Executive Committee

EDMOND MOUTRAN

Chairman & CEO

edmond.moutran@ogilvy.com

EDMOND MOUTRAN

Chairman & CEO

Eddie is one of the pioneers of advertising in the Arabian Gulf. Starting in Bahrain late 1972/early 1973 and has lived in the Gulf ever since. In 1973 Eddie started Intermarkets Bahrain and was Gulf Area Manager for that Agency. He started Intermarkets UAE in 1976 and Intermarkets Jeddah in 1978. Then Burson Marsteller Intermarkets in 1979. Eddie founded MEMAC in 1984 in Bahrain, with 4 people, one client and a $13K capital and has built it in 14 years to 7 offices, 180 people and a turnover exceeding $73 million.

Eddie is a board member of O&M Africa and O&M Europe Management team. He initiated and became 1st chairman of the M.E.A.A.A and is a founder member of the GCCAA. Eddie is one of the 1st IAA members in the Gulf. Eddie’s hobbies are backgammon, driving antique cars and power boating.

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GHASSAN MARAQA

Chief Financial Officer

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GHASSAN MARAQA

Chief Financial Officer

Ghassan Maraqa joined Memac in 2002 as a Financial Analyst. In January 2009, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer. Ghassan is currently responsible for the Group’s finance function, including external and internal reporting, taxation and major client contracts.

Prior to this, Ghassan spent seven years in Saudi Arabia at Arthur Andersen. He worked in audit and due diligence assignments across Saudi Arabia and the United Arab of Emirates.

Ghassan graduated from Texas Christian University in 1995.

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PAUL SHEARER

Chief Creative Officer

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PAUL SHEARER

Chief Creative Officer

PAUL SHEARER

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GEORGE LAHAM

Regional Managing Director - Levant & N.Africa

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GEORGE LAHAM

Regional Managing Director - Levant & N.Africa

George was born in Beirut in 1962. In 1983, he graduated in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut. In 1984, he began his career as a Research Assistant for PARC (Pan Arab Research Center) in Lebanon, and was promoted to branch manager before joining Memac Ogilvy Dubai as Media Director in 1990.

Between 1992 and 1993, George acted as a Regional Media Director for GCC and Levant. In 1993, he took the role of MBU Director and was instrumental in establishing the first centralized Media Buying Unit in the region on behalf of Unilever Arabia.

In 1997 George moved to Memac Ogilvy Jeddah and held the position of Managing Director. In 2002, he established Memac Ogilvy Riyadh and took over the country management until 2008.

George is currently based in Lebanon, and is the Regional Managing Director for Levant and North Africa. He is married to Myriam and is father of two children, Joseph and Alex.

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SAADA HAMMAD

REGIONAL DIRECTOR - OGILVY PR

saada.hammad@ogilvy.com

SAADA HAMMAD

REGIONAL DIRECTOR - OGILVY PR

Mrs. Hammad is a veteran Public Relations professional who has been in the field of communications since 1990. Between July 2003 and October 2009 she held the position of PR & Communications Manager for General Motors in the Middle East, Having a profound knowledge of the Middle East culture and media scene with close ties with the most influential journalists operating in the region, Saada has set up the most comprehensive and successful PR communications department of any multinational company in the Middle East.

During the ten year tenure with GM, Saada established and held a number of assignments, such as regional sales promotion manager, cross-brand marketing manager and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) manager gaining considerable experience in general management, database management, digital marketing, advertising, sales promotion and customer behavior.

Saada started her PR career at Bain Communications, the longest-standing Public Relations agency in the Middle East, as account executive on the newly won GM account at that time. She was instrumental in setting the basis for automotive PR at the agency and in the region in general. Six years later, she was offered a job at GM’s regional headquarters in Dubai.

Mrs Hammad joined Memac Ogilvy in February 2010 and now heads the Public Relations discipline in the Middle East and North Africa.

Born and raised in Lebanon and educated in Italy, Saada combines Middle Eastern culture with western style.

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NABIL MOUTRAN

REGIONAL DIRECTOR - OGILVYONE MENA

nabil.moutran@ogilvy.com

NABIL MOUTRAN

REGIONAL DIRECTOR - OGILVYONE MENA

As a student of the famous Red and Yellow school in Cape Town, South Africa, Nabil always had his eyes set on the advertising industry. He started his career in the advertising group, working on the BAT business. Throughout the years, Nabil was also brought in to work on other international clients and drive new business within the agency.

