Maysoun Odeh Entrepreneur



Co-Founder and Managing Director of Radio Nisaa

Maysoun Odeh is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Radio Nisaa FM, a pioneering Arabic language All-Women Radio station based in Ramallah, Palestine. Maysoun grew up in Jerusalem where she was schooled at the Rosary Sisters High School before going to university in Grenoble, France and completing her studies in Economics at the American University in Washington D.C.

On her return to Palestine, Maysoun worked in the private sector facilitating the entry of new products/services and then joined the newly established South African Embassy as the Advisor on Media & Trade to the Ambassador. Here she established a valuable network of contacts and enhanced bilateral relations,  travelling to South Africa to attend governmental trade and tourism courses.

In 2004 she married the South African Ambassador to the Palestinian Authority Rafiq Gangat, and left for South Africa where she began as a Media Consultant for PRIMEDIA, one of Africa’s largest media companies.

In 2005 Maysoun set-up and managed in 2005 the first-ever English Radio Station in the Region, 93.6 RAM FM with state of the art studios in Jerusalem and Ramallah.

In August 2009 and with the partnership of the Swiss based Womanity Foundation headed by businessman Yann Borgstedt, Maysoun set up Nisaa Fm, the pioneering All-Women Radio Station in the Region, and today she heads the operation.

Nisaa FM obtained several awards and fellowships since its inception, including the Clinton Global Initiative Fellowship, Ashoka Fellowship, Synergos Fellowship,  the Palestinian Ministry of Women Affairs Recognition (2011 and 2014) and the Palestinian Ministry of Local Government Recognition (2014) and the Palestinian Ministry of Youth & Sports.

As a successful social entrepreneur, Ms Odeh was awarded a Schwab Fellowship. NISAA FM has been a finalist in the Thomson Reuters Award in 2013 and NAWF in 2012 as well as the One World Media Award ( 2012)

BASED IN: Jerusalem, Palestine
LANGUAGES: English, French and Arabic 

The Reality of Radio in Palestine, June 2014