AESC Forum: Middle East 2017, Dubai

October 24, 2017 | Dubai

Join us in Dubai for an action packed agenda of knowledge and insight. We have crafted an agenda that focuses on core strengths of researcher, associate and/or consultant roles but also takes a future-focused look at the profession at large.

AESC Forums bring together executive search professionals who are responsible for sourcing, pitching and qualifying candidates and want to increase their professional skills and knowledge.

Please direct any questions to Su Jin You at



12:40pm | Registration

12:55pm | Welcome Address

1:00pm | Working with Family Businesses: Important Things to Consider

Carol O'Driscoll, Archer Search Limited

Carol O'Driscoll will lead an interactive session that looks at key considerations and techniques with regard to working with family businesses on search assignments in the region. This session will also include insight from some search industry leaders.

1:45pm | Telephone Networking: Overcoming Barriers

Carol O'Driscoll, Archer Search Limited

As the globe becomes more and more connected through e-mail and social media, core executive search skills around telephone networking with referral sources and candidates become more important. Carol O'Driscoll will lead a session focus on core executive search telephone research skills and how to adapt these to the regional context.

2:50pm | Break

3:00pm | GDPR and the Impact on Executive Search in the Middle East

Abdullah Mutawi, Baker Botts

Clare Mahon, AESC

GDPR greatly impacts the executive search and leadership consulting profession in Europe and across the globe. The regulation changes the parameters of data privacy and strengthens the requirements of consent. It applies to everything that firms do with personal data for people, including their candidates and clients. By May 25, 2018, businesses must be compliant with the regulation or face financial consequences. Penalties for non-compliance of the regulation are severe with maximum fines up to 20 million euro or 4% of worldwide turnover. Join Abdullah Mutawi and Clare Mahon to learn more about how GDPR will affect you and your business.

4:30pm | Panel: The Next Generation of Executive Talent

Moderated by Patrick Rooney, AESC


Jonathan Holmes, Korn Ferry

Magdy El Zein, Boyden

Wassim Karkabi, Stanton Chase

Mohamad El Turk, Rasd

How will Next Generation leaders differ from today's business leaders? Patrick Rooney will present AESC research on the attributes Next Generation executive talent advisors will bring to meet the challenges of their future clients, and how our profession will evolve. Patrick Rooney will then moderate a panel discussion including: Jonathan Holmes, Magdy El Zein, Wassim Karkabi, and Mohamad El Turk.

5:10pm | Key Note Speaker: Why Investment Bankers Want to Change the World

Clare Woodcraft, Emirates Foundation

Clare Woodcraft, the CEO of Emirates Foundation and former Deputy Director of Shell Foundation, joins us to share her thoughts on the rise of meaningful careers and how search professionals can best respond to this new talent landscape.


  • Carol O'Driscoll

    Director, Archer Search Limited

  • Abdullah Mutawi

    Partner, Baker Botts

  • Patrick Rooney

    Managing Director - APAC/Middle East & Managing Director - Education

  • Jonathan Holmes

    Managing Partner - Middle East, Korn Ferry

  • Wassim Karkabi

    Managing Partner - Middle East & Global Head - Board & Executive Assessment, Stanton Chase

  • Magdy El Zein

    Managing Partner - UAE, Boyden

  • Mohamad El Turk

    Partner - UAE, Rasd

  • Clare Mahon

    Managing Director - Europe & Africa

  • Clare Woodcraft

    CEO, Emirates Foundation



Thank you to our AESC partners for their support of this event.


Roda Al Murooj Downtown Dubai, Al Saada Street, Dubai, United Arab Emirates





Roda Al Murooj Downtown Dubai

Al Saada Street, Dubai,
United Arab Emirates

Roda Al Murooj is a luxury hotel in the heart of Downtown Dubai near to the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa. Individual travellers, couples or families can enjoy the feel and ambience of a resort-style hotel in a city location.

Contact Su Jin You ( for information on discounted rooms available for attendees.