In early 2009, Nabil moved into the world of relationship marketing and digital as the Business Director for OgilvyOne. In this role, he leads current and prospective clients into the world of CRM and digital, demonstrating how they add value to the whole marketing mix.

Looking ahead, Nabil will continue to lead OgilvyOne into becoming the most effective and creative digital/direct agency in the region.

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Ramzi Moutran

Executive Creative Director

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Ramzi Moutran

Executive Creative Director

Ramzi was almost born in the creative department. After all, Memac has been his playground since he was 8 years old! He could often be found with the creative department drawing and playing with the airbrush. (Ahhhh the good old days). So after finishing his education in England and Lebanon he went on and looked for another creative environment to play in. This was in the Red and Yellow school in Cape town – renowned for being one of the best in the world for shaping young creatives. From there it was back to London for a stint in Ogilvy One where Ramzi was exposed to many of the worlds top brands like Amex, IBM and Ford. Home, however, has always been the Middle East, and Ramzi has been moving steadily up the ranks in Dubai for the past 8 years to his current position as Executive Creative Director. His (very limited) free time he spends with his family or motor racing, exploring the desert and playing golf.

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DUBAI (UAE)

SAADA HAMMAD

REGIONAL DIRECTOR - OGILVY PR

saada.hammad@ogilvy.com

SAADA HAMMAD

REGIONAL DIRECTOR - OGILVY PR

Mrs. Hammad is a veteran Public Relations professional who has been in the field of communications since 1990. Between July 2003 and October 2009 she held the position of PR & Communications Manager for General Motors in the Middle East, Having a profound knowledge of the Middle East culture and media scene with close ties with the most influential journalists operating in the region, Saada has set up the most comprehensive and successful PR communications department of any multinational company in the Middle East.

During the ten year tenure with GM, Saada established and held a number of assignments, such as regional sales promotion manager, cross-brand marketing manager and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) manager gaining considerable experience in general management, database management, digital marketing, advertising, sales promotion and customer behavior.

Saada started her PR career at Bain Communications, the longest-standing Public Relations agency in the Middle East, as account executive on the newly won GM account at that time. She was instrumental in setting the basis for automotive PR at the agency and in the region in general. Six years later, she was offered a job at GM’s regional headquarters in Dubai.

Mrs Hammad joined Memac Ogilvy in February 2010 and now heads the Public Relations discipline in the Middle East and North Africa.

Born and raised in Lebanon and educated in Italy, Saada combines Middle Eastern culture with western style.

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NABIL MOUTRAN

REGIONAL DIRECTOR - OGILVYONE MENA

nabil.moutran@ogilvy.com

NABIL MOUTRAN

REGIONAL DIRECTOR - OGILVYONE MENA

As a student of the famous Red and Yellow school in Cape Town, South Africa, Nabil always had his eyes set on the advertising industry. He started his career in the advertising group, working on the BAT business. Throughout the years, Nabil was also brought in to work on other international clients and drive new business within the agency.

In early 2009, Nabil moved into the world of relationship marketing and digital as the Business Director for OgilvyOne. In this role, he leads current and prospective clients into the world of CRM and digital, demonstrating how they add value to the whole marketing mix.

Looking ahead, Nabil will continue to lead OgilvyOne into becoming the most effective and creative digital/direct agency in the region.

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Ramzi Moutran

Executive Creative Director

ramzi.moutran@ogilvy.com

Ramzi Moutran

Executive Creative Director

Ramzi was almost born in the creative department. After all, Memac has been his playground since he was 8 years old! He could often be found with the creative department drawing and playing with the airbrush. (Ahhhh the good old days). So after finishing his education in England and Lebanon he went on and looked for another creative environment to play in. This was in the Red and Yellow school in Cape town – renowned for being one of the best in the world for shaping young creatives. From there it was back to London for a stint in Ogilvy One where Ramzi was exposed to many of the worlds top brands like Amex, IBM and Ford. Home, however, has always been the Middle East, and Ramzi has been moving steadily up the ranks in Dubai for the past 8 years to his current position as Executive Creative Director. His (very limited) free time he spends with his family or motor racing, exploring the desert and playing golf.

