Osama is an Energy Projects Manager EMEA based in Dublin, Ireland. He joined AWS in June, 2019.
HereAtAWS: Tell us about your career journey. What brought you to your current role at AWS?
Osama: I am a Chartered Engineer and hold a BEng degree in Power & Electrical machines from Cairo University, MSc. in Building Services engineering with Sustainable Energy from Brunel University, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Northumbria University. I have been working in the energy industry since 2007; throughout my career, I have been leading the development and the delivery of complex energy projects through engineering consultancy while representing clients within the utilities and mission critical sectors.
After my extensive years of experience in the engineering consultancy industry, I was fortunate to receive an offer to be on the client side and join AWS Infrastructure and Energy team (IET), to assess & secure power capacity for AWS sites across EMEA.
I also manage the interconnection of AWS data centres to the grid while meeting customer’s expectations on power availability, reliability, and sustainability. I was excited to be at the client side and join AWS, while playing a part in adding valuable input to the global cloud revolution. I also wanted to understand and be part of Amazon culture while having unlimited opportunities for innovation.
HereAtAWS: Can you explain in simple terms: your role, who your customers are, and how you help them?
Osama: As an Energy Project Manager, I lead the energy due diligence & define energy strategy for potential sites in new & existing regions across EMEA. I also lead the engagements with the utilities & energy providers to secure power capacity and supply contracts for AWS sites, ensuring the presence of a clear renewable energy strategy for the site operations to meet Amazon's goal of 100% renewable energy by 2025.
HereAtAWS: What technical and/or soft skills do you need to succeed in your role?
Osama: The ability to understand the electrical systems & the technical data associated with a power supply contract. In addition to the relevant regulations, policies, financial & political drivers within the energy market that will affect the energy strategy and the operation of AWS sites in each country across EMEA.
The role requires cultural awareness and effective communication skills while building business relationships with various stakeholders (internal & external). It also requires negotiation, project management and ownerships to deliver results that meet my customer expectations.
HereAtAWS: Have you had to learn any specific new skills (technical or soft) for your role?
Osama: I continuously learn about the procurement methods of renewable energy and the energy markets of different countries across EMEA. I also had to learn writing narratives while being an Amazonian. I would say every day is a school day at AWS while adding new skills to my resume!
HereAtAWS: What’s the most exciting part of your job?
Osama: Working with intelligent people, while learning about different energy markets and being exposed to different mind-sets and cultures.
HereAtAWS: What advice would you give people joining AWS?
Osama: Learn and be curious. Prepare yourself for the unexpected, and ensure continuous engagement with your customers and colleagues.
HereAtAWS: What three words would you use to describe workdays at AWS?
Osama: Challenging, fast and unique.
HereAtAWS: What do you love to do outside work?
Osama: I love playing football and cooking with my wife & children. My current challenge is to reach my ideal weight by June 2021.
HereAtAWS: Is there anything else you would like to add about your personal journey?
Osama: Working at AWS has made me believe that the word “impossible” should be taken out of the dictionary.