Bashar Abdulkarim

Chief Talent Officer MENA at Starcom Worldwide

Bashar Abdulkarim has extensive experience in talent management and transformation roles within the advertising industry. Bashar began their career in 1996 at DMB&B - BCOM3 as a Communication Manager, handling accounts for various multinational and national clients. In 2002, they joined Relay Worldwide - Publicis Groupe as the Managing Director MENA, where they established the agency in the MENA region and achieved significant growth and profitability. In 2011, they transitioned to Starcom Mediavest Group and VivaKi - Publicis Groupe as the Chief Talent Officer MENA and Chief Talent and Transformation Officer MENA respectively, overseeing HR, talent management, and organizational development. In 2016, they became the Chief Talent Officer at Publicis Media, and in 2018, they took on the role of Chief Talent Transformation Officer - Middle East & Turkey at Publicis Groupe. Throughout their career, Bashar Abdulkarim has demonstrated their ability to drive performance, implement transformative strategies, and build strong client portfolios.

Bashar Abdulkarim earned their BA in History & Middle Eastern Studies from the American University of Beirut, where they studied from 1991 to 1996.



  • Chief Talent Officer MENA

    May, 2011 - present