Aline Kamakian - SURVIVING BEIRUT: A life Changing Experience
Aline Kamakian is a renowned restaurateur, author, and founder of Mayrig. Mayrig, which means “mother” in Armenian, is one of Beirut’s most beloved restaurants, which she founded in 2003.As we are all aware, the city of Beirut was hit with a massive explosion on August 4th causing mass destruction, leaving at least 190 deaths, 6,500 injuries, and destroying half of the city’s homes and businesses which left 300,000 people homeless.Aline was located in the heart of Beirut just 500 meters from the blast. Aline found herself in the middle of an unthinkable situation. In a span of 3 seconds Aline found her restaurant completely destroyed, employees severely wounded, and no time to even think about the devastation. She has now become a leader in her community, feeding 2500 people in a day and rebuilding homes of her employees. Aline has become a pillar of hope for her people who have been abandoned by their government.In this episode, Aline shares how she became interested in food, building a successful hospitality franchise spanning several countries, and the work she’s doing now to help rebuild all that was lost as a result of the explosion. Her stories are truly lessons of leadership, resilience and kindness.
Aline Kamakian | Rebuilding Mayrig After the Explosion in Beirut
The Founder Hour
Aline Kamakian is a renowned restaurateur, entrepreneur, author, and founder of Mayrig. Mayrig, which means “mother” in Armenian, Aline’s native language, is one of Beirut’s most beloved restaurants specializing in authentic Armenian cuisine, which she founded in 2003.As you may know, the city of Beirut was hit with a massive explosion on August 4th of this year that decimated the city, causing at least 190 deaths, 6,500 injuries, and destroying half of the city’s homes and businesses which left 300,000 people homeless.Located in the heart of Beirut just 500 meters from the blast, Aline found herself in the middle of an unthinkable situation. With her restaurant completely destroyed, team members severely wounded, and no time to even think about the devastation, she has become a hero in her hometown as she works to rebuild the homes of her employees that were lost and feed 2,500 meals a day to those in need.In this episode, Aline joins from her hometown of Beirut to share stories about her upbringing, how she became interested in food, building a successful hospitality franchise spanning several countries, and the work she’s doing now to help rebuild all that was lost as a result of the explosion. Her story is truly one of passion, perseverance, and resilience and we hope you take away as much as we did during our conversation.SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER & STAY UPDATED > http://bit.ly/tfh-newsletterFOLLOW TFH ON INSTAGRAM > http://www.instagram.com/thefounderhourFOLLOW TFH ON TWITTER > http://www.twitter.com/thefounderhourINTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR? EMAIL US > email@example.com
Voices of Resilience: Dispatch from Beirut from Aline Kamakian
Vital Voices Podcast
Entrepreneur and restauranteur Aline Kamakian was hosting a staff meeting in her restaurant near the port when the explosion in Beirut went off. The restaurant she worked to create for 20 years was immediately destroyed, and the 25 members of her team in the space were all injured. She joined the podcast to update us on the disaster, the quick work she and her team have done to start serving their community, and the hope she’s seen in the way people are taking care of one another. Tune into to hear from this powerful woman, and support her restaurant’s recovery through GoFundMe here. https://www.gofundme.com/f/mayrig To learn more about Vital Voices, visit www.vitalvoices.org.Invest in women, improve the world. Executive Producer: Lizzie Kubo Kirschenbaum. Editor and Assistant Producer: Christi Owiye. Host: Alyse Nelson. Music: Deliberate Thought by Kevin MacLeod. Deliberate Thought by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license. (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/?keywords=deliberate+thought.Artist: http://incompetech.com/
Aline Kamakian Gender Equality in Partnership with BLC Bank
Who Run the World
We sat down with Aline Kamakian at the BLC Bank and WeInitiative conference A Step Towards Equality. Aline talked to us about equality in Lebanon, her role models, the most important lesson she has learned throughout her career, and how she views feminism. Aline is the owner of Armenian restaurants Mayrig and Batchig, as well as an insurance brokerage. Stay tuned for our second season to hear her full story.
#36 Aline Kamakian - Taking her Armenian Heritage and passion for Armenian Food Global
The Learning Curve Podcast | Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East.
The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa Region: Meet Aline Kamakian - Owner of Fig Holding which has established: Mayrig, Batchig, Made by Mayrig, M Catering and K the kitchen. Re-capturing her grandmothers recipes she has carved a career spreading her Armenian heritage and the taste of Armenian food through the Armenian restaurant, Mayrig. She is also the co-Author of the book 'Armenian Food' and now she is working to Franchise her Armenian restaurant and take in Global. Aline was a fantastic guest. She shared so much great advise learnt from her own entrepreneurial journey. I felt really quite privileged to be sat next to her hearing all this great information first hand.She is the co - owner of the first Armenian restaurant in Lebanon and Dubai called Mayrig. Which means 'little mother' in Armenian. Her Dubai restaurant in in Downtown Dubai on the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. She describes herself as a talker not a writer and is passionate about her Armenian Heritage and Armenian Food. She's also made the short listed for the caterer awards 2015 . I hope she wins because someone like her leading a unique restaurant with her business acumen would be such a fantastic blend and inspiration for women out there that want to be restaurateurs like her.Her first job was a financial consultants which she still does today and has a great success of this role too. It was a surprising role for a passionate foodie and cook but her story explains this journey too. She also written a book entitled Armenia Food. I was super excited as they day I interviewed her was my birthday and she kindly gave me a signed copy. How lucky am I?? :) An action based person full of drive and ambitions, she has BIG plans to franchise her restaruant and share a bit of armenia with the world. Enjoy this interview.