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20 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
How Digital is Transforming the World of Marketing and Communication, with Jelizaveta Kozlova - Founder of EK Laboratory
For this new episode of Unlimited Women’s Brands, we’re excited to welcome Jelizaveta Kozlova. Founder and Communications Director of EK Laboratory (eklaboratory.com), Jelizaveta is an emerging competitive figure in the luxury, fashion and lifestyle scene in Dubai. She joins us today to share her story: the story of a young female entrepreneur coming from a mid-class family in Latvia with a higher education value, which gave her a solid vision to pursue her studies in Cambridge and after completing Master's degree at Instituto Marangoni in Milano - to launch her own entrepreneurial journey in Brand and Marketing communications. Her fresh eye and her ability to blend the luxury brand knowledge of the Russian consumer perspective with the Italian know-how, allowed her to lead special campaigns for global luxury brands like Bulgari, Kiton and to execute brand image advisory, social media and events for privately-held companies. Now Jelizaveta aims to empower both high-end SMEs and established companies in the Middle East, offering a digital-forward brand strategy and content production. So let’s explore what is the new direction of Marketing and Communications from the perspective of a young and independent businesswoman and let’s see what are the tactical points to help to build high-conversion brand awareness, even on a small budget.
54 minutes | May 28, 2021
Raising Healthy, Happy, Resilient Children with Dr Linda Abu Jaber
In this new episode of Unlimited Footpath series, we’ll discuss about parenting and how to raise healthy, happy and resilient children! NO, it won’t a typical talk about motherhood, in fact we’ll start from the figure and the role of the father, as this episode is dedicated to Professor Kamel Abu Jaber, father of Dr Linda Abu Jaber, who’s joining us today from Jordan. We reached out to her to answer all the questions that we received from you though our Social media channels asking us to talk about how to deal with children anxiety, mental health, bullying, cyber security and much more. Why Dr Linda? Well, she has been practicing medicine for over 30 years and is American Board Certified in General Pediatrics, in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and in Integrative and Holistic Medicine. She’s also the author of 2 books dedicated to parenting and allergies with a 3rd one on anxiety just about to be published. The 360’ approach in her profession is the reflection of her personal journey as caring daughter, loving wife, and working mother of 2 very active children which has led her to embrace a mission : to empower moms and dads with evidence-based, easy to use, practical information, tips and skills to be the best version of themselves, to enjoy strong marriages and to confidently and happily raise healthy, happy, resilient children. Grab your pen and paper and be ready to take note and then put her tips right into practice
33 minutes | May 17, 2021
Shaping Skylines and Materializing Dreams - Chandni Vasan Shares Her Story, Thriving in a Traditional Men’s Industry, the Aluminum and Glass.
With this new episode of Unlimited Features we’ll enter into a male dominated world - the construction sector - to uncover the journey of Chandni Vasan, General Manager of Oxford Aluminum Passionate about design & academically ambitious, Chandni started off as a designer in the construction Industry. After her marriage she moved to UAE where she was offered to join her partner's family business, but to develop expertise and earn trust and authority she opted to work first for an external company. 200kms of commuting by car every day and a toddler waiting for her at home didn’t stop Chandni who instead truly felt that the efforts were worth it. As if her gained experience in business operations, marketing, technical specification & market insights weren’t enough, it was only after enrolling for an Executive MBA that she felt ready to re-join her family business, so she could bring a valuable new point of view. Let’s welcome Chandni to understand together how a woman’s perspective can impact such a male dominated industry, or vice versa.
