Leap Ventures Team

Henri AsseilyHenri Asseily

Co-founder and managing partner
Henri has 20 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur focused on internet-related businesses. He co-founded Bizrate.com / Shopzilla, acting as CTO until its sale in 2005 for US$569 million. He was designing flat models before they were called NoSQL, and led the creation of the first product-centric online search engine. He has been coaching entrepreneurs around the globe, and is often seen conducting workshops and training sessions. Henri holds a BA in mathematics and economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He still codes from Arduinos to iPhones, and prefers the Vim editor.

Hala Fadel

Co-founder and managing partner
Hala has 20 years of experience in finance and entrepreneurship. She has been a portfolio manager for 12 years in European Equities at Comgest, a €20bn growth equity fund focused on investing in growth companies. During her time at Comgest, the fund grew about tenfold becoming a well established outperforming global growth fund. Hala started her career in 1996 at Merril Lynch in London in mergers and acquisition. She is the founder and chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of the pan-Arab region, an organization that promotes entrepreneurship and organises, among other things, the MIT Arab start-up competition since 2006, receiving thousands of applications every year from 20 countries. Hala also sits on the global board of the MIT Enterprise Forum. Hala graduated from HEC in France in 1997, attended the Berkeley Haas School of Business, and holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.


Hervé CuviliezHervé Cuviliez

Co-founder and managing partner
Hervé has 20 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur and investor and has particular expertise in operations, scaling and monetization. Herve started his career in Paris by creating his first interactive agency and sold it to DDB Worldwide (part of the Omnicom group) in 1999. Since then he has been in charge of all of the digital activities of DDB in France (1500 employees). Hervé co-founded in 2009 and was previously the CEO of Diwanee, a Middle East digital media company (sold to Webedia in 2014). He is also a lead mentor under the acceleration program at EuraTechnologies, a leading European business incubator.


Ziad MazzawiZiad Mazzawi

Ziad joined Leap as an investment associate in 2016. Prior to joining Leap, Ziad was part of the investment team of Africinvest Financial Sector, working on Fintech deals, projects and research. He previously gained professional experience as an analyst for BNP Paribas energy team in London, as a business developer for a startup in Berlin, and as a new projects manager for a holding company in Douala. Ziad is a graduate from the Ecole des Mines de Paris.


Mada ArslanMada Arslan

Mada joined Leap as an investment associate in 2014. Prior to joining Leap, Mada was a consultant at Banque Du Liban. Mada started her career as an auditor at Pricewaterhousecooper for three years where she handled audits in multiple industries including banking, F&B, energy, and hospitality. Mada holds a BBA with an emphasis in accounting & an MBA from the American University of Beirut and is a Certified Public Accountant licensee from the State of New Hampshire USA.


Rita ZgheibRita Zgheib

Rita has seven years of experience in the management field. Prior to joining Leap, she served as assistant to the managing director at Afkar Architects for two years. Afterwards, she joined Ma.ven.s as assistant MD and recruitment specialist. Rita’s role in Leap Ventures focuses mainly on the management of the office in addition to assisting the team. Rita holds a BA in Sociology, Anthropology and Public Relations from the University of Saint Joseph – Beirut.