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Our Speakers

Crunchmoms Summit 2023

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Olivia started her business when she arrived in the UAE with two kids. Hello Chef simplifies cooking. Every week customers receive a pack full of fun and easy recipes for delicious dinner ideas with the fresh ingredients directly to their homes.

Olivia Manner

Founder of Hello Chef

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Salama Mohamed is the CEO and founder of Peacefull, a clean, effective & results-driven skincare (backed by Korean science & technology) brand from the UAE. She's a known Emirati personality who's carved her path in entrepreneurship and across industries.

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Salama Mohamed

CEO and Founder of Peacefull
 

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Halima Jumani is part of the founding family of award winning Kibsons, delivering fresh groceries from farm to kitchen. Today, she oversees all finance and operations, a team of over 1,500 across the business, and over 30,000 orders weekly.

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Halima Jumani

Founder of Kibsons
 

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Rania Masri el Khatib is a global retail executive with over 20 years of industry experience and she is one of the most prominent players in the Middle Eastern retail industry. She is an advisor, executive coach and mother of two daughters.

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Rania Masri el Khatib

Founder of The RMK Collective

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Lucy Bruce is a devoted mother of three, teacher and activist, founder of Harmony House day-shelter for hundreds of destitute children in India, and co-founder of Home Grown Children’s Eco Nurseries in U.A.E.

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Lucy Bruce

Founder of Harmony House

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Erika Doyle is the Founder of Drink Dry Store – the first premium non-alcoholic drinks marketplace in the Middle East. She is a conscious health advocate and mother of three girls. Her business success has been phenomenal in the industry!

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Erika Doyle

Founder of Drink Dry
 

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Yi-Wei is the Chief Product Officer at talabat, the largest Food Delivery and Q-Commerce company in the MENA region. talabat has 4000+ employees and is headquartered in Dubai, with Tech Hubs in Dubai & Cairo. He is also a proud father of a baby girl.

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Yiwei Ang

Chief Product Officer at talabat (Delivery Hero)

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Adam is a father of daughters and the Head of Occupational Therapy at Camali Clinic. He has a wealth of experience in supporting learning and development for children, teens and their families.

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Adam Griffin

Occupational Therapist

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Aisha Leitner is proud mom of two and the founder of Party Camel,a one-stop online party shop bringing you the ultimate in up-to-the minute, inspiring, design-led partyware and innovative gifts from around the globe.

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Aisha Leitner

Founder and Managing Director of Party Camel

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Adeeb Warsi is the MD at Careem Technologies and is driving the company’s transformation from a Rides app to an Everything app to solve for customer’s everyday needs. Prior to Careem, Adeeb was a Partner at the BCG in LA covering the US market.

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Adeeb Warsi

Managing Director at Careem Technologies

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Layla has dedicated the last decade of her life to helping other women establish a better more balanced relationship with food. She became a certified nutritionist after going through PCOS and other health issues in her early twenties.

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Layla Al-Naif

Holistic Nutritionist

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Cassie Destino is the founder of IVF Support UAE. She started the group to support women in the region to connect with each other as they navigate the difficult path of infertility. She has supported so many women achieve their dreams of parenthood!

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Cassie Destino

Founder of IVF Support UAE and Certified Fertility Doula

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Kavita Srinivasan is a parenting coach trained by Dr Shefali Tsabary and is now pursuing her MA and PhD in Holistic Psychology, specialising in Adverse Childhood Experiences, Child Therapy and Trauma at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

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Kavita Srinivasan

Certified Parenting Coach

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Alison runs the department of education & early childhood studies at Middlesex University. She also consults with schools and corporations on various projects related education technology and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Dr Alison Burrows

PhD in Education Technology

 

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Elizabeth Wu is an educator, entrepreneur and mother of 3. She is Cofounder of Trehaus and Little Lab, an impact-driven organization where true work-life integration has been actualised and having to choose between family and career has become unnecessary.

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Elizabeth Wu

Cofounder of Trehaus and Little Lab

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Dan is responsible for leading Visa’s reputation across a fast-growing region which spans almost 90 countries and more than two billion people. Previously, he led communications for The Coca-Cola Company.

