Conversations with Loulou

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Loulou Khazen Baz, an entrepreneur, investor and mother based in Dubai draws on her professional and personal experiences over her two-decade career to discuss business, leadership, startups and technology from a Middle Eastern lens. To learn more, visit the show's website: www.conversationswithloulou.com and you can follow Loulou on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram @louloukhazen

Episodes
29 / 01 / 2023

Emerging Venture Markets Trends and Predictions


Philip Bahoshy - the Founder - CEO of Magnitt.com - and I unpack the latest Emerging Venture Markets 2022 report recently published by Magnitt. Magnitt tracks startup and investment data across MENA, Africa, Turkey and Pakistan. We discuss venture capital investment trends, winning industries, 2023 predictions and advice for founders. A great way to set the scene for 2023.
For more information visit www.conversationswithloulou.com
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01:01:18
16 / 12 / 2022

E44: IFC's Sufyan Al Issa on responsible and inclusive investing


Sufyan Al Issa, Ph.D, is the Head of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in the UAE. We discuss the need for more investment in the MENA region particularly to meet Sustainable Development Goals (SGD) such as climate, education, financial inclusion and more. Sufyan highlights some of the programs and channels that the IFC is creating to support local entrepreneurs and SMEs particularly in cross-border growth. We also discuss the gender gap and why we must act now.
For more information visit: www.conversationswithloulou.com
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00:37:11
16 / 12 / 2022

IFC's Sufyan Al Issa on responsible and inclusive investing


Sufyan Al Issa, Ph.D, is the Head of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in the UAE. We discuss the need for more investment in the MENA region particularly to meet Sustainable Development Goals (SGD) such as climate, education, financial inclusion and more. Sufyan highlights some of the programs and channels that the IFC is creating to support local entrepreneurs and SMEs particularly in cross-border growth. We also discuss the gender gap and why we must act now.
For more information visit: www.conversationswithloulou.com
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00:37:11
01 / 12 / 2022

E43: Dr. Stephen Druggan on the role of schools, raising kids that are whole, and mental health


Dr. Stephen Druggan is an experienced educator and leader, he is currently the Superintendent at the American School of Dubai. We discuss the role that schools play in the development of our children and the responsibilities that schools have in raising children that are whole, both emotionally, academically and socially. We discuss the need for diversity of thought, how can schools teach resilience and confidence, how are schools dealing with mental health and we wrap with some heartfelt advice to parents.
For more information visit www.conversationswithloulou.com
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00:50:55
01 / 12 / 2022

Dr. Stephen Druggan on the role of schools, raising kids that are whole, and mental health


Dr. Stephen Druggan is an experienced educator and leader, he is currently the Superintendent at the American School of Dubai. We discuss the role that schools play in the development of our children and the responsibilities that schools have in raising children that are whole, both emotionally, academically and socially. We discuss the need for diversity of thought, how can schools teach resilience and confidence, how are schools dealing with mental health and we wrap with some heartfelt advice to parents.
For more information visit www.conversationswithloulou.com
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

00:50:55
10 / 11 / 2022

E42: Amazon Alexa's Dr. Raf Fatani on why technology must cater for Arabic speakers


Dr. Raf Fatani is spearheading Amazon Alexa in Arabic globally.-While most firms tend to revert to the Modern Standard Arabic (or Fusha - فصحة) when they speak to over half a billion Arabic speakers globally, Raf decided that Alexa cannot go down the same path and that an investment has to be made once and for all to bring colloquial Arabic to technology. We discuss the challenges of building Alexa in Arabic from the ground up, what is the utility of a virtual assistant today and what does the future look like.
Here is a link to Prof. Elias Muhanna-s article that Raf and I discussed at the beginning of the podcast: https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/translating-frozen-into-arabic
For more information visit www.conversationswithloulou.com
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00:49:12
10 / 11 / 2022

Amazon Alexa's Dr. Raf Fatani on why technology must cater for Arabic speakers


Dr. Raf Fatani is spearheading Amazon Alexa in Arabic globally.-While most firms tend to revert to the Modern Standard Arabic (or Fusha - فصحة) when they speak to over half a billion Arabic speakers globally, Raf decided that Alexa cannot go down the same path and that an investment has to be made once and for all to bring colloquial Arabic to technology. We discuss the challenges of building Alexa in Arabic from the ground up, what is the utility of a virtual assistant today and what does the future look like.
Here is a link to Prof. Elias Muhanna-s article that Raf and I discussed at the beginning of the podcast: https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/translating-frozen-into-arabic
For more information visit www.conversationswithloulou.com
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