29 minutes | May 3, 2021
Who am I? From Self Sabotage and Limiting Beliefs to Pushing Boundaries with Emma E. Burdett, Founder of WILD
For this new episode of our Unlimited perspective series we’re pleased to introduce you to Emma E Burdett, Diversity Champion and Founder of WILD – an empowering and networking platform for women in design. With a solid background in construction and interiors sector, after encountering significant challenges in the workplace while in UK, Emma moved to Dubai where a large corporate firm asked her to set up a Women’s Empowerment platform. This quickly became a staple, vibrant and integral network within the UAE; but a sudden and further triggering situation at work brought Emma to a breaking point. Broke and broken, she ventured on a journey of self-discovery which led her to the striking realization that inspiring Women was indeed a passion, and that bringing Women together, creating a community and making a difference was something she felt compelled to do. This was the beginning of WILD, a platform for ALL women to come together, feel a sense of belongingness, hold events where Women can network with purpose. Most recently it developed into WILD Woman Transformational coaching to help Women overcome fears, build confidence, find and use their voice, stand and speak in public with impact and to become POWERFUL. As we get to know that WILD stands for Women In Leadership Deliver…it’s time to unleash the WILD Woman trapped inside us and welcome Emma on our platform!
34 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Rosemin Madhavji: a Deep Dive in Her Charming World of Luxury, High-End Fashion and Beauty.
With this new episode of Unlimited Women’s Brands, we continue to explore the world of Female Entrepreneurship and today we enter into a world of luxury, high end fashion and beauty , Roseminsworld! Rosemin has long become synonymous with luxury. ENTREPRENEUR, CELEBRITY INFLUENCER, PRESENTER & MEDIA PERSONALITY, Rosemin’s journey in the world of fashion started after graduating from London College of Fashion, when she had the good fortune to join maestro Tom Ford as his assistant. This gave her the opportunity to learn from the best before making her way steadily up the corporate ladder working with brands like Gucci, Burberry, Sotheby’s to then become European PR Director of Juicy Couture, working closely with department stores like Selfridges, Harrods and Harvey Nichols and dressing in Juicy Couture’s iconic loungewear famous faces such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Queen Rania, Kate Moss, Kate Winslet, Jemima Khan, Sienna Miller, Jude Law, Thandie Newton, Charlotte Casiraghi and Princess Beatrice just to name a few. After moving to Dubai in 2007, Rosemin founded RR & CO Bespoke Luxury Management which was the first PR showroom in the region with an exclusive focus on the luxury sector for fashion, beauty, skincare and jewellery. Her knowledge of the industry from both an International and Regional point of view, blended with her natural affinity to luxury brought her to become an authority in all things fashion and beauty, an award winning media personality and a sought after host, speaker and TV presenter, starting from her fashion segment “Fashion Thursdays”on Dubai One TV, to the hugely popular weekly beauty series #BazaarBeauty in collaboration with Harpers Bazaar Arabia, and her most recent weekly show, “Style Council” for GQ Middle East, where Rosemin continues to lead the way in beauty and skincare. From the world of luxury to Unlimited, it’s a real honor to welcome Rosemin!
26 minutes | Apr 17, 2021
Donna Benton: the Mind, Heart and Soul behind The Entertainer and The Benton Group
With today’s interview we’re thrilled to launch the brand new season: Unlimited Women’s Brands, to share the professional and personal journey behind Brands conceived by Female Entrepreneurs, discussing their vision, ethos and point of view. To lead the series, we’re excited to introduce you to Regional Serial Entrepreneur Donna Benton! Donna is internationally recognized for the creation of The ENTERTAINER, a product and service that would make the unaffordable affordable to the people of Dubai and which grew, under Donna’s leadership, into a data-driven technology firm with more than 300 people in 15 countries, contributing USD1.3 billion to the economy annually. Now founder and CEO of The Benton Group, Donna continues to strive for new business concepts, venturing into various industry segments through startups of her own, acquisitions and investments without ever compromising her signature positive attitude and contagious energy
29 minutes | Mar 20, 2021
"Empathy for Breakfast" Host, Mimi Nicklin, on Inspiring Change Everyday
For this new episode of Unlimited perspective series we’re glad to introduce you to Mimi Nicklin, International Best Selling Author of “Softening the Edge”, host of the ‘Empathy for Breakfast’ show as well as the ‘Secrets of The Gap’ which was recently nominated among the top 5 best Podcasts in UAE by Khaleej Times. Creative Officer and Regional Managing Director for a global advertising agency, Mimi has lived in London, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Singapore, Cape Town and now Dubai, and worked for over 15 years in 25 markets across the globe with the mission to change organisations from the inside out, focusing on cultural, behavioural and mindset change. She’s an Empathy Ambassador who believes that `Empathetic influence can make a significant difference to our society and world of work, and her HER GOAL is TO inspire change, FILL THE EMPATHY GAP AND REBUILD OUR SOCIETIES AND BUSINESSES WORLDWIDE, ONE ORGANISATION, AT A TIME! So today we’re here to contribute to MiMi’s mission and spread her message about Empathy.
