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Meet our people: Tamira Hamam

Meet our people: Tamira Hamam

13 September 2020

Tamira is OUP’s Group Senior Brand Manager, and is (usually) based at our headquarters in Oxford.

Can you describe your typical working day in three words?

Creative problem solving.

Tell us a bit about your role and how it supports OUP’s publishing

My role is OUP Group Senior Brand Manager, so I advise on how we position, protect, and promote our corporate brand. ‘Brand’ can look like everything from using the name ‘Oxford’ in our products and services, to correctly applying our logo, right through to how we talk about ourselves and what we do. I work closely with many of OUP functions and teams to continue to strengthen the world-class brand we carry here.

What might not be obvious to others about working in brand at OUP?

There’s a document in the OUP Archives which catalogues every incarnation of our crest since we came to have one as ‘Oxford University Press’. There’s a Christmas version circa 1940-50 and an OUP India version featuring a Bengal tiger. You can’t make this stuff up! I would love to work in our Archives team. I am a huge geek, love a good story, and have always fancied myself as investigative. I imagine that to work in Archives and have access to so much of our OUP ‘DNA’ and history would be fascinating.

Do you have any tips for balancing work and home life that you’ve learned over lockdown?

Turn work notifications off on your phone when you’re not in office hours! When I need a bit of headspace during the day, I go on a lunchtime walk—often to Iffley Lock on the river in Oxford, near where I live.

Being a publishing business, we can’t not ask – what book are you reading at the moment?

I’m currently reading Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak, and it’s really engrossing. It’s a story about Eastern and Western culture, faith, individuality… set between Istanbul and Oxford. I’m half Palestinian, and I grew up in Dubai most of my life before moving back to the UK around University age, so there are many experiential and cultural parallels as I’m reading, which is always strange and wonderful.