Interview with Mahmoud Hasan Almawali

"I just wish that I can benefit as many people as I can by extending my support, knowledge, and experience."

Mahmoud Hasan Almawali
QHSE Manager
Alown BCM JV – Attarat Power Project

Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Management Batch 2021

Please tell us about yourself, your family and your interests.

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”--  Henry Ford

At the age of 56, with a secure job and a healthy family, people are wondering why do I need to study more? I usually use Henry Ford’s quote above, and I get the usual nod.

I have always been a passionate reader and learner. Now, I am preparing to author and publish my first book. 

What drew you to the program you are studying at Athena? Is it living up to your expectations?

I have chosen this program as a step to progress to further education. I need to strengthen my research and writing skills. I hope this program can add to my skills towards writing my own books.  

What would you like to do after completing this course  from Athena?

I would progress further to higher education, MA or MAR, then a PhD, hopefully. 

What do you think makes a great teacher?

I believe that teachers are the pillars and lanterns of the world. A good teacher should be a leader who devotes himself, his time and efforts into transferring genuine knowledge to his students under any circumstances.

What’s your dream job?

I am not looking for a new shift in jobs at this stage of my life. My dream job is the one I already have. I just wish that I can benefit as many people as I can by extending my support, knowledge, and experience. 

What is the most courageous thing you have ever done?

I have made a drastic shift in my job from the Aviation field to Safety, Health, and Environment, by accepting the challenge of an HSE Manager’s role without any prior experience. I have educated and developed myself to be successful in a short time.   

What is your best childhood memory?

When my dad gave me my first book, a novel (Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë) as a birthday gift. I started collecting and reading books since then. I wound up with a big personal library with hundreds of books.   

What is your idea of a perfect vacation?

My idea of a perfect vacation is the one spent with family and close friends, no matter where and when. 

Which fictional character (a character from a film, book, TV series, play) would you like to be friends with?

President James Marshall (enacted by Harrison Ford) in Air Force One. 

Mention one important lesson you have learned in life that made you what you are today?

I always believe that: when there is a will there's a way. Due to my father’s sickness that rendered him jobless and unable to provide enough support to the family, I had to leave school just before senior high. I caught up later and compensated that by studying and achieving more and more. Now, not only am I a successful department manager, but a member of the Board of Directors for a big company.   

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