Nabeel Sbei is Senior Manager for ENERCON, a renewable energy company. He is based in Montreal, Canada.
What do you do for a living?
By day, I work in renewable energy for one of the world’s largest manufacturer of wind turbines, covering the North American (CA/US/MEX) market. My family business, back in my home of Syria, is always occupying a smaller part of my professional life.
What is your professional and educational background?
My family owns a well-established manufacturing business, so pursuing a degree in Engineering was a clear choice. I studied Industrial Engineering at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, and after graduation returned to Syria to help modernise the family business.
When the Syrian civil war broke out, I moved back to Canada to look for a job that would allow me to make positive impacts in the world. I joined the finance department of ENERCON as an analyst before progressing to my current role in the project execution department.
What is the most exciting thing about your work?
An advantage of being a leader in such a young industry means I can see the impacts my team and I are making on the industry and communities. This is particularly true when working on projects for off-grid communities that, with proper due diligence, can transition to and operate fully from wind, solar and battery power.
Why did you decide to pursue an Executive MBA?
I’ve always wanted to get a business education to complement my engineering degree. As my responsibilities at work increased and my family grew taking a year out for an MBA wasn’t an option for me. The Executive MBA at Cambridge was perfect fit for me as there has been no sacrifice on a personal or professional level.
What attracted you to Cambridge Judge Business School?
The slogan used in some of the programme’s marketing is ‘See where it takes you’. That really resonated with me because I’m already comfortable with my day job and salary; what I’m interested in is equipping myself for the unknown. I’m looking to meet people that will challenge me and engage in discussions that take me out of my comfort zone. After completing the Orientation Week, I can already say ‘Bingo!’ I’ve found what I’m looking for.