Saudi Arabia Hospitality Investment Conference

14-16 April 2020 | Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, U.A.E

Speaker profile

Jessica Kahawaty
Mama Rita

International model and entrepreneur, Jessica Kahawaty, Australian born of Arabic origins, has bridged cultures together through her work in the fashion industry and humanitarianism.

An ambassador for some of the world’s luxury brands, Jessica uses her name and platform to continuously shed light on global issues around the world and empower young women to reach their full potential through education and the arts. Jessica has built a portfolio of luxury brand partnerships working as an Official brand ambassador for brands like Wella, Boucheron and Breitling.

With a background in Business Finance and Human Rights Law, Jessica has worked with various NGOs internationally. Jessica completed three major humanitarian trips with great success in raising awareness and funds with the United Nations. Jessica was subsequently asked to speak at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

In September 2020, Jessica launched a food brand, Mama Rita, with her mother scaling to 4 kitchens and 2 cities in the span of 1 year. Mama Rita just announced a deal with Starbucks in September 2021 which will see their popular ‘Fresh Fruit Paradise’ sold in stores across the UAE.