Hussam Ayyad

Senior Director, Programs and Partnerships
About Hussam Ayyad

Hussam is the Senior Director of Programs and Partnerships at the DMZ. He is responsible for strategizing, planning and overseeing the DMZ's startup programs, services and resources provided for our community of entrepreneurs.

Hussam began his career as a system analyst at the Commercial Bank of Dubai, developing e-banking applications. Years later, responding to his inner voice, he took a leap out of banking to co-found a metal recycling business in North Africa and spent the next seven years building it to a successful company from the ground up. He was responsible for developing and executing its overall growth strategy and for building strategic partnerships, which resulted in growing the company’s revenue to exceed USD 65 million in 2008 and embrace a workforce of 100+ workers and professionals. He also pursued other successful entrepreneurial initiatives in different countries.

In 2014, Hussam took on the role of Startup Services Group Manager at Communitech in Kitchener, Ontario, where he advised, coached and managed a portfolio of 100+ tech startups. He was also responsible for leading customer acquisition and strategic partnership programs that provided unique opportunities for entrepreneurs and high-growth tech ventures to acquire Fortune 500 companies and other large enterprises as early adopters, clients or strategic partners.

Hussam holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Software Engineering from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Business Entrepreneurship and Technology from the University of Waterloo.

Contact Information Phone (416) 979-5000 ext 2045 Email hussam@ryerson.ca