The Middle East is ripe for new ways of thinking and doing things. The Men's Room podcast is a Western perspective on the East, including conversations with open-minded thought leaders with innovative ideas. Writer and journalist Nadia Michel invites a diverse roster of friends and guests that include the most inspired CEOs, chefs, adventurers, entrepreneurs, musicians, authors, artists, and beyond.
China, Iran and How the Abraham Accords Will Transform the Middle East
Angus Blair is a CIB Professor of Practice at the Business School at the American University of Cairo and an expert in corporate governance and ESG investing. He explains how the Abraham Accords could help speed up the Middle East's development as it faces the threats of water shortages and climate change. He talks about why the Palestinian leadership needs to become more sophisticated and he expresses his ideas on why Lebanon's government won't move forward to save the country from collapse.
Bill Gates conspiracy theories and why tax havens need to go with Hassan Damluji
Hassan Damluji is Deputy Director of Global Policy & Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and author of 'The Responsible Globalist.' He explains how the foundation's $1.75 billion investment so far is being deployed to fight COVID-19 and the importance of funding the development of vaccines in advance to prepare for the next pandemic. He talks about his book, how 'globalism' has gotten a bad rap and proposes solutions for uniting countries to face humanity's biggest challenges, including immigration.
Fatima Al-Banawi: Trailblazing in Saudi Arabia’s Film Industry
Fatima Al-Banawi is a Saudi Arabian filmmaker and actress who came into the limelight after starring in the film 'Barakah Meets Barakah', a romantic comedy that was produced and shot in Saudi Arabia but first released in Germany in 2016, before cinemas were allowed in Saudi Arabia. She talks about her country's untold stories and presenting a narrative other than the one that's portrayed in the media. She reveals her latest projects, including two feature films set to be released in Saudi Arabia in 2021.
"The more a story is personal, the more it's universal..." -Fatima Al-Banawi
From Beirut to Times Square: Anghami's True Story
Elie Habib is the co-founder of Anghami, the music streaming platform that became the first Arab tech company ever to be listed on the NASDAQ. Fresh off the IPO, he reflects on a journey that started in 2012, when the small Lebanese startup started building a catalogue by uploading CDs to its platform. He talks about the symbiotic relationship with his co-founder Eddy Maroun, the books that inspire him as a leader, the company's plans to leverage 'audio influencers' and growing ambitions for the next three years.
Wade Davis explains why we should all be entrepreneurs of knowledge
Wade Davis is a Canadian anthropologist, author and explorer. He talks about 'The Unravelling of America', an essay he wrote for Rolling Stone that got over five million views, how his PhD thesis on the zombie culture in Haiti became a Hollywood movie and his latest book Magdalena: River of Dreams, centered around Colombia's most important waterway.. He draws parallels between Middle East countries and South America and the lessons that can be drawn from Columbia's renaissance. He comments on the importance of modern medicine and how psychoactive plants can raise human consciousness.
How Farah Nabulsi directed Oscar-shortlisted 'The Present' in occupied Palestine
Farah Nabulsi is a Palestinian British filmmaker and human rights advocate. She talks about directing a scene at the infamous Bethlehem Checkpoint 300 and working with Palestinian actor Saleh Bakri. She explains why she makes films meant to raise the global social conscience and why most people don't really know or understand what's really been going on in Palestine. She also comments on the International Criminal Court's (ICC) recent decision on its jurisdiction to investigate Israel for alleged war crimes and what that might mean for Israeli officials.