Rifaat Al-Karmi is Regional Director, EMW Middle East & North Africa. He started the EMW ME operations with Serjios El-Hage in December 2003
Rifaat Al-Karmi, Co-Founder & Regional Director
Rifaat Al-Karmi is Regional Director, EMW Middle East & North Africa. He started the EMW ME operations with Serjios El-Hage in December 2003. Rifaat has over 20 years of extensive IT experience in the MENA Region and has successfully managed and completed several multinational projects involving a high degree of technical expertise and customer interaction.
In his role heading EMW’s professional Pre-Sales, Post-Sales and Professional Consulting teams focusing on Enterprise Applications, Voice, Data and Convergence Solutions, he has been instrumental in driving EMW’s consulting services into new regions and the company’s convergence solutions into three major verticals, namely banking, hospitality and government. He is also responsible for establishing the popularity of the Trapeze brand of wireless solutions.
Rifaat’s career spans multinational companies like Avaya as well as reputed local companies like SALEC in Dubai and Gulf Stars Computer System in Saudi Arabia. As a result of his market development efforts and success at clinching big deals while at Avaya, in less than two years the company became No. 1 in Outdoor/Indoor Wireless LAN and a major player in the LAN market segment. As Operation & Engineering Director, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt & Greece for SALEC, in a short span of two years, he contributed to making the company a very successful system integrator in the region – increasing turnover from US$ 0.02 million to more than US$ 10 Million and from 1 office to 6 offices in 4 countries.
With extensive and expert knowledge of telecommunications, VoIP hardware and software, network infrastructure and design, topologies, and protocols at the highest level, Rifaat has been invited as a guest speaker at several prestigious events and has contributed technical articles to industry leading magazines. He is accredited with several industry certifications and is a member of professional bodies like Saudi Arabia Computer Society and IEEE Computer Society among others.
Rifaat graduated with honours in B.Sc Computer Engineering from King Saud University in Saudi Arabia.