Learn more about Controlling 2015 attendees, Mohamed Elshinnawy Qamar. Mohamed is a Senior SAP FICO Consultant with IBM and hails from Cairo, Egypt. Learn more about Mohamed, why he is attending Controlling 2015, and his travel route from Cairo to San Diego.
How did you get your start with SAP and SAP Controlling?
After getting my Bachelors in Accounting from Ain Shams University in Cairo, I got an IT diploma from the Information Technology Institute (ITI) and specialized in SAP FI/CO. Directly after finishing my diploma, I worked for about 5 years for different companies on several projects as an SAP FI/CO consultant. I got my SAP certificate in FI on 2010 and in CO on 2014. My experience primarily focuses on FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) industries, but I have also worked in construction and transportation. Most of my projects were in Egypt, but I also worked for a project in Qatar and another one in Morocco. I also worked on a global project for a US pharmaceutical corporation - I worked with teams in Germany and Chicago and attended a workshop in Paris.
Why did you decide to attend Controlling 2015?
Alongside my journey as an SAP FI/CO consultant, I have learned so much from John Jordan's books and recordings from previous Controlling conferences. I am really interested to meet my peers, learn more from them, and share experiences with great SAP FI/CO consultants from around the globe. I tried several times to get my company to fund my registration fee, but it didn't work. This time I decided to pay for it by myself. It's a big cost for me, but I think that it's worth it.
How long will it take you to travel to San Diego and what will your route be?
I haven't booked my flight yet, but I think that the shortest route using Lufthansa will take around 28 hours starting from Cairo through Frankfurt and Chicago.
Have you been to San Diego before?
No, but I visited some other US cities including Chicago, Memphis, and Miami.
How do you stay on top of Controlling topics? What resources do you regularly use?
There are several resources that I use to keep me up to date. First of all, the SAP-related resources like SAP release notes, open SAP courses, SAP Learning Hub, and the SAP community forum. I also use my company's resources at IBM. Finally, I rely on other communities like IT toolbox and of course the SAP Controlling community blog and recordings on YouTube.
What are you looking forward to about Controlling 2015?
I'm looking forward to meeting SAP Controlling experts, expanding my professional network, and learning some updates and new tips from SAP Controlling experts. I'm also looking forward to sharing my experiences with other people.
SAP What do you hope to learn at the conference?
Mainly, I hope to learn tips about two primary areas:
- Expert advice about how to avoid the most confusing issues in SAP Controlling, especially in regards to in SAP CO-PA and Material Ledger.
- The main benefits of using new technologies like SAP HANA in SAP Controlling.
What is your favorite hobby?
I have several hobbies. My favorite hobbies are scouting (I'm a leader in the sea scout movement in Egypt), travel, poetry, and sailing.