Medea Nocentini is Chief Operating Officer at Global Ventures, a UAE-based, growth-stage venture capital firm focused on investing in emerging markets. She is also Co-Founder of Companies Creating Change (C3), formerly Consult and Coach for a Cause (C3), a UAE-based organization fostering social enterprise in the MENAT region.
Medea previously served as Chief Strategy Officer at the AW Rostamani Group, a diversified family group generating $2 billion revenues per year and counting 4000+ employees, where she was leading AWR Group’s strategy and planning, investment and corporate venture capital activities, market intelligence, risk management, performance management, and corporate marketing.
Prior to joining the AW Rostamani Group, Medea was Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development at OSN, the leading Pay TV platform in the MENA region, where she was responsible for corporate development and strategy planning, as well as market and consumer intelligence.
Before joining OSN, she spent several years at Booz Allen Hamilton developing strategies for TMT, consumer, and public sector’s clients across Europe, the United States, and the Middle East.
She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School (New York, USA), an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino (Italy) and an Engineering Diploma from Ecole Centrale Paris (France).
Nicola is the Executive Director of Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Higher Colleges of Technology. He oversees the operations of the HCT’s incubators, the startup development activities and the institution’s applied research thrust.
Before joining HCT, at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, he established and led the KAUST Innovation Fund, the venture fund supporting the university’s pipeline of technology-based startup projects and investing in high-profile international technology companies.
For over a decade, Nicola co-led EonTech Ventures, an independent Luxembourg-based venture capital fund focused on European early-stage technology companies, as Founder and Managing Partner. He has also spent a substantial portion of his career as a management consultant at Arthur D. Little, in the Paris and Milan office, where he was a member of the Global TIME (Telecommunication, Information, Media & Electronics) practice. In 2011, as co-founder, he participated in the establishment of a venture capital fund in Russia.
Nicola holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Business Administration and Economics MS from Università L. Bocconi.
Nicola is a passionate equestrian, scuba diving instructor and FAA/EASA certified private pilot.