Alvarez adds Saeeda Jaffar & David Tusa to Middle East team

22 March 2016

Following strong growth in the Middle East, Alvarez & Marsal has bolstered its regional team with the addition of two senior hires. Saeeda Jaffar and David Tusa both join the firm as Managing Directors, strengthening the firm’s Performance Improvement and Financial Institutions Advisory Services Practice with more than 30 years of combined experience.

Prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal, Saeeda Jaffar worked at Bain & Company as Principal. At Bain, she supported financial institutions across the GCC, with a focus on corporate, retail, wholesale and digital banking strategy; cost reduction and sales boost programmes; performance turn-around; process optimization; and customer experience enhancement, among others. Previously, she worked at McKinsey & Company as an Engagement Manager, for the firm’s US, Europe and GCC clients.

Jaffar holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Boston University and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Saeeda Jaffar and David Tusa

Prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal, David Tusa was a Partner at Strategy&where, in the role of Vice President, he provided telecommunications firms with advice on a range of strategic issues including core strategies, improve revenue performance, lower operating costs, derive market tactics and oversee implementation. Earlier roles include, among others, Head of Telecommunications Advisory at Shinsei Bank, between 2007 and 2008; Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton in its Telecommunications Technology practice, between 2000 and 2006; and Co-Founder and COO of Takashi Mobile, a startup in the Netherlands.

Tusa has a degree in English Literature & Linguistics from the University of Oxford.

Both Jaffar and Tusa join the firm as Managing Directors, and will work from the firm’s Middle East office. Tusa will lead the firm’s Performance Improvement Practice in the Middle East, leveraging his more than 19 years of industry experience in operations and management consulting. Jaffar joins the firm’s Performance Improvement and Financial Institutions Advisory Services Practice, where she will provide her more than 12 years of experience to support regional financial services clients solve strategic and performance-related issues.

Stephen Millington, Managing Director of A&M Middle East, comments on the additions that: “Our experienced team has a passion for providing business owners and management executives with high impact, rapid results by offering both strategic advice and practical engagement on implementation. We are an outcome-orientated firm and prepared to take responsibility for the advice and support we provide when working with our clients. Saeeda and David typify this unique approach and we are delighted to have them on board.”

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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019

Three senior level consultants have been boosted to the rank of Partner at Quantum Advisory, as the firm works to meet heightened levels of client demand. Aled Edwards, Amanda Burdge and Chris Heirene become Partners as long-time Quantum member Rob Davies retires in May after 15 years as a Partner at the firm.

Founded in 2000, Quantum Advisory provides pension and employee benefits services to employers, scheme trustees and members, with five offices across the UK. The firm has enjoyed exponential growth in recent years, following a number of major client wins and booming demand for its services. It opened a new office in Bristol in 2016 to service the South West and in 2017 relocated its Cardiff office to a larger site within the Welsh capital to house the increased workforce. More recently, Quantum relocated its Amersham, Birmingham and London offices to more spacious premises in the centre of both cities to cope with demand.

The financial services consultancy, which employs 115 people across the UK, has promoted three senior team members to Partner, as part of its wider growth plans. The firm has moved Aled Edwards from Principal Consultant & Actuary, while Amanda Burdge has ascended from Principal Investment Consultant. Chris Heirene, former IT Manager, has also joined the ten current Partners at Quantum.

Aled Edwards most recently managed the actuarial team within Quantum’s Cardiff office as well as providing technical training for all staff. He boasts more than 17 years of pensions experience. He started his career as an Actuary at Jardine Lloyd Thompson’s Bristol wing, before joining Quantum in 2011. Edwards is also the President of the Welsh Actuarial Society (WAS), which supports actuaries and actuarial students living or working in Wales.

Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of Partners

Amanda Burdge joined Quantum’s team in 2001, as one of the fledgling firm’s first employees. Most recently she was a Principal Investment Consultant with the firm, and with more than a quarter of a century’s experience in the sector, she is responsible for providing investment advice to many of Quantum’s key clients with both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. Prior to her time with Quantum, Burdge spent two years as a consultant with SBJ Benefit Consultants (now Capita), and three years with Tesco Pension Trustees. She currently sits on the Regulation Committee for the Pensions Management Institute.

Chris Heirene initially worked with Quantum as an IT Consultant with Teamwork Technology Services and then UES for over five years, before finally joining the firm itself in 2011. He is now responsible for Quantum’s IT systems across all of its offices, including the network and core server infrastructure which supports the business. Heirene is heavily involved in utilising IT to improve and build upon the processes in place throughout Quantum.

David Deidun, Partner at Quantum Advisory, said of the promotions, “This is a very exciting time for Quantum. The recent round of promotions fully recognise the hard work and dedication shown by the three, all of whom go above and beyond for the company. I’ve no doubt that Aled, Amanda and Chris will settle into their new roles with ease and look forward to working together to grow Quantum even further.”

The news comes as Rob Davies retires in May, after spending fifteen years as a Partner at Quantum. A qualified actuary, Davies was instrumental in setting up Quantum’s Investment Division, specialising in aiding clients with their investment strategies. He will remain with the company on a part-time consultancy basis, while working with several clients in the Fiduciary Manager area.