00:49:12
28 / 10 / 2022

E41: Dr. Noah Raford on the future of gaming, identity, culture and governance


Dr. Noah Raford is a globally respected futurist and the Director of the Oxford Program on Peace, Policy and the Metaverse. He was previously a founding executive and Futurist-in-Chief at the Dubai Future Foundation and a senior advisor in the UAE Prime Minister-s Office. We discuss the evolution of gaming and why we should be paying attention as our lives become increasingly intertwined in these sophisticated spaces where we spend time, socialise, create economic value and culture.
Follow Noah on Twitter @nraford or visit, www.noahraford.com
For more information visit www.conversationswithloulou.com
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

01:15:25
28 / 10 / 2022

Dr. Noah Raford on the future of gaming, identity, culture and governance


Dr. Noah Raford is a globally respected futurist and the Director of the Oxford Program on Peace, Policy and the Metaverse. He was previously a founding executive and Futurist-in-Chief at the Dubai Future Foundation and a senior advisor in the UAE Prime Minister-s Office. We discuss the evolution of gaming and why we should be paying attention as our lives become increasingly intertwined in these sophisticated spaces where we spend time, socialise, create economic value and culture.
Follow Noah on Twitter @nraford or visit, www.noahraford.com
For more information visit www.conversationswithloulou.com
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

01:15:25
14 / 10 / 2022

E40: NoBueno's Chris Eid on Careem's secret sauce, recruitment and a beginner's mindset


Christian Eid is one of the few who played a critical role in Careem-s early days launching new markets and then heading marketing for the group. The efforts made in the early days led to its eventual $3.1Bn sale to Uber in 2019. We talk about Careem-s secret sauce and how he has taken this knowledge to launch two new ventures, DuckLife and NoBueno.-With NoBueno, Christian is taking a non-traditional approach to talent matching, we discuss the biases in the current recruitment process and how he-s addressing them.
For more information visit: www.conversationswithloulou.com
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00:44:39
Conversations with Loulou
79 subscribers

Loulou Khazen Baz, an entrepreneur, investor and mother based in Dubai draws on her professional and personal experiences over her two-decade career to discuss business, leadership, startups and technology from a Middle Eastern lens. To learn more, visit the show's website: www.conversationswithloulou.com and you can follow Loulou on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram @louloukhazen

Episodes
29 / 01 / 2023

Emerging Venture Markets Trends and Predictions

Philip Bahoshy - the Founder - CEO of Magnitt.com - and I unpack the latest Emerging Venture Markets 2022 report recently published by Magnitt. Magnitt tracks startup and investment data across MENA, Africa, Turkey and Pakistan. We discuss venture capital investment trends, winning industries, 2023 predictions and advice for founders. A great way to set the scene for 2023.
For more information visit www.conversationswithloulou.com
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

01:01:18
16 / 12 / 2022

E44: IFC's Sufyan Al Issa on responsible and inclusive investing

Sufyan Al Issa, Ph.D, is the Head of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in the UAE. We discuss the need for more investment in the MENA region particularly to meet Sustainable Development Goals (SGD) such as climate, education, financial inclusion and more. Sufyan highlights some of the programs and channels that the IFC is creating to support local entrepreneurs and SMEs particularly in cross-border growth. We also discuss the gender gap and why we must act now.
For more information visit: www.conversationswithloulou.com
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

00:37:11
16 / 12 / 2022

IFC's Sufyan Al Issa on responsible and inclusive investing

Sufyan Al Issa, Ph.D, is the Head of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in the UAE. We discuss the need for more investment in the MENA region particularly to meet Sustainable Development Goals (SGD) such as climate, education, financial inclusion and more. Sufyan highlights some of the programs and channels that the IFC is creating to support local entrepreneurs and SMEs particularly in cross-border growth. We also discuss the gender gap and why we must act now.
For more information visit: www.conversationswithloulou.com
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

00:37:11
01 / 12 / 2022

E43: Dr. Stephen Druggan on the role of schools, raising kids that are whole, and mental health

