Hadyah Fathalla is Executive Director for C5 Accelerate and is responsible for public and private sector
business in MEA and developing innovative technology ventures. She has been heavily involved in
shaping Bahrain’s technology innovation landscape having helped establish a leadership team to
contribute to the government’s Startups Bahrain initiative. She is a regular contributor to cybersecurity,
innovation, and technology conference and to mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs and startups.
Hadyah previously served as a leading security expert in Bahrain, advising a number of government
agencies on topics including counterterrorism, security policy and strategy, cybersecurity, and other
national security threats and challenges. She holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School,
concentrating on International Global Affairs and an MA in War Studies from King’s College in London.