Oct 16, 2017

Shaping the future

By Ellias El Tahiri

Ellias El Tahiri meeting with Fulbright Executive Director Dr. Oliver Schmidt at the IBM Watson IoT Center in Munich

The technology we're creating now shapes the future and it should have a positive impact on people and the planet - that's why I have decided to join IBM Watson IoT as a Fulbright alumnus - to be part of this adventure.

Before joining IBM I completed my Bachelor's degree in Business Management at the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg. Through cultural exchanges such as the Fulbright Diversity Program, a program of the Moroccan Ministry in Migration Affairs or the Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, I have realized that having an impact on people and the planet requires new ways of thinking. Technology-driven innovation and entrepreneurship are central pillars in this journey. To harness tech for impact we - Fulbrighters and Non-Fulbrighters, Techies and Politicians - need to do better where past leaders failed - we need to recreate instead of integrate. And in so doing, together we will create solutions to problems they have never thought of. One of my favorite quotes from J. William Fulbright brings this to the point: "We must dare to think 'unthinkable' thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world."

Ellias El Tahiri took part in the Fulbright Diversity Program "Discover the U.S." in 2014 at the University of Kentucky. Since then he is improving his leadership skills to prepare himself for an interface role between politics and technology. Currently Ellias El Tahiri is enrolled in a dual Master's program at IBM Watson IoT, where he is working as a consultant for digital strategy transformation and studying International Management at the International School of Management in Munich. Reach out to Ellias if you have any questions in mind and want to create a diverse dialogue. Find him on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elliaseltahiri/ or email him (ellias.el-tahiri@hotmail.de).

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