Hisham Elhaddad is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at HOF Capital, where he focuses on machine learning, robotics and enterprise software.
He is a lead investor in Mach Music, a mobile value-added services company in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Serving on the board, he helped facilitate the firm’s expansion into 9 Latin American countries.
In collaboration with Onsi Sawiris and Fady Yacoub, Hisham co-founded Energal, a sustainable energy company tackling transmission and distribution inefficiencies in emerging markets.
Hisham previously worked at Entrepreneur's Roundtable Accelerator (ERA), an early stage fund and technology accelerator in New York. He helped source new investment opportunities and advised portfolio companies on growth and fundraising strategies.
Earlier in his career, he was a data analyst at Switch SuperNap (NYSE:SWCH), which builds and operates the highest-rated colocation data centers in the world.
Hisham holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Boston University. He is fluent in English, German, and Arabic, with a working proficiency in French.
Onsi Sawiris is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at HOF Capital, where he focuses on cloud-based technologies, and enterprise SaaS.
Onsi currently sits on the boards of: ItaliaOnline (BIT:IOL) (Italy), Voltaire Capital (UK), Digital World Capital (UK), Mach Music (US), Energal (Egypt), World Capital Services (UK), and is a Board Observer at Orascom TMT Investments (Luxembourg, Egypt, UK).
Prior to HOF Capital, Onsi worked in TMT-focused M&A at Arma Partners, a specialist technology investment bank, overseeing the $36m sale of web hosting service providers Verio and Site5 to industry leader Endurance International Group. Onsi also co-founded Energal, a hyperlocal sustainable energy company tackling distribution inefficiencies in emerging markets. Earlier, Onsi worked at Switch Supernap (NYSE:SWCH), a designer and operator of ultra-advanced data centers; Digital World Capital, a telecom-focused alternative investment management firm; UBS, a global investment bank; and INQ Mobile, a developer of mobile handsets and software.
As a Board Director of Mach Music, a Latin America-focused mobile value-added services company, Onsi closely oversaw the successful joint venture between Mach Music and ARPU+, a mobile value-added services company servicing the MENA region. In 2015, Onsi joined the board of Italiaonline after the successful reverse merger between Libero’s internet subsidiary ItaliaOnline and Italian telephone directories publisher Seat Pagine Gialle, participating in the successful board approval in January 2016.
Onsi holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is fluent in English, German and Arabic with a working proficiency in French.
David Teten is a Managing Partner with HOF Capital and writes regularly at teten.com. He has particular interest in fintech, technology-enabled services, analytics, artificial intelligence, sales/recruiting technology, SaaS, and international startups.
David was previously a Partner for six years with ff Venture Capital, one of the best-performing seed- and early-stage venture capital firms in the U.S. Previously, David advised clients such as Goldman Sachs Special Situations Group, Icahn Enterprises, LLR Partners ($1.4b fund), Birch Hill Equity Partners (C$2B fund), and other institutional investors.
David is Founder of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York, the largest angel group on the East Coast. David was formerly Founder of Navon Partners, a software startup which identified private companies for investment using public data sources, and Acting CEO of Vertical Key, a SaaS business for managing large-scale events. He was previously a Managing Director with Evalueserve, a 2,500-person global research and analytics company, and Founder and CEO of Circle of Experts, an investment research firm acquired by Evalueserve. David was formerly Founder and CEO of GoldNames, an Israel-based investment bank in the internet domain name asset class. He worked with Bear Stearns’ Investment Banking division in their technology/defense mergers and acquisitions team. David holds a Harvard MBA (Second Year Honors) and a Yale BA (Distinction in the major).
David is co-founder of PEVCTech, an online community focused on helping private equity and venture capital funds make better investments through technology. David has led or co-led studies on such topics as innovation in the investing industry (DisruptInvesting.com); on how investors originate investments in private companies (#1 all time most-read study in the Journal of Private Equity); and on how VCs create portfolio company value.
Fady Yacoub is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at HOF Capital, where he focuses on tech-driven companies across sectors. He has a particular interest in energy, education, media, and blockchain.
