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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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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.

    Jehane Noujaim

    Jehane Noujaim

    My guest on this episode is Jehane Noujaim, a multi-award-winning director from the world of documentary film-making, specifically, the cinema verité genre.

    Jehane has captured the zeitgeist time and time again in her work. She’s the engine behind such well-known documentaries as Startup .com (2001) and Control Room (2004). More recent films include The Square (2014), the Great Hack (2019) which is available on Netflix, and the series The Vow on HBO, all produced in collaboration with her husband, Karim Amer.

    Thanks to our partners Marakez for sponsoring this episode. Marakez is the leading mixed-used developer in Egypt, with an ever growing portfolio of commercial and residential projects.

    • 44 min
    Samih Sawiris

    Samih Sawiris

    My guest today is Samih Sawiris, the founder of Orascom Development Holding which operates 33 hotels with over 7,000 rooms and controls approximately 100 million sqm of land. He is perhaps best known as the person behind El Gouna, a tourist resort town on the Red Sea coast of Egypt.

    Samih is above all, a sort of renaissance man, and a person who doesn’t define himself by his career or profession. He has a multitude of interests and he consciously prioritises the work / life balance. Now that he is no longer involved in the day-to-day running of the company, he is spending time developing his passions and checking off his extensive bucket list. Our interview was recorded at the end of 2020.

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    • 40 min
    Dina El-Mofty

    Dina El-Mofty

    My guest today is a multi-award winning powerhouse in the NGO landscape of the Middle East. Dina El-Mofty is the co-founder of Injaz in Egypt in 2003. Dina’s first pivot came at the start of her career and she has been shifting gears ever since. Moving from education to the start-up world, Dina has used her entrepreneurial know-how for the benefit of others; helping people garner employment skills and then translating them into businesses and new opportunities. Dina’s positive and upbeat approach are dynamic and impactful.

    If you’re enjoying the show, leave us a review in Apple Podcasts, or IMDb, or reach out to us on Instagram.

    • 33 min
    Sarah Trad

    Sarah Trad

    I’m joined this week by Lebanese hotelier Sarah Trad, who is the owner of Beit Trad, an idyllic and luxurious guesthouse in the mountains of Lebanon. She is also the co-founder of Skoun, the first-of-its-kind drug and addiction rehabilitation center in Beirut.

    But beyond her professional pivot points, it was a major change in her personal life that resonated with me the most. Sarah has consistently pushed the bounds of convention and has chosen to go down her own path, even when those choices are at odds with what is expected.

    • 33 min
    Jalal Abu Ghazaleh & Dalia Sultan

    Jalal Abu Ghazaleh & Dalia Sultan

    I’m joined on the show today by Jalal Abu Ghazaleh & Dalia Sultan, the husband-and-wife team behind Gourmet Egypt, a company that has raised the bar for food retail in Egypt. Join our conversation to hear about their pivot points — from the cute way they met to the challenges they encountered in the evolution of their business. The conversation blends the personal and professional and we meander down memory lane to key cross-roads along their path.

    If you’re enjoying the show, leave us a review in Apple Podcasts, or IMDb, or reach out to us on Instagram.

    • 30 min
    Ahmed Alfi

    Ahmed Alfi

    Welcome to the premiere episode of the show where we learn about the pivotal moments of Ahmed Alfi, co-founder of Sawari Ventures, Flat6Labs, the Greek campus and Nafham.

    • 26 min

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