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What I did Next is a show that explores life’s pivot points, both professional and personal. We look at life’s journeys through this lens and how sometimes certain circumstances can lead to life-altering changes. Do you take the left or right at the fork in the road? Do you choose the path less traveled and go against what is expected? These are the big questions at the heart of this show—questions that inform and shape our lives and the paths we take. Our guests will either be from the Middle East or have a connection to the region in some way. These are people who are multi-national, multi-lingual, are engaged, curious and passionate about knowledge and aim to leave a positive imprint on the world. They represent a variety of industries and careers but they all have one thing in common: they aren’t afraid to do it their way.

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    • 4.4 • 18 Ratings

What I did Next is a show that explores life’s pivot points, both professional and personal. We look at life’s journeys through this lens and how sometimes certain circumstances can lead to life-altering changes. Do you take the left or right at the fork in the road? Do you choose the path less traveled and go against what is expected? These are the big questions at the heart of this show—questions that inform and shape our lives and the paths we take. Our guests will either be from the Middle East or have a connection to the region in some way. These are people who are multi-national, multi-lingual, are engaged, curious and passionate about knowledge and aim to leave a positive imprint on the world. They represent a variety of industries and careers but they all have one thing in common: they aren’t afraid to do it their way.

    Dr. Ahmed Heikal

    Dr. Ahmed Heikal

    Dr. Ahmed Heikal is today’s guest on the show. As chairman and CEO of Qalaa Holdings, Ahmed is well known to many in the business community across the Middle East. Prior to founding Qalaa Holdings, Ahmed was an integral part of the rise and dominance of EFG-Hermes bank. To some, Ahmed is a polarizing figure. We talk candidly about the trajectory of his career, his appetite for risk and how he views the current phase of his career. 
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    • 53 min
    Clarissa Ward

    Clarissa Ward

    Clarissa is a multi-award winning journalist and Chief International Correspondent for CNN. She’s been reporting for over 15 years from various countries in the region, including Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. More recently, she covered the US withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021, and she’s also been covering the Ukraine war.
    Clarissa is also the author of On All Fronts: The Education of a Journalist, one of my favourite books of 2020. She talks about her unconventional childhood and how 9/11 was a clear pivot point in helping her decide to tell stories for a willing.
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    EFG Hermes Holding, a universal bank in Egypt with the leading investment bank franchise in frontier emerging markets (FEM)


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    • 39 min
    Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

    Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

    I’m delighted to welcome Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi to the show. Sultan is someone I have long-admired from afar; a man who has worn many hats over the decades—businessman, art collector, activist, academic. Sultan’s story starts out as a proud son of Sharjah in the UAE before he came to the attention of a wide audience around the world for his activism during the 2011 revolutions in the Arab World. His heritage, nationality and deep sense of what it means to be Arab today is the thread that links all his work and interests.
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    EFG Hermes Holding, a universal bank in Egypt with the leading investment bank franchise in frontier emerging markets (FEM)


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    • 49 min
    Hend Sabri

    Hend Sabri

    We have the gorgeous Hend Sabri on the show! Hend is the queen of our cinematic hearts, and a leading light of both the silver and the small screens. Although a lawyer by training, Hend went on to star in ground-breaking roles such as Asmaa, where she portrays an HIV-positive woman in rural Egypt, and Ola in Ayaz-Atgawez, whom she recently brought back Finding Ola, which is available on Netflix. Hend has often taken on difficult and taboo subjects that are whispered about but not spoken about out loud. 
    And underneath the actress, Hend is a woman of fierce intellect, who cares deeply for the world she will be passing on to her daughters. 
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    • 50 min
    Bonus: Kito de Boer

    Bonus: Kito de Boer

    I’m continuing my conversation with Kito de Boer for this special bonus episode about his role with the Quartet, a group tasked with mediating between Israel and the Palestinians. As Head of Mission of the Quartet, Kito brought his considerable business and negotiating acumen to the table to try and address this problem essentially from an economic perspective. 
    You can listen to the full conversation with Kito in your podcast player or on [our website]()
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    • 22 min
    Kito de Boer

