Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 47 - Page 83

GET TO KNOW... On the lighter side of things, we ask the industry experts what makes them tick. . . . Luis Ortega, Managing Director, MEA at Pagero W What would you describe as your most memorable achievement? I feel proud of many things in my professional career but I am especially proud of having built scalable and sustainable businesses in the green field sector for the multinational vendors I have worked for over the years. That can only be achieved through great products, honesty and hard work. What first made you think of a career in technology? This comes from my early school years. I have always been interested in how scientific discoveries were translated into usable and practical technologies to help us progress. I then took my studies as a telecom engineer and worked in the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) department of a major power utility company. The years with SCADA helped me understand how technology can support businesses and government organisations to optimise their processes and how technology in the hands of challengers to the status quo could lead to innovation. I think that cycle is fascinating, and I want to be part of it. for a product that is ahead of the times in many markets. I am extremely lucky to work with a brilliant young team who have developed the most innovative, independent, global platform to facilitate digital trading and global compliance. What style of management philosophy do you employ with your current position? My current position as MD for Pagero is once again a market expansion challenge INTELLIGENTCIO 83