Oxera opens new office in Rome, Italy, fifth operation in Europe

15 May 2017 Consultancy.uk

Oxera is opening a new office in Rome, Italy, its fifth hub in Europe. To lead the new operation the economics consultancy has hired Leonardo Mautino, who will head the Rome office, and Alfredo Macchiati, a former Professor of economics tasked with driving business development activities.

Founded in 1982, Oxera has become one of Europe's largest specialised economics research and advisory firms, boasting over 150 professionals.

The firm's new office in the Italian capital of Rome adds to its current presence in London (headquarter), Oxford, Berlin and Brussels. The aim of the office is to better position the firm in Italy through a local team of experts, to serve its private and public sector clients across the country, including companies, regulators and government policymakers.

Leonardo Mautino and Alfredo Macchiati - Oxera

The new office will be headed by firm veteran Leonardo Mautino, he joined the consultancy in 2002, shortly after his completion of a DPhil in Economics at the University of Oxford. He has since risen through the ranks, becoming a Partner at the firm in 2014.

To accelerate the development of the new office, and to support its business development activities, the firm has appointed Alfredo Macchiati, a Professor of Economic Policy at the LUISS Department of Political Science. Aside from his role as Professor, he has worked across a number of public sector and private sector roles. His expertise is primarily in the areas of regulation and competition in the infrastructure, energy and transport sectors.

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Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

A Newcastle-based consultancy has announced it will open its first office in Iraq. The news comes despite warnings that the area remains “high risk” for businesses.

16 years after the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the nation remains a shadow of its former self. The continued chaos wrought by the Iraq War – which eventually played a role in the rise to prominence of Daesh, further destabilising the region – means that even now, the nation’s capital is deemed to have the lowest quality of living in the world. According to a recent survey from Mercer, Baghdad ranked last overall – immediately below Bangui of the Central African Republic and Damascus in Syria – despite the other two being determined as the worst cities on the planet for personal safety.

However, as with the wider Middle East, the oil-rich state presents a lucrative destination to businesses willing to take the risk. To that end, a Newcastle recruitment consultancy has announced the opening of its first presence in Iraq’s capital city. Samuel Knight has taken the decision to open its Baghdad locale in order to grow its business in the Middle East.

Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

While businesses remain wary of the region, Samuel Knight specialises in recruiting talent in the energy and rail sectors, and in a release it said the new office would continue to focus on these areas. It will also allow the firm to make sure it abides by local compliance laws. The new location will be headed up by Haider Kadhim, Samuel Knight’s Iraq country manager, who will work as the first point of contact for clients and candidates. Representatives from the Department of Trade Industry are expected to attend a launch event for the office, which will be held this month.

Commenting on the new office,  a spokesperson for Samuel Knight said, “We probably don’t see it as a risk, but more of an opportunity, as we operate in the Middle East extensively already. We have contacts in place in the country location and with the consultants we have. We felt it was a great opportunity to expand into a country we are already doing work in. It means we have an on-the-ground team to help our clients. From our perspective, it is that we are looking to expand into new territories, but we are also supporting countries that are starting to redevelop after years of warfare.”

Steve Rawlingson, CEO at Samuel Knight, said, “Our aggressive five-year growth plan is manifesting at  an impressive rate, taking the company to exciting new territories. The team is working diligently to surpass expectations set out in the plan, and to ensure Samuel Knight is cemented as the leading global energy and rail recruitment specialist. Our Baghdad office will give us a distinctive edge over our competition and allow for more exciting business opportunities. Once the office becomes more established and client acquisition develops, we will certainly be adding more consultants and manpower in the city.”