Zain Group lead­er­ship hosts Store­house co-founders


KUWAIT: Zain Group an­nounced that it wel­comed Mark Kawano and Ti­mothy Don­nelly, co­founders of pop­u­lar so­cial me­dia app Store­house, the mo­bile app that turns a col­lec­tion of pho­tos and videos into a share­able story, at the com­pany’s main head­quar­ters in Shuwaikh. Group Vice Chair­man Bader Nasser AlKharafi and Group CEO Scott Ge­gen­heimer along­side a num­ber of of­fi­cials and Head of the Or­ga­ni­za­tional Com­mit­tee of the Youth Em­pow­er­ment Sym­po­sium Ali Al-Ebrahim hosted the so­cial me­dia en­trepreneurs with the visit com­ing as part of Zain’s strate­gic part­ner­ship with the fourth edi­tion of the Youth Em­pow­er­ment Sym­po­sium held in Kuwait.

Kawano and Don­nelly are cur­rently vis­it­ing Kuwait to take part in the Youth Em­pow­er­ment Sym­po­sium, which is held un­der the pa­tron­age of His High­ness the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber AlSabah. The sym­po­sium is con­sid­ered an ideal op­por­tu­nity for young peo­ple to gain valu­able in­sights from a num­ber of in­ter­na­tion­ally and lo­cally renowned in­dus­try pi­o­neers, aca­demics, and ex­perts who will share ex­clu­sively their ex­pe­ri­ences dur­ing the event.

The re­cent visit wit­nessed dis­cus­sions be­tween AlKharafi and Ge­gen­heimer with Kawano and Don­nelly about the chal­lenges that face the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy sec­tors and how so­cial me­dia is quickly pen­e­trat­ing those mar­kets. The of­fi­cials also ex­changed their views about the amount of change so­cial me­dia pi­o­neers and youth are bring­ing to en­trepreneur­ship and the role of lead­ing com­pa­nies and or­ga­ni­za­tions in sup­port­ing them.

Al-Kharafi and Ge­gen­heimer took Store­house co­founders in a tour at Zain head­quar­ters to learn more about the na­ture of its daily op­er­a­tions as it is the lead­ing telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany in the coun­try. The guests ex­pressed their ad­mi­ra­tion of the high stan­dards of ser­vice qual­ity they found in Zain’s var­i­ous de­part­ments and di­vi­sions, es­pe­cially in the main branch and con­tact cen­ter (107).

Zain Group Vice Chair­man Bader Al-Kharafi com­mented: “We were de­lighted to wel­come the mas­ter­minds be­hind one of so­cial me­dia’s most pop­u­lar cre­ative apps. Our meet­ing with Mark Kawano and Ti­mothy Don­nelly re­con­firms our sup­port of and be­lief of the ef­fects so­cial me­dia plat­forms such as Store­house have on the way we look at the world and the way we com­mu­ni­cate with each other”.

Al-Kharafi ex­pressed his ad­mi­ra­tion of the ef­forts the two con­founders ex­erted in go­ing through the jour­ney to make their dreams come true: “they worked hard to trans­form a mere idea into a real plat­form that mil­lions en­joy around the world in a time where so­cial me­dia com­pe­ti­tion is at its high­est”.

Al-Kharafi ex­pressed his de­light to open the doors of fu­ture part­ner­ship with Store­house Me­dia, as any fu­ture co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two com­pa­nies will per­fectly fit Zain’s strate­gic vi­sion into be­com­ing an in­te­grated dig­i­tal life­style op­er­a­tor.

Al-Kharafi added: “Zain has spon­sored the Youth Em­pow­er­ment Sym­po­sium since its in­cep­tion four years ago, and this comes in line with the com­pany’s long term strat­egy of pro­vid­ing the nec­es­sary sup­port to national ini­tia­tives aimed at up­lift­ing the ca­pa­bil­i­ties and skills of Kuwaiti youth.”

Dur­ing the dis­cus­sions, Zain Group CEO Scott Ge­gen­heimer said: “We be­lieve in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy plays a key role in fu­ture business re­struc­tur­ing, and that is a main rea­son why Zain is in­creas­ing its in­vest­ments in IT plat­forms. With the ex­pected ma­jor rise in smart­phone and tablet us­age, it is a ne­ces­sity for any lead­ing telecom op­er­a­tor to pur­sue a strate­gic vi­sion that em­braces tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion. Mark Kawano and Ti­mothy Don­nelly’s work is a great ex­am­ple on the way in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and so­cial me­dia trans­form the dig­i­tal world”.

Store­house Me­dia Co­founder and CEO Mark Kawano com­mented: “We were very de­lighted to take part in this visit, which gave us a chance to learn about one of the lead­ing telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion com­pa­nies in the Mid­dle East.”

Kawano added: “Zain Group pos­sesses a clear and am­bi­tious vi­sion to­wards com­plete dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion, which is the fu­ture of IT and telecom. The in­for­ma­tive tour that my col­league and I took part in showed us the great po­ten­tials and re­sources Zain pos­sesses, and we were re­ally im­pressed by the high ser­vice qual­ity stan­dards we found”.

Store­house is a mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion that turns a col­lec­tion of pho­tos and videos into a share­able story. It pro­vides users with a fast and easy way to share a col­lec­tion of pho­tos from their iPhone or iPad by cre­at­ing a col­lage, al­bum or telling a story and shar­ing all of the mo­ments that made the mem­ory. Mark Kawano’s pas­sion for pho­tog­ra­phy and in­no­va­tive sto­ry­telling drove him to de­velop the app, which was awarded the Ap­ple De­sign Award for the year 2014.

Kawano will be de­liv­er­ing an ex­clu­sive sem­i­nar for Zain em­ploy­ees, where he will be shar­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence in fol­low­ing his dream and de­vel­op­ing Store­house to be­com­ing one of the most suc­cess­ful so­cial me­dia ap­pli­ca­tions.

This year’s fourth Youth Em­pow­er­ment Sym­po­sium will be at­tended by a num­ber of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional ex­perts and pi­o­neers who will share their per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences with par­tic­i­pants and high­light the im­por­tance of build­ing one­self through ed­u­ca­tion. Zain’s pres­ence in this national event show­cases the com­pany’s ded­i­ca­tion to em­pow­er­ing the en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills of youth in Kuwait. The sym­po­sium de­liv­ers out­stand­ing knowl­edge to tal­ented young peo­ple to be able to progress in their fields of in­ter­est as well as to spark the light of en­thu­si­asm within them.

KUWAIT: Zain Group lead­er­ship with Store­house co-founders

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