At a Major Ceremony in London
International Advertising Industry Honours Khamis Al Muqla
The International Advertising Association (IAA, which was established in New York, USA, in 1938, held a major ceremony in London marking its 75th anniversary. The event was attended by delegates from the IAA 56 chapters in 76 countries worldwide representing senior executives of advertisers, media, advertising agencies, related companies, academics and prominent figures in the advertising and marketing communications sectors.
The event programme included a meeting of the IAA Board of Directors attended by Khamis Mohamed Al Muqla, Gulf Marcom Chairman and member of the World Board of Directors and representative of the Bahrain Chapter held on Wednesday 2nd October and then he attended IAA Leadership Forum which was held on Thursday 3rd October. Speaking at the Forum were key international figures who discussed the future of the advertising industry in the world or “Where to now?”, future of advertising companies, significance of market research and studies, trends in innovation and the next role of marketers.
In the evening of the same day, a gala dinner was held for honouring the pioneering and leading figures in the world for their leadership, vision and commitment to develop and advance the advertising and marketing communications industry and highlighting the vital role played by this industry in the service of their economies and serving their communities. The figures honoured included Khamis Al Muqla who has contributed to the creation of the IAA Bahrain Chapter in 1993. This is Al Muqla’s second honour by the international advertising industry as he received in 2010 at the IAA Conference in Moscow the Order of Merit for his significant contributions to the IAA activities in Bahrain and the Middle East.
Al Muqla has been awarded the Order of Merit of the First Degree from His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the advertising industry in Bahrain and the regional states. He is also a member of the Information and Communications Supreme Commission which has recently been set up under the chairmanship of HH Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa. Al Muqla has also been selected as part of 50 most influential figures in the Bahrain community according to a questionnaire organized by Arabian Business Magazine in 2009. He was one of the early members of the IAA as he joined it when he represented Bahrain at the International Advertising Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. He was a Promoter and Deputy Chairman of the IAA Bahrain Chapter in 1993. Then, he became President of the Bahrain Chapter until now. He has also taken part in setting up a number of professional associations in the advertising and public relations business in addition to organizing conferences, exhibitions and events in this area in Bahrain and the Gulf region and other Arab states, including 3 IAA conferences in Beirut, Cairo and Dubai.
Meanwhile, Al Muqla established Gulf Marcom Group which was launched in Bahrain in 1974 and used to be known as Gulf Public Relations Group. Its operations covered a wide range of services in the areas of advertising, marketing communications, public relations, publishing, translations, event management and other related services in Bahrain and the regional states. In 1985 Al Muqla set up the Hill & Knowlton Strategies Network to provide public relations services in the Middle East and he is currently its Board Chairman. It is part of the biggest public relations groups in the world.
The ceremony was attended by more than 250 IAA members and their guests from all over the world. Also taking part from Bahrain was Khalid Juman of Miracle Graphics who is a member of the Board of the Bahrain Advertising Association IAA Chapter.