Following a university placement with O2 UK’s sponsorship, marketing and partnerships team, and an internship with VICE Media in business development, Joseph graduated from BU with First-Class Honours.

From university he joined Red Bull in culture and sports marketing, before being scouted internally to join its global partnerships team where he helped launch a global B2B proposition for brands and agencies wanting to connect with Red Bull’s audience.

From Red Bull he moved to Dubai to join LIGHTBLUE, the Middle East’s leading independent marketing agency and consultancy, to start its new business division. He has since been promoted to Head of Partnerships, where he leads business development, strategy and growth for the Middle East and US operations. While at LIGHTBLUE Joseph has signed key partnerships with clients including TikTok, Mastercard, Porsche and Burberry and was named as one of Campaign magazine’s Faces to Watch 2021.

Joseph says: “Combining one of the best universities in the UK for marketing and media with the power of the university placement, I was able to hit the ground running once I graduated.”


Name: Joseph Aquilina
Age: 29
Job role: Head of Partnerships
Organisation: LIGHTBLUE
Course studied: BA (Hons) Marketing
Graduated: 2014

What their colleagues say

Joseph has been a tremendous addition to our team, owning excellent communication and organisational skills. Joseph has led LIGHTBLUE to be the go-to agency for some of the world’s biggest brands. He is someone who executes a project to the highest level to ensure that the work produced and delivered to clients is to the LIGHTBLUE standard that he has helped to create."

David Balfour, Co-Founder, LIGHTBLUE