Adil BEN EL KHATTAB عادل إبن الخطاب

old, married, lives in Casablanca • adil.benelkhattab@gmail.com

Hi I am Adil, digital entrepreneur, consultant & trainer. For the past years I occupied various positions from web developer to CIO, but what makes me really proud, are all the web-apps I made, that make peoples' life easier every day. Because deep inside I am still a humble and passionate web developer.

Skills

Project Management: More than 30 projects and startups managed successfully.
Web development: More than 15 professional web applications delivered.
Team Management: Managing teams of up to 9 engineers since 2007.
Teaching & Public Speaking: More than a 1200 hours of university teaching and professional training.
Business Strategy: as an entrepreneur and executive board member, I've been facing complex business decisions since 2009
Micro-services: My architecture of choice since 2008

Experience

Startup founder at Veriphone

Since March 2019 () | Digital Nomad

Veriphone is a phone number verification tool. As a solo founder, I went from ground zero to happy paying customers in just a few months. Veriphone is now scaling up with a new co-founder in charge of sales & marketing and new customers every month.

Adjunct Professor at Toulouse Business School

Starting January 2020 in Casablanca

Teaching Digital Marketing for Startups course to an international group of students as part of the Bachelor in Management program.

Chief Information Officer at Mundiapolis University

Since March 2012 - March 2019 (7 years) in Casablanca

As a member of the executive board, I oversee all technology related matters. More specifically, I ensure that technology infrastructure and information systems are used efficiently towards achieving the university’s strategic objectives. Leading a team of five engineers deployed on two sites, our mission is:
  • Administration, maintenance, upgrade and security of information systems.
  • Technical support services for students, staff and faculty.
  • Software development and project management.
  • Digital marketing services.
Key Projects
  • MundiaSIS: Mundiapolis had to replace an aging desktop-based Student Information System with a web-based SIS in order to decentralize access to student records. After months of in-house development, we went live with MundiaSIS in Autumn 2013. The student and faculty self-service allowed us to reduce the registrar's staff from three to one.
  • JIRA Service Desk: Replacing a paper-based Student Services Office with Jira Service Desk reduced the request processing time from 72h to less than 24h and increased student satisfaction significantly.
  • Digital marketing campaigns: As part of a larger digital marketing team, the IT department is in charge of the design, development and maintenance of an optimized conversion process from landing pages to CRM. In 2017 we doubled our conversion rate from 4 to 8 percent.
  • Call center setup: With a growing number of leads coming from our digital campaigns, we created an internal call-center in charge of qualifying fresh leads. We developed a web-app that validates phone numbers and email addresses automatically, scores the leads before dispatching them over a team of operators according to some complex prioritization rules. The tool reduced the lead processing time from 2 weeks to less than a day.
Experience Highlight: As an IT director I demonstrated a strong ability to understand business problems, design, implement and deploy the appropriate technology solution.
Side Projects
Staying true to my passion, I’ve started new side projects every time I had some time to spare. This habit gave birth to 3 interesting ‘experiments’.
Experiments
  • Shopper.ma is a tool that scraps e-commerce websites to build an up-to-date database of all products on sale online in Morocco. The result was a fun and useful way to discover new products and compare prices. Technology used: Java Servlets, Crawler4J, JQuery single-page-app.
  • Trends is a recycling of Shopper into a news and gossip mobile app. By scrapping popular Facebook pages and sorting the posts by popularity bursts, Trends became extremely effective at sorting out the most popular news in real time. Technology used: Java Servlets, Cordova framework, Facebook graph API.
  • CROQS as stated in the aforementioned Call center project, CROQS is a tool that helped a call center operators’ qualify their leads through an automatic validation of contact information, scoring and dispatching/scheduling of calls. Technology used: Java Servlets, JQuery single page app, Google appengine.

Adjunct Professor at Mundiapolis University

March 2012 - March 2019 (7 years) in Casablanca

In addition to my executive role at Mundiapolis University, I have been teaching an average of 90 hours per semester since Spring 2012. Some of my courses are:
  • Introduction to web technologies
  • Introduction to Information Systems
  • ERP Systems
  • Cloud Computing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Inbound Marketing
Experience Highlight: With over a thousand hours of teaching, I mastered invaluable soft skills like public speaking, emotional intelligence, persuasion and tolerance.

Sales Representative at IBM Morocco

July 2011 – March 2012 (9 months) | Casablanca

As the sales representative for Infrastructure Technology Services (ITS) at IBM Morocco, I was in charge of identifying and closing business opportunities for infrastructure services across all industries.
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This was probably the most intense professional experience of my career. In just 9 months I had to learn new sales skills, familiarize with new industries, navigate IBM’s complex internal procedures and above all, achieve a 6 Million USD target. The most rewarding part was learning sales skills. I attended IBM’s Global Sales School in Austria, which is one of the best sales trainings in the world. It helped me acquire the techniques necessary to conduct effective C-level sales meetings. I was able to sell technology services (Datacenter Maintenance, migrations, etc...) to Morocco’s largest companies such as Attijari, INWI, BMCE, Banque Populaire, and others. Disclaimer: I did not achieve the sales target.

