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Romanna Bint-Abubaker
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Partner of Souq Strategies (niche consultants delivering insight and access to European companies seeking to access the largest global consumer market - the billion dollar Muslim market), and Principal Investment partner at Qatar Venture Capital, the first global Islamic Venture Capital Fund which together with Qatar Consulting Group offers opportunities to bridge the trade gap for Companies looking to enter the MENA markets. An entrepreneur & start-up advisor.

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5 of the Biggest Challenges Facing a Startup: 'Mortgaging Your Relationships'

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 1:10 PM

Every start-up has its challenges but there are some that we all feel almost unanimously, and if you don't feel these then I question if you're really on the right track.

In no order of how painful each of these are as each of these respectively becomes a more serious...

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Condemnation Needs to Be on Both Sides, on Charlie Hebdo

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2015 | 12:14 PM

I appeal to all leaders to stop and consider the impact a united front for 'Free Speech' and 'Liberty' will have at this point. Instead consider condemning both parties. The murderers and those who printed such offensive remarks so abusing their right to free speech. In this way we can...

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This Women's Ventures Fund Is Helping the Islamic Fashion Industry Grow

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 5:44 PM

The billion dollar Muslim fashion industry today may be one of the most talked about subjects but what commercial activity is really happening? Aside from high low value transactions for low-value daily Muslim fashion, high fashion or luxury couture fashion is still growing very much slower. Why? Is it because...

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The Rise of the Muslim Fashion Industry

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 7:15 PM

The most expensive dress in the world was released on March 19 and attracted worldwide media coverage. Debbie Wingham's diamond studded abbaya is the talk of Hollywood at $17m.

Designers such as Hermes, Aramis, Estée Lauder are the latest in-line of those to be inspired by Arabian inspiration and targeting...

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Obesity, Water Scarcity, Unemployment and Why Qatar Needs to Look at Its History for a Solution

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2013 | 7:44 PM

In my research article Approaching the Mirage: Innovative responses to Water Scarcity in MENA which I wrote last year I talked about the serious concerns around water scarcity in Qatar with the highest usage of water per capita globally and water consumption growing at more than twice the rate of...

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The Golden Age of the Polymath

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 7:12 PM

Humanities cuts announced by the government. Are we surprised? A reinforcement of a government committed to robbing us of our intellect. The authorities are insistent on narrowing down our abilities through increased specialisation and vocationalisation. It wants to develop incurious producers whose sole purpose is to add revenue to our...

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