Our Team
Mirna Sleiman
Mirna Sleiman
Founder & CEO

Mirna Sleiman is the founder and CEO of Fintech Galaxy.
She has more than 15 years of experience in public sector innovation, business strategy, digital communications and journalism. 
Driven by passion for innovation and positive impact, Mirna has a track record in leading digital transformation projects, marketing comms strategies and global partnerships with public and private entities, focusing on knowledge economy development, regulatory infrastructure and financial markets.
Managed public sector business for Thomson Reuters across the MENA countries and partnered with international organizations to promote innovation and social change. Spent more than 10 years as a financial journalist with Reuters, Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal and Zawya. 

Mirna has an Executive MBA from City University of London in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She is certified from MIT University in Fintech and ecommerce, and in Digital Marketing and Communications from Columbia University.

Email: mirna@fintech-galaxy.com

Anthony Achkar
Anthony Achkar
Head of Technology

Anthony Achkar is the head of technology at Fintech Galaxy. He oversees the technical development of the platform and coordinates with vendors, data scientists and oversees platform development.
Seasoned Manager with over 13 years of regional experience in technology and proven technical skills with banks and regional corporates. Assumed leadership roles in multiple and led practice modernization projects across corporate, banking and real estate practices.
Provided strategic advice and consultancy services to many businesses and introduced digital and technical initiatives enhancing operational efficiency, data security/governance, and cost efficiencies. Maintained up-to-date market exposure and managed the operation, training, and development of team members.

Anthony has Masters degree in IT Engineering from Universite Antonine

Email: antoine@fintech-galaxy.com

Abe Karar
Abe Karar
Digital Transformation Advisor

Abe Karar leads Digital Transformation advisory at Fintech Galaxy. He strategically guides the development of new products, processes, technologies and management information systems to drive business performance, client engagement and operational excellence. Abe has tremendous expertise in executing large-scale transformational initiatives across key strategic enterprise programs (+$200M), developing and implementing operational controls and action plans, and transforming strategic plans into business solutions that streamline business processes, improve customer experience, mitigate risks, reduce costs, increase productivity ratio and enhance overall ROI.

Abe has over 15 years of experience in the Financial Services industry, Abe has worked at some of the largest financial institutions in the world, including BMO Bank of Montreal, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) and Arab Financial Services (AFS).

He is a subject matter expert on Open/ Digital Banking, Digital Transformation, Digitization, Digital Strategy, Customer Experience Management, Business Architecture and Data Analytics. Proficient in recognizing and retaining individual talent, building high-performing teams and cultivating a culture of collaboration and winning.

Exceptional academic qualifications, including holding a degree in Applied Mathematics and an MBA, as well as teaching Corporate Performance Management, amongst other courses, at the triple-accredited Telfer professional MBA program, at the prestigious University of Ottawa, Canada.

Email: abe@fintech-galaxy.com

Ashraf Mostafa
Ashraf Mostafa
Financial and Investment Advisory

Ashraf Mostafa leads financial planning and investmentt advisory at Fintech Galaxy. He handles budgeting, financial modeling, business cases and supports startups with their fund raising.

Lately was working a Senior Aassociate Investment Banking at NI Capital in Egypt.

Ashraf has over 20 years of cross-industry and international exposure in Finance, Investment Banking, Financial Planning and Modeling, Operations, Corporate KPI and Balance Score Card, Contract Management and Project Management, across many countries like Egypt, Algeria, Togo, Saudi Arabia and Greece.

Ashraf is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA)

He has an MBA from Cass Business School with distinction and has a Beta Gamma Sigma award.

Email: ashraf@fintech-galaxy.com

Melissa Nakhle
Melissa Nakhle
Innovation Programs Manager

Melissa Nakhle is the Innovation Programs Manager at Fintech Galaxy. She manages the relationship with all institutions and partners and handles the design, development and execution of hackathons and innovation challenges.  

Melissa has a 6 years of experience in research in information technology and services industry. She worked for 6 years in Thomson Reuters as research Analyst.  

She holds a Bachelor Degree in International Business Management from Notre Dame University.

Email: melissa@fintech-galaxy.com

Wassim Ghabali
Wassim Ghabali
Digital Marketing Manager

Wassim Ghabali is the Digital Marketing Manager at Fintech Galaxy. He handles all social media accounts, designs and other digital marketing activities.

Wassim founded DubbleYu, a digital marketing agency based in Beirut. DubbleYu provides digital marketing services and advisory to regulators, federations and businesses all over the Arab region.

Before joining Fintech Galaxy, Wassim worked as a Senior Financial Markets Analyst at Thomson Reuters where he gained experience in Marketing, Project Management, and Financial Analysis. He achieved ‘Top Performer’ awards twice for his outstanding performance in the year of 2012 and 2014.

Wassim holds a Bachelor in Business & Finance, a Master’s degree in Finance and Financial Institutions and he passed CFA level 1 and level 2.

Email: wassim@fintech-galaxy.com

Richard Monzer
Richard Monzer
Fintech Community Manager

Richard Monzer is the Startups Community Manager at Fintech Galaxy. He manages relationships with current and potential startups within FinTech Galaxy's ecosystem, enabling them to access to funding and resources, strengthening networks and assisting in providing market knowledge. He also handles scouting for innovation challenges, and startup memberships on FinX22.  

Richard has 8 years of experience in program and data base management in several sectors including financial technology, financial solution providers and education. He spent 8 years with Thomson Reuters as a content and research analyst. 

He has an MBA in Project Management from Cardiff Metropolitan University and a Bachelor Degree from Modern University for Business and Science.

Email: richard@fintech-galaxy.com