As the Co-Founder and Global Commercial Director of Ogram, Karim Kouatly is at the forefront of a revolutionary on-demand, part-time staffing platform that assists organizations in the UAE and surrounding regions to find top-quality, vetted staff. Under his leadership, Kouatly and his Co-founder have transformed Ogram into a state-of-the-art, technology-driven platform that delivers a seamless experience to both clients and job seekers.
By implementing cutting-edge technology, Ogram has achieved a job-matching process that is 160 times faster and 50% more reliable, resulting in significant cost savings for clients operating in industries with fluctuating staffing needs. Kouatly’s persistence and innovation have been critical to the success of Ogram, as he continuously develops new ideas to expand the company’s verticals and growth strategies.
To learn more about Karim Kouatly and Ogram, read on for our exclusive interview.
What is your company name and contacts?
The name of the company is Ogram. The company provides staffing solutions.
A complete journey about the company? When you have started, how and where?
Our company is a part-time staffing platform that provides a solution to a common issue faced by organizations in the UAE and surrounding regions: finding quality, vetted staff on demand. This problem is something that my co-founder and I experienced firsthand while working in the hospitality industry. It was this experience that led us to create Ogram in mid-2016.
Ogram is powered by state-of-the-art technology, enabling clients and job seekers to have a seamless experience. With our innovative solution, job matching has become 160 times faster and 50% more reliable. This not only saves our clients enormous costs but also helps them navigate the fluctuating staffing needs that are characteristic of the UAE’s industries, where most sectors have cycles that lead to overheads piling up during slow months.
At present, we cater to the food and beverage, hospitality, retail, and logistics industries in the UAE. Our goal is to provide a quality, reliable staffing solution that enhances the workforce and supports organizations in their business operations.
The journey of founder and co-founders?
My journey as an entrepreneur began with the realization that I wasn’t living up to my full potential. I didn’t want to settle for a 9-5 job and instead wanted to create something that would make a positive impact on society. Starting a new venture always comes with risks, but I took the leap of faith and became a Co-Founder at Ogram, which marked the beginning of my career journey.
For those who are just starting, my advice is to have confidence and faith in yourself and the idea you want to pursue. It’s important to identify a real problem in the market and create a solution to fill that gap. If you’re starting a tech business, it’s crucial to onboard or partner with a CTO or Full Stack Developer from the very beginning. They can help you build a solid technical foundation and ensure that your product is scalable and efficient.
Taking the first step towards entrepreneurship can be daunting, but with determination, hard work, and a willingness to take risks, it is possible to build something great. So, trust yourself, identify a problem, create a solution, and work tirelessly towards making your vision a reality.
Is worker energy significant to your company’s success?
At Ogram, we strongly believe in creating a family-like environment where everyone feels included and valued. We understand that our business’s success relies heavily on the talented individuals we work with, and it is crucial to keep them motivated and energized. To achieve this, we place a strong emphasis on empowerment. When you provide your employees with the freedom, independence, and opportunities to learn from their mistakes, they become more committed and engaged in their work.
To maintain high levels of motivation, it is also essential to ensure that everyone is aligned with the company’s mission, vision, and short- and long-term goals. By setting a clear direction, everyone in the team understands what they are working towards and feels motivated to contribute their best. At Ogram, we believe that treating everyone as part of a family, providing opportunities for growth and empowerment, and aligning everyone towards a common goal is key to achieving long-term success.
How does the company plan to achieve its goals?
Ogram is a forward-thinking company with ambitious plans for growth. Our logistics business is set to expand through the provision of on-demand warehouse assistants to facilities while integrating with other software for customer acquisition and growth. In addition, we seek to enhance our ties with conventional manpower agencies.
Furthermore, our target is to extend our presence across the Middle East and Europe, and we are currently making preparations for our launch in Greece, which will be our entry point into Europe. We are also planning to establish operations in KSA in the not-too-distant future.
Message to your customers and viewers
In my opinion, there is an abundance of talent and innovative ideas in the region waiting to be discovered. As an entrepreneur, I am passionate about encouraging and supporting emerging talent to bring their ideas to the forefront. We are living in a rapidly developing market, and this is the perfect time to unleash your creativity and make your mark. Let’s embrace this exciting time and help each other bring our ideas to life.
Your website and social media pages
Website – https://www.ogram.co/uae/en/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/ogram_uae
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/ogram_uae/
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/company/ogram
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