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NICK WALSH

GENERAL MANAGER - GEOMETRY GLOBAL DUBAI

NICK WALSH

GENERAL MANAGER - GEOMETRY GLOBAL DUBAI

Nick is the GM of Geometry Global in the UAE having overseen the migration of OgilvyAction and the launch of the first Geometry Global Middle East office in Dubai in May 2014.
Nick has worked with WPP and the Ogilvy group for 10 years where he has seen rapid progression from Account Manager based in London to Business Director leading the OgilvyAction team in Dubai.

He had a desire to work in a developing market and get some international experience so in 2008 moved to Dubai to join MEMAC Ogilvy and help launch OgilvyAction, the first specialist brand activation agency in the Middle East.

Over the last 7 years the same Dubai agency has experienced incredible success and grown to a team of over 50 people. The agency has won creative awards at every international show, being recognized as the number 1 creatively awarded agency in the global network two years in a row. Nick has achieved significant new business wins and has vast client management experience.

He is passionate about the business, the people and thrives on building winning cultures and successful teams. He loves the diversity of life in Dubai with his wife and young son and enjoys football, golf, squash and traveling Australiasia.

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BEN KNIGHT

EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR

ben.knight@geometry.com

BEN KNIGHT

EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Ben started his career in London 1995, working for traditional Below-the-line agencies. Ben became an original OgilvyAction member when his former agency, 141 Worldwide, became part of the Ogilvy Network. He moved to Dubai in 2008 to join a growing team working primarily on the BAT regional business. After 2 years he became the Creative Director for the Dubai office and has helped steer the Agency to the top spot for Creativity and Effectiveness within the Geometry Global network. Outside of his work 'family' Ben has 2 fantastic children, and a very understanding and supportive wife!

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ABU DHABI (UAE)

Seri Musallam

Business Director

seri.musallam@ogilvy.com

Seri Musallam

Business Director

Seri started his career in Bahrain as a Planning Executive with FP7 / McCann Erickson back in 1994 and has since built his expertise by working with large network agencies and local creative hot shops, learning his trade by working alongside some exceptionally talented agency people and equally amazing Clients.

Seri is a highly-driven , result-focused Ad Man with 20 years of solid marketing & advertising experience. His experience spans many industries; from global FMCG brands to airlines , automotive to financial services.

This diversified experience gives him a strong command and understanding of the field of Integrating Marketing Communications across multiple disciplines, sectors and markets in the Arab World.

Seri worked as a Radio DJ during his college years & is a keen collector of vintage advertising posters & memorabilia.

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BAHRAIN

SIMON IMPEY

CREATIVE DIRECTOR - BAHRAIN

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SIMON IMPEY

CREATIVE DIRECTOR - BAHRAIN

Simon is currently the Creative Director of Memac Ogilvy & Mather in the Kingdom of Bahrain. He has spent 25 years writing and art directing Marketing & Communication campaigns in the UK and the Middle-East.
Simon has spent the last seven years working in Abu Dhabi in the UAE producing television commercials and advertising campaigns for Mubadala, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, The National Newspaper, Abu Dhabi Media, Emirates Palace Hotel, The Abu Dhabi Educational Council, Crown Prince Court (CPC), The Imperial College London Diabetes Centre ICLDC, Emirates Nuclear Energy Company, YAS Mall - Aldar properties amongst others.
He has also produced a road safety campaign in Oman, TVC’s for The Supreme Council Of Health in Qatar and Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
In the UK Simon worked for London’s most respected advertising agencies, Still Price Lintas, CDP and Leo Burnett.
Writing and art directing campaigns for NHS, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Central Office of Information (COI), Virgin, IBM, Rowntree, Mars, P&G, Unilever, Honda, Rover, Fiat, Canon, Royal Philips Electronics and the Mayor of London.
He produced the award-winning nursing recruitment campaign that became the COI’s most effective direct response campaign recording over 90,000 responses in six weeks
. His work has won awards at the British Television Awards, The New York Festival, Irish Advertising Awards and featured in D&AD Annual.
Born in London in 1966, Simon produced a controversial AIDS awareness campaign at art college, which quickly gained notoriety and led to a host of freelance contracts from London authorities which launched his career. Simon is married to Ruth and has 3 children Mungo, Moya and Mac.

