Loulou Khazen Baz, an entrepreneur and investor based in Dubai draws on her professional and personal experiences over her two-decade career to discuss business, leadership, startups and transformation with a Middle Eastern lens. Every two weeks, Loulou invites business leaders and friends to discuss what makes them unique leaders, industry trends, challenges and overall landscape and current relevant events. The discussions vary in length, are candid, insightful and inspirational.
All interviews have also been recorded on video and can be viewed on YouTube on our "conversations with loulou" channel.
Brahms Chouity on becoming an award winning food blogger
Brahms Chouity known by his Instagram handle @DaddyFoody is the winner of the Best Comfort Food Blogger at the World Bloggers Award for 2019. In this episode we discuss Brahm's passion for conceptualising and identifying business opportunities with the goal to exit in a few years and how he managed to launch close to 30 startups in 2 decades. Whilst he was hard at work churning one business after the other and just before he turns 40, life throws Brahms a curveball that would change his perspective forever. Out of that experience, Daddy Foody was born. Tune in to listen to Brahms' story and find out about his plans for the future!
Tara Rogers-Ellis on co-founding Mojo and the value of PR
I'm joined by Tara Rogers-Ellis, who co-founded Mojo along with Louise Mezzina. Over the course of a decade, the duo have built Mojo into a successful PR and Communications agency, with top clients like Johnson & Johnson, the European Union, RAKBank, Montblanc and more. Tara grew up in South Africa during apartheid and an opportunity to move to the UAE meant that she could have a fresh start, it was at that point when she discovered her natural inclination towards PR and her love for building teams. During the episode, Tara shares useful tips for companies looking to fully leverage public relations, and what to avoid.
I’d love to hear what you think—you can connect with me on Instagram and leave me a review in Apple Podcasts and IMDb.
Emirati renowned columnist Mishaal Al Gergawi on building his startup AXIS
I’m excited to have Mishaal Al Gergawi on the show this week, one of the UAE’s top thinkers and intellectuals. Mishaal’s journey is quite fascinating as he started his career in finance yet quickly became renowned for his writing, a passion that fueled the launch of The Delma Institute, a think tank that he ran between 2012 and 2018. His work was centered around providing analysis and insights on West Asia and North Africa to governments and corporates. At that point, his curiosity to learn about the world peaked and he decided to undertake his first deep dive and learn about the world’s modern history, a gigantic task that took him 3 years to complete. He wrote a summary about his learnings on medium]. He is currently on his second deep dive and tackling both the world of sci-fi and crypto currencies. Mishaal wants to be an eternal student, the most well rounded person he can possibly be. His curiosity about the world and his wish to make an impact led him to launch AXIS, a startup with an audacious goal to build the world’s best graph for companies to understand the MACRO forces impacting their business and help them make informed decisions.
I’d love to hear what you’re reading—you can tag me on Instagram and leave me a review in Apple Podcasts and IMDb. For sponsorship opportunities, collaborations or guest recommendations, you can email me for details.
How to build thriving and diverse workplaces with LinkedIn’s Ali Matar
I'm joined by Ali Matar, LinkedIn's Head of EMEA Emerging Markets, Middle East & Africa. In our chat we discuss the disruption that COVID has had on the MENA region and how people are coping with the new work dynamics, job losses and the need to re-think their careers, particularly women.We build on Ali’s experience as the first employee tasked to build the LinkedIn presence in MENA and how a misconception he had ended up being one of his biggest career learning opportunity. A great discussion if you’re currently managing people and looking for some practical tips on building a thriving workplace.
I'd love to hear what new skills and opportunities you are pursuing, you can tag me on Instagram or leave me a review in Apple Podcasts and IMDb. For sponsorship opportunities, you can email me for details.
Rethinking men’s fertility with Khaled Kteily and the story of Legacy
I’m joined by my friend Khaled Kteily, the Founder and CEO of Legacy, a US based startup that provides from-home fertility services for men with the aim to change the outdated view that fertility is a "women's issue”. The UAE is part of Legacy’s first phase of international expansion and Khaled is hoping to kick off at the earliest given the region’s struggle with infertility in general.
Khaled and I talk about the similarities in our journies--we both left home at 17, we both started business from scratch as first-time entrepreneurs at 29, we both won startup competitions & believe in creating momentum to make things happen. We also talk about his own identity and the start of his career at Oliver Wyman followed by the World Economic Forum.
A quick disclaimer: I’m a super proud investor in Legacy and fully believe in their mission to become the Fatherhood company helping over 100M men on the journey of becoming a father.
How a blast injury inspired Dr. Nadine Hachach-Haram to create Proximie
Nadine Hachach-Haram is Lebanese reconstructive plastic surgeon based in London and the founder of Proximie, an augmented reality platform allowing surgeons to remotely guide local clinicians through complex procedures in real-time. She joins me on the show this week to talk about growing up in post-war Beirut in the early 90s, her first exposure to the world of surgery to her mission with Proximie to provide top-class healthcare across the world. We also discuss the importance of multitasking and finding a balance as a surgeon, entrepreneur, wife and mother of 3!
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Highly enjoyable and inspiring podcast
Thanks Loulou for the highly enjoyable and inspiring podcast, and wohooo the great guests your hosting 👌I am really enjoying it and sharing it with my friends 🎉🎉