Video Interview with Jordanian Angel Investor Karim Kawar.

21 May, 2009

Continuing our series of video interview I did during World Economic Forum, Dead Sea, Jordan. I present to you today a video interview with Jordanian angel Investor Karim Kawar.

Karim a person with a smiley face,  has made investments in wide array of sectors, in the tech sector he is an investor in Iris Guard a Jordanian startup specializes in the deployment of iris recognition systems for border , homeland security and as a biometric authentication solution for banks. He is also an investor in a Jordanian social portal D1G and a major share holder of the only public IT company in Jordan Optimiza.

If you look at his wikipedia page you’ll get to know much more about him, he is currently the president of Kawar Group and was Jordan’s ambassador to the United States of America.

In this 14 minutes  or so  interview, I discussed with Karim many topics, such his current tech portfolio, his investment strategy, and his upcoming investments and projects, in which he mentioned that he has plans for green energy projects.
Here is the interview we originally live streamed on Qik using my Nokia 5800:


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  1. Video Interview with Jordanian Angle Investor Karim Kawar. | ArabCrunch « euraktiva  |  May 22nd, 2009 at 8:10 AM #

    [...] via Video Interview with Jordanian Angle Investor Karim Kawar. | ArabCrunch. [...]

  2. Michel B  |  May 23rd, 2009 at 1:25 AM #

    I wonder if you could do something about the quality of the video and the recording. It is sometimes difficult to follow through when the voice is inaudible and the screen is moving.
    Apart from that detail, good interview!

  3. Ameer  |  May 23rd, 2009 at 2:23 PM #

    Dear Ghiath,

    It’s so cool that you have the time to g oaround and do all these interviews. I bet your work must be alot of fun and gives you an easy pass to such events. this is great. Journalism is also a great way to rub shoulders with the ‘creme de la creme’ and news makers ;) wish I had your job.

    I have one question; I notice all your interviews are either with foreigners or the very traditinal business people like Mr. Kawar. Where is the young Arab generation of business leaders?

  4. Gaith Saqer  |  May 24th, 2009 at 4:02 AM #

    @Michel, I am sorry I ll do my best next time, but remember I said it was live streamed using my mobile so it will not be the best :X

    @Ameer, these are some of the interviews I did during WEF, Kawar is an angel investor so i thought entrepreneurs would like to know him more.

    if you follow ArabCrunch we’ll have more interview with younger Arab entrepreneurs, here is a new one:

    http://arabcrunch.com/2009/05/video-interview-with-syrian-serial-entrepreneur-abdulsalam-haykal-founder-of-transtek-and-president-of-syrian-young-entrepreneurs-association.html

  5. Ameer  |  May 25th, 2009 at 1:25 AM #

    Hi Ghaith,

    I’m a Syrian myself, so thanks for posting the interview with Mr. Haykal :)

    I can’t help but notice that Jordan produced great share of the online innovations we see today as well as the investments in that space. You report on news from Maktoob, Ikbis, Watwet, Jeeran, ShooFeeTV, Akhtaboot, but it doesnt seem like you give alot of focus to them in your interviews.

    I also would really like to see interviews with some of the parties pushing innovations and enterpreneurship in Jordan, like the PSUT, QRCE, and local VCs.

    I only think this because journalists have traditionally capitalized on their local presence or countries of origin, at least as a patriotic duty as journalists.

    Keep it up.

  6. Gaith Saqer  |  May 25th, 2009 at 1:39 AM #

    Ameer, thank you.
    ArabCrunch is not just for Jordanian startups but for all Arab tech startups and Internet companies out there. You will see more interviews very soon on AC not just with parties from Jordan but from all over the Arab world.

    In fact I did an interview 1 week ago with a great Entrepreneur from Dubai; I’ll publish it tomorrow or the day after inshallah.

    You have to note one thing, I need to put some news or profiling posts between the interviews, so people would not think ArabCrunch does only interviews and in order not to be boring.

  7. D1g.com Closes its First Round of Funding  |  August 3rd, 2009 at 8:22 AM #

    [...] on Board of Directors. Karim Kawar, was video interviewed last May by the founder of ArabCrunch here. He had previously served as Jordan’s Ambassador to the United States of America in [...]

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