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Excelling in marketing, but heart in medicine
Posted Friday, October 4 2013 at 00:00
Mr Onasis says he believes he has it in him to do even more in other fields even when he is involved in the energy sector today.
What do you see as your lasting impact on your chosen industry?
I am proud of the personal effort I have made to bridge the gap between the oil industry and various stakeholders regarding knowledge of the oil industry.
I have shared knowledge with the fourth estate, government officials, regulatory bodies, customers and even members of the public.
Knowledge is well utilised if shared as it rallies universal understanding critical for fostering partnerships and relationship.
Secondly, we at Hashi Energy Uganda have implemented thorough product quality management system where we track product quality from loading points witness and train, sample and witness product with 90 per cent of our customers.
If you had the power, what would you change in your industry?
I would reduce the number of downstream oil companies in Uganda to a maximum of 20. Liberalisation of markets is very good and has registered successes in many markets but for it to work, the government and regulatory bodies must enforce the rules and standards effectively and efficiently to protect all serious investors and regional companies. Hashi is just getting back to retail business after pulling out of the sector a few years ago.
If you could do it all over again, would you do it differently?
Regarding the oil industry I would do it the same but incorporating improvements in certain areas. There is always room for do thing better in life particularly learning from mistakes made.
At a personal level or my career level, I would do medicine. I would become a general practitioner or Pediatrician. I am a mechanical engineer by profession and reasons I have done marketing throughout my life is a topic for another day. My passion or interest in this field is because my character would fit well in that area and secondly I enjoy and strive to make life better for everybody around me and even strangers. I draw a lot of satisfaction in making life better for people.
One area I have felt helpless is to see patients suffer in full view of heartless doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners. To me Medicine is a more of a calling than a means of survival.
How do you relax when you are off work?
Well, I enjoy doing several things depending on physical state and state of mind; reading journals and mainly scientific research journals, exercising and gym work and if on leave, I travel. I like adventure so I travel a lot while on leave. I also enjoy watching soccer .
How do you plan your family time?
While on duty I always make sure I am back at home by latest 8.30pm and spend time with my family (wife and two lovely daughters). I always have to see my daughters before they retire to bed.
My family has been very supportive and without them I would not have waded through the pressures that come with working in the corporate world for 15 years now. I thank God I have been available to them. Sundays are also reserved fully for them and after church we spend the rest of the day together.
While on leave I travel with the family and normally take a two to three weeks break from work once every six months.