Campaign’s Digital Faces to Watch 2022 – Issam Kambriss, Media Manager, Havas Media Middle East

Campaign’s Digital Faces to Watch 2022 – Issam Kambriss, Media Manager, Havas Media Middle East

Age: 27

Naveen Chacko Mathews, Head of Business Unit, Havas Media Middle East: Issam embodies the right balance of soft client servicing skills with in-depth media planning and buying knowledge -a rarity in this day and age where people talk numbers more than how those numbers create an impact. Issam joined us as an executive and has scaled through the ranks to the Media Manager he is today, managing the consumer business end-to-end on ‘du’ telecom. His constant drive to learn and improve, leading clients with passion and challenging them to go outside their comfort zone is what earns him their respect and that of his colleagues at Havas Middle East. Issam is always calm and his ability to anticipate and tackle problems head-on ensures things always run seamlessly.

Career highlights

Freshly graduated, I kickstarted my career in Saudi Arabia working for one of the ‘big 4s’ where I got my induction to the media world. One year down the line, I got an opportunity to relocate to Dubai and off I went. Fast-forward another year and I am offered an opportunity as a senior exec with Havas Middle East on the Emirates account. I’ve been with Havas since, now managing the ‘du’ account. This exposure to numerous clients and markets allowed me to broaden my spectrum and recognize the uniqueness of different cultures and industries. It’s been an action-filled journey and on it goes!

Guiding principles

  • Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
  • Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.
  • If you can’t do something about a situation, why worry?

Side hustle

CPM by day, BPM by night. Mixing tracks into a soulful, mesmerizing harmony fills me with euphoria. I plan to start producing once I master the craft.

Also, being a hardcore gamer gives me an edge since gamers have become a paramount growing segment for many of my clients.

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