At BCG, Challengers go against expected thinking and inspire their teams to be truly innovative. Faisal seeks a new perspective.
The best part of BCG is working alongside a diverse set of highly motivated teams who always keep you on your toes with a fresh mind and a new perspective.
I don’t like to settle. I am permanently eager to try new and exciting experiences, and continuously ready to explore my next challenge. That is why I decided to move on from designing microprocessors and join BCG—and it was nothing less than what I expected!
In a very short period of time, I had the chance to work in ten different industries across seven countries, addressing and solving the utmost pressing topics on the minds of senior executives, state ministers, and even heads of social foundations in these countries. This was absolutely unparalleled. It opened up my mind to new avenues and transformed my outlook to become a big-picture thinker with a “get it done” mentality.
Along this journey, I have been amazed by the team spirit and the cohesive culture that I have experienced. Not only do I profoundly value the innovative fresh perspectives that the diverse group of colleagues (50+ nationalities) bring to the table but I am also impressed by the support and backing of my colleagues at all times. Most of them have become my close friends, with whom I spend nights out, explore the world, and even enjoy a chilled drink on the golden beaches.
Faisal holds a master’s (honors) in electrical and computer engineering from the American University of Beirut, and a bachelor’s (honors) in computer and communication engineering from Notre Dame University. He serves as a technical reviewer on several IEEE conferences and has authored seven papers on energy efficiency and security in mobile and wireless networks.
Q: What’s the biggest impact you have had with your work?
A: Impact is in the DNA of each BCGer, affecting any work that we do. One specific instance revolved around transforming the labor market in a Middle Eastern country to reduce the ever-growing unemployment problem. Not only did we spend weeks studying, researching, benchmarking, interviewing, and designing the desired reforms and the future roadmap but we also put together some of the brightest minds in the sector and worked with them to implement the changes. Reading the newspapers throughout that year, I could tangibly sense the positive impact that this work had had. Tens of BCGers worked to orchestrate the setup, hundreds of local stakeholders were involved in the scene, thousands of training and up-skilling positions were utilized, millions of citizens found new or better opportunities in their daily life, and billions topped up the country’s GDP. What more of an impact can one aspire to?
Q: What are some of your favorite things to do outside of the office?
A: Sports! Despite quitting professional football about a decade ago, the passion for sports never vanishes. I adore football games of all types, table tennis matches, running on the beach—and by the way, I am completely determined to improve my lap-time in motor karts, even in the 24-hour endurance race!
Q: What are some of your favorite places in the world and why?
A: I am not quite sure that starting this list would have a foreseeable end, but here are my top-five spots:
1. Home (in Baakline, Lebanon), because this is where the child in me lives!
2. Kyoto, for its amazing culture and unforgettable sushi rolls
3. Portland, Oregon, for its hipster people and vibrant life
4. Barcelona, for all the adrenaline that flows in my body when I hear a football bouncing
5. Siem Reap, Cambodia, for its mysterious monuments and the profound sunrises