Hashem is joined by fellow hybrid Egyptian/Arab/American, Amira Rashad, founder of Dubai’s first bulk online shopping portal, Bulkwhiz. As the founder of a retail startup that implements AI and bespoke customer service, Amira shares her philosophy behind Bulkwhiz, why even affluent customers like a good deal, and how COVID-19 set the stage for new challenges and adaptations. With not only their alma mater—Harvard Business School—in common, Amira and Hashem also share the experience of leaving the corporate world behind to become bona fide entrepreneurs. Citing a lack of collective experience in the regional women’s startup landscape, Amira highlights how she managed to forge ahead as a female leader. She also shares her experience mentoring young female founders, and how to build a successful support network.

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