By Thomas Shambler
Quickfire questions and answers with Blowout&Go CEO Ali Rafi
How do you describe yourself?
Passionate, Inquisitive and God fearing.
Your greatest achievement in business?
There have been achievements in both aviation and Formula 1 along the way, but the greatest is yet to come.
What's your greatest fear?
The current geopolitical world climate is of extreme concern.
What is the single largest problem facing your industry today?
The reason we entered this industry was due to the many problems facing the beauty industry, but through technological innovation we are solving these issues, giving us a competitive edge.
What do you enjoy the most about working at your company?
Developing cutting edge technology for an industry which has been slow to adapt in comparison to others.
What virtue do you admire most in other people?
Loyalty and dedication. It is something which can not be taught.
What inspires you?
The leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. The changes and guidance he has provided to Dubai in my 10 years here is something truly inspirational.
What is something most people don't know about you?
I am a qualified pilot.
What do you think are the most important attributes of successful people?
The ability to accept one's shortcomings and accept help and assistance when required.
What's one productivity tip you wish everyone else knew?
Embrace cloud computing! Functionality like the real time document sharing in Google Docs makes me wonder how I could ever go back to using Word or Excel on my computer!
How do you make decisions?
Carefully and Informatively
What is your most prized possession?
Without implying that a person can belong to another, my daughter is someone who means more to me than any material item.
What's your biggest luxury in life?
Despite my hectic working schedule, I have the luxury of being able to come home to my family each evening.
What makes you get out of bed each day?
My daughter jumping on me at 6am.
Who do you look up to? In life or business?
In life my late father. As with all families we had our ups and down but he taught me many lessons in life which become more and more relevant by the day. In business it would have to be Tony Fernandes. In my role as his CEO for Tune Group Middle East, I could not have imagined the experiences and opportunities which emerged.
What makes you laugh?
Anything by Russell Peters!
Quote to live your life by?
There is always goodness in giving, no matter how little
What advice would you give your 18-year old self?
Never give up. The path to success will never be smooth. If it was… where would the fun be?