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Shamshad Ali

Director of Human Resources, Royal Golf Club, Bahrain

Shamshad Ali_close upQ: When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up and please explain if there was a story around that?

A: I have always had a passion for working with people and helping others. Initially I wanted to become a nurse but shortly after finishing High School I was fortunate enough to secure a position as the Personal Assistant for the CEO of one of the largest companies in Bahrain. During my employment I was attending University to earn a Diploma in Business and soon realized that I can help others in the corporate world from a Human Resources point of view.

Q: What is one or two interesting facts about your heritage that you would like to share with us?

A: I was born and raised in Bahrain from a family consisting of 4 sisters and 5 brothers. Growing up in a big family like mine allowed me to learn and appreciate being part of a large family. The most important aspect of life in Bahrain is family.

Q: Who got you into the business or game of golf and what was your first experience at a golf course/range?

A: I was given the opportunity to join the team at Royal Golf Club as the Personal Assistant for the General Manager at the time. Completely new to golf, this was a great opportunity to grow my career and soon after joining I was offered the position as Human Resources Coordinator.

Q: Was there a mentor that helped guide you along your current career path and was there a piece of advice that helped you along your way?

A: At the time of joining the team at Royal Golf Club I was fortunate enough to work under the guidance and leadership of the Director of Human Resources who was always encouraging me to continue my education. Through her support and encouragement, I received my CIPD Diploma in Human Resources. During my tenure as Human Resources Training Manager I was given the opportunity by DJ Flanders to take the step up as Human Resources Manager.

Q: How long have you worked for Troon and what has been your career progression; what do you love most about your job?

A: I am proud to say that I have been working for Troon Golf for a total of 10 years now and would say the most rewarding part of my role is the ability to help and care for the needs of others.

Q: What do you do in your daily job or life to inspire other minorities to get them interested in the game of golf or into the golf business as a career?

A: Here at Royal Golf Club we are passionate about creating an unrivalled experience for Members, Guests and fellow Associates. I am proud to say we promote an open-door policy and in my role we have exposed a large number of Bahraini Nationals to the game, both on and off the golf course.

Q: What is your dream foursome for golf (you and three others) or for lunch (if you don’t golf)?

A: Zahra Toorani (my mother), Sir Nick Faldo and DJ Flanders.

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