Mohamad Khawaja

Mohamad Khawaja

Strategist, Design Thinker and Business Model Innovator!

Summary

Mohammad Khawaja is currently the CEO of Startappz - a specialized house of expertise for smart technologies that partners with leading telecom operators, government organizations and airlines.

Before that, Mohamad worked at the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship as the Executive Director and the founding Project Manager of Queen Rania National Entrepreneurship Competition – The first startup competition in Jordan. He was also in charge of managing the “Google Award for The Best Online Business” and the “Cisco Entrepreneur Institute” as well. Earlier in 2001, Mohamad co-founded his first business in the domain of content management solutions.

Mohamad is a Communication Engineer by education, he is an active member of Tech, VC and geek communities in Arabia and one of the co-creators of the global bestsellers: "Business Model Generation" & "Business Model You", in addition to being the master reviewer for the Arabic edition of "Value Proposition Design" and active evangelist and widely recognized advisor in lean startup and customer development methodologies for entrepreneurs around the world.

Work History

Work History

Founder

HaddafApp.com
Mar 2014 - Present

Haddaf App is a leading App for football fans in Arabia, which offers passionate football fans and entertaining content & experience before, during and after the game!

CEO

Startappz
Jan 2012 - Present

Startappz is a leading house of expertise for smart technologies operating from Dubai, Amman, Riyadh and Cairo. Ever since it’s foundation in 2012 Startappz has been a valued strategic partner to leading  telecomm operators and smart governments and airlines in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. 

Board member

Fatooosh TV
Jan 2012 - Present

iAraby is working on serving and growing an active community of mobile app users by introducing the latest multimedia-rich mobile technologies.

Executive Director

Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship
2004 - 2010

The Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship (QRCE) is a Non-Profit organization established in 2004 to help develop Technology Entrepreneurship in Jordan.

Executive Director - N2V

National Net Ventures (N2V)
May 2010 - Jan 2013

National Net Ventures (N2V) is an internet holding company whose core business is to develop online and interactive web and mobile ventures. 

Board Member

Nakhweh نخوة
Jan 2010 - Present

Nakhweh seeks to promote and enable volunteerism, social entrepreneurship and CSR in the Arab world by serving those committed to change from youth, non-profit organizations, social activists and companies. 

Member of the Board of Trustees

Raneen Media
Jan 2010 - Present

Raneen Media is a non-for-profit NGO focusing on producing and distributing audio stories for Kids in Arabia to empower their listening & Linguistic skills and their ability to express themselves.

Key Skills

Skills
Mobile Apps

I run teams of outstanding designers and developers who managed to introduce  leading apps regionally and globally. At strategic level, I do understand app ecosystems and work actively in boosting them in few emerging markets.

Business Development & strategic partnership 

Working closely with corporates and government in parallel with being actively involved in consumer products help me in building solid business development skills that leads products "outstanding" success and put them on fast track!

User Experience Design 

As apps value is assessed based on its user experience, I have deep understanding in designing the best user experience by understand customer profile/persona and and successful best practices.

Education

Education

MBA - Entrepreneurship/ International Business

IE School of Business, Spain

IE is one of the world's top-5 business schools per The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Business Week.

Bachelor of Science

The Hashemite University of Jordan

As an active engineer student; I practiced leadership, critical thinking and problem solving skills. Beside begin able to understand communication technologies (generation after generation) and how it is converging with the media and Internet forming the digital world we live in!