Nader Sabry

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Born (1978-09-23) September 23, 1978 (age 43)
Calgary Alberta Canada
Alma mater
  • Mount Royal University
  • University of Cambridge
  • Entrepreneur
  • Strategist
  • Innovator
  • Author

Nader Sabry[1] (September 23, 1978) is a Canadian bestselling author of "Ready Set Growth hack,"[2] an entrepreneur, strategist, and innovator. He is best known for his NASA Space Technology[3] invention[4] commercially known as the TIMEZ5[5] prayer/meditation mat. He holds several patents[6] and other forms of intellectual property, spanning from high-performance materials, consumer electronics to digital technologies.

Early Life

Sabry was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where he grew up and was educated. Sabry, studied commerce and economics at Mount Royal University and later obtained his MBA in strategy from the University of Cambridge. He spent time in California for a short period in Silicon Valley, and LA bridging the gap between Japanese tech firms in the US market. Sabry also took a deep dive at an early age into art and design with an extreme interest in architecture. By the age of 10, he had several innovative building designs. He currently resides in the Middle East hub of Dubai, United Arab Emirates[7]


Sabry started his career as an entrepreneur founding Canada Online, previously known as Calgary online, being one of Canada's first internet service providers in 1994. He exited the company in 1999 during an attempted IPO[8] of the company. He later built several other technologies and innovation-driven businesses spanning artificial intelligence to manufacturing. He later became a management consultant at AT Kearney and policy-maker for the Government of Dubai[9] for economic policies[10] and (FDI)[11] foreign direct investment[12]. Today he is a thought-leader in strategy, growth and innovation[13]. He serves as an honorary judge at the Space Technology Hall of Fame[14] at the US Space Foundation part of NASAs technology transfer program, and is an advisor to several unicorns[14] and fortune 500s.

Working with NASA and other inventions

Sabry was part of the NASA technology transfer partnership program, where he was working on the spin-off and Spin-in technologies[15]. He was working on two technologies, first was a polyurethane material designed to adjust resistance based on counterweights. The second is a nanotechnology antimicrobial microfiber design to reduce microbes significantly.


In the early 90s, Sabry obtained US provisional patents for two inventions; one was a device designed to reflect lights used by a camera, blocking out information where the naked eye can see directly without distortion. This was called the speed-devil primary used for dodging radar speeding tickets. His second provisional patent was for a device called the "Universal plug", a unified plug adapter designed for travellers that was later licensed to computer accessories manufacturer Targus.

Digital Technologies / Artificial Intelligence

In the mid-1990s, Sabry, invented an algorithm named OFIS (on-the-fly interface system), which was used as part of an evaluation system for startup companies by venture capital firms. In its early stages, it was piloted by Garage technologies led by Guy Kawasaki to help streamline deal-flow.

Later, he created a logistics system that mapped out services providers for e-commerce to establish the most efficient delivery routes instantly. This allowed multiple logistics providers to compete on highly competitive routes resulting in major cost savings. This helped e-commerce companies surpass logistics efficiencies by selecting instantly the best routes for their products to be shipped to customers.

Growth Hacking

In 2019 he created an artificial intelligence-based decision-making platform called "Growth Labz" that allows growth hackers to take the guesswork out of growth. Its primary dataset is designed to help growth hackers undertaking experiments find fast and effective ways between using their resources, execution capabilities, and return on investment. The platform helps growth hackers find a quick and effective way to run return on investment-driven experiments. He later created the Growth Ninja School, an initiative design to take that data and turn it into training on growth hacking strategies and techniques.

Strategy Game

In 2011, at AT. Kearney[16], Sabry invented a strategy game called "SkyLeap" designed to help strategy/management consultants see the big picture in the context of what is happening on the ground. The game is designed to consider vital macroeconomic factors, wildcards - which are unforeseeable scenarios, through a thought process to map out future decisions for corporate leaders.


In 2014. Sabry founded, a non-profit organization in partnership with NASA and the US space Foundation. This organization is designed to help get 2 billion people[17] to space. The program was an educational program to help aspiring scientists, engineers, astronauts, and entrepreneurs[18] use science, innovation, and technology as a means to world peace[19]. On November 5, 2014, the program was initiated at the NASA Kennedy space center with a keynote by Sabry titled "innovation path to peace." The keynote speech inspired hundreds of NASA and scientists around the concept of spirituality, innovation, and youth development.

Personal Life

Sabry is married with one child and has two other brothers. He and his brothers grew up in Canada. Like many other family members, his brothers have been heavily involved in the energy industry since the 1960s, focusing on Alberta Oil Sands. The family owns several energy companies and have many investments across the energy industry globally. His parents were Egyptian immigrants who came to Canada in the 1960s. His father was a geologist who was a renowned veteran in the energy industry, and his mother, a creative designer, and fashion industry expert.


  2. Sabry, Nader H. (February 2020). Ready, Set, Growth Hack: A Beginners Guide to Growth Hacking Success. ISBN 978-1916356917.
  3. "TIMEZ5 Product is Certified Space Technology". January 5, 2015.
  4. "TIMEZ5 Creates the World's First Physiological Prayer Mat". HuffPost. March 14, 2013.
  7. MACLEOD, SCOTT (May 15, 2008). "The Divided World of the Middle East - TIME" – via
  8. "Nader Sabry - Founder & CEO @ TIMEZ5 - Crunchbase Person Profile". Crunchbase.
  9. "‎The Spencer Lodge Podcast: #80: Nader Sabry on Growth Hacking Strategies & Business Innovation on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts.
  10. "What free licensing could mean for Dubai startups?". Wamda.
  11. "Study identifies key areas for foreign direct investment".
  12. "FIO undertakes strategic study to further boost foreign direct investment potential of Dubai".
  13. "Unravel secrets behind first NASA-approved Islamic prayer mat". Al Arabiya English. June 2, 2015.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "MENA startups are taking on women's health". Wamda.
  15. Sheldon, John. "Nader+Sabry+TIMEZ5". SpaceWatch.Global.
  16. "Read @Kearney: Nader Sabry".
  17. "Nader Sabry".
  18. "UAE space tech entrepreneur says let children misbehave to drive innovation". The National.
  19. "Inspired by Prince Mohammed's Vision 2030: Nader Sabry". Arab News. July 1, 2016.

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