Tampere Ambassador: Haroon Abdelrahman

Where are you from?
I am a citizen of the planet :) I was born on Kuwait, originally from Jordan, studied and worked in Finland for 7,5 years and lived and worked in California since 2009.

What would you like to tell about yourself and your professional activities?
I am a seasoned business and technical leader. I lead multi-site cross functional teams by influence, inspiration and collaboration. We build disruptive quality scale-able high tech products and solutions, for giant stars in the industry, on time and within budget. I manage programs from ideation phase up to first customer shipment and beyond. I planned and executed strategies to transform small and large organizations to agile and lean methods. I have run $$ complex operations for star social/mobile/cloud/IT products and solutions development teams. I built and managed distributed offshore teams in EU, India, China and remote US sites. I plan the technical portfolio for a large organization, forward looking for one fiscal year. I know how to foster the conversation and channel the discussion, among engineering and sales leaders (and with everybody regardless of their academic or professional background) to come up with major business and operations recommendations. I have a lot of passion for innovation in IoT, and I make sure I reserve my stretch assignments bandwidth, free time and beyond for the whereabouts of this digital revolution. I am an expert in communicating and presenting to CXOs, and relationships building. I have startup experience (both in successful and zombie turned ones :) I also have solid and long experience working with and for established fortune 500 companies.

On the personal arena, I am a father of 2 (a boy and a girl; yes, thank you :)) and we enjoy hiking, travelling and collaborative learning. Last week we went to do recreational "gold panning" in a historic California gold rush park, and next week we will visit the great lakes in Michigan.

Why is Tampere the best place to live?
It's a dynamic academic and high tech hub, with the scale, quality and beauty of a Finnish town.

What is your involvement in international activities?
All my higher studies and professional life was built in Europe and USA, while working with teams in both continents as well as with teams in India and China. My intercultural and cross geo experience, in work and recreational activities, is vast and unique (like it is the case with every expat veteran or internationally oriented citizen like me) and one day I will have time to write a book about it.

What is your mission as a Tampere - All Bright! Ambassador?
I want to help disrupting the innovation and startup economy in Tampere. I want to create a channel for Tampereen innovators to get their ideas adopted by VCs and incubators in Silicon Valley, to help boosting Tampere's startup economy and boost its monetization results.

What potential do you see for Tampere in the future?
There is a huge potential for boosting Tampere's high tech innovation and startup economy, if the right channel is built between there and the Silicon Valley. I want to help materializing this potential.

Haroon Abdelrahman Tampere All Bright Ambassador

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