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Curated Today is proud to present the Curated Conversations podcast series which is dedicated to making insightful, high-value, industry-focused information available to listeners on-the-go. Hosted by Rohma Theunissen, Curated Conversations is an extension of the Curated Today brand ethos, which explores the unique elements of the Middle Eastern retail industry and the impact that it has on a global scale. Our episodes feature some of the region’s most prominent movers and shakers as they share stories, experiences, and learnings that address real-life challenges and trending topics to help our audiences navigate all of the changes they face in the industry today. Real insights, real experts, real conversations. To learn more about Curated Conversations and Curated Today, visit www.curatedtoday.com

Curated Today is proud to present the Curated Conversations podcast series which is dedicated to making insightful, high-value, industry-focused information available to listeners on-the-go. Hosted by Rohma Theunissen, Curated Conversations is an extension of the Curated Today brand ethos, which explores the unique elements of the Middle Eastern retail industry and the impact that it has on a global scale. Our episodes feature some of the region’s most prominent movers and shakers as they share stories, experiences, and learnings that address real-life challenges and trending topics to help our audiences navigate all of the changes they face in the industry today. Real insights, real experts, real conversations. To learn more about Curated Conversations and Curated Today, visit www.curatedtoday.com

Location:

United Arab Emirates

Description:

Curated Today is proud to present the Curated Conversations podcast series which is dedicated to making insightful, high-value, industry-focused information available to listeners on-the-go. Hosted by Rohma Theunissen, Curated Conversations is an extension of the Curated Today brand ethos, which explores the unique elements of the Middle Eastern retail industry and the impact that it has on a global scale. Our episodes feature some of the region’s most prominent movers and shakers as they share stories, experiences, and learnings that address real-life challenges and trending topics to help our audiences navigate all of the changes they face in the industry today. Real insights, real experts, real conversations. To learn more about Curated Conversations and Curated Today, visit www.curatedtoday.com

Language:

English

Contact:

+971563726112


Episodes

The Influence of Community Commerce - With TikTok Head of Retail & E-Commerce MENA, Aref Yehia

10/12/2021
Since its inception just a few years ago, TikTok has changed the very manner in which we consume content online. Having just surpassed the one billion active monthly users mark, Rohma Theunissen caught up with TikTok’s Head of Retail & E-Commerce, Aref Yehia, to talk about the draw of short-form content, TikTok’s unique algorithm, the new definition of influence, and how brands can leverage the power of community commerce to boost awareness, engagement, conversions, and sales. Hosted by:...

Duration:00:19:48

Building A Fine Jewelry Legacy - With Azza Fahmy CEO & Partner, Fatma Ghaly

6/2/2021
When it comes to aspirational fine jewelry brands, Egyptian brand Azza Fahmy is nothing short of a global icon. With a legacy spanning across 50 years, the brand has consistently exported collections imbued with authentic Middle Eastern perspectives and exquisite craftsmanship. Rohma Theunissen caught up with the brand’s CEO & Partner Fatma Ghaly, to talk about Egypt’s luxury market, the contemporary consumer, their newly opened location at THAT Concept Store in Dubai, and what it’s like to...

Duration:00:28:31

5 Tactics For Growing E-Commerce - With Edward Sabbagh

5/26/2021
Given the surge in demand for online shopping as a result of the ongoing pandemic, e-commerce has been the savior for many brands and sectors during these unprecedented times. Rohma Theunissen sat down with Edward Sabbagh, VP of Growth & Managing Director for EMEA of leading global luxury platform FARFETCH, to ask him key tactics brands and organizations can employ to grow their e-commerce business in 2021, and beyond. NOTE: This episode was recorded virtually to uphold social distancing...

Duration:00:08:33

Driving E-Commerce Growth – With FARFETCH VP of Growth & Managing Director of EMEA, Edward Sabbagh

5/8/2021
When it comes to luxury e-commerce, FARFETCH is the undisputed industry disruptor. Driven by an unparalleled sense of innovation, the platform has played a pivotal role in the survival and growth of luxury retail, paving the way with sustainable models and new technologies that facilitate the digitization of the luxury shopping experience. Rohma Theunissen caught up with the force behind the FARFETCH brand in the Middle East, Edward Sabbagh, VP of Growth & Managing Director of EMEA, to talk...

