100 MIFG: Reem Hameed – Entrepreneur and Culture Innovator

100 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Reem Hameed – Entrepreneur and Culture Innovator.


100 MIFG: Reem Hameed - Entrepreneur and Culture Innovator
Photo by: Sam Allison


Entrepreneur, producer, and cultural innovator. Filipina-Iraqi-Canadian Reem Hameed is a rising force to be reckoned with within the country’s pack of successful “young blood.” Armed with degrees in Political Science and Law, and the Young Creative Entrepreneurship Award from the British Council –the feats she has been able to achieve so early on in her career are nothing short of amazing.


As a media and tech entrepreneur running a world class production company – Collective Media Group – and a well-loved local personality on the Dukkan Show – a podcast centered on the educational work of cultural understanding – with her partner OT, Reem says that her career has taken her places she could never imagine. Having been in the world’s corporate boardrooms, as well as its slums and camps, what Reem ultimately does as a human is rooted in the pursuit of global harmony. She remarks, “The work I do is embodied in love, art, cultural communication, and community. The fact that I get to do this every day with the people I love is the most wonderful gift and greatest achievement.


When asked what has brought her here today, Reem credits her multicultural upbringing, especially her Filipina roots, “I inherited tenacity, discipline, and resourcefulness.  Most importantly, I inherited a love for people.”


With a bright future ahead of her, she shares her hope for all Filipinos: “May we explore who we are with honest eyes and redefine our identity in our own light. Most importantly, I hope that we have discourse that will make space for future generations to accept who they are unapologetically.”




Photography by: Sam Allison

Illustrado 100 was made possible by sponsors: GiordanoLiali JewelleryMitsubishi UAE- Al Habtoor MotorsMichael Cinco CoutureMapúa Institute of TechnologyCentro – Amwaj Rotana Hotel , Max’s Restaurant Middle East and GVER – Your Friendly MarketPlace for Sharing

Co-Sponsors: Herschel Supply Co.Rove HotelsThe Medical City – Dubai , Filipino Institute UAEMPQ TourismJAMES Travel and Tours DubaiOff the Hook Seafood RestaurantThe Original Barrio Fiesta Restaurant – Dubai and Tapa King UAE.


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