Samih Toukan

Jabbar Internet Group | CEO

In 2000, Samih founded and became the CEO of Maktoob.com, the world’s first Arabic email company and the largest Arab digital community with over 16 million users. Following the acquisition of Maktoob.com by Yahoo!, Samih became the Chairman and CEO of Jabbar Internet Group (Jabbar.com), a corporation comprised of several leading Internet sites including souq.com, ikoo.com, cashu.com, sukar.com, cobone.com, joob.com and tahadi.com. He has several years of experience with Andersen Consulting in technology consulting, systems development and Internet services. He co-founded Business Optimization Consultants in 1994. On September 9, 2009, Samih received the Al Hussein Medal for Distinguished Performance of the First Order from His Majesty King Abdullah II in recognition of his contribution to the IT and Telecommunications sector in Jordan and the region. Between 2003 and 2005, Samih was appointed by the Jordanian government as a member of the board of the Social Security Investment Fund (a fund of several billion dollars). Today, Samih is an active angel investor, investing in several startups in the region. He also acts as a mentor to fellow entrepreneurs. Samih holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of London and a Masters in Management and International Business from HEC University in France.

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