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Director Archer Search Limited
Partner, Baker Botts
Managing Director, APAC/Middle East & Managing Director, Education
Managing Partner - Middle East, Korn Ferry
Managing Director, Piedmont
Carol has over 22 years of Executive Search experience focusing primarily on senior roles within the consumer, industrial and energy markets both in the UK and Internationally. Her experience includes a variety of functions including finance and HR, senior management and sales roles. She has considerable experience of working on assignments based in the Middle East including searches based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oman and the UAE for a variety of local and international clients. In addition to providing Research Services she runs bespoke learning and development programmes. Clients have been based in the UK, Europe, Asia, Russia and the USA. She is a regular speaker at conferences. Carol spent seventeen years as a Research Director at Russell Reynolds Associates providing a leadership role in research development in addition to her client facing research role. Carol joined Russell Reynolds in 1995 from SBC Warburg where she was a Senior Researcher working in the corporate finance and equities team for six years. Prior to that she held research positions with Arbuthnot Latham Bank and Coopers and Lybrand in London. Carol holds a BA (Hons) degree in History from The University of York and a postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Science from Leeds Beckett University. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and a Committee Member of the Executive Research Association, theera.org. Carol was awarded the AESC Award for Professionalism and Excellence in 2007.
Abdullah Mutawi is a bi-lingual partner in the firm's Dubai office with over 20 years' experience practicing in London and the Middle East. Abdullah's primary area of practice is corporate finance and cross-border M&A with particularly substantial experience in Telecom and Technology investments at all levels of the value chain. In addition to leading the firm's technology practice in the Middle East, Abdullah has also undertaken many transactions in the energy, infrastructure, transportation, industrial and retail sectors. Abdullah's clients include public and private companies, sovereign wealth funds, banks, private equity funds, venture capital firms and family offices and the M&A transactions on which he has led have involved assets in 28 developed and emerging markets and with an aggregate value of US$20 billion. An integral part of Abdullah's technology focus is cyber-security and Abdullah regularly advises on information-security, cyber-crime and cyber-risk in transactional, pre-emptive and risk-reallocation contexts as well as in relation to incident-response situations. In addition to his technology experience, Abdullah has also represented clients in a number of high profile insolvency and re-structuring mandates and has developed strong experience in advising on financial distress situations arising from fraud and white collar crime. His experience includes advising regulators, banks, debtors, creditors and shareholders in connection with insolvency, distress and restructuring mandates involving aggregate liabilities of US$7 billion and assets in Europe, the U.S., the Middle East and East and West sub-Saharan Africa.
Patrick is based in Hong Kong and leads the membership team for the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions. He also holds responsibility for AESC education programs for researchers and associates. Before joining the AESC in 2013, Patrick was an executive search consultant with a boutique firm in the higher education sector. He worked on a number of senior academic appointments in: Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Macau, China, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, the UAE, Kuwait and Pakistan. Patrick was also responsible for overseeing a team of search consultants and researchers. Patrick has an M.A in Asian and International Studies with distinction from City University of Hong Kong, ranked one of the top universities in Asia. He also has a graduate diploma in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), a B.A in Social Policy from Massey University, a Certificate in Executive Search and Leadership Consulting from Cornell University, and a Certificate in Corporate Human Resource Management from the HK Management Association.
Mr. Holmes' executive search career spans over 20 years and six countries, where he has undertaken general management searches across a range of geographies and industries including: industrial, consumer and healthcare. Prior to his current position, he was the Office Managing Director for Korn Ferry's Seoul office for 10 years. Previously, Mr. Holmes was a consultant with Carre, Orban & Partners which merged with Korn Ferry in 1993 where he initially focused on the consumer goods and healthcare sectors. After the merger, he broadened his practice to cover transnational search work across a range of industries in Northern Europe. Mr. Holmes has served as a resident consultant in India, Russia, Singapore and South Korea, where he was responsible for growing the Firm's business. During his four years as the Country Manager in Russia, Mr. Holmes successfully made Korn Ferry the leading executive search firm in the Russian market, while personally undertaking assignments throughout Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, principally in the Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Subsequently, he managed the Firm's offices in Mumbai and New Delhi for three years as Country Head of India. After that, he led the ASEAN healthcare practice from Singapore before moving to Seoul. A British citizen, Mr. Holmes holds a bachelor's degree of science (with honours) in geology jointly offered by the University of Greenwich and the University of North London.
