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Jacob Mathew

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Jacob Mathew

Jacob Mathew

Name: Jacob Mathew

Title: Head of IT

Organisation: Government of Abu Dhabi Entity

I am an executive Head of IT with more than 24 years of Middle East work experience in delivering innovative, high-quality, and responsive technology-based solutions and have the following key strengths:

- Ability to engage senior business leaders with solutions without technical jargon and with strong business acumen
- Holistic solution-based approach to problems
- Collaborative with inclusive team management

I have worked and consulted in Financial Services, Education, Government, Oil and Gas, and IT sectors.

My key expertise lies in IT Governance; Strategy; Centralising and management of IT function across multiple countries; Migration to Cloud technologies and cloud-based solutions; Cyber Security; Project Management; Setup and management of IT Shared Services and Disaster Recovery.

Please reach out to talk about technology, governance, cybersecurity, project management, or other matters -> [email protected]

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?

To grow and improve daily both personally and professionally and most challenging for me is to develop the continual improvement mindset and discipline in my team.

2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?

I was first identified as a leader when I was able to reduce time taken by IT to process requests at lower costs while improving quality when I was working in a junior position at a consulting company.

They kept giving me more and more responsibiities and I kept delivering resulting in being promoted as Head of IT in less than 6 years - managing a team of 37 IT team members and multi million dollar budget.

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

I am more productive in the morning and hence schedule activity that require intense concentration in the morning and have meetings post lunch.

4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?

Servant leadership - by many leaders

5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

For me, my most impactful leadership lesson that I learnt was from "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey. The government had sponsored my workshop and I practice this on a daily and weekly basis.

6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?

Don't be a manager but a leader. Develop yourself daily and always to try improving yourself both personally and professionally

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?

When my staff mentioned that they wanted to follow me to my new company when I tendered my resignation.

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