Duration:00:28:51

5 Qualities of Effective Leaders - With Rania Masri El Khatib

5/2/2021
In this episode of #bitesizedconversations, Rohma Theunissen catches up with one of the most respected leaders within the Middle Eastern retail industry, Rania Masri El Khatib , to ask her the 5 qualities leaders need to have to guide businesses through these tumultuous times. Hosted by: Rohma Theunissen About Rania Masri El Khatib Rania Masri El Khatib is a senior retail executive with over 20 years of experience in the sector, starting from the shop sales floor. Passionate about the...

Duration:00:03:00

The Transformation of Retail Culture – With Rania Masri El Khatib

4/24/2021
Considered one of the most powerful players in the Middle Eastern retail industry, Rania Masri El Khatib spearheaded the omnichannel transformation of one of the region’s biggest luxury retail businesses Chalhoub Group. Rohma Theunissen caught up with the former CTO to talk about the evolution of the industry, its work culture, and the leadership required to empower employees to drive organizational success now and in the future. Hosted by: Rohma Theunissen About Rania Masri El...

Duration:00:51:08

5 Pillars For Success In The Contemporary Marketplace - With Max Svärdh & Albin Johansson

4/6/2021
On the heels of the launch of Axel Arigato’s new Dubai store at Level Shoes, Rohma Theunissen caught up with the contemporary Swedish label’s co-founders, Max Svärdh and Albin Johansson to find out what it takes for contemporary brands to succeed in 2021. Hosted by: Rohma Theunissen About Axel Arigato Underground Swedish brand Axel Arigato headed by Albin Johansson and Max Svärdh made its place as a renowned footwear label in summer 2014. The brand follows a unique business model that...

Duration:00:05:36

Conquering The Contemporary Market – With Axel Arigato Founders, Max Svärdh & Albin Johansson

3/30/2021
“We thought that [a DTC model] was how we could make the biggest impact at that time. We wanted to own the relationship with the customers but also wanted to work very quickly.” When it comes to contemporary fashion, Swedish label Axel Arigato is one of the segment’s undisputed leaders. Given the growth of the contemporary luxury market in recent years, Rohma Theunissen caught up with Axel Arigato’s founders Max Svärdh and Albin Johansson to talk about their success, the DTC model, the...

Duration:00:24:00

5 Ways You Can Help Lebanon - With Roni Helou

3/23/2021
8 months after the tragic Beirut blast, Lebanon is facing some of the toughest times in its history. Rohma Theunissen caught up with Roni Helou to find out what people outside of the country can do to help. To donate to Beit El Baraka, click here. Hosted by: Rohma Theunissen About Roni Helou Born in Lebanon in 1992, Roni Helou is a conscious ready-to-wear designer based in Beirut. In 2016 upon his graduation from Creative Space Beirut, a progressive fashion school that offers free design...

Duration:00:03:53

P.S. Don't Forget To Talk About Lebanon - With Roni Helou

3/16/2021
"People I know, who used to be able to afford to go out on a daily basis [in Lebanon], are now unemployed. They don’t leave their houses because they don’t have enough money to put gas in their tanks." 8 months have passed since the tragic blast that shook the very heart of Beirut, and yet although Lebanon is no longer front page news, the country is facing some of the most difficult times in the country’s history. Rohma Theunissen caught up with Roni Helou, the acclaimed Lebanese designer...

Duration:00:26:22

5 Things To Know When Entering The Saudi Market – With Marriam Mossalli

3/7/2021
As the GCC’s largest market opens its doors to the world, Rohma Theunissen caught up with Niche Arabia Founder, Marriam Mossalli to ask her the 5 things brands looking to enter the KSA market need to know. Hosted by: Rohma Theunissen About Marriam Mossalli Marriam Mossalli is the founder of Niche Arabia, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's premier luxury consulting agency, where she offers strategic planning, communication services, and marketing implementation for international brands entering...

Duration:00:04:20

Unlocking KSA's Market Potential - With Niche Arabia Founder, Marriam Mossalli

3/3/2021
“This is the first time we are opening our doors to allow people in but also for us to export our culture to the rest of the world. I think it’s a really exciting time.” With Saudi Vision 2030 firmly underway, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is undergoing an unprecedented metamorphosis. Rohma Theunissen caught up with Marriam Mossalli, Founder of the Kingdom’s premier luxury brand consultancy Niche Arabia, to talk about the evolution and changes taking place, the Saudi consumer and what it...

