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40 under 40: No. 37 – Nitin Nambiar

40 under 40 2019

40 under 40: No. 37 – Nitin Nambiar

Nitin Nambiar, general manager, Golin MENA

Nitin Nambiar joined Golin in 2017 as deputy general manager and director of client service. With 15 years of experience across journalism, agency and in-house communications, Nambiar is now responsible for overseeing Golin’s client operations in the Middle East and North Africa region and providing senior strategic counsel to clients.

Prior to joining Golin, he served as communications lead at the World Bank Group based in Washington DC, United States, where he led global communications for the Finance and Markets Practice group of the bank. He currently serves on the jury of PRCA MENA and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from HEC Paris, France.

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

The best advice I received in recent times was that it was ok to show some rough edges. They are part of your personal brand.

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

To replace numerical reward-oriented goals with the feeling you get while at work. If what you feel is joy, that is the right job for you.

What’s the most rewarding thing about your job?

That I get to lead and manage some fantastic young talent that I can learn from.

What’s the most frustrating thing about your job?

That I have to constantly work with the ambiguity of results.

If not this, what would you be doing?

I would be a banker or bureaucrat.

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

Doing some blue-sky thinking… I would buy shares for Amazon, Google and Tesla with half of the money and I would probably use the other half to make a movie because I love cinema. Not many know this but I was a film reviewer back in college.

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

I think I answered this in the second question. I feel joy being in this industry.

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