Entrepreneurial experience “Start, grow and exit”

28 février 2018


A few questions about funding and growing a start-up business in the region from the points of view of inspiring women and male leaders.

The event will be organised around a panel of speakers and their success stories. 


  • Julie Leblan, Founder and CEO - Mylist FZ LLC
  • Dorra Ben Abdallah, Director M&A - Rothschild
  • Ambareen Musa, Founder & CEO - Souqalmal.com

Moderator: Justine Dampt, Managing Director - Partners & Associates

About Dorra Ben Abdallah, Director M&A - Rothschild

Dorra is a Director in the global financial advisory division of Rothschild based in Dubai. With 12 years of experience of which 11 years in the Middle East, she has worked on and executed a number of transactions across products (M&A, ECM, debt) and across sectors (real estate, education, contracting, telecoms, etc.). Prior to Rothschild, she was an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs. Dorra graduated from HEC Paris with a major in finance.

Ambareen Musa, Founder & CEO of Souqalmal.com

Originally from Mauritius, Ambareen Musa holds an undergraduate business degree from RMIT university in Melbourne, Australia. She started her first online business, an online property portal for international students in Australia, at the age of 21. Moving to London in 2004 to work for GE’s financial arm, GE Money, Musa held various roles in marketing, financial literacy, customer advocacy and e-commerce, and led the first online financial literacy initiative in the UK, Moneybasics.co.uk. Moving on to the UAE in 2008, Musa worked as a consultant for Bain & Company Middle East.

She went on to set up the consulting arm of MasterCard Middle East and Africa, where she stayed for two years before founding Souqalmal.com in 2012, the number one financial comparison and insurance platform in the UAE and KSA. Souqalmal.com has been named "Online Business of the Year 2015" and is ranked amongst "Dubai Top 100 SMEs". Musa has been awarded "Entrepreneur of the year" at the "Enterprise Agility Awards 2015" and "Leading Women in Business" at the "DMCC Awards 2016" and has been selected as an "Endeavor Entrepreneur". Musa holds an MBA from INSEAD.

During this event, the French Business Council will be pleased to announce the launching of the WIN (Women in Network) by FBC v2.0: a club dedicated to executives and entrepreneurs based in the UAE and passionate about gender equality !

Important Information:

  • 7.30am : Registration and Welcome coffee 
  • Price: FBC Members : AED 160 (incl. VAT) / FBC Non-Members: AED 315 (incl. VAT)
  • Exceptionally for this event, French Tech Dubai UAE companies registered on the website Pepites French, even though non FBC members, will be able to benefit from the FBC Member price.
  • Registration is mandatory 
  • Your seat will be confirmed once full payment is received.
  • Date: Wednesday, 28th February 2018, from 8.00am to 10.00am
  • Location : Auditorium Alliance Francaise - Oud Metha 
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