HOST INTERVIEWS

Want to learn about the co-hosts you’ll meet at MFYF? We asked them five short ice breaker questions - have a read before you come down on WEDNESday!


 
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CHARMAINE DSOUZA

1) What do you do?
I craft stories and design experiences that enable people around me to see the world through different lenses and live life up to their full potential!

2) Where have you lived before Dubai?
I grew up in Muscat, Oman and Bangalore, India with fond memories of traveling extensively around the world as a kid. My dad used to work for Air France, so each time we had days off, even a long weekend, he made sure we were getting to experience a new culture.

3) What’s your superpower?
Curation of Cosmic Curiosity

4) What did you want to be when you were 8 years old?
To be able to create newness

5) If you could write anything in lights on the side of the Burj Khalifa, what would it be?
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”


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GENNY GHANIMEH

1) What do you do?
Founder of Mind Cloud Academy (an entrepreneurship academy) and founder of Pi Slice (a Crowd-lending platform for microfinance)

2) Where have you lived before Dubai?
Lived in Lebanon, Romania, France and UK

3) What's your superpower?
My cats taught me how to listen to them when they talk in silence :)

4) What did you want to be when you were 8 years old?
Botanist and work with plants and herbs

5) If you could write anything in lights on the side of the Burj Khalifa, what would it be?
Open your heart raw and listen.


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KARAN BANGERA

1) What do you do?
I am the Founder and CEO at The Gentleman's Community. I curate vintage accessories from the 40's to the 70's. Plug for Vintage Frames.

2) Where have you lived before Dubai?
Born and bred in Mumbai. Lived in London for 4 years and Singapore for 3 years. I’ve now spent 2 years in Dubai.

3) What's your superpower?
Self-awareness

4) What did you want to be when you were 8 years old?
I wanted to be a Chef because I watched a lot of cooking shows on TV.

5) If you could write anything in lights on the side of the Burj Khalifa, what would it be?
@thegentlemanscommunity - so that everyone follows me on Instagram lol.


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CLAUDIA MORTIMER

1) What do you do?
I work at STEP Group, a media and events company that runs the largest tech festival in the Middle East. I travel whenever I can, and I write a lot of to-do lists.

2) Where have you lived before Dubai?
I'm from Haiti so I've lived there my whole life. Then I went to the US for undergrad for 4 years and in between did a semester abroad in Switzerland.

3) What's your superpower?
Keeping calm.

4) What did you want to be when you were 8 years old?
A lawyer!

5) If you could write anything in lights on the side of the Burj Khalifa, what would it be?
The Haitian flag :)



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RABIH FEGHALI

1) What do you do?
I help hotel owners regionally in looking after their hotel assets.

2) Where have you lived before Dubai?
Born and raised in the UAE (mainly Abu Dhabi) - Lived in Switzerland and the USA (New York and Las Vegas).

3) What's your superpower?
My ability to use other people's superpowers.

4) What did you want to be when you were 8 years old?
I was clueless until I was about 17. That's when I was directed to the hospitality industry by my late father. Some people argue that I'm still clueless as to what I want to be.

5) If you could write anything in lights on the side of the Burj Khalifa, what would it be?
Live and let Live


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DIONNE NAZARETH

1) What do you do?
Run a family business where we specialize in manufacturing bespoke furniture

2) Where have you lived before Dubai?
Australia

3) What's your superpower?
Gift of the Gab

4) What did you want to be when you were 8 years old?  
A veterinarian

5) If you could write anything in lights on the side of the Burj Khalifa, what would it be?  Start your day with no regrets and love the life you live


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KAMAL DASANI

1) What do you do?
I’m a Paediatric Occupational, Vision and Behaviour Therapist. I work in clinics and schools to assess and develop children’s physical abilities through exercise and play so they can participate in all aspects of their little lives often with supportive equipment. In a nutshell, I play with fun toys and activities with children all day long. This led me to open TherapyBox which is an online store for products that boost children’s development.

2) Where have you lived before Dubai?
I was born in the UK and raised in Australia. A lot of my life has been spent enjoying Perth’s beaches, parks and quality natural resources that an Australian lifestyle offers.

3) What's your superpower?
Apparently my patience! I have twins and work with children when I’m not with them and love every minute of it (except when they wake me up at 5). My twin girls motivate me to succeed in my career, make use of every minute and survive on little sleep.

4) What did you want to be when you were 8 years old?
I think I wanted to work at Disneyland ❤

5) If you could write anything in lights on the side of the Burj Khalifa, what would it be
Who did you help today?


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MISTAUN ‘MISTY’ KABIR

1) What do you do?
I am a Digital, Marketing Comms and Technology recruiter based in Dubai. With over 10 years recruiting experience in both London and UAE, I finally ventured out on my own and set up Blue Book Global.

2) Where have you lived before Dubai?
Before Dubai, I lived in South London, a place called Croydon, known to Londoners for having a tram-link and IKEA!

3) What's your superpower?
So I did an online quiz and apparently my superpower is strength. Erm, pretty sure its not the gym type strength!

4) What did you want to be when you were 8 years old?
I was conditioned to want to be a Pilot, Doctor or Engineer - then I grew up!

5) If you could write anything in lights on the side of the Burj Khalifa, what would it be?
"Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting”.


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SUDIPT SHAH

1) What do you do?
I run a state of the art usability lab and UX consultancy in Dubai. We use cool technology, such as facial expression analysis and eye tracking, to understand how customers interact with a brand and give recommendations on how to improve the user experience.

2) Where have you lived before Dubai?
In London, UK.

3) What's your superpower?
Influencing people and the ability to pick up things very very quickly.

4) What did you want to be when you were 8 years old?
An actor!

5) If you could write anything in lights on the side of the Burj Khalifa, what would it be?
Live life.


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FARIBA ZOULFAGHARI

1) What do you do?
I’m a connector, creating platforms and networks where people and businesses can innovate and integrate ideas through experiential events.

2) Where have you lived before Dubai?
Born in Tehran, grew up in London, over the last 3 years I have lived in Cairo, Moscow and then moved back to Dubai. Here is where I consider home.

3) What's your superpower?
Igniting sparks. Asking questions then being quiet long enough to get people to open up and share EVERYTHING. It’s the quickest way to solve problems we can't even see!

4) What did you want to be when you were 8yrs old?
I had absolutely NO idea, and I’m discovering what I want to be. Evolution should be my middle name!

5) If you could write anything in lights on the side of the Burj Khalifa, what would it be?
Courageously choose change