Mr. Louai Alasfahani
Founder & Chief Creative Officer of Paragon International
Mr. Alasfahani is an author, contributing articles and opinion peaces to trade magazine titles such as: arab ad, GMR gulf marketing review, al taswiq al arabi, focus intelligence report, campaign me, communicate, etc.
He is a founding member and the president of the IAA (international Advertising Association Kuwait chapter).
He is a member of IPRA (International Public Relations Association, CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) and the International Journalists Association.
Mr. Alasfahani was judge on the NYF (New York Festival) 2012 grand jury, legacy judge at SIA (Summit International Awards) and Kuwait Times
photography competition; also a judge at American University of Kuwait capstone.
Louai launched and still manages www.Bloganubis.com a blog on integrated marketing communications, intellectual property and copy cat/spoof ads. He is also credited for co-founding Awraq - the world’s first advertising critique magazine in Arabic.
Mr. Louai Alasfahani is certified by the LCCIE (London Chamber of Commerce and Industry examination board) in the fields of PR & advertising and earning his mini MBA from AMA (American Management Association).
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Mr. Vim Silva
Art Director - Oman
Certified from Lasalle - College of the Arts, Singapore, affiliated by Goldsmith University, UK. Has over 4 years experience in visual communication in Singapore.
In Singapore, he worked on projects for D&AD, Maritime Singapore, Jinders Singapore, XL recordings to name a few. Touching up to the music side, he has worked with MyRockBand (myrockband.ru) (Russia), TheSoul (Colombo, Sri Lanka), Octave (Muscat, Oman).
In Muscat, Oman, he has worked on major projects for Al Mouj Muscat, Muscat Hills, Millennium Resort, and InterContinental Hotel, Finland Eye Center, Shuwa Diner and Al Maha to name a few. The Middle East experience branches all the way to Dubai & Kuwait on projects for clients such as Audi Automotive
He is known for his illustrative skills that when infused with ideas are able to produce effective brand identities.
Mr. Ivan Totev
Operations Manager - Bulgaria
Ivan has more than 15 years of experience. He started as a copywriter and swiftly climb up in agencies as: Bates, Ogilvy&Mather and Saatchi&Saatchi, where he held the position of Managing director. Ivan’s rich solid strategic experience is gained through a depth exposure to global cross-sector environments
and extends beyond the telecom, retail, financial and FMCG sectors for some of the Balkan’s (Eastern European) mega brands in his specialized fields of integrated marketing communications, branding, new business development and consultancy.
Ivan is senior strategic marketing and communication trainer. Ivan holds MD of Bulgarian philology and BD of Journalism.
Ms. Diana Dimitrova George
Operations Manager - Oman
With 18 years of experience in the field of broadcast media, media buying and advertising agencies, Diana holds a master’s degree in Economics from St. Cyril and Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. Prior to joining Paragon, Diana worked as a reporter and TV announcer in Eurocom TV Bulgaria, covering the “War in the Gulf”. She also hosted her own program at TNN Radio Station.
With over 12 years of experience in the Middle East media, marketing and advertising industry, Diana has built a solid reputation in the region as being one of a selected few professionals to receive certification by Google Ads network.
Mr. Tyrone Usana
Executive Creative Director - Oman
He is a well-rounded aficionado of the design industry, having more than 7 years experience on all forms of media; working with big players in the market such as McCann Worldgroup, Leo Burnett, JWT Manila & BBDO.
He had worked together with Philippines' two biggest broadcasting companies like ABS-CBN & GMA Network as Art Director for Film & Television. And worked with brands like: URC Kuwait, Audi, Al Mouj Muscat, Oman TV, Omanexpo, Muscat Hills, Quicksilver, InterContinental Hotel Muscat, Solara Air Bulgaria, Ernst & Young, Ominvest, ASAAS, Mazoon Magazine, Horizon Fitness, Port of Sohar, Finland Eye Center, Koutisse London, Falcon Petroleum, National Bank of Oman, Best Western Premiere Hotel, Oman Oil Company and Majid Al Futtaim, to name a few.
Mr. Nizar Al Shorbagi
Operations Manager & Creative Director - Kuwait
Being in the Middle East design industry for over 14 years, Nizar has accumulated a weighty experience working for brands like: Porsche, Toyota, Volkswagen, Lexus, Commercial Bank of Kuwait, Fast Telecommunications Company, Eurocom. He is a holder of Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from the Faculty of Art Education at Helwan University Cairo. Nizar has his work featured in various publications and websites on advertising and graphic design.
Nizar has been decorated with several awards during his career path. A proud member of the International Association of Art, UNESCO, Syndicate of Plastic Arts Egypt, Egyptian National Committee.