    Kito de Boer

    My guest on this episode is Kito de Boer. Kito spent nearly 30 years at McKinsey, and his exposure to the world of management consultancy as well as international political institutions has given him unique insights into what makes the world go ‘round. Kito also reveals himself to be a man of many hobbies and facets, acknowledging the grounding importance of family and the essential need for a satisfying ‘inner life’. He and his wife are avid collectors of Indian art.
    His work in helping set government strategies across various sectors in the Middle East placed him in a unique position to succeed Tony Blair as Head of Mission of the Quartet from 2015 to 2017. This entity was tasked with helping mediate between Israel and Palestinians, particularly tackling issues from an economic perspective.
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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Amr & N ,

What I did next

So far I have enjoyed the three episodes immensely. I find the choice of guests extremely interesting and varied. I also like your choice of questions which are quite imaginative. Also my compliments to your confident and assertive delivery. Keep it up Malak and good luck 🤞 I have just listened to the fourth episode with the very inspirational Dina El Mofty. What a great example for girls and young women everywhere. Thanks for a fun episode Malak ... looking forward to the next one 👏👏 Amr & I have just finished listening to the fifth episode with Samih Sawiris. Even though we know him, it was thrilling to hear what he had to say in answer to your very intelligent questions. He seemed most relaxed and true to himself. Amr wants you to know how proud he is of you. Keep it up and we look forward to the next episode. 👍 Thursday 15 April ... Hi Malak We have just listened to the 6th episode with the very talented film maker Jehane Noujaim. You have achieved another successful podcast. I also wish to congratulate Jehane on the tremendous effort she has put into these fascinating productions. Bravo 👏👏👏 Thursday 14 May ...What an inspiring character is Omar Samra, and I admire his courage and resilience in the face of so many life challenges!!! You managed to draw him out on all aspects of the different stages of his life and in a very smooth way. After each episode one feels so comfortable with your guests that I might invite them all to dins after Covid😂 Keep it up ... can’t wait for Malak being interviewed!! Bravo 🌹 Thursday 27 May .... I really enjoyed this episode .... talking about yourself and being honest and truthful and as you know I can testify to that 😉 Well done Malak and we all look forward to the next season in the autumn BRAVO 👍 Mon 6 September ... A very interesting podcast as Max Rodenbeck is such an unusual person. I enjoyed every minute. Well done Malak 💕

To Malak, Sherag and all the team at What I did next …. Congratulations on a very successful Season 2. Please dont think I’m biased ! I found everh episode different and look forward to it every fortnight …. Wishing you all a joyous and peaceful holiday season … Nahed

Nini Sharawi ,

On “What I did next”

The title of the podcasts (What I Did Next) is in itself creative, since this is a program in the making which depicts the way that, in Egypt, a rather large bilingual and often trilingual layer of society still lives and thrives. In the first half of the twentieth century Egypt was known to be a most cosmopolitan country, where people interacted freely and where there were hardly any barriers to communication. There are large spaces in our genes. Your podcasts mostly consist in interviewing individuals whose lives are focused on creative activities in every aspect of living. on the other hand, Egyptian TV is not lacking in interviews introducing diverse personalities to the arabic speaking majority of this country and discovering your “What I did next” podcasts filled me with wonder, precisely because they showcase successful Egyptians who are perfectly bilingual and bi-cultural, and worthy pontifexes of the modern world, thus disclosing to the international community the social resilience that we know so well because the Egyptian people learned English under British rule, Russian when Russian was preponderant in this country, Greek and Italian and French when they had large communities and businesses thriving in the land of the Pharaohs. The host whom you are, Malak Fouad, is self-contained but enthusiastic, your English diction is flawless, your questions well-targeted. Your gallery of personas is of course carefully sketched out. They are selected among the most successful entrepreneurs, but also the wittiest and most articulate and you guide them to provide a clear idea about the maze in which life drives us all unawares. This is a eupeptic approach to people and their lives. I think everyone should hear the podcasts, they will love them!

Sania Sharawi

NotYourTypicalSyrianInCairo ,

Inspiring

Amazing podcast!
Listened to all episodes in one night
Thank you for the great content, such podcasts should have more exposure ❤️

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