Dr. Stephen Druggan is an experienced educator and leader, he is currently the Superintendent at the American School of Dubai. We discuss the role that schools play in the development of our children and the responsibilities that schools have in raising children that are whole, both emotionally, academically and socially. We discuss the need for diversity of thought, how can schools teach resilience and confidence, how are schools dealing with mental health and we wrap with some heartfelt advice to parents.
For more information visit www.conversationswithloulou.com
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

00:50:55
01 / 12 / 2022

Dr. Stephen Druggan on the role of schools, raising kids that are whole, and mental health

Dr. Stephen Druggan is an experienced educator and leader, he is currently the Superintendent at the American School of Dubai. We discuss the role that schools play in the development of our children and the responsibilities that schools have in raising children that are whole, both emotionally, academically and socially. We discuss the need for diversity of thought, how can schools teach resilience and confidence, how are schools dealing with mental health and we wrap with some heartfelt advice to parents.
For more information visit www.conversationswithloulou.com
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

00:50:55
10 / 11 / 2022

E42: Amazon Alexa's Dr. Raf Fatani on why technology must cater for Arabic speakers

Dr. Raf Fatani is spearheading Amazon Alexa in Arabic globally.-While most firms tend to revert to the Modern Standard Arabic (or Fusha - فصحة) when they speak to over half a billion Arabic speakers globally, Raf decided that Alexa cannot go down the same path and that an investment has to be made once and for all to bring colloquial Arabic to technology. We discuss the challenges of building Alexa in Arabic from the ground up, what is the utility of a virtual assistant today and what does the future look like.
Here is a link to Prof. Elias Muhanna-s article that Raf and I discussed at the beginning of the podcast: https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/translating-frozen-into-arabic
For more information visit www.conversationswithloulou.com
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

00:49:12
10 / 11 / 2022

Amazon Alexa's Dr. Raf Fatani on why technology must cater for Arabic speakers

Dr. Raf Fatani is spearheading Amazon Alexa in Arabic globally.-While most firms tend to revert to the Modern Standard Arabic (or Fusha - فصحة) when they speak to over half a billion Arabic speakers globally, Raf decided that Alexa cannot go down the same path and that an investment has to be made once and for all to bring colloquial Arabic to technology. We discuss the challenges of building Alexa in Arabic from the ground up, what is the utility of a virtual assistant today and what does the future look like.
Here is a link to Prof. Elias Muhanna-s article that Raf and I discussed at the beginning of the podcast: https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/translating-frozen-into-arabic
For more information visit www.conversationswithloulou.com
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

00:49:12
28 / 10 / 2022

E41: Dr. Noah Raford on the future of gaming, identity, culture and governance

Dr. Noah Raford is a globally respected futurist and the Director of the Oxford Program on Peace, Policy and the Metaverse. He was previously a founding executive and Futurist-in-Chief at the Dubai Future Foundation and a senior advisor in the UAE Prime Minister-s Office. We discuss the evolution of gaming and why we should be paying attention as our lives become increasingly intertwined in these sophisticated spaces where we spend time, socialise, create economic value and culture.
Follow Noah on Twitter @nraford or visit, www.noahraford.com
For more information visit www.conversationswithloulou.com
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

01:15:25
28 / 10 / 2022

Dr. Noah Raford on the future of gaming, identity, culture and governance

Dr. Noah Raford is a globally respected futurist and the Director of the Oxford Program on Peace, Policy and the Metaverse. He was previously a founding executive and Futurist-in-Chief at the Dubai Future Foundation and a senior advisor in the UAE Prime Minister-s Office. We discuss the evolution of gaming and why we should be paying attention as our lives become increasingly intertwined in these sophisticated spaces where we spend time, socialise, create economic value and culture.
Follow Noah on Twitter @nraford or visit, www.noahraford.com
For more information visit www.conversationswithloulou.com
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

01:15:25
14 / 10 / 2022

E40: NoBueno's Chris Eid on Careem's secret sauce, recruitment and a beginner's mindset

Christian Eid is one of the few who played a critical role in Careem-s early days launching new markets and then heading marketing for the group. The efforts made in the early days led to its eventual $3.1Bn sale to Uber in 2019. We talk about Careem-s secret sauce and how he has taken this knowledge to launch two new ventures, DuckLife and NoBueno.-With NoBueno, Christian is taking a non-traditional approach to talent matching, we discuss the biases in the current recruitment process and how he-s addressing them.
For more information visit: www.conversationswithloulou.com
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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