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Ep. #28. Morocco to Germany – Zakaria Jaiathe, the co-founder and CEO of WAANDA

April 24, 2024


Also available on Apple, Spotify, Google Podcast,and in all major podcast apps

In this episode, I interviewed Zakaria Jaiathe(Zak), the co-founder and CEO of WAANDA, the SaaS-enabled B2B marketplace that facilitates trade between African SME producers and European retailers.

Zak was born and raised in Safi, Morocco, and in 2012, he moved to France for his study, and now he is based in Berlin in Germany. Before he started WANNDA in 2021, he founded Xibit in 2016, an award-winning augmented reality startup, and before founding Xibit, he worked as a technology executive advisor for the SAP leadership. Zak also won several prestigious international awards and was mentioned several times in top magazines such as Forbes. 

His journey is so so inspiring, so if you want some booster to go after your dream, THIS is the must-listen episode. Please enjoy!

Connect with Zak on LinkedIn

Learn more about WAANDA

Book recommendation by Zak: Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built, How Asia Works, Sapiens

After listening to this episode, you will be able to learn:

  • Cultural differences between Morocco, France, and Germany (with super fun stories)
  • His journey working for SAP (he acted as a technology executive advisor for the SAP leadership) to becoming an entrepreneur  
  • The biggest learnings from his first startup, Xibit
  • Why he started WAANDA and how WAANDA helps Africa and the world 

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