After decades of working for the Ministry of Information and teaching students at colleges around the GCC, Dr Hamed al Murjan hopes to help reform economies and trade policies on an international level. He currently holds the position of executive training manager at Bank Dhofar.
Q: What drives you to success?
I don’t chase success as much as I chase my ambitions. I believe it’s the goals I set out to achieve when I was a young boy that have led me to being where I am now. Understanding the world, its cultures and how people communicate with each other intrigues me, and it has been something that I have chased down.
Q: Who or what has been your inspiration?
My inspiration and my idol has been my father, Shadah Khamis al Murjan. He was the first recognised electrical engineer in Oman. He was a very bold and confident man, and it has given me the strength to become the person I am.
Q: What is your biggest career success to date?
I am thankful for three of my biggest successes to date. Firstly, I am grateful for my PhD in Political Economics, which I achieved from the University of Exeter, in the UK. Secondly, I have made my name as a columnist for one of Oman’s leading Arabic newspapers, which is something I have wanted to do for a long time. Thirdly, I have been working with international organisations, such as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on issues relating to intellectual property rights and trade related issues.
Q: What are your career goals?
My next step is to take up a position in an international economic entity like the World Trade Organization. As a citizen from a country in the Middle East, I feel we are having a lot of trade restrictions being forced upon us. It would be my goal to change various regulations, taxes and tariffs that are currently imposed on us.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
I would like to see myself in a leading position at the World Trade Organization. I know it is a stretch, but I am working on a book highlighting international economics, which I am due to publish over the coming years. I also have a book on the development of Oman from 1970 to 1995 to my name. So maybe in the next few years, I hope to be recognised for my work and make my way to an international organisation.
Q: What do you like about the Genesis, the premium series of Hyundai Motor Company?
Anyone who drives this car will know for sure that it’s a luxury vehicle. I loved the power and handling as well as its stability on the road. I also find the Genesis a very comfortable drive, refined in terms of interiors and with comfort and safety features that are second to none. Very impressive, indeed!