Hesham Wahby is Principal, Egypt & Middle East for Mercator XXI, LLC. Based in Cairo, he represents Mercator XXI in the Middle East, and supports a platform for the firm’s programs in the region.
In addition to this role, Mr. Wahby is also Co-Founder and CEO of Innoventures, LLC, based in Cairo. Innoventures is a venture management platform, designed to find and support innovation, and turn it into successful products and services, in a model that is customized for the entrepreneurial environment in the Middle East.
Prior to joining Mercator XXI, Mr. Wahby worked for two technology start-ups, Scenario Design Services, and Human Network Labs, in a variety of technical consulting and business development roles. At Human Network Labs, he took part in developing a market entry strategy, and seeking strategic partners, for a novel wireless location technology. At Scenario, he provided consulting services for clients in the semiconductor industry, including Infineon Technologies in Munich, and 1st Silicon in Malaysia. His earlier career in the technology industry includes five years with Mentor Graphics as a Software Development Engineer.
Mr. Wahby has also been involved since 2002 in economic development initiatives in Egypt and the Arab region through his affiliation with the IEEE activities in the Middle East. In 2004, he acted as Chairman for the Egyptian Engineering Day, and has since served in a marketing and public relations capacity for the annual event and its related programs, which promote entrepreneurship and industrial development in the region.
Mr. Wahby obtained an MBA from the Wharton School in 2009, with a major in Entrepreneurial and Strategic Management, and also holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Cairo University.