Rowad Team

Rowad stands and operates on the efforts of enthusiastic people and a hard working team. Below are the people behind Rowad

Adeeb Qasem

Founder/Executive Director

Adeeb Qasem is the Executive Director of ROWAD Foundation. Adeeb founded ROWAD in 2012 as an initiative to support Yemeni Entrepreneurs who work on startups with high growth potential. Adeeb is a serial entrepreneur. Adeeb  cofounded Dipherent Training in 2012, a provider of high quality training focused on professional and career development. He is involved with several other initiatives focused on leveraging tech solutions to serve local and regional markets.

In 2011 Adeeb was awarded the Chevening Scholarship to do an MBA at Oxford University. He graduated with distinction in 2012. Recently, He started teaching Entrepreneurship at the Lebanese International University (LIU) in Sana’a, Yemen. He is also working as a Business Coach to some of the winning teams in ROWAD Acceleration Programs (Afkar – BlockOne) as well as Mubadara Program implemented by SMEPS (Small and Micro Enterprise Promotion Service).

Ameen Sanad

Co-Founder/Deputy Executive Director

Ameen Sanad is currently the Deputy Executive Director of ROWAD, and is a Yemeni entrepreneur residing in Sana’a, Yemen. Ameen is currently working on several startups and companies that he founded and co-founded. Ameen holds a Master Degree in the field of International Economic Relations from American University (AU) in Washington D.C, U.S.A. Ameen also has a Bachelor degree in IT & Management from La Roche College, Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.A

In the year 2008, Ameen founded Dipherent Consulting to provide services in Media Monitoring, consulting, and training. Around the same period, Ameen started another company- Yemen HR- to provide recruitment services to clients inside and outside Yemen. Ameen remains the director of both companies until present.

In 2013, Ameen co-founded Dipherent Training to help provide high quality training courses to Yemeni professionals.

Yasser Alwan


Yasser has a Master degree in Information Engineering from Université de Rouen, France. Yasser has 8 years working experience in Project Management, managing multimillion dollar’s short and long term projects in cross country setting, working to set up Griffin Group’s local and overseas operations. In 2013, he co-founded Griffin Telecom, a subsidiary of Griffin Group. He works hand in hand with the teams to better understand telecommunications and other industries in every way, translating the wealth of knowledge, skills, expertise, backgrounds and the company’s own future-forward technologies into the markets overseen.

He is one of the Co-founders of ROWAD Foundation, a non-profit organization focuses on supporting Yemeni entrepreneurs and promoting entrepreneurship in Yemen with a minimum of 6 planned networking events on yearly basis. He is a Business Development Manager of Griffin Group of companies.


Ahmed Qasem

Projects Manager

Ahmed Qasem is a Project Manager in Rowad. Ahmed has a bachelor degree in Accounting and has worked in Senior positions for many local and international firms. He worked as a consultant for number of the Yemeni NGOs. Ahmed Has Founded a number of startups and currently is working on a new business in which he aims to support the accounting profession.

Abdulrahman Jaadan

BlockOne Space Officer

Abdulrahman Jaadan is a Project Coordinator for BlockOne Business Incubator. He is a Yemeni entrepreneur working and living in Yemen. He is currently undertaking an MBA at MSM Maastricht School of Management with CBA (Central of Business Administration) and is due to graduate in Nov. 2016. He has a bachelor degree in Accounting (Class of 2007) from Sana’a University- Trade and commerce Collage. He became a licensed Arabic Certified Professional Accountant in 2011.

Abdulrahman is also working on several startup projects, such as  AdzPlus- a startup that focuses on digital marketing. He is also a co-founder of Zone Travel Company which was established in 2013 and offers travel services for the Yemeni market. Abdulrahman vision is to make Zone a leader in the travel industry in the Middle East.

Sumaya Mustafa

BlockOne Event/Media Coordinator

Sumaya Mustafa is currently holding the position of the Events Coordinator at ROWAD. Her responsibilities include the timely coordination of all the activities and events that the foundation initiates. Sumaya also oversight and coordinates the events and training implemented at BlockOne Incubator. 

Mohammed Al-Showafi

Office Services Coordinator

Mohammed is currently the Office Services Coordinator of ROWAD, His main responsibility is to facilitate the foundations’ activities and help management to make sure that the activities are executed as planned.

Raghda Alharazi

BlockOne Admin Clerk

Raghda is currently the Admin Clerk of BlockOne-Rowad, Her main responsibility is to organizing the work and dealing with customers, also managing the reception duties properly and professionally.