It all starts with a chance to show who you are
Evidence-based, talent-centric, and unbiased. That is how Sam Joukhadar envisions the bank’s future talent acquisition. Sam has made quite a remarkable personal journey, migrating from Syria with an engineering background to become the Global Head of Talent Acquisition. He knows how important it is to have a chance to make a first impression, no matter where you come from.
Sam Joukhadar, Global Head of Talent Acquisition in SEB, has a background as a data engineer and is specialised in artificial intelligence. Before fleeing the war in Syria, he worked as a teacher at the university in Aleppo.
When looking back at his first months in Sweden 2015, Sam recalls the challenges of coming to a new country without knowing the language and with a foreign-sounding name. He landed a job at a staffing agency, where he laid the foundation for a new business area. With an understanding of both IT and HR, Sam wanted to show that immigration can be a valuable asset for companies, if that experience is channelled in the right way.