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Crunchmoms Summit 2023

We’re inviting driven executives, committed organizations, and active investors across the Middle East to accelerate a female-led future.

October 11
8 am - 5 pm

October 12
8 am - 5 pm


Are we there yet?

Dreaming about equality and success is not the same as working for it. 

Women have always been used to doing more with less, but the Crunchmoms Summit is changing the narrative. Our 2023 edition sets the stage for companies and entrepreneurs to make a difference beyond conventional diversity and inclusion strategies, discover how to really retain top female talent in the workforce, and gain intimate insights into the work/life parenthood juggle. 


We’re bringing together talented thought leaders and changemakers for talks on empowerment, inspiration, and how women can show up for their companies, friends, and families but, most importantly, for themselves. From menopause and motherhood to making money to mental health, nothing is off topic.

Real conversations, real women, real change.

Speakers Summit 2023

Our Speakers

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Crunchmoms Summit 2023

Who Should Attend?

Crunchmoms Summit is open to everyone who believes in the transformational potential of women.

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Women seeking personal and professional alignment, including those keen to support their dreams.

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Passionate CEOs, founders, freelancers, side-hustling mamas and those looking to spark something new.


Corporate leaders, human resources managers, diversity and inclusion experts and savvy investors.

Day One Agenda

 Wednesday, October 11th

8 am to 5 pm

8:00 - 8:45 am

Arrival, breakfast & networking powered by Visa

Come early for registration, secure the best seats, and network with the Crunchmoms community and leaders from Visa.

Complimentary tea, coffee, and pastries will be provided to the early bird guests.

9:00 - 10:00 am

The Realities of Working Parents

In the fast-paced world of modern parenting, professional careers, and family responsibilities present a dynamic challenge that demands stamina and remarkable balancing acts. Every step is a strategic move to find a balance between career and family.

From mastering time management to fostering self-care, speakers on this panel will delve into the challenges of a working parent, and share their experience on how they navigate their professional and parenting roles.

Panel speakers:
- Olivia Manner, Founder of HelloChef!
- Yiwei Ang, Chief Product Officer at talabat (DeliveryHero)
- Dan Baxter, Vice President, Corporate Communications at Visa
- Helen Farmer, Host of Dubai Eye 103.8

Moderated by:
Erika Doyle, Founder & Managing Director at Drink Dry

10:00 - 10:30 am

Break & networking

Connect with the speakers and guests or grab a coffee. This is your time to mingle or check emails. Be sure to stop by Studio 1 in The Courtyard for the Crunchmoms Marketplace to discover new women-led brands you'll love!

10:30 - 11:30 am

The Power of Intentional Parenting

In this panel, we will explore how purposeful choices and meaningful interactions with our children lay the foundation for their growth and development with a panel of certified experts.

Discover practical strategies to foster strong bonds, promote positive behaviors, and create lasting memories on this transformative journey of parenthood.

This panel will cover connecting with kids of all ages from babies and toddlers to teenagers and young adults.

Panel speakers:
- Kavita Srinivasan, Certified Parenting Coach
- Dr Alison Burrows, PhD. in Education Technology
- Elizabeth Wu, Cofounder of Trehaus and Little Lab
- Adam Griffin, Occupational Therapist

Moderated by:
Aalia Thobani, Child Specialist and Executive Coach

Day Two Agenda

Thursday, October 12th

8 am to 5 pm

8:00 - 8:45 am

Arrival, breakfast & networking powered by Visa

Come early for registration, secure the best seats, and network with the Crunchmoms community and leaders from Visa.

Complimentary tea, coffee, and pastries will be provided to the early bird guests.

9:00 - 10:00 am

Dream Tech: Powering the Future for Families

In the digital age, technology possesses the extraordinary capacity to shape the future of families, offering tools and solutions that enhance everyday lives.

This panel brings together trailblazing tech pioneers who are at the forefront of engineering these positive changes. We aim to explore new possibilities in the region's tech landscape that will amplify the strength and resilience of families.

Panel speakers:
- Nourhan Farhat, Acting Head of People at Careem
- Halima Jumani, Founder of Kibsons
- Ritesh Tilani, Founder of Enhance Ventures
- Lisa Nyman, Senior Director, Digital Partnerships, Fintech & Ventures at Visa

Moderated by:
Abdallah Mutawi, Founder of Dubai Angel Investors

10:00 - 10:30 am

Break & networking

Connect with the speakers, guests or grab a coffee. This is your time to mingle or check emails.

10:30 - 11:30 am

Financial Independence and Freedom for Women

Empowering women on the journey to financial independence is at the heart of this panel topic. This dynamic discussion gathers diverse voices to resonate with moms at every stage of their financial journey, whether they are engaged in traditional work, pursuing passion projects, running small businesses, or navigating a non-working phase.

We’ll talk about the intricate dynamics of household power shifts and address the impact of women's involvement in finances and income generation in families. This candid conversation highlights the challenges that can arise when women are not actively contributing financially and the essential role financial independence plays in navigating life's complexities.

Panel speakers:
- Aisha Leitner, Founder and Managing Director of Party Camel
- Nadine Mezher, Co-Founder of Sarwa
- Carol Glynn, Owner of Conscious Finance Coaching

Moderated by:
Rania Masri el Khatib, Founder of The RMK Collective

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Highlights from last year's edition


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Join hundreds of driven executives, organizations, investors, and female talent across the Middle East as we shape an exciting new future for women.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a Crunchmom?
    We define a crunchmom as a woman driven by success, understanding that it’s all about balance and boundaries. Crunchmoms was created for all women – moms and aspiring moms – to help them find time and space to invest in themselves.
  • Great, how do I sign up?
    Easy! Sign up for our basic membership to get access to information about the Crunchmoms Community and limited access to the member’s area. Connect with us on Instagram or send a good, old-fashioned email to We’re starting out in the Middle East but welcome members from all over the world.
  • Do I need to pay to be a member?
    We offer a monthly or annual membership that gets you unlimited access to our talks and events, and we’re planning to introduce value-packed upgrades in the near future. Our aim is to promote real female-led growth in the Middle East and beyond, so we’re looking at different ways to make that happen.
  • What do you offer members?
    A whole lot, but it’s all about what YOU want. If you’re seriously considering a new job, we’ll give you access to exclusive talks for career-enhancing tips and tricks, and introduce you to other moms who can help provide the boost you need. If you want to open your own business and be your own boss, we’ll connect you to our star startup moms. We’re going back to basics, emphasising one-to-one connections within the Crunchmoms community of talented moms who are making it happen. We’re ALL here for you.
  • Where can I find you?
    We host regular events every Monday at Tania’s Teahouse from 9:30 to 11 am, where members can co-work, listen to talks from the best in the business, or simply get connected to other amazing crunchmoms….and we have so much more lined up for you in 2022, so watch out for updates!
  • Are kids allowed at your meetups?
    We really want you to use our time together to invest in yourself but of course, your children are always welcome. We’re still searching for kid-friendly co-working spaces so, at the moment, there’s limited entertainment for little ones.
  • Are you open to collaborations?
    Of course. We’re always open to new ideas, partnerships and collaboration opportunities. We’re passionate about helping others, so if you feel the same, drop us a line at


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