I’m a creative T-shaped UX designer with an open mind and clear goals. What I love most about interaction design is the chance to talk to users, empathize, and connect with them to help ﬁnd the right solutions. I love helping other people, and I’m usually the one friends, family & colleagues come to for support. My unique story is what makes me the UX designer I am today.
I was born in Iraq during the Gulf war, and after spending my ﬁrst four years in a refugee camp in Saudi Arabia, my family and I found a new place to call home in Norway. Growing up in Norway, I quickly learned how to adapt to an entirely new way of life. At home, I spoke Arabic, and at school, I had to learn to speak and write Norwegian. None of my parents could read or write, and I was pretty much thrown into life at age 5, trying to adjust and learn the European way of living.
In school, I wasn’t the best student. My attention was always somewhere else, and I found it hard to concentrate. It was during these years I had a friend that introduced me to the world of computers. Now I had the attention – and I could sit for hours at a time in front of the computer. A whole new world opened up to me. With the help of my friends, I had a goal in mind – I wanted to be the first one in my family to get a Master’s degree. I worked determined for years (days and nights) to get into University. When I got the acceptance letter, I knew that anything was possible. My life could have ended in Iraq, but I got another chance, and I knew I could not waste this opportunity.
In the following years, I moved into the capital of Norway and studied Computer Science at the University of Oslo, where I specialized in user experience design. During my bachelor’s degree, I went to Egypt for an exchange program at the American University in Cairo, and I got a chance to learn written Arabic. For my master thesis, I was supposed to go to Iraq, but then riots. By chance, The World Health Organisation asked me to participate in a project in Sudan, working on the health information system. From this I wrote my master thesis.
After completing my Master’s degree, I’ve worked in several of the most prominent companies in Norway. I started as a head engineer, then went on to work as a consultant for Acando – working with companies like … During my time in Acando, I was headhunted to become a Senior UX- designer in the Accenture (Fjord) team. I was honored. It is the number one workplace for any ambitious Norwegian, and they wanted me.
After learning how to do user tests, I taught my mom how to use the iPad and iPhone, and even with her limited reading and writing abilities – she excels at it. I’ve ﬁrsthand seen how UX can change people‘s lives, and I believe that I can, together with a team, truly make a difference in the world.
During my time at Accenture, I grew into the professional I am today. A solid, curious, and engaged person, and I truly learned from the best. Now my goal is to grow even further.
Some of the projects I’ve worked on:
– Norwegian Labor and Welfare System (Won the Norwegian Digitalization price in 2019)
– Norwegian Public Roads Administration