Name: Mustafe Ahmed
Role: Head of Systems Architecture
It’s exciting times here at GPS, as we continue to scale sensibly, expanding into new markets and adding new members to our hugely diverse team. However, with over 200 employees based in major fintech hubs around the world - including London, Newcastle, Singapore, Sydney, and Dubai - working tirelessly to give our customers a competitive edge, we know not everyone gets a chance to be in the spotlight.
So, we have created our ‘Employee Spotlight’ series as a way of introducing our fintech enthusiasts, to uncover a little bit more about who they are and what a typical day looks like for them at GPS.
Tell us a little bit more about yourself, Mustafe:
Like all of the team at GPS, I am passionate about the potential of technology. I have been working in IT for over a decade and have held a number of different roles – from first line and desktop support to systems architect. As technology grows and evolves, so have I, which has led me to focus on cyber security within GPS to ensure we provide our customers with the best and most secure products. I really enjoy leading teams and bringing IT technicians together to resolve complex technical challenges.
How did you get involved in technology?
I moved to the UK from East Africa (Somalia) in 2002. I first discovered the power of technology when I began studying for a foundational ICT course in college, followed by an Advanced BTEC course and then went on to university to study Computer Science. While studying for my bachelor’s degree, I undertook several IT technician roles to develop my technical skills which allowed me to jump-start my IT career immediately upon graduation.
What do you like most about your job?
Apart from resolving technical issues and using cutting-edge technology, I really enjoy how the GPS family collaborates among different teams – we all bring something unique to the table!
What does an average day at GPS look like for you?
After catching up with colleagues in the technology teams and checking on progress with the project teams, I get stuck in with individual projects and resolve technical issues, while managing the usual things that keep the show on the road.
How do you spend your free time?
Outside of work, I am a busy father of three wonderful children. Before the pandemic, I spent most of my evenings and weekends driving between my children’s activity clubs as well as coaching my son’s under-10s football team.
What is the last book you read or movie you watched?
I just read “The Digital Transformation Playbook” by David Rogers. Some would argue it’s quite a ‘dry’ read, but for me it was a fascinating insight into the latest thinking around the digital economy. The last movie I watched was “We Can Be Heroes”, a children’s movie which we all enjoyed as a family.
If you could take three things with you to a desert island, you would bring…
Oh, that’s a tough one. Assuming survival is at the top of the agenda, then I guess I would take clean water, a fishing net, and a knife.
Best advice you’ve received:
“Think holistically”. Technical people don’t always think about the bigger picture. It is easy to get fixated on the current issue/challenge and not think about the wider opportunities or implications.
Thanks Mustafe! Make sure to look out for our next Employee Spotlight instalment…