The exit of Souq to Amazon is the largest tech transaction of the region, and Souq continues to pave the way in e-commerce in the region. Souq was built from the ground up by the same team at Jabbar, who built the Maktoob portal before that. Maktoob was born out of a simple idea but with a vision that the Arabic Internet will grow and become an integral part of everybody's life, and grew to become the largest Arabic Internet property before Yahoo acquired it.
Both the Souq and Maktoob stories have become inspiring success stories in the region, where budding entrepreneurs and VC's alike, look to our team for inspiration and new ideas. Today Jabbar continues to grow and pave the way for tech in the region. It is in this spirit that we embrace any entrepreneur 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. In 2005 Samih cofounded Souq.com, the Arab Worlds largest ecommerce site. In 2009 Maktoob was acquired by Yahoo! and in 2017 Souq.com was acquired by Amazon in the largest technology acquisition deals in the history of the region.
Samih is currently the Chairman of Jabbar Internet Group (Jabbar.com). 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.
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.
On 15/12/2016 Samih received the Social Media Entrepreneurship Award for the private sector from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed al Maktoom in Dubai.
In 2011 and in 2012 Samih was named by ArabianBusiness magazine as one of the most 500 influential Arabs in the world. In 2014 Samih received the Takreem award for Outstanding Corporate Leadership in the Arab World.
Samih serves on several boards of companies and organizations and this year he was appointed as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Jordan. 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, UnderMyOliveTree, a non profit organization focusing on educational support for the unprivileged, and RBK bootcamp in Jordan to train and graduate Jordanian and refugee computer programmers.
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.
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