Co-founder at ajiel.com

March 2009 – July 2011 (2 years 5 months) | Casablanca

Co-founder in charge of the design, development and deployment of ajiel.com, a web based HR and payroll management solution for small and medium businesses in Morocco. [patented technology ]
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In September 2008 I teamed up with NGA’s former director in Casablanca to create the first HR SaaS solution for Morocco. In about 1 year, I single-handedly created a multitenant payroll and HR management solution in Java and Adobe Flex. We got our first customer by the beginning of 2010 and grown slowly to 5 customers by the end of the year. During that same period, we started raising VC money from Dayam Capital (Saham group). A few weeks before closing the deal, my co-founder quit, leaving the startup paralyzed. During a few months I tried to continue operations with zero capital, but had finally to shut down in summer 2011.

Project Manager at NGA Human Resources

April 2007 – March 2009 (2 years) | Casablanca, Milan, Brussels, Kuala Lumpur

After delivering successfully on several projects as a consultant, I was promoted project manager to lead the implementations of HR web portals for large companies such as Cadbury, Agilent, Sanofi-Aventis and others.
Key projects

Dec’07 to Jul’08 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Leading a team of 9 engineers working on the implementation of Cadbury International SAP based HR Information System (120,000 employees, 68 countries). My team was in charge of the implementation of the serf-service portal for the first two countries.

Aug’07 to Dec’07 in Casablanca, Morocco
Project manager on an SAP portal project for Agilent Technologies. Coordinated remotely with the US local team to deliver on time according to American standards.

Jun’07 to Jul’07 in Milan, Italy
In just 2 months and a team of 2, we delivered a time management solution for Sanofi-Aventis Italy. I Ensured coordination with customer’s IT and HR teams to determine the requirements and implement an SAP based HR web solution.

SAP Consultant at NGA Human Resources

June 2005 – April 2007 (1 year 11 months) | Casablanca, Brussels, New York, Derby

As a SAP HCM consultant and web development specialist, I worked on several implementations of SAP based HR web applications for global Fortune500 companies. I designed and implemented ABAP web services, Ajax screens and Java servlets for large projects such as:

  • Customer-support web application for Computer Associates, NY.
  • HR web portal for Rolls-Royce, UK.

Web Developer at Al Akhawayn University

May 2002 – April 2004 (2 years) | Ifrane

Web developer on Barq research project. I developed several Java servlets and JSP’s for a large-scale multilingual web search engine. The project was shut down but left behind a published research paper: “Barq: distributed multilingual Internet search engine with focus on Arabic language” In proceedings of IEEE Conf. on Sys. Man and Cyber., Washington DC, October 5-8, 2003.

Education

Bachelors of Science in General Engineering, Al Akhawayn University

January 2000 – May 2003 (3 years 5 months) | Ifrane

Masters of Science in Computer Networks, Al Akhawayn University

September 2003 – May 2005 (1 year 9 months) | Ifrane

Global Sales School, IBM

December 2011 – February 2012 (2 months) | Vienna, Baden

Inbound Marketing Certification, Hubspot

Tools & Technologies

Ninja
Java HTML5 CSS3 JavaScript
Professional
Eclipse IDE Google Cloud Platform JQuery bootstrap Apache HTTPD Apache Tomcat Apache Solr Adobe Fireworks MySQL PostgreSQL Analytics Adwords Facebook
Collaboration
GitHub Subversion Slack Trello
...and hundreds of other tools and technologies I've come across during my career.

Languages

Moroccan Arabic: Native
Classical Arabic: Fluent
English: Fluent
French: Fluent

Other Interests

Since 2003, I developed a passion for entrepreneurship and creating innovative solutions on the internet. I have since nurtured this passion through activities like:

Recommendations

Khalid BOUJDAA
Senior Manager at Vodafone

Adil developed deep and close relationships during his time at IBM and although there could be times of high emotion, Adil remained calm and focused. He is a highly knowledgeable and proven IT professional with a deep understanding of the IT market place. Adil is a pleasure to work with, extremely diligent and organised and if he says he will do something, he will. A colleague to be trusted to get on with the job

Mohammed Fadili
Cloud HCM Expert at SAP SuccessFactor

From the very first day Adil joined our team in Morocco, he demonstrated a hunger for learning, a will to be a word-class Engineer. He worked hard and smart, accepted to help in any area for setting up new activities (SAP Development, eHR, Networking, Infrastructure,...), willing to travel anywhere... the perfect colleague any manager can dream of. When he accepts an assignment, you can be sure it will be complete in time with high quality. Now Adil is not only a world-class Engineer, he is able to invent his own business and I have no doubt it will be a success.

Yves HIERNAUX
CEO & Co-founder at BeeBole

Adil is definitively passionate about web technologies and a dedicated person to his job. He can very easily adapt to different work cultures and environment, from Morocco to Malaysia, passing by Italy and Belgium. As a Project Manager, Adil showed a focused mind. He can take projects to success in a team or just let alone with customers.

Taha BENSSIBA
Principal SaaS Product Manager at Open Text

Adil is a sharp and brilliant Engineer and Team lead. His understanding of the projects from the highest level picture to the tiny technical details made him the all around expert to which everyone went back to for help and advice.

Issam STITOU
IT Project Manager at Groupe Renault

I have known Adil for 2 years-- I worked with him when he was Agilent SAP e-HR Team Leader, Adil has consistently showed the passion and energy to get things done, actively seeks different ideas for improvment. Beyond his strong vision of the web technologies, Adil is smart, honest, driven and extremely energetic. Highly recommended