Younis, Zafer

Younis, Zafer
500 StartUps

Zafer Younis is a partner at 500 Startups, the world's most active early stage tech investor. Previously, Zafer co­founded of The Online Project where his team developed and executed social media strategies for Fortune 500 companies and high profile organizations operating in the Middle East and North Africa.

At the age of 23, Zafer co­founded his first company: Modern Media, LTD, a Jordanian media house that owns and operates two popular radio stations, including the award winning radio station Play 99.6, which received recognition from the US­based National Association for Broadcasters in 2007. In 2014 Modern Media was acquired by D&C Electronics, one of the regions leading media conglomerates.

Zafer is actively involved in several charity and non­profit organizations. In 2009, he joined the board of New Think Theater, a TED­like forum for the Middle East; he advises the board of the Jordan River Foundation, a sustainable charity organization headed by Queen Rania that provides economic opportunities for women and children; he served on the Board of Directors for the Jordan Festival in 2010. He is an advisor to many startups as he serves on the Mentorship Network of Oasis500, the Middle East’s premier seed investment program.