Elissa Freiha is an angel investor and founder of WOMENA, a Dubai-based angel investment platform. WOMENA empowers and educates women to invest in MENA tech startups by managing the investment process from deal sourcing through to portfolio monitoring. Elissa has previously worked in marketing, sales, and events in entertainment and media. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Global Communications from the American University of Paris, the city in which she was born and raised.
She is an Emirati of Lebanese and American decent, and speaks English, Arabic, French, and Spanish fluently. As an active angel with over 30 investments between North America and MENA, she has been frequently listed by media outlets and most notably by the BBC as one of their 30 women under 30, and by Arabian Business as one of the 100 most powerful Arab women as well as the 100 most influential arabs under 40.