24 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
Myrna Trad Haddad's After Midnights: Fighting Fears and Struggles for a New Tomorrow.
This is the first episode of our brand-new series: “Features by Unlimited” where we present young and emerging talents, giving them a voice and sharing awareness around their stories and enterprises. Today we are pleased to welcome Myrna Trad Haddad, the author of the new book, After Midnight. Born and raised in Lebanon, Myrna fought socio-cultural pressures to marry young and strived instead to build an independent life for herself. Myrna has been working1 since she was a teenager in order to pay for her studies. Her perseverance and strength led her to a promising career notwithstanding harassment from bosses, loneliness and addiction. Silent for many years but fascinated by our mission and empowered by the interviews in our first season of Unlimited, Myrna reached out to us to share her story. Myrna is an example of the resilience and courage that characterize the many silenced women around us, whose story we never get the chance to hear… We met with her in Dubai where she travelled to apply for the Sheikh Zayed Young Author Award. So, please join us in this premiere interview and let’s wish her all the best for her new book.
39 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
From a Job to a Mission with Empowering Coach Federica Mele
With this new episode we’re proud to launch our Brand new podcast series titled “Unlimited Talks”. This podcast is a result of an incredibly successful Talk Series that we kick started at the beginning of the year under the title “Unlimited Beyond Inspirational”. The first of these events “From A Job To A Mission”, broadcasted Live via Zoom, took place on January 12th at Oblong Contemporary Art Gallery in Bluewater Island – Dubai. It focused on the journeys of successful and inspiring women who drastically shifted their corporate career paths to embrace their real missions. Among the panelists were Federica Mele, who we are pleased to welcome back to Unlimited today to walk us through her personal and professional journey and to help us answer some key and recurring questions: what is our Mission? what is our Purpose? How can we identify these things and pursue them beyond predefined paths and goals? Ultimately, Why do we do what we do? Federica is a Former Marketing manager in a leading corporate reality, with extensive experience in Retail in emerging markets, Customer Experience, Customer and Employees Satisfaction, Education/ training programs and multichannel communication. After nearly 20 years of managing global projects and after a relocation from Milan to Dubai she decided to embrace her passion and pursue her purpose by starting her own Consulting Firm. That’s how throughout the last 6 years Federica has been leading empowerment coaching programs for corporate companies, executives and employees with the specific mission of empowering people to discover and maximize their potential. Now, let’s welcome Federica and learn from her own journey and her coaching experience.
40 minutes | Dec 19, 2020
Kelly Lundberg: The Style Expert
For this new episode of our Unlimited Groundbreaking series, we’re thrilled to welcome award-winning celebrity stylist, business mentor, author and TEDx speaker, Kelly Lundberg! Upon arriving in Dubai as an Emirates Crew member in 2003, Kelly quickly decided to hang up her wings and swap Emirates pillar red box heels for stylish stilettos, taking a car loan and investing every dirham to launch the first ever styling service in the Middle East: StyleMeDivine. Fast forward 15 years and Kelly is one of the most diverse business entrepreneurs to have emerged from the styling world to date. Under her belt (branded of course!) she has a styling workshop series for Harvey Nichols as well as collaborations with Luis Vuitton and Gucci, not to mention 1.5 million views on her YouTube channel and over 50k followers on Instagram. From styling a Saudi Royal to walking the red carpet at the BAFTA’s, Kelly was poised to sell her agency and to launch The S.Academy, a program that mentors aspiring stylists and lifestyle business owners on how to launch and grow independent businesses and personal brands. We couldn’t be more excited to have Kelly as our special guest today to wrap up our podcast series for 2020. Stay tuned to discover how she was able to maintain and grow her business’ success through every recession whilst also overcoming a divorce and even testing positive for Covid!
