al empire

al empire

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S2E7: Hebah Fisher: Kerning Cultures Co-Founder

Today on al empire, our season finale and last episode. So who better to end it with than the person who made this all possible?  Hebah Fisher, KC Network’s co-founder and CEO, demystifies her name, shares beautiful family stories, and reveals a love for kickboxing. Through the h ...   Show more

S2E6: Omar Samra: Adventurer and Entrepreneur

Omar went from being an investment banker to adventuring around the world. He’s been on adventures climbing the highest mountains in the world, attempting to row across the Atlantic Ocean, skiing in the North and South Poles, and a lot more, like starting his travel and adventure ...   Show more

S2E5: Ghizlan Guenez: The Modist Founder

Ghizlan Guenez always loved fashion. But, as she entered the corporate world, Ghizlan could never find modest yet fashionable clothing to suit her style and the women around her. In 2017, she founded The Modist, the first online luxury site for modest fashion. This episode was pr ...   Show more

S2E4: Bernard Khoury: Architect

You may know Bernard Khoury from Johnnie Walker advertisements. He is the man behind some of Lebanon’s most iconic structures. Bernard takes us back to his childhood and the beginning of his architecture career, with his first major project, B 018, an underground nightclub that m ...   Show more

S2E3: Mona Ataya: Mumzworld Founder

Mona Ataya, a serial entrepreneur, started early by selling chewing gum in grade school. Now, she runs the region’s largest online baby store, Mumzworld. She talks about the balancing act of being a mom and running a leading e-commerce company and how her Palestinian background c ...   Show more

S2E2: Jad Abumrad: Radio Host

Host and co-creator of Radiolab, More Perfect, Dolly Parton’s America, and more, Jad Abumrad has inspired the sounds of thousands of podcasts and radio shows around the world (Kerning Cultures Network shows included). In this episode, he opens up about being raised in a Lebanese ...   Show more

S2E1: Nadine Labaki: Filmmaker & Actress

Nadine chats with us about how her love for film began, the years of preparation and work for her 2018 film Capernaum, and her journey to becoming the first Lebanese woman in history to be nominated for an Academy Award.  Note: The first airing of this episode mistakenly claimed ...   Show more

S2Season 2 Trailer

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S1E7: Hatoon Kadi: Comedian

In our season finale, Hatoon talks about the video that accidentally went viral and made her famous. From being named as BBC’s 100 Women in 2014 to dealing with trolls, this is the journey of Saudi’s first female comedian. Follow Hatoon Kadi on social media: @hatoonkadi. This epi ...   Show more

S1E6: Andre Haddad: Turo CEO

Andre talks about growing up during the Lebanese civil war and how discovering The Economist at age 13 inspired a spirit of entrepreneurship in him early in his life. Fleeing the violence of Beirut, Andre moves to France where his love of music led him to build his first company. ...   Show more

S1E5: Dina Shihabi: Actor

Dina, now an acclaimed actress with shows on Amazon and Hulu, initially set out to become a professional dancer, despite trying to quit ballet as a child. In this episode, she talks about the critical moments that propelled her acting career forward and the rewards of pushing the ...   Show more

S1E4: Bassem Youssef: Comedian

Bassem reflects on the moments that inspired him to leave behind 19 years in medicine for political satire, a show that was watched by 40 million people every week. Now, he tells us about what it’s like reinventing a career for himself in the US, and about the time long ago when ...   Show more

S1E3: Joy Ajlouny: Cofounder, Fetchr

Joy talks about building three companies from the ground up: from signing a $10,000 lease at the age of 23 to raising $56M across her ventures. She also talks about how she always challenged the status quo, even as a child. This episode was produced by Hebah Fisher and Dana Ballo ...   Show more

S1E2: Mona Chalabi: Data Journalist

Mona tells us about the unusual freedom her Iraqi parents gave her as a kid, the meticulous process behind her work, and how she’s dismantling the idea that data journalism is an impenetrable truth. This episode was produced by Hebah Fisher and Dana Ballout, with editorial suppor ...   Show more

S1E1: Hamed Sinno: Mashrou’ Leila Singer/Songwriter

Hamed chats with us about his childhood and what fuels his charisma onstage (including how he’s always wanted to be sexy like Tina Turner). He takes us through Mashrou’ Leila’s evolution - and his own. This episode was produced by Hebah Fisher and Dana Ballout, with editorial sup ...   Show more

S1Season 1 Trailer

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