eLinear Solutions Middle East, an IT solutions provider
Where do you live? Where did you grow up?
I live in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.). I was born and raised in Egypt.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up and why?
Since I was a kid, I'd I always wanted to be an engineer. I was inspired by my father who was an engineer in his career.
What's your job title now and why did you choose this job?
I am a senior network consultant at eLinear Solutions Middle East in Dubai Internet City. I chose this job because I have been in the technical field for five years. I started the network design/consulting role just over 3 years ago. My skills in working with customers, which I have acquired from working in technical support positions for Orange and Vodafone have proved invaluable in this role.
How did you get to your current job? How many years did this take? How long have you been in networking?
I started working in networking in 2003. I have worked for several companies over the years doing roles such as technical support, research and development and implementations. In 2005, I reached a point of technical capability that gave me the freedom to take on a network design role.
What education and training (including certification) led you to where you are now?
I have a Bachelor of Science in electronics and telecommunications from Zagazig University, plus Cisco CCNP, CCDP, and CCIP certifications. I have taken the CCIE written exam and am planning to take the CCIE lab soon.
What do you enjoy most about your job and why?
I enjoy designing and optimizing networks to get perfect performance. I also enjoy educating customers about different features and network equipment. What's cool in my job is you meet different people from different industries as a result of traveling for seminars or trainings and client meetings. Everywhere I go, I make connections with other engineers and people who are in the field-and we stay in touch as colleagues and friends.
Where would you like to go next in your career?
I would like to improve my knowledge and keep on being a senior network consultant. My long-term goal is to move forward to be a chief technical officer (CTO).
If you could invent something that would change the world for the better, what would it be?
I would connect all home appliances, my car, everything we use to a network. The network is linked to my cell phone. I would make my cell phone the one remote control I would use to manage all of them!