Discover the Jury

Discover the Jury

Following the certification of the French Tech Hub Dubai - UAE by the French government in October 2016, this 2nd edition of the French Tech Dubai UAE Award by FBC is an excellent opportunity to highlight the vitality of the ecosystem and the French tech, digital and entrepreneurial community of Dubai.

This initiative is organized by the French Business Council Dubai with the support of the members of French Tech Dubai UAE, Business France, Bpifrance, French Embassy, Consulate General of France in Dubai and French Trade Advisors. KPMG is the partner of the award and guarantees its impartiality.

Business France Invest, public agency, provide strategical advice to GCC investors to develop their businesses in France.

About Hamza Belgourari - Director Middle East | Inward Investment

Hamza Belgourari, doctor in physics science with a CEO International MBA is a global International business developer from technology research to economic diplomacy.


Bpifrance is the French National Promotional Bank, Innovation Agency, Sovereign Fund and Export Credit Agency. Equally Owned by the French State and the Caisse des Dépôts, its general interest mission is to promote the financing and the development of companies operating in France, and in particular of SMEs.

About Emmanuel Brechard - Area Manager - Middle East

Emmanuel Brechard holds Masters degrees from Clermont Graduate School of Management and the University of Auvergne in Asset Management & Financial Market. He began his career at the Caisse des Dêpots and Banque Populaire, before joining Bpifrance in 2013. Since march 2017, he has been based in Dubai leading Bpifrance’s activities in the Middle East.


LPA Middle East is the Dubai office of LPA-CGR avocats (previously known as Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés), the leading French law firm in the region which assists, through its Paris and 10 overseas offices, French, domestic and international companies and institutions in a wide variety of sectors.

About Lina Brunel - Senior Associate

Lina Brunel has been a corporate lawyer for 10 years with a practice focused on private equity and acquisitions matters and major commercial contracts.

Zero.1 is a leader Light Fidelity (LiFi) technology developer. LiFi is a wireless networking technology, using LED for transmission. LiFi's data transmission. Zero.1 a Dubai based company has recently opened his offices in France, and Luxembourg.

About Marc FLESCHEN -Founder & CEO 

Winner of the 1st Edition French Tech Award Dubai UAE Award 2017

Since 2004, Marc is living the fast-growing innovative city of Dubai. He is an early advocate for technology and its application in both business and lifestyle environments. His combined passion for technology, together with his strategic business acumen and international network, make him the ideal leader for Zero.1

Launched in 2012, Glambox Middle East is the leader in online beauty subscription service in GCC and enables beauty brands to reach their core customers effectively and impactfully. Forbes Middle East has listed Glambox ME as one of the UAE’s most promising startups in 2017, for the third consecutive year.

About Matthieu GUINARD - CEO

Matthieu Guinard is the CEO of GlamBox Middle East, an innovative and disruptive, home-grown player in the beauty industry. Matthieu has over 15 years of international experience in general management, e-commerce and marketing for several industries such as luxury, beauty, travel, consumer goods and media.

Daxium is a software company based in France and Dubai. Our solution Daxium-Air revolutionizes the creation of web & mobile business applications, without coding. With users in more than 45 countries and 3 offices including Dubai, Daxium has become in few years a reference in the mobile software industry.

About Yann de Saint Vaulry - CEO & Founder

After a double Master in business and engineering 20 years ago, Yann de Saint Vaulry became an entrepreneur in software industry by creating IDS Group in digital cartography and GPS data (IPO in 2001, offices in France, Asia and US), then Daxium in mobile Apps for B2B market.

Swicorp is a leading investment firm with a focus on the MENA region. In 2017, Swicorp launched the New Economy Initiative with the objective to be the leading platform for growth capital investment in the region’s technology and digital space. 

About Karim Souid - Head of the New Economy Initiative

Karim leads Swicorp’s investment activities in the GCC region. Over the last 15 years, Karim has led multi-billion to multi-million investments in various sectors and multiple geographies including Europe, US, Africa and more recently the GCC. Karim received a MSc from HEC Paris and an MBA from INSEAD.

As the leading media representation house in the Middle East, Choueiri Group manages the advertising space of more than 50 represented medias including TVs, radios, newspapers, digital platforms etc. Choueiri Group has an extensive network of 12 subsidiaries, 6 representative offices and employs more than 700 committed executives worldwide.

About Patrick Thiriet - Chief Strategy Officer

In his Chief Strategy Officer capacity, Patrick runs the corporate investment arm of Choueiri Group. He is also an active individual investor in early stage start-ups. Patrick holds a Master in Finance from EDHEC Business School and is an INSEAD Executive MBA alumni.



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