environments that prioritize diversity and inclusion. In her role with a domestic family company, Emine devised a growth strategy, expanding operations into Europe, Sweden, and Dubai. Her unwavering dedication to excellence, innovation, and advancing DEI makes her a formidable asset for organizations.

Ali Hashemi

Metabolic.Health

Ali Hashemi

Metabolic.Health

Ali Hashemi is an early-stage venture investor, specializing in health-tech innovation, emphasizing the synergy of human-machine solutions in healthcare. He is also the CEO of meta[bolic], a healthcare company known for exceptional patient outcomes, powering GluCare.Health and Zone.Health platforms, dedicated to diabetes care and weight management. Previously, Ali founded Amana Healthcare, a leading Middle Eastern continuum-of-care hospital network acquired by Mubadala Healthcare in 2018. He also established and led Booz & Company’s Middle East Healthcare Practice and worked at Bain & Company’s Healthcare and Private Equity Practices in NYC. Ali studied Medicine and received his MBA concurrently from McGill University. Ali is a member of the Global Advisory Board for the Fuqua School of Business at Duke, a lecturer for the Duke Global Executive MBA Program, and a proud Duke basketball fan.

Tarek Mounir

Enhance Fitness

Tarek Mounir

Enhance Fitness

Tarek Mounir is the founder and CEO of Enhance Fitness & Tech. Tarek and his team at Enhance are shaping the tech-fitness landscape as we know it. Under his leadership, Enhance Fitness has become the largest independent provider of personal trainers in the Middle East, with a team of over 350 across KSA, UAE, and Qatar. Now with a global mission, Enhance launches a cutting-edge SaaS enterprise solution for PT management for gyms globally. Enhance’s mission is clear: leverage data and technology to elevate revenue, reduce client churn, and optimize PT client value. Tarek was formerly CEO at Deezer MENAT and VP at Warner Bros. Discovery MENAT, has been investing in startups since 2012 and has been part of Dubai Angel Investors since 2016. Overall, he has invested in over 15 startups and has personally launched 3 companies.

Asmara Nomani

ANC Global

Asmara Nomani

ANC Global

Asmara Nomani is a Senior Global Human Resources Leader and Key Opinion Leader with 24+ years of International corporate career, currently serving as the CEO of ANC Global. She has held global leadership positions at The Coca-Cola Company, including Region Human Resources Director, Eurasia and Middle East Operating Unit, Talent Lead Eurasia and Middle East, and Global Co-chair for CWIS; Coca-Cola Women in STEM. Asmara has vast experience industries such as FMCG, Information Technology, Banking Industry, Academia and the Oil and Gas sector across the Middle East, Central Asia and parts of Europe. As a psychologist, Asmara is passionate about mental health and wellness for employees, and is an ICF Executive Global Leadership Coach. She is also a certified Hogan Coach, a PMP practitioner; bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to her clients.