Maktoob was born out of a simple idea developed by two young entrepreneurs, who at the time battled the norms of traditional business in the Arab World, but with a vision that the Arabic Internet will grow and become an integral part of everybody's life, Maktoob became an inspiring success story in the region after its sale to Yahoo.
Jabbar was then setup by the same group of entrepreneurs, and continues to grow and make way in the internet sector in the region. It is in this spirit that we embrace any entrepreneur in the Arab World who is willing to innovate and take risks in order to create something great.
Jabbar nurtures such individuals and supports nascent ideas that are in line with its mission. So join our journey :-)
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In the year 2000 Samih founded and became the CEO of Maktoob.com the world’s first Arabic email and largest Arab Online community with over 16 million users. In 2009 Maktoob was acquired by Yahoo! in the largest technology acquisition deal in the history of the region.
Following the acquisition, Samih became the Chairman of Jabbar Internet Group (Jabbar.com) a group that founded several leading Internet companies including souq.com, the Arab worlds largest ecommerce site. Jabbar today is one of the leading investors in Internet and technology companies in the region.
Samih holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of London and a Masters in Management and International Business from HEC University in France. He has several years of experience with Andersen Consulting in technology consulting, systems development and Internet services. He co-founded Business Optimization Consultants in 1994 and Maktoob in 2000.
On 9/9/2009 Samih received Al Hussein Medal for Distinguished Performance of the First Order from His Majesty King Abdullah II in recognition of his contribution to the IT and Telecommunications sector in Jordan and the region. In 2011 and in 2012 Samih was named by ArabianBusiness magazine as one of the most 500 influential Arabs in the world.
Between 2003 and 2005 , Samih was appointed by the Jordanian government as a member of the board of the Social Security Investment Fund (a fund of several billion Dollars). Today Samih is an active investor, investing in many startups in the region and around the world. He also acts as a mentor to many entrepreneurs. Samih is also a founding investor in Oasis500, Jordan’s leading startup incubator.
Furthermore Samih is the Chairman of the board of UnderMyOliveTree, a non profit organization focusing on education support for the unprivileged, and an investor and a member of the board of Ruwwad Micro Venture Fund, which provides grants for entrepreneurs in marginalized communities in Jordan.
Hussam is the President and co-founder of Jabbar Internet Group (Jabbar.com), one of the leaders in the consumer e-commerce sector in the Arab World, and a major player in the internet sector in general. Having been established in late 2009, just after the acquisition of Maktoob.com by Yahoo, Jabbar built up an impressive portfolio of online brands, all leaders in their respective niches, and all-together generating the largest online consumer ecommerce volumes in the region.
Hussam was the co-founder of Maktoob.com Inc. He holds a Bachelor degree in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in the USA. He had several years of experience in technology consulting and systems development with Andersen Consulting, and then with Business Optimization Consultants which he co-founded in 1994 in Amman, which eventually merged into Maktoob.com Inc. in 2000. He led the technology and product development initiatives at Maktoob.com initially and then moved to lead the complete operations and strategy with his co-founder, until the Yahoo acquisition of Maktoob.com in 2009, after which he spent a year heading Middle East strategy and strategic partnerships for Yahoo!Maktoob.
Hussam was awarded the 'King Hussein Medal for Distinguished Performance of the First Order' in 2009 by HM King Abdullah II. Hussam was also a co-founder of Oasis500, the MENA region's premier early stage and seed investment program for Internet, Digital and Mobile ventures, and also served on its board. Hussam is also a member of the YPO.