29 minutes | Dec 3, 2020
Salina Handa, the Heart & Mind behind SENSASIA Urban Spas' Sanctuary of Harmony and Tranquility
For this new episode of our Unlimited Perspective Series, we’re entering into a sanctuary of tranquility and wellness with special guest Salina Handa! Salina is the founder of SENSASIA Urban Spa, the award-winning, home-grown spa brand that has developed to become Dubai's largest spa chain. Salina blended her experience in Corporate Marketing & Branding, with her legacy to Thailand, and in 2004 opened her flagship spa at the Village, in Jumeirah, pioneering the boutique spa trend not only in Dubai but in the whole Region. Awarded Best Spa in 2011 by What’s On, Salina has been a participating judge for the World Spa Awards since 2014 as well as speaking at Professional Beauty London and GCC conferences. Throughout the expansion of SENSASIA Urban Spa following its extraordinary success among Dubai residents and local community, Salina and her team have become advocates on the benefits of massage and body treatments for the overall health and wellbeing.. If wellbeing is a reflection of a good life-work balance, Salina takes us through her years as new mum of twin daughters, school runs till the recent home-learning, while managing to expand SENSASIA Urban Spa to consultancy, with SPA People, and launching a new concept that we could only dream of: Spa Stories.
36 minutes | Nov 28, 2020
Briar Prestidge, the Serial Entrepreneur Who Dresses Glamorous and Powerful Women.
We are thrilled to welcome Briar Prestidge. Originally from New Zealand, Briar has had an international career that saw her thrive in New York, London and Australia. However, it was in Dubai where she truly flourished, making headlines in the field of Digital Communication, PR Strategy and Branding. Within 5 years of entering the entrepreneurial world in Dubai, Briar was named Top 100 Most Influential in the UAE, and she has been featured in numerous renowned publications, including Forbes, Entrepreneur, The National and Grazia Magazine. She was also chosen amongst thousands of business owners to compete in an Amazon Prime reality TV series about entrepreneurs. Briar is now the Founder and CEO of Prestidge Group, a PR, branding and production agency managing high profile personal brands for HNWI, C-level executives, technology experts, celebrities and investors in UAE, Saudi Arabia, US and UK. In her talk show, “Deals in High Heels” she surrounds herself with prominent and inspiring female entrepreneurs from the Region and it is for these ladies and in collaboration with them that Briar has created a new fashion brand offering unique and authentic high-quality suits and corporate fashion. Against all odds, Briar was able to successfully launch her brand in the midst of the pandemic. So, let’s welcome Briar to find out how she did it!
30 minutes | Nov 15, 2020
Come Alive, don’t Just Exist : with Serial Entrepreneur, Coach and Author Meher Mirchandani
We’re pleased to welcome Meher Mirchandani, “the Queen in control” as the press described her. Meher was born into a privileged home and grew up to become a successful entrepreneur, business leader, philanthropist and devoted mother of twin daughters. But what seemed to be the perfect life, to Meher felt instead like an imprisonment and at the age of 35 she reached a breaking point. She had co-founded and brought to international success throughout 15 years, one the very first fashion label originated in Dubai in the early years 2000s “Meher & Riddhima” , she then went on to join her family business as Managing Director of Palmon Group, leading over 1,000 employees across 12 companies between facilities management, retail, real estate, logistics and F&B industry. Awards and recognitions were validating Meher’s success: she was recognized as Forbes Top Indian leaders, awarded Fashion Designer of the year by Alhan Masala Magazine and won the Entrepreneur Innovator award by Entrepreneur magazine, but her success wasn’t unconditional. Meher is joining Unlimited today for her very 1st interview as an author to share with us her personal journey. And she gives us an exclusive preview, reading us few passages from her book about Why we can’t just Exist because we all need to Come Alive!