Duration:00:31:16

5 Key Things I Learned From Sole DXB - With Sole Partner, Raj Malhotra

2/23/2021
On the Sole DXB’s 10-year anniversary, Rohma Theunissen asks Sole Partner, Raj Malhotra to share 5 things that he learned from his journey with Sole DXB that he wishes he knew when he was starting out. #BiteSizedConversations Hosted by: Rohma Theunissen About Raj Malhotra Rajat moved to Dubai after having lived in Los Angeles, Kuwait, Italy, India, and New York. Having graduated from NYU in 2002, Rajat took a year-long sabbatical working on teaching at Project Renewal in NYC. In 2004, he...

Duration:00:05:27

The Evolution Of Events & Sole DXB - With Sole Partner, Raj Malhotra

2/16/2021
“There is a great space for us to be present digitally. To complement the things we are doing, not replace them. And that part I don’t think will ever go away, because if we get it right, why would we not want to continue doing that?” At the end of 2020, Rohma Theunissen caught up with Raj Malhotra, one of the four partners at Sole to talk about the evolution of events and brand experiences as a result of the pandemic, everything the Sole team has been working on, the digital space, where...

Duration:00:29:34

5 Tips On Launching Your Freelance Career - With Judy Daghestani, Founder of Curated Today

2/2/2021
We get how busy things can get, which is why we have come out with a bite-sized edition of Curated Conversations that translates our guests’ key learnings into digestible, effective information that you can absorb in 5 minutes (or less) anytime, anywhere. We like to think of it as a crash course on-the-go to make sure you can rev up your career even when you only have minutes to spare. Real advice, real experts, real quick. That’s a promise. Having launched two successful brands in 2020,...

Duration:00:05:00

Deciphering Consumer Mindsets In 2021 - With Curated Today Founder, Judy Daghestani

2/2/2021
“People are hopeful that’s for sure, there is a light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccine. But overall, people are still selective of how they spend their money. Shopping isn’t top of the list.” Kicking off the second season of Curated Conversations, Rohma Theunissen is joined by Curated Today's Founder, Judy Daghestani to talk about the evolution of the Curated platform, consumer mindsets in 2021, industry trends, sustainability, the COVID-19 vaccine and of course, the pandemic. As...

Duration:00:28:39

Beauty's Conscious New Perspective - With Regional Beauty & Wellness Editor, Alexandra Venison

12/8/2020
"When people are stuck inside and are losing their jobs, how can you push nail polish when it's the last thing they are thinking about? I shifted to where I was trying to create an 80/20 effect where 80 percent of what I was writing about was talking about these matters and 20 percent focused on creativity and offering escapism to our readers." Where does beauty stand today? In this episode, Rohma Theunissen sits down with Alexandra Venison, former beauty editor of Vogue Arabia to talk...

Duration:00:26:13

Disrupting Luxury Sneaker Retail - With Presentedby Co-Founders, Nohman Ahmed & Ridwane Ettoubi

11/24/2020
“In traditional retail, you buy stock and if it doesn’t sell, it moves into clearance. But for us, the longer you hold on to stock, the higher its value – and that is really unique.” - Nohman Ahmed, Co-Founder of Presentedby Retail in 2020 has been nothing short of a challenge. But amidst the turmoil, British-born luxury sneaker consignment retail concept, Presentedby is thriving. Having recently opened their third global flagship store at Level Shoes in Dubai Mall this month, Rohma...

Duration:00:32:48

Instagram & The Rise Of Social Commerce - With Instagram & Facebook's Middle East Product Growth Lead, Priya Patel

11/4/2020
“What we are seeing now globally is a huge adoption in our users using the [new] tagging feature to find out more about these products. Over 130 million people around the world have already tapped on shopping tags since they launched around two years ago—making it easier for businesses [to sell products online].” On Instagram's 10th anniversary, Rohma Theunissen sat down with Priya Patel, Product Growth Lead for Instagram and Facebook across the Middle East, Turkey and Africa, to understand...

Duration:00:32:09

PR, Luxury & The Pandemic – With FRAME Publicity's Founder, Rani Ilmi

10/21/2020
“The role of a [communications] agency now has really evolved to be much more sales focused which is great for the market because that’s what the goal should always have been.” 2020 has thrown a massive curveball to brands across every industry and now, PR & Communications agencies are required to play their most important role to date. Rohma Theunissen sat down with Rani Ilmi, Founder of boutique Dubai-based FRAME Publicity, whose clients include Matchesfashion, Maria Tash, Tiffany & Co...

Duration:00:26:05