Founded in 1984 as Memac by Eddie Moutran, and today part of the Ogilvy Worldwide network founded by David Ogilvy, Memac Ogilvy is proud to be the most local of international agencies with 11 offices across the MENA region. We offer Advertising, Consulting, Experience, Health, and PR.

Our Capabilities

Memac Ogilvy inspires brands and people to impact the world. We exist to create iconic, culture-changing, value-driven ideas for our clients.

Borderless Creativity is our lifeblood. We operate, innovate, and create at the intersection of our talented people, across advertising disciplines such as strategic thinking and distinctive idea creation, through a social-first approach — alongside our wider Memac Ogilvy family of Consulting, Experience, Health, and PR.

Never have there been more opportunities available to communicate incredible ideas, impact culture, and influence consumer behavior. Paid advertising is a consistent, regular and controllable way of getting a business and brand’s core message in front of consumers in a way that no other medium can. Creativity is our greatest differentiator as we transcend the status quo and shift culture.
 

Today, Ogilvy is recognized as the world’s leading creative agency. We are also one of the most effective networks globally.

Ogilvy Consulting is the global strategy and innovation arm of Ogilvy, the world’s premier creative network. At Ogilvy Consulting, we believe in the power of brands, customer experience, and data and technology to transform businesses and drive growth.

We are the premier growth and innovation Consultancy for clients within the agency. In an era of great fragmentation, brands are the connective tissue for complex organizations and global economies. We believe that strong, customer-centric brands have the power to increase shareholder value and drive market share revenue and profits. As such, we tackle the tough client challenges that lie at the intersection of brand and business ambition.

Ogilvy Consulting offers three global practices: Growth & Innovation, Business Design, and Digital Transformation — all of which operate at the intersection of brand, growth, innovation & digital. These practices are supported by a host of specialty services ranging from future casting to behavioral science as well as Corporate Practice.

 

Experiences fuel business growth and drive impact. Emotional connections bring them to life. At Memac Ogilvy Experience, we infuse a brand’s unique emotional connection into every experience. By working at the intersection of customers, data, technology, and brand, we create experiences that transform businesses. We do this through borderless creativity.

  • We focus on digging deep to understand your customers and/or employees’ unmet wants and needs.
  • We harness the power of data and technology — either what you have today or what you need to build to ensure that you make the most of the platforms that are right for your business and your growth objectives.
  • We marry this with a rich understanding of your brand along with its role and purpose in the lives of your stakeholders to drive deeper relationships with your customers.
  • We wrap all this in a maniacal focus on the business, only developing experience-driven solutions that work exponentially to drive growth.

We offer Experience Strategy, Experience Interactions, Experience Communication, and Technology and Operations.

We are Memac Ogilvy Health & Wellness. A creative network focused on driving superior outcomes in the ever-changing healthcare environment — by providing bespoke solutions for ‘whole brand building’ in an increasingly complex and evolving marketplace. 

We inspire brands and people to impact the world by keeping our audiences’ health and wellness needs at the center of every touchpoint. Our legacy of creativity, our global network, and our deep expertise allow us to apply diverse thinking to create solutions to nuanced client challenges. 

Memac Ogilvy Health & Wellness delivers insight, creativity, innovation, and engagement solutions for all healthcare stakeholders, patients, and consumers across the healthcare continuum — through Consulting, Medical Education, HCP Promotion, Patient/Consumer Engagement, and Market Access — while integrating the full range of Ogilvy’s talent and capabilities from across PR, Experience, and Digital Transformation.

Memac Ogilvy Public Relations continues to be a trusted leader in the region’s social, cultural, and economic transformation. By bringing together the very latest thinking in behavioral change, influence, and high-impact, conceptual creativity, we deliver communications that affect positive, lasting change for the most ambitious public and private sector organizations.

We offer a complete spectrum of integrated communications services and consultancy, with an eye on large-scale projects that continue to alter the face of an evolving region. Within this, we offer expertise in building and maintaining reputation, grassroots citizen engagement, high-level international and regional media relations, B2B and B2C influencer marketing, and much more, all underpinned by an intelligence unit that gives our clients a clear view of the people, sectors, stakeholders, and environments they need to connect with and influence.

Our Team

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David Fox

Chief Executive, MENA

David joined MEMAC Ogilvy in March 2021.  An Ogilvy veteran, Foxy, as he prefers to be called, comes to us from Sydney where he held the role of Chief Executive Officer for the Ogilvy Group in Australia for over six years.

