About Us

womena® is a platform dedicated to encouraging gender diversity and inclusion in the regional entrepreneurship ecosystem. Founded in 2014, womena has spent years building an award-winning Angel Investment group that facilitated over 3 million AED in funding into 10 companies. But womena® is just getting started:

Through womedia, we are telling the story of our region’s changemakers, and through our womentum accelerator and education programs, we aim to increase the pipeline of women entrepreneurs into the MENA ecosystem. Through our Bosslady community, we’re building the largest network of female entrepreneurs and investors in the Middle East.
All of these elements come together to make womena the leading ecosystem enabler for gender diversity in MENA. The goal of womena is more women in business, more women investors, and a more inclusive, diverse, and consequently booming ecosystem.

Herstory

Our story began over a thousand years ago with the birth of Khadija The Great. On her father’s passing she started her own business alongside her father’s despite the male dominated society. She was a wife, a mother, a philanthropist, an entrepreneur, an angel investor and an inspiration for the ages.

— Simply put, womena® is the first female-led investment community in the MENA region. We are female led, yes. But not female focused.

We encourage everyone, regardless of gender to take part in the community, to help start-ups grow in size, capital and experience.

Our Team

Elissa Freiha

Founder

Christina Andreassen

Business Development & Events

Dulce Lada

Marketing Manager

Advisors

Summer Nasief

Summer Nasief is a sought-after and award-winning healthcare technology innovator, moderator, and keynote speaker. She is currently the Healthcare Innovations Director for Honeywell Middle East, a Fortune 100 company, where she drives the company’s smart infrastructure technology, now the backbone of the connected hospital ecosystem and driven by next-generation automation and integration.

Elham Al Qasim

Elham Al Qasim is a Director of Mubadala Investment Company, focusing on Mubadala’s Technology and Industry portfolio. Her responsibilities include building investment/entry strategy, business development, value creation, and post acquisition asset management.