114 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.

    Building Financial Freedom With Dina Shoman

    Building Financial Freedom With Dina Shoman

    In this episode, Dina Shoman talks about her career as a banking veteran coming from  a family that excels in financial expertise and having had generations of banking experience. Before starting her entrepreneurial journey, Dina served as Vice president for Arab Bank in a number of countries. She believes in equipping young individuals with financial literacy from a very young age which would enable them to make money related decisions for their careers early on. 

    Dina was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012, and ranked third out of the ‘Top 100 Most Powerful Arab Business Women in Listed Companies’ by Forbes Middle East. Listen to her episode now!

    Dina Shoman is an international banking veteran and serial financial literacy entrepreneur, she brings almost two decades of experience to her role as Co-Founder of Verity, the Middle East’s family banking app that teaches kids and teens how to make smart money management decisions.

    Verity is Dina’s third financial literacy-focused venture, having previously founded inherQuests and Nahji. Both startups successfully integrated experiential and play-based learning with relevant content and programs.

    • 53 min
    Growing Your Network And Navigating Tough Conversations In The Workplace With Kamar Jaffer

    Growing Your Network And Navigating Tough Conversations In The Workplace With Kamar Jaffer

    In this insightful episode with Kamar Jaffer, we take a walk down her adventurous life having lived in multiple countries and experienced different cultures that eventually led her to realizing her dreams and fueling her passion for asset management, building genuine connections with people and navigating networking in a way that serves her purpose and scales her career. Originally hailing from Tunisian and Pakistani and having lived in Casablanca, Abidjan and London and Paris, Kamr identifies more as a global citizen. Kamar is passionate about emerging markets and has, with senior industry experts, led podcasts and edited publications. Listen to her episode now!

    Kamar Jaffer is a counsel in Allen & Overy’s Middle East Funds & Asset Management Group with 15 years of experience. She helps clients structure and establish investment funds/vehicles to raise capital as well as acts for investors on their investments into funds globally across a range of asset classes. Prior to joining A&O, Kamar was Head of Legal, or MENA & Turkey at PineBridge Investments. Kamar is a member of the Young Arab Leaders as well as A&O’s Middle East Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

    • 48 min
    Building A Business Around Passion With GLEAC Founder Sallyann Della Casa

    Building A Business Around Passion With GLEAC Founder Sallyann Della Casa

    In this episode, Sallyyan shares her story of bringing her innovative tech startup GLEAC to life. She talks about her passion for engaging with the community and for using human skills to create opportunities. Sallyann began her career as a corporate lawyer in the US, working with such giants as Nestle, Careem and others. Additionally, through the Growing Leaders Foundation she established, she has delivered soft skills to more than 25,000 young people and adults in the last six years. Listen to her episode now!
    Sallyann is one of 4% of women globally with a patent-pending method as a sole inventor. A Harvard alum with degrees in Law, Organizational Behavior, and Urban Planning; she spends her days obsessing over soft skills at her tech company-GLEAC. Companies like Prada, Accenture and Korn Ferry have worked with GLEAC. GLEAC also showcased at Expo 2021 in the Dubai Cares, The Future is Human pavilion. Sallyann also runs the Growing Leaders Foundation which delivers soft skills to at-risk youth in partnership with the UNDP. In 2016, she served as the only female, C-suite leader at Careem where she helped shape its organizational culture. 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Sophie Smith On Sourcing Investment To Scale Your Business

    Sophie Smith On Sourcing Investment To Scale Your Business

    In this episode, Sophie Smith dives deep into her passion for Health Tech and all things related to empowering women by providing them access to premium healthcare facilities. Sophie’s business model for her startup Nabta is heavily built around creating a hybrid of equipping women with freedom to realize their personal needs. She takes on how she familiarized herself with pitching to investors and how businesses need to invest more in women and woman run startups in order to create a ripple effect of emerging female led enterprises.
    Sophie’s lifetime ambition is to empower women to manage their health with privacy, autonomy and convenience, and to make healthcare affordable and accessible for all women. 
    Sophie Smith is the Founder and CEO of Nabta Health, a hybrid healthcare platform for women providing personalized healthcare in emerging markets.
    Prior to co-founding Nabta, Sophie worked for Accenture as a technology consultant and then founded impact enterprises including myZindagi (a doctor-finding platform based in Pakistan) and Le Plastics (a plastic recycling company based in Sierra Leone).

    • 1 hr
    Turning Your FOMO Into Fulfillment With Tala Samman

    Turning Your FOMO Into Fulfillment With Tala Samman

    In this episode, Tala Samman talks about her wowsome career in Fashion and entertainment. Always having a love for becoming a DJ, Tala pursued that dream and is not the most successful and high profile dj in the middle east. Starting off with a career in Fashion, having worked for brands like Tom Ford, Halston, and as a Fashion Editor of Condé Nast's first fashion title in the Middle East. 

    She has been featured in publications such as The Guardian, Grazia UK, Grazia Middle East, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, and Marie Claire Middle East. Tala is also a Huffington Post contributor and has interviewed the likes of Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera, and Nicole Richie. 

    Tala Samman is a fashion blogher, founder of Myfashdiary.com and a DJ. She launched her style blog, myfashdiary.com in 2009 and has been nominated in Ahlan! Magazine’s Best at the Dubai awards, as well as at the Marie Claire, UK Blog, and Twitter awards. She has also hosted and styled for numerous events between Dubai, London, and Doha, collaborated with names such as Jimmy Choo for their stylemakers campaign, Tod's, and Gucci to name a few.

    • 1 hr
    Level Up Your Life And Mental Health With Amal Baatia

    Level Up Your Life And Mental Health With Amal Baatia

    In this episode, Amal Baatia talks about her fitness journey and her path to pivoting from being a fitness enthusiast and trainer to entrepreneur and everything in between. Amal believes in maintaining an active lifestyle by continuing coaching development through attending workshops and training courses around the world. By juggling between being a mother of two, an investment manager, all while pursuing her passion for Coaching crossfit and calisthenics, Amal aims to deliver a message to all women that age shouldn't be a limitation to achieve your goals.

    Amal Baatia is a fitness enthusiast who started her fitness journey with gymnastics when she was only 8 years old. She nabbed 2 bronze medals at the World Pull-up Competition in Finland and not only represented Saudi Arabia at the competition but was also the only Arab female participant. In further achievements, Amal won 2nd place in a race held in King Abdullah Economic City and came 3rd in the Battle of the East Competition held in Kuwait.

    • 33 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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