Ahmed Nasser Al Nowais
Founder & CEO Annex Investments
Ahmed Nasser Al Nowais graduated from the American University of Sharjah in 2012 with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. He has always had a passion for entrepreneurship and since graduating has put his efforts into various businesses and explored different niche markets, involving himself in many different SME’s. In 2017, he established Annex Investments with the vision of growth and support within the local economy and SME sector. As the sole owner of Annex Investments and through his experience, he has harnessed the belief that in order for a company or sector to be successful, they must make the right use of service and technology. In order to reach the full potential of growth, prosperity and success, a company should follow the same direction in which technology grows and becomes more complex.
Geir Christian Karlsen
CTO & Advisor – Annex Investments
Geir is a serial entrepreneur from Norway that has created several technology companies in Norway, USA, Slovakia and Serbia, with an industrial exit in HR software. His specialty is in business software, technology outsourcing and Cyber Security with more than 20 years of experience in the technology field. Trough his cyber security company headquartered in St, Louis , USA he is also a member of World Economic Forum, Tech for integrity initiative and has won several international prices.
Geir has also a former sports athlete career in Ice hockey with 3 bronze medals on senior level in the Norwegian Championship. Through his ankle injury that ended his top league ice hockey career at age 25, he helped NISO, the player union in soccer, ice hockey and handball, to build information and communication structures. Through this, he was elected into the Board of FIFPRO Foundation, which managed the sports rights for the world’s football (soccer) players in over 50 member counties.
Geir is also a high school graduate from Suffield High school as an exchange student in Connecticut, USA and had several scholarship opportunities in Soccer and Ice-hockey (state champion in soccer and finished 2nd in ice hockey. In both sports, he was elected on the all-star team.
At the age of 16, he also initiated (With some friends) a floor hockey club Greåker IBK and some years later, we won gold medal in the Norwegian Championship as a playing coach.
He holds an university degree from Norway in Finance & Information technology.