Samih Toukan

Board Member

Samih joined Democrance as a Board Member in 2017, bringing years of entrepreneurship and investment expertise to the table.

Samih is the current Chairman of Jabbar Internet Group, a leading venture capital firm specializing in Internet and technology companies. He also serves on the boards of several companies, and was appointed a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation of H.R.H. Hussein bin Abdullah, Crown Prince of Jordan and is Chairman of the board for UnderMyOliveTree, a non-profit organization focused on education for the underprivileged.

In 2000, Samih founded Maktoob.com, the world’s first Arabic email service provider and largest Arab online community, which was later acquired by Yahoo in 2009. He also co-founded Souq.com, the largest ecommerce site in the Arab world which was bought over by Amazon. He is a founding investor in Oasis500, Jordan’s leading start-up incubator.

He has received the Social Media Influencers Summit Award in the Private Sector category, was listed in Arabian Business’s top 500 most influential Arabs globally, and has been granted the Takreem award for Outstanding Corporate Leadership in the Arab World, among other accolades recognizing his achievements.