“Do not be afraid to take risks!”

~Farah Al Qaissieh

Farah Al Qaissieh, an active member of Young Arab Leaders, is a mother of three boys and social entrepreneur and motivational speaker; she holds a Bachelors of Finance from Zayed University.

Farah launched Stutter UAE in 2013 to raise awareness and support people who stutter through various workshops and events.

In 2016, Farah was featured in a book chapter titled “Game Changers: How Women in the Arab World Are Changing the Rules and Shaping the Future”.

In 2017, a short film documentary ‘Just Another Accent’ premiered at the Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner and Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden; shedding light on Farah’s journey with Stutter UAE.

In 2018, Farah was awarded the Abu Dhabi Award; the highest civilian medal and recognition granted by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi for her positive impact in the community.

In 2020, Farah launched iStutter Center in partnership with SpeechCare Center in Portugal, an online speech therapy center focusing on treatments for stuttering.

Also in 2020, Farah co-founded Guiding Stars, an online platform guiding mothers to a more mindful way of raising twins.

Enjoy the show!

Posted on August 10th, 2020

Show Notes:

  • 01:45 – Farah’s Emirati background

  • 05:45 – What is Stutter UAE?

  • 07:15 – How she overcame her own stutter.

  • 10:15 – Stuttering more in our mother tongue and her struggles with Arabic.

  • 12:15 – iStutter Center launched in collaboration with Speech Care Center in Portugal.

  • 15:15 – Farah being awarded the Abu Dhabi Award.

  • 19:15 – Launching her next venture, Guiding Stars

  • 22:30 – Going through the Ma’an Social Incubator program.

  • 23:30 – Why Farah decided to join Young Arab Leaders.

  • 24:45 – Access to mentorship and providing guidance to the next generation.

  • 26:15 – The role of Young Arab Leaders in empowering women entrepreneurs

  • 29:45 – Farah’s role models; she’s even met and interacted with them

  • 33:00 – Farah’s routine of reading to her children before bed every night.

  • 34:45 – “What would you want to be remembered for?”

  • 36:15 – How testing out the theories in a book actually started to manifest for her

  • 37:45 – Her joy of writing and painting.

  • 39:45 – Focusing on the fact that happiness starts from within.

  • 41:45 – “Do not be afraid to take risks” and how the calculated risks she took, brought her to where she is today.

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