Meet our managment team

About us

uqudo [uːˈǃɔːɓo] is derived from the Zulu language and means truth, reality or self, the very one(s).

Winner of the Arab Innovation Start-up award, uqudo is recognised as one of the most innovative digital identity companies in the MEA region.

uqudo is passionate about creating an inclusive society and removing the barriers to allow ease of access to finance, services and data. We believe all lives have equal value and we use all our resources and experience to reduce inequality. 

uqudo has the ability to make high impact programs successful and accelerate the realisation of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

Our leadership team

uqudo strongly believes that diversity of our international organisation is one of our stronger assets. 

Our leadership team has more than 100 years of combined experience in the design, development, building, operating and continually innovating digital identity and digital transformation programs across the world and all industries.

Mohamed Fagiri

Mohamed Fagiri

CEO and Founder

Mohamed Fagiri's mission in life is to improve people's lives around the world by providing a trusted digital identity and to make digital inclusion a reality. As a world-citizen, Mohamed has worked and lived in The Emirates, The Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and the UK. He holds a BSc. in Software Engineering from Napier University in Edinburgh,  Scotland.

For the last 20 years he has spent his career supporting public and private sector organisations addressing the fundamental challenge of digital identity. This has led to the transformation of user-experience in Europe, Middle East and Africa regions. He has worked for a multitude of customers in Bahrain, Belgium, Kenya, Namibia, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Togo, UAE, UK and USA.

Ali Kabir

Ali Kabir

VP Sales & Business Development

Ali Kabir is an accomplished executive with over 20 years’ experience driving profitability and market share for all the global companies he has worked for including industry giants LinkedIn, Gartner and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

In partnership with the executive management team, Ali creates leading-edge customer support solutions in support of the organisations’ mission and goals while providing best in class products and services for his clients.

As a strategic and client-focused executive, he knows that organisations are searching for comprehensive and flexible solutions that deliver business results while focusing on fiscal responsibilities.

Ali holds a BA in Business Studies from Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland where he was born and raised and from thereon worked in UK, Ireland, the US, the UAE and the Gulf regions. He has experienced many different cultures throughout work and on his travels, exploring places off the beaten path and gaining a different perspective which he applies in his daily life.


Thomas Linke

Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder

Thomas is a true world traveller and has explored the world to visit many remote places,  experiencing various cultures and meeting people from different backgrounds.

He is a German citizen and is working and living in Dubai as co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of uqudo.

His passion is to build a state-of-the-art digital identity platform leveraging the latest technologies and standards in biometric verification and authentication, artificial intelligence and distributed identity frameworks. 

Thomas holds an MSc. in Information Security from Royal Holloway, University of London, UK and a BSc. in Computer Science from the University of Applied Sciences, Leipzig, Germany.

Over the last 20 years, he has delivered projects in the US, Europe and Middle East such as the Smart Pass eID project for the government of the UAE and digital identity projects for Deutsche Bank, Lloyds TSB, Halifax Bank of Scotland, RBS, Swiss Re and Fannie Mae. 

Harm Jan Arendshorst

Harm Jan Arendshorst

Chief Strategy Officer

Harm Jan Arendshorst is the Chief Strategy Officer of uqudo and his mission in life is to build a trustworthy Internet of Everything (IoE) for the well-being of people and planet.

For the last 25 years he has been working on digital identity, IoT security & data privacy and trustworthy artificial intelligence (AI). 

He has worked for more than 9 years at Verizon in leadership roles before founding iLabs Technologies. He then joined as Strategy Council at the Institute for Future of Living to create high-impact programs and public private partnerships to help realise the Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on digital identity, IoT security and digital transformation. 

Harm Jan is one of the co-editors of the latest Financial Inclusion Global Initiative (FIGI) Report on Implementation of Secure Authentication Technologies for digital financial services together with the ITU and World Bank Group as a member of the Security, Infrastructure and Trust Working Group supporting the ID4D initiative.

He is also one of the co-authors of the Smart Cities Roadmap of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and is the co-chair of the IoT security task force in the Alliance of Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI).  He has worked with the European Commission and the private sector on IoT security standardisation, certification schemes and IoT trust label definition.

Harm Jan holds an MSc. in Cooperative Computing from Middlesex University of London, UK.

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