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40 under 40: No. 25 – Saadeddine Nahas

40 under 40 2019

40 under 40: No. 25 – Saadeddine Nahas

Saadeddine Nahas, digital director, Initiative UAE

In his current role, Saadeddine Nahas is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the digital performance operation as well as working closely with Initiative’s clients and team leads to develop and deploy the digital strategies needed to achieve their business objectives using data and technology in the context of the overall media mix. He also leads on growing the agency’s and clients’ talents to stay at the forefront of digital capabilities.

In the last few years, he has worked with multiple businesses going through their digital media transformation, setting up frameworks and infrastructures with objectives ranging from brand awareness to e-commerce.

Through his career, Nahas has worked across Initiative’s offices in the UAE and KSA, holding digital roles, as well as integrated online and offline positions.

What’s the best advice you have received in your career?

Surround yourself with passionate capable people.

It took me some time but I have learned that they are the best part of my career. With people like that, you disagree on how to get to your goals, they will challenge you, keep you on your toes, but as long as you trust each other you will deliver great work.

What’s the best advice you have given in your career?

When I asked my team this question, I discovered that they learned more from how I conducted myself rather then what I said. Never be content with the status quo and always go the extra mile. What can you do more? Yep, that thing that came to your mind, try to do it.

What’s the most rewarding thing about your job?

It is a dynamic industry; you are always exposed to new things, with opportunities to learn from these experiences. Every day is different, there is someone new to meet, a fresh challenge that keeps you on the edge. Not to forget the joy of working on a big project and finally the rush of presenting it.

What’s the most frustrating thing about your job?

Unrealistic deadlines.

If not this, what would you be doing?

An astronaut heading to Mars… why not? Let’s dream big.

If you had ten million dollars, what would you do?

Keep some on the side for myself, the rest, spread the love

Finally, why are you (still) in this industry?

Because I’m still learning, I’m contributing and I am enjoying both.

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