“With a history of more than a decade in the country, our Doha office combines deep local insight with international best practice and an unparalleled global network”
H+K Strategies has been building and protecting reputations in Qatar since 2002. Having been one of the very first strategic communications consultancies to establish and maintain a presence in Doha, H+K has been consistently working with some of Qatar’s most prominent and most important entities.
With strong roots in the country, H+K’s Doha office combines deep local insight, knowledge and experience with international best practice and an unparalleled global network. Our team delivers measurable results across all sectors, private and public.
H+K Qatar also is a founding member of the Qatar Chapter of the Middle East Public Relations Association (MEPRA), which was established in late 2011.
Bashar is Chief Executive Officer of Hill+Knowlton Strategies MENA, overseeing H+K’s business across the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, responsible for the company’s network of wholly owned offices and affiliate partners across the region.
Bashar has enjoyed a successful 25-year career in public relations and the media business across the Middle East, bringing significant regional experience and international insights to benefit clients. He has lived and worked in the UK, UAE, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan and Bahrain.
He joined H+K from the role of COO at fellow WPP company ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller, a position he filled from 2010 where he helped grow the firm’s client portfolio and was responsible for the company’s network of fully owned offices across the region. Prior to that he held several senior communications posts across the Middle East, serving as Senior Vice President and group controller at the i2 Group, the largest distributor of mobile phones in the region, and director of public affairs at The Coca-Cola Company. He was a founding member of Intermarkets PR in Dubai in 1992.
Bashar also served on the Board of IraQna (an Orascom company), the first mobile phone network in Iraq, in 2004/05. Fluent in Arabic and English, Bashar holds a B.Sc. Honours degree from the Queen Mary College, University of London.