Prior to HOF Capital, Fady worked at Digital World Capital, a technology focused hedge fund, helping the firm expand its investment portfolio in Asia by overseeing the firm’s investment in Baidu and Qihoo 360. Fady also syndicated an SPV that invested into the Alibaba IPO. (NYSE:BABA) and prior to that was a Data Analyst at Switch (NYSE:SWCH).
Earlier in his career, Fady held multiple positions at El Tholathia Corp Egypt (ETC). He led ETC's industrial development team in deploying a new home appliances factory in the Sudan. Through ETC’s real estate development arm, he led the development team for 400,000 m2 on Egypt's North Coast. Fady earned both a BS and BA in Business Administration & Psychology from the University of Southern California.
Prior to joining HOF Capital, Victor spent 4 years as a technology investment banker, helping early- and growth-stage VC-backed companies raise funding and achieve successful exits via M&A.
His transaction experience includes Raydiance’s $20m growth round led by Samsung Ventures; ManageIQ’s $112m exit to Red Hat; Arkeia’s $18m exit to Western Digital; Generix’s divestiture of its GCE ERP business to Aurea; NTT’s divestiture of Verio to Endurance International Group; and Mobile Travel Technologies’ €70m exit to Travelport.
In his most recent role with Magister Advisors, a specialist technology investment bank based in London, Victor sourced several growth-stage technology clients including the leading emerging markets-focused mobile carrier billing technology provider. He also co-authored one of the most widely read reports on the Bitcoin / Blockchain industry, called “the most comprehensive report to date” by Business Insider. Victor helped establish the NYC headquarters for Arma Partners (a London-based technology investment bank) and the European headquarters for AGC Partners (a Boston-based technology investment bank).
Earlier in his career, Victor also gained valuable operational and management experience as the Operations Manager for Sears Holdings’ flagship store in the North San Francisco District, where he led 150 employees. Victor earned a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular & Cell Biology with a Minor in Nutritional Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, and conducted biomedical / genetic research at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Prior to joining HOF Capital, Karim worked for Flats Boston, where he advised on buy-side and sell-side real estate transactions, managed client investment portfolios, suggested potential acquisitions, and developed 5-year strategies for investments in the Boston area. He worked on the sourcing, acquisition, and development of a $40m vacant lot into a mixed-use building.
Previously, Karim worked for the Volkswagen Group, where he analyzed the Egyptian market, formulated a regional business development strategy, and proposed importing the Audi A1 model to compete with BMW and Mercedes. Decision to move forward with the strategy was green-lit by Audi management.
Earlier in his career, Karim helped streamline operations and head quality control in a textile manufacturing company in Egypt, which exports products to the UK, France, and Greece.
Karim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance with a Minor in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University. Karim is fluent in English, Arabic and French.
Paul Quigley is an analyst at HOF Capital. In addition to traditional VC analyst duties, his responsibilities include building out HOF’s technology stack, which is used to source deals and test investment hypotheses.
He previously was a Software Engineer at Addepar, a technology startup providing financial insights to wealth managers ($1tr+ tracked on platform). Prior to that he was a Forward Deployed Engineer at Palantir ($20bn market cap, third largest US startup), working with a prominent hedge fund client. In addition he worked at BlazeMeter, an Israeli testing-as-a-service startup (acq’d by CA Technologies) doing digital marketing for them.
Paul researched motor control in the human brain at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab, co-authoring two papers accepted to international conferences. He also researched novel uses for unmanned aerial vehicles at Lightspeed Venture Partners.
Paul has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a focus in Artificial Intelligence from Stanford University.
Anne-Sophie ("Annie") worked at Objective Solutions International, a global executive search firm specialized in Finance and Technology. Her role included the sourcing of senior-level candidates from Senior Associate to Partner level, followed by first-step screening, coaching, salary negotiation and deal closing. She also spent time researching potential new client companies, business lines, and core competitors within the financial services, consulting, and tech industry marketplaces.
