Please tell us about yourself.
My name is Jamal, I was born and raised in Berlin and I am 37 years old. My heritage is split between Germany and the USA, and I studied political science at the Freie Universität Berlin, where I got my diploma in 2006. After a short time working in political education and as an assistant in the Bundestag, I joined the startup scene.
What do you do at COMATCH?
I am Business Intelligence Manager at COMATCH. In this position, I do my best to support my colleagues with all of the interesting and important information they need. We in team BI are responsible for competitor analysis, lead management, evaluations, KPIs, and reports. We also design and plan the CRM and data management environment for our co-workers to provide them with great tools to continue doing a great job.
What drives you (apart from your job)?
I like to have calm and harmony in my life. It is important for me to learn and grow every day. Four years ago, I started volunteering as a “Schöffe” – a volunteer judge – at the local court in Berlin Tiergarten. I wanted to do something relevant that could enhance my personal values of fairness and justice. So, once a month, I join a full-time judge and another volunteer judge to decide about the proceedings in different kinds of cases, like narcotics law or traffic regulations. The three of us have an equal say in the final decision. One special case that I will never forget was the very first time I worked as a voluntary judge: a truck driver ran over a cyclist, who later died as a result of the accident. This incident destroyed the truck driver’s private and working life, he was devastated. In this case, there were only victims. This was a very moving story for me personally, it taught me to always consider both sides and have compassion for the wrongdoers, too.
What is your motivation for being a “Schöffe”?
It makes me happy when I feel that we have the thoroughly examined all the evidence and questioned all the witnesses and, in the end, that the sentence is just and fair.