About Us

First Technology Startup Accelerator focused on sustainability and clean technology in the region

Who we are

Catalyst is a Masdar and BP jointly organized, startup technology accelerator based in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. With a clear vision is to help build a robust startup ecosystem focused on sustainability in Abu Dhabi, Catalyst supports innovative seed ideas with startup value that are focused on using technology to make our world more sustainable.

Through funding, training, one-on-one mentorship, and access to the support of the award-winning Masdar City Free Zone and the state-of-the-art research facilities of Masdar Institute, now part of Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Catalyst offers a distinct advantage over other business accelerators.


Our Mission &

•  Build a Start up Accelerator that contributes to fostering a robust R&D ecosystem at Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, while contributing towards the overall National Innovation Mandate.
•  Promote innovation & entrepreneurship within UAE followed by world.
•  Develop human capital through comprehensive training and mentorship
•  Generate social impact through local research & development.

Our Team

Board of Directors

Ahmed Baghoum

Chief Executive Officer, Masdar City

Salem Bin Ashoor

Vice President and Chief Representative - bp UAE

John Gaffey

Abu Dhabi Joint Venture Director (G&LCE Middle East UAE), BP Abu Dhabi

Mohamed Al Breiki

Executive Director, Sustainable Development, Masdar City

Investment Committee

Dr. Steve Griffiths

Senior Vice President, Research and Development, Professor of Practice Khalifa University of Science and Technology

Catalyst Team

Suleiman Amin

Managing Director

Jianhan Hu

Investment Associate

Gladiz Masangcay

Senior Administrator