Our next fireside chat will host Elissa Freiha the of WOMENA, a platform promoting female inclusion in the Middle East's innovation economy.
Elissa Freiha is an entrepreneur, investor, public speaker, women's rights advocate and founder of WOMENA, As a prominent speaker on women's involvement in entrepreneurship and active angel investor with over 30 investments between North America and MENA, Elissa has been frequently recognized in various media outlets, appearing on BBC's 30under30, Forbes Middle East's "50 Business Leaders Inspiring The UAE", and Arabian Business' "100 World's Most Influential Arabs", "100 Most Powerful Arab Women", "100 Most Influential Arabs under 40" and "Investor of the Year 2017."
Prior to founding Womena, Elissa has previously worked in marketing, sales, and events in entertainment and media. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Global Communications from the American University of Paris, the city in which she was born and raised. She is an Emirati of Lebanese and American descent.
WOMENA, an angel investment platform
Elissa Freiha is the founder of WOMENA, a UAE-based angel investment platform for women investors. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the American University of Paris where she was born and raised. She is Emirati-Lebanese-American and speaks English, Arabic, French, and Spanish fluently. She was recently named by Fobes Middle Easts as one of the Most Inspiring Busin…
Elissa Freiha is the founder of WOMENA, a UAE-based angel investment platform for women investors. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the American University of Paris where she was born and raised. She is Emirati-Lebanese-American and speaks English, Arabic, French, and Spanish fluently. She was recently named by Fobes Middle Easts as one of the Most Inspiring Business Leaders in the UAE, and in Arabian Business’ 100 most powerful Arab women and Arabian Business’ 100 most influential Arabs under 40. Chantalle Dumonceaux is the Co-Founder of WOMENA, an angel investment platform in the Middle East. Since launch in December 2014, WOMENA has invested in four UAE companies and has educated and empowered hundreds of women to invest.
Host-Talha Siddiqi is an engineer turned marketeer who has worked in North America, Africa and the Middle-East for Fortune 500 companies running sales and marketing campaigns. Most recently , he was heavily involved with channel partners in Africa/Middle-East to help them "digitize" products and bring them to the world of data analytics. Talha has a passion for new technology, cultural diversity and international travel.
Startup Grind Muscat
Entrepreneurially driven technologist with 8+ years of experience in the entrepreneurship MENA region ecosystem. Since 2009 Mohammed has worked at or supported Social n’ Tech, Startup Grind, Startup Weekend, makesense, Seedstars, Riseup, and many other Entrepreneurship and Youth communities.
Mohammed has been recognized as a speaker at several events including RiseUp Summit, Digital Arabia Network, and Adobe World Tour. Mohammed has also been featured on various media channels like; BBC World, BBC Arabic, Al Jazeera, Sky News, MBC, AJ+, Al Ghad TV, Roya TV, ONTV, BBC Radio, National Newspaper, and Inc. Magazine.
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