Omar has over 10 years of international experience from both consulting and the industry – and has always had focus on new business initiatives grounded in emerging technologies. His experience in digitalisation ranges from helping devise digitalisation strategies for large telecom operators, through  advising utility companies on smart grid to guiding smaller start-ups on suitable business models. He has led teams that built, launched and delivered digital solution portfolios in various industries such as retail, transport, utilities and the public sector.

What do you think is the most interesting dilemma on the business agenda right now?
The old innovator’s dilemma comes to mind. As digital technologies advance and mature, incumbent businesses face the challenge of adopting these, both to innovate in the way they operate and to experiment with new business models. All this while at the same time upholding the current operation and fending off current and new challengers. This balancing act is one faced by businesses in pretty much any industry sector today.

The best advice someone ever gave to you?
Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.

What does The HOW mean to you?
To me, it means making things happen and produce tangible, valuable results. Especially, when it comes to business transformation, it is the HOW that really matters. Taking strategy down from its pedestal and making it a reality.

I’m really inspired when I hear people like Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee and Andrew Ng talk about the new digital economy. They discuss this from a well-informed position, offering valuable assessments on how new digital technologies will, and are already, changing work and life; always with a realistic, yet optimistic interpretation.

To me, Valcon means an unpretentious team continuously striving to create real value and having fun in the process.