“Don’t hesitate to seize opportunities.”
Please introduce yourself to our readers.
I am Fouzeya Al Sabah, an entrepreneur and graduate student. I’m also known as a bookworm.
Tell us about your education.
I graduated from The American Academy for Girls in 2012 with a GPA of 3.75. I graduated from Kuwait University majoring in Management Information System in 2016 with a GPA of 3.50 and MGPA of 3.70. In 2017, I was accepted in the Masters of Science in Information Technology program in Kuwait University. My first conference paper was published in 2018 titled ‘Mobile Commerce Adoption Factors in Kuwait’.
Tell us about your career journey.
I started my first business in July 2016, a bakery named Tanateesh, which is an Arabic word meaning bits and pieces. It is specialized in Middle Eastern pastries and desserts. In March 2017, I joined a voluntary group called Entrepreneurs. We encourage others to start their own companies and aim to reduce bureaucracy. In 2018, my partner, Fatma AlAnsari, and I launched a new application called Locally. It is the first application that supports local designers and local products in Kuwait.
How do you manage your time? Describe your average day.
I start my day by heading to the office and prioritizing my needs for the day. Then, I manage my time by working based on the schedule I made. Of course at the end of the day there is always time for my family.
What is your biggest strength?
Problem solving. I enjoy looking at every angle of a problem and studying every possible solution.
Do you have any weaknesses?
The inability to say no.
Have you made any mistakes that have made you stronger?
Yes, but what makes us stronger is learning from these mistakes.
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced during your career?
The market in Kuwait is very competitive which makes it hard for young entrepreneurs to start and succeed in the market.
How do you stay motivated during challenging times?
Struggling is part of every journey, so I stay motivated by accepting the challenges and believing the more challenges I face the more I learn and the closer I get to my goal.
What do you do to relax?
Travel to a new place with a good book.
What has been your proudest moment so far?
On 3rd of July 2018, I had the pleasure of meeting His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, The Amir of Kuwait, and His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah, The Crown Prince of Kuwait. It was a very proud moment and I will never forget the day I was honored by The Amir and The Crown Prince.
What is your biggest fear?
Giving up on what I want to accomplish.
What is your favourite quote?
“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there” – Bo Jackson
Name one item in life you can’t do without.
Wi-Fi. I would be lost without being connected to the Internet, because I rely on the cloud for mostly everything.
Best advice you have ever taken?
It was from my father. Always read new things because there are always new things to learn.
Share three books on your nightstand.
As a book lover, I find this question the hardest, because I really can’t choose three among the books on my nightstand.
In your opinion, what are the three keys to success?
1.Have a clear vision and set your goals.
2.Believe in yourself and be determined.
3.Surround yourself with successful people and learn from them.
What is next for you? What would you still like to achieve?
My PhD is my next and final step. Then, I would like to teach students. Also, I would like to focus more on my businesses and expand in other countries.
What advice would you give to young women starting out in their career?
Stay focused, learn from your mistakes, listen to other experiences, always challenge yourself and don’t hesitate to seize opportunities.
How does it feel to be a CP Woman of Substance?
It is a pleasure to be selected as a CP Woman of Substance. I am very proud of myself, and I hope I inspire all those young women out there.
Your message for the team at CP magazine:
Thank you for this wonderful opportunity, I wish you all the best and much more success.