Dan Baxter

Vice President, Corporate Communications at Visa

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Marcela Sancho is the co-founder of House of Pops, offering 100% natural plant-based fruit pops. What started out as a table at a farmers market in Dubai, is now more than 3,000 outlets in the GCC.

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Marcela Sancho

Co-Founder of House of Pops

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Carl Manlan focuses on enabling community impact with local, regional and global partners, co-creating partnerships that support small and medium businesses, individuals and households to thrive in the CEMEA region.

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Carl Manlan

Vice President, Social Impact & Sustainability at Visa

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Abdullah Mutawi is an English qualified lawyer with 26 years' experience and is an expert in seed and early-stage tech investing. He is also the co-founder, chairman and investment committee member of Dubai Angel Investors.

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Abdullah Mutawi

Co-Founder and Chairman of Dubai Angel Investors

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Nadine co-founded Sarwa, a one-stop platform for investment and personal finance. As a mother and advocate for women in the workforce, she will help guide women in making the first step towards financial independence.

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Nadine Mezher

Co-Founder of Sarwa

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Galia is a global Senior HR Leader focused on delivering strategic HR solutions that enable business success.

 

Galia Shaw

Senior Vice President, Head of People team at Visa

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Frederica started her career with a Dubai-based luxury group and has been in the brand creation and marketing innovation space for over 20 years. Now, she is on a mission to advocate about midlife, women health and transformation for women.

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Frederica Tribulani

Holistic Therapist and Brand Strategist

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Aalia is a Designing Your Life Coach, Senior-Speech-Language Pathologist & Learning Development Specialist. Her goal for her clients is to unlock their full potential, resulting in the happiness and fulfillment of a well-designed life.

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Aalia Thobani

Child Specialist

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Carol Glynn is a Personal & Business Finance Coach and the owner of Conscious Finance Coaching. She is passionate about empowering and educating her clients by helping them to take control of, understand and embrace their finances.

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Carol Glynn

Personal & Business Finance Coach

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Dana is currently the CCO of the Exploration Company, a leading player in the global space industry. Previously, she founded Munch:On, a food delivery platform acquired in the UAE by Careem (Uber's regional subsidiary) in 2022. She is also an active advisor and mentor within the regional ecosystem as well as a mother of two boys.

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Dana Baki

Chief Commercial Officer at The Exploration Company

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With a career spanning across two decades, Linda Chambers Cochrane is a sought-after wellness and fitness expert renowned for her unique hybrid approach to holistic wellbeing.
 

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Linda Cochrane

Founder of Hybrid Soul

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Ann-Marie is an award-winning columnist and launched Hotflash Inc. in June 2020 as a platform to share balanced information about the peri/menopause transition and all aspects of midlife with a community of more than 30,000 women around the world.

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Ann Marie McQueen

Founder of Hotflash inc

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Ritesh Tilani is the founder of Enhance Ventures, a venture studio focused on the future of finance and commerce in the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan, and Turkey (MENAPT). Enhance Ventures’ portfolio includes Joi Gifts, Clevr, Blue Terra, BNS, and Prop-AI, among others.
 

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Ritesh Tilani

Founder of Enhance Ventures

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Based in Dubai, UAE, Lisa leads the business development with key strategic partners, primarily the global Big Techs, Strategic Enablers such as Checkout.com and Stripe as well as global fintech such as Revolut, Wise and Remitly across the ˃90 CEMEA markets.

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Lisa Nyman

Senior Director, Digital Partnerships, Fintech & Ventures at Visa

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Mustafa Y. Koita is the founder and CEO of Koita foods. He launched the company in 2013 and the Koita Milk Brand was born in 2016 with a mission to make premium healthy RTD (ready to drink) beverages more accessible to families in the emerging markets.

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Mustafa Koita

Founder of Koita Milk

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Helen Farmer is the host of Dubai Eye's afternoon radio show, connecting the community through a range of topics from dining to finance. She is also a skilled and experienced editor and writer, with a career spent in the UK and the UAE, and the founder of The Mothership - an award-winning parenting blog.

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Helen Farmer

Host of Dubai Eye 103.8

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Selina is specialized in launching and defining the business strategy for new growth markets or products, scaling existing solutions and developing playbooks to rollout across operations, in addition to navigating through different aspects of PnL.

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Selina Bieber

Vice President of International Markets at GoDaddy

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