Discovering Ahmed Elgebaly: From childhood dreams to media leadership

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Adgully Middle East is proud to announce the launch of a new column, Offbeat Corner, dedicated to delving into the lives and insights of industry leaders. Our debut feature showcases Ahmed Elgebaly, Regional Head for MENA at Globale Media. In this exclusive interview, Ahmed opens up about his childhood career aspirations, life lessons learned, favorite books, noteworthy accomplishments, and more. Dive into the fascinating world of Ahmed Elgebaly and gain valuable insights into his journey.

As a child, what career did you aspire to pursue when you grew up?

Growing up, I’ve always wanted to be an athlete. I have always loved physical activity, and the competitive nature of sports. Sports impart valuable life lessons, like teamwork and discipline which shape up your personality at a very young age. Though you may underestimate its importance now, you'll come to understand its true value as you grow up.

What has been the biggest life lesson?

Life lessons are different for each individual. For me, I think learning from challenges and adapting to life every day are the big lessons. It’s part of the learning curve which enhances individual development but also helps me work effectively.

What sparks your enthusiasm for the media?

My enthusiasm probably stems from the fact that the media serves as a powerful tool for communication, and expression. It has the power to inform, educate, and connect the world, impacting individuals and society as a whole.

If you had the opportunity to take a year-long break from work, how would you spend it?

I love traveling and reading. So, I would probably spend my time on a relaxing journey all over the world. I would also like to utilize my break in learning new skills so that I don’t get rusty after such a long break.

Could you suggest a must-read book for young people?

My personal favorites are "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger and "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. They both share very similar thematic elements, especially for the young audience. To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic of modern literature. Despite talking about serious issues and societal challenges like inequality, it is known for its warmth so much so that it is even taught in schools and colleges.

Reflecting on your experiences, what has been your most significant and enlightening mistake, and what lessons have you gained from it?

Making mistakes is very normal, but it’s crucial to reflect on them and learn from them. By embracing mistakes as opportunities for learning, we can navigate challenges and build a strong foundation.

What stands out as one of your most noteworthy accomplishments?

Noteworthy accomplishments can widely vary. From personal achievements to professional milestones, depending on individual goals, there are always new goals and targets to achieve in life that never end. But to bounce back from setbacks, and persevere in the face of adverse challenges is one of my most noteworthy achievements.

If given the chance, whose shoes would you step into for a day?

I would definitely love to step into Elon Musk’s shoes for a day. Even though he is from a different industry background that I am not even familiar with, his life story and journey is almost unbelievable. When I read his story and how he split all his resources into both SpaceX and Tesla, I can only imagine what a nightmare it must have been for him to run two companies. And he still doesn’t want to stop after having created so many successful businesses. So, I would like to take on his role for a day.