Previously, Anne-Sophie worked at Tiqqle, an early stage tech startup focused on bringing hyperlocal chat software to the mobile space, where she was responsible for all marketing and brand strategy efforts. As the head of the New York City Marketing Division, she oversaw the team conducting a field test across Manhattan and the boroughs. Her role also encompassed launching a social media campaign, and hosting promotional events for potential investors throughout NYC.
Anne-Sophie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Economics, with a minor in Business Management, from Columbia University. She is fluent in English, German and French, with a working proficiency in Spanish. She is a native of Germany, and grew up in Monaco.
Samantha Feinstein (“Sammy”) is the Chief of Staff at HOF Capital.
Prior to working at HOF Capital, Samantha worked for The American Israel Public Affairs Committee where she worked as an Events Specialist, planning over 100 events per year all over the Northeast Region and assisting in the production of AIPAC’s Policy Conference, which is a four day conference attended by 18,000 delegates in Washington D.C.
Previously, Samantha was living in Israel working for a non-profit called the Ethiopian National Project where she worked with at-risk Ethiopian youth, providing them with emotional support, empowering them to become leaders within their community, and tutoring them in English.
Before moving to Israel, Samantha worked for a fashion company called MM&R where she helped launch and manage the e-commerce website for a new dress line called LABEL by Five Twelve. In addition, she strategized and implemented all marketing campaigns to promote the product and build awareness for the brand. This includes launching and running all their social media platforms.
Lastly, Samantha created a mistake-free messaging app called SureFire Messenger where she assisted on the front-end development work and conducted marketing research.
Samantha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Tulane University.
Desmond is CEO and Co-Founder of Workstream, a hiring automation platform for companies employing hourly workers.
Previously, Desmond was a Product Manager with WeChat, a mobile app with over 1 billion monthly active users, based out of New York City. He was also an Investor with Dorm Room Fund, a venture capital fund focused on investing into student-run startups, and backed by First Round Capital, which has invested in companies like Uber, Warby Parker, HotelTonight, and more. Before that, he worked in Investment Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Desmond started his first business at age 17, a tutor matching platform, which he founded to pay for college. In addition, he founded a Thai food restaurant his freshman year in college which he ended up selling before graduation. Following this, he founded several technology startups, that have been incubated into the Harvard Innovation Lab and featured in TechCrunch, Yahoo Finance, Tech in Asia, and more.
Desmond has written for TechCrunch, Huffington Post and Entrepreneur.com, and is an active angel investor in startups including Atrium, Jetpack, and more. Desmond represented Singapore in the National Basketball Youth Team in the South East Asian Games, and was an Infantry Officer in the army.
He graduated from Harvard University with a Masters in Public Policy, conducted research at MIT Media Lab on product design, and was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Stanford Business School’s Venture Studio.
Neeraj works with early-stage tech companies and VCs to help guide operations, growth and expansion strategies. He currently is the CRO of Hexa and Co.
Previously, he spent 3+ years at Uber helping them formulate their international expansion playbook as the Head of Expansion for India and Subcontinent. In this role, he led Uber's foray into India since they began operations in Bangalore in August of 2013; growing the business to 30+ markets, with over 300 employees in 2 years.
Prior to working on the India operation, Neeraj was an International Launcher at Uber; he started Uber's first markets in the Middle East and Africa, and has spent time working on the operations in Europe and North America.
Prior to Uber, Neeraj was an M&A consultant with PwC, and worked in the investment management industry in New York.
Philipp currently advises FTSE 100 companies on corporate strategy pertaining to early-stage investments and acquisitions.
He founded his first company at the age of 16, and after brief stints at McKinsey and J.P. Morgan, he started his career in tech entrepreneurship as VP of Corporate Finance at Rocket Internet. Thereafter, he co-founded Lendico, the world's first cross-border P2P lending platform.
Leaving Lendico in 2015, Philipp started to invest in and support young companies in Berlin and London, including Voya.ai and MVP Factory. In addition, he began advising large corporates on their digitalization and investment activities.
Philipp is a recipient of the Forbes 30 Under 30 award, studied Business Administration at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany, and is a Fellow of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
Neil has 10 years of startup experience.
