People

Our leadership combines decades of experience from media, agency and tech. We traveled the world and worked for startups and upstarts. We are old enough with the experience to pull it off, but not too old to believe those who tell us it’s impossible. Stanford grads to IIT dropouts. Comic buffs to code warriors. That’s us. We are small enough to make a big difference.

Maddy began his career, 20 years ago, with Cyber Media, India’s largest technology publisher at 19 – straight out of high-school. In 1999, he was the Founding Editor of ZDNet’s Indian operations, acquired by CNET in 2000 and later by CBS in 2008. His work profile includes Associate Editor at Silicon India; Technology Editor at ITP and Managing Editor for IDG Middle East – the world’s largest IT publisher.He also set-up the Middle East & Africa operations for Ramky Group, and served as their ‘GM-at-Large’ for seven years. Ramky is a publicly-listed US$1.2 billion firm.

An avid traveller, having visited over 40 countries, he hopes to take a long holiday and visit the other 160 some day. He holds a Bachelors Degree from Osmania University and an MBA from Cardiff, UK.

Chris has over 16 years of experience in B2B content. Prior to joining Content HQ, he worked with leading publications such as PC Magazine, Arabian Reseller, Your Business, Windows ME, PC Quest, and CIOL. Over the past decade, he has written hundreds of features, white papers, reviews, and business content for clients such Adobe, Cisco, Unilever, Dubai Government, 3M, Deutsche Messe, Sonic Wall and Emirates Computers.

His past career roles include Head of Content development at Universal McCann, Editor at Altus Publishing, Dabbagh Group, UTV, Cyber Media and ITP.

Ahmed has over 24 years’ experience creating and translating Arabic content in both corporate & publishing clients, ranging from media companies, online portals to agencies.

Besides impeccable editorial skills, Ahmed has experience in managing large scale projects, teams, content strategy and multi-lingual SEO.

Ahmed worked with Du Telecom for 3 years. As manager of their online properties, he defined CMS requirements; localization; translating and publishing entertainment, technology, health, beauty and business content.

At ITP Publishing, as Editor, Arabian Business, (Arabic Edition), he managed the publication and online portal. During his tenure, website visitors increased by 20x and newsletter subscriptions by 80%.

In 10 years at DIT, he fulfilled various roles such as Managing Editor of their Technology Unit; Editor-in-chief, PC Magazine, and Technical Editor, PC Magazine. He created the editorial strategy for PC Magazine Arabia, Arabian Reseller, and all monthly supplements and special editions.

He has also been in Academics with Aleppo University’s Computer Department for 5 years, as member of the Electrical & Electronics Engineering faculty. Ahmed holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics.

With over 30 years of experience in creating content for the print, TV and online media, Prakash is an award-winning writer/designer with international experience in marketing and advertising. With an eclectic background and education in Science, Engineering, Literature, Typography; copywriting, and creating print, logo, web, and advertising design.

His creative work have won accounts, garnered awards, helped clients raise their bottom lines.

After dropping out from IIT, he found his creative calling and pursued an MA in English and Linguistics from the University of Bombay; studied Typographic Design at the London College of Communications, and UCLA. He has worked with ad agencies, large and small, across various roles from Artist/Designer to Creative Group Head.

Like all creative people, he is endlessly curious exploring history, sociology to maths and hopes to write a book. Someday.

Advisory Board:

Ned is a seasoned executive with a 25+ years’ experience in the US, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He has held senior startup/turnaround roles with successful tech ventures (e.g. Zawya), Fortune 500 multinationals (Intel, CA), family firms, and government. He joined Expo 2020 Dubai after launching and leading 1776 Dubai, the Middle East’s first international tech incubator, in partnership with Dubai Future Foundation.

Previously, he was at the UAE Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) where he helped setup the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation. Ned’s community involvement includes mentoring high-impact entrepreneurs, and he is a board member of Young Arab Leaders (YAL), a steering committee member of In5 Tech innovation Center, and founding President of the Stanford UAE Alumni Club.

He holds an M.S. from Stanford, a B.S. from Northeastern, and a management certificate from INSEAD.

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Girish Mallapragada is currently Assistant Professor of Marketing at Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. Prior to this, he worked for four years at Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Mallapragada’s research on new product development & pricing in the context of open innovation, social networks and marketing strategy, which is published in the prestigious journal Management Science.

He received his PhD in Marketing from The Pennsylvania State University, and MBA from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University. Before joining the academic fraternity, he worked in enterprise sales for Pramati Technologies, an IT infrastructure software vendor where he helped expand operations and sign up strategic partners.

With over 20-years experience in IT consulting, infrastructure development and the realty sector, Naren has worked across a spectrum of verticals. Starting off his career with Motorola, the past 15 years he has helped successfully set-up, guide and mentor several early stage ventures to multi-million dollar firms and serves on their Board of Directors as their investor & promoter. His expertise lies in negotiating and successfully implementing enterprise level and quasi-government projects in emerging markets. Naren holds a Post Graduate Degree in Management and Business.

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