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The Learning Curve Podcast | Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

Nicholla Henderson Hall, talks to Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East. Speaking with ladies in the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Egypt, Oman and Jordan we ask them to share their entrepreneurial journey. How they faced success and challenges in their own business, what advise and direction they offer up to more women keen to start their own business or expand their current business and where they see themselves as their businesses evolve. We are based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Jan 25, 2016

How many podcasts do you listen too? I bet the number is either none, some or loads!!!  Its really fascinating when you talk to people about podcasting and they are either totally into them or haven't got a clue!! Often the cluelessness is based around the 'Why would I listen to them?' or 'Where do I get them?' or quite plainly 'what is a podcast'.  Living here in the UAE I have to say the latter of those questions is the most common, but then weird things happen like, I get the opportunity to be part of The National newspaper on podcasting. That was awesome by the way! :) So it really is a 'learning curve' when it comes to podcasting!  

So if you are one that sits of the fence as a listener or as someone that could see the medium as a tool then here are my 4 superpowers of podcasts that 'hopefully' will help you jump off the fence to downloading a couple to listen to some or start your own.  Really there are thousands of podcasts. I am part of 4 communities on Facebook where there are podcasters producing shows and episodes and nearly everyday we see a new show launching around another niche area.  From health & wellness to fly fishing, there are literally thousands of podcasts out there!  Check out ITunes or Stitcher and Im sure you will find something you like.

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Jan 18, 2016

 The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

Yes.. Everyday Leen goes home feeling happy she is making a difference in a young persons life.  She's the founder of the Algerian connection for Injaz Al Arab, is a non-profit organization that drives youth education and training in workforce readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship across the Arab World.

Leen has been with the organisation since 2000 but it was her move to Algeria in 2010 that took all her skills and training to the next level when she decided she wanted to start Injaz in Algeria.

Injaz is Arabic for 'Achievement' and it has also been a particular achievement for her too.  She moved to Algeria and had to build Injaz El Djazair from the ground up. She had no key relationships within the private or public sector, she couldn't speak the language, and although she had been with the company 10 years [at this point] she was now taking on not just marketing but all the facets of starting a business.  Needless to say she become frustrated and want to give it all up!  But a chance meeting with ambitious business professional and getting over her own fears, she stepped up to the challenge and today Injaz El Djazair reaches 6000 students across 10 cities.  Her BIG vision is to reach all 48 cities in Algeria and to see the Injaz curriculum part of mainstream school.

This is Leen's story.

More Interviews with Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East 2015 & 2016

Jan 11, 2016

How many of you would like to see your kid or nieces or nephews or even your friends kids step away from the ipads or computer games and engage in activities like robot building, science, technology, engineering, mathematics and renewable Energy. Interested?  I know I was. I like Ipads but they offer no phyisical interaction, my daughter just sits and stares at it and it offers limited sensory interaction because you can' smell or touch what you are working on or viewing.  these thoughts are very much similiar to Rana, the Founder of The Little Engineer.

Rana was an instructor in the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at the American University of Beirut, teaching in the Mechanical and Engineering Management Department, a mother of three kids decided to launch the Little Engineer venture in Beirut in 2009.

The Little Engineer is dedicated to educating young minds and increasing public understanding and appreciation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through interactive tailored programs. She focuses on Robotics, Renewable Energy and Environmental related sciences delivered in an easy yet very effective method with a concept of bridging the gap between theory and practice & schools and universities.  Young minds connect with a real life problem and then use the STEM theories to apply to the problem.

For her initiative and business plan, she was recognized as one of MENA's most promising entrepreneurs by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009. She was awarded the “Coup de Coeur Femme by “Medventures” for the Mediterranean in 2010, selected the woman entrepreneur by the American Embassy to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program “IVLP” 2011, won the Cartier Women Initiative for the MENA region in 2011 and the Green Mind Award in 2012. In 2013 The little Engineer signed a strategic Partnership with Airbus Middle East to deliver regional workshop for youth .She is working hard to be a voice of change in the Arab World by investing in young minds. This is Rana, entrepreneurial journey and how she is making a difference in children's future.

Connect and Read Rana's Bio

Check out our other episodes with Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East. 2015 & 2016

Jan 4, 2016

The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

How many tech women entrepreneurs do you know? How many have you read about in the news? Well surprisingly there isn't that many.  Type into Google 'Why are there not many women tech entrepreneurs' and you will be quite surprised to learn that there are quite a few articles about it.  A tech entrepreneur is someone who focuses their business on development of technology to help solve a problem. Surprisingly there are not many. So when we found Doaa in Egypt, the learning curve podcast was excited because here is a women who is by profession a software engineer AND plans to make it her mission to activate the next generation of arab women in technology - I just knew she needed to be on our show.

Doaa, is lover of the STEM curriculum. She's been passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering  and Mathematics.  She wants to help empower more women to be in technology businesses and see them become leaders in business aswell as adding value to the economy.  

Doaa, is leading the charge on this one by creating two platforms that encourage women to become tech entrepreneurs.  She is the Founder of Arab Womenpreneurs Hub, an online hub for women entrepreneurs in the entire MENA region and Co founder of She is Back, a returnship program for women in STEM who have been disconnected from the workforce and are interested to join again.  She's definately a women on a mission and through this interview we learn about her platforms but also about her and the energy and passion behind this women who ceases every opportunity to be an advocate for the Arab women.  Watch this space because this lady is making positive changes in the MENA region.

More information and contact details for Doaa here.

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