Day-in-the-life: Akram Assaf – CTO Bayt.com

Akram Assaf, CTO Bayt.com

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Day-in-the-life: Akram Assaf – CTO Bayt.com Akram Assaf from Bayt.com is a dedicated family man as well as the head of Bayt’s IT.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  May 30, 2013

7:00 – 7:30 am
Rise and shine! Usually I wake up to the sight of my kids – two sons, aged 11 and 5, and my daughter (two and half). My sons are usually up and ready for school when I see them in the morning. Also the only time I get a chance to spend the maximum time with my two-and-half year old daughter. I shower and dress and help my wife with the kids.

8:15 am
I check my emails on my iPad while having my breakfast. I prefer my first meal to be rich in protein and vegetables. I avoid sugar. My coffee is something I am particular about, so I brew a strong cup to brace me for the day – I prefer using my old fashioned Italian stove top espresso maker. Over coffee and breakfast I discuss our plans for the day with my wife.

8:30 am
I drive to work while listening to the local radio station.

9:00 am
I am in office at the Bayt.com HQ in Tecom, Dubai.

9:00 – 9:30 am
Before starting with my emails I take a look the technical benchmarks including the dashboard of our system, business and technical matrix.

9:30 – 12:00 am
I spend the first few hours of my day tackling urgent client emails and those concerning our online presence. I later have a quick morning one-on-one meeting with my team members. I don’t doa team huddle (we have these once a week), so as not to end up spending too much of my team’s time.

12:00 – 1:00 pm
I coordinate with our development team in Amman and with our vendors. This is the time I usually take meeting requests and try to finish them by 1 pm

1: 00 – 2:00 pm
I prefer to have lunch at home with my wife. Sometimes over lunch I also catch up on the latest news in technology and business on my iPad.

2:15 – 3:00 pm
Back in office I coordinate with Rabea (our CEO) on certain subjects concerning our products, functions etc.

3:00 – 5:00 pm
I review contracts with customers and suppliers and I also work on our company’s product specification documents.

5:00 – 6:00 pm
At this time I am usually on a VoIP call/chat with Omar (our vice president of Product) in our Amman office or in a meeting with our other unit managers on project execution/potentials/challenges or I am in a meeting with Atif (our Infrastructure Manager) discussing our technological acquisitions.

6:00 pm
Before I leave the office I make it a point to visit certain social bookmarking websites on technological innovations to keep me up-to-date on the latest trends in my industry.

7:00 pm
I am off for the day.

7:30 – 8:00 pm
Time for dinner at home and some family time. I discuss school with my kids.

9:00 pm
I usually prefer getting a little exercise- walking is what I like to do best.

9:30 – 11:00 pm
In case I don’t have any social commitments I spend this part of the evening reading – I prefer reading online, usually political and social commentary. Before going to bed I go through my emails just to make sure there is nothing urgent that has come up. Havens forbid, if that is the case it will be a late night for me, or else it is off to bed to squeeze in my seven hours of sleep!

1937 days ago
Vinod Mehra

Congratulations on your Success. Hovever a Perfect automated work style. Fill in pay back time to society to balance out life.

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