Nadia Zamouri joined Thycotic over four years ago with the target of establishing a foundation for the company in the META region by building a new local team, raising brand awareness, developing a network of qualified partners and growing the company’s customer base. Having achieved these objectives, her role has evolved into the management of ThycoticCentrify’s largest clients in the region.
Supporting and understanding the challenges that regional businesses face on a daily basis are key when working in cybersecurity. Nadia recognises this and firmly believes that being part of that journey and contributing to the long-term strategies of organisations are key components of building long-term partnerships with clients and partners.
Nadia’s favourite experiences have been working for organisations that leveraged her skills and proficiency in multiple languages
Passion, determination and persistence! These strengths have always been at the core of Nadia’s personality and have helped her achieve her goals throughout her career. She believes these qualities can help anyone continually improve and accelerate their personal and professional growth.
Nadia has always been fortunate enough to work with CEOs and managers that believe in the empowerment of women. The team at her first cybersecurity company, a start-up in the UK, was 98% female. As recently as a year ago, Nadia was the only female member of ThycoticCentrify’s regional team and as an overachiever, earned her promotion to the role of Territory Manager.
There is always something to learn from someone who is from a different background, gender or experience
Prior to ThycoticCentrify, she was interviewed for jobs and was not successful because some organisations believed that a man would be better suited to covering markets like Saudi Arabia.
While acknowledging and commending the great strides taken by the UAE government to promote women’s empowerment, Nadia highlights that certain notions held by members of the cybersecurity industry leave room for improvement. Women work extremely hard to be the best regardless of gender.
Nadia feels diversity is key to any organisation that wants to be successful
Over the last 15 years, the Middle East cybersecurity market has undergone a significant, and beneficial advancement. More women are now employed in commercial, technical and cybersecurity roles such as CISOs, Head of Information Security, and so on. This is inspiring for all who want to join this industry as women are being empowered in the high-tech sector.
While women in cybersecurity have been a global movement, it has gained momentum in the Middle East only in the last two years. There is a certain feeling of excitement and pride when you turn up to a meeting and you meet a woman in a prominent leadership role in cybersecurity whether it is a bank, government entity or private enterprise.
Women work extremely hard to be the best regardless of gender
Nadia feels diversity is key to any organisation that wants to be successful, stating that businesses need to be able to cater to the various cultures and nuances of customer and partner ecosystems. With today’s shortage of talent in the cybersecurity industry, it is a no brainer for companies to recruit more women, and more people from diverse backgrounds and cultures as this brings perspectives and skills to the table.
It also allows companies to have a tribe culture where everyone can share their experiences and build teams that work and grow together. There is always something to learn from someone who is from a different background, gender or experience.
It also allows companies to have a tribe culture where everyone can share their experiences and build teams
Nadia’s favourite professional experiences have been working for organisations that leveraged her skills and proficiency in multiple languages including English, German, Arabic and French to build or rebuild their business in emerging markets.