Chris Lambert joins Q Communications

Q Communications has welcomed Chris Lambert to the role of Senior Account Executive. With five years of experience, working in PR and in-house marketing, Chris most recently worked as Marketing Director for nightlife spot Societe in Dubai. As Senior Account Executive, he will be working across a number of PR accounts for Q Communications, such as Novotel Dubai, Al Barsha and Jumeirah Restaurant Group.

“I’m extremely excited to be joining the newly rebranded Q Communications at such a key time for the company,” says Chris. “I am especially looking forward to working on such a diverse and exciting portfolio of clients.”

Create Media Group welcomes new Director

Dubai-based digital communications agency Create Media Group has welcomed Sarah Johnson to the role of Director. Heading up new division Create Content, Sarah brings over 17 years of public relations and communications experience to her new role. As Director, she will be responsible for growing the division and offering clients engaging, diverse and eye-catching content across a 360 platform that includes traditional media as well as digital and social media platforms. Create Media Group’s clients include Standard Chartered Bank, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi and Flash Entertainment.

“Clients are all working very differently now, with integrated campaigns and creative content, not conventional PR campaigns, being the key to effective communication,” says Sarah. “With the launch of Create Content, the Create Media Group will offer just that.”

Tom Otton, Managing Director, Create Media Group, adds “Having recognised the need for a senior professional who can both add further value to our existing accounts and develop new business, we’re excited by the new skill set and wealth of experience that Sarah brings to Create Media.”


Nashwa Al Ruwaini named in Forbes Middle East

Nashwa Al Ruwaini, CEO of Pyramedia Production Company, has been named on Forbes Middle East magazine’s list of Most Powerful Arab Women 2015. As 23rd on the list of 200, Nashwa is the first figure from the media industry to be included.The award was presented as part of a ceremony held at the Oberoi, Dubai, to recognise the achievements of women in business and government. Other women recognised include Mona Almoayyed, Managing Director of YK Almoayyed & Sons, Bahrain; Amna BinHendi, Deputy Chair, BinHendi Group UAE and Shaikha Al Maskari, Chair, Al Maskari Holdings, UAE.

“The magazine is pleased to announce its highly anticipated list of the Most Powerful Arab Woman for the third consecutive year,” says Khuloud Al Omian, Editor-In-Chief, Forbes Middle East. “This award stems from Forbes’s vision to recognise the success and achievements of Arab women across all sectors, particularly those ladies with unlimited capacities, innovation and creativity, who take appropriate decisions and contribute to support the Arab region’s economy.”

Nashwa adds “This recognition is of a special kind because it was issued by a renowned and leading specialised publication. It highlights the active and successful role of women in all sectors of business, recognising the most influential and accomplished female figures in several industry sectors that remained male-dominated for decades.”

Phil Smith joins Motivate

Phil Smith has joined Motivate Publishing as Group Sales Manager for its content marketing agency, Motivate Connect. With 15 years of experience in writing and selling country reports to various international business publications such as Time Magazine, Fortune Magazine and The Economist, Phil most recently worked on a short sponsored documentary for British Airways on Egypt.

As Group Sales Manager for Motivate Connect, Phil will be responsible for winning new business from clients looking for content across print, digital and social media channels. The role covers a range of media solutions including magazines, annual reports, show collateral, sporting programs and digital content.

“I am very excited to be joining Motivate Publishing and look forward to making a positive impact on the team’s performance,” says Phil. “Motivate Connect has delivered products in many different languages and as a linguist myself, speaking five languages, I hope to get involved in adding a further international dimension to the team.”

4th GCC Government Social Media Summit held

The fourth annual GCC Government Social Media Summit began today at the Sofitel Dubai Downtown. Held under the theme of “Leveraging social networks to drive government innovation and create smart cities”, the importance of social media among UAE leaders was highlighted, with the social media campaign launched by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid to determine the name for the Mars mission cited as an example of this.

The summit features six industry-specific workshops and hosts around 120 delegates, discussing innovations in social media techniques against the backdrop of its increasing importance in government relations. The event will also run tomorrow, Thursday, September 17, 2015.

“Social media is an effective means of communications,” says Dr. Aisha bin Bishr, Assistant Director General, The Executive Office UAE. “It allows us to target specific segments of the public, especially young audiences and share relevant news and information with them. There is a continuous increase in social media use amongst residents and visitors to the UAE and we are very proud of how the government department is taking advantage of this by utilising social media and its analytical tools to develop ways to communicate with the public.”