Currently, he serves as a Board Director at Vicarious Surgical, a stealth startup which develops virtual reality software for minimally invasive surgery procedures. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Board at Torchlight, a company that is pioneering legal innovation in defense of human rights and the pursuit of social justice for vulnerable populations.
Neil also continues to be an active advisor to seed / Series A startups.
Formerly, he was an Associate at Fenwick & West (legal counsel to Facebook, Google, Uber, Apple, and Whatsapp).
Varun Kapur has 10 years of investment banking and consulting experience. He currently manages corporate development at Auctus Fora (a Multi-Family Office) and Faber Capital, an investment bank in DIFC where he works closely with family offices & institutions to identify and structure co-investment opportunities. He has a keen focus on impact investing across emerging markets working on projects in Renewable Energy, Agriculture and Affordable Housing.
Previously, Varun worked at PwC where he advised Middle Eastern Governments on their long-term development strategies in addition to his family business in shipping and commodity trading.
Tom Wang is an Advisor to National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan, where he reviews NCKU’s high-tech incubator projects.
Previously, Tom was a Venture Partner with PTI Ventures, a Taiwanese VC firm, for more than 7 years, and was responsible for PTI Ventures’ investments in the US, including its investment in Rackable, which earned the firm a 36x return. Moreover, he served as a Board Director for a number of technology start-ups and contributed significantly to their Asian sales and business development.
Prior to joining PTI Ventures, he was President of Pulse Metric, a medical device company in San Diego, and President of Genoa Systems, a graphics card manufacturer in Silicon Valley. He has also served as a Vice President at Neo Solar Power (NSP), a solar cell manufacturer in Taiwan, a Senior Vice President at SiPix Imaging, an e-paper company in Silicon Valley, a Senior Vice President at Nortel Networks’ semiconductor unit in Shanghai, and President & Founder of Neo Group, a market research and consulting firm in Silicon Valley.
He holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, an MSEE degree from San Jose State University, and an MBA degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
Naguib is the Executive Chairman of Orascom TMT Investments.
Previously, he founded Orascom Telecom Holdings and led it to become the leading regional telecom player until it merged with VimpelCom, creating the world’s 5th largest mobile telecom provider in April 2011. As part of the merger deal, Naguib spun off Orascom Telecom’s non-GSM operations and Egyptian-based telecom assets into Orascom TMT.
At international and regional levels, Naguib serves on a number of Boards, Committees, and Councils including the Advisory Committee to the NYSE Board of Directors, the International Advisory Board to the National Bank of Kuwait, the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, and the Arab Thought Foundation.
Naguib is also the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, industry awards, and civic honors, including the “Legion d’honneur,“ the highest award given by the French Republic for outstanding services rendered to France. In July 2011, he was awarded the Honor of Commander of the Order of the “Stella della Solidarietà Italiana” (Star of Italian Solidarity). In 2006, the prestigious “Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam” award was conferred upon him by General Pervez Musharref for services rendered to the people of Pakistan in the field of telecom, investments, and social sector work.
Naguib holds a diploma in Mechanical Engineering with a Masters in Technical Administration from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) and a Diploma from the German Evangelical School in Cairo.
Stephen Kennedy Smith
Stephen Kennedy Smith is a principal at the Park Agency - Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, the Kennedy family office, and an investor and entrepreneur. Stephen is also currently a lecturer at the Sloan school of Management in the visionary investing program, as well as a fellow at the Connection Science Group at MIT. He's currently involved as a board member, advisory member or partner in a number of health care and technology businesses, including, Locomobi transportation, The Marwood Group - a healthcare-focused strategic advisory firm; Pear Therapeutics, a digital health care company Resolute Bio, and New Frontier Bio. His current investment and business focus is scaling innovative healthcare, and neuroscience companies. Stephen is a board member of the John F. Kennedy Library, and The Joseph P Kennedy Foundation. He also served on the advisory board at INCAE Business School. He is cofounder and vice president of the World Leadership Alliance, an organization of business and political leaders that promotes democracy, international understanding and trade.
