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Featured conversations with business and government leaders shaping the Middle East. empowerME Conversations is a project of the Atlantic Council’s empowerME initiative.

Featured conversations with business and government leaders shaping the Middle East. empowerME Conversations is a project of the Atlantic Council’s empowerME initiative.

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Featured conversations with business and government leaders shaping the Middle East. empowerME Conversations is a project of the Atlantic Council’s empowerME initiative.

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English


Episodes

Season 2 Episode 6 - The Evolution of the Food and Beverage Sector in MENA with Tamer Mosalam

11/2/2021
PepsiCo Vice President and General Manager for GCC and the Levant Tamer Mosalam joins Atlantic Council empowerME Conversations host Amjad Ahmad for a conversation about innovation and emerging opportunities for the food and beverage sector, the increase in women’s employment in Saudi Arabia, and ways governments and corporates can support entrepreneurs. Key Takeaways: 0:00 Intro 1:58 Tamer talks about the change in consumers over the last 24 months, and how they've now been defined as...

Duration:00:06:50

Season 2 Episode 5 - Building Growth: The Future of MENA‘s Construction Sector with Samer Khoury

10/26/2021
Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) Chairman Samer Khoury joins Atlantic Council empowerME Conversations host Amjad Ahmad for a conversation about the future of the construction industry, how companies can partner with and support startups, policies needed to boost the region’s economic growth, and ways to improve the talent pipeline and bring more women into the workforce. Key Takeaways: 0:00 Intro 1:36 Samer gives an overview of the region as it comes out of Covid and the push for...

Duration:00:09:13

Season 2 Episode 4 - Rejuvenating Retail with Alain Bejjani

10/19/2021
Majid Al-Futtaim CEO Alain Bejjani joins Atlantic Council empowerME Conversations host Amjad Ahmad for a conversation about the future of retail in the Middle East, consumer desires for more modern and fulfilling experiences, and policies that will promote talent from the inside and economic growth. Key Takeaways: 0:00 Intro 1:13 Alain talks about the pandemic and what he is now seeing post pandemic given that he operates in different countries and its impact on business in the Middle East...

Duration:00:44:44

Season 2 Episode 3 - The Path to 25 Healthcare Breakthroughs with Patrick van der Loo

10/12/2021
Pfizer Regional President for Africa and Middle East Patrick van der Loo joins Atlantic Council empowerME Conversations host Amjad Ahmad for a conversation about the COVID vaccine rollout in the region, prospects for machine learning and AI to revolutionize healthcare, policies that will promote innovation, and ways companies can nurture women leaders in the workplace. Key Takeaways: 0:00 Intro 1:30 Patrick talks about his observations of what is happening in Africa and Middle East regions...

Duration:00:47:07

Season 2, Episode 2 - Democratizing Commerce with Ramez Shehadi

10/5/2021
Key Takeaways: 0:00 Intro 1:23 Ramez talks about digitization of the Middle East economy, what it means and what he is seeing on the ground 3:40 MENA internet penetration higher than global average (https://www.statista.com/statistics/265171/comparison-of-global-and-middle-eastern-internet-penetration-rate/) 5:22 Ramez shares some of the reasons why he feels that businesses are still struggling to join the digital world 7:55 100,000 UAE Golden Visas for coders: Who can apply and how...

Duration:00:45:29

Season 2, Episode 1 – Transforming Logistics with Jean-Francois Condamine

9/28/2021
UPS President for Indian subcontinent, Middle East, and Africa Jean-Francois Condamine on the e-commerce boom in the Middle East, promoting sustainability in the logistics industry, and empowering small and medium enterprises to become regional and global exporters. Key Takeaways: 0:00 Intro 1:10 Jean-Francois talks a little bit about the current state of the logistics industry in the Middle East 2:00 Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince launches National Transport and Logistics Strategy...

Duration:00:33:42

Must See (Saudi) TV with Alaa Fadan

3/2/2021
Saudi Arabia-based Telfaz11 has long been regarded as one of the leading players on the MENA region’s digital media scene. 2020 has been a year in which Telfaz11 (whose creative content had garnered it more than 2.3 billion views and 24.8 million subscribers) has had to pull the shutters down on some of its productions owing to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis- but it’s also been a year where it inked a multi-picture deal with Netflix. We're joined by CEO Alaa Fadan who talks the rise of...

Duration:00:46:34

Transforming Homz with Mahmoud Ibrahim

2/9/2021
Key Takeaways: 0:00 Intro 0:59 Mahmoud shares a little background of what made him choose the path of founding startups 3:18 Mahmoud talks about the challenges that he and the company faced especially with regards to the market 5:29 Mahmoud also shares some of the lessons he learned in Pakistan and how that market developed in terms of e-commerce in those early stages 7:59 Mahmoud shares his thoughts on why he thinks Alibaba were attracted to the Daraz as a marketplace 11:11 Mahmoud talks...

Duration:00:48:18

From Fashion to Fintech with Hosam Arab

2/2/2021
Key Takeaways: 0:00 Intro 0:41 Hosam shares a little background of what made him to become an entrepreneur he is now 2:29 Hosam talks about the history of his company and why he decided to venture into fashion industry 4:23 Hosam talks about e-commerce and what led them to take their fashion business online and how convenient it is to both the businessman and the customers 6:37 Hosam talks about how it was becoming an entrepreneur and starting a business in times when entrepreneurship...

Duration:00:37:12

Double Vision with Anass Boumediene and Mehdi Oudghiri

1/26/2021
Eyewa was founded in 2017, with a purposeful intent to offer an advanced and easy-to-use platform to purchase high-quality eyewear at affordable prices, creating a unique, efficient, and memorable shopping experience to all. Ever since, we became the largest and most trusted online eyewear store in the Middle East to provide the finest brands of prescription glasses, sunglasses, blue light glasses, color contact lenses, and corrective contact lenses. Key Takeaways: 0:00 Intro 1:02 Anass...

Duration:00:48:33

It's a Mumz World with Mona Ataya

1/19/2021
Mona Ataya, CEO and founder of Mumzworld.com, has proven to be one of the Middle East’s most prominent of women entrepreneurs. Beyond leading a successful and growing SME, and inspiring her employees and communities, Mona is on a mission to change the region, one mum at a time. A transformational leader and a change agent in every sense of the word, Mona has managed to grow Mumzworld from a business plan on paper to an enviable brand reaching more than 2 million mothers across the region in...

Duration:00:42:00

Translating Business with Tarjama Founder and CEO Nour Al Hassan

1/12/2021
In Season 1, Episode 1, Tarjama Founder and CEO Nour Al Hassan discusses what drove her to become an entrepreneur, her company’s prescient flexible work model that has promoted women’s economic inclusion as well as resilience, and her policy wish list to help more endeavors like hers succeed in the Middle East. Key Takeaways: 0:00 Intro 0:49 Nour shares her entrepreneurial journey, how she started her business and importance of working from home 2:49 Nour talks about how it was like to...

Duration:00:38:17

Pilot Episode

12/2/2020
Features conversations with business and government leaders shaping the Middle East. empowerME Conversations is a project of the Atlantic Council’s empowerME initiative.

Duration:00:04:11