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Social Media Club Conducts a Workshop on ‘Social Media Toolkit’

As part of the
Bahrain International eGovernment Forum 2014,

Social Media Club Conducts a Workshop on ‘Social Media Toolkit’

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 6th April, 2014 – On the sidelines of Bahrain International eGovernment Forum 2014 – held under the patronage of H.H. Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al-Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology (SCICT) – Social Media Club Bahrain will organize on 22nd & 23rd April a two-day workshop on ‘Social Media Toolkit’. The workshop will take place at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), between 8:30am to 4:30pm.

It will address several topics such as social media channels, best brands, content creation tools, content publishing and sharing tools, best practices, marketing tools, best engagements, monitoring tools and analytics tools.

The workshop will be led by Abbas Alidina, Director of Digital Marketing and Social Media at Logicks Co. He is a leading trainer and a keynote speaker on all digital issues with over 10 years in the consultancy. Along with Richard Fitzgerald who is the Social Media Director of Mindshare MENA. He has over seven years of experience in digital and social media and has worked for several agencies from all around the world.

A significant number of eGovernance experts, officers and the interested individuals are expected to attend. Delegates who register and pay online will receive a 10% discount on the total fees, with a special fee for Bahraini students and retirees.

President of Social Media Club Bahrain Ali Sabkar reaffirmed the club’s commitment in participating at the Bahrain International eGovernment Forum on a yearly basis, with a core focus on keeping abreast with the latest developments in social media on an international scale. He also indicated that the workshop will not focus on familiarizing participants with the global expertise in social media only but in-depth insights will also be provided on Bahrain’s pioneering experience.

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Sabkar said that the club has looked forward to enhancing partnerships with the eGovernment Authority (eGA) and underscored the importance of incorporating this high-quality workshop as part of this year’s forum events. He also noted that social media is considered as one of the key tools to gain access to the recipients of the eGovernment services and maximize the potential integration between social media and eGovernment channels so as to ensure that effective performance can be enhanced and that a larger segment of service beneficiaries can be expanded.

Sabkar clarified that the workshop falls within the ambitious program launched last January with an objective of training one thousand Bahrainis on social media this year. The program includes a wide array of programs, conferences, lectures and workshops.

Furthermore, Sabkar has echoed the club’s concern about hosting internationally renowned experts in social media in pursuit of the club’s ultimate objective of Bahrain becoming a hub for social media industry in the Middle East.

“Participants at the workshop will have the opportunity to gain a first-hand understanding of the best strategies and the global social media practices, as well as acquire basic knowledge about such means, tactics, analytics and tools utilized that maximal use be made of and benefits drawn from them to serve governments, organizations, companies, businesses and individuals,” emphasized Ali.
For further information on workshops or registration, please call 8000 8001 or visit forum’s website www.egovforum.bh.

“In addition to social media, the forum will also discuss significant diverse topics, along with the most important advancements in the ICT field such as IT Digital Trends, Gamification, Smart Cities- Finland, Rising to the Challenge of 21st Century Service Expectations, Smart Government, Power of Social Media, Internet of Things, Building Big Data Solutions – How to Start with Clarity, and Big Data,” continued Sabkar.

Lecturers in Focus:
Specialized in developing brands in the region, Richard FitzGerard is the Social Media Director for Mindshare MENA who owns seven years of experience in the digital and social media field. He has also worked for several agencies in Ireland, UAE, and the UK such as Cybercom, We Are Social and MEC.

FitzGerald has worked on social media strategies for leading international and Uk-based companies such as Wilkinson Sword, Right Guard, Lloyds Banking Group, Specsavers, United Biscuits, Coca Cola and Aer Lingus among many others.

His key duties at Mindshare is to develop the social media services through the establishment and implementation of strategies, content development and fostering engagement with agency clients such as Nissan, Infiniti, HSBC and Aujan. He has grown the social media department to a team servicing Mindshare clients across the region.

FitzGerald has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and German Language from the University College Dublin (UCD), along with an online marketing Diploma at Dublin Business School (DBS).

Abbas Alidina, Director of Digital Marketing and Social Media at Logicks Co., is one of the most prominent trainers and keynote speakers in digital issues with over 10 years in the field of consultancy. He has been involved in developing strategies and implementing projects for the benefit of international companies and renowned government agencies such as Government of Canada, Intel, Toyota, Samsung, Lenovo, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Deloitte & Touche, Honeywell and Bell Canada, only to name but a few.

Abbas is also a trainer who delivers a certification in Social Media Course, in coordination with the University of Wollongong in Dubai, which is the first program in the Middle East to award social media certifications accredited by the University of Wollongong .

He also takes part in several social media conferences and events across the globe, as well as delivers training courses and presentations for clients such as FOX International Channels, Standard Chartered Bank, HULT International Business School, Qatar Telecom (Qtel), Abu Dhabi Airports Company, University of Wollongong and Dubai Cares.

For further information, please contact (+973) 36145666 or email info@smcbahrain.org

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