Kuwait Vision 2035 aspires to transform Kuwait into a financial and trade hub where the private sector leads the economy, creating competition and promoting production efficiency. Boosting innovation and technology developments require investments from both public & private sectors, but the key is to create connected ecosystems, integrated markets, and an inclusive environment for companies, citizens, and consumers alike.

Forbes Middle East in collaboration with AlQabas is hosting the Kuwait Top Entrepreneurs 2023 Forum on 15 March at American University of the Middle East, Kuwait. The event will bring together entrepreneurs and industry leaders to highlight the ways in which Kuwait is accelerating innovations focused towards creating a prosperous economy.



Shannon Norris

Events Director

Forbes Middle East


Nasser Al-Momen

Executive Director

Al Qabas


Mohammed Khaled Al-Othman

Group General Manager, Consumer & Digital Banking

National Bank of Kuwait


Faisal Al Haroun

Group SVP & Managing Director Kuwait

Tap Payments 


Fadia Al Hajj

Assistant Professor in Economics

American University of the Middle East


Athbi Alenezi

Co-founder and CEO



Saleh Mohammed AlTunaib

Co-Founder & CEO



Talal AlAwadhi

Chief Executive Officer



Faisal AlMeshal

Group CEO



Mohammed AlMunifi


Faith Capital


Majid Makki

Head of Management Consulting and Technology Advisory

KPMG Kuwait


Mohammed Sadeq Al Qattan

Board Member of the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, Kuwait, and Entrepreneur

Kuwait Top Entrepreneurs 2023 Forum

09:30-10:00  am


10:10-10:20 am

Opening and Keynote Address

Executive Director, Al Qabas, Nasser Al-Momen

10:25-10:30 am

Special Address

Events Director, Forbes Middle East, Shannon Norris

10:35-11:00 am

The FinTech Revolution: Reshaping Kuwait’s Financial Landscape

The Middle East is witnessing the disruptive potential of Fintech as governments try to diversify their economies by promoting innovation and technology. In this discussion, we will explore Kuwait’s key fintech trends and developments in areas including payments, insurtech, wealthtech, cybersecurity, blockchain, and cryptocurrency.
Group General Manager, Consumer & Digital Banking, National Bank of Kuwait, Mohammed Khaled Al-Othman
Group SVP & Managing Director Kuwait, Tap Payments, Faisal Al Haroun
Group CEO, MyFatoorah, Faisal AlMeshal
Moderator: Assistant Professor in Economics, American University of the Middle East, Fadia Al Hajj

11:05-11:30 am

Kuwait’s E-Commerce Outlook: Delivering Intelligent, Connected, and Personalized Experiences 

The new normal shifted shopping trends causing brick-and-mortar retailers to readjust their strategies to meet the changing needs of customers while ensuring their safety. As a result, traditional retailers started adopting digital platforms while existing e-commerce players have had to adapt to increased traffic and competition. The discussion will gather leading experts from Kuwait’s promising e-commerce sector to discuss how they navigated the shift in buying patterns to stay relevant, re-energized their digital capabilities, and how technology aided them in their endeavours.
Co-founder and CEO , JustClean, Athbi Alenezi
Co-founder and CEO , Raha, Saleh Mohammed AlTunaib
Moderator: Director, Head of Management Consulting & Technology Advisory, KPMG Kuwait, Majid Makki

11:35-12:00 pm

Creating a Globally Relevant Marketplace: Enabling Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Economies today are adopting digital strategies as part the national development plan by embracing dynamic technologies centered around the vision for positive growth and a better future for citizens. The discussion will highlight strategic insights from established leaders on the importance of fostering entrepreneurship, fueled by innovations and how digitization can create an integrated, seamless and impactful future for generations to come.
Chief Executive Officer, Ottu, Talal AlAwadhi
Associate, Faith Capital, Mohammed AlMunifi
Moderator: Board Member of the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, Kuwait, and Entrepreneur, Mohammed Sadeq Al Qattan

12:05-1:00 pm

Networking Coffee

In Collaboration with Al Qabas


About Forbes Middle East

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