Having begun his career in Sydney, developing advertising campaigns for brands such as Singapore Airlines, Singapore Tourism Board, Audi, Deutsche Bank, Taronga Zoo, CityRail, Sydney Olympic Organising Committee, James Hardie Building Products and Luna Park to name a few, Foxy eventually joined Ogilvy in 1999 to take on the likes of  Nestle, Lion Nathan, Hyundai and Unilever, eventually becoming Executive Director of the Sydney agency.

In 2005 he was transferred to London to head up Ogilvy’s Global Trade Marketing operation in Ogilvy’s global shopper marketing agency, OgilvyAction. In  2009, Foxy took over as Worldwide Managing Director across all global clients, also sitting on the board of OgilvyAction. 

In 2013, OgilvyAction merged with G2 to form Geometry Global. He took over the running of all global clients and sat on the global Geometry Board until his transfer to Australia in 2014 to become Group country leader.

Foxy has been a judge at the Cannes Lions and Spikes Asia in the category of Advertising Effectiveness.  He is Australian and has a diploma in Advertising and Communications as well as a being a graduate of Australia's Award School. 

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Catherine Bannister

Chief Strategy Officer, MENA

As CSO for Ogilvy in MENA, Catherine believes in game-changing strategic thinking and leadership on behalf of our clients’ brands that connect on an emotional level and change perception and behaviour. She has the pleasure and privilege to lead a talented and diverse range of strategists across the region who leverage the twin superpowers of creativity and data in the modern marketing era.    

She joined Ogilvy in 2019 bringing with her a wealth of strategic planning experience having worked for the Publicis, Grey and BBDO agency networks, as well as a small boutique design agency and an award-winning B2B technology communication agency.

Catherine has had high-profile agency strategy leadership roles across Expo 2020, P&G, Unilever, SAS, Mondelez and BAT, winning awards on a number of these clients. She also has significant experience and interest in the opportunities for brands in white space expansion whether in new geographies or incremental innovation in products and services.

She has lived and worked across four continents having spent time in Africa (Kenya and Nigeria), the Americas (Trinidad), Europe (UK) and Asia (Malaysia and the UAE). She firmly believes in opportunity, diversity and equality for all.

 

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Samer Abboud

Chief Growth Officer, MENA

Samer is responsible for leading the operations and growth of Memac Ogilvy’s offices in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Iraq in his capacity as regional managing director since January 2019.  Samer has more than 20 years of experience in the communication industry, both client- and agency-side. He started his career working with big corporate names such as Austrian Airlines, Alcatel and Siemens.   Samer joined Memac Ogilvy in 2011, tasked with kickstarting operations in Doha. Under his leadership, Doha became Memac Ogilvy’s fastest growing and healthiest office, with strong advertising, PR and digital offerings and a formidable team of talented and passionate professionals.  He has a passion for leading and managing teams. Samer’s strength as a coach, inspirer and troubleshooter results in consistently excellent work from employees – and praise from clients. 

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Fiona Black

Regional Head of Integrated Operations

Fiona is a Media and Communications Executive with over 20 years' experience; adept at developing long term strategic operational plans, robust P&L top and bottom line growth. Originally from the UK, Fiona built her career in London, and has been based in the Middle East for the last 7 years. From her early roots at Bates Dorland London, Fiona's experience spans from establishing and running the MEC Global Solutions Digital media department, as Chief Client Officer at Havas was responsible for the operational and strategic development of the product, people and processes to drive business growth. Fiona has led multi-market teams to deliver award winning integrated strategies across OOH, Digital, TV, Influencer, and Print. Fiona has worked across a variety of sectors including entertainment, luxury, travel, CPG, beverages and finance managing all aspects of communications from brand design, influencer, programmatic to user experience. 

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Ghassan Maraqa

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer, MENA

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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Jennifer Hamdan

Chief People Officer, MENA

Jennifer is the MENA Chief People Officer for Memac Ogilvy. 

She has lived and worked in the region for more than two decades, during which time she became one of the first fully Certified Professional Coaches in the UAE, qualifying as early as 2007.

Jennifer is also an Associate Member of the CIPD, an accredited Organizational Relationship Systems Coach and holds a Master Degree in Human Resource Management. Her final dissertation provided a HR perspective on how improved flexible working arrangements helps organizations increase female workforce participation in the UAE.

In her current role, she acts as a trusted advisor to the leadership team, and is responsible for building an operation and collaborative culture that befits one of the world’s most transformative agencies. 

An industry heavyweight, Jennifer has served some of the world’s best and well-known organizations across multiple markets, including The Walt Disney Company, MasterCard International, Aon Hewitt, and now Ogilvy.

