Agnieszka Oles, Senior Account Manager Africa, Dubai
Arrival in Dubai. I always wanted to live here since my first visit years ago. You either love or hate Dubai – I love it! Why come here? After eight years in Germany, I wanted a change and a new challenge. I love Africa, the people, the culture – so when QIAGEN decided to open a sales office for Africa in Dubai, I jumped at the chance.
Stayed in a hotel so far, but soon to move into my own apartment. Smooth acclimatization thanks to great help from our office manager. She has looked after documentation, driven me around & helped me find a nice apartment in just two days – with 20 to choose from! Dubai is very easy for expats and a great hub for flights to Africa.
QIAGEN hasn’t really been active in Africa before – apart from South Africa and distributors in Kenya and Nigeria. So we’re building up a whole sales network from scratch. With some competition strong and well established, we’re looking for experienced distributors and partners. That’s my big but exciting challenge in 2017! It’s why I wanted this job.