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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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Aug 24, 2015

The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa Region: Nicholla had the opportunity to talk with Maha Al Lamki, Founder & Managing Director of 'M Co Group of Companies in Oman.   Maha Al Lamki is one of Oman’s most successful and trusted interior decorators who draws influence from the world around her. Her use of organic colours and hand-chosen fabrics from around around the world give each of her projects a unique and contemporary feel.As a businesswoman she heads m co, a group of companies that specialise in decor, events and media and digital communications as well as the rental of designer furniture for events and parties. Read More at our Website

Aug 3, 2015

The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa Region: Nicholla had the opportunity to talk with Amira Azzouz, Founder and Chief Editor for Fustany.com.  A leading fashion and lifestyle portal in the Middle East by Arab women for Arab Women.  She is a Global Shaper for the World Economic Forum.  She a two-something ambitious young lady who has a great vision to make her portal a hub for all things empowering for women. This is her story and her insight into what has contributed to her success of Fustany and her advise for women wanting to take the plunge into entrepreneurship. 

Read more about Amira at our website

Jul 13, 2015

The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa Region: Nicholla sat down with Azza. Azza Al Mughairy is an Emirati Girl with a collection of accolades on her wall. She's the Ambassador of the Saadiyat Beach Club, a TV Reporter, Radio Host, MC and public speaker.  She's used her skill of public speaking to develop her Ambassadorship and BE a recognised and respected person of the local media.  

Azza is a lady with a grand plan and ambition.  She started her career in banking but quickly saw her way into the hospitality industry when she became the Ambassador of the Saadiyat Beach Club, Abu Dhabi.  In this interview  Azza talks about her Freelance journey, she shares with us how she manages her day as she still has her TV reporting and Radio Host commitments to attend too.  She talks about building her credibility in her business and what she sees as the top 3 skills an Emirati women needs to be successful business woman.  She's a massive advocate of woman taking the plunge into entrepreneurship and she plans to work towards her goals to build a community of amazing Emirati woman doing what they are passionate about.  This is her interview. 

Her questions are on the website.

Jun 22, 2015

The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa Region: We sat down with Manar Al Hinai who is award winning Emirati Writer and Communications Consultant from Abu Dhabi.  She is the Founder of 'Move' Consultancy and has found her niche in bringing together international tastes with local culture through the medium she has loved since a child.

Manar and I were keen to get started as this was our first podcast together and her first podcast episode ever.  She's a young dynamic women with great energy and know how. She's a firm believer in staying focused and being excellent and one or two things.  And this attitude has been reflected in the awards and accolades she has received.  In 2011 she was the Arab Woman of the Year in Abu Dhabi.  In 2012 & 2014 she was included in the 100 most inspiring individuals in the UAE.  She's a women on a mission. This is her interview. 

See more on this episode via our Webpage

Jun 1, 2015

The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa Region: Meet Aline Kamakian - Owner of Fig Holding which has established: Mayrig, Batchig, Made by Mayrig, M Catering and K the kitchen.  Re-capturing her grandmothers recipes she has carved a career spreading her Armenian heritage and the taste of Armenian food through the Armenian restaurant, Mayrig. She is also the co-Author of the book 'Armenian Food' and now she is working to Franchise her Armenian restaurant and take in Global. 

Aline was a fantastic guest.  She shared so much great advise learnt from her own entrepreneurial journey. I felt really quite privileged to be sat next to her hearing all this great information first hand.

She is the co - owner of the first Armenian restaurant in Lebanon and Dubai called Mayrig. Which means 'little mother' in Armenian.  Her Dubai restaurant in in Downtown Dubai on the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard.  She describes herself as a talker not a writer and is passionate about her Armenian Heritage and Armenian Food.  

She's also made the short listed for the caterer awards 2015 . I hope she wins because someone like her leading a unique restaurant with her business acumen would be such a fantastic blend and inspiration for women out there that want to be restaurateurs like her.

Her first job was a financial consultants which she still does today and has a great success of this role too.  It  was a surprising role for a passionate foodie and cook but her story explains this journey too.  She also written a book entitled Armenia Food.  I was super excited as they day I interviewed her was my birthday and she kindly gave me a signed copy. How lucky am I?? :) 

An action based person full of drive and ambitions, she has BIG plans to franchise her restaruant and share a bit of armenia with the world. Enjoy this interview.

May 18, 2015

Meet Sana Bagersh - CEO of BrandMoxie, Managing Editor of Tempo Magazine, Founder of Tamakken & Chair of the Amcham Business Women. A UAE serial entrepreneur with a passion to bring people, culture, innovation and ideas together.

Inside this episode

Influencer, Connector, Bridge Builder, Enabler, Loves to give back. Just some of the adjectives that I would use to describe Sana.  A warm and delightful guest she shared her story with me and showed that if you have a dream, anything is possible.  If you haven't met Sana or have heard of her and would like to know more about her and her ventures then this is the podcast for you.  Our interview was more like a chat over coffee where she really opened up about her entrepreneurial journey from her early days with Gulf News to being a serial entrepreneur and encouraging others to do the same.  I enjoyed her company very much and felt quite ignited after our chat and motivated to make this  podcast show even better.  
Thanks Sana for our time and your wisdom. Keep being amazing.  :) 

Check the question I ask her at our website and details of how to get in touch with her. 

Mar 9, 2015

Rasha Hamdan is a lady on a mission and a leading entrepreneur from Jordan. She is the Founder of Yislamoo. A business that creates greeting cards in Arabic.  "Yislamoo" is an elaborate way of saying thank you in Arabic. It translates to a prayer: “may you be safe from harm”, which is the individual’s way of returning the favor or gift on spot. Yislamoo celebrates the beauty of contemporary Arabic culture and language prevalent throughout all major holidays and occasions.

Yislamoo is dedicated to enhancing social correspondence by helping loved ones, friends, families and colleagues celebrate important holidays and everyday occasions throughout our region, in their own language and their own skin.

Their first edition of greeting cards was produced à la postcard style as an initiative to preserve the earth’s natural resources by using less paper. 

Their newly added free e-card collection is a step further to bring people closer to one another by reaching out in any time or occasion to show someone how special they really are.

This is Rasha's story and her take on succeeding as an entrepreneur. No journey is easy but if you stay focused, remain persistent you can achieve your best and overcome your challenges.

See Show notes and more at the website page. The Learning Curve Podcast

Feb 16, 2015

Working Mum and serial entrepreneur, Sima Najjar and founder of www.ekief.com has had an incredible entrepreneurial journey. She has achieved amazing success with seeing a problem and creating the solution.  From Jordan, she is a leading Arab women entrepreneur who is one to watch in the coming years.  She says if she was to start again she would begin the same way as she believes going to business school would not have armed her with the lessons and challenges she has faced.  When her own journey for Arabic 'how to' videos failed she decided to solve the problem herself and start a You Tube channel where other Arabic speakers could have a place to go where they could get more 'how to' videos. This is her story of success and what lies ahead for this ambitious lady.

See more at The Learning Curve Podcast Episode.

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