Sam Blatteis - CEO & Founder, The MENA Catalysts Inc.
We'll take the audience on a tour of how Silicon Valley global companies see the MENA Digital Economy Opportunity and Landscape. The prize is significant. The future of tech multinationals’ growth markets rests in emerging markets, and MENA has 141m internet users, the size of the population of Russia. eCommerce in MENA at $20bn in 2016, has become larger than India's. Over 62m smartphones were shipped to MENA in 2016, that’s more than the UK and France - combined. Digital is not a passing trend. Tech has become one of the Middle East's few booming non-oil industries, evolving from not only a vertical of the MENA economy, it is a horizontal enabler of every MENA sector, from transportation to education.