Stephen received his BA from Harvard University, J.D. from Columbia University, and MA Ed from Harvard University School of Education. He has served on the staff of the Senate Judiciary and Foreign Relations Committees. He has taught at the advanced negotiation program at Harvard Law School and is a three-time recipient of the Danforth Award for excellence in teaching at Harvard University. He is also a recipient of the Lyndehurst Foundation Prize for social and artistic achievement.
Stephen was Deputy Campaign Manager for Senator Edward Kennedy during his Presidential and Senatorial campaigns, Youth Coordinator for the campaign of Mario Cuomo, and served on the New England Steering Committee for the Obama presidential campaign.
Mark McConnell recently co-founded New Harvest Investment Management (NHIM), which aspires to be a significant institutional buyer of Australian agricultural farms and businesses. Mark is Co-Founder and Director of The Citadel Group Limited (ASX:CGL), which specializes in secure enterprise information management in complex environments, primarily Health, National Security and Defence industries. Mark cofounded Citadel in 2000 and the firm now has over 250 employees across Australia. A prolific angel investor, McConnell has been a member of the BRW Young Rich list since 2004. Mark is the only entrepreneur to take three separate companies into the BRW “Fast 100” List. Mark founded and ran a series of private equity funds which managed >$800M of inbound investment into the Australian mining and property industries between 2007-2013. Mark currently sits on the boards of a number of private and public businesses and is an active member of several charity and sporting organizations.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc), a Graduate Diploma of Logistics Management, a Graduate Diploma of Employment Relations, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD).
Wael is the Managing Director & Senior Vice President of Government Relations in Egypt at Careem (the Uber of the Middle East). He is also Regional Manager of Egypt & North Africa at Google. Prior to that he was the Regional Business Lead at Google X in Middle East and Africa. In this role, he focused on building businesses and partnership models to enable Google X’s innovation in those regions.
Before joining Google X, Wael was Google’s Head of Agencies for the Middle East and North Africa as well as the Regional Manager of Google Egypt and North Africa.
Wael’s career spans 25+ years in the technology industry, and includes previous roles at 3Com, Oracle, and IBM.
He is considered one of the leading figures in the Middle East and Africa with regards to technology and innovation.
Wael holds a B.Sc. in Computer & Communications Engineering with Distinction from Ain Shams University in Egypt.
George is a Venture Fellow in the London office.
Before joining HOF Capital, George spent 4 years as a technology investment banker, helping business owners in Western Europe and CEE achieve successful exits via M&A.
Beginning his career as an Investment Banking Analyst, he gained his first exposure to M&A at Pallas Capital, a boutique investment bank located on the Vienna Stock Exchange. In 2014 George moved to London where he joined Clearwater Corporate Finance. His transaction experience includes Vanguard Healthcare Solutions €20.9m refinancing, Chase Search and Selection recapitalisation, GYMBOX €12.6m growth capital investment, Pet Food €315m sale to Pamplona and other. Later on George joined Benchmark International where he helped build the Oxford office as well as led and completed 6 more deals for UK technology SMEs.
George earned a Bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Business Administration with a Major in Finance from Lauder Business School. Currently he is enrolled in Judge Business School at University of Cambridge and working towards a Master Degree in Entrepreneurship, and is an active member of the Oxford University negotiations society at Said Business School.
Stathis is a Venture Fellow in the London office.
He spent 2 years as a consultant working on sustainability strategy engagements across the UK for clients in the private and public sectors. In his most recent role, Stathis worked as a research and product manager for more than 2 years in a collaborative R&D project funded by Innovate UK in partnership with the University of Cambridge. The past 3 years, he has also been involved in global deep tech accelerators such as the Entrepreneur First, the CleanTech Challenge and the Innovation Forum ImagineIF.
