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Startup Grind Dubai Hosts Loulou, Genny, Mona (Nabbesh, Pi Slice,Mompreneurs)


Loulou, Genny, Mona, Nabbesh, Pi Slice,Mompreneurs will speak at StartupGrind!

#40Forward is a challenge Google for Entrepreneurs has issued to startup communities to increase participation by women by 25% this year. For Google's 40Forward Global initiative, Startup Grind Dubai will feature 3 powerhouse female entrepreneurs in tech. 

Loulou Khazen Baz ( Nabbesh, the Middle East's only virtual skills marketplace, was founded in 2012 as a solution for the region's growing unemployment challenges by connecting talented individuals with flexible and virtual work opportunities. Today, the Nabbesh community comprises over 30,000 talented men, women and youth to fulfill any job requirement or job. Prior to launching Nabbesh in 2012, Khazen Baz was part of the founding team of UAE-based venture capital and incubation firm ActiveM where she oversaw the planning and execution of new startups in the healthcare, education and technology sectors. Since moving to the UAE in 2003, her career spanned from marketing to project management across several industries ranging from financial services with DaimlerChrysler, to real estate with Dubai Properties and has experience working in the UAE and covering Middle East markets.

Genny Ghanimeh (Pi Slice): Following her passions for the MicroFinance & the Online industries, and after a life-altering trek in Kilimanjaro, Genny founded Pi Slice in March 2012 and negotiated a partnership agreement with MicroWorld from the Group PlanetFinance to build and administer the first micro-lending online platform in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Prior to Pi Slice, Genny began her career in Development Project Finance, and later shifted her focus to the financial industry and business development, where she honed her entrepreneurial skills in founding her 1st company Pro-ID in 2003; initiating start-ups and identifying market opportunities for the international corporations represented. She also consulted in setting-up & managing a financial security semi-governmental company in Dubai. In 2007, Genny founded and managed Pi Investments, working mainly on mergers and acquisitions deals in emerging countries, Fund Advisory and Placement Agent. In 2010, Genny joined a DIFC based investment bank as the Head of Business Development. Genny has an MA in Civil Engineering from the Lebanese University and an MBA from London Business School (UK).

Mona Tavassoli (Mompreneurs Middle East) - an initiative by Mom Souq to support female entrepreneurs in the Middle East - is a B2B platform that caters to female entrepreneurs to promote and grow their business. The website provides a platform for female entrepreneurs to connect with each other, share expertise, advice, and recommendations and contacts. It is a one-stop information portal where members can access information regarding various events and exhibitions taking place in the region or find suppliers and partners in various fields.


6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:00 Networking

Hosted By Christine Souffrant, Dubai Chapter Director 

Christine Souffrant is an aspiring Haitian American entrepreneur with 7 years of business management experience, 6 years of international study in over 26 countries, and 2 years of banking & finance expertise. Christine spent her early years managing a family business in New York that featured Haitian street artwork. In 2007 she attended Dartmouth College on a Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship and graduated with numerous recognitions including the MLK Leadership Award, NAACP Outstanding Organizational Leadership Award, S Aronwitz for Social Change Award, and speaker for the annual Women of Dartmouth Monologues. By 2013, Christine experienced a 3X promotional trajectory that ranged from managing a retail branch in DC to managing middle market clients within the New York tri state area with one of the top 20 regional banks in the US. In 2013 she decided to take a leap of faith and exit Corporate America to pursue a Masters Degree at Hult International Business School in Dubai focusing on Social Entrepreneurship. Within 7 months she has acquired several influential hats including: being Managing Director of Startup Grind Dubai, a global startup platform of 35,000 entrepreneurs across 75 cities, a Co Founder of two Hult student groups- Women Empowerment & Leadership League and the Global Expo Group, a business development consultant for Carian Advisors, Sustainability Platform and Pi Slice, Founder of 2 city wide initiatives with DP World- Smart City Weekend and A CSR Women Empowerment platform called She Dares Group and a member of the Leadership Circle of Jumeirah and Rotary’s Rotaract Club. Her recent focus is as the CEO & Founder of Vended International, a social enterprise that is now a 2014 Poverty Alleviation Commitment to Action under the Clinton Global Initiative network.

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What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 50 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

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