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GHASSAN BOUJACLI

MANAGING DIRECTOR - BAHRAIN

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GHASSAN BOUJACLI

MANAGING DIRECTOR - BAHRAIN

Ghassan is currently the Managing Director of Memac Ogilvy & Mather in the Kingdom Of Bahrain. Enjoys 25 years experience in the Marketing & Communication Business in the Middle East & Africa Region.
Until the end of 2007 Ghassan was heading up TeamNokia Middle East & Africa at GREY Worldwide in Dubai. Before joining GREY, Ghassan spent 6 years as Client Services Director based in Dubai for HORIZONFCB looking after the marketing communication and Brand building of a portfolio of international businesses such as New Zealand Milk, Kraft Foods, Tetra Pak, American Standard/Trane, Samsung Electronics, The Swatch Group, Mercedes-Benz, Power Horse, Applebee’s and many more. Before joining H.FCB in Dubai, Ghassan spent 8 years at Memac Ogilvy Bahrain where his principal responsibilities involved heading up the American Express, Kimberly Clark, British American Tobacco, Arab Insurance Group businesses and develop new business and manage the P&L of the operation.
Ghassan born in Lebanon in 1967, lived and worked in the USA, UAE, Bahrain and Lebanon. Earned in 1989 a BA in Marketing from Beirut University College, then moved to California and earned an MBA from La Verne University in Pomona/Los Angeles in 1993. Ghassan is able to communicate in Arabic, English and French. Ghassan Married to Joelle with 2 children, Nour & Bob.

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KUWAIT

NABIL TOUMA

MANAGING DIRECTOR - KUWAIT

nabil.touma@ogilvy.com

NABIL TOUMA

MANAGING DIRECTOR - KUWAIT

With 22 years of experience in the advertising and marketing fields, Nabil has worked on a wide variety of multinational and local accounts.
Nabil’s experience in the field is owed to the 16 years which he spent with Impact BBDO Jeddah, handling Pepsi as the Regional Account Director. As Business Development Director with the agency, he has won several major local accounts such as Nada dairy, Sabic, Ajmal, King Abdullah Knowledge City, and Jazan Economic City. For his last 3 years at BBDO, he held the position of Client Servicing Director.
Nabil started his career with the Pan Arab Research Center after graduating from AUB. These early beginnings spread his knowledge and experience in creative problem solving and office management, strategy preparation and implementation and sales and marketing implementation. They also gave him an excellent knowledge of the Middle East region, its people, market, and trends.
In 2006, he joined Memac Ogilvy Kuwait as Managing Director and has upgraded the office to a profitable branch of the agency

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QATAR

YOUSSEF GADALLAH

CREATIVE DIRECTOR - OGILVY DOHA

youssef.gadallah@ogilvy.com

YOUSSEF GADALLAH

CREATIVE DIRECTOR - OGILVY DOHA

Youssef Gadallah is an award-winning Creative Director whose work has won over clients, consumers and judges at a number of festivals including Cannes, New York Festivals, London International Awards, Most Contagious, the Effie Awards, The Campaign India Digital Crest Awards and Dubai Lynx.
Youssef brings 12+ years of experience in advertising.
He’s worked on campaigns for top-tier brands including Vodafone, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Nestle Ice Cream, Kit Kat, HSBC, Nissan, Unilever, Shell and Microsoft.
When he’s not discussing creative (which isn’t very often) you’ll find Youssef watching football.

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SAMER ABBOUD

MANAGING DIRECTOR - OGILVY DOHA

samer.abboud@ogilvy.com

SAMER ABBOUD

MANAGING DIRECTOR - OGILVY DOHA

In December 2011, Samer joined Memac Ogilvy & Mather, with the responsibility of initiating an office in Qatar and kick starting the new operation in this promising market.
Samer developed an interest in the advertising industry after having led Grey Doha in the capacity of Chief Operating Officer through many successful projects. Samer holds a B.S. degree in Business Marketing from the Lebanese American University and completed his Executive Education at INSEAD Business School in France.
Samer started his career working with big corporate names such as Austrian Airlines, Alcatel and Siemens. Having had a taste of client side marketing, he moved to Qatar in 2006 to spearhead operations in advertising and sample life from an agency’s perspective. Here, his vast experience on the client side of marketing helped optimize strategies and creative expressions.
Though Samer has significant creative/strategic experience, his true strength lies in his exceptional leadership abilities and entrepreneurial skills. His processes have not only led to many achievements, but have made him a true asset to the team. Samer provides not only motivation, but challenges his team and fuels the drive to produce the best results.

