A Short History of Keith Parker

Alaska. California. Texas. Dubai.

A unique global profile, with accomplishments to match.

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”

– Seneca

Keith Parker is a globally experienced marketing and communications leader. He is based in Dubai, UAE, advising on strategic communications for some of the UAE's most prominent and ambitious agendas. He returned to the UAE in 2020, after spending 4 years jointly in Austin, Texas, and San Francisco, California. As a Vice President at Hotwire Global, he was among the company's ten most senior executives, overseeing 80+ professionals in the Americas from Hotwire Global’s San Francisco office.

Prior to his achievements in the US, Keith spent 9 years in Dubai, UAE. He has led joint engagements with over 150 entities, including The White House, The UAE’s Prime Minister’s Office, The Clinton Foundation, Etihad Airways, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, GE, Maersk, BP, Siemens, Engie, UOP Honeywell, and many others. His teams have created exposure through the BBC, CNN, WSJ, Bloomberg, Inc. Magazine, Time Magazine, Sky News, AP, and AFP.

Prior to returning to the US, Keith led and supported the marcom success of prominent leaders and companies within the UAE including Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Abu Dhabi Ports, and Dubai Creative Clusters Authority.

Earlier Career

Keith led major destination marketing campaigns for the Sacramento, California, region that incorporated a full spectrum of creative, digital asset development, PPC, digital retargeting, social, content marketing, PR, event marketing, video, experiential, and more. He spearheaded and led cooperative marketing programs with the Sacramento Airport, the Sacramento Kings, Golden1 Arena, SMUD, Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, Powerschool, El Dorado County, the River District, and the cities of Woodland, the Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, West Sacramento, Citrus Heights, and Elk Grove.

Keith led a national marketing effort focused on attracting Amazon’s HQ2 project to the Sacramento region, with video, print, digital, events, and social elements. He also let a national effort to attract startups to the region through similar platforms.

At Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Keith led a transformative effort to shift perceptions surrounding the city. Leading a US$3 Million annual budget, he created a 61% increase in exposure for Masdar City’s Masdar Institute in twelve months. His collaborative approach with partners gained the institute a significant reach beyond its previous capabilities.

Keith has written feature articles for Abu Dhabi’s leading English-language paper, created books available in stores across the UAE, and launched a widely circulated magazine. As Director of Projects at the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce, overseeing the UAE Academy, he led the re-launch of the Abu Dhabi School of Management (ADSM) in collaboration with a renowned UK University and led the formulation of an NQA-aligned series of vocational business training programs for corporate and public sector clients.

His work with the Abu Dhabi Municipality included the development of the marketing and communications framework for the re-addressing of the entire Abu Dhabi Emirate. Through 3 years in marketing and creative roles with Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, he was among the founding team for the Abu Dhabi Eye on Earth Summit, which attracted an international participation of over 2,000 people and featured former US president Bill Clinton.

Education and Interests

Keith’s career has spanned 3 continents, with work in Alaska, Hawaii, California, Greece, Italy, Germany and the United Arab Emirates. He was awarded a BSBA from the University of Southern California, with and focus on Global Business, and a Minor in International Relations. He has held active PMP certification since March 2011.

Keith enjoys travel, hiking, skydiving, scuba diving, and other outdoor adventures. He lives in Dubai, UAE, with his wife and two daughters.

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