Dario de Albuquerque

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Work Experience

M&C Saatchi

Executive Creative Director & Board Member

Piloting the creative juggernaut that has delivered inspiring and effective brand communications for Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi Tourism, twoufour54, Mashreq Bank, Image Nation and Aldar.
June 2015 - Present United Arab Emirates


Creative Director & Head of Copy

In addition to overseeing all things copy, I creatively direct the work we do for Unilever, Bloomingdale's, Mobily, Red Bull, Baskin Robbins, Tic Tac, Nutella and Mazda, to make sure it ticks the awesome box.
June 2013 - June 2015 United Arab Emirates


Senior Copywriter

Senior Copywriter and brand custodian for Xerox, LG, Sony, STC (Saudi Telecom), Mashreq Bank, Ford, Virgin Atlantic and Emaar.
August 2011 - United Arab Emirates

Ogilvy & Mather

Senior Copywriter

April 2011 - July 2011 United Arab Emirates

Tonic International


After 3 years of experience and a recession, I survived as the only CW in Tonic International.
I created 360 degree campaigns for all the major clients of Tonic Advertising, Tonic Branding and Tonic Retail in the Middle East and Asia, including Burger King, Samsung, Microsoft, Cussons and ADMC.
April 2008 - April 2011 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

LOWE Worldwide

Intern/ Student

Worked on proactive projects and was, generally, a sponge, soaking up as much as I could learn.
September 2007 - December 2007 New York, United States

MFP/ We Are Gigantic

Intern / Bitch

I made good coffee and performed other menial duties with a smile. (I also helped win a pitch for Mike's Hard Lemonade, MTV games and Christiania Vodka).
January 2006 - August 2007 New York, United States


St. Paul's School

International Baccalaureate bilingual diploma

Graduated valedictorian.
Won the Governor's award and the Sir Norris Prize for outstanding academic distinction.
1991 - 2001 Sao Paulo, Brazil


Spanish (Conversational),
English (Native),
Portuguese (Native),
French (Conversational),


Cannes Lions

Young Lions Gold


Dubai Lynx International Advertising Festival

1 silver, 2 Bronze, 17 Shortlists.



Chore-avoiding, CW'ing, Egg-peeling, Immature Drawing, Over-imagining, Proverb-creating,