100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40
Elissa Freiha

Elissa Freiha

Industry: Banking and finance

Company: WOMENA

Designation: Co-founder

Country: UAE

Age: 25

One half of the founding partners of WOMENA, Elissa Freiha is changing the face of investment in the MENA region. The Emirati of Lebanese and American descent launched the women-only investment platform with her partner Chantalle Dumonceaux in 2013 to provide Gulf-based high-net-worth women with a supportive, professional network and dependable guidance to invest in new companies. Having previously worked in publishing, food and beverage, and entertainment, Freiha oversees the marketing, business development, sales, events, and member satisfaction elements of the business. WOMENA hosts monthly meetings with its members, who are introduced to pre-screened entrepreneurs, offering both sides the opportunity to form a strong investment partnership.