My professional background
My name is Saif Alkhrisat; I was born and raised in Amman, Jordan. I possess a Master's degree in International Management (2012) from the Bristol Business School at University of the West of England, United Kingdom and Bachelor of Science (2008) with a focus in Management Information System from Mutah University, Jordan. In 2006, during my undergraduate studies, I was selected by the U.S Embassy of Jordan to participate at the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) one of the US–Department of State programs in Leadership. There, I represented Jordan for the 2006 student leaders program, which took place at Montana State University. During the six-week intensive training course at MEPI, we learned about American history, politics, culture, environment, religion and community service. This opportunity allowed many of us to work with people from all over the Middle East and America from a plethora of different backgrounds, some of which were at war with each other. It allowed us to see the world differently and communicate effectively with people from all over the world. Since then, I have dedicated large efforts to mastering theories of leadership. As result of that, I included leadership in my academic pursuits. In late 2011, I devoted my research study to gaining more understanding about leadership in the Middle East, studying the practice and analyzing the uprising leadership change after the year 2010.
In 2007, I was chosen to join the team as a steering committee member as the media officer establishing the first Jordanian (MEPI) alumni network in the country, between the years of 2007-2010. It was a three-year challenge to implement and promote a series of activities and events to achieve the (MEPI) goals and objectives of the network. During that time, we were able to make tangible success not only in Jordan, but on a regional level as well. I have always been passionate about change and capacity building, being a strong communicator, and building my leadership skills both professionally and internationally. Since 2006, I have become associated with a number of local and international organizations concerning youth, politics and social development. In December 2007, I was selected to attend a training and exchange course focusing on participatory democracy and association movements in the Mediterranean, which was organized by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, located in Barcelona, Spain. There, I presented the project proposal of producing a student run magazine. This journalism work highlighted the concerns of the students of Jordan. It aimed at covering various genres such as news, current events, opinions, teen issues, profiles, entertainment, sports and an arts and expressions section. The project was unique and first of its kind targeting students’ issues in the country. As a result of this innovative thinking project, I have been also part of the International Entrepreneurs Forum, which is an annual educational program organized by Junior Achievement Córdoba-Argentina with the purpose of developing entrepreneurial aptitudes and attitudes in youngsters and to forge and strengthen universal values.
During the past years, I have attended several trainings in Journalism and Media, becoming trained and skilled to deal with different sources of media. I can be helpful and supportive to represent the organization agendas in different workplace environments.
In June 2008, I started my career debut in one of the finest financial institutions in the region as a data quality officer analyst for the department of corporate and investment banking in the headquarters of the Arab Bank in Jordan. I have the knowledge to use data analysis programs. A good data-miner and have the proficiency to create relations from no relation when I work on database. During my tenure of employment there, I also became a credit support officer for the small and medium enterprises department. I used to manage clients’ business portfolios to ensure their financial health, growth and needs. In that department, I went through many different scenarios, which gave me a good understanding for enterprises and the business industry and how help maintain them successfully. By November of that same year, I started an internship opportunity at Ayton Global Research, a market research company located in London; I was part of the company’s expansion for entering the marketplace in Dubai as a part-time internship during my time receiving my masters in the UK. I then moved to the United States in May 2012 and pursued local business opportunities. As a responsible businessperson, I started a family business in the automotive and service industry. Lately, I join apple and I'm a product specialist.
How to work with me
What I can offer
I strongly believe I have the confidence and ability to contribute positively to this role and have the capability to obtain the required responsibilities of this task. My experience and background has been always in a multicultural environment. I have a good understanding of culture and civilization. I have a wide-range of understanding for international relations and policies. I speak Arabic, English and poorly practice French. I can potentially be a positive fit to advocate success in different multicultural places. My academic qualifications are valuable and proficient for organizational development and effectiveness.
My expectations for a successful mentoring relationship
I was chosen to join the team as a steering committee member establishing the first Jordanian (MEPI) alumni network in the country in cooperation with the culture and public affairs section of the U.S Embassy in Jordan, it was a challenge to implement and promote a series of activities and events. During that time, we were able to make tangible success not only in Jordan, but on a regional level as well. I have always been passionate about change and capacity building, being a strong communicator and great persuader. I have become associated with a number of local and international organizations
How entrepreneurs can prepare before we start
Nothing, just to have an effective communication so we can understand them better. Once we understand them, we can provide a better advice.