Ibrahim Globalme Marketing Assistant
Hi! My name is Ibrahim, the Marketing Assistant here at Globalme. I’ll be doing quite a bit of everything in the realm of marketing, but will mainly focus on content creation. This is my first formal marketing position – so keep your eye out for all of the exciting stuff I’ll be doing!
I was born in New Westminster, near Vancouver, and have lived here for a total of 11 years. So, where did I spend the other 10 years of my life? At the wee age of two years old, my family and I moved to Saudi Arabia and lived in the beautiful (and piping hot) cities of Khobar and Riyadh. I spent the next few years jumping back and forth between Vancouver and Riyadh – a third culture kid in the making – and eventually returned to Canada to study Marketing at Simon Fraser University. When people ask me the deceptively simple question of, Where are you from? I hesitate. Do I go through the incredibly long, albeit interesting, roadmap that is my background? In most cases, I go with my ethnic background of Lebanese; growing up from place-to-place means that I don’t identify with any one specific culture. But rather, I belong in-between them; I feel at home regardless of where I am.
In university I discovered academics were not my passion. Instead of studying day-in and day-out, I pushed myself to volunteer and travel. Travelling is in my blood after all! I volunteered with Enactus and AIESEC, both nonprofits that allowed me to develop personally and professionally. Through AIESEC I volunteered in Italy to do minor psychological and medical interview translation for Syrian refugees. It just felt right to help as my family came to Canada as refugees of their own country. My next venture back in Vancouver, was to head a team of volunteers to send people on exchange for work in different countries around the world; a few of them being Taiwan, Germany, Japan, and Egypt.
At Enactus, I helped start an initiative called Soap for Hope, that creates work for marginalized individuals in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver by selling recycled soap. It sounds gross, but we clean that soap like nobody’s business. There’s a process. The most memorable thing I did in University – aside from everything I just mentioned – was studying abroad in Korea for a semester. I wanted to go somewhere I knew nothing about and jump in feet first. Needless to say, I loved every bit of it (especially the food).
I am a huge technology enthusiast, which is what makes working at Globalme perfect for me. Globalme is currently doing speech data collection for high-tech speakers that will soon be voice-activated, and our team is enthused by the realms of artificial intelligence and virtual reality. So. Cool.
The work environment here presents a solid growth opportunity for me to not only learn more, but also to do a lot more. The enormous autonomy given for me to work on different projects, develop them how I see fit, then receive feedback from my peers to further improve the finished product is what I know will make Globalme a place I want to come back to everyday.
Here are two truths and one lie about me. Take a guess at what is what, and tweet it at us at @Globalmedotnet!
- I was an aspiring rapper in high school
- I was in a Korean commercial
- I walked all the stairs of the Eiffel Tower