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Faris Abouhamad

Former Chairman and World President

Faris studied at Lebanese American University and holds an MBA in marketing. He started his career in 1980 in Singapore, moving to Dubai in 1981 to work for Publicis-Graphics. In 1985, he was asked to establish and head Publicis-Graphics in Jordan.

In 1988, Faris joined the regional headquarters of Fortune Promoseven- McCann’s in Bahrain where he worked as Executive Vice President and COO for 12 years. During this time, he was instrumental in expanding the network and introducing new marcom disciplines, developing and applying systems and tools and creating local and international partnership agreements across the MENA region.

In 2000, Faris moved back to Dubai with McCann World Group to further develop its UAE operations into the group’s head quarters and pioneering operational integration and market leadership for the agency.

In 2004 and after a short stint with WPP’s Bates PanGulf as the regional CEO, Faris set up his own practice by establishing Interone Resonance Middle East, a full service agency based in Dubai with branches in New Delhi, Cairo and Jeddah. A partnership with an Omnicom digital agency which ended in 2011. The agency serviced major brands such as Audi Volkwagen, BMW, Citibank, Nakheel, Meraas, Al Islami, letstango.com among many class A brands in this part of the world.

Faris joined the IAA in 1984, served on boards of IAA chapter in Bahrain, and the board as secretary general of the UAE chapter in 2006. In 2010, he was appointed IAA Area Director Middle East and Africa, after serving for 2 years as VP MENA for Government Affairs. Faris served as IAA Chairman and World President from 2013 to 2016.

In 2012 Faris was appointed as an ambassador to help the Polish government in generating higher levels of inward investments from Arabia and the Far East. Additionally, Faris was appointed an ambassador by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry representing Dubai business community on specific commercial missions and certain world forums. This voluntary mission is now extended till 2018.