His transformation from government employee to private sector leader was paved with tough challenges but for someone who believed in proving to himself and the Omani community that nothing is beyond the grip and grasp if one is ready to grab the opportunity and show diligence and dedication, success was simply inevitable.
“The transition from the government sector to the private sector was challenging in the beginning in various aspects but soon I overcame them. I’m a person who likes challenges. As an Omani I felt I had to prove to myself and my community as a whole. Once we get the opportunity we have to seize it, and once we are there we have to utilise it well…and the world will recognise us. We have to be dedicated, consistent and diligent,” Saif sums up the secret of his success journey.
Saif Hilal Al Hosni, the Country Manager for Microsoft Oman and Bahrain, is a prominent personality in Oman and has donned multiple hats during his career spanning 24 years. Beginning his professional life in the government sector, he served as IT director at the Ministry of Finance and the College of Law at Sultan Qaboos University.
He joined Microsoft in 2009 and in a span of 11 years served in key positions to drive the company’s mission of empowering organisations. Saif held the roles of regional manager for small and mid-market solutions and partners leading the public sector team, business development manager and public sector lead.
Saif demonstrates his social responsibility towards his community and country serving as the vice president of the Oman Olympic Committee and being on the board of trustees of Majan University College. His love for sports has led him to take up many top responsibilities at the Ministry of Sports Affairs, Sultan Qaboos Sports Academy, the Oman Football Association and the Oman Athletics Association.
A recipient of the Gulf GM Award in 2013, he also received the World Platinum Club Award in 2015 and the MEA Gold Club Award in 2016.
Saif holds a master’s degree in information systems from the University of Portsmouth (UK) and a bachelor’s degree in engineering in information technology from Staffordshire University (UK). His area of expertise includes IT management and ICT strategy and sales.
“I’m very optimistic about the future of Oman, Though recent times are difficult I believe the future is bright with His Majesty’s vision for the future. I appreciate what the government has been doing for us, and I feel we have to give it back as a mark of gratitude. We have to be patient and work hard more.”Saif Hilal Al Hosni