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10 Podcast Recommendations We Got from 10 Entrepreneurs at #RiseUpSummit19

We asked some of your favourite entrepreneurs and business figures what their favourite podcasts are.

Do you want get into podcasts but don't know what to listen to? Do you ever wonder what your favourite entrepreneur listens to? Well, you're in luck because at this year's RiseUp Summit, we asked some of our favourite entrepreneurs and business figures what their favourite podcasts are. From thriller crimes and comedy, to technological and feminist debates, this list give you a good entry-way to the podcast world. debates and feminist movements, this list will give you a good entry-way to the ever-expanding world of podcasts.

Sharif ElBadawi // Partner at 500 Startups


Kerning Cultures

As children of the Middle East, we have grown up surrounded by regional and international media that pigeonholes the Middle East and North Africa into politics. Kerning Cultures tells the kinds of stories that show Middle Eastern representation, just the kinds of stories we want to discuss with our friends over warm cups of coffee on cozy sofas. The podcast is the first venture-backed in the region, receiving almost half a million dollars as seed round investment.  

Hend Ghorab // Head of Planning at Good People


Making Sense with Sam Harris

Neuroscientist, Philosopher, and best-selling Author—Sam Harris dissects some of the most important questions about the human mind, society, and current events. With deep topics like addiction, mindfulness and other general ones like divorce, Making Sense explores human nature’s flawed sense of society. 

Rodrigo Sa // Global Business Development Strategist


Exponential View with Azeem Azhar

Presented by Harvard Business Review, this podcast is hosted by Azeem Azhar, curator of the Exponential View newsletter. The futurist podcast reimagines the impact of technology on business and society with deep conversations of the world’s leading thinkers. From Cybersecurity, Unicorn exits and AI, the 59-episode series will blast you back to the future.

Sara Raza // Contemporary Art Curator and Writer


The East is a Podcast

If you’re into art and visual culture, East is a Podcast discusses the history and transformation of visual culture in West Asia and other Eastern cultures, featuring interviews with experts and guests from all around the world. There are 95 episodes for you to indulge in, seek inspiration or even learn more about Eastern cultures from a unique lens. 

Claudius Boller // Managing Director at Spotify MENA



Welcome to Crimetown, a series produced by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier in partnership with Gimlet Media. Each season, the podcast investigates the culture of crime in a different city around the world. The 50-episode-packed show is not for the feint-hearted, and is guaranteed to thrill your skin into shivering.

Ben Burns // The Futur


The Daily by NYTimes

According to the prestigious New York Times Magazine, this is how the news should sound. The Daily by NYTimes is a daily twenty-minutes, five days a week, hosted by Michael Barbaro and powered by New York Times team of emerging journalists. Stay updated with what’s going on in the world and the United States of America, as this cutting-edge podcast gives you insights from world-leading minds.

Alya Mooro // Journalist and Author


The High Low Podcast

A weekly pop-culture and news podcast brought to you by Dolly Alderton & Pandora Sykes - the former co-hosts of The Pandolly Podcast. With over a hundred episodes, the series discusses key societal topics from a feminist perspective that channels modern-day culture through diverse lenses.

Salma Elwardany // Writer and Founder of Digitally Human


The Guilty Feminist by Debra Francis White

The Guilty Feminist is a feminist comedy podcast hosted by Deborah Frances-White. Created by Frances-White and Sofie Hagen in 2015, the podcast features guests on a panel to discuss topics on and related to feminism, and is recorded in front of a live audience. The award-winning podcast is dubbed the “queen of podcasts”, so if you ladies are looking for more fuel for your fire, this is where you could find it.

Tarek Atrissi // Designer


Design Matters with Debbie Willman

An award-winning podcast all about design, where to find inspiration, how to stay inspirated and everything you need to become a design guru as the show hosts multiple guests from a variety of industries in the design field. Each episode is almost an hour long, but somehow leaves you hanging for more, and is excellent for binge-listening. Leave your expectations by the door, because this podcast will redefine what you perceive as design.

Elissa Freiha // Bosslady and Matriarch at Womena


The Cut Away by William Mullally

Dubai-based film critic William Mullally discusses the latest releases in film, with voices from the Middle East and Hollywood’s blockbuster movie stars, including Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson. Unfortunately, this fresh-out-the-oven podcast has only seven episodes, so watch out because you might be hooked, and stay tuned for more.


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