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Mr. Karim Daoud

Managing Director
Pearson’s Middle East Hub

Profile

Karim Daoud is the Managing Director of the Pearson’s Middle East Hub, working out of the company’s Dubai office. He has more than 18 years experience in Management, Strategy and Business Development across the Middle East in the fields of telecoms, media, and technology.

His last role was as CEO of Intigral, a joint venture between Saudi Telecom, Saudi Research (SRMG), and ASTRO (All Asia Networks), offering end-to-end digital solutions to MENA telecom operators. Intigral’s mission is to deliver a compelling digital media entertainment, content and interactive experience to consumers across mobile, web and IPTV distribution platforms. Karim was tasked with setting up and growing the company in its first three years, for it to become one of the largest digital content aggregators in the Middle East, with more than $160m in revenues and 260 staff.

He was previously an Executive Director with Twofour54 - Abu Dhabi Media Zone Authority, where he defined and implemented the strategy of the zone to attract participants in the media ecosystem, focusing on collaboration and innovation between global media houses and regional media creators and entrepreneurs. Prior to that, Karim was the Director of Strategy and Business Development at the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC), where he was instrumental in designing and implementing a strategic alliance with the Rotana group, a regional media organisation with interests in Arabic films, Arabic music and TV broadcasting.

While at LBC, Karim also founded a consulting venture providing management and operational support to pan-Arab broadcasters. A key accomplishment of this new unit was the re-launch of Al Iraqiya TV following the US invasion of Iraq, where he led a staff of 40 broadcast media professionals in a comprehensive turn-around project.

Earlier in his career, Karim was a Senior Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led several engagements across the Middle East specialising in telecommunications, technology, and government work.

Karim earned an MBA from INSEAD and is a graduate from the École Polytechnique and Telecom Paris in France.