Rima Al-Shikh

3x Founder, helped 3 scale ups to exits, helped 10+ Fortune 100 & 500. MVP, Scale Engineering and AI expert

I am an engineer, a patent holder in AI, a founder, and I deeply understand the challenges you face in your day-to-day taking a product to market and scaling it to meet customer demands. I lead with empathy towards teams, stakeholders, market forces, and you.

I have delivered projects across industries (consumer, advertising, infrastructure, SaaS, Gaming, aviation, automotive, aerospace, health, medical devices, insurance, global policy and more).

I have worked across teams and led teams. (sales, …

Rima Al-Shikh


  • Drone Vision

    Drone vision solution for detecting objects in the desert in real-time under unpredictable conditions. Supervised the data science team through the project.

  • The project involved working with teams at a prime European airport and executives from their parent and funding companies to drive the adoption of AI and lead the creation of a custom AI solution to optimize airport operations based on predictive passenger patterns.

  • Optimal Character Upgrade

    Done for one of the top 5 gaming studios in the world and one of the top games. Find the least visible combination of character upgrades to support a player to overcome extremely frustrating failures.

  • Supervised the R&D on teeth matching and search for identifying the best-fit implant for a jaw.

  • Predictive Battery

    Led the team building for one of the top 3 electric car manufacturers in the world, allowing for predicting battery time and battery failure.

  • For a YC startup building based in San Francisco, California.

    I developed the MVP for cloning voices from a sentence said by the speaker to produce personalized videos by the speaker's voice, using one-shot encoder/decoder models. Performed R&D and supervised two research assistants.


  • Begin.AI


    Founder and Chief Executive Officer

    Dec 2020 - Present

    Personalization infrastructure software for real-time product adaptation to keep users happy.

    • Invented a decentralized fast technology that works at very large scale.
    • Led product design and development.
    • Led teams, investment, etc.
    • Led development of high quality, general purpose user retention algorithms that are easy to deploy.
  • OpenMined


    Core Engineer (volunteer)

    Apr 2020 - Oct 2020

    Non-profit building federated learning libraries that are recognized globally, working with Meta.

    • Worked with the founding core team on solving complex decentralized learning challenges.
  • Lixar IT (Acquired by BDO)

    Lixar IT (Acquired by BDO)

    Data and AI Practice Lead

    Mar 2018 - Nov 2020

    Premier AI and Data Company delivering AI research and Applied AI solutions to Fortune companies in North America and EU.

    • Built and led a solutions engineering team that was responsible for solution delivery and account growth.
    • Led data and AI teams to deliver applied AI solutions for a wide range of applications.
    • Led executive stakeholder meetings for the largest accounts that spanned teams across countries/continents for AI adaption strategies.
    • Led internal efficiency upgrades efforts prior to acquisition by BDO.
    • Coded MVPs for AI solutions for call centre voice analysis, predictive radio, predictive sales, scenario simulations and more.
    • Led R&D efforts for AI solutions in self driving cars, medical devices, aerospace, and more.
  • Research Exchange (Acquired by Liquidnet)

    Research Exchange (Acquired by Liquidnet)

    Lead Software Engineer

    Feb 2018 - Aug 2019

    Financial research aggregator in the UK.

    • Hands on keyboard responsible for research import/updates from a variety of systems.
    • Interface development for users to find and pay for research.
    • Team onboarding and support through acquisition transition.
  • Mokus.io (scaled to U$1m revenue in first year of ops)

    Mokus.io (scaled to U$1m revenue in first year of ops)

    Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder

    Mar 2015 - Dec 2017

    The leading web and mobile development business in MENA. Recruiting 300+ contract engineers to deliver cross-platform solutions.

    • Hired and led executive team.
    • Developed GTM and scale strategy.
    • Helped key clients in their product strategy working closely with their executive board.
    • Launched solutions for many recognized scale ups like Health at Hand and Democrance.
    • Built systems for engineer rotations, payouts, quality engineering, onboarding, and efficiency optimization.
  • Nabbesh.com (Acquired by Wamda)

    Nabbesh.com (Acquired by Wamda)

    Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder

    Jun 2012 - Mar 2015

    The leading freelancer marketplace for MENA region.

    • Build product MVP in a hackathon.
    • Built product for scale and search & matching algorithms.
    • Built reporting dashboards for user funnels and user interactions.
    • Executive board member.
    • Hired and onboarded initial team.
  • ITP Media Group

    ITP Media Group

    Head of Development

    Jun 2010 - Jun 2012

    A leading publisher in MENA, publishing 80+ publications, including TimeOutDubai and ArabianBusiness.

    • Hired and led dev teams across publications.
    • Led architecture design and development of a new publishing system to service high demand.
    • Built recommender systems for increasing user retention.
  • Dubizzle (Acquired by Rocket Internet)

    Dubizzle (Acquired by Rocket Internet)

    Lead Developer

    Dec 2009 - Nov 2010

    The leading classifieds website for MENA.

    • Built feeds systems for ads.
    • Built search algorithm, and recommender systems for millions of users.
    • Developed expansion systems for new countries/languages.

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