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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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Feb 1, 2016

How would you make your community more sustainable?  Make it not just about creating economic growth and the creation of jobs [which will happen] but more about creating multiple layers of economic, social and environmental value where you and your community all benefit?  Does this sound like something you could do or want to be part of?

My next guest, Dina Sherif, is on that mission.  She is passionate about finding better ways that serve everyone better and her vision is focused on creating sustainable societies.  Her goal is to see her business be leading the way in the commercialisation of social innovations.

Her second business called 'Entrepreneurs with Impact Ventures' is all helping entrepreneurs who build businesses that tackle major issues in society, so entrepreneurs that focus on key industries like Education, Energy, Healthcare and Environment. She wants her business to be seen as the entity that changes the mindset of individuals and businesses within growth markets.

Her third project is at the core of everything she does.  Its aim is to see more women in business. Women are an untapped market and businesses are missing out on potential economic growth.

I thorougly enjoyed my convesation with Dina. She's an Economist, a Researcher, definitely a thought leader and change maker in Egypt and beyond. She is passionate, driven and was full of great nuggets of insight and experience.  She is  one women to watch in the coming years to see how her philosophies, her studies and business insight for this region develops.

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

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.

Read the full blog on this article here

Listen to more interviews with Women Entrepreneurs from the Middle East from 2015 ^ 2016

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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Dec 28, 2015

The First Women Entrepreneur Podcast in the Middle East.

Over the last year I have spoken to 42 different women on the Learning Curve Podcast. From all walks of life across the Middle East. Each time they have shared their entrepreneurial story, their challenges, their successes, how they organize their day, how they see social media, where they seem themselves on their own learning curve and so much more. It’s been an amazing journey and I feel privileged that these ladies have opened up to me so that more women out their can take their own entrepreneurial journey.  Their stories were all so different, so varied, so personal too yet there was a common pattern and this I feel came down to these 5 common traits. 

Read More the full blog post at our website

More Women Entrepreneur Episodes here.

Dec 21, 2015

The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa Region: 

How would you like to step out of your comfort zone, do something so distant from your 'everyday',  in the pursuit of learning more about yourself and helping you find out if you can push yourself passed your limits?  When we live in a world where 'distraction' is deemed normal, how would you like to spend a bit of time focused on one goal and doing that the best you can and know that this will help you both mentally, physically and spiritually. Well my next guest Jody Ballard, is a women on a mission to help you all learn to reconnect with ourselves. To help us recognise that our abilities to heal, push forward and be the best we can be are all within us.

She is the Founder of the Women Heritage Walk, and its in second year this event is designed for women and assimilates a physical challenge with the cultural and historical components of where we live.  The walk that starts from Al Ain and ends in Abu Dhabi honours the Emirati Women, who not too long ago made this bi-annual trek.  I am taking part in this walk myself and for me this is a personal, mental and physical goal. I've never done anything like this before and yes I'm nervous but I can't wait to get out there, breathe in that warm desert air, hear the silence of the desert and reconnect with myself in an 'undistracted' setting.

Taking place in March 2016, Jody shares with us the story behind the event and the importance of the woman connection.  She takes us back to the first heritage walk sharing with us the conversations of the ladies who took part, how they were feeling, what the dynamic was like, what preparation took place and their scariest moments.  Press play to listen to this interview.

Check out More of our Women Entrepreneur Episodes

Dec 14, 2015

How would you like to have a women by your side helping you build your business and make it the success you have always dreamed about?  How would you like to have a women next to you that helps you negotiate better, helps you interpret the feelings and thoughts of the person you are negotiating with, to know if you are heading towards a success conclusion.  Well my next guest Arancha Gayoso, is exactly who you will need.  Her vision is to become your most trusted negotiation advisor.

Arancha is the Founder and Managing Partner of Milvidas, An Executive Management training Firm.  She is also a negotiator advisor in body language. She can analyse people's silences and omissions that help you understand what they are not really saying.

From an early age she was always fascinated by the way people communicate.  Through her education and through her vast experiences she is helping people and more importantly women become better negotiators.  Society and Culture have discouraged women not to be so demanding and so the art of negotiation can be a foreign activity to many.

In this very enlightened and open conversation, Arancha shares her entrepreneurial journey, her own struggles, what she has learnt along the way and some awesome 'go to resources' to help you with your own entrepreneurial journey.  Check out the section near the end about culture and negotiation.  how many of you have thought about that?  Its an eye opener.

Dec 7, 2015

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

How many of you out there feel disconnected with the styles and fashions that you see on the run way?  How many of you look at it and think, 'I could never wear that!'. Well my next guest, Antoinette Chorlton wants you to see how runway wear can be 'real wear'.  She wants to help women reconnect with their love of fashion and style.

From a young age her dad indulged everything 'fashion'. She shopped with him, got creative and really connected with her style and what would become, 'Antoinette'.  But as her working age got closer her dad wanted her to have a proper career and not go down the fashion route. 

But Antoinette is a savvy, hard working and positive person, skills her father engrained in her.  She did follow her dad's advise but her love of fashion remained.  Today she is an international fashion stylist and the is the founder of 'Glamour on the Go', a style agency focused on fashion events and style presentations.  She is also the co-founder of Moda Africa - an international fashion agency introducing and representing African Fashion Designers globally. And the founder of her newest endeavour - Shop My Closet.  A fashion event for high end & designer pre-loved clothes.

A mum, wife, daughter, & thriving business owner, she is a making 'Glamour' easier to connect with and helping women find their own 'fashionista'.  In this very open and sometimes 'laugh out loud' comical conversation, Antoinette shares her journey with us from her childhood to how she envisions 'Shop My Closet' being a household name in the Middle East.

Visit our website to see more interview with Women Entrepeneurs in the Middle East

Nov 30, 2015

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

​In a world where inefficiency can be costly here is a lady who has built her business success of business outsourcing on great advise she received from her mum.  Her mum said, 'success is built on systems, efficiency and economies'.  This key advise has helped her and her partner build a group of businesses that focuses on scalability,creating efficiencies, streamlining processes and helping people save money.  

Anna Heystek is a serial entrepreneur and a business enabler. She has the gift to see where there is a problem and when she sees it, she makes it her mission to fix the problem and make it an efficient working entity again. She loves everything to do with systems, processes, technology, people and people behaviour and loves to take away the pain from people's operational processes. But the journey there hasn't been smooth. She's made mistakes, and had failures but she gets up and does it all again, with all that knowledge and her learning curve tucked in her pocket.  

Anna is an inquisitive and driven women who aspires to be a coach and empower people to reach their full potential.  She reads lots and has been criticised for being too futuristic with things she wants to implement but like some of her business idols she is full throttle with her passion to build businesses that serve and focus on knowing now what we can do tomorrow.

Check out our other women entrepreneur episodes with ladies in the Middle East

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