Her passion lies in partnering with leaders to inspire and manage organization and employee growth by facilitating an enjoyable, productive and engaging employee experience no matter the weather!

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Hazem El Zayat

Chief Digital Officer

Hazem graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from The American University in Cairo in 2002. Since then, he has developed a passion for and built a career in connecting the business world with technology.  He has led projects across all areas of the digital mix including web platforms, mobile solutions, social media, content, performance marketing, search engine optimization and marketing, paid digital advertising and programmatic, data and analytics, CRM, and ecommerce… making him not only an advocate but also a hands-on practitioner of omni-channel marketing. He has been a consultant to many brands, defining and implementing their digital transformation strategies, and implementing complex MarTech solutions to influence data-driven customer engagement comms throughout their lifecycle.  He’s been fortunate to work across multiple industries and many iconic brands including a.o. HSBC, Emirates NBD, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, UAE Central Bank, Gucci, Sephora, Emaar Group, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Dubai Health Authority, The British Council, Egypt Tourist Authority, Wasl Asset Management, InterContinental Hotels Group, Amazon, Unilever, Gulf News, Qtel (now Ooreedoo), Zain Telecom, McDonalds, Philip Morris International, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Sony Mobile, Yas Waterworld, Emirates, and Majid Al Futtaim Group.  Hazem is passionate about the undeniable power of data that digital channels provide and excels at building sound strategic solutions that have data at heart. He is based in Dubai and as a native Arabic speaker brings to the table insights and expertise from an Arabic speaking user point of view ensuring experiential solutions are implemented relative to their needs.

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Claus Adams

Chief Executive Officer, UAE

Claus is a results-focused CEO and People leader with extensive international experience, gained in high-profile agency networks such as VMLY&R EMEA, Cheil DACH and OgilvyAction (Geometry Global)

MENA. He has built, transformed and grown blue chip agencies

and brands with innovative thinking and action, while inspiring teams to achieve a shared vision. He is an advocate of solutions at the intersection of strategy, content and technology to create better brand and commerce experi•ences.

Over the years he has acquired excellent commercial and operational experience. A proven ability and track record of building, managing and growing businesses.

Along the way he has established and deepened partnerships

with leading brands in categories ranging from consumer electronics, health & beauty, food & beverages and tobacco to name a few.

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Ghassan Boujacli

Managing Director, Bahrain

Ghassan is currently the Managing  Director of Memac Ogilvy & Mather Operating Company in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Enjoys 28 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 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 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 is married to Joelle with 2 children, Nour & Bob.

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Habib Rihana

Managing Director, Jordan

Habib is the Managing Director of Jordan and has been with Ogilvy for over 11 years.  In 1998 he moved to KSA and started his advertising career with BBDO. Since then, he worked across many industries with some of the world’s most iconic consumer brands such as PepciCo, Emirates, and Wrigley’s amongst others. He also moved through different cities across the MENA, making him a hardcore ad man with a track record in building solid relationships and delivering true value to his clients.  Habib was born in Beirut and spent more than half of his life abroad, living in Georgia-USA, Brussels, Jeddah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Amman. He holds a master’s degree in industrial and commercial management from Beirut’s Saint Joseph University.  Habib currently lives in Amman with his wife and two boys. He is a GS rider and an avid skier.

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Amel Gaaloul

Managing Director, Tunisia

Born and raised in France by a British mother and a Tunisian father, Amel worked as an independant consultant before joining Memac Ogilvy in 2018. She has extensive experience in Media and Communications, having worked as a Strategic Planner at FP7 McCann and The Cocla-Cola Company, as well as at private Tunisian broadcasting company Nessma TV. She is also the founder of Tunis' first baby-friendly co-working space, BLOOMI, and Tunisia's first ephemeral market, ELBAZAR, designed to promote local crafts and contemporary design. She has a little boy called Adam. 

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Mohamed ElEzaby

Managing Director, Egypt

Mohamed is a creative strategist and business leader with over 20 years of experience across management, advertising, branding, and digital. He has led & managed global brands across a wide geographical area including: G.C.C, Levant, North Africa, South East Asia & LATAM. He is team player and effective leader with strong communication, decision making, problem solving and interpersonal skills, as well as a results-driven mindset.  Mohamed is a dedicated father of three who springs out of bed in the morning to change the world and annoys others who are not morning people. He is passionate about football & helping startups ‘getting started’. 