32 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
Dr Houriya Kazim, UAE First Female Surgeon, on Breaking the Taboo about Breast Cancer
We can’t discuss breast cancer in the UAE without reaching out to the FIRST FEMALE SURGEON in the country. So, for this new episode of our Unlimited Groundbreaking series, we’re honored to welcome Dr Houriya Kazim. Born in the Emirates to a family of doctors and daughter of the first surgeon in the UAE, becoming a doctor was probably expected of the young Houriya. She stood out in the male dominated sector and would go on to become the first female surgeon in the UAE. She was also the first to openly and publicly address what had been considered a taboo subject for decades: Breast cancer. She founded the Well Woman Clinic, an institution which offers women a safe and welcoming environment where they can receive professional advice regarding health concerns. She also launched Dubai’s first breast cancer support group and charity, Brest Friends, now supported by the Al Jalila Foundation to promote the early detection of breast cancer, facilitate medical treatment and, most importantly, establish and fund local research into the epidemiology of breast cancer in the UAE. With a double Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and England, as well as a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology from the University of Texas School of Public Health, Dr Houriya is recognized as the UAE’s most prominent breast surgeon. And she’s also a proud mother of two! How did she do it? Let’s hear from Dr Houriya herself and her Unlimited mission to fight Breast Cancer.
35 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
Dr Mena Shaher: Saving Lives One Breast Screening at a Time and One Motto: Awareness Is Queen!
We’re pleased to welcome Dr Mena Shaher, who will guide us through October Breast cancer awareness month and explain us the fundamental role of prevention in saving lives. Highly experienced radiologist with a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery, a Master’s degree in Radiodiagnosis and Intervention from Ain Shams, the most prestigious University in Cairo, and an Advanced Hospital Management Diploma from the Canadian International Academy for advanced studies, Dr Mena Shaher has dedicated the last 11 years of her practice to Breast Imaging and Breast Intervention radiology. In 2018, she arrived in the UAE with the mandate to build from scratch the Breast Unit of Al Zahra Hospital in Sharjah. It is here that she now assists and supports up to 10.000 patients per year, with highs of 50 patients a day during crucial months like October! Dr Shaher is a member of the European Society of Breast Imaging and the American College of Radiology and is highly involved in running campaigns and initiatives to build awareness. As a doctor, a woman, and the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, Dr Mena has experienced first-hand how prevention has helped to increase survival rate and life expectancy in Breast Cancer patients thanks to early detection. So, let’s join Dr. Mena and discover what all of this means and what all of us should do, starting with booking our next screening!
36 minutes | Oct 9, 2020
Hebah Fisher on Unlimited : Podcast Pioneer in Mena Region and CEO of Kerning Cultures
We’re proud to welcome …Hebah Fisher, the absolute pioneer in podcast across Mena Region! Half American and half Egyptian, brought up between Bahrain, Saudi, Egypt, UAE and the States, Hebah felt that there was no media that was speaking to her generation. Not the radio, nor the TV. So she ventured into podcasting and she built the very first Middle East podcast network: with 7 shows, in Arabic and English, and a team spread across 7 times zones. Thanks to her background as serial entrepreneur building microfinance and business education programs in the Gulf and the States, Hebah had the business acumen, the knowhow and the determination to reach out for investors at a time and in a sector that was still widely unexplored. This brought her to become the founder and CEO of the first venture backed podcast network in MENA, Kerning Cultures. What we’re doing at Unlimited wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for someone like Hebah Fisher who literally paved our path. She’s the one that started to tell the stories of this Region and we couldn’t be happier to having her as our guest on Unlimited to tell her story.
