Mirna Sleiman | FinTech Galaxy | Women In Tech

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1. What is your name?

Mirna Sleiman.

 

2. Tell us your position and name of your company

I’m the Founder and CEO of Fintech Galaxy, the MENA region’s only crowdsourcing platform in the fintech space. We connect banks, startups and experts in the ecosystem to solve innovation challenges.

 

3. What’s on your schedule today?

I’m working on a fund raising pitch document in the morning. Later today I have a meeting with a German startup that has a very innovative AI platform and after that finalizing negotiations with another startup that provides virtual training in financial technology. I usually meet with the team at night after we put our kids in bed for some operational conversations. We’re a bunch of girls dreaming of changing the world.

 

4. What was the last thing you googled?

I was reading about the digital bank that Dubai Holding is planning to launch. Fascinating stuff! My journalism embedded radars sift through PR stunts and real projects. This one seems to be impressive. Time will tell.

 

5. Which social platform do you prefer – Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram and why?

I’m a big fan of LinkedIn. I find it very professional, informative and impactful. Sometimes I go through Facebook and Instagram to unwind and connect socially with friends and family.

 

6. Women in Tech – What does that term mean to you?

Tech is a hot sector and I see more women are getting into it. This doesn’t necessary mean the coding part of it (like the men’s world) but rather an extension of it.  Just like I’m a fintech enthusiast, more women are getting into online business models, digital marketing, e-commerce, new media, social media strategy, gadgets, and technology ecosystems. Women are social butterflies by nature, they enjoy the “out there” connecting side rather than “behind the desk” aspect.

 

7. What is the one question you wish people would ask you?

What inspires you to get up after every fall?

 

8. What’s the key to good networking?

Don’t create a homogeneous circle around you. Stretch your limit, get out of your comfort zone and network with those who are different from you. Every person you meet has a unique story, find out what makes people tick and be curious to learn.

 

9. What opportunity does tech offer women?

Women multitask so well and have a natural eye for creativity and design. Technology, especially startups, can benefit a lot from women as co-founders. You may not find many CTOs in our region but you will definitely find CEOs, CMOs and Chief Business Development Officers. Women can seamlessly connect the dots and create a business out of men’s raw codes.

 

10. What’s the best advice your Mum has given you?

Always keep your head on your shoulders and your feet on the ground.

 

11. What do you do to unwind?

I spend time with my kindle: I read romance. I think I used to be a princess from the Victorian age in my previous life. When I’m stressed, I drive my convertible coupe and listen to Arabic music.

 

12. Which learning resource (on or offline) would you recommend?

LinkedIn…never stop reading what’s there
Kids…never stop listening to them
And got for certificates…they’re good for upskilling.

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