Maher Shirah

Strategy and excellence manager, Road and Transport Authority

About Maher

Bio


Results-oriented leader with extensive IT/Management experience and a master degree in Information Technology management. Adept at business analysis and development of technical solutions to advance corporate goals. Well-versed in business models prevalent in banking, brokerage, technical services industries and in public sectors roads and transports systems. Expert in program management, solution implementation and Strategy & roadmap alignments. Outstanding interpersonal, team building and communication skill, Diligent, analytical, and articulate. IT Strategy & Excellence Manager (4/2011 Present)
Provide world class IT services for RTA Agencies and Sectors throughout directing the IT value chain strategy and roadmap, setting up policies, and play a major IT Governance role toward achieving IT objectives, that includes:
Emirates nbd, dubai - Head Office (9/2005 to 4/2011)
Emirates NBD (ENBD), the Middle East biggest bank by assets (in 2009-2011). Leading retail banking franchise in the UAE, with 115 branches and over 486 ATMs spread across the UAE. The Group is also a major player in the corporate banking arena, with a combined market share at the end of 2007 of a fifth of corporate loans. With a fast growing Islamic banking affiliated entities, strong investment and private banking services and a leadership in the field of asset management products

Languages

Arabic, English

Areas of Expertise

Technology - Enterprise

People don't know I'm good at

General trading, setting up franchises, start ups and running businesses.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Maher Shirah
Posted almost 2 years ago
How can a human being overcome selfishness, the idea that one is separate from the rest of humanity?
Hi Johnny, why do you want to overcome selfishness? Some of the best inventions in the world was an output of selfishness :P. I think its a human nature that should be controlled not overcome :). Now "live for one another and align our hearts for the benefits of all humanity" those are big words that will require more than controlling selfishness in my views, they will also require believes, love, care, purpose and many more words that will eventually lead to an ideal world... but I kinda agree that it might be a good idea to start with controlling or overcoming selfishness maybe by giving away things you own and love the most to those who needs and wants it the most and see if you can control your selfishness :-)
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Maher Shirah
Posted almost 2 years ago
Nirmalya Kumar: India's invisible innovation
Very interesting, I also think that there are more invisible innovations that are seen for example "innovation in governance" or "innovation in managing outsourcing" or others practices. I also think consumers (end users) drives innovation but it might also starts from the bottom as described but I still think the force of demand is an important factor that has to be considered and the other factor is the power of marketing. Thank you
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Maher Shirah
Posted almost 2 years ago
What is your biggest fear?
Dear Chris, I never reported any comments to TED :) and as I always say my biggest fears is God (is your comments God hahahah! Or are you God hahaha,,, don't worry I never report or delete any comments
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Maher Shirah
Posted almost 2 years ago
What is your biggest fear?
Dear Chris, meditation is good we call it "Monajat" and ofcurse we do it and believe it. and thou it takes you to a very comfort zone and strengthen your believe and faith, it will never provide you a guarantee from God that you are accepted. Think of the other people in this world who claim they believe and claim they have evidences of their believes -that are not based on individual or groups opinion or things that you don't see or feel- but actual real evidences and that completely contradict your believes! So there might be even a simple possibility 0.0001% that you are wrong :) and so my question remains can you guarantee -on behalf of God and not out of your believe of God- that you will be accepted by God? I think we all agree that the answer is "No" as no one can talk on behalf of God! And so the biggest fear remains the fear of not being accepted by God and if you overcome that fear then you should fear nothing cause even death is nothing but your transport to heaven).
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Maher Shirah
Posted almost 2 years ago
What is your biggest fear?
This is all interesting conversations, lest's not forget that God is Love yes "forgivable", "merciful" but also "almighty" God is "fair"! And back to your earlier query about our prayers, our prayers in definition is different than yours and I am glad you asked, so we have what is called "Doa'a" and that is similar to your prayers in principle, it has no limits, no specific time in fact we use this kind of prayer all day and almost associated with every event (That in principle similar what you described as a conversation but God is hearing it all but we hear nothing -as voice or vocal or even spiritual- however we may see or maybe feel the responses in normal life events or maybe not and that is ok in all cases as we believe that God hears it all, so a conversation from one side if you may) that kind of prayers has a recommended repeating verses such as "help me", "save me", "give me the power" but again its not limited to a specific words or time or a place. The other kind of prayers are "Prayers" and that is more like worshiping that also include "Doa'a" in different places of the prayer itself. Those prayer are minimum required five times a day everyday but it has no upper limits (as per your capacity). Those prayers are to worship all'ah "God" and they have specific time and some repeating moves and words but also reading different verses from the Qura'an "the holy book and the word of God" as we believe. We also believe that "Living" is no different from worshiping, working for example, doing or saying good things, and that is like living and imagining that God is next to you, so you do everything perfectly as you can... I still believe we should fear God, we should fear him as much as we love him. And if my biggest Love is God then my biggest fear is also God. (And back to the question, who can guarantee that his or her or my work will be accepted? No one except God and only God)
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Maher Shirah
Posted almost 2 years ago
What is your biggest fear?
HI Scot, How many times do you pray if I may ask? Muslims prays five times a day every day, they (we) worship God as well as ask him for his mercy and kindness and his greatness to help us and support us and guide us and most importantly forgive us for what do wrong because of us... and many more prayers. But, you said "He'll tell you" How? Do you believe there will be a spiritual connection or he will physically come to you? If not (and it is not) then what guarantees do you have? What if those were your illusions talking to you or better your sub concious guiding you. Not even prophets claimed they had that kind of power (to Guarantee) and they where the most spiritual human been, so How can we? There are no guarantees my dear, fear of God must exist to continue your Good work and his Love as well to balance it. But yes continue praying and keep on the good work (look for the truth) that's your closest hope. Thank you.
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Maher Shirah
Posted almost 2 years ago
What is your biggest fear?
What is my biggest fear: is the fear of God (my worship and life are not accepted by God...) Why: No guarantees (and no one really knows what is out there after life -we believe, we have faith but we don't know or can guarantee our acceptance) What have I done: Keep on the good work, look and search for the truth, try to work harder and stay positive :)