Women Who Dare

Women Who Dare is a podcast about women with big dreams, ideas, and what it takes to make them happen. In each episode, journalist/coach Emma Robson interviews inspirational experts and entrepreneurs who have carved out a new niche for themselves


Women Who Dare

In this first episode of Women Who Dare, Emma Robson interviews employee engagement strategist Fiona Passantino about the state of employee morale and how to bring happiness into the workplace. Fiona’s new book – Handbook for Post-Covid Engagement:  a Comic Book for Executives – is available online.

Maud Janssen ‘s parents wanted her to become a lawyer.  Maud felt no affinity with law. So she ended up following her husband all over the world and doing various  jobs. A chance conversation with a coach later, in London, provided a trigger for change. Now for the past 10 years, Maud  has worked as a successful personal stylist and image consultant, using the popular methodology of the UK-based House of Colour.

Annette Nilsson has three horses who assist her in coaching. While each horse has its own personality, suited to different coaching situations, all share an uncanny ability to perceive people’s emotional state. Their reactions provide valuable insights on human behaviour, making them popular  coaching assistants. Originally, Annette started out on a very different career path but has now  found a way to turn her passion into her work.  

Amy Branger is an American executive coach with a talent for manifesting her desires. After years of longing to live on a houseboat in Amsterdam, Amy finally got there, just after lockdown.  Amy now teaches her approach to making things happen to others. In the podcast she tells Emma Robson  about the mindset, steps, and work involved in manifesting your plan, whether business or personal. 

Ever since graduating in women’s studies in the U.S., Carine de Meyere says the Netherlands, where she grew up, feels like the most patriarchal country in Europe. This sense of inequality  has inspired her to seek to empower women worldwide to be agents for positive change.  

Carine’s Women of The World initiative advocates the benefits of gender equity to society, via conference appearances world-wide and on LinkedIn, where she has attracted 18,000 followers.


In the Middle East and North Africa, legal and economic parity for women is the lowest of all regions, according to a recent report from the World Bank. Yet Maha El Zaatari, who was born in a refugee camp in Lebanon, was able to become country manager of a U.S. multinational in Dubai. A Palestinian without a passport, she nonetheless emigrated to the UAE, where she worked as Managing Director of the U.S. company Great Place to Work. Seven years later she set up her own company, P for People, through which she continues to keep clients’ employees happy.

In this podcast interview  Maha discusses the challenges of being a woman at work in the Arab world and brings us up to date on some promising developments in the region.

Women Who Dare

Amid rising rates of obesity, diabetes and infertility, the Middle East’s  health care systems are poorly suited to addressing the complexity of their populations’ health, particularly women’s health. But a new company in Dubai – Nabta Health – plans to change that. Mother of three, soon to be four, Nabta Health’s British founder Sophie Smith has created a hybrid health business that combines traditional, digital and plant-based healthcare with research, to provide holistic solutions that stick. In a few years Sophie plans to expand Nabta to reach  women throughout the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

Catherine Filloux is a French-American playwright who for the past 30 years has used theatre as a vehicle for social and political change, tackling issues ranging from genocide and domestic violence to gender bias and child abuse. 

In this podcast Catherine discusses the power of storytelling and the impact her works have made around the world, in the U.S. and even at the Vienna State Opera, which for the first time in its 150-year history hosted an opera – Orlando – written entirely by two women. Catherine wrote the libretto. In Cambodia, the rock opera she co-created, Where Elephants Weep, was a smash hit when it aired on TV in 2008, drawing two million viewers, until the Cambodian authorities pulled it off air.  Catherine is working on bringing the show to New York next year

After starting her career as a public policy adviser working for two UN agencies, four years ago Elise Pinto founded a voice AI technology company based in Paris with  business partner, Anthony Romano.

During a chance conversation by a coffee machine, they realised they shared the same enthusiasm for voice technology and had the same ambition to found a startup. Together they created a no-code voice AI platform called Vocads, which they hope to turn into the equivalent of