Driven to Success: Saif al Manji

17 Mar 2016
POSTED BY Y Magazine

After studying management at Sultan Qaboos University, Saif al Manji began working in human resources for an oil company before moving into consultancy. Looking for a challenge and with a passion for science, Saif, 24, set up Engineering For Kids at Panorama Mall in Muscat, bringing maths, science, technology and engineering alive for youngsters in a fun environment. He talks about his life while taking the new Centennial for a spin

Q:  What drives you to success?

The hunger of adding value to the community and society is my main drive. In every action I make, I ask myself: “How can people benefit from what I do? What more can I do?” My satisfaction comes from helping others. Making money or making a name for myself is not the goal; it’s the result.

Q: Who or what has been your inspiration in your career?

Inspiration is found in everything, every day. From my parents, teachers and friends to the kids in Engineering for Kids. They have high expectations of me and I am working hard to meet their expectations.

Q:  What is your biggest career success to date?

Starting up Engineering for Kids and managing to train more than 300 kids in less than a year. It’s been hard at times. It was a risk to start from scratch and I had no experience before. I had been researching different curriculums for kids, as it was something I wanted to get involved in and I came across Engineering for Kids. I had to travel to the States and it took six months to get into place. As it was new to Oman, people were not sure what it’s purpose was. I’m very proud of how far we have come.

Q:  What are your career goals?

I would like to be a source of inspiration to future leaders of Oman. I want to participate in the process of creating leaders and fostering that ambition from a young age. It’s a responsibility, but I am very passionate about making a difference in children’s lives.

   Q:  Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?

To have my own applied science-based school in Oman. It would switch focus from theoretical study to practical from an early age, with the aim of creating future engineers. Oman is massively growing with the expansion of Duqm, Sohar and Salalah, and in 10 years, they will need 400 per cent more engineers according to growth figures. My parents wanted me to be an engineer, but I wasn’t exposed to it when I was young, which is why I want to give children the choice of engineering as a viable career option.

Q:  What do you think of the Centennial, the premium series of Hyundai Motor Company?

The Centennial has really been impressive from the first moment. It looks premium and sporty in terms of external design, feels luxurious when you drive it and it has safety technology that is truly cutting-edge. For those who love a powerful engine, the Centennial will truly impress with its performance, driving dynamics and great handling capabilities. I loved my moments with this car.


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