Olaf Krahmer, President and General Manager of Cisco Egypt, and Elisabeth De Dobbeleer, Director, Operations, recently invited me to Egypt. I arrived at the Cairo office on Sunday and joined a vibrant team discussion led by Olaf on our fiscal year planning. I felt very welcomed by the team and it was a great opportunity to learn about Egypt and see our people in action.
What’s on People’s Minds?
I decided to capture some of the conversations I had using my new Flip video. As you will see, I am still a novice and I will hopefully improve with practice. While I met many exceptional employees, I captured three and want to share with you their perspectives on this video:
- Ramy Abdallah joined Cisco three months ago as a Client Executive. He brings an incredible background to Cisco customers and partners. He taught me that as part of the Egyptian culture, you tend to address issues directly.
- Ayman Elgohary has been with Cisco for 8 years and has been the Regional Commercial Sales Manager for the past six years. We shared a passion for Canada and I learned that he wrote a number of papers about Cisco as a student. It was interesting to talk to him about the differences and similarities from what he expected and what he has experienced.
- Dina Hassan inspired me. She is our Finance Manager and had the opportunity to be in a rotation program in Paris. As you will see, she is very passionate about her role at Cisco and the opportunities in Egypt
Cisco opened its first office in Cairo in 1999 and since then the business in Egypt has grown. We have strong customer relationships across many market sectors includes finance, public sector, hospitality, oil and gas, service provider and transportation.
I also had the pleasure meeting with Dr. Hosein Badran , who is in this photo with Rick Justice and John Chambers, and is our CTO in the region.