Before establishing The Piedmont Group in 1999, Karla spent a number of years at a major international search firm specialising in financial services. Building on her professional experience, she has a unique breadth of recruitment experience, which encompasses corporate finance, global markets, investment management, private equity, and real estate. As well as her extensive exposure to recruiting in the UK, Karla has handled assignments throughout Europe, the Middle East and the United States. Her in-depth knowledge of the financial services, together with her recruitment experience, enables her to quickly understand and provide expert advice on how to solve complex recruitment problems. This value added service has enabled her to build long term business relationships with clients. Karla was educated at Columbia University graduating with Honours. She also studied for an MSc degree from London School of Economics in Economics and received an MBA in Finance from New York University. After receiving her MBA, Karla worked as a Regulatory and Policy Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York concentrating on assessing the capital, assets, equity, liquidity and management of member banks. She then joined Merrill Lynch Investment Bank, providing advice to private clients on foreign exchange, fixed income and equity investment decisions, as well as trust and fiduciary services.
Magdy El Zein
Managing Partner - UAE, Boyden
Mohamad El Turk
Partner - UAE, Rasd
Managing Director, Europe & Africa
CEO of Emirates Foundation
Magdy El Zein’s extensive industry knowledge, particularly in the financial and industrial sectors, and drive for results make him a driving force behind his clients’ success. Over the course of his career, Magdy has been instrumental to building strong management teams for early-stage clients, and reinvigorating well-established international and local organisations with new leadership talent.
Mohamad has assumed numerous roles of progressive responsibilities with Rasd since 2008. He has been driving the development of the firm by streamlining the operational business processes, evolving the research and consulting capabilities, building the required teams, and maintaining and growing our clientele base in the GCC and Levant. He has been instrumental in expanding and energizing Rasd’s network of contacts, and leading successfully the execution of search assignments. Prior to that, Mohamad spent five years in the telecom service industry assuming project management and development roles.
Clare Mahon is Managing Director for Europe at the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC). Clare is a visionary thinker with a proven background of strategic business-planning enabling transformation, product development and financial growth. Over fifteen years’ experience in ‘Finance, Human Resources, Strategic Planning, Customer Service and Operational Management’ with a unique ability to achieve people optimization through buy-in to vision and change strategies. Clare was previously Director of Executive Programs and Councils, Europe for The Conference Board, a position she held for nearly 5 years. She was also the Vice President and member of the Professional Women International Board in Brussels. Clare is a dynamic, resilient and result orientated leader, an enabler of operational transformation, a change agent from conception to delivery. A solution finder/problem solver, manages multi projects simultaneously, strong interpersonal awareness.
Clare Woodcraft was hired as the CEO of Emirates Foundation with a remit to transition its model from traditional philanthropy to a more catalytic approach that could maximize impact at scale. In the course of six years, she has transformed the organization into a high impact entity creating long-term systematic solutions for 90,000 youth in the UAE. During this time, she also served as the Chair of the Arab Foundations Forum, a regional professional network, where she has been leading discussions on how to professionalize the third sector and create stronger outcomes for foundations and other social organizations. She is regularly asked to speak about the 'paradigm shift' in philanthropy and to advise on how corporates can better channel their own social investment funds. As the Deputy Director of Shell Foundation, she helped oversee a global portfolio of angel investments in social enterprises working on energy related issues. Prior to this, she served as Shell's Director of Communications in the Middle East and North Africa overseeing a multi-million dollar portfolio of social investments. She has spent most of her career working in emerging markets with a special focus on finance and the Middle East. She is fluent in Arabic and French having studied language as an undergraduate and also has an MSc in Development from the London School of Economics.
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.
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.
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.
Patrick Rooney, AESC
Jonathan Holmes, Korn Ferry
Magdy El Zein, Boyden
Karla Dorsch, Piedmont
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, Karla Dorsch, and Mohamad El Turk.
Clare Woodcraft, CEO, 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.
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