Loulou Khazen Baz, an entrepreneur, investor and mother based in Dubai draws on her professional and personal experiences over her two-decade career to discuss business, leadership, startups and technology from a Middle Eastern lens. Loulou invites business leaders and friends to bring you conversations that are relevant, timely and insightful while sharing tips and practical advice to help you thrive. Video recordings are available on YouTube on our "Conversations with Loulou" channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCan9MCg4ehtxHijY3uwpYZw
Clinical Psychologist Dr. Saliha Afridi on women, creativity and power
Our guest is Dr. Saliha Afridi, Clinical Psychologist and Founder of The LightHouse Arabia, a premier mental health and wellness center in the UAE. We check in on mental health in our "new normal" and we discuss unlocking our potential as individuals and business leaders, listening to our spirit, taking back our power, unleashing creativity and healing both our body and mind. If you're looking for inspiration, this episode is for you!
Find out more about The LightHouse Arabia by visiting their website: www.lighthousearabia.com
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Sexual what? Ketish, the new startup on the block
Emaan Abbas is an American Egyptian entrepreneur who has recently moved to the UAE to follow her dream of working with her idol Huda Kattan, the famous Co-Founder of the Billion Dollar Huda Beauty brand. Working under the stewardship of the Kattan sisters, Emaan quickly learned everything about product development and gave herself the permission to dream about creating her own, one day.
We talk to Emaan about grasping opportunities as they arise, pitching her dream business to her boss and mentor Huda Kattan and then kicking off her journey with Ketish, the Middle East and North Africa's first luxury feminine and sexual wellness brand.
Let's talk about health and wellness with Dubai government advisor Cedric Betis
We talk to Cedric Betis, an athlete and wellness expert who works with Ministers from the Dubai government and CEOs from the private sector to help them achieve their health and wellness vision for themselves, their companies and their city.
We discuss how COVID has changed the dynamics in terms of wellness on a corporate level and why it is no longer a "nice to have" a wellness program and why the role of "Chief Wellness Officer" would become ubiquitous.
Cedric offers tips to companies, individuals and parents who are looking to achieve their health & wellness goals and how to make these goals sustainable.
PS: please excuse the glitch in the sound in the last 10 minutes as my microphone was accidentally disconnected!
Noor Sweid on Venture Capital and Startups Exits in MENA
We talk to Noor Sweid, the General Partner at Global Ventures about building a top tier Venture Capital firm in the Middle East & North Africa region. We cover her recent startup exits with e-commerce startup Mumzworld that has undergone an M&A transaction and Kitopi, a cloud kitchen startup that has recently raised $415M via Softbank’s Vision Fund. We discuss fund return expectations in MENA and we wrap up by touching on Noor’s own journey as an entrepreneur and investor.
Facebook's Ramez Shehadi on the digital economy, entrepreneurship and impact
Ramez Shehadi is the Managing Director of Facebook for the MENA region. In 2020, Ramez was ranked among the top 20 of the 'Top 50 Regional Executives Heading International Companies' by Forbes. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Aramex, the Board of Trustees of BeMA (Beirut Museum of Art), the Board of Directors of MMA (Mobile Marketing Association) and is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute's Middle East Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network to name a few.
What is striking about Ramez though is not his accolades, it is his humility. In this episode Ramez speaks openly about the differences between his lifelong consulting career and his leadership role at Facebook. He shares some of the hard lessons he had to learn along the way. Ramez talks about a stronger and more prosperous MENA region and why he has faith in the region and its capabilities.
We talk about Ramez's own experience as an entrepreneur and the outcome of the startup he co-founded. He continues to love and give back to the startup space by mentoring and personally investing in startups via R&R Ventures, a boutique VC he co-founded.
We chat about the skills of the future and what advice he is currently giving his daughters who are transitioning from high school to university. We conclude with a recommendation for governments that are currently launching funds to invest in local startups and SMEs.
This conversation is a peak into Ramez's mind and would certainly leave you more optimistic about the future. For more on Ramez and his work, please check out his biography.
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Crypto currencies, asset-backed tokens and building a MENA crypto exchange
As the topic "cryptocurrency" reaches its highest level on google trends globally, we decide to dig into this world in order to understand what it all means to us as individuals and potential investors. We've all seen the news and watched Elon Musk drive cryptocurrencies and particularly Bitcoin to its highest peak and then sent it back crashing. But is it all Elon? What else is at play? Are cryptocurrencies and their underlying technology the blockchain here to stay? Will they indeed fundamentally change the way we own assets and transact? We tackle these points and bring a MENA perspective as we chat with Daniel Ahmed, the co-founder of Fasset, a newly launched (but a couple of years in the making) emerging markets "Digital Asset Gateway" which offers a cryptocurrency exchange service and tokenization services for corporates/ governments with an emphasis on sustainability. We discuss cryptocurrencies, MENA trends, regulation, crypto cycles and his advise for first time crypto investors.
To learn more about Fasset visit their website: https://www.fasset.com
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