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Ashraf Shakah

Regional Director, Public Relations & Influence, MENA

Ashraf is a seasoned communication practitioner with over two decades of regional and international market experience. His early career years were in journalism, prior to assuming consultancy and corporate communications roles both in-house and agency side. Ashraf leads the Public Relations & Influence MENA network at Memac Ogilvy.   A passionate leader that helped consultancy firms in the GCC and Levant region in introducing best practices, building teams’ capacity, restructuring and improving financial performance.  Over the course of his career, Ashraf has provided consultancy to regional and international firms across a wide spectrum of industries, including McKinsey, Accenture, Philip Morris, Airbus, Visa, CNN, IKEA, Orange and government programs concerning democracy, energy, tourism and economic development and reform.   Ashraf was featured in the 2016 and 2017 Global PR Power List, as one of the most influential individuals in the communications industry in the Middle East.

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Antoine Geadah

Managing Director, Qatar

Antoine Geadah is a top-performing and versatile advertising executive with domestic and global experience, particularly in the Middle East and North America.  

He has twenty plus years of experience and expertise in brand management, direct marketing, omnichannel development, digital and traditional advertising, business development, key accounts and product management.  He has a real talent and aptitude for leading marketing initiatives fueled by customer experience, insights, revenue targets, and product strategy across fast-paced and deadline-driven environments.  Forward thinking, he is a brand builder with a demonstrated ability to work with cross-functional teams, foster partnerships and complete projects that strategically promote and develop brands.

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Paul Hamilton

Managing Director MENA , Consulting

Paul has been designing, building and leading strategic innovation delivering on the growth agenda globally for over 30 years.​

Paul has worked extensively in North and South America, across Europe from east to west and in Asia, and has lived in the GCC for 7 years working with governments and major companies across the whole region.​

Bringing broad cross sector experience, Paul has particular expertise in FinTech, retail and commercial banking, as well as with FMCG, government/public sector, telecoms, automotive and healthcare clients.​

Paul combines creativity with top-level strategy, digital and innovation leadership using design thinking and human centric approaches as well as traditional analytical strategy tools & techniques, and more recently into applications of AR/VR.​

Paul has an MBA from INSEAD, France and a degree in Computer Science and Psychology from the University of Bristol, UK.​

Eternally curious, fascinated by the mix of digital and human, he’s a passionate advocate of collaboration and inclusion and building a better world.

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Nabil Touma

Managing Director, Kuwait

With 30 years of experience in the communications field, Leading a variety of multinational and local accounts. Nabil Touma joined Memac Ogilvy Kuwait 15 years ago as the Managing Director. He managed, with due team support, to turn the office profitable, and since then, the agency’s reputation in the market has gone up among the clients and competition. 

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Who We Are

Ogilvy was founded in 1948 as one office. Today, we operate as a creative network in 132 locations across 83 countries. In the course of this growth, the world has become effectively unrecognizable from what it once was.

Ogilvy has been there every step of the way, shepherding the world’s most successful brands through the uncertainty and helping them adapt and stay relevant for the long-term.

We have never lost sight of our purpose in the world: we exist to make brands matter.

We have succeeded because, despite the massive shifts that have occurred over the years, we have always operated in the way David Ogilvy envisioned. He created a corporate culture that deeply respected and cared about its people and its clients. We honor his legacy by operating with that same commitment.

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We have many affinity-based communities that represent a global group of individuals from a plethora of backgrounds, identities, and lived experiences collectively committed to shaping and evolving Ogilvy's culture so that it is more equitable and inclusive for everyone.

These communities are composed of employees at every level of the organization and enable all of their members to actively participate in supporting Ogilvy’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategy and provide a safe environment for professional development, networking, and relationship building, especially with senior leader community members who are committed to serving as mentors and advocates for the broader group.

Some of our communities include RedLotus, Black Diaspora, and Pride. We are always open to creating more communities and doing more so that everyone feels seen, heard, appreciated, and valued

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Talent, I believe,
is most likely
to be found among nonconformists,
rebels, and dissenters.

– David Ogilvy

Grow With Us

Ogilvy’s mission is to inspire people and brands to make an impact. We believe the best way to do that is by fostering a community of inclusion made up of people from diverse backgrounds, where all contributions are valued, and where every employee has the chance to become their best creative and professional self.

Because our greatest asset is, has always been, and always will be our people, Ogilvy strives to be a people-first company. We are laser focused on providing best-in-class learning and development as well as career growth opportunities for all staff. We are deeply invested in and committed to developing our talent and fostering an environment of continuous growth.

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As our founder David Ogilvy put it, we seek people who are bigger and smarter than ourselves. That’s how we create a company of giants. We’re always looking for modern marketing and brand experts with big hearts and enormous talent.

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