Former IAA president receives UAE award

DUBAI — Michael Lee, the former chairman and world president of the International Advertising Association, received the Samir Fares Award, presented jointly by the Lebanon and UAE advertising communities at the 40th IAA World Congress and Exhibition yesterday.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 23 Mar 2006, 9:51 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 3:37 PM

The award is a memorial to Samir Fares, a former UAE resident of Lebanese origin who began the IAA-UAE chapter in 1979 — the third in the region. Fares, who established his own advertising agency in Dubai in the late 1970s, was elected IAA World President elect at the Sydney World Congress in 1988, but died before his term in office began in 1990.

Michael Lee, whose term as IAA Chairman and World President ended this week with the handover to Dubai-based Joseph Ghossoub, said he was deeply honoured to receive the award, and dedicated his victory to the IAA volunteers who further all that is good in the industry.

Earlier in the evening, IAA Chairman and World President Ghossoub presented the IAA Chapter Excellence Award — the Golden Tulip — to the Jordan chapter for the best overall contribution to the aims of the IAA in the last two years.

While the Congress and Exhibition are taking place, the IAA will play host to an exhibition of public service advertising (PSA) campaigns from around the world under the banner of 'Great Ads for a Better Future.'S

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