- Appointment coincides with Omani government departments and businesses increasingly using digitization to better serve citizens and customers, drive efficiencies and satisfaction
- Ali’s role will focus on driving Cisco strategic initiatives in the Sultanate in line with Oman’s Vision 2040 and the Digital Oman Strategy
Cisco today announced the appointment of Ali Al Lawati as General Manager for Oman. In his new role, Ali Al Lawati will work closely with public and private sector organizations to help enable their digital transformation journeys.
Oman’s government departments and businesses are on a drive to evolve the way they serve citizens and customers. The country-specific role amplifies Cisco’s commitment to supporting the development of the Sultanate’s digital ecosystem and technology infrastructure to meet the demands of the digital era. Over the years, Cisco has been collaborating with multiple stakeholders to help boost Oman’s digital transformation and contribute to Oman’s Vision 2040 objectives.
“Ali’s appointment reflects our commitment to developing local talent regionally, particularly in leadership roles where qualified professionals are able to bring to bear their experience and an acute understanding of market dynamics,” said Shukri Eid, Managing Director, East Region, Cisco Middle East. “The high caliber of Omani human capital available is a testament to the Sultanate’s ability to link the educational system to the growing requirements of a modern labor force.”
As General Manager of Cisco’s Oman operations, Ali Al Lawati will drive Cisco’s support of the Digital Oman Strategy, which aims to advance the development of the ICT industry. Its key pillars are the development of human resources, as well as the national digital infrastructure and governance. In his role, Ali will use the growing Cisco® portfolio of solutions to strengthen collaboration with the Omani government and Cisco’s partner network to make sure that Cisco remains the partner of choice for digitization.
“Oman is currently undergoing a significant transition, with technology playing an increasingly important role as an enabler to the Sultanate’s economic diversification. As a technology leader with a longstanding presence in Oman, Cisco will continue to contribute its digital transformation expertise to support the country’s journey to transform into a sustainable knowledge-based economy and digital society,” added Shukri.
Oman’s growing numbers of mobile and fixed Internet subscriptions, combined with a young population, offer significant opportunities for the development of a vibrant digital economy. Over the last decade, Oman has made significant advancements in developing its technology infrastructure and capabilities in both the government and private sector.
“Combined with its strategic location on regional and international communication grids and easy access to emerging markets, the Sultanate’s dynamic business community and progressive, business-oriented government make it an ideal market to reap the benefits of digitization,” said Fady Younes, Deputy Managing Director and Operations Director for the East Region, Cisco Middle East. “Ali’s appointment comes at an exciting time as the Omani government prioritizes technology as a key contributor to the Sultanate’s long-term prosperity and the main driver of growth across key sectors.”
“I am excited to join the Cisco team. As a global technology company, Cisco has well-tested practices in enabling digital transformation,” said Ali Al Lawati, General Manager, Oman, Cisco Middle East. “As organizations in Oman seek to optimize costs and drive efficiencies, there is immense potential for growth in areas such as mobility, security, cloud, big data, and analytics. With our expansive portfolio of smart solutions and outcome-based approach, Cisco is better-placed to support businesses in implementing their digital roadmaps.”
The rapid growth of the ICT industry in Oman is creating demand for digital, networking, and cybersecurity skills. Narrowing the IT skills gap is an area where Cisco Networking Academy® has been contributing significantly over the years by nurturing and developing talent for the digital era and driving initiatives to attract more young Omani students and graduates to pursue careers in technology. At present, there are more than 3000 students enrolled with Cisco Networking Academy in Oman, which has trained more than 15,000 students since its inception. With 71 percent of the enrolled students being female, to date, Oman has the highest female participation rate in Cisco’s global IT skills and career building program.
“Oman is considered a regional leader in the development of e-government and e-services, with a comprehensive program that aims to simplify government processes, enhance service delivery and accessibility, and bring services closer to citizens. We are committed to supporting Oman’s digitization agenda in line with the government’s vision of enhancing government services and public sector efficiency toward a smart future,” Al Lawati concluded.
With more than 20 years of experience in the Omani ICT market, Ali Al Lawati has held various roles within the sector, including CEO and Consultant and Head of Projects, in addition to having served on the Board of Directors for a commercial data center entity. Prior to joining Cisco, Ali was the CEO of Nasma Telecommunications and the Head of IT and Telecommunications Projects at Petroleum Development Oman. His breadth of knowledge is reflected in his diverse background, which spans across the ecosystem with positions held by multinational vendors, system integrators, and Cisco customers. Ali’s vast experience with service providers and other key market segments will help Cisco customers embrace the most suitable digital technologies enabled by Cisco’s global experience.
Ali holds a double master’s degree: one for communications systems and signal processing from Bristol University in the UK and the second in business administration (MBA) from Strathclyde University, also in the UK. He earlier received his bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the Sultan Qaboos University in Oman.