This month, we spoke with Zaher Bouzeid, Cint’s Business Development Manager for the Middle East and North Africa. One of the newest members of the Cint team, Zaher is based in Dubai and is our March Employee Profile!
What’s a typical ‘day in the life as a Business Development Manager?
A typical day for my role is to get connected with new companies on a daily basis. I meet new contacts, introduce Cint and get them on board as customers. Finding opportunities to partner up with key players in the market is one of my day-to-day activities, with a focus on my region, the Middle East, and North Africa region.
What are you passionate about when it comes to your job?
I find Cint’s products to be superior in the market of insights and I believe selling something I enjoy and believe in, makes me more excited and effective.
What kind of music do you listen to while you are working?
I do not have time to listen to music while working since most of my time is spent on calls (especially post-COVID). However, when I get time to listen, I listen to deep house music!
What do you like to eat while you are working?
Sweets, sweets, and sweets! And of course, my day is not completed without at least four cups of coffee. Depending on the workload, could be more!
What is the best way to start the day?
The best way to start the day is waking up in the early morning and heading straight to the gym. This will generate huge energy throughout the day. I’ve personally experienced this!
Who inspires you?
I get inspired by any successful people who did accomplish their goals – I get curious to learn how they made a plan to reach their goals and what was their “success recipe.”
What’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t working?
I am a basketball player and a huge fan of the NBA. I started playing this game when I was 12 years old and played in leagues until I was injured in 2006. I had to stop and decided to travel to Dubai to start my career journey. Now, I get to watch live NBA games every morning (Dubai time) and whenever I can, I hoop with friends.
What website do you visit most often?
LinkedIn. As I open my laptop, LinkedIn will automatically open with my email and the CRM. This is where I connect with potential partners/clients and where I get inspired by achievers.
Where is the most interesting place you’ve been to?
Barcelona – I got to visit many places, but it left footprints in my heart, I vibe so well with this city.
What is something you hope never happens again?
2020 was a tough year that made us lose the human touch. I am longing to have my entire family gathered under one roof and enjoy building memories together again.
If you could live in any period of history when would it be and why?
The 90s. Thinking of that time period always draws a smile on my face every time I remember memories that happened. Apparently, I was a happy kid!
Do you have a quote/statement in life you tend to follow?
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.’’ – Charles Darwin Adaptability is the key to success.
What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep (and why)?
I went on my first two-night camping trip when I was about 12 years old with a bunch of kids my age. We found a corner in the mountain and stayed up all night long sitting by the fire holding a stick waiting for monsters to beat us up! (or eat us alive!). Of course, I got excited when I saw the sunrise so that I could continue enjoying the second day without resting – more than 48 hours without sleep.
Where’s home base?
I currently reside in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I moved from my home country of Lebanon to Dubai in 2006. Since then, I can’t stop being inspired and amazed by the progress this city has accomplished year over year.
Why did you decide to do the work you are doing now?
The main reasons why I chose to be a Cinter are The corporate culture of Cint, the product, and the company’s vision.