Who we are

We are innovators by design.

We have a focus on growth and we believe that a design thinking process, a carefully crafted user experience and a focus on execution can provide a true competitive advantage and we commit to supporting our clients, partners and investments in achieving their objectives


In a nutshell


Year of Birth

Iktomi was founded in 2011 in Dubai and has since evolved to become a global crucible of creativity and technology.


Places we call home

Although launched and headquartered in Dubai, we have since expanded our presence to Barcelona, Ankara and Singapore bridging the globe with a unique culture.


Delighted clients

Our clients range from incumbents to disruptors, from big to small, from global corporations through Governmental Organisations through to SMEs and innovative early stage startups.



Our team and frequent collaborators are well versed in a dizzying array of digital and design disciplines.

What defines us is our culture of curiosity and constantly putting ourselves in a position to collaborate with and learn from the very best.

What we do

We firmly believe that world class design and a clear focus on better UX can create a unique competitive advantage, especially when combined with a clear strategy and a culture of execution. Our services are designed to concentrate the impact of our experience to practically pursue active goals.

Creative Services


Branding is much more than designing a logo. It’s about telling a story through a visual language to produce a unique experience that brings the brand to life and connects you to your customers.


Intuitive navigation and user-friendly user journeys created through design thinking are a competitive advantage. We use minimalism and a focus on simplicity, avoiding unnecessary decorative elements, to define a clean and modern design and help the user receive information clearly, logically and easily.

Digital Development & Production

We are a one-stop shop that can help you Conceive, Design, Build and launch new digital products and experiences. We are technologists at heart but temper this with an unflinching focus on the overall experience of the end user.

We have particular depth of experience in:

  • Websites
  • Mobile App Development
  • Digital Experience
  • Product Roadmap
  • Localisation

Strategy & Scale Execution

We direct our analytical and conceptual prowess through our experience as a development company that has built and scaled major projects around the world to help our clients get to execution above all.

Our strategic services include:

  • Brand Strategy
  • Product Strategy and New Product Lines
  • Marketing Strategy
  • EU/ MENA/APAC Market Scaling and Execution
  • Outsourced Biz Dev


We are continuously experimenting with new technologies in order to learn and create even more value for our clients, partners and investments. We are thus able to explore new product lines and to create programmes to explore the impact of new technology for any client.

We have a particular focus on:

  • WEB 3 services
  • Artificial Intelligence applications
  • Big Data orchestration

Startup Investments

We believe that the transformational power of entrepreneurship can solve problems and make the world a better place. We are increasingly invested in supporting teams in their journey to creating world changing solutions.

We invest and help raise funding for startups through a careful selection process that involves deep collaboration and transparency.

Our Team

Nader Sobhan

Co-founder & Executive Director

A digital entrepreneur and strategist with over 20 years experience who loves the sound of his own voice.

Has raised over USD 350m for startups and built and scaled companies across EU, MENA and APAC.

Degrees from Yale and INSEAD, but believes the hardest thing he learned was to make a proper Laksa.

Alessandro Zanchetta

Co-founder & Creative Director

Ale is a creative with over 20 years experience in visual design across different disciplines.

His background spans from branding to communication strategy and digital design, and he makes of minimalism more than a cornerstone, a lifestyle.

He holds degrees from the IUAV and L'Ecole Nationale Supérieure La Villette as well as a Masters Degree in Digital Arts from IUA-UPF.

Kerem Iseri

Partner & Head of Digital

Kerem is our digital lead with over 20 years of experience at the cutting edge of digital production and development across top tech companies and digital agencies such as Apple, Siemens, B.U.T, and MediaMonks.

As tough as he can be in executing extraordinary projects within tight deadlines, we know him as a real softie whenever his daughter is around.

Maarten Kranendonk

Head of Operations

Maarten, our resident Dutchman, has only ever been late to any virtual meeting 2 times in his life.

He has 18+ years of experience in brand & strategy consulting for Telecom, Media and Tech companies.

He helped launch iflix, a VOD service eventually sold to Tencent, across 17 countries in MENA as their Head of Operations & Partnerships. He has also previously worked in executive positions for leading global advertising agencies and for a news content startup.

Tolga Guven

Head of Marketing

Tolga is a proud father, a dog owner and an integrated marketing communications expert (not necessarily in that order)

Has over 17 years of experience in creating breakthrough brand & digital communications strategies and campaigns for telco, banking and FMCG companies.

Has a deep passion for crypto and AI and is always on the lookout for ways to automate his life entirely!

Eduardo Aquino

Head of UX

When it comes to User Experience Design, Edu has been at the very forefront for over 20 years.

He has a deep focus and understanding of the user's needs and expectations, both from the technical and emotional perspective, and weaves the two to help optimize products.

His past clients include Tate Modern , Guggenheim Museum, Save the Children, Antena3, and Barcelona TV.

Carlos Fernández Medina

Senior Digital Project Manager

Carlos is a master in digital project management, and has led multidisciplinary engineering teams in across a multitude of projects including Docplanner & Neozink.

He is also a part-time academician & PHD candidate, , lecturing Computer Science students at the Universidad de Oviedo