16 under 30: Soumaya Merhi

16 under 30: Soumaya Merhi



Soumaya Merhi, 30
General manager, TAQA bakery, Lebanon

Joint specialization in Anthropology and Sociology
Place of study
Concordia University, Quebec
First job
Internal sales at Prana
“Work hard. Swim. Dance all night.”
Ultimate goal in life
“To produce healthy and delicious snacks.”
Advice for the next generation
“Take risks and enjoy the ride.”

Part German and part Lebanese, Soumaya Merhi is a young entrepreneur who founded TAQA bakery, a pioneering venture producing healthy snacks. Having been inspired by the nutritious snack market trend through her work, she returned to Lebanon from Montreal in 2013, shortly after completing a BA and a graduate diploma in Business Administration at Concordia University. Today TAQA is a leading company in the health and wellness food industry in Lebanon and is distributed throughout the Middle East.

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