Interview with Sadiq Salah

"The programme will broaden my knowledge and help me find unique solutions to enhance my supply chain strategies".

Sadiq Salah
Aviation Associate
United Nations Humanitarian Air Service, UNWFP
Sana'a, Yemen

Masters in Supply Chain and Logistics Management Batch 2022

Please tell us about yourself and your family

I’m Sadiq and I was born in 1985 in Taiz, Yemen. I’m a pilot and I have been in the aviation field since 2007. I am married, my wife is a doctor, and she is my source of happiness and motivation.

What drew you to the programme you are studying at Athena? Do you think it would help you realise your career goals?

I work in the field of supply chain and logistics (Aviation sector) and this programme will broaden my knowledge and help me find unique solutions to enhance my supply chain strategies.

What would you like to learn next? What are your next career steps?

I plan to learn another foreign language and sharpen my leadership skills. I also plan to take on more responsibilities within the organization I work with.

What do you enjoy doing in your leisure time?

During my leisure time, I do different types of sports, go out with my family and friends, and enjoy reading aviation materials.

Suppose you had to live alone on a deserted island for a month. What are the 3 things you would bring with you?

a) Survival kit with enough food/nutrition/medical supplies.

b) VSAT with the solar power system.

c) Agriculture equipment and plants seeds (In case it exceeds a one-month period) so this can provide a source of food security.

If you face a problem at work, what is the first thing you do?

Analyze the problem to find out the root cause and put corrective actions to solve it. Then develop/establish procedures to mitigate/prevent such problems.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your life? How did you tackle it?

The biggest challenge I’ve faced in my life was the civil conflict in my country, Yemen which affected both my personal well-being and professional career/development. I stayed calm and invested the available resources/free time to improve my skills and qualification and joined an entity that operates within my field of specialization.

If you could only change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

To stop thinking about my work tasks, duties, and responsibilities during my rest time.

What did you want to become when you were a child?

A pilot.

What is the last book you read and the last movie you saw?

The last book I read was “Proof of Heaven”, and the last movie I saw was “The Man Who Knew Infinity”.

Who is the person you admire most and why?

The person I admire is Howard Hughes. He was a successful manufacturer, aviator, film producer, and director. He worked on several projects in different fields and managed to achieve his goals. He also set numerous aviation records and his Hughes Aircraft company built such notable planes as the Spruce Goose.

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