Celerant Consulting opens office in Abu Dhabi

11 June 2009 Consultancy.uk

Celerant Consulting has opened an office in Abu Dhabi. The worldwide management consultancy firm, having offices in Amsterdam and Brussels, is expanding in responding to the growing requests for advisory services in the Middle East.

Since its founding in 1987, the consultancy firm has gained a lot of experience in multiple sectors, like energy, chemical and government sectors. A part from this, the company possesses suitable expertise qualities necessary for supporting companies in the Middle East. This mainly involves on the spot activities as communicating knowledge and skills to local employees, the so-called “localization”. By opening this office, the total number of offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Africa rises to 12.

Celerant Consulting opens office in Abu Dhabi

Antoine Dionis du Sejour, Executive Vice President Middle East and head of local operations: “Within the company model of Celerant together with the costumer the often complex change programs are being acted out. These programs focus on tangible and sustainable improvements. This means that we developed a unique method aimed at transferring knowledge and skills (this is a must for companies in the Middle East that want to secure their future with local talent.”

Answering the question on why Celerant is expanding with a new office in times of financial insecurity, Dionis du Sejour answers: “Celerant already has a number of profound contacts with multiple important organizations in Abu Dhabi and the United Arabic Emirates. It is important being present in order to support these countries on a local level. A part from this, the fact that our reward is partly based on tangible savings we realize for our customers in the current financial climate is definitely an advantage.”

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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.”