Getting Up Close With Enjy Kiwan
Enjy Kiwan is by far not your average mom of two. Her life is a rollercoaster of flashing cameras and ongoing projects. Kiwan’s life changed when she decided to leave her job as a banker and pursue her dream as a presenter. As a little girl, Kiwan would dream of being a hostess of a show, and at 31 years old, she finally worked hard to become a public speaker and hostess at the most important events and shows. Kiwan loves what she does and believes in the importance of having a voice that is heard. She says this privilege is very empowering, changing, and crucial in our world.
Kiwan was born in the United Arab Emirates, where she spent most of her life. For studies, she went to the American University in Dubai. There, Kiwan was always exposed to different cultures which made her accepting and open-minded. After graduating, she worked as a banker for almost a decade until she made her way up to a TV presenter.
Kiwan takes part in many projects, and she is particularly keen about charity work. Her contributions with UNICEF are remarkable. She believes that women empowerment is crucial and is very passionate about assisting those in need. Kiwan is always eager to make a change and spread positivity.
Kiwan as a TV presenter managed to earn herself a slew of feats. Having presented for highly anticipated events and shows, like the Diafa Award Show that was watched by millions. On top of that, Kiwan had the chance to take a distinct part in presenting during Gouna Squash Tournaments, a major global sports event. Not to mention, Kiwan was followed by the spotlights in the Global Gala Awards where her presenting received huge acclaim.
Kiwan has many interesting projects coming up. Never short on talents, she has an acting project in process and is always striving to stay busy and make an impact. Kiwan showed the Middle East that nothing can hold an ambitious mother from working and evolving. We had the honor of chatting with Enjy about her inspiring journey as a hardworking mom and banker-turned-presenter. Read as we get up close with the talented Kiwan.
From banking to presenting, how did you make that transition?
Since I was a little girl, I believed that I was made to make a difference through media or TV. Therefore it was always my dream to be a presenter or an actress. However, it wasn’t so facilitated for me in terms of family. So, I was pushed to do finance, I worked at an asset management company in Dubai as well as for Thomson Reuters. I eventually left the job along having my two children. Since I realized carpentry is really big in Egypt and I believed that there’s great craftsmanship that needs to be advertised to the world, I opened Robabikia where I sold custom made furniture. But unfortunately, I couldn’t maintain it and went to work in investment banking. Until one time I realized that selling stocks wasn't the most fulfilling job for me. I then went to my CEO and we decided to open a CSR department where we worked with less fortunate people and children in need. It was very fulfilling. So, I decided that I want to do that on a more regular basis. I quit my job, called a friend of mine, and told her I want to be an MC. A few weeks later she told me that there’s a job for me and that's how it all began.
When did you first realize banking wasn’t for you?
I’ve always known banking wasn’t for me. I was good at it, but I didn’t feel passionate about it. But the day I set up a CSR department is when I realized I can do so much more with my life by helping others.
Do you believe following your passion for presenting was the right decision?
At the moment, I truly feel like it was a great decision. Sometimes I think maybe I should just have a full time job where the income is secure and I won’t have to worry about what might happen next. However, I do enjoy the ups and downs of my job.
What’s your favorite part about presenting?
I love being heard. I want people to listen when I speak. Capturing the attention with your presence is an amazing thing to do. I believe that through this, one day I will have the ability to make a difference and empower people.
You have hosted many prestigious events and shows, which one would you consider your favorite or most memorable?
I love them all honestly! But there is one that I would say put me on the map, which is the Gouna Squash Tournament. I have a lot of favorites, though. For example the Global Gift Gala really made me feel like a celebrity. Also, Diafa Awards Show was the scariest of them all, since it was aired live on so many channels.
Being a mom is no breeze, so which parenting style do you find works best for you and your kids?
I am more of a friend to my kids than a mom. Everyone used to tell me I don’t act very much like a mom, and I used to get offended! However, I’ve realized now how mature my kids are because of our relationship. I give them the freedom to make their own decisions and I'm happy they still respect me when I’m not around.
You have worked with UNICEF on improving living standards for children in need, can you talk about your experience with this project?
Raising awareness is one of the most important things to me. Having the opportunity to raise awareness on meaningful issues was a dream come true for me. I always wanted to work with UNICEF. I would constantly e-mail them when I was a banker but I would never get a reply. So it meant a lot to me when I finally got acknowledged and was able to represent UNICEF at the refugee camp.
Would you say that being involved in such projects changed your outlook on life?
It was mind blowing. We all know how bad refugee camps can be. However, when I went there and saw the real impact, it made me realize that UNICEF is doing their best efforts to help these people and make them happier.
We know you are keen on keeping your body healthy, can you share with us how you manage to stay active and fit?
I try to exercise at least three times a week. I’m not really a healthy eater but I do not let myself go overboard. I do a lot of intermittent fasting which helps a lot. I would say it’s mainly about being active throughout the day rather than working out.
Can you tell us more about your diet?
I can not talk to you about diet because I am the last person you should look up to regarding these matters. Yet, when I did go on diet, it worked wonders. I cut off all my intolerances and it was tough since it somehow restricted my social life.
How do you balance it all? Work, family, and a healthy lifestyle?
I do shift my priorities regularly. Obviously, my family is always my number one priority. Sometimes I focus more on other things alongside. So, for a couple of weeks I would focus on getting healthy, and I don’t really go out as much. The next couple of weeks I would focus on going to events and meeting up with my friends. That would basically be my workout since I’m running around all the time. It’s still very hard though, there is always so much happening throughout the day.
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