Mentor Spotlight with Motasem El Bawab

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In this edition of QST Mentor Spotlights, we sit down with Motasem El Bawab, Digital Projects Manager @ FIBA and globetrotter. Motasem has traveled the world, played sports at a professional level, and have been fully immersed in the digital world for 10 years. Motasem has joined forces with Qatar SportsTech and will be supporting the startups with his full knowledge of digital marketing and project management.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What is your background?

I like to call myself a globetrotter, a techie and a sportsman aka #DigiMan. I moved from country to country in my youth which thought me English, French, Portuguese, Arabic, and Spanish. I picked up a basketball at the age 6 while playing against my older brother Mazen, and my passion was cemented at 12 when I played three years at the Wehda Club in Tripoli, Libya. Later I pursued careers in both basketball and digital, including playing for the Flamengo Basketball Club in Rio de Janeiro and the junior Brazilian Basketball Team and graduating with honors from the John Molson School of Business. Currently, I am working as a digital manager for the International Basketball Federation, leading 4 development teams for web, mobile and IT architecture.

What excites you about joining Qatar SportsTech as a mentor?

I am always fascinated by new startups and products, more specifically their ability to look at a problem and to find a vital solution for it. I believe that being part of the exciting world of Startups and new ventures are always thrilling. Not to mention the huge potential in sports technology fueled by the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar adds more edge to these startups to become game changers in each of their own respective sectors.

What excites you the most about the SportsTech vertical?

Being part of the Sports Technology throughout my entire career, I believe it is always great to be able to contribute indirectly or directly to the improvement of this sector. SportsTech has always been a driver to even other industries outside of the sports world to make a change in the world. Thus being part of this vertical is always great for me to see the evolution of the next big thing.

How can you support the teams of the QST cohort?

As a former athlete, and a 10+ years experience in sports and more specifically in technology, I believe I can be a pragmatic approach on the solutions provided and how they can be implemented in real-world scenarios for an athlete, an international organization or a World Sports Event.

Any final words of wisdom you would like to give?

In business, like in sports, everything depends on the effort and the execution of your idea. Other companies might be first, others might be bigger, but if you put in the work, you never give up on the first hiccup in front of you, you will be able to adapt and achieve your goal.

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” Michael Jordan

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