A few years earlier, at a time when I was slowly entering the world of an agile mindset, one of the names that were often found in literature was Ahmed Abdelhamid. After reading her impressive biography, I couldn’t resist talking to such a person. Reading the interview, you will meet a fantastic person who, through their work, looks back on companies in the field of education, how far they have come, and whether they have even begun to think about an agile way, you will also see how a person like Ahmed Abdelhamid spends one working day finding motivation.
Ahmed, how would you present yourself in a few sentences?
The naturalist “strayed” among socialites. Polymat. Maybe even a gick. I think I’m a curious and persistent person first, persistently curious. I like to analyze structures and notice similarities. It is quite natural for me to solve problems, make new schedules, to merge seemingly incompatible. I like to plan, and I do campaign work. Moving is an urgent need for me. And the motto: your idea – your responsibility.
Did you always know what you wanted to do?
I didn’t always know. I’ve always wondered. I still see myself as a nomad in a professional sense. The only thing I’ve always wanted to do is to skate artistic skating, which is still a great pleasure for me today and a way to relax and clear my mind. Looking back, though, there is common content in everything I did – the need to structure or logically structure something or connect it differently: from thermal and astrophysics, architecture, natural and programming languages, and study program reform, to corporate organizational structure and political organizations, and perhaps one day the state. This path is a constant movement from smaller to larger structures, so I’m curious as to where this ends. My mission is an agile state.
In your opinion – what is the key to a successful business?
Although agile as a methodology is increasingly in demand, it does not mean that it is at a satisfactory level of maturity. From my experience, it is present in companies of various sizes, from startups to large companies and in different industries. The challenges are the same as everywhere else in the world. How to bridge the gap between the business and development sectors and how to agitate the business sector? This needs to be thought out of the box – because a product is not necessarily just software, as I have shown using it in education, and more recently in politics.
To describe the need for business, especially education, how would you describe its need to be in touch with constant changes?
What I do know is the fact that we do not have enough students in the area in terms of how much demand there is in the market. There are a billion reasons why this is so, and one of them is an inadequate enrollment quota policy. Here again, we start from the vision, that the system must be arranged so that we know where we want to go and how many quotas of future experts in the field we need.
What is non-formal education for you?
Non-formal education in the Middle East has the status of less valuable education. There is no mobility whatsoever. There is no way for me to go somewhere and learn something new and be recognized in any way. Often, non-formal education is viewed by employers with a certain amount of denigration.
I would also like to look at another situation, which is that the company is stepping into non-formal education and influencing the organization of education of future professionals, which is a bad sign for cooperation between the University and the economy. The company is diversifying its resources by investing in non-formal education, while a formal education is diversifying its resources into inadequate educational profiles, relative to market demands, and is not conducive to economic development.
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