The Lighthouse Conversations

Hashem Montasser, Founder of the The Lighthouse Restaurant & Concept Store in Dubai Design District ... more

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September 09, 2020 00:43:31

Hashem Montasser on lessons he learned from his first year of podcasting and why content is always king

Our podcast is celebrating its first milestone: 20 episodes! And we’d like to give our listeners around the world a HUGE shoutout: Thank you for tuning in. While it’s been almost one year since we aired our first episode, it feels like yesterday. And we’ve learned a lot along the way! On this week’s episode, Hashem sits on the hot seat and is interviewed by our producer Chirag Desai who asks him to reflect on the first year of podcasting. They discuss the emergence of micro-entrepreneurship in the creative space, reopening The Lighthouse post-lockdown and future themes that our listeners can expect on the podcast. The key learnings of launching a bi-weekly podcast? That the medium is important but it’s the quality of the content that trumps all. And we promise to continue to deliver fresh and stimulating content in this shifting global landscape. ...



August 26, 2020 00:35:05

Zeina El-Dana on the changing face of PR and why female mentorship matters

_Our hearts go out to those affected by the explosions in Beirut on August 4, 2020 which left hundreds dead, thousands injured and billions of dollars of property estimated as damaged. If you’re able to contribute, our guest this week recommends donating to_ [Impact Lebanon]( Hashem is joined this week by Zeina El-Dana, founder & CEO of Z7 communications which she founded in 2007. Since then, Z7 has grown to become the premier PR agency for luxury brands in the region. As they’re all set to move into their new offices in the Dubai Design District (aka our hood), Zeina shares how she landed her first client which got her entrepreneurial journey started, her clients’ shift to digital and the key lessons she’s learnt along the way. ...



August 12, 2020 00:49:10

Richard Windsor on the implications of breaking up Big Tech, why Apple and Google are surprisingly similar, and what the Tik Tok fuss is all about.

This week Hashem is joined by Richard Windsor, founder of [Radio Free Mobile]( which focuses on research & analysis across the digital & mobile ecosystem. Richard shares his thoughts on the current technology landscape—the handful of companies that dominate the sector (known as Big Tech or FAANG) and the prevailing mood in the US pushing to regulate them which surfaced during the recent US Senate Hearings. They also deep dive into business models such as Tik Tok, cloud kitchens and Radio Free Mobile's own model, and how Richard intends to monetize his expertise for the benefit of the consumers of his independent research. ...



July 29, 2020 00:40:16

Debra Kletter on creating magical “food experiences” for her clients and why flavors have memory

As the world of theatre was affected by the recession a decade ago, Debra Kletter founded Eat Quest NYC, a service that creates bespoke food itineraries for her clients. So successful was she at doing so that Alec Baldwin called her ‘the restaurant whisperer’. On this episode recorded earlier in the year, Debra tells Hashem how she transitioned to the world of food and food recommendations, how technology trends are changing the restaurant and food scene in cities like New York & LA, and what it takes for a truly high quality food ecosystem to thrive outside of the urban hubs. Debra sadly passed away in April but her words ring true every single day. ...



July 15, 2020 00:32:04

Raja Al Mazrouei on Dubai’s fintech initiative and why she’s betting on a digital banking future

This week we're talking Fintech with Raja Al Mazrouei, Vice President of the DIFC FinTech Hive, an accelerator program under the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) umbrella. Raja talks to Hashem about how Dubai—through its financial hub, the DIFC—is creating an ecosystem for fintech startups who are challenging the traditional ways of doing finance, what the future might hold for banks and insurance companies in the region as well as some of the covid-related challenges the industry can help overcome. ...



July 01, 2020 00:41:44

Nelio Leone on how Italian grannies are the ultimate weapons of mass surveillance & why privacy concerns should be on everyone’s mind

This week, Hashem Montasser is in conversation with Nelio Leone, Founder of Urban Monks, a growth marketing agency he started in early 2019. Before going down the entrepreneurial route, Nelio was a marketing manager at L'Oreal in Paris, Director of Brand at Careem and Head of Growth at Washmen. Nelio shares his approach to building a company around a “collective" of independently-minded creatives, why he changed his view on the role of customer privacy in the new age of digital and how performance marketing is evolving in the post-COVID era. ...