Mr.Tarek El Kady
Tarek El Kady is a leading entrepreneur in his native Alexandria, Egypt. Born and raised in Alexandria, Tarek has worked in the U.S. as a part-time web designer before launching his first company called WebArchitect. After a successful decade in this business, he launched Markade which focuses on marketing, advertising and branding. Eventually, he started Cactus which is an event management and on ground activation agency. Lastly formed KD Group which manages the operations of the three agencies and their clients which are local, regional and global.
Since 2015, Tarek shook up the entrepreneurship & technology worlds by hosting five episodes of Techne Summit in Alexandria, Egypt. And 2 episodes in Dubrovnik, Croatia. In Sep 2019. The event was attended by more than 9,000 attendees, 180+ Speakers, 500 Startups, and 120 investors.
Techne Summit is a multi-industry focused investment & entrepreneurship event that aims to impact multiple sectors and stakeholders of the startup community through showcasing different technologies and their application in each industry. The Dubrovnik events in 2017 and 2019 were under the support of Her Excellency President of Croatia.
Back In December 2016, Tarek announced the launch of “Alexandria Angels”, the first Alexandria based Angel Network. Consisting of a select group of founding members, all experienced in business and enthusiastic about entrepreneurship in Alexandria, the newly established network seeks to invest in promising, high-growth startups in Alexandria and the Nile delta region from mid next year onwards.
In February 2017, Tarek launched the first of its kind nation-wide annual roadshow to empower entrepreneurs all over Egypt “Techne Drifts” – Three drifts that are in the format of a road show which kick-started by Upper Egypt, as a one-day summits in three different cities Assiut, Sohag and Aswan. Then Delta in three other cities Mansoura, Zagazig and Tanta. Then Canal Drift in Suez and Port-Said respectively. The drifts program has been running for 3 years in a row lastly in March 2019.
Co-founded and Chaired by Tarek, the Mediterranean Business Angel Investment Network (MED Angels), the first Mediterranean-wide network of angel networks, was officially launched on September 30th, 2019 at the iconic Bibliotheca Alexandrina. The event took place in the context of Techne summit, the Mediterranean leading Tech conference.
Tarek is passionate about helping young people start their businesses. As Founding Curator of the Global Shapers Community Alexandria hub, he spends most of his time “giving” to the next generation of business owners in the region.
Tarek was awarded in 2019 by the American University in Cairo’s Venture Lab in recognition of his efforts as one of the prominent contributors to the entrepreneurial & investment ecosystems for their outstanding support.
He was appointed as Senator at the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) and was representing Egypt in the Global Startup Committee of the Grand Assembly in 2020.