Mohamed Hamdy

By the numbers: 45+ seed stage deals Founder of Tadawul Stock Brokerage, Abu Dhabi MD of 1st accelerator in UAE MD of BP’s sustainability and impact fund with Masdar

Hamdy is the co-founder and GP of Leyden Ventures. Invest with him at

Mohamed Hamdy is the founder and managing partner of Venture MENA, a UAE based venture capital fund focused on investing in early stage technology startups based in the Middle East.

Prior to moving full time into venture capital, Mohamed was the Head of Future Platforms at the Dubai Future Foundation. His threefold mandate was to support shaping the future of Dubai's strategic sectors by bridging initiatives across the public and private sectors, developing partnerships while managing the Foundation’s vast stakeholder networks, and designing programs that helped engage entrepreneurs and technology companies worldwide.

During his tenure there as Head of Investments, Mohamed along with a venture team managed deal flow that was intended to strategically support the UAE’s innovation initiatives and amplify regional venture capital funds, by filling critical funding gaps in the region.

As the Managing Director of The Catalyst, Hamdy led a partnership between British Petroleum Ventures and Masdar, setting up the first sustainability focused startup accelerator in the MENA region. He served as Managing Director of the Turn8 Accelerator based out of Dubai and helped design and build several corporate accelerators across the MENA region.

Mohamed’s career in private equity began as the investment director for a private family office in Abu Dhabi, primarily focused on portfolio management and sourcing foreign investment opportunities across diverse industries. Hamdy also founded Tadawul, serving as CEO of the Abu Dhabi based online stock brokerage company.