Lead team

Entrepreneurship is the great equalizer. Across the globe, entrepreneurs gather to share struggles and stories of success. And although we may speak different languages, there is one language that unites us...the language of entrepreneurship.

The individuals behind Startup Oman speak the same language. We are equal parts entrepreneur and advocates of entrepreneurism. We combine experience, passion and tenacity to transform our community into an entrepreneurial hive and create a sustainable ecosystem capable of economic growth.

Ali Kamal Daud | Co-Founder Startup Oman & CEO, Daud Group of Companies

Ali oversees business activities ranging from food/consumer items distribution, building materials, construction, oil and gas, real estate development and franchising among various others.

He founded and is currently overseeing Daud family investments in companies and operations as well as being the CEO of McDonald's Oman. Ali received the McDonald's Development License (franchise) for Oman in 1994, prior to that he spent a year working in Taiwan for a family company. Preceding his time in Taiwan, Ali worked for a family fashion house in London. Ali graduated from world renowned Swiss boarding school - Aiglon College in 1984 and proceeded to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University in 1988. In 2010, he was nominated by the US Embassy in Oman to attend the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington DC, as the solo nominee from Oman.

Ali is currently the Chairman of the Oman American Business Council and has served on the Executive Council since 2004. Additionally, he was part of the Oman Tourism Board and briefly on the Board for the Brand Oman campaign. He was appointed as the Honorary Canadian Consul in Oman in early 2014.

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Mahmood Zeyad | Managing Director

Managing Director, Mahmood Zeyad is spearheading the Startup Oman initiative. Mahmood acted as president of AIESEC Oman and is a young Gulf national that identifies with Oman's many SMEs. Mahmood possesses a passion for human development and economic growth and can boast four years of experience working on international entrepreneurial projects with young people. Mahmood is keen on seeing the huge potential of Oman's entrepreneurship scene burst into life with Startup Oman.

Sherry Colbourne | Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Sherry is a 25-year veteran of the Canadian high tech sector turned serial entrepreneur. She started her career in the field of space communication subsystems and worked with an international portfolio of customers. After years in corporate Canada, Sherry’s entrepreneurial spirit took over and she co-founded Ladybug Teknologies. As Co-founder and CEO, Sherry raised and managed $2 million Cdn. of investment capital and developed innovative technology to address one of North America's most pervasive social issues.

Sherry considers herself incredibly fortunate to be able to combine her passion for technology and innovation with more broad-reaching social issues. Today, Sherry is the Director, Business Development for Omani market research firm, National Poll Center. She is an accomplished social marketing strategist and proud advocate of entrepreneurism. During the past 4 years while living abroad, Sherry has mentored numerous young Omani entrepreneurs and worked side-by-side with many of Oman’s SME stakeholders.

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Advisory board

As part of Startup Oman’s forward looking initiatives, we seek to establish an Advisory Board made up of members and dedicated leaders from Oman’s business community. If you possess a desire to support entrepreneurism more directly and would like to work with us to ensure Oman enjoys a vibrant SME community, please email us at info@startupoman.om.