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Wajih H.

A Conference Chair from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Wajih's Specialty

I am a motivated, multi-disciplinary, bilingual strategic communications adviser with award-nominated journalistic experience. Possessing the passion and perseverance to launch and lead major initiatives for corporations, startups, governments and government-related entities, and senior leaders, my expertise spans strategy, reputation and communications, media, branding, and events.

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Wajih's Chairing Profile

Communications Adviser, MC, Facilitator & Ideas Instigator
Wajih is an award-nominated journalist, PR specialist and public speaker, with a decade of experience writing, editing and hosting for online, print and broadcast media in the United States and the Middle East. He is currently a district manager at SAHARA Communications, a comprehensive Dubai-based public relations and management consultancy.

Prior to this role, he was involved in brand management in the FMCG sector, with duties encompassing all activities related to launching the brand in the UAE market, including distribution, merchandising, sampling, events, advertising, and other brand-building activities that draw upon his experience in media, events, promotions, and marketing.

Wajih was previously the features editor of Jordan Business Monthly, Jordan's first business magazine, as well as writer-at-large for leading lifestyle magazine Living Well, contributing to its highly popular On the Scene section and Spotlight celebrity interviews. His in-demand interviewing has covered royalty, government officials, business leaders, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, musicians, painters, scholars, environmentalists, and humanitarians in Jordan and beyond, and he posseses expertise in corporate analysis and investigative reporting, for which he was nominated for the 2005 Inquirer Award.

Before leaving Jordan in late 2006, he had served for several months on the Jordanian advisory board of Tejari.com, the premier online B2B marketplace in the region. In addition to his career in media and communications, Wajih is an in-demand MC and public speaker for various events and conferences, thanks to his perfectly fluent English, his congenial personality, and his positive attitude.

In 2003 and 2004, Wajih worked for Radio Jordan as an on-air presenter, news anchor, and producer. From 2004 to 2006, he was affiliated with PLAY 99.6 radio. Through radio, he became a popular voice actor, delivering advertisements and presentations in a variety of voices. JW also worked as a publicity director for an independent music label while in the US.

Before moving to media, communications and events full-time in 2005, JW had accumulated eight years of experience in the IT industry, covering Customer Relationship Management, database programming, data warehousing, and data modeling.

Wajih received a B.Sc. cum laude in Business Administration from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, with a major in Information Systems including a track in Finance. Aside from his formal training, he has participated in significant academic research involving ancient Islamic block printing technology with Dr Karl R. Schaefer of Drake University. His other interests include film, radio, writing novels and screenplays, DJing, and reading on various non-fictional topics.



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Wajih's Chairing Expertise

25 Years of Experience


- Leveraging the media to take PR beyond the realm of the "press release"
- Dealing with the media
- Reputation Management
- Building relationships
- PR strategy and tactics
- Interview skills

20 Years of Experience


- Corporate Communications: removing the barriers between management and employees
- Conflict Management
- Credibility and Transparency
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