Women Entrepreneur Awards
Rasha Al Danhani
In the summer of 2009, when she was looking to start an F&B concept, Rasha Al Danhani hit upon the idea of starting a café called PappaRoti.
It was right after a global crisis had hit the economy and things were looking bleak but being one who liked challenges, Rasha Al Danhani set up Papparoti as a kiosk in Dubai Mall. Starting off with a staff of five people, Ms Al Danhani took her turn as a barista in the bakery. Since then, the meteoric rise of her PappaRoti franchise is nothing short of groundbreaking.
Shafeena Yusuff Ali
Daughter to one illustrious entrepreneur and wife to another, it was a natural path for Shafeena Yusuff Ali to become an entrepreneur. But being the strong-willed and independent person that she is, she chose to sculpt her own path in the entrepreneurial world.
Through her passion for travel and food, Shafeena successfully brought several internationally renowned F&B concepts to both India and UAE in addition to developing two homegrown brands.
Dr Reena Anil Kumar
An exceptional entrepreneur, Dr Reena Anil Kumar sculpted a new path in the field of environmental friendly-ventures, making herself a role model for upcoming entrepreneurs.
She presented the idea of composite natural mosquito eradication methods and successfully persuaded regional authorities to change their approaches to more environmentally friendly methods.
Liza Mayan heads Classic Sports Goods Private Ltd, the only company in South India that manufactures tennis balls. One of the only female presences in the sector of sports accessories manufacturing, Liza grew up in Dubai and completed her BTech from TKM College of Engineering. Her entrepreneurial life began after her marriage in 1994 to Mayan Muhammed who was at the helm of Western India Plywoods, a prominent business firm in Malabar.