134 episodes

A podcast for ambitious women based in MENA. Each week on the Women Power Podcast you will hear honest, vulnerable, authentic conversations from inspiring women. These women will share their experiences and stories into what it takes to build a successful business and career. The podcast will share insight and inspiration to which will allow you to achieve your highest potential. A subsidiary platform to Women Power Summit developed by Obai & Hill.

Women Power Podcast with Wafa Alobaidat Wafa Alobaidat

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

A podcast for ambitious women based in MENA. Each week on the Women Power Podcast you will hear honest, vulnerable, authentic conversations from inspiring women. These women will share their experiences and stories into what it takes to build a successful business and career. The podcast will share insight and inspiration to which will allow you to achieve your highest potential. A subsidiary platform to Women Power Summit developed by Obai & Hill.

    How Haifa Addas Built A Business Around Beauty And Confidence

    How Haifa Addas Built A Business Around Beauty And Confidence

    This episode provides a glimpse into the life of a multicultural entrepreneur whose journey is fueled with her passion for beauty and glamour. Haifa Addas, Founder and CEO of Instaglam shares her unique story from a multicultural background to working as a marketer for luxury brands, a journey that inspired the inception of Instaglam. She talks about how she envisioned Instaglam as a platform that would empower and build a community of beauty professionals truly changing the way people utilize beauty services. She believes in the power of learning from failures and advises to never give up.   
    Haifa Addas is the CEO and Founder of Instaglam, an online platform that brings beauty experts together under one roof, and closer to anyone’s reach. She sowed the seeds of a unique business idea through her passion and great sense of appreciation for beauty and glamour. INSTAGLAM envisions revolutionizing and simplifying the way we use beauty services. Previously, she also worked as a marketer for luxury brands like L’Oreal, Lancôme, Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani and also styled a number of celebrities for leading Pan Arab magazines. She is on a mission to give artists the opportunity to reach their potentials in every way possible through Instaglam.

    • 35 min
    From A Side Hustle To Raising A Seven - Figure Investment With Mompreneur And Citron Founder Sara Chemmaa

    From A Side Hustle To Raising A Seven - Figure Investment With Mompreneur And Citron Founder Sara Chemmaa

    In this episode with Sara Chemma, we dive into her entrepreneurial journey as the Founder of Citron, a brand cultivated to fulfill the needs of mothers and their children. As a mompreneur she recognized the region’s need for sustainable and innovative leakproof lunch boxes that led her to switching her career path from co-heading MBC ventures to sowing the seeds for Citron. She talks about the expansion of Citron over the years and her personal  funding strategy. 
    Sara Chemmaa is the CEO and Founder of Citron, a Dubai based brand that creates and supplies innovative mealtime products to families. Inspired by her own children’s needs, Sara founded Citron in 2017 after she identified a clear need in the market for stylish and leakproof lunch boxes. Previously Sara co-headed MBC Ventures and was a senior team member of MBC Group Strategy & investment team in Dubai. She also worked as a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company and was an investment banker with Societe Generale.

    • 56 min
    Navigating Challenges In Fintech With Spare Founder Dalal Alrayes

    Navigating Challenges In Fintech With Spare Founder Dalal Alrayes

    This episode with Dalal Alrayes gives you an elaborate insight into the world of fintech and scaling a fintech startup! Dalal shares her experience working in corporate and how her transition into entrepreneurship was nothing short of challenging. The idea of pursuing something different which could bring change in the region led her to sow the seeds for Spare, a financial platform which helped change the financial mindset of people. She discusses having a huge diverse team at Spare and how the app Spare offers unique solutions and enables its customers to track their spendings which in result could bring financial awareness. Moreover she shares her thoughts on the growth of fintech in the region.
    Dalal Alrayes is the co-founder and CEO of Spare. Spare is a personal finance application, designed to improve your spending habits and help you grow your savings as well as pay bills and transfer funds. Dalal has always been a serial entrepreneur and prior to founding Spare, she worked as an investment manager at Global Investment House’s private equity team, where she helped a variety of companies across the Middle East increase their value by turning around their operations, restructuring management, and redefining their product offering. Before that, Dalal worked in hedge fund investing. Listen to her episode, out now!

    • 51 min
    Planning Your Career Pivot With Strategy And Intention With Loulwa Bakr

    Planning Your Career Pivot With Strategy And Intention With Loulwa Bakr

    In this inspiring episode with Loulwa Bakr, we get all the scoop behind her successful career in corporate finance, investment banking and VC. Loulwa aims to be a role model for all the young women emerging out of the MENA region with big dreams to make a name for themselves in an industry that is heavily male dominated. She shares how she pivoted and trusted her gut to answer her true calling and lead a notable journey in finance and onwards to becoming a partner at Chrome Advisory.
    Loulwa Bakr led a notable career in corporate finance and investment banking spanning 15 years, culminating with heading the investment banking division of Credit Suisse Saudi Arabia. As an industry pioneer, she participated in various CMA committees that reviewed regulations at the inception of the CMA, and led some of the landmark transactions in Saudi capital markets. In addition to being recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, she is currently an independent member of the board of directors of Reyl Finance (MEA), an independent member of the board of directors and investment committee of Jahez (Saudi Arabia) and a member of the advisory board of Columbia University’s Global Centers (Amman).

    • 53 min
    Executing Your Ideas With Audrey Nakad

    Executing Your Ideas With Audrey Nakad

    In this episode, Audrey Nakad shares her passion for education space and early experiences of tutoring. She mentions how that phase made her realize she wanted to do more and make a difference in society by reshaping the education system. The need to transmit knowledge and support the development of students and help them reach their full potential led her to start an online tutoring platform Ostaz. She talks about its inception and its purpose of connecting students with tutors in the region. She has a great vision and perseverance to bring change in the future of learning and teaching through Ostaz that will eventually create opportunities for youth. 


    Audrey Nakad is the co-founder and CEO of Ostaz. The #1 online private tutoring platform in the MENA that provides you with the right teacher to help you achieve your learning needs.  In 2019, she was listed on Forbes 30 Under 30. She sold her 1st startup, a painting business in Montreal while she was 18.She was also a part of a rotational leadership program in one of the leading insurance companies in North America “Sun Life Financial” where she developed her leadership and strategy skills.

    • 46 min
    Cultivating Mental Strength And Resilience In Parenthood With Fajer Al Hashel

    Cultivating Mental Strength And Resilience In Parenthood With Fajer Al Hashel

    This episode with Fajer Al Hashel focuses on mental strength and equality among people regardless of their abilities. Fajer discusses her career shift and  experience from working in the banking industry to becoming a special education teacher. She advises parents to pay attention to the psychological aspect of children requiring specific necessities. She is on a mission to assist parents in raising and understanding children the right way. 
    Fajer is the founder of the Fajer Al Hashel education institute for educational services and consultations and she’s also a speaker at the Women Power Summit. She has been featured in a number of publications as well as news channels. Fajer works with organizations like Shamsaha and disability awareness to recognize her contributions as a special education teacher. She is the author of children’s books and has 12 years of experience with designing educational programs for children. Listen to her episode now!

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Hebah Fisher ,

Concrete conversations

I love how useful this show is. Not only does it feature conversations with inspiring Arab women, but Wafaa also does a great job of asking practical and useful questions so that we as listeners can really learn from these episodes.

newnesmah ,

Real, supportive and inspiring

I love this show, each episode is full of so much value. What I love most is the duration, Wafa goes deep but keeps it short and concise. My favourite episode is about the tribe, so full of honesty and support, thank you!

moosebah ,

I love it!

Having Nada as your first guest speaker is awesome!! I learned new things about her

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