Dr. Abdulla Elyas

Co-Founder and MD, Careem


Dr. Abdulla Elyas is a Saudi born and raised in Germany. He graduated with a MSc in Computer Science and holds a PhD in Business Administration honored with a Magna Cum Laude from RWTH Aachen, one of Germany’s top universities.

Abdulla has 10+ years professional experience in Managing and Consulting of Software Projects gained at multinational companies like Mercedes Benz, SAP AG and the World Exhibition Expo 2000. Being a Management Consultant, Abdulla worked as an advisor for customers like Pepsi Co. in the U.S., Vodafone in Malaysia and SABIC in Saudi Arabia.

In 2012, Abdulla initiated and founded enwan – a company, which focuses on addressing the world and offering the first proper address solution in the cloud. In 2013 enwani was internationally awarded by Sophia Business Angels in France on being the Most Investable Company 2013.

Besides his professional career, Abdulla co-founded two social tech startups, islam.de in 1999 and waymo.net in 2002, which became the biggest information platforms in Germany around topics of intercultural understanding. For AIESEC, the world’s biggest students network for leadership and youth potential, Abdulla is co-founding its first office in Saudi Arabia to become the 114th member country in the world.