Headed by Neil Daugherty, Kieran Toohey and Chris Lauwerys, Blue Rubicon Qatar offers a specialist management team with more than 45 years combined experience in communications, globally and in the region.
Managing Director, Blue Rubicon QatarChris Lauwerys is a Managing Director at Blue Rubicon and joined in 2006. He has 15 years’ experience managing corporate, B2B and consumer accounts across a range of sectors including technology, media and professional services. In our Doha office, Chris leads our work for Qatar Museums, highlighting the organisation’s efforts to develop the country’s art, culture and heritage to national, regional and international audiences through traditional and digital channels. He also oversees our work for Vodafone Qatar, building awareness, understanding and engagement with the business’ mission, vision and strategy – including its network infrastructure investment, successful product and service offerings, customer-focus and how it is operating as a high quality and innovative business. He has also led a number of social action and CSR campaigns including for Action on Diabetes, a public-private partnership designed to tackle diabetes – one of Qatar’s biggest health challenges; and programmes designed to encourage greater participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and build the skills necessary to support the deliveryof the Qatar National Vision 2030. Chris also heads up the training and development programme for the team in Doha. Chris was previously based in the London office for eight years. He worked for Facebook, promoting its mobile, engagement and reach potential to brands and advertisers. He also led our work for UK Government-backed ‘Tech City’ initiative designed to ensure the success of the digital and technology sector in London and around the UK.
Senior Managing Director & Senior Adviser, Qatar, Blue Rubicon QatarNeil Daugherty is a Senior Managing Director and was the Managing Director of Blue Rubicon Qatar until moving back to London in January 2017, where he works in the strategy consulting team. Neil has 18 years’ experience of corporate and brand communications and reputation management, working with blue chip organisations on campaigns with strong or contentious political dimensions (energy security, runway expansion). He has advised clients around the world at all levels of the energy value chain, from upstream exploration, to LNG production and shipping, to downstream lubricants and petrochemicals businesses. Neil has worked in Qatar since 2007, developing global communications strategies for a number of high profile energy, infrastructure and sports clients. He has extensive sports experience having worked for major sports governing bodies, think tanks and sports charities in the UK. As a regular visitor to Old Trafford to support Manchester United, 2013 / 14 was an excellent time to emigrate from the UK to Qatar. Before joining Blue Rubicon, Neil worked for Hill & Knowlton, after graduating from Pembroke College, Cambridge. He continues to advise clients in Qatar and the Gulf, from London, in addition to blue chip clients in Europe.
Our broader team
Our team of consultants has been hand-picked from major international communications and PR markets, around the Middle East, the GCC and from within Qatar. All of our consultants either speak Arabic or are committed to learn. Our consultants have worked across all industries, including energy, healthcare, education, construction and property development and retail just to name a few, and have in-depth knowledge of these as they apply to Qatar.