Habiba Allarakia has worked since the early 1990s in business and marketing research across diverse markets and categories, with 6 years in Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East and over a decade in the Arabian Peninsula. Habiba was the first woman to work at Procter & Gamble Saudi Arabia, where she set up the now flourishing women’s office. Her key areas of expertise are strategy & initiative development, building brands & portfolios, consumer insight and market understanding. Habiba loves reading, the sea, travelling and discovery.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Kathryn was born in 1979 in Toronto, the daughter of a hotelier. She has worked as a writer & broadcaster for a decade. She was founding producer of top-rated CBC national radio program Q. Her print journalism has appeared in the Guardian UK, the Globe & Mail, the Toronto Star, the National Post, the Walrus, Salon.com and Nerve.com, among others. Kathryn's first book, Corked, was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour Writing, Canada's top humour writing prize. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and her existential dread.
Noël is a facilitator and strategic marketer working in both the corporate and not-for-profit worlds. She is a keen follower of cultural change and its impact on how we express ideas and build meaningful relationships. Noël is the Director of her own consultancy, Luminous (www.luminous-ltd.com), serves as a Board Director of The Walden School, and is Co-Founder of Candied Thinking (http://candiedthinking.blogspot.com/), a network of sweet-natured, serious-minded people whose aim is to improve our society through better conversations.