CITP Spotlight: Uzma Khan, Regional Manager Middle East, India & North Africa – Skyfold

24/06/2020

Earned her elite CITP®|FIBP® designation: Aug. 2019

 

With a background in interior design, Uzma Khan already had a foundation that would lend itself to building new spaces in the construction industry.  

Back in the early 2000s when the Middle East was a booming construction marketUzma was working in the UAE, which was then a hub for exporting to neighboring countries. The prospect of taking on development projects in the surrounding countries intrigued her and thus began what was to become a remarkable journey in international trade. 

Curiosity leads to a new career focus

The transition from working as a project coordinator to business development counts as one of Uzma’s favorite career experiencesUzma enjoyed the opportunity to work live from the actual construction sitesgiving her the chance to further develop her interpersonal skills. This led to an energetic interest in getting to know which projects the company would take up next, and she gradually found herself making the switch into business development. 

It was a very interesting few months – I really enjoyed the buzz of the factory and construction sites and couldn’t wait to see what our next projects would be.

Being associated with some of her company’s largest and most successful projects

Besides finding new business opportunities, Uzma’role also involves technical coordination with the other stakeholders which include architects, designers and engineers. One of the most interesting projects she has worked on is the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre. The project entailed two-year long coordination with offices in three different countries. This also happens to be one of the largest projects her company has completed internationally.  

I’m really proud to be associated with the upcoming Museum of the Future in Dubai which will be a landmark building.

Some of her other proud accomplishments include finding business opportunities for her company in countries that may have been an unusual choice for many people. 

My proudest accomplishments are creating business opportunities for my company in countries like Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Hungary, Scandinavia, these are places where others only just wondered how to do business.

It’s essential to be bold

When asked about the one piece of advice she would like to offer to those at the start of their career in international trade, Uzma asserts the importance of the ability to make bold decisions. It’s not easy to remain unfazed by the fact that the project you’re working on may stretch for years, only to be shelved after all the hard work you’ve put in.  

Uzma also believes that there is a market for every type of product, even if it is niche, and that one should not shy away from wanting to promote it.  

have no fear of selling and promoting a product that is exclusive and for niche markets. There will always be someone who wants an unusual product.

A designation that embodies excellence

Uzma has been working in the construction industry for over 10 years and has gathered a rich marketing and business development experience. She decided to apply for the CITP designation as it would become an official testimony to her knowledge and competence 

I felt that this is a platform that can endorse my skills and efforts. It gives a global recognition to my work.

As the proud holder of the CITP designationUzma believes that it distinguishes her as a global trade professional and gives more credibility to her skillsEquipped with this elite credentialshe is excited to share her unique skills and experience with those who are just beginning their career.  

Now I want to share my experience and skills with newcomers to this profession.

Today Uzma is Regional Manager – Middle East, India & North Africa at Skyfold  a company specializing in revolutionizing flexible space with retractable wall systems. She continues to do what she’s best at – finding new business opportunities and connecting with clients and associates to effectively coordinate complex projects. 

With her unique credentials, she’s poised to accomplish greater success in the years ahead.

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Meghana Joshi

Author: Meghana Joshi

I am the Email Marketing Specialist for the Forum for International Trade Training. My background is in content marketing, copywriting, research and creative writing. I am passionate about my craft and enjoy creating content that attracts, impacts and resonates with my audience.

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