Elissa Freiha

Elissa Freiha

Founder and Managing Director at WOMENA

Startupbootcamp Smart City Dubai Mentor

Elissa Freiha is an angel investor and the co-founder of WOMENA, a UAE-based angel investment platform for that encourages women to invest in tech startups. Since launch in December 2014, WOMENA has empowered and educated women to invest over 2 million AED in MENA startups with their investment platform and educational workshops. Elissa has received multiple awards for her work, including being named by Forbes Middle East as one of the Most Inspiring Business Leaders in the UAE, and being featured regularly by Arabian Business in their “100 Most Powerful Arab women” and “100 Most Influential Arabs under 40” lists.

Elissa’s expertise are in branding, marketing, pitch training, PR, and public speaking. Having previously worked in F&B, Event Management, NonProfits and Small SMEs, Elissa found her passion in the world of entrepreneurship and female empowerment. She was born and raised in Paris, France and received her BA in Communications from the American University of Paris. She is Emirati of Lebanese-American decent and speaks English, Arabic, French, and Spanish fluently.