Osama M. Ashri has assumed multiple leadership roles dedicated to cultivating regional entrepreneurship ecosystems, and founded the Saudi Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Lab. He isa member of the Board of Directors of Wadi Makkah Ventures and a member of the Investment Committee. Recently, he has been appointed as CEO of the Saudi Association for Venture Capital and Private Equity. Osama also championed the participation of the western region of Saudi Arabia (Makkah and Madinah) in MIT REAP (Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program) from 2017 to 2019. His publications include: On the Fast Track: Saudi Arabia’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem, Navigating Saudi Arabia’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem, The Role of Universities as Catalysts within Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, and the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor of Saudi Arabia.Osama earned an MBA from Babson College. In addition, he participated in different programs at Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management (Affiliate Alum). and Stanford University.