21 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
Real life nutrition: how to prevent nutrition-related diseases improving your overall health with Dr. Dana Al-Hamwi
We’re pleased to welcome today Dr. Dana Al Hamwi, award winning medical doctor and certified clinical dietician, founder of Dr. Dana Diet Center (DDDC) in Dubai and a regular expert commentator with a weekly segment on MBC and Dubai TV With a Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Damascus and a Master degree in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Sheffield in the UK, Dr Dana is a sought-after Dietitian specialized in “real life nutrition”. For Dr Dana, spreading awareness about healthy eating habits and the importance of a balanced nutrition is an integral part of the medical profession and has led her to be highly involved in volunteering projects since her young years in Syria, and to be extremely active in running awareness campaigns across all Media platforms and through private organizations and governmental institutions. Nowadays she is the Clinical Dietician of Emirates Diabetes Society and has been awarded as Distinguished health professional from Dubai Healthcare City in 2019. So, let’s welcome Dr Dana for some advises on healthy eating but also for some sneak peeks on the latest treatments…
30 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
She is Arab: Changing the narrative about Arab women with Co-founder and CEO Samar Alshorafa
We are excited to host Samar Alshorafa: an entrepreneur and mother of 3 with a passion for social impact, diversity & inclusion, gender equality, policy reform, education and knowledge development Samar is the Co-founder and CEO of She is Arab, the first dedicated online platform for Arab women with the aim to address their underrepresentation in business leadership and public speaking roles Prior to starting her business, Samar spent over 15 years working in the field of international development and management consulting with organizations such as IFC -World Bank Group, the European Commission’s Industrial Modernization Program for Egypt, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation and EFE - Education for Employment. Her work entailed a lot of travel across the Mena Region and exposed her to topics from policy reform, to education, youth employment and gender issues. The learnings and challenges experienced through this diverse spectrum of projects helped paving the way to Samar’s social entrepreneurship journey So, let’s join Samar and let’s find out more about the powerful network she’s building with She is Arab to help reversing stereotypes about Arab women and advancing gender equality using the power of digital communication.
30 minutes | Sep 26, 2020
Changing the narrative about Arab women with Co-founder and CEO Samar Al Shorafa
We are excited to host Samar Al Shorafa: an entrepreneur and mother of 3 with a passion for social impact, diversity & inclusion, gender equality, policy reform, education and knowledge development Samar is the Co-founder and CEO of She is Arab, the first dedicated online platform for Arab women with the aim to address their underrepresentation in business leadership and public speaking roles Prior to starting her business, Samar spent over 15 years working in the field of international development and management consulting with organizations such as IFC -World Bank Group, the European Commission’s Industrial Modernization Program for Egypt, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation and EFE - Education for Employment. Her work entailed a lot of travel across the Mena Region and exposed her to topics from policy reform, to education, youth employment and gender issues. The learnings and challenges experienced through this diverse spectrum of projects helped paving the way to Samar’s social entrepreneurship journey So, let’s join Samar and let’s find out more about the powerful network she’s building with She is Arab to help reversing stereotypes about Arab women and advancing gender equality using the power of digital communication.
27 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
Twisted Roots at the core of Latifa Al Gurg fashion label’s success @ Dubai Expo Competition
For this new episode of Unlimited perspective series we’re pleased to introduce you Latifa Al Gurg, Founder and Creative Director of Twisted Roots. Born to an Emirati father and Danish mother, Latifa’s career started as an Electrical Engineer following her father’s steps. But through her frequent travels and 3 pregnancies she identified a gap in the market for contemporary yet comfortable clothing which motivated her to study Fashion first in London then Paris to ultimately launch her own fashion Brand in Dubai in 2015 Latifa’s fascination about how different cultures and people are brought together and intertwined, starting from her own heritage, is deeply rooted in her Brand ethos, name and logo: Twisted Roots. Her Emirati side allowed her to bring a more conservative aspect to the Brand, her Scandinavian side conveyed her to a skillful use of layering, while her expertise in construction and architecture reflected in clean lines, top quality sustainable materials and greatest attention to details. These same key elements were the inspiration of her creations for Dubai Expo 2020 where Twisted Roots won the competition to design the uniforms for the 30.000 staff and volunteers at the event. Her motto is “In a global society everyone’s roots are twisted as we belong to a global culture and grow together”
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