The managing director at BBDO Indonesia on savouring Pakistani cuisine, why he doesn’t need a camera anymore and what he always keeps on him to avoid feeling as though he’s forgotten his trousers at home
If you were to read a biography of Talha Bin Hisaam it would say he “loves to travel, gather wisdom and read people”. And it seems that his career has allowed him to take all of these elements and utilise the best of them. The now managing partner at BBDO Indonesia was born in Karachi, Pakistan but now calls Vancouver, Canada home.
Talha describes himself a “rationalist at mind, evolutionary by nature and mountaineer by passion”. With an eclectic taste in music and movies, a penchant for the finer things and life and a very relevant bonus kit essential for 2020, Talha is as interesting as he is creative.
Get to know him better below.
oPlace of birth: Karachi, Pakistan
oHometown: Vancouver Island, BC
oStaycation: Canggu, Bali
oVacation: Whistler Blackcomb, BC
oPet: Dominantly or predominantly?
oPlace of work: BBDO Indonesia
oPlace of workout: Swimming pool or cycling around my neighbourhood after 11pm
oSide project: Mohib Mirza
oTransport: Vancouver Island - RR Evoque Convertible; Jakarta - Walk to work and Grab to meetings; Canggu - Yamaha NMax 155
oBonus travel essential: Flask, Swiss Knife
oArtist: Neil Diamond
oMusician: Jim Steinman
oCommercials / music video director: Dougal Wilson / David Dobkin
oFilm director: Christopher Nolan, Brian De Palma, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino
oActor: Al Pacino
oPhotographer: Oliviero Toscani
oFilm: Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, The Gentlemen, Ford V Ferrari
oSeries: The Spy, True Detective
oCommercial: Explore BC - Later, John Lewis - Always a Woman
oMusic video: Meat Loaf - Anything for Love
oVideo game: Red Dead Redemption 2
oBoard game: Chess
oBook: Art of War, Tao Te Ching
oPodcast: Audio is for music, unless it’s a podcast with Bob Hoffman. Otherwise, I read.
oNewspaper (off or online): Times Colonist (Vancouver Island), Dawn (Pakistan), Jakarta Post (Indonesia)
oMagazine: AdAge, National Geographic, AdWeek
oBonus culture essential: Google News
Food and Drink
oBreakfast: Fruit platter, Granola bowl with soy milk, Americano
oRestaurant: Mauri (Seminyak, Bali), Tanarasa (Ubud, Bali), Glo Lounge (Victoria), Fez Kinara (Jakarta)
oCheap bite: Fitbar
oWorking lunch: Salad Stop
oFavourite dish: Impossible to pick one
oSignature dish: Black or yellow lentil soup, else a plain oatmeal
oSnack: Nuts (Peanuts, Almonds, Walnuts)
oGuilty pleasure: I never feel guilty for pleasure, existentially speaking
oBar: La Vela (Canggu, Bali) Irish Times Pub (Victoria), Molly Malone’s Irish Pub (Jakarta)