When Samer isn’t working, he enjoys travelling the world and discovering new destinations with his wife Carole and 3 kids.

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LEBANON

NAJI BOULOS

MANAGING DIRECTOR - LEBANON

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NAJI BOULOS

MANAGING DIRECTOR - LEBANON

Naji graduated from St Joseph University with a Master in Business Administration. He then specialized in marketing at Ecole Supérieure de Commerce - CERAM in Sophia Antipolis - France in 1986.
Naji started his advertising career in Paris in 1987 with RLPI (Régie Libanaise de Publicité Internationale) before joining the family agency Inter-Régies in Beirut in 1993 where he occupied the post of Creative Director and General Manager. In 2003, following the merge between Inter-Régies and Memac Ogilvy, he became the managing director of Memac Ogilvy Lebanon. Naji is an active member of the IAA Lebanon chapter that he joined in 1994 becoming member of the board during six mandates before being elected president in 2011. He is also board member of the AAA (Advertising Agencies Association)
Naji is a teacher of advertising at St Joseph University and a trainer in Creative Thinking.

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DANIELLE CHEBLI

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

danielle.chebli@ogilvy.com

DANIELLE CHEBLI

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

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JORDAN

MOHAMMED KAMAL

MANAGING DIRECTOR - JORDAN

mohd.kamal@ogilvy.com

MOHAMMED KAMAL

MANAGING DIRECTOR - JORDAN

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SYRIA

Firas Enayeh

Managing Director, Memac Ogilvy Public Relations

firas.enayeh@ogilvy.com

Firas Enayeh

Managing Director, Memac Ogilvy Public Relations

Firas brings extensive experience in Marketing, Social Media and Business Development and will help transform Syria office into a multidisciplinary market and continue its growth.

Firas is the Co-founder of Intellect Events that specializes in qualitative events and conferences since 2015. He also established in 2013 Firasenayeh plus a marketing agency that provides consulting, coaching and social media services among other services. Additionally, Firas established and was previously the Managing Director of Momentum, the first brand activation agency in Syria that works in both physical and digital space, specialized in promotions, events, retail and sports marketing. His portfolio of clients includes MTN, Unilever, Candia, Coca Cola, Samsung, Bel and Solidarity to name a few.

Firas has a BA in Law and is fluent in Arabic and English.

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EGYPT

GEORGES AOUN

MANAGING DIRECTOR - CAIRO

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GEORGES AOUN

MANAGING DIRECTOR - CAIRO

Georges Aoun started his career in 1988 with Leo Burnett, Kuwait as Supervisor on Philip Morris account, in charge of all BTL activities including merchandising.
In 1993, he joined Memac Ogilvy where he assumed the role of Deputy Managing Director in Lebanon for the following 2 years before being appointed for KSA and Bahrain. In 1998, he was promoted to the position of Managing Director for Egypt where he has leds the way since then. In his long career with Memac Ogilvy, George developed expertise in BTL/ promotions for brands like Stimorol, Cadbury, New Zealand dairy, Nestle and Rothmans to name a few.

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TUNIS & ALGERIA

SYRINE CHERIF

MANAGING DIRECTOR - TUNIS & ALGERIA

syrine.cherif@ogilvy.com

SYRINE CHERIF

MANAGING DIRECTOR - TUNIS & ALGERIA

Syrine graduated from Paris Assas & Economics University in 1987. She has also received the Higher Professional Certificate in Strategic Management from Cambridge University. She began her 20 year career as a Brand Manager for L’Oreal. As she fell in love with marketing, she created Label agency in 1989. 20 years later, it became one of the top 3 agencies of Tunisia.
Memac Holding bought Label in 2005, and Mrs. Chérif took the role of Regional Managing Director for Memac Ogilvy Label Tunisia and Memac Ogilvy Algeria, which opened in June 2007. She was formerly President of the Advertising Agencies Association from 1999 to 2006. Syrine is the mother of two boys and is passionate about decoration and arts.

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