Soukaina Rachidi

Soukaina Rachidi

Soukaina “Soukie” Rachidi is the founder and author of the Soukie Speaks blog.

While she was born in Morocco, she spent most of her formative years in the United Arab Emirates. Soukaina has lived in Qatar, USA, and Argentina and her diverse work experience includes university student recruitment, management, customer service and PR.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Soukaina was the Media Relations Coordinator at Melltoo Marketplace, a dynamic Dubai startup, where she was responsible for forging new partnerships with like-minded entrepreneurs in the Middle East startup scene and promoting Melltoo’s core values of trust, sustainability and privacy.

With a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Delaware, Soukaina is passionate about writing, global issues, entrepreneurship and sustainability.

Three Ways To Promote Youth Participation In The MENA Region
middle east

Three Ways To Promote Youth Participation In The MENA Region

The youth of today are the citizens, business leaders and social influencers of tomorrow, and if we are not empowering them to join our social, political and economic frameworks, then we are condemning these institutions to failure and irrelevance.
Enterprise Learning Curves: 11 Points Of Reference On The Methodology Of Business
Grow Your Business

Enterprise Learning Curves: 11 Points Of Reference On The Methodology Of Business

While the financial benefit of incorporating women in the workforce has mobilized some Arab nations to take strides to increase their participation across various sectors and industries, the fact remains that this process isn't the sole responsibility of the government.
Promoting Cultures Of Change Through Mentorship
Mentors

Promoting Cultures Of Change Through Mentorship

By connecting with Arab communities, not only can Arab startups better promote the adoption of their own product or services, they can also increase their success and credibility with consumers, which will inevitably attract more investment opportunities.
Business Learning Curves: 13 Points Of Reference From The 2015 Enterprise Agility Forum
Starting a Business

Business Learning Curves: 13 Points Of Reference From The 2015 Enterprise Agility Forum

In the past, small companies used to try to emulate the business practices of corporate giants like Virgin, Google, and Apple. Nowadays, the tables have turned.
Three Ways To Tackle The Glass Ceiling In The MENA Region
Women in Business

Three Ways To Tackle The Glass Ceiling In The MENA Region

The key to increasing female representation in the MENA workforce is stronger ties between universities and the private sector.
10 Things SMEs Should Know About Entrepreneurship
Starting a Business

10 Things SMEs Should Know About Entrepreneurship

A recap of the lessons learnt at Entrepreneur Middle East's 2014 Enterprise Agility Forum, which had the region's most prominent business leaders come together to talk about SMEs in the GCC.
Three Hurdles Arab Entrepreneurs Face In Gaining Access To Capital (And How To Get Past Them)
Raising Capital

Three Hurdles Arab Entrepreneurs Face In Gaining Access To Capital (And How To Get Past Them)

Our problem is not a problem of funding- the problem is gaining access to the funding that already exists in the MENA region.
How To Keep Your Entrepreneurial Dream Alive In The Arab World
Young Entrepreneurs

How To Keep Your Entrepreneurial Dream Alive In The Arab World

Many of the obstacles that young Arab entrepreneurs face when they are trying to start their own ventures are cultural ones that stem from their nuclear family or the surrounding community.
It Takes A Global Village To Raise An Entrepreneur
Entrepreneur Ecosystems

It Takes A Global Village To Raise An Entrepreneur

We all have a responsibility as a community to support Arab innovation by encouraging our home grown innovators.
The MENA Startup Ecosystem: Problems And (Potential) Solutions
Startups

The MENA Startup Ecosystem: Problems And (Potential) Solutions

Five startups at the 8th MIT Pan Arab Conference in Kuwait consider ecosystem problems and potential solutions.