He has recently completed his engineering doctorate at UCL Computer Science - Virtual Environment, Interaction and Visualisation Centre, which was fully funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. His research examined a protocol that combines meta-heuristic optimisation and decision theory modules. During his doctorate, Stathis published extensively in scientific journals and presented in international conferences and symposiums. Whilst at UCL, he co-founded and managed a hub to support engineering students participate in international development and social enterprise ventures in countries such Ethiopia, Timor-Leste, Nicaragua and Rwanda. Earlier in his career, he co-founded an experimental design and technology lab focusing in digital prototyping, parametric modelling, robotic and 3D-printing applications for the construction industry.
He is a STEM ambassador, startup mentor and he actively supports the Reload Greece and Diversity VC initiatives.
Cristobal is a Venture Fellow in the New York office.
Prior to HOF Capital, Cristobal worked with angel investor Michael Motion and his investment arm, Motion Group, focusing particularly on market research for wearables and AI. Concurrent with that role, he also helped with branding and marketing for Spain-based cycling apparel start-up, Endless.
Cristobal’s first foray into the start-up environment was with the disruptive camera innovators, Light, where he supported the growing company in several functions — from website upkeep to environment research and more.
In high school, he founded a soccer camp, Kick for Charity, supporting various non-profit organizations, which is ongoing and has raised about thirty-eight thousand dollars for charity to date.
Cristobal is currently studying Computer Science and Economics at Yale University, class of 2020. He is fluent in Spanish and is of Venezuelan heritage.
Frank is a Venture Fellow at the New York office.
Prior to this he spent 2 years at Preferred Return, one of the top 409A speciality firms in the country (acquired by Gust, Inc.). There, he had the pleasure of working together with over 500 of the leading startup companies across the world (Series Seed up through pre-IPO) in an advisory and equity valuation capacity. While at Preferred Return, in addition to his primary function as a Valuation Associate, he also acted as the lead internal developer where he developed and maintained internal valuation tools for the entire valuation team. He previously also led market research for the CMO of Hillenbrand, a Fortune 500 company.
He is active within the startup community and has organized events such as Startup Weekend. He is also a contributor to the open source programming community in a Full Stack capacity and has developed applications such as WatchPod, a minikube tool that automates the build and deployment of pods.
Frank holds a bachelors degree in Economics from DePauw University.
Jacopo is a Venture Fellow in the London office.
He is currently studying at Imperial College London, and is on track to earning a Master’s Degree (with First Class Honours) in Electrical and; Electronic Engineering. He has a particular interest in software development, machine learning, and data analysis, and aims to pursue a Master’s Degree in Computer Science after completing his undergraduate studies.
Jacopo is fluent in English, French, and Italian. He grew up in Italy and lived in France and Belgium before coming to the UK. He holds a diploma from Lycée Français Jean Monnet (French high school) in Brussels, where he obtained the highest score in his year.
Zhen is a Venture Fellow in the London Office.
She is also currently a PhD student in the Department of Computing Science at Imperial College London, UK. Her PhD thesis is on the use of Artificial Intelligent in stock trading prediction. Beyond her PhD works, she has a wide range of publications in Artificial intelligence, from data privacy and security to computer vision. Zhen did her Master's degree at Imperial College in the Mathematics department, and her undergraduate at the University of Virginia, USA.
During her undergraduate studies, she joined two REU programs, at the University of Washington, and the College of William and Mary, to do research projects in applied Mathematics.
Before her PhD, she worked at the Met Group in London, trading Brent and WTI futures; and she has previously worked in the local government finance division for Albermarle County, Virginia, USA.
Zhen has been selected to be part of the Althea Women in Entrepreneurship program, and she works closely with entrepreneurs in her spare time, mentoring and helping them strategically.
She is originally from China, and speaks Mandarin and English.
Mae is a Venture Fellow in the New York office.
Prior to this, she started SlickOp, an accounting advisory practice helping early stage startups with their financial & accounting. She also had previous experiences with Data Partnership at Thomson Reuters and Auditing at PwC China.
She has been actively involved in Venture Community since college, such as bringing Acumen Fund into social entrepreneurship classroom.
She graduated from Fordham University with Dual-Degree in Accounting, and is now continuing her study at NYU Graduate School, majoring in Communication.
She is originally from China and fluent in Mandarin, Chinese.